Chicken with Yellow Pepper Sauce

Tim and I love a lot of different kinds of foods. This dish is Mediterranean inspired and was taken from this website. This dish was delicious and is definitely a five out of five in our home.

The recipe is as follows:

6 Chicken Breast, skinless, boneless
⅔ cup Roasted Red/Yellow Peppers, chopped
2 tsp Italian Seasoning, divided
4 Tbsp Oil
3 tsp Garlic, minced
½ tsp Salt
¼ tsp Black Pepper
1 cup Heavy Cream
2 Tbsp Feta Cheese, crumbled
Basil, thinly sliced

To make the roasted peppers, you take about 4-6 red/yellow peppers place them on a cookie sheet (you may want to line it with tinfoil.) Then roast the peppers at 450°F for 30-40 minutes, turn them every 10 minutes until they start to wrinkle and char. Remove them from the oven and let them cool. Once the peppers are cool, remove the stem, seeds and skins. Pour a few tablespoons of olive oil over the peppers flesh. Then when you are ready to make this dish you can have these babies ready to go! (They will stay good for up to 2 weeks once roasted.)- or you can go ahead and buy roasted peppers from the store.

The roasted yellow peppers are in the bowl

Once I gather all the ingredients, I am ready to go. I start making rice in the rice cooker so it is ready to go when the rest of the dish is done. The chicken breasts are put into a pan and cooked through. The original recipe is a one pot recipe, but I definitely preferred to make this in two pans. The first to cook the chicken and the second to make the sauce.

Combine roasted red/yellow peppers, 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, oil, garlic, salt, and pepper in a food processor. Pulse til smooth.

Once this sauce is ready, heat it through in a pan, while the chicken cooks the rest of the way.

2016-09-23-17-18-41Once everything is done cooking, I assemble the dish. I make a bed of rice, add the chicken breast, put the sauce on top and then finish it off with feta cheese and basil for a delicious dish! This dish is not only yummy but it is quick to make (the time to make rice and cook chicken through…so what 15-20 minutes?) I hope you try it and enjoy it as much as I did, especially if you have extra peppers from the garden, this was a great use!


Homemade Paprika

Did you know you can grow and make your own paprika? Paprika is made from dehydrated peppers and then crushed into the powder that you would buy in the store. We made our own paprika for the first time last year, and when we started using it in our cooking I was amazed at the taste difference. Most people know that home grown is normally better than store bought, but I figured this spice would be pretty comparable (BOY WAS I WRONG) and was just doing it for fun.

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Baked Oatmeal

I hate oatmeal! It is mushy and gross and reminds me of baby food. I know that oatmeal can be a good breakfast choice, so I wanted to like oatmeal, so I set out to find a way to eat it. Eh wahlah! I love baked oatmeal! It takes out all that mushiness and I can just enjoy it. So below is my recipe for baked oatmeal modified off of this recipe:

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Stocking up for winter!

I love soups in the winter! I love casseroles and hot dishes! I love dishes that contain lots of diced tomatoes and I like not having to buy these tomatoes because I prepared in the fall. Did you know it is really easy to make and can diced tomatoes?

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Food Post! Bonus!

Hey everyone! So I was cooking tonight and thought this is one of those four out of five star recipes in our home that I am obsessed with! Why? Because it is a one pot meal! How can you not love a one pot meal, right? I got this recipe originally here. I have tweaked it a bit so I am going to write the quick and dirty of cooking this meal!

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So the ingredient list:
Olive oil
1 lb chicken breast (chopped)
1 onion (diced)
3 cloves garlic (diced)
1 1/2 cups rice (uncooked)
2 cups chicken broth
1 tea cumin
1/2 tea salt
1/2 tea chili powder
2 cups salsa
1 cup corn
3 cups water
8 ounces black beans (rinsed and drained)
1 cup cheddar cheese (shredded)
1 avocado (diced)

Once everything is all ready to go it is really quite simple, start by cooking the chicken in olive oil. Add the onions and garlic to be cooked to translucent.

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Once that is all cooked through, move it over to the side, and cook the rice in the liquid left over for a minute.

2016-08-29 16.26.22Next, add in the seasonings, chicken broth, salsa, corn, (and black beans if your whole family enjoys them!) My husband doesn’t like beans so I leave them out, and just put them on top of my personal dish at the end. Let this start to boil, then put it to low to simmer for 18 minutes.

2016-08-29 16.28.34Once this has cooked for the first bit, add in the water and finish cooking the rice, should take approximately 20 more minutes.

2016-08-29 16.51.15Lastly, sprinkle the cheese on top and let it melt. Serve up your bowl, and top with sour cream and avocado (and beans if previously left off.)

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Eh wahlah! A wonderfully balanced dinner! Hope you enjoyed this impromptu post! What was for dinner at your house tonight? Comment below! ↓↓

Maters galore!

Tomatoes are everywhere! I have canned 15 cups of salsa this past week. I have frozen some tomatoes already too and just harvested yet another basket.Well that means this basket is going towards my roasted tomato soup recipe that I tried last year and simply adored!

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Is your vanilla pure?

Did you know that vanilla can say that it is pure vanilla extract and contain other things like corn syrup? To be defined as a “pure” vanilla extract, according to the FDA, the vanilla flavor must come from vanilla beans and has to be made from at least 35% alcohol and 1 unit of vanilla beans per gallon. That being said they don’t care what else is in the vanilla extract.  Continue reading “Is your vanilla pure?”