Tasty Thursday – Chicken Pasta Salad

I like to cook and bake. Making and baking meals is just wise thing to do. At least I think so. That’s how I know exactly the ingredients of the meal and I can choose which kind of products I use. Tasty Thursdays idea is just to share a recipe of the whole meal or just one tasty thing that I’ve made during the week. Recipes could been shared any other day too, but Thursdays is one day that is certain.

 

I’ve totally forgot my blog. Now I remembered this and decided to do a quick post. It’s just after midnight and I’m still up. I was at evening shift today and tomorrow (or today) I have to go to work by quarter past seven. OMG, I’m gonna be so tired. But I’m always tired after evening shift and if I have morning shift next day. 

But, the point in this post is food, again. I really have to write something else next time. Maybe tomorrow I have time to write about something else. Maybe about my weight lose or Bon Jovi. 

So food. 

Couple of friends or actually my sister and her friend visit me last Tuesday. My sister came straight from work and I knew she would be hungry. She wished some salad, maybe chicken, so I had promised her I would make something close to that. I made CHICKEN PASTA SALAD.

If you want to do this too you need to have (or at least I had these):

  • Chicken breast or something like that, without marinate.
  • Seasoning, I had black pepper,  Santa Maria’s Mango Curry, salt and little bit of vegetable oil
  • Pasta
  • Lettuce
  • Cucumber
  • Bell pepper
  • Peach
  • Avocado
  • Rucola
  • Spring onion
  • Vegetable oil (0,75dl), honey (1 tbsp), black pepper, salt (for the dressing)

FIRST I cut the chicken breasts to the smaller pieces (so they fit you mouth) and seasoned them and let them to marinate. SECOND I boiled some water to cook the pasta in it (remember to put some salt in the pasta water). AS the pasta is boiling, I started to chop everything else in the bowl. AFTER pasta was done, I cooled down in I cold water and put it back in the kettle. I mixed up the dressing in a small bowl and BLENDED it together with the pasta and left it to marinate. THEN I pre heated a pan to fry the chickens. WHILE chickens was cooking I finished the chopping other ingredients. BEFORE I added the chickens to the salad I let them to cool down over the plate covered with paper towel (it would absorb some of the oil). FINALLY I added the pasta and the chicken to the salad and mixed it together. 

I served salad with home made carrot buns and some butter or creme cheese. To drink I had acquired mineral water. 

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Workout or dinner…

One of my goals to reach this week is to do more exercise. Does it count if I’ve been running, well not literally running, but walked different places in the city? After work, where was quite busy day, I needed to go to the about 5 stores today and I was home just before six. I was so hungry and so tired that I just couldn’t go to walk. Well tomorrow I’ll go to my friends cottage for two nights and there’s lot to do after winter.

But back to today. So I decided to make dinner to myself. I was just bought some chicken breasts and vegetables. I seasoned chicken breasts with Santa Maria’s Mango Curry, pepper and vegetable oil. I pre-heated the oven to 200°C (392°F) and roasted them about 30 minutes.

I also made huge salad me to eat right today and for tomorrows lunch to work. I put there two different kind of lettuce, some cucumber (surprise, surprise!), some bell pepper, two spring onions, some green grapes and three peaches.

I just joined a month ago to Tehy. It’s union of Health and Social Care Professionals and I got gift card in a bookstore for joining. That was just perfect because I’ve been planning to by a cookbook about healthy foods. Today I bought two, or one was kind of free because of the gift card. 

Terveellistä ruokaa vartissa by Pirjo Saarnia is oblivious in Finnish and its translates: Healthy food in 15 minutes. There’s two parts in the book. The first part is about food: which food is healthy, why it’s healthy, why food is important at all. The second part is about recipes and suggestions what people should have in they pantry, refrigeration or freezer. I’ve read one of her books last fall concerning about nutrition. I liked her writing style and she had good everyday examples in there.

The other book is Gordon Ramsay’s Healthy Appetite which contain recipes from breakfast to dessert. Some of the recipes looks quite simple and some of them aren’t but I attempt to try most of them.

Have to go to bed now because I have to get up in six hours. Good night, don’t let the bed bugs bite.

 

Tasty Thursday – Filled Bell Peppers

I like to cook and bake. Making and baking meals is just wise thing to do. At least I think so. That’s how I know exactly the  ingredients of the meal and I can choose which kind of products I use. Tasty Thursdays idea is just to share a recipe of the whole meal or just one tasty thing that I’ve made during the week. Recipes could been shared any other day too, but Thursdays  is one day that is certain.

Today I made bell peppers filled with minced beef and rice and also a salad. I also used texture soy protein to make the minced beef to last longer or in another word make another dish out of it. This is a great food; only your imagination is the limit. I made quite unimaginative ones, but still tasty ones.

I used these things:

  • about 250 g (8,8 ounces) minced beef
  • about 1,5 dl (0,6 cups) texture soy protein
  • about 1,5 dl (0,6 cups) uncooked rice
  • 2 small onions or one big one
  • vegetable oil
  • seasonings on your choice
  • bell peppers, I only had 3 and I had left over filling
  • grated cheese

Do this with those things above:

  1. Put the texture soy protein in to a bowl and fill with water just little bit over the product. Let it swell.
  2. Cook rice as it’s been said on the box or the bag
  3. Chop onions. Put a little pit of vegetable oil on a pan and heat it up. Sweat the onions on there and put them on a side.
  4. Fry the minced beef. At the end of the cooking add texture soy protein.
  5. Season and add the onions.
  6. Take a big bowl and add the minced beef soy protein thing and rice and mix them together.
  7. Take your bell peppers and one big kettle.
  8. Fill the kettle with a water (just little over half way on the kettle) and boil it. Add salt about 0,5-1 tsp
  9. Split the bell peppers half and take the seeds and the white parts off.
  10. Boil the bell peppers about 5 minutes and put them on paper towel for a couple minutes to dry.
  11. Take a baking tray or any other dish you can put in the oven and you can fit the bell peppers.
  12. Put the bell peppers on baking tray and fill them up. Put the grated cheese on top of them.
  13. Pre-heat the oven 225°C (437°F) and roast bell peppers about 15 to 20 minutes.

You can also take the hats of from bell peppers (task 9) if you want to have more fancier looking. I prefer splitting them half because it’s easier to eat. There’s also less to eat if you just want example a light lunch. It’s easier also to kids to eat and they usually don’t have stomach for the whole bell pepper. Of course you can choose small bell peppers if you really want to take the hats of rather than split them up.

I also made a salad with the bell peppers. I just used things I could find at home, like: apple, lettuce, spring onions, zucchini, radish, cucumber and feta.

Today’s dish is very versatile. You can do this almost anything you can found at your house. The key ingredients are the bell peppers and the rice, after that you can do what ever you want.