Jul
10
2008

Simplicity At It’s Finest!

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Dinner

Tuscan House Italian Grilled 10 Minute Chicken, Honey Glazed Carrots and Garlic Seasoned Green Beans

Good Thursday morning everyone. I swear my kids have an internal radar to know when I get up early to do something. Most times, including today, I’ll just sit my booty down at the computer at 6am mind you, thinking I have plenty of time to do a little work and then I’ll hear those cute little, up WAY too early, footsteps coming down the hall. They can just sense it somehow! So, today is no exception. They are both sitting on my bed staring at me, telling me they are hungry, thirsty, want to play on the computer and so forth……so I’ll have to be quick here!

I made this dinner Tuesday night before I was off to teach Pilates, knowing it would be quick and fantastic. I didn’t plan on taking pictures, but it was really beautiful and full of flavor so I thought I’d share. I always appreciate the simple things in life and this dinner is just that.

I have always loved sweet glazed carrots, they are the perfect side to any dish in my opinion. And there’s just something about green beans. I remember eating them all the time as a kid, so I still use the canned green beans my mom would use, not prideful about it at all. When you’re in a pinch they are great! However, next time I’m at the farmer’s market, I’m going to pick up some fresh ones and make something special.

Well, we’ve got a busy day of swim lessons and basketball camp so I’m off, but have a nice and hot weekend everyone! I’ll be back soon with another incredible stuffed brownie I took to a birthday party last night.

Tuscan House Italian Grilled 10 Minute Chicken

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded to an even thickness
½ Cup Kraft’s Tuscan House Italian salad dressing/marinade (It’s a new flavor, really good)
Salt and pepper

1. Using a meat mallet, pound chicken to an even thickness. Preheat indoor grill pan over medium heat on the stovetop. Spray with cooking spray, season chicken with pinches of salt and pepper, and grill chicken 4-5 minutes per side or until cooked through. While grilling, brush Tuscan House Italian Dressing over both sides. Remove from grill, place on a plate and cover lightly with foil to rest until serving.

Honey Glazed Carrots

2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 Tablespoons butter
4 Cups thinly sliced and peeled carrots
Salt and pepper
2 Tablespoons honey

1. Heat oil and butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add carrots, a pinch of salt, pepper and the honey. Stir and let cook for 10-12 minutes, or until softened to your liking. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve.

Garlic Seasoned Green Beans

2 cans green beans, drained

pinch of salt, pepper and garlic salt

1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over medium low heat unil warm and ready to serve.


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  1. 1
    Sharon says:

    Everything sounds delicious, but I’m pretty eager to make the honey glazed carrots! Simplicity is sometimes the best.

  2. 2
    Patsyk says:

    Looks like a perfect meal to me! I’ll have to pick up that dressing next time I’m grocery shopping. We love quick marinades like this one!

  3. 3
    Catherine says:

    Your blog is amazing!!! I love it!

    Thanks for sharing!

  4. 4
    Bunny says:

    this looks great!! thanks for sharing it. with busy schedules and summer here easy is just perfect!!

  5. 5
    Sara says:

    I also love the new Tuscan House kraft dressing. I actually used it just last night to marinate my chicken in. It is so tasty. I’m excited to try your glazed carrots. My carrots will be coming up in the garden soon here! Thanks for the ideas.

  6. 6
    Sara says:

    Yumm! The carrots look delicious! I’ll definately be making those as a side dish next week.

  7. 7
    Clumbsy Cookie says:

    First you give us the nice healthy recipe but then at the very end you could not resist talking chocolate, lol!
    About the green beans, I just bought yesterday a strange gadget that slices them. I wonder if that works…
    Anyway the plate looks great, I love a colorful plate of food!

  8. 8
    Barbara Bakes says:

    They were sampling the Tuscan House Italian Dressing at Costco last time I was there. It really is great. Hadn’t thought to use it to marinate. Good idea!

  9. 9
    Jenny says:

    Thanks Sharon,
    Yes, those carrots are so yummy!

    Patsy,
    I love this new dressing, it’s 10x better than the original Zesty Italian.

    Thank you so much for visiting my blog Catherine! Hope you’ll continue to find some good recipes for your family.

    Thanks Bunny!

    Hi Sara,
    I am so envious that you have a garden, I just bought a basil plant I hope I don’t kill it!

    Hi Sara,
    I think you’ll love these yummy carrots!

    Hi Rita,
    I know, you know that I can’t go too long without talking about my chocolate!

    Hi Barbara,
    This dressing is so great as a marinade, I’ll have to try it on salad next.

  10. 10
    Deborah says:

    Sometimes the simple meals are the best ones!!

  11. 11
    PheMom says:

    This looks really fantastic! Yummy!

  12. 12
    HoneyB says:

    Sounds so delicious!

  13. 13
    Jenny says:

    I agree Deborah!

    Thanks Holly and Honey B!

  14. 14
    Lisa says:

    What a great dinner! I have an award for you on my blog.

