Friday, November 18, 2011

Oh-so- Easy Salmon Bake

4 salmon fillets (1 lb)
2 Tbsp plus 2 tsp coarse ground mustard or Dijon mustard
16 ritz cracker, crushed (about 1/2 cup)
1 tsp dill weed (optional)

Preheat oven to 400°. Place fish in single layer on foil-covered baking sheet; spread evenly with mustard.
Sprinkle with crumbs. If using dill mix to crumbs before sprinkling.
Bake 25 min or until fish flakes easily with fork.

I'm not sure where I got this, but I think it was also a Kraft recipe.

Smart Pork Pasta

1/2 lb whole wheat spaghetti, linguine or fettuccine
1/4 cup balsamic vinaigrette dressing, divided
1 lb port tenderloin, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cup chopped red onion (I just used a yellow onion)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved (I used a can of diced tomatoes)
1/3 cup chicken broth
6 cups loosely packed baby spinach leaves
1 cup Italian 3 cheese blend, divided ( I just made my own blend with monterey jack, mozzarella, and Parmesan)

Cook chosen pasta as directed on package, omitting salt. Meanwhile heat 2 Tbsp dressing in large skillet over medium high heat. Add meat; cook 5-6 min or until done, stirring occasionally. Remove from skillet; cover to keep warm.
Add remaining dressing, onions and garlic to skillet; cook and stir 2-3 min or until onions are crisp tender. Add tomatoes cook 1 min. Add broth and meat; stir. Bring to boil, stirring occasionally.
Drain pasta. Add to ingredients in skillet with the spinach and 1/2 cup cheese; mix lightly. Top with remaining cheese.

Another Kraft recipe!

Zesty Marinated Chicken

1/2 cup Italian Dressing
4 small boneless skinless chicken breast halves (1lb)
3 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese (the green can kind)
1-2 Tbsp Italian style bread crumbs
1 pkg sliced fresh mushrooms
1 Tbsp butter
1-2 tsp dried basil
1/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Pour dressing over chicken and refrigerate 1 hour to marinate.
Heat oven to 375°. Remove chicken from marinade, discard marinade. Mix together Parmesan cheese and bread crumbs and place in shallow dish. Add chicken and turn to evenly chicken breasts. Place chicken in single layer in shallow pan sprayed with cooking spray.
Bake 30 min. Meanwhile melt butter in skillet, add mushrooms and cook on high heat until mushrooms are tender, stirring frequently. Stir in basil.
Top chicken with mushrooms and shredded cheese; bake 5 min or until cheese is melted.

I adapted this from a recipe I got from Kraft.
The suggested substituting cilantro or parsley for the basil, but I have only tried it with the basil.