Monday, February 23, 2009

My Love Affair with Garlic


lots of garlic

It’s fair to say that Parrish and I eat garlic at least once a day. It doesn’t always take the spotlight in the meal, but it’s always there. (Except breakfast oats…Garlic oats?! Yuck…or a stroke of genius!)

Tonight garlic and I had a full on love affair. Well, actually more of a love triangle (Parrish cooked dinner tonight). He made Garlic Stuffed Chicken with a HUGE simple spinach salad. Parrish used Coleman’s All Natural Chicken. It comes in 6 marinating packets. Available in several flavors, Garlic Italian is our favorite. The ingredients for the marinade are simple: olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, basil, rosemary, and oregano.

Parrish started by sautéing peppers and onions. Then he tossed in some garlic and diced chicken sausage. He cooked the mixture until the garlic was soft. He used an Organic roasted red pepper chicken sausage.

dice chicken sausage

He cut big slits into your boneless chicken breast and spread one Laughing Cow cheese evenly in each chicken. Then he stuffed the sausage veggie mixture into the chicken. Bake at 400 for 25 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. The onions and peppers will caramelize, but the cheese will not ooze. I love Laughing Cow! We use the light wedges.

We served some lightly cooked asparagus on top. Asparagus grows really well on the coast, because it loves to grow in salty soil. Asparagus is such a pretty vegetable.

tasty asparagus

The spinach salad was so simple, it didn’t even need a dressing. Parrish let the mushrooms soak in balsamic vinegar, and then heated them in a pan just to get warm. That’s it! Serve on top of big fresh spinach leaves. Perfection!

spinach & mushroom salad

Tonight’s dinner was the BEST we’ve had in a long time. Every meal we have is usually a success, but tonight was over the top delicious. With dinners like this, I don’t even miss gluten!

stuffed chicken_side profile 

I love the trio of yellow, red, and green peppers.

stuffed chicken

Perfectly stuffed!

Stuffed chicken_perfect bite

The perfect bite.

Tomorrow is my Monday, and it’s going to be a long one! Luckily we have plenty of spinach left over for lunch!

I hope everyone had a great start to their week! My best friend Alex told me tonight that she is going to give up GLUTEN for Lent! She is so sweet. I’ll let you guys know her progress; luckily we eat together often, so she’ll have lots of options.


LizNoVeggieGirl said...

I'm OBSESSED with garlic.

Good luck to your friend with giving up gluten!!

Meg said...

Garlic rocks!

Stacey said...

I put garlic in practically everything too. The stuffed chicken lookd amazing.
How cute that your friend is giving up gluten for Lent.


hi! just wanted to mention that I’m doing a post about favorite gluten free food products on absolutely not martha. I’d LOVE to hear what yours is--just leave me a comment (if you haven’t already).

Narnia said...

Besides being a great ingredient, garlic is awesome for your immune system. I'm also a huge fan.