Thursday, January 21, 2016

So Far So Yummy!

We are more than half way through the first month of the year and things are appearing bright! Even though there has already been some bumps in the road this January for me, I feel like i have been coasting through the weeks with great ease, contentment and CONSISTENCY!(The kind of consistency I mentioned about wanting to attain weeks ago in an earlier BLOG POST) Yay! I know that it is still early in the game but I believe it is important to celebrate accomplishments and good progress, no matter how big or small. And I must not discount the fact that it is my Father in heaven who is responsible for every delight, good thing, and satisfying achievement that I have had this month so far. "You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing." Psalm 145:16. He has been my rock, my firm and strong anchor, and my source of sustainment.

One of my goals this year has been to cook more. Last year I made it my goal to make at least one pinterest recipe a month and then challenged myself to creatively use all the left over ingredients to make other things. It went pretty well and was a great way to break me in and get me experimenting with ingredients I have never used before like ginger, garlic, flax seeds etc. I am a TOTAL novice. :P This year I have stepped it up, cooking fanciness twice a week! So far so good! Prior to my recent efforts to start cooking, I have always had excuses for not cooking like:


"by the time I get home, I am famished and not patient enough to make food!" 
              
      "...maybe i am just lazy"
                                                                  "it's too expensive"                   

"I takes to long to prepare meals and I end up being in the kitchen all evening!"

"I eat half the ingredients before I even get done"

"I have no idea what i am doing"   

"to many dishes get dirtied and then they need to be washed..."


But I am coming to believe that it is so worth it! Nothing beats a good tasting meal, and with the more experience I am gaining in the kitchen, I am getting better and faster at making stuff! I also have found it useful to get my friends involved, making the cooking process more fun! Why haven't I thought of that sooner?! Not only is simply the company of friends in the kitchen appreciated, but also I have been learning so much from them! Lord knows I have a lot to learn. A couple of days ago I got together with a good friend and she taught me how to use a mincer! And how to cook pasta...the "right way"! ^_^ We had so much fun and this is what we made:

Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo




Ingredients


  • 2 grilled chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • 8-ounces fettuccine pasta, cooked (All we had on hand was spaghetti so we used that instead)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced (now that I know how to use a mincer ^_^ )
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup plain, nonfat Kefir (this was a new ingredient for me!)
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • basil ribbons, for garnish





Directions:


  1. Cook pasta according to the directions on the box and set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute or until fragrant.
  4. Stir in flour; stir until combined.
  5. Slowly whisk in chicken broth.
  6. Cook and stir until mixture boils and thickens; remove from heat.
  7. Stir in Parmesan cheese; stir until melted.
  8. Whisk in Kefir; whisk until combined.
  9. Season with salt and pepper.
  10. Sauce will continue to thicken as it stands. If sauce is too thick, add a little Kefir.
  11. Pour sauce over cooked fettuccine; mix until combined.
  12. Transfer to plates and top with previously prepared chicken strips.
  13. Garnish with basil ribbons and serve!


Buen Porvecho!


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