Dinner for two…

I’ve been baking a lot recently, so i have been consciously trying to cook healthy meals so as to balance all the butter Cribby & i are taking in with the cakes 😉

So, yesterday i attempted a balanced healthy dinner for us….a variety of flavours & what a colourful platter it makes… sauteed Chicken Breast & sauteed veggies with feta cheese & tomato on the side. Surprisingly, it only took about 45 mins to get ready, including the chopping & preparation. For working wives like me, helps get rid of the continuous guilt that you are not providing for healthy family dinners….

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Don’t you agree that it looks inviting…? Worked for me ’cause Cribby finished all those veggies!

So for those who want to try this out, here’s my very own recipe:

Serves two
Ingredients:

– A bowlful of veggies, to your liking
– A pair of chicken breasts
– One whole tomato
– Feta cheese
– Olive Oil
– Oregano (Dry or Fresh)
– 2 Basil Leaves (optional)- Cognac (optional)
– A small knob of butter
– 2 Tbs water or chicken stock

Preparing the veggies:
– Chop your veggies in 1inch cubes, quarter the onion. I used pumpkin, carrots, zucchini, paprika, asparagus stems and onion. (this is a very effective way to use all those asparagus stems that you don’t want to throw away. just peel them & add)
– To each of the veggies, individually add a little oregano, pepper & olive oil & rest for 10 mins. Do not mix the veggies together, since cooking time for each will vary…
– Prepare the tomato by cutting into half (horizontally) and sprinkling some salt, pepper & oregano on the cut end.

Chicken:
– Clean two chicken breasts and pat dry. (I use skinless & boneless chicken breasts.)- Marinate these in a little salt, oregano, pepper & olive oil.

Method:
1. In a large frying pan, add a little olive oil & heat. Once the pan is hot (not fuming), add the tough veggies like Pumpkin and stir fry for a few mins. Follow with Carrots.
2. To the same pan, add the chicken breasts & allow to cook about 4 mins on one side.
3. Now add the softer veggies like Zucchini, Asparagus & Onions. Add these around the chicken breasts & turn the chicken breasts so as to cook them on the other side.
4. Sprinkle a bit of salt at this stage.
5. In about 4 mins more, check if the chicken breasts are done. Once cooked, take these out in a side dish & keep warm.
6. Now, saute the veggies further until aldente. Don’t worry much about browning the pan, as you’ll deglaze it later.
7. Remove the veggies & add the prepared tomatoes to the same pan (cut side down). If using Basil, put the basil leaves first & then place the tomatoes on top of the each leaf. This lends a nice flavour….Cover the pan & cook until done to your liking. Turn around once to softer slightly on the skin side. This should only take a few mins.
8. Meanwhile, dice the feta & add a lil olive oil, thyme, salt to season this. You can also use seasonings of your choice!
9. Remove the tomatoes & deglaze the pan with 2 tbs of cognac (if using) or use plain water/chicken stock instead.  Finish off with adding the knob of butter. check seasonings & pour this over the chicken breasts.

Set out on Dinner plates directly or in serving bowls..i’ve noticed that if i just set out enough food directly on the dinner plates, it avoids over-eating! 🙂

If you are not a a strict diet, this food pairs well with a white wine like Sauvignon Blanc…

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