April 19, 2011 Leave a comment
I really enjoy cooking after work. Something about the chopping, dicing, measuring everything out really helps me unwind and de-stress after a long day. During the week, most dinner’s are usually some sort of chicken (or ground turkey variation) and it can be a struggle to keep the basic chicken/ rice/ pasta/ veggie combination interesting. I’m always looking for new sauce ideas and recipes to mix things up and I recently came across several that my boyfriend and I really loved. They were simple and extremely delicious and instantly transformed a seemingly basic dinner to something unexpected and refreshing. Here are a few new recipes I highly recommend.
1. After preparing one of my favorite recipes for crunchy baked chicken tenders here, I served the chicken over basmati rice, and finished by drizzling the chicken with the easiest cream cheese pesto sauce I recently came across, consisting of only 3 ingredients:
1/4 cup cream cheese
1/4 cup chicken stock
2 tbs pesto
Melt the cream cheese in a sauce pan, add vegetable stock and whisk together before adding the pesto.
2. My absolute favorite new recipe is something I came across and had to improvise on because I didn’t have all the ingredients required but the end result was amazing. This pasta dish includes chicken and zucchini but I also included some diced mushrooms and cherry tomatoes to give the sauce a little more substance. Instead of chicken stock, I used beef consomme and it added such a rich delicious flavor I’m going to have to keep this stuff in mind next time I use a recipe asking for chicken stock. Also, instead of diced roasted red peppers, I just used a few heaping tablespoons of a red pepper spread I had picked up from Trader Joes as an appetizer. I find appetizer spreads tend to work very well for cooking when you need to add just a little extra flavor. A little bruschetta or tapenade, for example, can be the perfect addition to a simple dish and they tend to last a long time in the fridge.
This recipe for zucchini chicken pasta is available here.