Greek Marinated Chicken

I love the fresh flavors that this marinade brings to the chicken! The marinade is so easy and I traded in whole chicken pieces for chicken breasts to make the cook time quicker.
Greek Marinated Chicken
greek marinated chicken
Ingredients
  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ Tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 medium lemon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • freshly cracked pepper
  • ¼ bunch fresh parsley
  • 1-2 lbs chicken breasts
Directions
  1. To make the marinade, combine the yogurt, olive oil, minced garlic, oregano, salt, and some freshly cracked pepper in a bowl. Zest 1 lemon into the bowl. Also add the juice from half of the lemon (about 1-2 Tbsp). Stir until the ingredients are well combined. Roughly chop a big handful, or about ¼ bunch, of parsley and stir it into the marinade.
  2. Add the chicken breasts and marinade to a gallon sized zip top bag. Remove as much air as possible, close the bag tightly, and massage the bag to mix the contents and make sure the chicken is well coated. Refrigerate the bag for 30 minutes.
  3. After marinating for 30 minutes, preheat the oven to 375 degrees in preparation to bake the chicken.
  4. Place the chicken in a large casserole dish (9×13). Bake the chicken in the preheated 375 degree oven for 25-30 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.

Recipe source:  http://www.budgetbytes.com/2013/06/greek-marinated-chicken/

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Roasted Veggies with Chipotle Cream

For a light and healthy dish, try this vegetarian concoction. Adding a spicy cream takes this dish to the next level!

Roasted Veggies with Chipotle Cream

roasted veggies with chipotle cream

Ingredients

Vegetable oil cooking spray
2 medium zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
One 1-pound butternut squash, peeled, seeded and diced into 1/2-inch cubes (3 cups)
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon kosher salt

Chipotle Cream:
1 cup greek yogurt
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 tbsp Chipotle “mayo” (vegan mayonnaise, I used Just Mayo)
1 teaspoon of Sambal (chili paste)
1 teaspoon agave
1 teaspoon paprika

Directions

Place an oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees F. Spray a heavy baking sheet with vegetable oil cooking spray or line with parchment paper.

For the vegetables: Toss the zucchini, bell pepper, squash, oil, cumin, oregano and salt in a medium bowl. Spread the mixture in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Roast until the vegetables are golden and tender, 25 to 30 minutes.

For the cream: Mix the greek yogurt, lime juice, agave, paprika, sambal, and “mayo” until smooth in a small bowl.

Spoon the vegetables onto a plate and serve with a dollop of the chipotle cream. I served on top of tortilla chips but feel free to serve in a crunchy tortilla, or simply on their own.

Recipe source: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/roasted-vegetable-tostadas-with-chipotle-cream-recipe.html

Sausage and Tortellini Soup

Easiest soup recipe ever. Only 15 minutes to make and I love soup on cold winter nights!

Sausage and Tortellini Soup

sausage and tortellini soup

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked Italian sausage (I use 2 mild links and 2 spicy links)
  • 3 cups uncooked tortellini
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 6 chicken boullion cubes (if you want to use chicken stock instead, 1 cube= 1 cup of stock)
  • 1 tbsp. oregano
  • 1 tbsp. parsley
  • 1 tbsp. chives
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • parmesan cheese

Directions

Put all ingredients except tortellini in medium size sauce pan and bring to boil.  Allow to simmer about 15 minutes.  Add tortellini and allow to boil according to pasta package instructions.  Sprinkle with freshly grated parmesan cheese and serve.

Recipe source: http://partyinmykitchenparties.blogspot.com/2012/02/new-recipe-to-share.html

Pasta alla Formiana

Although this dish takes a bit of time in the oven, it is really easy to assemble and you don’t even have to pre-cook the pasta! Its a great twist on a simple pasta with red sauce recipe by adding fresh tomatoes!

