Recipes without Pictures

Sorry no gorgeous food shots to include with this post; just a few basic recipe ideas, per your requests. :)

Roasted Asparagus with Onion

Chop two sweet onions and spread on baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil. Add some garlic and sprinkle with Kosher salt.

Roast in oven 20 minutes.

I was baking chicken at the time so the temp was lower than I would normally favor for roasted veggies. 400 or 425 works best.

After the onions have softened a bit (turn over with fork), add fresh asparagus (woody ends snapped off). Drizzle (or spritz) with olive oil, sprinkle salt and fresh Rosemary. Bake for another 10 minutes. When asparagus is done to desired softness (I like mine crisp), take out and garnish with fresh Parmesan cheese.

I love roasted onions so I took the opportunity to cook them along with the asparagus. You’ll have to experiment with the baking time. I was working on pulling everything together for dinner and didn’t time the veggies very precisely. Okay, I barely timed them at all so I am not responsible for your under or over cooked veggies.

Roast at your own risk.

let's play in the sand

I lied. I couldn’t really post a blog without a few pictures. Sarah and David spent hours in the sand box this afternoon.

Tuscan Chicken Breasts

This is a super easy recipe, I can hardly take any credit for it. I buy the frozen chicken breasts at Costco. I find they consistently give me tender results. I marinated the chicken in Trader Joe’s Tuscan Italian salad dressing over night. I only had a little bit of dressing left so I added some balsamic vinegar and olive oil to the jar and poured it over the chicken.

Bake chicken in oven at 375. Normally this would take 30 to 40 minutes. I HATE dry, overcooked chicken breasts, so I tend to check my chicken as it is cooking. I took the pan out, cut the chicken into smaller pieces (best way to see how it is cooking) and then returned it to the oven. I’ve found that the secret to tender, juicy chicken breasts is in the length of cooking time. You can NOT let it cook too long.

This dinner had several dishes that needed the oven so I ended up pulling the chicken out and finishing it (only 2 or 3 minutes) in the microwave. After it is finished baking, sprinkle with fresh Parmesan.


Trader Joe’s Tuscan Italian Dressing with Balsamic Vinegar – try it! It’s one of Tim’s favorites.

Let's have dinner!

Of course, my lovely Mesa Manna recipe has already been fully documented (complete with lots of pictures) here on this post.

Next time I feature a recipe, I simply must share our very favorite blender oatmeal pancakes. They are delicious AND healthy.

Project 366 – Day 54

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8 thoughts on “Recipes without Pictures”

  1. Hi. I have $38 left on a Trader Joe’s gift card. Need to use it. I’ll try the Tuscan salad dressing. Thanks for the suggestion.

    And thanks also for the picture of David and Sarah. So sweet.

    JW is leaving for Tucson in a few minutes. boo hoo.

    Love you Edgrens. Aunt Kate

  2. Thanks, Kathy! I love these recipes and will try them. We eat lots of chicken breasts, but hardly ever have asparagus. Love it, but seldom see it in the grocery store. Yum!

  3. Yum! My mouth is watering. Love the new way of cooking asparagus, which I already have in the fridge. You’re fortunate to have a Trader Joe’s nearby. Our nearest one is 90 minutes away! (I love that dressing too.)

  4. Yummy! I will have to try the Trader Joe’s Italian salad dressing! My girlfriend and I trek out to TJ’s about once a month (nearest one is an hour away) – we love that store because it’s got so many great things at a reasonable price!

    Asparagus is one of our favorites in our house, too – grilled, boiled, broiled, etc..

    Thanks for the recipes – and of course, for the cute picture of the cousins!

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