My BFFs and long time friends Erin and Amalia came over for dinner last night. We get together for a 'girl's night in' at least once a month and have been doing so for years now. Last night Amalia brought her two awesomely well behaved sons Elias and Joshua since her husband Robert had a last minute opportunity to go skiing at Mammoth. We were going to order out (or is it order in?) but I told them that I had lots of food in my frig and that I'd make dinner.
So without going to any trouble at all, I made a nutritious and delicious dinner for us girls while Amalia heated up mini frozen pizzas for the boys.
Dinner - Quinoa with fresh kale & cranberries, chicken, grilled tomatoes, beets, carrots & yams.
Grilled tomatoes are so delicious and so easy. These are Trader Joe's mixed cherry tomatoes. Just add a bit of olive oil and some coarse salt. I added some fresh rosemary too. Grill in a hot 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes.
Trader Joe's now carries these thinly sliced fresh chicken breasts which is such a better size than those "honkin" big ones. I seasoned the chicken with salt and pepper and then dipped each one in a lightly beaten egg white and then in a bread crumb mixture that I made by: combining in my Cuisinart about 1 cup bread crumbs with about 1/4 cup parmesan cheese and handful of the nuts that I made the other day. I grilled these in a bit of olive oil on a high heat. It just takes a few minutes on each side and then voila...! You can tent them in foil until the rest of the dinner is ready.
Ok, this doesn't look all that appetizing in the pan but it really was delicious and oh so healthy. First I made some quinoa - I buy that black and white version from Trader Joe's. In the meantime, I soaked some dried cranberries in a mixture that came to mind of tamari, rice vinegar and agave. The tamari was a little too salty so next time I'd use less or maybe add some orange juice. I sauteed some fresh, chopped kale that my friend Antoinette dropped off the other day fresh from her garden (she has the greenest thumb of anyone I've ever met). Then I added the quinoa and the sauce to the sauteed kale. Antoinette brought me a fresh beet too so I roasted that along with a yam and some carrots at 400 degrees. I put these veggies in at the same time as the cherry tomatoes but the beet took the most time at almost an hour.
|Amalia enjoying dinner
|Beth and Erin
|After all that healthy stuff how about a delicious tiramisu cake that Erin picked up at Whole Foods. Joshua and Elisa look pretty happy about it...heck, so do Erin and Amalia!!
|Elias relaxing with Oliver and Juma
|Erin and her Chewwy