Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Trying Something New

I have cooker's block.  I'm having a hard time coming up with new recipes that are even the remotest bit interesting.  Well, at least up to last night!  I'm hoping that the bad streak is over and I am now once again capable of coming up with food ideas that we won't completely hate or become tired of.  

Here was last nights fare.  I used some tomato basil fettuccine noodles that I'd forgotten about that we picked up last year (or the year before?) on one of our adventures.  And I've gotta say, this was absolutely stinkin' fantastic.  Here's the recipe (and yes, I totally named it after myself):  :)

Pasta Melanesca 
1 Tbsp. Olive oil
8 oz of dry pasta of your choice
1 clove fresh garlic, minced
1/4 cup onion, chopped
A good sprinkle of red pepper flakes
2 Roma tomatoes (or 1 cup chopped tomato any variety)
1/4 cup red or green bell pepper, chopped
1 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/2 cup Kalamata olives
1/4 cup red wine (or substitute chicken broth)
1 Tbsp. Oregano (I used dry.  Double this amount
1 Tbsp. Basil                       if you use fresh herbs)
Salt to taste
1 grilled chicken breastm chopped or shredded

Cook the pasta al dente to your own liking.  Heat the olive oil in a fry pan big enough to fit all of the remaining ingredients and saute the fresh garlic, onion, and bell pepper along with a good sprinkle of red pepper flakes for 2 minutes just until the veges are soft.

Add in the tomato, parsley, olives, wine, chicken breast, oregano, and basil.  Season with salt to taste. This doesn't make a sauce.  It just seasons the fresh vegetables.  Make sure that this is heated through completely and allow some of the wine to cook off.

Drain your pasta well.  Add it to your plate and top with a good scoop of the vege mixture and enjoy!

Here are the stats.  It took me approximately 20 minutes start to finish.  The longest time spent was chopping the vegetables.  This serves two.  Well, it might serve more, but we were super hungry after working out, so let's just say it serves two, but they're nice big portions! :)

Time Spent  20 minutes.
Calories        326
Fat                  2.1 g
Cholesterol     30 mg
Sodium        1438 mg
Potassium   495.3 mg
Protein          22.1 g