We were looking for an easy weeknight meal that could be made from ingredients already on hand. We like to keep boneless skinless chicken breasts in our freezer. We buy them in bulk, trim them of any fat, then lightly pound them to an even thickness before freezing them flat in bags of two. When we’re ready to use them we just thaw and create our meal.
Jennie-O’s Ground Turkey, Italian Turkey Sausage, and All Natural Turkey Breast Tenderloins are all staples at our house, especially when we’re in Healthy Living mode…which is probably in order more often than not :) I originally made this Turkey Piccata recipe a couple years ago when I was a die-hard Weight Watchers girl. This dish has no lack of flavor but by simply exercising portion control AND measuring the added fats (as in measuring spoon) it can be a very figure friendly meal.
I’m so excited to be sharing this recipe with my new friend and fellow food lover Sandi-A New York Foodie. She’s invited me to do a guest post on her blog, which will be a first for me. I’ve chosen Salmon Marbella, because in a round about way, this dish brought us together.
Lemony Thymewas actually the inspiration for this dish….which feels kind of cool. Coming off a full week of Eat Out of the Fridge/Pantry we treated ourselves to a nice big piece of salmon. We tossed ideas back and forth on how we would prepare it but made no progress. I called up our love food photography…page and perused it until I landed on Chicken Marbella….why not. The ingredients work well with salmon (and we happen to have them on hand), in fact those punchy flavors coupled with the natural salmon oils might just be amazing. Yes, it shall be Salmon Marbella over Toasted Israeli Couscous for dinner.
Cod is a wonderfully mild white flaky fish. It’s happy seasoned with anything from fresh herbs to punchy marinades. It’s beautiful baked or grilled and when leftover it begs to be the star in a batch of fish chowder. After recently learning about freezing fresh herbs in butter or olive oil, I began to do a little compound butter research and decided Montpellier Butter would be the perfect pairing with our baked cod.
Leftover olives…what to do? what to do? A quick search found this fabulous tapenade recipe by Former Chef. The recipe calls for kalamata, green, and Californa ripe olives but you can use any combination you have on hand. The ripe olives add a nice balance to the punchy kalamatas. You’ll also want to add roasted red pepper. These can be bought in a jar but roasting them at home is super easy.