Archive of ‘Main Dishes’ category

EASY CHEESY Penne Pasta And Spinach Bake

This EASY CHEESY Penne Pasta and Spinach Bake may not be the poster child for “Good-Looking” meals, but what it lacks in looks, it makes up for in TASTE! This meatless pasta dish, with three Italian cheeses, tastes wonderful, and is incredibly easy to prepare!EASY CHEESY Penne Pasta and Spinach Bake / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I came up with this simple recipe one day while brainstorming what to make for dinner. After taking stock of what I had in my refrigerator and pantry, I decided to make this recipe using what I already had in the house. The results? A really good, SIMPLE to prepare meal!  Since I was creating a meal off the top of my head, I didn’t document the process too well with photos.  So these photos are just to give you an idea… trust me, the meal tastes a LOT better than it looks in these pictures.

The recipe is very straightforward.  Penne pasta is cooked and drained, then spaghetti sauce (flavor/variety of your choice-homemade or store-bought), three cheeses (mozzarella, Parmesan and ricotta), garlic powder and fresh chopped spinach  are added and mixed together.  The pasta is then placed into a 9×13 pan that has been sprayed with a non-stick spray.

EASY CHEESY Penne Pasta And Spinach Bake / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

The pasta is then topped with additional mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.

EASY CHEESY Penne Pasta And Spinach Bake / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Pasta is baked (covered with aluminum foil) for 20 minutes, then foil is removed and continues baking for 5 more minutes (uncovered). That’s it!  Serve the pasta hot… and enjoy! It may not be the most “appetizing” looking photo I’ve ever taken, but it really is GOOD!

EASY CHEESY Penne Pasta And Spinach Bake / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Hope you will give this recipe a try! It is filling, filled with flavor, and is a cinch to prepare!  The leftovers were good, too!

EASY CHEESY Penne Pasta And Spinach Bake / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

EASY CHEESY Penne Pasta And Spinach Bake
 
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Penne Pasta is baked with spaghetti sauce, three cheeses, and fresh spinach in this easy, tasty, and filling casserole.
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Recipe type: Casserole
Serves: 4-6 servings
Ingredients
  • ¾ pound penna pasta
  • Marinara sauce (homemade or use a jar of sauce-need enough for 4 servings)
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup Ricotta cheese
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1½ cups chopped fresh spinach
  • Additional Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese for topping casserole (1/4 cup each)
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 pan with non-stick spray.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain. Place pasta in large mixing bowl.
  3. Add spaghetti sauce, mozzarella, Parmesan and ricotta cheeses, fresh chopped spinach, plus garlic powder. Stir into pasta until ingredients are fully coated and combined.
  4. Pour pasta into prepared 9x13 pan. Add additional mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses to top.
  5. Cover pan with aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove foil and cook for 5 more minutes. Remove pan from oven and serve pasta immediately.
Notes
Number of servings will depend on the size portion you serve.

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One Pan Greek Chicken And Orzo

If you enjoy the convenience of one pot meals, I’m sure you will LOVE this recipe for One Pan Greek Chicken And Orzo… a delicious, flavor-filled dish that’s ready to eat in 30 minutes!One Pan Greek Chicken And Orzo / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
My husband and I just returned from a week in Hawaii, and truthfully, I wasn’t too thrilled about preparing dinner (after being spoiled by eating out for a week!)… BUT… I found this recipe from Joanna Cismaru while searching Pinterest and decided to try it, since it was quick and easy!  I’m sure glad I did, because we loved this meal! Pan-seared, lightly seasoned chicken thighs cook alongside orzo pasta in white wine and chicken broth, then are topped with kalamata olives, crumbled feta cheese, fresh parsley, lemon wedges, and served. YUM!

The dish is really easy to prepare, as well. Here’s how:

  1. Mix together all-purpose flour, smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt and black pepper in a medium bowl.
  2. Pat chicken thighs dry using a paper towel.  Dredge chicken thighs in the seasoned flour mixture, coating all sides.
  3. Heat 1 Tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet (on medium-high heat). Carefully add chicken thighs to hot oil. Cook them for 4 minutes, without moving them in skillet.
  4. Flip chicken over and cook the other side for 3-4 minutes until crispy and well-browned.

One Pan Greek Chicken And Orzo / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Remove chicken to a plate and let rest. (Don’t worry if it’s not all the way done – the chicken will finish cooking later!).

One Pan Greek Chicken And Orzo / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Add 1 Tablespoon olive oil back into the skillet you cooked the chicken in and turn heat to medium.  Add chopped onion, minced garlic, red pepper flakes, thyme and oregano. Stir, and cook for 1 minute.  Add salt and pepper to lightly season.

One Pan Greek Chicken And Orzo / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Pour in the uncooked orzo.

One Pan Greek Chicken And Orzo / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Pour in the white wine and the chicken broth, then stir to combine ingredients.  Once the ingredients are stirred, bring liquid to a boil, then reduce the heat down to medium.

One Pan Greek Chicken And Orzo / The Grateful Girl Cooks!Next…

  1. Place the chicken thighs into the skillet on top of the orzo.
  2. Cover skillet with a lid; cook for 10 minutes (or until the orzo is fully cooked).
  3. Remove skillet from heat; remove lid.
  4. Add kalamata olives, crumbled feta cheese, chopped fresh parsley, and lemon wedges to the skillet as garnish.

One Pan Greek Chicken And Orzo / The Grateful Girl Cooks!Serve… and ENJOY!  This dish not only looks good, it tastes great!  The orzo is seasoned perfectly, and the chicken is juicy and delicious!

**Note:  The recipe as written, serves 4 (two thighs per serving). When I prepared this meal, I cut the recipe in half, since it was just my husband and I eating it!) 

One Pan Greek Chicken And Orzo / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

One Pan Greek Chicken And Orzo / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

We really, really enjoyed this dish, and I know it will be made again and again in our home. It truly did only take 30 minutes, from start to finish!  What a perfect dinner for those crazy busy evenings when you want something delicious for dinner, but don’t want to take too long (or are too tired) to fuss over it!

