Saturday, June 11, 2011

Chicken & Sun-Dried Tomato Orzo

8 ounces  orzo, preferably whole-wheat
1 cup  water
1/2 cup  chopped sun-dried tomatoes, (not oil-packed), divided
1   plum tomato, diced
1 clove  garlic, peeled
3 teaspoons  chopped fresh marjoram, divided
1 tablespoon  red-wine vinegar
2 teaspoons plus 1 tablespoon  extra-virgin olive oil, divided
4   boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed (1-1 1/4 pounds)
1/4 teaspoon  salt
1/4 teaspoon  freshly ground pepper
1 9-ounce package  frozen artichoke hearts, thawed
1/2 cup  finely shredded Romano cheese, divided

1. Cook orzo in a large saucepan of boiling water until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes or according to package directions. Drain and rinse.
2. Meanwhile, place 1 cup water, 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, plum tomato, garlic, 2 teaspoons marjoram, vinegar and 2 teaspoons oil in a blender. Blend until just a few chunks remain.
3. Season chicken with salt and pepper on both sides. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook, adjusting the heat as necessary to prevent burning, until golden outside and no longer pink in the middle, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate; tent with foil to keep warm.
4. Pour the tomato sauce into the pan and bring to a boil. Measure out 1/2 cup sauce to a small bowl. Add the remaining 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes to the pan along with the orzo, artichoke hearts and 6 tablespoons cheese. Cook, stirring, until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. Divide among 4 plates.
5. Slice the chicken. Top each portion of pasta with sliced chicken, 2 tablespoons of the reserved tomato sauce and a sprinkling of the remaining cheese and marjoram.


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Monday, June 6, 2011

Salad Presto

1 - 5 oz bag mixed greens (5 cups lightly packed)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
Pinch dried basil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Put the greens in a medium salad bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the oil and vinegar. Drizzle the dressing over the greens and sprinkle dried basil on top. Season with salt and pepper. Serve.


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