Because I’ve not posted much and because I’m useless I haven’t taken any photos of last night’s dinner but I thought it was about time to jump back on the metaphorical horse.
This recipe was yet another inspired by Pinterest, and you can find the recipe here.
Here in the UK we had the first of the spring sunshine, plus I am trying (not entirely successfully) to train for a 5k run, so I decided that chicken, salad and potatoes were in order.
Ingredients (to serve 3)
3 chicken breasts
2 large tomatoes
My other half occasionally reacts to pesto, although we cannot work out why when the individual ingredients all seem to provoke less of an immediate toilet visit, so I left it out but it will make the dish look prettier.
Thinly slice the tomatoes and mozzarella, then spread a little pesto (if using) over one side of the cheese.
Flatten the chicken breasts slightly, cut a diagonal slit most of the way through (I put about 3 suits per breast) and then add a slice each of the cheese and tomato.
I then oven baked for 20 minutes on Gas Mark 5, you may need to add time for larger chicken breasts. Serve with a salad and new potatoes.
Top tricks and tips:
Try adding spinach or basil in between the cheese and tomato
Drizzle pesto over the top
Add a few breadcrumbs on top, mixed with parmesan cheese
Switch the tomatoes for the sun dried variety
Last week we actually cooked all the meals on the plan. A couple in a slightly different order but still all the planned meals were prepared and cooked. If I had put this post up yesterday, we would already have failed this week. Yesterday involved an English Breakfast, wood splitting and a trip to the pub so the planned Sunday roast is now a Monday roast.
Monday – Roast Shoulder of Lamb
Tuesday – I’m working so the Other Half will be in charge, I suspect Leftover Lamb Curry may be on the cards.
Wednesday – I’m working again so he is still in charge
Thursday – Pork Chops in some form of creamy mushroom sauce
Friday – Chicken stir fry
Saturday – something with gnocchi – probably similar to this spinach and chicken recipe.
A day later than normal as I have only sat down to write a plan this morning. Last week did not go to plan as we only managed three dishes from the list but we also had more leftovers than we expected so lamb curry lasted two days. As this week is a little quieter I hope we will be a little better.
Monday – Mini Chicken Schnitzel with oven roasted chips
Tuesday – Nigel Slater’s Braised Pig Cheek
Wednesday – I’m out so the other Half will be catering for him and Small Person
Thursday – a Pinterest inspired Mojo Pork Tenderloin
Friday – a good friend of mine has threatened to forage some wild garlic which I have never cooked with, the intention currently is to make a chicken and wild garlic risotto
Saturday – Chilli, either made with beef like here or with Chorizo
As always, thoughts and comments welcome below!
What a busy few weeks, no meal plan at all last week but things are a bit quieter for now.
Sunday – the traditional roast lamb
Monday – curry from a jar with the leftovers
Tuesday – Chicken in butter, wine and thyme sauce but with spinach this time!
Wednesday – Sausage and mash
Thursday – Out for dinner
Friday – pig cheeks, probably this Nigel Slater recipe
Any thoughts, ideas and suggestions are welcome in the comments below!
Man flu has hit our house this week so the Other Half has been feeling very sorry for himself although a hot toddy or two has helped with the blocked nose if not the temperature. It has already made the meal planning go off plan.