Showing posts with label skillet chicken with spinach and mushrooms. Show all posts
Showing posts with label skillet chicken with spinach and mushrooms. Show all posts

Monday, January 17, 2011

Winter Salad with Black-Eye Peas and Spinach

Contrary to appearances, my diet does not consist solely of cookies and cheesecake. Every year I forget how much I love black-eye peas until New Year's rolls around. Remember Elizabeth's collard greens? Black-eye peas are also supposed to be served on New Year's Day for good luck. I'm told the greens represent dollars and the peas represent coins.

I've cooked black-eye peas different ways, but this is my favorite. It might horrify our Southern readers to imagine black-eye peas that haven't been cooked with fatback, or at least sprinkled with bacon, but this is delicious, easy to prepare, vegetarian, and actually fairly healthy! It's not just for New Year's either.

A few years ago, a friend asked me to bring a salad to a winter get together. She suggested some ingredients, but let's face it, in most of the US, store tomatoes in the winter are fairly blah. The ones sold on the vine are a little bit better, but still not the same as summer tomatoes. We won't even talk about the $5 red peppers! One of the pluses about this recipe is that it makes use of fresh veggies and fruit available now.

Winter Salad with Black-Eye Peas and Spinach

1 12 oz bag frozen black-eye peas
1/4 cup olive or canola oil
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (increase to 2 if you like a strong tang)
1 tablespoon mustard
1 good sized garlic clove, minced

fresh baby spinach leaves
1/4 red onion
clementines (if you hate oranges, substitute sliced pears)

Cook the black-eye peas according to the package.

Whisk together olive oil, honey, vinegar, and mustard, and stir in garlic. Pour 1/2 of the dressing over cooled black eye-peas and turn a bit to coat. Refrigerate for four hours or overnight.

Arrange spinach leaves on a platter, or on individual salad plates. Stir the black eye-peas (I think they're best if they come close to room temperature first) and mound in the center of the spinach. Slice the onion into very thin slices and scatter over the spinach. Peel the clementines and arrange on the spinach. Drizzle remaining dressing over the clementines and spinach.


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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