One Pan Greek Chicken And Orzo / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

I really hope you will consider trying this wonderful chicken “one pan wonder” recipe! My hope is that you find it just as delicious as we did!  Have a wonderful day, and make the most out of each minute you’ve been given!

One Pan Greek Chicken And Orzo / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Source: http://www.jocooks.com/recipes/one-pot-greek-chicken-orzo/

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This One Pan Chicken and Orzo dinner is ready in 30 minutes and is filled with classic Greek flavors from seasonings, kalamata olives and feta cheese. YUM!
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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 4 servings (2 thighs per serving)
Ingredients
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste (approx. ¼ teaspoon of each)
  • 8 chicken thighs (boneless, skinless)
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 large white onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • ½ Tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1½ cups orzo pasta (uncooked)
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • ¾ cup kalamata olives (pitted and drained - room temp)
  • ¼ cup feta cheese, crumbled (room temp)
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • ½ lemon, sliced into wedges
Directions
  1. Mix together all-purpose flour, smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt and black pepper in a medium bowl. Pat chicken thighs dry using a paper towel. Dredge chicken thighs in the seasoned flour mixture, coating all sides.
  2. Heat 1 Tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet (on medium-high heat). Carefully add chicken thighs to hot oil. Cook them for 4 minutes, without moving them in skillet. Flip chicken over and cook the other side for 3-4 minutes until crispy and well-browned. Remove chicken to a plate and let rest. (Don't worry if it's not all the way done - the chicken will finish cooking later!).
  3. Add 1 Tablespoon olive oil back into the skillet you cooked the chicken in and turn heat to medium. Add chopped onion, minced garlic, red pepper flakes, thyme and oregano. Stir, and cook for 1 minute. Add salt and pepper to lightly season.
  4. Pour in the uncooked orzo. Pour in the white wine and the chicken broth, then stir to combine ingredients. Once the ingredients are stirred, bring liquid to a boil, then reduce the heat down to medium. Place the chicken thighs into the skillet on top of the orzo. Cover skillet with a lid; cook for 10 minutes (or until the orzo is fully cooked).
  5. Remove skillet from heat; remove lid. Add kalamata olives, crumbled feta cheese, chopped fresh parsley, and lemon wedges to the skillet as garnish. Serve, and enjoy!
Notes
Don't have boneless chicken thighs? Use chicken thighs with bones, but cook chicken about 1 minute longer per side when pan-searing.

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Swordfish In Lemon Garlic Sauce

Looking for an easy and flavorful way to cook swordfish that doesn’t involve an outdoor BBQ grill?  Here’s a very simple way to make Swordfish In Lemon Garlic Sauce… pan-seared, finished in the oven, and served, topped with a delicious lemon, garlic and white wine sauce.Swordfish In Lemon Garlic Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
The recipe is quite simple to prepare… here’s how:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Heat olive oil in a large, OVEN-PROOF skillet until very hot (but not quite smoking). Lightly seasoned swordfish fillets (at room temperature) are added to skillet.  Cook for 2-3 minutes, until golden brown on bottom. Turn fish over and cook the other side 2-3 minutes, as well.  Place skillet and swordfish into preheated oven. Continue to bake swordfish for between 7 and 12 minutes (time will vary based on thickness of swordfish). Begin checking on the fish after 6 minutes have passed. Once the fish flakes easily with a fork,  it will be ready. While the fish is baking, prepare the easy lemon garlic sauce.

Swordfish In Lemon Garlic Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Swordfish In Lemon Garlic Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

While the swordfish is in oven, make the lemon garlic sauce. Place butter and olive oil in a small skillet. Heat over low heat until butter is melted.  Add minced garlic and red pepper flakes. Stir and cook this mixture on very low heat for about a minute (being careful NOT to burn the garlic).

Swordfish In Lemon Garlic Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Add white wine to the skillet, and using medium heat, bring the liquid to a simmer.  Cook the sauce for 3 minutes, stirring often.  The liquid will reduce a bit in volume as it cooks.

Swordfish In Lemon Garlic Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Remove the skillet from the heat.  Add lemon juice and finely grated fresh lemon zest. Stir to combine.  The sauce will smell really good at this point.

Swordfish In Lemon Garlic Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Transfer cooked swordfish to serving plate. Spoon the lemon garlic sauce over the top of the fish, and garnish with parsley, if desired.  That’s it!  Swordfish in Lemon Garlic Sauce!

Swordfish In Lemon Garlic Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

I love seafood grilled outdoors on our BBQ, but as is the case often here in Oregon, the rain prevents that many times. It’s nice to have a simple, tasty and easy alternative to enjoying a wonderful piece of fish that can be cooked right in the ol’ kitchen!  Have a great day.

Swordfish In Lemon Garlic Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Source: http://www.superseafoodrecipes.com/swordfish-recipe-with-lemon-garlic-sauce.html

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Swordfish fillets are pan-seared, then finish cooking in oven and are glazed with an easy, delicious Lemon Garlic sauce for this seafood dish!
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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 swordfish steaks (at least 1 inch thick)
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper
For Lemon Garlic Sauce:
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • Grated zest from 1 large lemon
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped parsley (for garnish-optional)
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Let swordfish come to room temperature for 30 minutes before cooking. Pat fish really dry with a paper towel, then lightly season with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large, OVEN-PROOF skillet until very hot (but not quite smoking). Carefully add swordfish fillets to skillet. Cook for 2-3 minutes, until golden brown on bottom. Turn fish over and cook the other side 2-3 minutes, as well. Place skillet (and swordfish) into hot oven. Bake swordfish for between 7 and 12 minutes (time will vary based on thickness of swordfish). Begin checking fish after 6 minutes have passed. Once the fish flakes easily with a fork, it will be ready.
  3. While swordfish is baking, make the lemon garlic sauce. Place butter and olive oil in a small skillet. Cook on low heat until butter is melted. Add minced garlic and red pepper flakes. Stir and cook mixture on very low heat for about a minute (being careful NOT to burn the garlic).
  4. Add white wine to the skillet, and using medium heat, bring the liquid to a simmer. Cook the sauce for 3 minutes, stirring often. The liquid will reduce a bit in volume as it cooks.
  5. Remove sauce from heat. Add lemon juice and finely grated fresh lemon zest. Stir to combine.
  6. Transfer cooked swordfish to serving plate. Spoon the lemon garlic sauce over the top of the fish, and garnish with parsley, if desired.

