Monday, November 9, 2009

Skillet Chicken Souvlaki

It was one of those nights where neither of us felt like making dinner. I flipped through a few magazines and came across this recipe. It was quick, easy and tasty.

1 tbsp. olive oil, divided
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast, thinly sliced
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1-1/2 cups vertically sliced onion (about 1 medium)
1 cup thinly sliced green bell pepper (we used a red pepper instead)
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 cup grated English cucumber
1/4 cup 2% Greek-style yogurt (such as Fage)
1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
1 tbsp. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/2 tsp. grated lemon rind
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1/8 tsp. salt

Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle chicken with 1/2 teaspoon salt and black pepper. Add chicken to pan; sauté 5 minutes or until done. Remove from pan. Add 1 teaspoon oil to pan. Add onion and bell pepper; sauté 3 minutes. Add chicken, garlic, and oregano; cook 30 seconds.

Combine cucumber and next 6 ingredients (through 1/8 teaspoon salt). Serve chicken mixture with yogurt sauce, warmed pita, and tomato slices.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Crispy Breaded Shrimp With Garlicky Beans

This was a pretty easy recipe. The original recipe called for rosemary, but I'm not a HUGE fan of rosemary so I used thyme that's what I had on hand anyway. I also didn't have any arugula either, so I just made a salad to go with it.

1/2 cup bread crumbs
2 tbsp. chopped fresh rosemary (thyme)
kosher salt and pepper
5 tbsp. olive oil
1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 clove garlic, chopped
1, 19-oz. can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
2 bunches arugula, trimmed

Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Mix the breadcrumbs, thyme, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and 3 tablespoons of the oil in a large bowl. Add the shrimp and toss to coat. Transfer shrimp and any excess crumbs to a baking sheet. Bake until the shrimp are cooked through and the breadcrumbs are crispy, 10-12 minutes.

Heat the remaining oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add the beans, 1/4 cup water, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cook until heated through, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat, add the arugula, and toss to combine. Divide the beans among individual plates and serve with the shrimp. Sprinkle any extra breadcrumbs from the pan over the top.