Wednesday: Din-Din Time

I have been slacking in the food department.
For the last semester, I have been living off of bagel bites, corn flakes, and canned soup. Gourmet, I know.
However, my new-found "free time" has inspired me to revive my domestic abilities in the kitchen.
And for you, I have two new recipes.
They're pretty super, if I may say so myself :)
Tonight's menu: Tomato Basil Chicken with Cashew-Rice Pilaf
{you can thank me later}

Tomato-Basil Chicken

1 T. Butter
1/2 c. Onion - finely chopped
1 can (14 0z) Italian Seasoned Tomatoes (cut up)
1/2 c. Fresh Basil Leaves
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Ground Pepper
4 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts (I chopped mine up smaller, and prefer the thinner cut..)
1/2 c. Heavy Whipping Cream

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Melt butter in a large skillet, add in onion and cook for about 5 minutes. Increase heat to high, while adding tomatoes. Cook until liquid is almost evaporated (about 5-10 minutes). Add whipping cream and bring to a boil until slightly thickened (about 3 minutes). Stir in basil, salt, and pepper. Arrange chicken in a shallow baking dish, pour sauce on top, and bake for 20-25 minutes or until tender. Serves 4.

Cashew-Rice Pilaf

1/4 c. Butter
1/3 c. Onion - finely chopped
1 c. Regular Long-Grain Rice (uncooked)
2 c. Chicken Broth
1 tsp. Salt
1/2 c. Cashews (coarsely chopped; I used unsalted, however, I think next time I'll use salted. Tasted fine, though)
1/4 c. Chopped Fresh Parsley

In large saucepan, melt butter and saute onions until soft. Add in rice and stir until coated. Stir in broth and salt. Cover and allow to simmer for 25-30 minutes - until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed. Stir in cashews and parsley. Serves 4.

Bon Appetit.

Now off to begin round two: dessert.
Hello chocolate eclair recipe, you're lookin' mighty fine..


Love Cami. said...

oh my goodness gracious... will you be my girlfriend? why havent we cooked together?

PS. word to the date you've planned on my blog.. when. is. good?

Ashley Chase said...

That looks and sounds delicious!! im going to make it tomorrow night I think. Thanks Nat!!

alaina said...

wow what a great combo! looks sooo yummy, especially that rice!! mmm i ADORE rice :)

Brittany said...

i think you are so great.

*Mars* said...

YUMMM. I'm drooling. That sounds soooo goood!

Anonymous said...

luks delicious. (:


Alexa Mae said...

yum yumm yummy Nat!!
how was dessert?