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Garlic & Herb Baked Salmon

My husband and I really love salmon! In my never ending quest to find new recipes, I stumbled upon this simple one for Garlic & Herb Baked Salmon, and it did not disappoint!Garlic & Herb Baked Salmon / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
The process for making this salmon dish is extremely SIMPLE. A garlic, butter, lemon juice and herb mixture is combined, then salmon fillets are topped with it. The salmon goes into the oven where it is baked, and then it is DONE!  How’s THAT for EASY??? It’s quick and it tastes GOOD. From start to finish, it took under 20 minutes, which is perfect for crazy busy days!

Here’s how easy it is to make this salmon dish:

Start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees F. (So far so good, right?).  Place the melted butter, garlic, parsley, salt, cayenne pepper, lemon juice and black pepper in a small bowl. Give it a good stir to fully combine ingredients. (Hope you didn’t break a sweat doing all that hard work- wink, wink!).

Garlic & Herb Baked Salmon / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Place the salmon fillets onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, leaving a bit of space between each fillet.  Using a spoon, divide the sauce evenly between salmon pieces, coating the fish to cover the top and sides.

Garlic & Herb Baked Salmon / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 12 minutes. When done, remove baking sheet from oven.

Garlic & Herb Baked Salmon / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Garnish each piece of salmon with a lemon wedge and serve immediately with your favorite side dish.  I served mine on a bed of cooked sesame ginger slaw, along with green beans (from our garden) and rice.  If you want, you can also drizzle the salmon with any leftover garlic herb mixture that remains on the baking sheet.

Garlic & Herb Baked Salmon / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Garlic & Herb Baked Salmon / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

This salmon recipe is really SO EASY!!! It really had a great flavor, as well. As always, I sure hope you will consider making this for yourself, your family or others you love!

Garlic & Herb Baked Salmon / The Grateful Girl Cooks!Recipe Source:  http://rasamalaysia.com/garlic-herb-roasted-salmon/

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A simple garlic herb sauce enhances baked salmon fillets in this delicious, quick and simple recipe.
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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 (6 ounce) salmon fillets
  • 2 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh Italian parsley leaves, chopped
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 3 dashed ground black pepper
  • Lemon wedges (for garnish-optional)
Directions
  1. Before beginning, preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the melted butter, minced garlic, parsley, salt, cayenne pepper, lemon juice and black pepper until fully combined.
  3. Place salmon fillets onto parchment paper lined baking sheet, leaving space in between each fillet.
  4. Spoon the garlic and herb sauce evenly over the top and sides of the salmon (to cover).
  5. Bake salmon at 400 degrees F. for 12 minutes. Remove from oven.
  6. Serve immediately with lemon wedges for garnish, if desired. Enjoy!

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Grilled Chili & Lime Chicken Fajita Salad

Do you like fajitas? Well, I sure do, so I was excited to try a new recipe for Grilled Chili & Lime Chicken Fajita Salad! Wow… it tasted fantastic, and I can’t wait to share it with you today.Grilled Chili & Lime Chicken Fajita Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
This main dish salad is filled with marinated grilled chicken, romaine lettuce, black beans, grilled bell peppers and onion, and is topped with tortilla strips, cilantro, avocado and sour cream, and drizzled with an amazing chili and lime salad dressing (part of it serves as the marinade!). If you like Southwestern food, chances are you will LOVE this filling salad.  We sure did!  It is one of my new favorite salads… will DEFINITELY make this again and again.

The chicken will need to marinate for a couple hours (at least), so plan ahead (the marinating time is not included in the prep time on printable recipe). I like to get things ready ahead of time, so early in the afternoon I marinated the chicken, then grilled the chicken and at the same time, (in a separate skillet) I grilled the onion and peppers.  When it was dinner time, all I had to do was slice the pre-cooked chicken, arrange the salad ingredients in 2 serving bowls, drizzle with the dressing and serve! EASY!  The day I made this salad it was pouring rain, so I cooked the chicken on my indoor George Foreman grill. You can cook the marinated chicken on the BBQ, an indoor grill, or the EASY way… in a skillet on your stovetop! The recipe calls for boneless chicken thighs, but boneless chicken breasts are a great substitution, too!

Here’s how to make this delicious salad:

In a small bowl, whisk the ingredients for the marinade together until fully blended.  Pour HALF (approx. 1/4 cup) of the marinade into a shallow dish. Add the chicken, cover, and refrigerate/marinate chicken for at least 2 hours (turning occasionally to coat), for best taste results!   When you cook the marinated chicken, discard and do NOT use the marinade that has been in contact with the chicken, to avoid cross contamination!

Cover and set the remaining marinade (approx. 1/4 cup) aside until ready to serve (this is the salad dressing). There is no need to refrigerate.

Grilled Chili & Lime Chicken Fajita Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Grilled Chili & Lime Chicken Fajita Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

After chicken has been marinated, grill the chicken until done and crispy on a BBQ or indoor grill. If using a skillet, heat a teaspoon of oil on medium-high heat until hot before adding the pieces of chicken.  When cooked fully, remove chicken. Let rest for a few minutes, then cut into thin slices.

Grilled Chili & Lime Chicken Fajita Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Grilled Chili & Lime Chicken Fajita Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

In a separate skillet, heat a teaspoon of oil on medium-high heat until hot. Add sliced red and yellow bell peppers and onions. Cook until tender (4-5 minutes), stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and set aside.

