Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Balsamic Chicken with Mashed Sweet Potatoes Recipe

Hi Everyone!

I enjoyed this recipe so much that I had to share it. :)

I made this for dinner, and enjoyed the leftovers for lunch for two days afterward. Normally Jesse isn't a fan of sweet potatoes, but he loved them mashed. The sweet potatoes would make a great healthy addition to your Thanksgiving table in a few weeks. On days focused on indulgence it is great to have some healthy alternatives available. 

The recipes are below!
Melissa

Balsamic Chicken

Ingredients:
4 Chicken Breast
4-5 Cloves of Garlic
1 cup fresh Basil
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar (use less for lighter flavor, more to increase the taste)
1/4 cup water
1 cup sliced Mushrooms (I used one whole package of baby bella mushrooms)
1 pack Cherry Tomatoes (sliced)
1 medium Onion sliced

-Pre-heat over to 375 degrees.
-In a blender combine: garlic, basil, olive oil, vinegar, and water. Blend until pureed. 

-Place chicken breasts in baking dish with mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, and onions. Pureed mixture can be poured over the entire dish or directly over the chicken. 

-Bake until chicken is baked completely through (approximately 30-40 minutes). 


Mashed Sweet Potatoes
*I made enough sweet potatoes for 7-8 meals. 

Ingredients:
-3 Large Sweet Potatoes (3 lbs)
-1.5 tablespoons butter (optional)
-3/4 cup skim milk
-4-5 tablespoons Plain Greek Yogurt (0% fat)
-Salt and Pepper to taste
(milk and greek yogurt proportions can be varied to achieve your desired mashed potato texture. Add ingredients slowly as you mix potatoes.)
(*for a more savory version of these potatoes add 3 cloves of garlic, lightly sauteed in the butter before adding to potatoes). 

-Peel and cube sweet potatoes. Place them in a large pot, cover with water and boil until tender. Potato pieces should fall off of a fork when speared. Do not over-boil or potatoes will become mushy. 

-If using garlic saute in butter.

-Return potatoes to pan.

-Add milk, and Greek yogurt. Mash potatoes until desired consistency is achieved. (I used an electric hand mixer, and added milk  and Greek yogurt slowly. I increased the creaminess by adjusting the amount of Greek Yogurt to the proportions listed in the recipe). 

-Salt and Pepper to taste. 

Serve and enjoy!





8 comments:

  1. Where did the basil come in to play with the chicken? It's not in the directions.

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    1. It goes in the blender. :) Thanks for the heads up. I fixed it in the recipe.

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  2. Sounds delicious! I love mashed sweet potatoes. For a little kick, you should try using the Chipotle flavored Mrs. Dash seasoning in them. REALLY yummy!

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    1. I will definitely try that! Thanks for the suggestion. :)

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  3. What could I use as a substitute for the mushrooms?

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  4. This is so Good! My husband and I love it.

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  5. Finally tried this and it's amazing. Thanks!

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