  15. 15
    Emiline says:

    Yum, Jenny! What a terrific sounding dinner.

  16. 16
    Derek Flake says:

    looks like hacker Mr Picky Palate struck again. haha he is Hot

  17. 17
    Donna says:

    Your pictures of your food are really good. The pictures look so good that they make me want to eat cooked carrots and I don’t even LIKE cooked carrots.
    I am new to this whole photography thing and I’m finding that food is really hard to photograph well. But I keep trying.

    And hey – there’s not a thing wrong with canned green beans. They’re the only kind of green beans that my kids will eat.

  18. 18
    Birdie says:

    I use the Tuscan House dressing all the time. It’s a great quick marinade. Canned green beans are always in my pantry. I use them for everything including quick salads.

  19. 19
    Jeena says:

    Those carrots look so tempting Jenny. The dressing sounds lovely and simple sure does taste good! :-D

  20. 20
    www.adorn-jewelry.blogspot.com says:

    jenny,

    how do you know when your chicken is cooked through? do you start it straight from the fridge? or let it come to room temp? i can never seem to get it right! it is either too done and dry or nice and moist and raw tasting! help!

  21. 21
    Aggie says:

    Just found your blog from Jersey Girl! Congrats on the E Award!!

    Great blog, I’ll be visiting alot!

  22. 22
    Jenny says:

    Thanks for all the nice comments everyone! You’ll all be at a huge advantage for my next givaway. It’s geared for those who leave comments regularly, so thanks!!

    Emily,
    When you are having trouble with knowing when your chicken is done, I’d recommend investing in a meat thermometer. They will let you know when your chicken is cooked through. I like to pound my chicken somewhat thin so I don’t have to cook it as long, it works nicely. Best of luck. I will admit it took me a while before I felt confident about my chicken and even then, I messed it up at the National Chicken competition! Go figure!

    Aggie,
    I love Jersey Girl’s blog! Thanks so much for visiting, hope to see you again soon!

  23. 23
    Jenny says:

    Derek,
    I just caught on to what you were talking about. I had no idea Cullen added his little “I am so hot” line. I guess I’ll have to keep a better eye on him! Thanks for the heads up, I thought you were nuts at first!

  24. 24
    Kara, Garrick, Rylee and Jadyn says:

    Just wanted to say a general THANK YOU for all your awesome recipes and ideas. I’ve been on a big “Picky Palate” kick lately and in the last few days made the Italian chicken, butterscotch popcorn and the banana brownies are cooling on the counter. So yeah, thanks so much for being so generous with your fabulous recipes!

  25. 25
    Prudy says:

    Great way to get the kids to eat a healthy dinner. Who cares where the green beans came from if it tastes good. My sister loves those bird’s eye frozen ones, and I have to admit they are pretty close to fresh. Although her kids still prefer the canned, so what can you do?

  26. 26
    ~Priscilla~ says:

    we eat that chicken with the dressing ALL the time, it is really hard to beat and SOOOO easy! looks great. cooked green beans are some of my favorite, and the carrots look yummy too. looks and sounds extremely easy!

  27. 27
    EAT! says:

    I always find that the simplest dinners are the best dinners!

  28. 28
    Jaime says:

    wow, great weeknight dinner idea!

  29. 29
    Proud Italian Cook says:

    A classic and healthy meal to feed your cute little family. Hope you’re enjoying your summer with them Jenny!

  30. 30
    Mandy says:

    Yum, what a great meal! We’ll be making it this week for sure!:) Thanks

  31. 31
    Lore says:

    Simple is always better because it’s quick, tasty and usually healthier. I love it!

  32. 32
    Leslie says:

    looks yummy and family friendly!
    My kids too have the sick sense that I am awake in the AM. I can not even make a noise and they STILL know I am awake!

  33. 33
    Nikki says:

    My veggies came out fantastic, Thank you

  34. 34
    Jenny says:

    So glad you enjoyed them Nikki! Thanks for posting.

  35. 35
    ecuakim says:

    I’m new to your blog and I must say, the photos are beautiful. I have a couple of questions though…

    1st: Do you drain the green beans first, or do you keep the juice when you heat them up with the seasonings? (I love canned green beans, but always eat ‘em plain!)

    2nd: How in the heck do you EAT all this UNBELIEVABLE food and stay in such great shape?????!!!!!!!????????

    I’m a pretty good cook and my favorite food is Chocolate Chip Cookies, but man, is that (and having a baby) taking a toll on my body!

  36. 36
    Jenny says:

    Hi Ecuakim,

    For the green beans, I drain them first then season them on the stovetop. For some reason, the end of this post did not want to let me type my instructions.

    Thanks for visiting my blog! Enjoy the dinner!

  37. 37

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  38. 38
    Lori Price says:

    Loved making the whole Crispy Cashew Coconut Tilapia Dinner. Glazed carrots and mango salsa and all.
    Perfecto!
    So easy to make, so delicious.
    We just recently moved to Italy and I am going to try this dish out on our new Italian friends.
    Will let you know.

    Ciao!
    Lori

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