Grilled Chili & Lime Chicken Fajita Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
To assemble the salad, fill serving dish with torn romaine leaves. Evenly distribute black beans, peppers and onions over lettuce. Add sliced avocado and crisp tortilla strips (I made my own tortilla strips – to see how to make them, check notes section of printable recipe).  Sprinkle salad with extra cilantro leaves.  Place a dollop of sour cream on top, and add a lime wedge (for garnish).  Drizzle reserved marinade over the top.  Serve… and ENJOY this amazing, flavor-filled chicken fajita salad! The recipe as written (below) makes two very generous sized main course salads.

Grilled Chili & Lime Chicken Fajita Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

I’m not kidding… this really is one delicious dinner!  I hope you will give it a try. My husband loved it, too.  One of his first comments after tasting it and saying “wow”, was “this has to be one of the best looking salads I’ve ever eaten”. Yes, it LOOKS good, but just wait until you TASTE it! Grab a fork and have a taste of that juicy chicken!  YUM!

Grilled Chili & Lime Chicken Fajita Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Have a wonderful day! Thanks for stopping by this website… I hope you find some delicious recipes to fix for those you love and cherish! There are a lot of wonderful recipes available in my Categorized Recipe Index at the top of this page! Hope you’ll check it out!

Grilled Chili & Lime Chicken Fajita Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Adapted From:  https://cafedelites.com/2015/08/09/grilled-chilli-lime-chicken-fajita-salad/

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Delicious main dish salad featuring grilled marinated chicken, bell peppers, onions, black beans, avocado and Romaine lettuce, and served with a delicious chili & lime dressing!
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Recipe type: Main Course Salad
Cuisine: Southwestern
Serves: 2 Main Course Servings
Ingredients
For Marinade:
  • 4 Tablespoons olive oil
  • ⅓ cup (+ 1 Tablespoon more) fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon red chili flakes
  • ½ teaspoon ground Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
For Salad:
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (can substitute chicken breasts)
  • ½ yellow bell pepper, sliced thin (seeds removed)
  • ½ red bell pepper, sliced thin (seeds removed)
  • ½ medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 5 cups Romaine lettuce, roughly chopped
  • 1 avocado, sliced (divided)
  • ½ cup black beans (rinsed, drained)
For Garnish (Optional):
  • Sour cream and extra cilantro leaves
  • Crisp tortilla strips (see Notes section for "how to make" these).
Directions
  1. In a small bowl, whisk ingredients for marinade together until fully blended. Pour HALF (approx. ¼ cup) of the marinade into a shallow dish. Add chicken and let marinate in fridge for at least 2 hours, turning occasionally to coat. Cover remaining marinade and set aside until ready to serve (this is the salad dressing-you do not need to refrigerate).
  2. Heat a teaspoon of oil on medium-high heat in a skillet. Once oil is hot, add marinated chicken pieces; cook until done and crispy on outside (can also use indoor grill or outside BBQ). When fully cooked, remove chicken. Let rest for a few minutes, then cut into thin slices. Set aside. Discard and do NOT use the marinade that has been in contact with the chicken, to avoid cross contamination.
  3. In a separate skillet, heat a teaspoon of oil on medium-high heat. Add sliced onions and bell peppers. Cook until tender (4-5 minutes), stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; set aside.
To Assemble Salad: Fill serving dish with torn romaine leaves. Evenly distribute black beans, peppers and onions over lettuce. Add sliced avocado and crisp tortilla strips. Sprinkle with cilantro leaves. Place a dollop of sour cream on top and add a lime wedge (for garnish). Drizzle reserved marinade over salad. Serve... and ENJOY!
Notes
Prep Time does not include marinating time for chicken.

TO MAKE TORTILLA STRIPS: Cut 2 corn tortillas in half, then cut into thin strips. Coat strips with 1 Tablespoon of vegetable oil, then bake at 375 degrees for 5-6 minutes on each side (flipping midway through baking), until light brown and crispy.

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Chicken And Veggie Stir-Fry

Do you enjoy stir-fry meals?  We sure do… in fact, I’ve been making this delicious, Asian-inspired Chicken and Veggie Stir-Fry using the same process and “recipe” for over 20 years.Chicken And Veggie Stir-Fry / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
This dish couldn’t be simpler to make… I came up with a simple Asian sauce after experimenting many years ago, then simply added chicken and fresh veggies, cooked it all together, and have been making stir-fry like this ever since!  The process is simple: stir-fry lightly seasoned, cubed chicken breasts and lots of fresh veggies.  Add a homemade Asian flavored sauce (so quick & easy to make), then serve on a bed of rice! The recipe is easy, packed with veggies, and is wonderfully delicious! (I found a great deal on a combo package of sliced veggies at the grocery store this time, but use whatever combination of fresh veggies you have available!).

Here’s how to make this tasty meal: To save time, I cooked all three parts of this recipe at the same time (it’s easy to do).  The first thing you need to do is cook rice according to package directions, then prep veggies and chicken while rice is cooking.  Make sure veggies are cut into bite sized pieces. Cut chicken breasts into 2 inch cubes.

Chicken And Veggie Stir-Fry / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Chicken And Veggie Stir-Fry / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Prepare the stir-fry sauce by combining chicken broth, soy sauce, and ground ginger in small bowl. Stir in corn starch and mix well.  Set it aside.

Chicken And Veggie Stir-Fry / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

In a large skillet, heat HALF of the oil on medium-high heat until very hot, but not smoking.  Add all the veggies and cook for 6-7 minutes, stirring often until veggies are crisp-tender.

Chicken And Veggie Stir-Fry / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

In a separate medium skillet, heat remaining half of the oil on medium-high until very hot, but not smoking.  Add chicken; cook, turning pieces over to cook all sides. Stir-fry the chicken pieces until they turn white in color and are cooked through (about 3-4 minutes). I cooked the chicken at the same time I was stir-frying the veggies, to save time.

Chicken And Veggie Stir-Fry / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Add cooked chicken to the veggies in large skillet.

Chicken And Veggie Stir-Fry / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Give the sauce a good stir, then pour it over the chicken and veggies. Cook on medium-high heat, stirring often for about 2 minutes. The sauce will thicken as it cooks and will coat the chicken and veggies.

Chicken And Veggie Stir-Fry / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

When done, add the cashews, and stir to combine.

