Saturday, September 17, 2011

recipe jar: take one.

With the new job it has been hard to balance my hours- most days I am heading home around 7:30 which means Fran & I are not sitting down for dinner until 8:30, maybe 9. This schedule has to be affecting my metabolism but I have not been able to reach the point where leaving at 6 is manageable. Until then, I am grateful for an understanding & supportive husband. 

But, back to the matter at hand: the recipes drawn last week, bruschetta chicken & the Paula Deen Mexican casserole

Both meals were extremely easy to fix and both provided left overs for the following day's dinner (I love when that happens!). However, of the two contenders the bruschetta chicken won a place in my repeat folder. Why? It was light, healthy and extremely fresh. 

I chopped two tomatoes, a few basil leaves and placed them in a bowl. I then took chunks of mozzarella and layed them on top of the fresh-out-of-the-pan chicken breasts, allowing it to melt slightly. Once the chicken was on the plate, I smothered it with the veggies. It was delicious! Especially when paired with a side salad, it made for the perfect meal. Not too light, not too full, just right.

The Paula casserole is another story. First, it was all made out of canned soups. I think with fresh ingredients it could make for a good "gringo enchilada wannabe" but otherwise it's a mushy, unfulfilling mess. I would post a picture but it did not even look slightly appetizing. Sorry, butter queen but this was a major fail. Luckily, Fran is willing to eat anything and that casserole slowly left our fridge. 

One of two, not too bad. Hopefully next week's draws will be win-wins! Crunchy garlic chicken & stuffed green peppers are on the menu for tomorrow's grocery trip.


Becca said...

Yay!!! That chicken looks fabulous! I bet it was very refreshing. Noooow, you have to post that recipe. Unless it's in a comment thread somewheres?

I hope your hours begin to improve! You are working far too hard and way more than this kid. Lord love ya for being such a great and dedicated person!

Oscar el Mexicano said...

Some good chicken recipes easy to prepare for a busy professional: