Monday, August 14, 2006

Our lunch recipes…

Our lunch today was absolutely delicious!! I wish y’all had been here to eat with us. Food always tastes better with lots family and friends around, doesn’t it?

Here are the recipes that I promised from our meal of balsamic marinated chicken, mashed potatoes and roasted asparagus. Enjoy!!!

The balsamic marinated chicken recipe I actually shared in this post. Boy, is it good and easy!!

Mashed Potatoes
Red potatoes, washed and diced
1 T mayonnaise (that’s a Southern secret, y’all!!!)
Pinch of salt

Put your potatoes in a pan, cover them with water and bring to a boil. Let them gently boil for about 20 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender. Drain the potatoes and pour them into a bowl. Add about ¼ cup of milk, ¼ cup of butter, a pinch of salt and garlic to taste (either fresh minced garlic or dry granulated). With a potato masher, mash the potatoes and mix in the ingredients at the same time. You may need to add more milk or more butter (or both!) depending on how you like them. When you have mashed the lumps out, taste the potatoes and see if they need anymore garlic. If so, add it in and stir it up well. Now, stir in 1 T of mayonnaise. Yes, this seems strange, but TRUST ME!! You can’t taste the mayonnaise, but they make the mashed potatoes even creamier!!! Now just serve them to your family!!

(I mentioned using red potatoes, but that’s just me. Be sure and try whatever kind of potato you have on hand. Homemade mashed potatoes are SOOO much better than the boxed ones!!)

Roasted Asparagus
Fresh bunch of asparagus
Extra virgin olive oil

Trim the asparagus ends by holding each stem by both ends and gently bending. The asparagus will “pop” into two pieces and the bottom half that breaks off is not as fresh as the top part. Discard the bottom pieces and rinse all the top pieces in a colander under cool water. Dry on paper towels then place them on a cookie sheet. Drizzle asparagus with about 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, a pinch of salt and pepper.. Using your hands, toss the asparagus around until each piece is coated with olive oil.

Bake in a 400 degree oven for about 15- 20 minutes or until you smell the asparagus cooking in the oven.

This seems to cool quickly, so be sure and cook it right before it’s time to sit down and eat.


~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

Hello, you were so kind in your comment on my blog, that I thought I would visit yours as well!
You had my mouth watering with all this wonderful food talk! :) Sometimes lunch is our biggest meal as well, due to our schedules. Hmmm, I might have to try that chicken & mashed potatoes sometime!
Lovely *meeting* you!

Tori Leslie said...

Ohh, those recipes look delish! I love balsamic vinegar and the chicken sounds good! Thanks for the recipes1 :0)


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