Chicken And Veggie Stir-Fry / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Serve hot on top of a bed of rice (brown or white).  Grab a fork (or chopsticks) and dig right in! It’s GOOD!

Chicken And Veggie Stir-Fry / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Chicken And Veggie Stir-Fry / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

While you can adjust the veggies according to your taste and what you have available (I have done this many times over the years), the basics you should try to have in this dish are onion, carrots, broccoli, and red peppers, simply because they add so much color (and flavor) to the dish.  Any other veggies you choose to add will enhance the dish with additional flavor and color!!!  If you are a Vegetarian… simply omit the chicken!  Be creative… make it your own… and enjoy every bite!

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Chicken And Veggie Stir-Fry
 
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Chicken, fresh vegetables and an Asian-inspired sauce are stir-fried together, then served on a bed of rice in this delicious entree.
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
For Stir-Fry
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (cut into 2 inch cubes)
  • Ground ginger (to lightly season chicken with before cooking)
  • 6 cups (total) Fresh veggies (I used broccoli, onion, carrots, red & green bell peppers, bok choy, mushrooms, sugar snap peas, zucchini and yellow squash) See NOTES section.
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil, divided
  • ⅓ cup roasted cashews
For Stir-Fry sauce:
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
For Serving: Cooked rice (prepared according to package directions)
Directions
  1. Cook rice according to pkg. directions.Cut veggies/chicken in bite size pieces while rice is cooking.
  2. Make stir-fry sauce by mixing chicken broth, soy sauce, and ground ginger in small bowl. Stir in corn starch and mix well. Set aside.
  3. In large skillet, heat HALF of the oil on medium-high heat until very hot, but not smoking. Add all veggies; continue cooking for about 6-7 minutes, stirring often until veggies are crisp-tender.
  4. In separate medium skillet, heat remaining half of the oil on medium-high until very hot, but not smoking. Add chicken; cook all sides until it turns white and is cooked through (about 3-4 minutes).
  5. Add cooked chicken to the veggies in large skillet.
  6. Give the sauce a stir, then pour it over chicken and veggies. Cook on medium-high heat, stirring often for about 2 minutes. The sauce will thicken as it cooks and will coat the chicken and veggies.
  7. When done, add the cashews, and stir to combine. Serve over hot cooked rice... and enjoy!
Notes
Additional veggie add-ins might also include: fresh chopped asparagus, green onions, fresh green beans, celery, water chestnuts, canned/drained bean sprouts, etc.

 

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Cumin-Dusted Pork Cutlets With Citrus Sauce

I recently made some delicious Cumin-Dusted Pork Cutlets with Citrus Sauce for our dinner and wanted to share this very simple recipe with you today.Cumin-Dusted Pork Cutlets With Citrus Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
The recipe originated on the Epicurious website and sounded interesting, so I decided to try it, only making a couple tweaks to the original recipe. The pork cutlets are seasoned, then pan-seared. As soon as they are done, a quick and easy citrus sauce (with orange juice, lemon juice, and garlic) is made and then spooned over the cooked pork chops, then served. It really couldn’t be any easier!  Here’s how to make them:

If using thin, small cutlets, a serving size would be 2 cutlets per adult (and you will NOT need to pound them down).  You want to use fairly thin pork cutlets so they will cook quickly.  Lightly season the pork with salt and pepper, and set aside.  **NOTE: I ended up using slightly larger and thicker boneless chops that I already had in my freezer for this meal, so I pounded each piece with a meat mallet between plastic wrap to flatten them out more (to about 1/2 inch). Since they were large pork chops to begin with, we had 1 cutlet per serving.

Cumin-Dusted Pork Cutlets With Citrus Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Cumin-Dusted Pork Cutlets With Citrus Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

On a plate, mix flour, ground cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper until combined.  Once mixed, coat each pork cutlet (on both sides) with seasoning. Make sure to shake off any excess flour.

Cumin-Dusted Pork Cutlets With Citrus Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Cumin-Dusted Pork Cutlets With Citrus Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Heat 1 Tablespoon of olive oil on medium-high heat in a large non-stick skillet. Once oil is very hot (but not smoking), add cutlets. They should sizzle when they hit the hot oil.  Cook 3-4 minutes on first side, then turn over and cook other side for same amount of time (until fully cooked through and golden brown). Remove pork cutlets to serving plate; keep warm.

Cumin-Dusted Pork Cutlets With Citrus Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Cumin-Dusted Pork Cutlets With Citrus Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Do not clean out the skillet (the brown bits on bottom of skillet help to flavor citrus sauce!). Add 2 Tablespoons olive oil to skillet; heat on medium.  Add minced garlic to skillet; cook for about 15-30 seconds, stirring constantly (don’t burn it!).  Add fresh orange and lemon juices, and a few orange slices.  Bring mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally, until liquid has reduced and thickened a bit (this will take about a minute or so). Taste sauce; add additional salt and pepper, if desired. Remove sauce from heat.

Cumin-Dusted Pork Cutlets With Citrus Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Spoon sauce over the pork cutlets. Garnish with thin orange slices and parsley (fresh or dried) if desired. Serve and enjoy!

Cumin-Dusted Pork Cutlets With Citrus Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

The pork has a nice, slightly Southwestern flavor (the cumin does not overpower it).  The sauce makes enough for 4 servings (single cutlet). If serving 2 cutlets per person, the recipe as written makes 2 servings.  Hope you will consider making this easy, tasty dish. Have a great day, friends.

