Holy Comfort Food!

Here is another recipe you don’t have to feel guilty about! I included the nutritional information below. I try to cook meals at least 2-3 times a week. Then, I post my recipes when I have time. This recipe was SO delicious, I had to post as soon as possible. I made this dish last night, and enjoyed the leftovers for lunch today. My husband said it was one of the best pasta dishes I’ve made, and I didn’t even prompt him to say this (surprising). Coming from him, this was a huge compliment.

Skillet Chicken with Artichokes and Roasted Red Peppers

Serves: 6 (1.5 cups per serving)

Nutritional Info: 385 calories, 7g total fat, 567 mg sodium, 53g carbs, 5g sugar, 6g fiber, 23g protein

Materials:

  • 12 oz. whole wheat penne
  • 3/4 pound skinless boneless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (14 oz.) can artichoke hearts, drained, patted dry, and quartered
  • 1 (12 oz.) jar roasted red peppers, drained and sliced (not oil packed)
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 4 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese (freshly grated!)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons water – added to thicken
  • 1-2 tablespoons tomato paste – added to thicken/flavor

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Ravinia Bound!

Last weekend I went to Ravinia with some friends to see Carrie Underwood.  Lawn seats at Ravinia are all about food, wine, music and friends.  I definitely wanted to make sure the food part was covered, so I brought the following appetizers with for the concert…roasted red pepper hummus, stuffed mini bell peppers wrapped in bacon, and spinach dip.

ROASTED RED PEPPER HUMMUS


Materials:

  • 1 can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained (found in the international isle)
  • 1/3 C tahini (Buy a large jar because it lasts over a year and is cheaper)
  • 1/2 large jar (16 oz) roasted red peppers, drained
  • lemons (1-2)
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 T Extra virgin olive oil, plus more for garnish
  • salt to taste
  • paprika for garnish

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