Pasta alla Formiana

pasta alla formiana

Ingredients

  • Butter, for greasing dish
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 clove garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 pound (8 ounces) mezze penne or other small pasta
  • 1/3 cup olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • 1/4 cup dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 to 5 very ripe, extra-large or beefsteak tomatoes, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Butter an 8 by 8-inch glass baking dish. Set aside.
  • In a food processor, blend together the crushed tomatoes and garlic. Pour into a medium bowl and add the uncooked pasta, 1/3 cup olive oil, oregano, salt, and pepper. Toss until all the ingredients are coated.
  • Line the bottom and sides of the baking dish with tomato slices. Pour the pasta mixture into the dish and spread evenly. Arrange the remaining tomato slices in an overlapping layer on top of the pasta mixture, making sure the mixture is completely covered.
  • Drizzle with olive oil. Bake until the tomatoes are slightly crispy and the pasta is cooked, about 1 hour. Remove from the oven and cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Recipe Source: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/pasta-alla-formiana-recipe.html

Baked Herb Lemon Chicken

This chicken dish is one of my all time favorites! It has that lemony fresh taste that I love but still enough garlic and zest from the herbs that my husband can enjoy as well. Best part is, it is so easy to make!

Baked Herb Lemon Chicken

Baked Herb Lemon Chicken

Ingredients

  • 4 Chicken breasts
  • Kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lemon sliced in wedges, 6-8 slices
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 9 cloves minced garlic- about 3 Tbs
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine
  • 1 Tbs grated lemon zest (2 lemons)
  •  2 Tbs freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1½ tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp minced fresh thyme leaves, plus 4 sprigs (or dried thyme)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Trim any excess fat from the breast and place in a 9 x 13 baking dish skin side up. Repeat with the remaining breasts. Sprinkle the breast with kosher salt and fresh ground pepper. Now slice one lemon lengthwise into 6-8 wedges and set among the chicken breasts in the dish.

Next add the extra virgin olive oil to a small sauté pan and heat over medium-low temperature, once warmed and the minced garlic and cook for just a minute and stirring constantly. Turn the heat off and add the dry white wine, lemon zest, lemon juice, dried oregano, and minced thyme. Pour the warm mixture into the dish to surround the seasoned chicken breasts. Add the 4 sprigs of thyme on top the chicken breasts.

Bake the dish uncovered for 30 to 45 minutes, until the breasts are cooked and reach 165 degrees F. Remove from the oven, cover with aluminum foil and allow resting for 10 minutes before serving.

Transfer the chicken to a serving platter and pour desired amount of cooking liquid onto the platter for service.

Recipe source: http://www.andicakes.com/2011/01/07/baked-herb-lemon-chicken/

Herbed Pork Tenderloin with Mint Yogurt

I saw this recipe on The Chew and knew I had to try it. It was featured on an episode of people competing for the Weight Watchers challenge so you know it’s healthy! This recipe consists of a simple marinade, quick oven time, and a yummy sauce. The recipe originally called for a sear before roasting but I wanted to cut the cook time so I just roasted it in the oven without the sear and it was just as good! Keep note, if you don’t have fresh herbs on hand, it’s totally fine to use dried. This pork tenderloin is a must-try for a healthy meal!

Herbed Pork Tenderloin with Mint Yogurt

pork tenderloin with mint yogurt

Ingredients

  • 24 ounce Pork Tenderloin; trimmed of excess fat (about 2 medium size tenderloins)
  • 2 tablespoons Oregano; fresh or dried
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Zest
  • 1 tablespoon Orange Zest
  • 3 cloves Garlic; smashed
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 large zippered plastic bag
  • Kosher Salt
  • Pepper

Minted Yogurt Sauce

  • 8 ounces Greek Yogurt; fat free
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Mint
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Dill
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • pinch of Black Pepper

Directions

In a large zippered plastic bag, mix the Oregano, Thyme, Zest, Garlic and Olive Oil.  Place the Pork Tenderloins inside the bag, coating them evenly.  Then store in refrigerator anywhere from 2 to 24 hours (I stored mine overnight).

Place the refrigerated Pork Tenderloins into a pre-heated, 400 degree oven for 20-23 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 140 degrees.

In the meantime, make the mint yogurt. Mix the Yogurt, Mint, Dill, Lemon Juice, Salt, and Pepper in a bowl, and vuala!

When the pork is done cooking, transfer it to a cutting board to rest for 5 minutes (to seal in all the juices).  Slice into ¾” oval pieces.  Allow 3-4 pieces per serving.

As usual, I served this over couscous but feel free to serve over quinoa, rice, or tabbouleh.

Recipe source: http://abc.go.com/shows/the-chew/weight-watchers-recipes/herbed-pork-tenderloin-with-minted-yogurt-sauce-ryan-hutmacher