Cumin-Dusted Pork Cutlets With Citrus Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Adapted From:  http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/cumin-dusted-pork-cutlets-with-citrus-pan-sauce-105363

Cumin-Dusted Pork Cutlets With Citrus Sauce
 
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Boneless pork cutlets are lightly seasoned with Southwestern spices, pan-seared and cooked, then covered with a delicious fresh citrus sauce.
As Prepared By:
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 4 servings (1 per person)
Ingredients
For Pork:
  • 4 boneless pork cutlets
  • 2 Tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
For Citrus Sauce:
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ⅓ cup fresh orange juice
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • A few orange slices (see below)
For garnish:
  • 1 orange, sliced into thin slices, then cut in half (divided)
  • Chopped fresh parsley or dried parsley
Directions
  1. Lightly season pork with salt and pepper, and set aside.
  2. On a plate, mix together flour, ground cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Once mixed, coat each pork cutlet (on both sides) with seasoning. Shake off excess flour.
  3. Heat 1 Tablespoon of olive oil on medium-high heat in a large non-stick skillet. Once oil is very hot (but not smoking), add cutlets. Cook 3-4 minutes on first side, then flip and cook other side for same amount of time (until cooked through and golden brown). Remove pork to serving plate; keep warm.
  4. Do not clean out the skillet. Add 2 Tablespoons olive oil to skillet; heat oil on medium. Add minced garlic to skillet; cook for about 15-30 seconds, stirring constantly (don't burn it!). Add fresh orange and lemon juices, and a few orange slices. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally, until liquid has reduced and thickened a bit (this will take about a minute or so). Taste sauce; add additional salt and pepper, if desired. Remove sauce from heat.
  5. Spoon sauce over the pork cutlets. Garnish with thin orange slices and parsley (fresh or dried) if desired. Serve and enjoy!
Notes
If a slightly sweeter citrus sauce is desired, add 1 teaspoon honey.

 

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Easy Meatballs for Spaghetti

I typically use Italian sausage when I prepare spaghetti and sauce, but occasionally we really enjoy our pasta with a fire roasted garlic marinara sauce and these Easy Meatballs For Spaghetti!Easy Meatballs For Spaghetti / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Sometimes Spaghetti and Meatballs really hits the spot! It’s completely easy to make 10-12 delicious Italian-seasoned meatballs using only one pound of hamburger meat and a few other readily available ingredients. I’ve been making meatballs for spaghetti this way for many, many years, and enjoy the minimal prep time involved!  You can even make a double batch of the meatballs and freeze them to use for another meal, which can save you precious time!  Here’s how easy it is to prepare them:

In medium sized bowl, combine ground beef, salt, pepper, garlic powder, oregano, diced onion, and freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Mix well, to combine ingredients.

Easy Meatballs For Spaghetti / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Using your (clean) hands, grab a portion of the meat mixture and form it into a ball, rolling it between your hands.  The ones I made were about 2 inches wide, so I was able to get 10 fairly good-sized meatballs out of one pound of meat. If you make ’em just a tad smaller, you should be able to make 12 or more meatballs. Set meatballs (once formed) onto a plate or wax paper.

Easy Meatballs For Spaghetti / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Heat 1 Tablespoon oil (vegetable or olive) in a large non-stick skillet.  Heat on medium heat until oil and skillet are hot (but not smoking).  Add meatballs. They should sizzle as the hit the skillet.  Cook until brown on bottom, then carefully turn over. Continue to cook until all sides are brown (meatballs do NOT have to be completely cooked through – they will finish cooking in the sauce later).

Easy Meatballs For Spaghetti / The Grateful Girl Cooks!Easy Meatballs For Spaghetti / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
In a separate large saucepan, heat up spaghetti sauce (whatever kind of sauce you have on hand, whether it’s homemade or a purchased jar, just make sure you have enough sauce for 4 servings)!  Heat the sauce on medium-low. Carefully add the meatballs to the sauce. Spoon sauce over the top of each meatball. Let the meatballs and sauce continue to cook (uncovered) on medium-low for about 30 minutes, occasionally spooning more sauce over the meatballs as they cook.

Easy Meatballs For Spaghetti / The Grateful Girl Cooks!Easy Meatballs For Spaghetti / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

When meatballs are about halfway through cooking time, cook spaghetti noodles in separate pan, according to package directions. Drain pasta.  When they are done (and pasta is finished cooking), remove meatballs from spaghetti sauce (keep warm). Mix cooked, drained noodles with the hot spaghetti sauce.  Serve the pasta onto individual plates or into bowls. Spoon any leftover sauce onto pasta.  Top each serving with 2-3 meatballs.  Garnish with some finely grated Parmesan cheese, and serve!

Easy Meatballs For Spaghetti / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

This really is an economical and delicious classic meal, in which you can end up with 4 healthy sized portions using only one pound of ground beef!  Our oldest son popped in for a visit the day after I made this meal, and he enjoyed a big plate of leftover spaghetti and meatballs for lunch!  Yay for leftovers! Hope you’ll give these easy to prepare meatballs a try!

Easy Meatballs For Spaghetti / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Easy Meatballs for Spaghetti
 
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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ cup diced white onion
  • ½ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • Spaghetti noodles (enough for 4 servings)
  • Prepared Spaghetti Sauce (enough for 4 servings)
  • Additional finely grated Parmesan cheese, for garnish
Directions
  1. In medium sized bowl, combine ground beef, salt, pepper, garlic powder, oregano, diced onion, and finely grated Parmesan cheese. Mix well to combine ingredients.
  2. Using your (clean) hands, grab a portion of the meat mixture and form it into a ball, rolling it between your hands. The ones I made were about 2 inches wide, so I was able to get 10 meatballs out of the pound of meat. If you make 'em just a tad smaller, you should be able to make 12 or more meatballs. Set meatballs (once formed) onto a plate or wax paper.
  3. Heat 1 Tablespoon oil (vegetable or olive) in a large non-stick skillet. Heat on medium heat until oil and skillet are hot (but not smoking). Add meatballs. They should sizzle as the hit the skillet. Cook until brown on bottom, then carefully turn over. Continue to cook until all sides are brown (meatballs do NOT have to be completely cooked through - they will finish cooking in the sauce later).
  4. In a separate large saucepan, heat up your spaghetti sauce (whatever kind of sauce you have on hand, whether it's homemade or a purchased jar, just make sure you have enough sauce for 4 servings! Heat the sauce on medium-low. Carefully add the meatballs to the sauce. Spoon sauce over the top of each meatball. Let the meatballs and sauce continue to cook on medium-low for about 30 minutes, occasionally spooning more sauce over the meatballs as they cook.
  5. When meatballs are halfway through cooking time, cook spaghetti noodles in separate pan, according to package directions. Drain. When done, remove meatballs from spaghetti sauce (keep warm). Mix cooked, drained noodles with the hot spaghetti sauce. Serve up the pasta onto individual plates or into bowls. Spoon any leftover sauce onto pasta. Top each serving with 2-3 meatballs. Garnish with some finely grated Parmesan cheese, and serve!

