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Basil Roasted Chicken and Squash

Recipes posted a year ago:

This recipe came about while we were recently on vacation in sunny Arizona (where we were able to get plenty of Vitamin D).  We had the opportunity to spend a week with Karen’s parents in a vacation condo – which afforded us the chance to cook our own meals instead of spending a week eating at restaurants.  We made a point to bring a handful of different spices with us, and then made a stop at the local grocery store as soon as we had checked into our condo to stock up the fridge.  After a lazy morning followed by an afternoon at the pool, we threw this together in just a short time (aside from the time in the oven).

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Pesto Grilled Chicken

Sorry for the absence everyone – I’ve been trying to adjust to 60+ hour work weeks (in addition to a brutal commute) on the latest project I’ve been assigned to, and it’s been difficult to get things written up that we’ve been doing.

Adjusting to this new work schedule has also been cause for a few adjustments to our menu planning.  Having only Sundays off right now, and with early waking hours (and consequently early bed times) the rest of the week, our focus now is on meals that can be done with very little cooking time and even less preparation.  Luckily, we have a large number of recipes on the site that already qualify (tagged either “easy” or “quick”), and we will continue to add more until I am assigned to a less hectic project.

This recipe is a variation on our Pesto Baked Salmon using fresh basil from our CSA share.  When preparing the chicken breast, however, I also added a “pocket” cut into each breast and stuffed with pesto.  This infuses flavor and moisture through the meat much more effectively than simply spreading the pesto on top.

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Cucumber and Tomato Salad

I needed to come up with a potluck dish in a pinch and with my CSA to the rescue, I made this very tasty salad.  The cucumbers that I used were huge and it still felt like it wasn’t enough, but with a party of 20 people, it actually worked out great.  Adjust according to the amount of people.  If you just wanted to make it for yourself, it will store nicely for a few days.

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Lemon Basil Round Steaks

We’ve got a quick one today for the middle of the week, now that we’ve got some good weather to call summer out here.  Start out making a double-batch of our lemon vinaigrette dressing recipe, then reserve a bit to use on your salad while using the rest as a wet rub for some round steaks.

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Pistachio Pesto

Traditional pesto combines copious amounts of basil with garlic, olive oil, pine nuts, and Parmesan or similar hard cheese.  We’ve long been fans of pesto, although we’ll usually eliminate the cheese and add a squeeze of lemon.  This recipe takes the basic pesto and transforms it even further – substituting pistachios for the pine nuts and adding some Italian parsley to the mix.

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Wine-Herb Grilled Chicken

Grilling is a great way to cook just about anything (in my opinion, at least), and chicken is no exception.  Chicken can still end up a bit bland, however, unless it has a good rub or marinade prior to going over the coals (it also helps to use bone-in pieces).  So when you want to really make chicken tasty off the grill, plan on spending a little extra time prepping it the morning (or evening) before so it can sit and “stew” in some added flavors before cooking.

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Basil Chicken & Rice Soup

*A quick note as Casey doesn’t give this recipe enough justice.. From all the things we have made, this is definitely in our top 10.  Try it VERY soon as it will definitely be worth it!

Feeling like some good ol’ chicken soup, but with a little Cantonese and Thai influence?  Playing around with a clipped recipe in our ever-growing folder, we arrived at the following variation that makes enough for a small army and is sure to be a hit with just about everyone.  This is an easy way to use up leftover chicken (or turkey) from a previous meal.  Or, if you didn’t plan ahead, simply boil some chicken right out of the freezer while you get everything else rounded up and ready.  You could also try adding small shrimp for a variation that is sure to be tasty as well.

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