I've been the designated chef for the past week, as my wife and I are getting back on the healthy-eating wagon... and considering I work from home, I "have the time" (RIGHT!) to cook three meals a day.
So far it's basically been "chicken and rice" (that's our theme for the next few months)..
- Chicken enchiladas
Soften half of an onion (diced) in a couple of teaspoons of veg/canola oil. Add some flour, a can of tomato sauce, three chipotles in adobo and some other spices (I added ancho chili powder, chili powder, onion powder, garlic and cumin).
Meanwhile, shred a rotisserie chicken, add some more garlic and spices, as well as some cheese. The original recipe called for a pound of cheese, but with the healthy theme I cut that back to about a half-cup of shredded cheddar.
Cover the bottom of a casserole dish with sauce. Dip flour or corn tortilla in the sauce, put on a plate and then fill with the chicken mix. Roll up and place seam-side down in the dish. Repeat 8-10 times. Pour the rest of the sauce over it and then add some cheese. Broil for ~5-7 minutes. Yum.
To that I just added a bit of basmati rice cooked with some minced garlic, cilantro and a bit of tomato juice.
- Chicken scallopini (or something)
Pound out chicken breasts, dredge lightly in flour. I made them really thin, but you could probably just keep them about 3/8" or so. Pan-fry in a bit of canola/veg oil. Remove from pan.
Toss in crimini mushrooms (using really small whole ones are awesome, or slice bigger ones) with a bit of oil and some minced garlic and fresh thyme, saute until they start to release the juices and brown up a bit. Then add some (1/2 cup?... a few glugs) red wine (original recipe called for white, but red gives it a deeper flavor) and let it reduce to about half. Add some chicken stock, butter and salt and let it cook a bit until it's the desired consistency. Spoon over chicken. Yum.
For this one I went with Catelli Smart pasta (it's white pasta but with fibre) and a fairly simple pesto. Basil, garlic, pine nuts, mint and olive oil. I didn't have any parm or I would have added that... it was really good without, though.