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Easy Meatballs For Spaghetti / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

 

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Orange And Rosemary Glazed Salmon

I tried a new recipe for Orange And Rosemary Glazed Salmon the other evening for our dinner. Whoa! It tasted absolutely fantastic, so I want to share the recipe on my blog today. Hopefully you will be inspired to make it for your own dinner… you won’t regret it!Orange And Rosemary Glazed Salmon / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
My husband and I love salmon, so I am constantly on the search for new ways to prepare it. I found this recipe on Pinterest, and it is now quite possibly one of my favorite recipes for  salmon.  It’s SOOOO good!  The original recipe was inspired by Cooking Light, and features pan-seared salmon fillets covered with a fresh, thickened citrus glaze. It’s delicious, and so very easy to prepare!  The recipe makes 4 servings – I only cooked 2 salmon fillets since only two of us were eating, but I kept the sauce amount the same as written (and saved the extra sauce for another time).  Here’s how to make this delicious entree:

Heat olive oil on medium-high heat in a large non-stick skillet. Salt and pepper salmon fillets on both sides. When olive oil is really hot (but not smoking), add the salmon to skillet (it should sizzle when it hits the pan).  Cook salmon for 3-4 minutes, then carefully turn salmon over and cook the other side for 3-4 minutes until fully cooked. When done and golden brown, remove the salmon from skillet (leaving the hot oil in the skillet). Keep salmon warm.

Orange And Rosemary Glazed Salmon / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Orange And Rosemary Glazed Salmon / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Turn heat under skillet to medium-low. Add minced garlic and rosemary; stir and cook for about 20 seconds.

Orange And Rosemary Glazed Salmon / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Add 1/4 cup (4 Tablespoons) chicken broth. Stir to combine. Cook on a low simmer until most of the liquid has reduced.

Orange And Rosemary Glazed Salmon / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Add orange zest, lemon juice, honey and orange juice to skillet. Stir to combine.

Orange And Rosemary Glazed Salmon / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

In small cup, stir together remaining Tablespoon of chicken broth with the cornstarch until smooth.  Pour this into skillet, stirring as you add it.  Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Orange And Rosemary Glazed Salmon / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Bring mixture to a boil. Boil for one minute, stirring constantly. The sauce will thicken as it cooks.

Orange And Rosemary Glazed Salmon / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Return the cooked salmon to the skillet. Spoon some of the sauce over each piece to cover. Garnish each fillet with a thin slice of orange, and a sprig of fresh rosemary (if desired).

Orange And Rosemary Glazed Salmon / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Carefully remove salmon and garnish to each serving plate.  Spoon additional sauce over each piece, if desired (it’s good- highly recommend).  Serve and enjoy this wonderful dinner!

Orange And Rosemary Glazed Salmon / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Orange And Rosemary Glazed Salmon / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

I really hope you will try this recipe for salmon. The fresh citrus glaze tastes absolutely delicious on the salmon, and really enhances it.  I found myself saying “this is REALLY good” several times while eating it, and are confident you will enjoy it, as well! Have a wonderful day.

Orange And Rosemary Glazed Salmon / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Source:  http://www.cookingclassy.com/orange-rosemary-glazed-salmon/

Orange And Rosemary Glazed Salmon
 
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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 4 (6 ounce) skinless salmon fillets (about 1 inch thick)
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2½ teaspoons minced fresh rosemary
  • 5 Tablespoons chicken broth (divided-4 T. in one cup, 1 T. in another))
  • 1½ teaspoons orange zest
  • ⅔ cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1½ Tablespoons honey
  • 2½ teaspoons cornstarch
  • Orange slices (thinly sliced) and sprigs of fresh rosemary for garnish (if desired)
Directions
  1. Heat olive oil on medium-high heat in large non-stick skillet. Salt and pepper salmon fillets on both sides. When olive oil is hot (but not smoking), add salmon to skillet (it should sizzle when it hits the pan). Cook salmon for 3-4 minutes, then carefully turn salmon over and cook other side for 3-4 minutes, until fully cooked. When done and golden brown, remove salmon from skillet (leaving hot oil in the skillet). Keep salmon warm.
  2. Turn heat under skillet to medium-low. Add minced garlic and rosemary; stir and cook for about 20 seconds. Add ¼ cup chicken broth (4 Tablespoons of the original 5). Stir well. Cook on a low simmer until most of liquid has reduced. Add orange zest, lemon juice, honey and orange juice to skillet. Stir.
  3. In small cup, stir together remaining Tablespoon of chicken broth with cornstarch. Pour into skillet, stirring as you add it. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Bring mixture to a boil. Boil for one minute, stirring constantly. The sauce will thicken as it cooks. Return cooked salmon to skillet. Spoon sauce over each piece to cover. Garnish each fillet with a thin orange slice, and a sprig of fresh rosemary (if desired). Carefully remove salmon and transfer to individual serving plates. Spoon additional sauce over each piece. Serve and enjoy!

 

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Chicken and Asparagus Risotto

I recently made Chicken And Asparagus Risotto for our dinner. And let me tell you… it tasted GOOD. Lip-smackin’ GOOD. Creamy Arborio rice, chicken breast, Parmesan cheese, asparagus and mushrooms all come together in this flavor-filled, delicious meal! We loved it!Chicken and Asparagus Risotto / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I couldn’t get enough of this risotto! Even the leftovers for lunch the next day were wonderful! Did you know that risotto is made with Arborio rice, which is shorter and fatter than most grains of rice?  Arborio rice is almost exclusively used to make risotto, which is a Northern Italian classic dish of rice which has been cooked in broth or stock with other ingredients to a creamy consistency.  It is one of the most common ways of cooking rice, and let me tell you, risotto is DELICIOUS!

