Chicken Bacon Pasta with Tomato Sauce but lighter!

For this #TastyThursday we are doin a quick and easy dinner with not many ingredients. Just grilled chicken , bacon, onion, cherry tomatoes , broth and light cream . This makes one. flavorful sauce hello flavor town! The recipe is from food blogger Joanna Cismaru website called Craving Home Cooked today.. Check out her site and other channels there. She even has a cookbook! at https://cravinghomecooked.com/ Looking forward to redoing more from her.
I loved this dish, how can you go wrong with any dish with a dish like this? I ended up adding light cream not sour cream or sriracha to make it lighter and not spicy but it was still amazing, Feel free to add the sriracha if you like it hot, it’s up to you! I also left out the mozzarella cheese and added the parmesan cheese when serving with pasta on top.

Below is a link to the original recipe I followed below . I adjusted to make it lighter to my liking, How would you change it?

Link to Recipe

#chef tip! If you have lots leftover chicken breast meat then make it in batches and freeze it!

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Angus New York Grilled Strip Steak with Hatch Chili Seasoning

For the first of many #TryMeTuseday I tried a new steak with a special store seasoning blend. A 2021 goal for this bog was to post something useful , interesting and tasty weekly. So now every Tuesday I am going to cook and share with you all an ingredient, product that is new to me. On Thursdays it will be #TastyThursday which showcases any recipes I’ve redone from others or made up on my own..


Normally when I do food shopping I stay away from pre-seasoned meat or seafood because I like to create my own seasoning blend.

Recently I picked up a Beef Choice Angus New York Grilled Strip Steak with Hatch Chili Seasoning on it. The steak came from the store with the dry rub seasoning on it from WALMART.. If you see it try it out for yourself. They also serve the same seasoning on fajita bee stripes to.

I’m not sure what’s it in exactly (SECRET I’m told) but the seasoning added a really good, almost unexpected flavor. A little heat, a little sweetness, a lot going on in it. Really good job Walmart!

Steak Cooking Tips for a Medium Rare!

Before cooking, be sure the steak at room temperature so it can cook as evenly as possible.

I sear the steaks in a smoking hot pan with salted butter and oil, about 4 minutes per side.

It will need a 10 minute rest before you can even cut into it. Please rest the steak, it is tired.

This will give you the most perfectly juicy medium-rare steak if that is what you are looking for.

I served mine with it with garlic and oil sautéed steamed Broccoli and Beans ..

chef tip! I prefer mine at medium rare.. To learn more about steak temperatures check out this article below from THERMO PRO

https://buythermopro.com/knowledge/medium-rare-steak-temp-chart/

Grilled turmeric chicken tenderloins with lemon herb pan sauce

Grilled turmeric chicken tenderloins with lemon herb pan sauce …Sounds pretty fancy doesn’t it? Well, it’s really not and its yummy. This is a great alternative to serving boring chicken breasts. Depending on how many people you are serving just add more chicken . 2 tenderloins were served per person usually works.
the dried turmeric spice is what makes this dish shine in my opinion. More than any other spice, turmeric marries health benefits to zesty taste. 

Want to know how add this unique spice to your dishes check out the link from from oneHowTo below. I am experimenting in the kitchen and trying it now in more dishes. It’s very versatile.

How to Use Turmeric in Cooking

Ingredients

1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
1/2 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
8-10 boneless, skinless chicken tenderloins , pounded thin
1/2 cup of chicken stock, plus more as needed
2 tablespoons ground Turmeric

Instructions

In a small bowl toss together the chopped parsley, thyme , Turmeric and the minced garlic, salt , pepper and half the oil. Let sit for 15-30 min to marinate

Serve with the lemon and herb pan sauce over top and heat over medium-high heat. Once pan is hot, sear the chicken until browned and releases easily from the pan and cook through.

Transfer chicken to a clean plate when done and cover with foil to keep warm.

Reduce the heat under the same skillet to medium-low. Add in the stock and butter and start scraping up the browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Stir in fresh lemon juice and bring to a simmer.

If the pan sauce reduces too quickly, splash in another 1/4 cup or so of chicken stock. When ready to serve heat chicken and serve with the lemon and herb pan sauce over top.

Roasted Chicken Drumsticks spiced with Annatto

Roasted Chicken drumsticks with herbs and lemon is a great combination. I was in a Latin supermarket and found ground annatto.. But what annatto tastes like besides that makes food yellow? Annatto’s flavor can be described as earthy, musky, and slightly peppery sweetness with a hint of nutmeg. Look for it in your store and try adding it to your dishes.. I like it mostly with all kinds of meats and and shrimp as part of the spice rub. Sometimes I add it to my grains, stews and even soups.

Check out this page on SPICEography to learn more about it

Cooking With Annatto Seeds: The Dos And Don’ts

For my dish I paired my chicken with the vibrant annatto and other herbs . The herbs and spices gave my dish a wonderful flavor and aroma, and with the chicken it came out so flavorful.

How to Make it

In a large bowl add the chicken legs, salt, pepper , olive oil , lemon juice and the spice mix. In the spice mix I added the annatto, smoky and sweet paprika, dried parsley with garlic powder .
Bake the drumsticks at 450 for 30 min on a sheet pan .

chef tip : This recipe also works for chicken quarters and thighs at the same temperature . Change time accordingly

Italian Sweet sausage with vegetables oh and fresh is the best! 🐽

Sausage is an easy way to get all the health benefits of the less-appealing parts of the animal and avoid wasting food. Buying sausage from a farmer, a good butcher, or a local supplier, you are able to get high-quality sausages in an animal casing with no junk ingredients . Win win for all!

I went Mazzaro’s Italian Market in Southwest Florida and picked up their sweet sausages . Their meat and fish section is a really an extraordinary butcher shop. The make their own fresh sausages in store!

This is dish is great with pasta or just good crusty bread for lunch or dinner

Ingredients

chopped raw fennel
chopped raw mini sweet pepper, mix of yellow , red and orange
chopped sweet yellow onions
seasoning Italian dry mix
olive oil

Chopped the vegetables and sauté everything in olive oil in one pan. In another skillet pan fry the sausage separately until cooked through .. Once cooked slice and mix it with the vegetables.

Here is a great article from Spruce Eats blog on Types of Sausages if you want to learn more

https://www.thespruceeats.com/types-of-sausage-4064593

Wrapping melon with Prosciutto

Prosciutto wrapped melon is always a great quick appetizer. I use cantaloupe or honeydew melon and a good quality Italian prosciutto. All you need to do is slice the cantaloupe in thick slices and wrap it with the prosciutto. that’s it! I love the sweet/salty juiciness of the dish.

I cut my prosciutto into strips (lengthwise) use one strip per melon slice. This is like a fancy appetizer that isn’t actually fancy at all. This can hopefully impress your guests or family members without you having to work very hard. Win.

The saltiness of the prosciutto and the sweetness of the melon go well with each other. This Italian specialty is delicious with pretty much anything.