Tuesday, August 7, 2012

New Recipe Night - Two-fer again!

I ended up taking a brief break from the Olympics to actually cook some real food.  You can only eat so many leftovers, sandwiches and cereal before you start to feel the need for real food.  Not Zack of course, I think that child would eat cereal and ramen every meal of his life if I didn't make him eat some "real food" occasionally.  But I digress... needless to say, he did not join us for dinner.

Maple-Mustard Glazed Chicken
2 tsp olive oil
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 tsp fresh chopped thyme ( I used 1 tsp dried)
2 med garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbsp cider vinegar
1 Tbsp stone-ground mustard

Preheat oven to 400.  Heat a large ovenproof skillet over med high heat.  Add oil, swirl to coat.  Sprinkle chicken with pepper and salt.  Saute chicken 2 minutes on each side or until browned.  Remove from pan.  Add broth, syrup, thyme and garlic to pan' bring to a boil.  Cook 2 minutes stirring frequently.  Add vinegar and mustard; cook for 1 minute stirring constantly.  
Return chicken to pan and spoon mustard mixture over chicken.  Bake for 10 minutes or until the chicken is done.  Remove from pan and let sit for 5 minutes.
Place pan over medium heat;cook mustard mixture 2 minutes or until liquid is syrupy, stirring frequently.  Spoon over chicken and serve.

Parmesan-Roasted Green Beans
8 oz green beans
olive oil
Parmesan Cheese

Preheat oven to 400.
In a medium bowl place green beans (clean and trim ends), small amount of oil (enough to coat beans), pinch of salt and pepper.  Mix until everything is covered.
Lay green beans onto a cookie sheet and sprinkle a "healthy" amount of cheese on top.
Bake for about 15-20 minutes - green beans should be crips on the outside and tender on the inside.

Both recipes were Delish!  Super easy to make and yummy!  Yeah for me, now I have the strength to sit on the sofa and watch more Olympics!

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