The recipe is pretty straightforward. If you do the prep work right at the beginning, then it is a breeze to put together.  I used some baked chicken leftovers, which also saved me some prep time!  Here’s how to make this delicious meal:

Do prep work first.  1)  Remove the woody ends of the asparagus and discard. Cut stalks into 2 inch pieces.  Place asparagus pieces into 1 inch of simmering water in skillet, and cook on medium high heat until asparagus is fork-tender, adding more water, if needed (about 10 minutes). Drain.  2) While cooking asparagus, in separate pan lightly sauté sliced mushrooms in 2 teaspoons butter until tender.  3) Cut and cook chicken into small bite sized pieces (boil, broil, grill OR use rotisserie chicken or  leftovers – I used leftover chicken from my recipe for Homemade Shake And Bake Chicken). See NOTES section of printable recipe for a quick way to cook chicken for this recipe.  Set aside cooked asparagus, mushrooms and chicken pieces.

Chicken and Asparagus Risotto / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Melt butter and olive oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add chopped onion. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

Chicken and Asparagus Risotto / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Add Arborio rice to onions; stir frequently and cook until rice begins to turn a light golden brown color.

Chicken and Asparagus Risotto / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Add white wine. Let liquid come to a boil, then cook until it has been absorbed into rice.

Chicken and Asparagus Risotto / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Pour 1 cup of chicken stock (or broth) into pan. Stir frequently, and keep heat at a medium simmer.  Continue cooking until almost all of the liquid has been absorbed, then add 1/4 cup more of the broth, stirring well.  Continue this process (rice absorbs liquid, add 1/4 cup more liquid) until all the broth is gone.  This will take between 20 and 25 minutes. (By adding the broth a little bit at a time then cooking until it has been absorbed, it allows the rice to get really creamy. Don’t rush this step!)

Chicken and Asparagus Risotto / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

After you’ve added the last portion of broth, but just before it is fully absorbed, add the cooked asparagus and mushrooms to the pan.  Continue cooking, letting liquid finish being absorbed into rice. When finished, rice should be creamy and tender.

Chicken and Asparagus Risotto / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Remove pan from the heat.  Add cooked chicken to rice.

Chicken and Asparagus Risotto / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Add freshly grated Parmesan cheese to rice. Stir to combine all ingredients.  Taste, and lightly season with salt and pepper.

Chicken and Asparagus Risotto / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Make sure everything is warm, then dish up and serve onto individual plates or bowls.  Garnish with finely grated Parmesan cheese and chopped fresh chives (or parsley), if desired.

Chicken and Asparagus Risotto / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Chicken and Asparagus Risotto / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Enjoy the flavors of creamy rice, chunks of chicken, Parmesan cheese, and the wonderful fresh asparagus in this dish. It truly tastes wonderful!  Sure hope you will consider trying this recipe. Have a great day!

Chicken and Asparagus Risotto / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Adapted From: http://www.thegratefulgirlcooks.com/mushroom-risotto-with-pan-seared-shrimp/

Chicken and Asparagus Risotto
 
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Creamy risotto with chicken, asparagus, Parmesan cheese and mushrooms is a delicious and filling "all in one" main dish!
As Prepared By:
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 3-4 servings
Ingredients
For Add-ins:
  • 6-8 asparagus stalks (woody ends discarded, cut into 2 inch pieces), cooked until crisp-tender.
  • 2 pre-cooked lightly seasoned chicken breasts (baked, boiled, grilled,rotisserie), cut in 1-2" cubes.
  • 8 oz. package sliced mushrooms, (sautéed in 2 teaspoons butter)
For risotto:
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup diced white onion
  • 1 cup Arborio rice (no substitutes)
  • ⅓ cup dry white wine
  • 2½ cups chicken stock (or broth)
  • ¾ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
For garnish:
  • Additional Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh chives, sliced thin (may substitute chopped parsley, if desired)
Directions
Do prep work first:
  1. Remove woody ends of the asparagus and discard. Cut remaining stalks into 2 inch pieces. Place asparagus pieces into 1 inch of simmering water in skillet, and cook on medium high heat until asparagus is fork-tender (about 10 minutes). Drain.
  2. While cooking asparagus, in separate pan lightly sauté sliced mushrooms in 2 teaspoons butter until tender.
  3. Cut and cook chicken into small bite sized pieces (boil, broil, grill OR use rotisserie chicken or leftovers. Set aside asparagus, mushrooms and cooked chicken.
To Prepare Risotto:
  1. Melt olive oil and butter in large saucepan over medium heat. Add chopped onion. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add Arborio rice to onions; stir constantly and cook until rice turns a light golden brown color. Add white wine. Let the liquid come to a boil, then cook until it has been absorbed into rice.
  2. Pour 1 cup of chicken stock (or broth) into pan. Stir frequently, and keep heat at a medium simmer. Continue cooking until almost all of the liquid has been absorbed, then add ¼ cup more broth, stirring well. Continue this process (rice absorbs liquid, add ¼ cup more liquid) until all broth is gone. This will take between 20 and 25 minutes. (By adding the broth a little bit at a time then cooking until it has been absorbed, it allows the rice to get really creamy. Don't rush this step!)
  3. After you've added the last portion of broth, but just before it's fully absorbed, add cooked asparagus and mushrooms and stir. Continue cooking, letting liquid finish being absorbed into rice. When finished, rice should be tender.
  4. Remove pan from the heat. Add cooked chicken to rice. Add freshly grated Parmesan cheese to rice. Stir to combine all ingredients. Taste, and lightly season with salt and pepper.
  5. Make sure everything is warm, then serve onto individual plates or bowls. Garnish with additional finely grated Parmesan cheese and chopped fresh chives (or parsley), if desired. Enjoy!
Notes
If you do not have pre-cooked or leftover chicken, a quick way to get this done is to cut chicken breast into cubes, lightly season with salt and pepper, then quickly cook in a hot skillet (with a Tablespoon of olive oil) on medium-high heat. Will only take a few minutes.

 

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