1.12.2015

Chicken with Creamy Mushrooms

Happy Monday readers!

Did y'all have a good weekend?

Mine was so nice. Bryce and I had absolutely nothing on the agenda and barely left the house all weekend. We had a fire going and spent lots of time on the couch reading and watching movies. I am hoping that 2015 has more weekends like these in store! I love the hustle and bustle of a packed weekend, but I equally love time to just "veg out."

Last Monday night I posted the picture below and got several recipe requests:


As I mentioned in my resolutions post, I am trying to get back on the healthy eating/meal planning train and this meal was a great start! While the creamy mushrooms are not the lightest option, I am all about indulging a little when putting together a healthy meal. I have shared the recipe for the mushrooms below and I will explain the rest of the meal at the end!

Creamy Mushrooms (adapted from this recipe)
Ingredients
2 tbs unsalted butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups mushrooms
1/3 cup half and half
salt, pepper, Italian herb seasoning
2 tbs grated parmesan
~2 tbs balsamic vinegar

Directions
-Melt butter in skillet over medium heat. Sautee garlic and mushrooms, stirring occasionally, until   tender and browned (~5-6 min).

-Stir in half and half, season, and bring to a boil.

-Reduce heat and let simmer until slightly reduced and thickened (~5-6 min)

-Stir in parmesan and balsamic vinegar (Balsamic was not a part of the original recipe, but I felt it needed an additional kick of flavor. When adding, I did not measure, so am just guess with the 2 tbs listed. I would add until you get the flavor you like!).

-Serve immediately and enjoy!


I served this over grilled chicken thighs (marinated in olive oil, salt,and pepper) and quinoa with a side of blackened asparagus.

And now a bit more about quinoa. The first time Bryce and I tried it, we hated it and it was quite some time before we cooked with it again. Since giving it another try, we really love it and it is a great alternative to pasta or rice as a starch. That being said, if you're not a quinoa person, I have a few tips for you to give it another try. The first being, try sprouted quinoa. In my experience, it is a bit more flavorful and is also said to be more nutritious. Also, when cooking, use stock or broth rather than water: The end result is a bit creamier, and also, more flavorful. Finally, be sure to spice it up. I always add plenty of butter, garlic, salt and pepper. While, this may make it a bit less healthy, it is still better than eating rice or pasta with the same fixings!


What have you been cooking lately?

Any healthy recipes I should try?

Are you a fan of quinoa?

Have a great day!

9 comments:

  1. It's quite possible that I might copy this recipe tonight! A loves mushrooms and I love quinoa so it sounds like the perfect combination.

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  2. I actually really like quinoa! I sautee a bunch of veggies in EVOO and then add chicken stock and quinoa and cook it that way.
    I just got the spiralilzer and made zucchini noodles. LOVED it, and do did the BF.

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  3. I love lazy weekends! We love quinoa. We sub it for rice in all our cooking because of the arsenic found in rice (and it has more protein). I usually make it plain but I'll have to try this. Sometimes if I feel fancy I toast it first which makes it nuttier.

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  4. This sounds delicious!! I haven't given quinoa a try yet but I'm sure I will soon. I hear so many great things about it!

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  5. This sounds great! I am definitely a fan of quinoa when others make it- but I haven't tried to do it myself. A great way to keep that healthy aspect within your meals is to steam your veggies. Super easy and yummy!

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  6. The mushrooms sound delish! Love that you had to give quinoa another shot too because I was not a fan at first either!

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  7. It sounds like a great recipe! We've been having lots of shrimp tacos lately; I think my husband and I are both just dreaming of summer. I'm going to make a tuna and quinoa recipe in the next few days. It's from the Cinch diet book, but it's actually really good!

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  8. I have made quinoa before and also wasn't a fan. I will have to try it with broth! Thanks for posting!

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  9. This looks so indulgent without too much guilt! I've done something similar with the mushrooms over pork tenderloin before too.

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