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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Preserving the Harvest

I have had a lot of questions lately about how do we extend the harvest, so I thought I would do a quick over view of different methods to do this. There are a few different methods: freezing, canning, dehydrating, or storing properly. I have and do all four of these methods depending on my different needs. I determine these needs with a simple question…how do I use this item throughout the year?

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Mother’s Day Week on the Homestead

Mother’s day is this Sunday! Did you know that mother’s day ends up making me think of a few things: flowers in bloom, annuals about to be planted, and the last frost! Last frost means time to plant all those things that have been growing in my basement for weeks! This is the time we get to see if the tomatoes, peppers, celery, basil, peanuts, etc. will grow and thrive! Unfortunately, this year has not been the best year growing seedlings. Some of our tomatoes look AMAZING, but our celery is tiny, the peanuts either grew well or didn’t grow at all, and our peppers in our soil blocks look WAY better than the one that grew in the 3×3 cells.  Continue reading “Mother’s Day Week on the Homestead”

Holy Week on the Homestead

As a Christian, Holy week is a big deal! It is the great coming of our King into Jerusalem, Him giving up his life for all of us, and ends at the wonderful RESURRECTION! Holy week while it has many big events in my faith, it also marks some events in the gardening community. My husband was always taught by his dad that Good Friday is the day to get potatoes and onions in the ground!

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Welcome Spring!

We probably all have noticed the beautiful weather that is coming about (at least here in Wisconsin!), people are out jogging, dogs are being walked, and today I even saw my tulips were starting to come up! (NO JOKE!) I love these signs of spring! Spring triggers my inner gardener urge to plant stuff and play in dirt!

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