Bruschetta Chicken

I met up with some old friends from high school and his parents. Going to school in Southern Oregon, you don’t meet up with high school friends very often in the Midwest. My 16 y.o. Daughter and I drove over to Omaha and had lunch with the old gang.
I had the most amazing lunch, which I decided to recreate for dinner.

2 large chicken breasts (butterflied)
Salt and pepper to taste
2-3 Roma tomatoes
Fresh basil
3-4 Tbsp olive oil
Balsamic vinegar
Fresh mozzarella

Cut butterflied chicken breasts in half, then in half again. Place in gallon size bag and seal. Bang the crap out of it with a rolling pin or the like.
Add 2T. Olive oil in grill pan and heat pan to medium heat. Salt and pepper both sides of the chicken pieces, then place in heated pan.
Mince tomatoes into itsy bitsy pieces and cut basil into small pieces or tear to avoid browning. Add 1T. Olive oil and 1T. Balsamic vinegar. Mix.
Finish cooking chicken through, then place thick slice of fresh mozzarella on each chicken piece. If pan is able, place in oven quickly on broil until cheese softens, not completely melts. Remove pan from oven. Plate each piece and add tomato/basil mix.
Eating with focaccia is highly recommend and also easy to make.



Meatball Stroganoff

This is another easy one pan dinner that can easily be made after you get home from work. Not a lot of planning is necessary and it a super rich and savory meal.


One package frozen Italian meatballs
3 cups beef broth
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp parsley
1 tsp basil
1 tsp oregano
1 cup sour cream
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
Wide egg noodles
Salt and paper to taste


Put olive oil in large pan and heat on medium high, add meatballs. Add broth to deglaze pan. Add seasoning and noodles. Add whipping cream, stirring often, until boil begins then reduce to simmer, cover and wait for noodles to cook. After noodles cook, remove from heat and add sour cream and cheese. Enjoy!


One pot Tortellini and Sausage in Creamy Cheese Sauce

So, I was told by one of my kids that I never make dinner. Really?? Wait. Really?? How else do you eat? This remains a mystery. I digress.
I was looking for for an easy week night meal I could make super quick. It’s a little harder when you want to not cook after being told you “never” do! Breathe.
So, this one pot wonder fits the bill. Less than 30 minutes start to finish!! Not to mention very little leftover!

1 lb turkey kielbasa (I used Hillshire Farm)
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup minced onion
20 oz. refrigerated or frozen cheese tortellini (I used frozen Louisa brand)
1 can 20 oz. stewed tomatoes (I used Del Monte original)
1 cup chicken broth (I used Swanson)
2 cups mild cheddar (grated)
2 Tbsp cream cheese (I used Philadelphia brand)
Salt and pepper to taste
Grated Parmesan to top

Sauté minced onion in olive oil in large pan. Slice kielbasa into 1/4″ slices and place into pan. Add broth, tomatoes, tortellini, salt and pepper to pan. Bring to boil. Stir often so as not to stick. Reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and add cheese. Let alone to thicken for about five minutes. Add cheeses to top and serve hot.