Daily Archives: March 13, 2011

Chicken/Bacon

Chicken/Bacon

This meal is is sort of a hodgepodge of recipes I found and then modified to fit my specific needs.  The list of ingredients for the whole meal are as follows:

  • 4 chicken breast
  • 1 lb bacon
  • 1 cup mexican blend finely shredded cheese
  • as much whole grain pasta as you think you need
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 4 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2-15 oz cans green beans

I cup the bacon up and then cooked thoroughly.  I set the bacon aside and added half of the drippings to the green beans.  I dumped the rest of the drippings.  Then I added 2 tbsp olive oil and a tbsp butter to the pan.  Then I added the cubed chicken breasts (and half a tsp salt) and cook until almost done.  I added 1 clove garlic (minced) and finished cooking the chicken.  Once the chicken was done, I added the bacon back in and topped everything with the cheese.  I let stand (removed from the heat) until the cheese melted.  Meanwhile, in a large pot of water, I cooked my noodles as per the directions on the box.  In a small sauce pan I melted 2 tbsp butter.  Then I added 3 garlic cloves (minced), 2 tbsp lemon juice, and 1/2 tsp salt.  I heated until the garlic was tender.  I tossed the sauce with the cooked, drained noodles. The green beans and bacon drippings I heated until there was almost no liquid left.  The meal was delicious.

Lasagna Soup

Lasagna Soup

I have made lasagna soup a couple of times from a couple of different recipes.  I didn’t look one up this time.  I just grabbed whatever I had and put it together how I felt it should go.  I used:

  • Half a box of lasagna noodles, broken up
  • 1 28 oz of tomato sauce
  • 1 28 oz of diced tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz can of corn, drained
  • 1.5 lbs ground beef, browned
  • approximately 1 tbsp of italian seasoning.

I put this all in one pot to cook until the noodles were cooked.  I then topped each bowl with some mozzarella cheese.  The soup turned out great with the exception of there being too many noodles.  I would use half as much next time.

Chicken Quesadilla

Chicken Quesadilla

I decided that since I had the basic ingredients to make it I would throw together a quesadilla for dinner.  I cut up and cooked 4 chicken breasts.  Then I mixed them with some taco seasoning and water.  I let it cook for 5 minutes, until the liquid was mostly gone.  While the chicken was cooking I heated an electric skillet to about 350 F.  I sprayed the skillet with a fat free butter spray.  I placed one whole grain tortilla on the skillet, topped it with a monterey jack cheese, some of the chicken mixture, some refried beans, and more cheese.  The place another shell on top.  I let the quesadilla cook for just a couple of minutes on each side, until the cheese was melted.  This made 4 quesadillas.  Everyone, including the kids, seemed to enjoy the food.  I think, had I not forgotten it, that the food would have been great with some sour cream on top.  I might even consider guacamole as well.