Italian Baked Chicken and Pastina Recipe : Giada De Laurentiis : Food Network

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In the past I have been biased about the Food Network recipes.  I generalized them all as most likely to have an ingredient that I would not like. To be fair, the times that I did check out the Food Network’s recipes it did have an ingredient or two that didn’t appeal to me.   I discovered an Italian baked chicken and pasting recipe by Giada De Laurentiis that is just perfect.  It is so good that I have decided to make it for Valentines day.

My boyfriend described this Italian casserole, as tasting like chicken parmesan.  It has a subtle chicken parmesan taste that both he and I enjoyed very much.  When I first prepared this casserole I was concerned that it might be dry and lacking  shazaam taste.  Boy was I wrong.  The juice from the diced tomatoes really does keep the pasta from drying out.  I also thought that maybe the bread crumbs would be too much on top of this casserole.  Not only did the bread crumbs add a nice texture to it  but it also contributed to the chicken parmesan taste.

I recommend buying enough ingredients to double the recipe for a quick, easy and delicious zapped meal.  It doesn’t take too long to prepare and  it is well worth the effort.

Happy Valentines Day everyone!

Italian Baked Chicken Pastina 2 - amwrecipes@ Flickr.com

Chicken Rice Divan Bake

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Every week I plan a menu for seven days and then make the grocery list based on that menu.  My menu can change drastically from week to week because if I eat something too much I begin to dislike it and then I can’t eat that meal anymore.  If I run out of ideas as to what I would like to eat,  I try a new recipe and pray that both my boyfriend and I will enjoy it.  Sometimes the way that I find a new recipe on the internet is to google a few key ingredients that I think would taste delicious together and then pick what recipe appeals to me.  That is how that I happened upon the Chicken Rice Divan Bake at About.com

I was a bit skeptical about this recipe at first because I thought the ingredients once baked would be dry and hard to swallow.  With that in mind I decided against using boneless skinless chicken breasts as it is the part of the chicken that I have most difficult time swallowing.  I chose instead to use  boiled chicken thighs meat and I included an additional cup of this meat to the recipe.  I also add an additional cup of meat to the recipe.  The rest of the ingredients were measured according to the  recipe.  The flavor of this recipe left me  wanting more but I resisted the urge to indulge in a second helping.  With 8oz of sour cream in the recipe it was wise for me to quit while I was ahead. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this meal and although I could not make it every week, I wouldn’t exactly let this recipe card collect dust on my fridge.  So if you are looking for a new casserole meal that is delicious without being too rich for the stomach, give this meal a try.

 

Beef Romanoff

“Some people like to paint pictures, or do gardening, or build a boat in the basement. Other people get a tremendous pleasure out of the kitchen, because cooking is just as creative and imaginative an activity as drawing, or wood carving, or music.” – Julia Childs

One of the things that I like about cooking is that when I need a change I can always try a new recipe.  I was having a craving for Beef Stroganoff and remembered a dish that my mother used to make. The combination of tomato meat sauce, and sour cream over noodles was a childhood favorite meal of mine.  After google searching the ingredients I was lead to the Cooks.com recipe for Beef Romanoff.

The recipe was almost as easy to make as pasta with tomato sauce. The total time that it takes to prepare makes it feasible for me to add it to my weekly meal rotation.   The addition of sour cream and cream cheese, made the flavor a kin to lasagna.  I found the taste to be good but not enough to be labeled “addicting”.  However, the recipe shows promise and I believe with ingredient quantity adjustments, it could be rated as addicting.

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