Salmon with Polenta and Warm Tomato Vinaigrette

I’ve been in a bit of a cooking rut lately (which is why I haven’t posted many recipes recently). Work has been busy which means that by the time I get home, I just want to eat something quickly with little effort. So I started researching 20 minute meals that are really simple to make, as long as I can get to the supermarket! This recipe from Cooking Light has a bunch of components I love but that I don’t normally put together: seared salmon with polenta topped with a warm tomato vinaigrette. It’s really tasty and comes together in no time, my kind of meal! Ingredients: 3 1/2 cups chicken broth 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided 1 cup cornmeal 1 tablespoon whole milk or heavy cream (or whatever milk you have available) 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved 1/2 cup minced red onion 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar 1 tablespoon capers, rinsed and drained 4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

Stuffed Chicken and Herb Gravy with Creamy Polenta

I am seriously starting to think that Cooking Light has a way to read my thoughts. It’s like they know exactly what ingredient I want to work with next, or a particular product I might be craving. And I don’t mind that one bit. The latest issue has a recipe for Stuffed Chicken and Herb Gravy with Creamy Polenta that upon seeing in the magazine, I immediately put on my boots, coat, hat, scarf, gloves, etc. etc. and headed for the supermarket, despite the slippery and freezing walk I had ahead of me (it’s a whopping 5 blocks away, but I still managed to almost fall a good 3 times). And I have to tell you, it was worth it.   Chicken breasts stuffed with prosciutto and provolone, over creamy polenta, topped with an herb gravy… What’s not to like? The recipe suggested making it with bacon green beans, but we had some Brussels sprouts in the freezer that I wanted to use so I substituted them in instead. Ingredients: CHICKEN AND GRAVY: 4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves 2 very thin prosciutto slices (about 1/2 ounce), halved 4 (2/3-ounce) slices reduced-fat provolone cheese 1 tablespoon canola oil 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper … Continue reading

Brownie Petit Fours

Here’s another delicious dessert I made for New Years Eve. (You can read about my New Years Eve party and get a recipe for Honey Citrus Champange Cupcakes here) The original BHG recipe included bourbon, but I already had Bourbon Truffles on the menu so I decided to go without it in this recipe. I was a little wary of making these little guys, petit fours seem pretty difficult to make. But I was surprised with how simple it was to make these! Ingredients: BROWNIES 1/2 cup butter 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped 1/4 cup milk 2 tablespoons  coffee grounds (I measured them out from a k cup) 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon baking soda MILK CHOCOLATE FROSTING & SEMISWEET CHOCOLATE GLAZE 1 cup whipping cream 11.25 ounce milk chocolate pieces 16 ounce package semisweet chocolate pieces

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