Showing posts with label button mushrooms. Show all posts
Showing posts with label button mushrooms. Show all posts

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Chicken A La Yummy


Is there any food you can do more with than chicken?

It’s the main component of so many different dishes from so many different countries. You can prepare it in a mind-boggling variety of ways.

And my family all eats it! That right there earns it major appreciation.

This recipe, adapted from a Real Simple dish can be made in just minutes. Give this yummy skillet meal a go if you’re looking for something quick and healthy with a short list of ingredients and easy clean-up.

Skillet Chicken with Spinach and


skillet chicken

2 Tbsp olive oil

4 skinless chicken breasts

Salt & Pepper

1 pound button mushrooms quartered

1 red bell pepper diced into small pieces

3 garlic cloves

½ cup chicken broth

6 cups fresh spinach

Heat 1 Tbsp of olive oil in a skillet on medium high heat. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Cook chicken until browned and cooked through (approx 5 minutes per side depending on thickness). Transfer to a plate and cover with foil.

Return skillet to medium high heat, add 1 Tbsp of olive oil. Sautee mushrooms & red pepper 2-3 minutes. Add garlic and chicken broth until mushrooms are tender and broth is nearly evaporated. Toss in spinach, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes until spinach wilts. Serve with the chicken.

Enjoy! :)

Delicious and Suspicious (July 6 2010) Riley Adams
Pretty is as Pretty Dies –Elizabeth Spann Craig

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Saturday, September 5, 2009

Baby Bellas with Balsamic Vinegar

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I cook a lot of mushrooms and recently, several people have asked me how I prepare them. It's so easy that it's embarrassing. I'm going to post the recipe anyway, because it's lowfat, delicious, and done in a snap. The mushrooms make a wonderful side dish, and taste as good cold as they do hot. They'd be great on Avery's antipasto platter! They're easy enough to make anytime, but elegant enough for company. It's exactly the sort of quick and easy dish that Sophie Winston of my Domestic Diva Mysteries whips up when friends drop by for dinner.

If you're an Alton Brown fan, then you probably know that you can wash mushrooms. Alton did an experiment on one of his shows, in which he weighed two groups of like mushrooms. He soaked one bunch of mushrooms (for hours) and merely wiped the others clean, then weighed them again. Contrary to the old wives' tale, the soaked mushrooms did not take on water. So wash them and don't worry about it. Thanks, Alton!

Baby Bellas with Balsamic Vinegar

1 8-ounce package of baby bella or button mushrooms
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
pepper to taste

1. Wash the mushrooms and remove the stems, saving them for soup.
2. Pour the tablespoon of olive oil into a frying pan.
3. I like my mushrooms a little bit chunky so I cut the caps into sixths or eighths, depending on the size. If they're very small, I leave the cap whole. However, you can slice them if you prefer.
4. Toss the mushrooms into the pan. (The pan and oil can be cold. I don't preheat them.)
5. Sprinkle with garlic powder, salt, and pepper to taste.
6. Sprinkle with balsamic vinegar. If you're leery of vinegar, use less. I've realized that the brand and intensity of the balsamic vinegar can make a big difference. I use Spectrum's Organic Balsamic Vinegar (and I love balsamic vinegar so I use it generously).
7. Simmer over medium heat, uncovered, for about five minutes, turning occasionally. The juices and balsamic vinegar will cook down in the process.

And that's it! How lazy is that? Enjoy!


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