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Mediterranean Feta Chicken Pasta

Mediterranean Feta Chicken Pasta

  • Servings: 2-4
  • Time: 50mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Mediterranean Feta Chicken Pasta

The other day my wife and I picked up some Zoe’s on the way home from work. Generally, we order the chicken kabobs and maybe some hummus. But the lady taking my order asked if I wanted to try this baked feta app that consists of sliced cherry tomatoes and kalamata olives cover served with fresh basil and olive oil over a slab of Feta cheese. That is baked off until the cheese is slightly melted and served with pita chips. It’s really simple but tasty.

So I was trying to come up with a recipe for dinner and that app popped into my head so I thought I would try to incorporate a little pasta and some grilled chicken and make a meal out of it. Kind of like a Greek version of a chicken divan, chicken spaghetti, or a favorite in Texas the King Ranch Casserole. It’s got to be healthier than the later but maybe not by much.

This turned out really tasty. You get the punches of salty tang from the feta and kalamata olives balanced by the sweetness of the fresh tomatoes and red onions atop a hearty chicken pasta dish.

Ingredients:
Penne Pasta
2 chicken breasts (free range, air chilled)
Container of cherry tomatoes
Handful of spinach
Handful of mushrooms
4 tbs of diced red onion
4 cloves of garlic diced
1 tbs of fresh diced basil
Dashes of dried oregano and red pepper flakes
1 tbs of butter
1 tbs of flour
1/4 cup of chicken stock/broth
1/4 cup of red wine vinegar
1/4 cup of olive oil
Paprika for the chicken
Block of Fresh Feta Cheese
Kosher Salt
Pepper

Directions:
Prep: dice your garlic, red onion, mushrooms. Slice about half of the cherry tomatoes. Assemble three bowls based upon cook times.. 1. Red onion, whole cherry tomatoes, and mushrooms. 2. Garlic and spinach 3. Sliced tomatoes, olives, basil, vinegar, olive oil, red pepper flakes.
1. Preheat oven to broil but use the bottom rack.
2. Get a pot of boiling water going and follow the directions of your favorite pasta. Pull it out right before they say to do so. Set aside a cup of pasta water in case you need to add moisture later on.
3. On to the chicken… Heat up a cast iron skillet with some olive oil in it. I used medium to medium-low heat. I salted, peppered and paprika my chicken breasts and cooked them so that they were done with a nice color.
4. Remove your chicken to rest.
5. In that skillet add butter and your bowl of mushrooms, whole tomatoes, and red onion. Sweat them out.
6. Now add flour to the pot to build a rue that will help us thicken the sauce. When it’s golden brown add your second bowl of garlic and spinach for 30 seconds and then quickly add the chicken stock and stir until thickened. About three minutes.
7. While your mixture thickens cut up your chicken breasts into bite sized pieces.
8. Now add your pasta and chicken to the skillet and turn off the heat. Crumble and stir in half the feta cheese and slowly stir to get everything well coated with melted cheese and sauce. If it looks dry, add some pasta water and stir until it has the consistency of mac n cheese.
9 Pour that mixture into an oven ready dish. Top with the third bowl of halved cherry tomatoes, olives, basil with the vinegar and spices. Lastly, top with the remaining block of Feta and crumble it over the top. Put it into the oven uncovered for about 4 to 5 minutes so that the feta takes on some brown color. It won’t melt like other cheese but it is soft despite looking like it did when it went into the oven.

Serve with pita bread or anything else that you come up with.

Garden Scrambled Eggs with Sourdough Cheese Toast

Garden Scrambled Eggs with Sourdough Cheese Toast

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Had some heirlooms tomatoes and green onions I needed to use up so I used them in my eggs. I just cut up the tomatoes and onions and put them on a medium low skillet for one minute. Lowered the temp to low and let it cook for another minute. Added the eggs and scrambled them until done (medium) topped with goat cheese and put some American cheese on sourdough toast and broiled until brown on the top.

Ham BLT on Rye

Ham BLT on Rye

  • Servings: 2
  • Time: 8mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ham BLT on Rye

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Jill rang me on her way home from running errands and asked if she could pick us up something for lunch. We had some stuff on hand that was close to expiring (tomatoes, ham, bacon from the morning, and rye bread) so I whipped up this sandwich. Super easy and likely not post worthy but I gotta stay fresh and current. You could throw a fried egg on it and call it breakfast.

Ingredients:
Rye bread
Dukes mayo
Coarse grained mustard
Touch of horseradish
Shaved ham
Roasted pepper bacon
Cheddar cheese
Plum tomatoes (sliced and put in paper towel)

It’s a sandwich people.   Heat a pan on medium with olive oil. One side mayo, one side mustard/horseradish. Using a peeler scrape your block cheddar cheese and put it as much as you want on both sides.   Add crisp bacon, sliced tomatoes (patted with paper towel to suck up some of the seed)s, and ham.   Cook on both sides until cheese melts or bread toasted to your satisfaction.