Saturday, February 18, 2012

Chicken not Alfredo

So I started out tonight wanting Chicken Fettacini Alfredo. Then when I got to making it I wanted my own twist added to it! So it turned into a Chicken  Fettacini Gorgonzola. This is so rich and comforting but not near as fattening as the original recipe that uses heavy cream.  Here is how I did it!
2-4 chicken breast
Olive oil
your favorite chicken rub, spices or seasonings ( I used salt and pepper and McCormik Sicilian blend seasoning)
3 tbs butter
3 tbs flour
2 cloves of minced garlic
2 cup of 2% milk
1 tsp of lemon zest
4 oz cream cheese
6 oz of Gorgonzola cheese
2 tbs of chopped fresh parsley
salt and pepper
Fettacini noodles cooked in salted water and drained.( I use whole wheat pasta)
2 oz of Parmesan cheese shredded on a microplane (extra small ~ it makes it fluffy like snow)
Heat oven to 350. Rub chicken down with a little olive oil and all your seasonings). Heat a skillet with a good drizzle of olive oil. and brown chicken on both sides. I place it in the oven and let it cook through. While this is in the oven I get started on the sauce. Melt butter and throw in minced garlic and and lemon zest and let soften about a minute. Add your flour and and let cook just a minute. Whisk in your milk and when it starts to thicken then you whisk in the cream cheese and the Gorgonzola and then season with a little salt and pepper. Taste to make sure you got the salt and  pepper right and then throw in your noodles and toss the pasta with sauce. Check chicken to see if its done and if so then plate your pasta with a piece of chicken on top and then add some Parmesan on top of that and serve!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

a Healthier 7 layer dip

Need a super bowl recipe for tonight? Well here is the one for you! and its really great for those of us trying to watch our waste lines!
Layer 1
1 can of Bushes refried black beans
1/2 tsp cumin
few green onions the white ends
one good thick layer of guacamole ( I bought this pre-made at Fresh Market and it was the best guacamole ever and so worth the convince)
Layer 3
Roasted Red Peppers ( I buy the jar of Mezzetta brand and pulled 3 large pieces and chopped these to small squares then just sprinkled them around)
Layer 4
2 cups of ricotta cheese
Layer 5
1 1/2 cups of spinach hand torn in pieces
3 T  of the green part of the green onions chopped up
3 T of cilantro
3 T of parsley
Layer 6
1 C of Plain Greek Yogurt ( I like the Fage brand)
1 C Sour Cream 
2 T of Taco seasoning
Your going to mix all of this layer together in a bowl and then smooth it on Layer 5.
Layer 7
1 small can of sliced black olives
1 large red tomato seeded and chopped small
few green onion tops sliced thin
1 half of a lime (squeeze it over top when all is done)
little salt
little pepper
Okay to assemble this you start with layer one and work your way up. it is fairly simple and taste fantastic! Hope you enjoy it!