Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Chicken with Yellow Rice and Sausage

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Here's a great one pot dinner that is delicious! Check out my tips and suggestions at the bottom of the recipe.


This one only takes about 10-15 minutes of prep time, then you put the lid on and let the rice cook. So in actual start to finish time it's 40 minutes, but your part is over after 10.

2 TB olive oil
2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into cubes
1 lb sausage (chorizo, kielbasa), cut into 1/2 moons
1 onion, diced chunky
1 red bell pepper, cut into bite sized strips
10 oz yellow rice mix
1 1/2 cups frozen peas

Using a large pot with a lid or Dutch oven, drizzle olive oil and cook the chicken, sausage, pepper, and onion on med-high heat for 3-5 minutes. (will finish cooking later) Add about 3/4 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper-or more or less-whatever you like.
Add the yellow rice mix and as much water as the mix calls for (usually 20 oz of water). Once the water boils, put the lid on and turn the heat down to low and cook according to the rice directions (about 20-25 minutes).
When the rice is done, stir in the frozen peas and serve.

Tips & Suggestions:
* I like to use turkey kielbasa when I can find it to lower the fat. You can hardly tell a difference!
* My favorite chicken to use for this is shredded or cut up rotisserie chicken. I love buying those chickens because they usually are enough for 2 meals. Or I throw a couple of chicken breasts and a little water in the crock pot with some seasoning (poultry, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder) and shred it when it is done. If you use pre-cooked chicken just add it in when you add the rice.
* Sometimes it can take 30 minutes for the rice to get done all the way. Just check it at 25 minutes and see if it needs more time.
* It goes very well with cornbread!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Tortellini Soup

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This amazing soup is in my top 3 favorite soups and my entire family loves it! I usually grate most of the zucchini and leave just a few chunks to hide it from my kids. They have no idea! So here you go friends, enjoy!


1 lb. Italian sausage (mild)
2 cloves of garlic (minced)
1 small onion, diced
5 C chicken broth approx. (I use about 1 1/2 of the 32 oz cartons) Use more if it is too thick.
1/2 c. apple cider
1 can chopped, stewed tomatoes (16 oz.)
1 can tomato sauce (8 oz.)
1 cup sliced carrots
1 tsp dried basil leaves
1 tsp dried oregano
2 medium zucchini, grated or sliced
1 8-10 oz package cheese tortellini (I like the frozen kind-and put it in frozen)
2 Tbsp. fresh parsley
Salt to taste
Parmesan cheese (for garnish-to taste)

Brown sausage, garlic and onion in large soup pot. Add remaining ingredients, except zucchini, tortellini and parsley. Simmer 30 minutes. Stir in last three ingredients, simmer another 30 minutes. Add more broth if too thick and salt if needed. Serve with fresh grated parmesan.