Sunday, January 06, 2008
More healthy cooking
--Balsamic Braised Chicken with Olives
Balsamic Braised Chicken with Olives
The Best Diabetes Slow Cooker Recipes Copyright 2007
1 tbsp olive oil
2 onions, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
½ tsp salt
½ tsp cracked black peppercorns
½ tsp dried thyme leaves
2 cups chopped peeled tomatoes, including juice, if canned
½ cup lower-salt chicken broth
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
3 lbs skinless bone-in chicken thighs
2 tbsp chopped pitted black olives I used kalamata olives
2 tbsp drained capers
1. In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat for 30 seconds. Add onions and cook, stirring, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add garlic, salt, peppercorns, and thyme and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add tomatoes with juice, broth and balsamic vinegar and bring to a boil.
2. Arrange chicken over bottom of slow cooker stoneware and cover with vegetable mixture. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 hours or on HIGH for 3 hours, until juices run clear when chicken is pierced with a fork. Add olives and capers and stir well. Serve immediately.
I was drawn in by the lure of capers again. This wasn't something I raved over but I enjoyed it. I'm not sure if it's something I would make again since there are so many chicken recipes out there that haven't been tried yet. Don't get me wrong it was very good, and on the healthy side. It may have been great but my appetite has been on the low side.
Well I had my few days of rest and I started cleaning and cooking for my son's birthday party this coming weekend. Having a baby just a couple of weeks after Christmas is not recommended! I just want to relax after the holidays but then I have to get through this one more thing. I love throwing him a party which is the kicker - I wish I didn't have to do it so soon after Christmas when I'm stressed out. I would love to do it during a less stressful time of year. Of course I have to make it even worse by trying a new recipe but it won't be the only thing I serve if it doesn't work out. Thankfully it for adults, not children. I talked him out of that.
So I might be MIA one day this week since I think I'm a recipe short but I promise things will get back to normal around here eventually.
Blast From The Past: Marinated Beef Sandwiches from September 2006. I'm trying another sliced beef recipe for the party. I bought a meat slicer which I think is key so hopefully I'll get better results.
Question of the Day: How was your birthday celebrated when you were a child? I don't remember having any 'real' cakes when I was younger. It was always Carvel ice cream cakes which surprises me now considering how much more they cost than traditional cake and ice cream. I wish I could find out how they make those crunchies. That has to be the best kept secret in the world.