Friday, November 9, 2012

November 9- Hearty Rice Minestrone

Finally, a cold rainy afternoon!
 Nothing warms you up better than snuggling up indoors and eating a warm bowl of homemade soup. This soup is an easy, quick, delicious meal, perfect for a chilly day. 

           Hearty Rice Minestrone 

1 can (13.75 oz) chicken broth
2 1/2 cups water
1 can (28oz) crushed tomatoes
1 cup instant whole-grain brown Minute Rice
1 can (15.25 oz) kidney beans, drained
1 10oz pkg frozen mixed vegetables
1/2 tsp dried oregano leaves
1/4 tsp black pepper
3 small potatoes (optional)

Bring broth, water, and tomatoes to a boil in a large saucepan on med-high heat. 
If you are using potatoes, cut them into desired size and add them to the pot. 
Allow potatoes to cook a few minutes to begin softening. 
Stir in remaining ingredients and return to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand 5 more minutes. Stir.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

November 7-Grilled Orange Chicken

Tonight's dinner was AMAZING. It was easy, health, and deeeelicous. 
I have been away from my kitchen for far too long. 

Grilled Orange Chicken
1.5 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast cutlets
1/2 orange, chopped into segments
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 lime (juice)
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper

Combine all ingredients in a ziplock bag and massage thoroughly. Place the bag in the refrigerator and allow the chicken to marinate for at least an hour. I left mine overnight, while the chicken was thawing. Remove chicken from the marinade and grill on a George Foreman Grill until chicken is cooked through.                  Served with garlic roasted carrots and steamed white rice.