Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Basil Chicken Spaghetti

This recipe is deliciously easy.

yield: 4 servings

1 Tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
2 large garlic cloves, minced
3 cups chopped tomatoes
2 chicken breasts, cooked and chopped
1/4 cup sliced, fresh basil
1 tsp salt
12 oz spaghetti, cooked
1/4 cup fresh Parmesan cheese

1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; sauté until tender. Add tomatoes, chicken, basil, and salt; stir well. Cover saucepan, reduce heat to medium, and cook 5 minutes or until tomatoes are soft, stirring occasionally.
2. Add spaghetti to tomato mixture; toss to combine. Top each serving with 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies

Our peanut butter from the States was calling, and these resulted. Whole wheat flour makes them healthy, right?

yield: 5 dozen

1 1/2 cups white flour
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. Combine flour, baking soda and salt, stirring with a whisk.
3. Combine sugars, butter, and peanut butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add vanilla and eggs; beat 1 minute. Add flour mixture and chips; beat until blended.
4. Drop dough by tablespoons apart onto un-greased baking sheets (you can put 15 on a pan...they don't spread very much). Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on pans for 2 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely.