Monday, February 25, 2013

Baked Artichoke Chicken

I first saw a variation of this recipe on pinterest, and I LOVED the idea of it all. Here it goes: put some vegetables (including artichoke hearts, which I adore) on the bottom of a pan, place chicken on the veggies, top it all off with a flavorful sauce, and bake. Why is this so amazing?! First of all, it's super easy to throw together. Then, as it bakes (and you walk away), the oven does the work for you: the sauce seeps into the chicken; the chicken drippings and sauce marinate the vegetables as they cook; a delightful sauce with a combination of these flavors coats the entire dish.

As you take the dish out of the oven, you will be amazed at how things have changed since you first walked away. Finally, you just grab a plate, throw on some veggies & a piece of chicken, and get yourself some carbs to soak up the tangy sauce in which the entire dish is now bathing.

My contribution is the sauce, featuring ingredients such as white wine, Dijon mustard, and tarragon. It makes the entire dish burst with flavor, and complements the artichoke and chicken perfectly. I also made sure to include a printable recipe below -- I've been forgetting to do that; so hopefully that helps for those who like to cook from an easy-to-read hard copy!

Now, onto the good, no great, stuff... 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Pureed Cauliflower (w/ Cheese & Roasted Garlic)

"Mmmmm... these mashed potatoes are really good!"
"This is cauliflower?!"
"I can't stop thinking about that cauliflower dish. I don't even like cauliflower..."

Just a few remarks I've heard after my friends and loved-ones tried this deceptively delicious dish. Whatever your thoughts on veggies, or cauliflower, I promise, this will satisfy your comfort-food craving for mashed potatoes, but with more nutritional value and less of the bad stuff. I served them as a side with my Turkey & Veg Meatloaf, and it was a dynamite combo!! Give it a whirl for dinner... easy, delicious, satisfying... What are you waiting for?!