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Creamy Avocado Pasta

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Avocados. I love avocados.  Growing up in Ohio we never ate avocados. I didn’t have my first one until I was 24.  And now, I’m hooked.  I love to add avocado to everything: salad, grilled cheese, chilli, you name it. So when a good friend pinned a recipe for Creamy Avocado Pasta, http://pinterest.com/pin/91901648617204922, I knew I had to make it right away.

I actually took a couple ideas from another pin for Avocado Pasta and combined the two.  I used linguini noodles and added cherry tomatoes and pine nuts.  I really thought the additional ingredients were a nice touch.  And this recipe has gone into the “make again” pile.

Ingredients:

1 medium ripe avocado, pitted

½ lime

2 garlic cloves

¼ jalapeno

¼ cup packed basil

1 cup spinach

1 teaspoon kosher salt

2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan

1 pound whole wheat spaghetti

1 cup spinach

basil leaves to garnish

Pine Nuts (optional)

Cherry Tomatoes (optional)

 

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat.  Add the pasta and cook until tender but still al dente 9 -11 minutes.  Drain and reserve 1 cup of the cooking water.  Put the cup of spinach in the bottom of a serving bowl and  place the spaghetti on top and toss for a few minutes to wilt the spinach.

While the pasta is cooking make the avocado sauce.  Using a spoon, scoop out the flesh from the avocado and place in a food processor.  Zest the lime and add along with the basil, lime juice, garlic, jalapeno, basil, spinach, salt and pepper.  Blend until smooth.

Pour the sauce over the pasta and toss everything together adding a little cooking water to loosen the sauce as needed.  Top with the grated Parmesan and basil and serve.

Recipe via:

http://blissfulbblog.com/blog/2012/2/16/blissful-eats-with-tina-jeffers-creamy-avocado-pasta.html

Avocado Chicken Parmesan

Saturday my husband and I celebrated our 5 year Wedding Anniversary.  We had plans to attend a concert at the Hollywood  Bowl later that evening, but we elected to stay in for dinner.  I made this tasty little dish I pinned the other day, Avocado Chicken Parmesan: http://pinterest.com/pin/91901648616930402/.  I also made Easy Parmesan Couscous as a side dish: http://pinterest.com/pin/91901648616949233/

Dinner turned out great!  The babysitter arrived early and we enjoyed Diana Krall at the Hollywood Bowl.

I forgot to take a photo of this one.  But I think I have a pretty good excuse.  You’ll just have to check it out on Pinterest!

Avocado Chicken Parmesan Recipe

Ingredients:
2 Chicken Breast Fillets, halved lengthways
1/4 cup melted butter
1 1/2 Cups Dried Breadcrumbs
1/2 Cup Tomato Pasta Sauce
2 Avocados Sliced
1/2 Cup Grated Mozzarella Cheese

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees

Place breadcrumbs in a bowl and and melted butter in a bowl.

Dip your thawed chicken in your melted butter and then into the breadcrumbs- cover the whole chicken with breadcrumbs

Place the breadcrumb chickens on a baking tray that is lined with foil and bake for 10 minutes

Remove from oven and on each chicken breast spread 1 heaped tablespoon of pasta sauce. Arrange avocado slices over sauce and sprinkle with decent amount of mozzarella cheese.

Return to oven and bake for another 10 to 15 minutes or until golden and chicken is cooked through.

Serve with salad or serve over cooked pasta.

Recipe via http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/2012/08/avacado-chicken-parmesan-recipe.html

Easy Parmesan Couscous

1 1/2 C. dry couscous
1 1/2 C. chicken stock
1 clove garlic, minced
3 green onions, sliced
2 Tbsp. butter
Pepper
Salt (optional. I rarely add salt because my chicken stock is salted)
1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
1/3 C. grated Parmesan cheese

Melt butter in a saucepan on medium heat. Add garlic and onions and saute until soft. Add chicken stock and bring to a boil. Add couscous. Cover and remove from heat. Let stand for five minutes, then fluff with a fork. Add remaining ingredients: pepper, balsamic vinegar, and grated Parmesan. Fluff again and serve while hot.  Voila!  Easy Parmesan Couscous.

Recipe via

Avocado Chicken Salad

I’ve taken a big step.  I am trying something new in the kitchen.  You don’t understand how big this is.  I bought cilantro.  Seriously.

I bunch of my friends have been pinning recipes on Pinterest, and so have I. But I never actually tried to make any of it.

It all started when I was talking to my husband about dinner.  I was planning on making Unstuffed Pepper Casserole.  This is a great casserole made with red and yellow peppers, ground beef and tomatoes.  I make it all the time.  Apparently too often, though.  My doting husband told me he was getting tired of the casserole.  What?!?  “Tired of the casserole?  This is a good casserole!”, I thought. So I listed off a few other casseroles and chicken options that I have, and he wasn’t excited about any of them.

Now, I have to admit, cooking is not my strong suit.  I have a small repertoire of recipes, and that is it.  My husband likes to cook and cooks several times a week.  However, he also told me he didn’t want to cook much anymore.  He wanted to dinner ready when he came home.  I get it, he works hard all day.  It is not too much to ask.

But I was at a loss.  What can I make that is not pasta, quesadillas, casserole or something frozen from Trader Joe’s?
And then, I saw it. Avocado Chicken Salad: http://pinterest.com/pin/91901648616667756/.  I like Chicken.  I like Avocado.  I can learn to like Cilantro. It seemed easy enough.  So I boldly went to Trader Joe’s and picked up my supplies.   And making this dish was a snap.  I baked the chicken in the oven, shredded it, and stirred in the avocado and spices.

I was a little nervous when hubby took his first bites.  He didn’t say much. I mean, what if he didn’t like it.  He has cheerfully suffered through many an “experimental” meal, and always has a good thing to say, but I still feel awful when something doesn’t turn out right.  I want to retreat back to my casseroles.  But much to my surprise, he said he liked it. And went back for seconds!  Success!!  I just might try this Pinterest Meal thing again.