Home Made Tomato Soup

**** My friend Daniel Mancini posted this totally amazing tomato soup recipe on QVC and you can find the original recipe here. He is also the man behind the company Mama Mancinis and you can find them on FB  and their website. I made this last night and I have to say that  honestly that was the best tomato soup ever! Now, it will not exactly taste like what you are used to with the canned stuff, but it is so much better for you and so healthy! ****

Ingredients:

1 28 oz can of whole Italian plum tomatoes

4 TBS unsalted butter

4 cups of chicken stock

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. fresh black pepper

1/4 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup minced onion

2 minced garlic cloves

1/4 tsp. dry oregano

1/4 tsp. dry thyme

1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley

Directions:

in a 4 quart sauce pan or soup pot on a medium heat, add the butter, onion, garlic, salt, pepper and sauté on low heat for 10 minutes or until the onion becomes translucent.

Add the tomatoes and all the juice, oregano, thyme, and put on medium heat.

Bring this to a boil, cover and lower the heat to a simmer for 15 minutes.

Add the stock, bring to a boil, lower the heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.

Remove from heat and allow to come to room temperature

Once it is at room temperature, add the soup to a blender and puree it.

Put the soup back into the pot and bring to a boil, turn off the heat and stir in the heavy cream and parsley.

Serve.

 

Cook’s notes: I did not use the onion as I am allergic but I did add a tablespoon of onion powder into the soup. I also did not use the parsley because mainly, I did not have any on hand. I did add another splash of cream as well. I made grilled cheese sandwiches on Italian bread to complete the meal and it was so good! My 2 year old loves the soup and you do have enough to take it to work the next day for lunch!

Garlic Chicken

***I am not sure where I found this recipe, but because it only uses a small amount of brown sugar and you are making boneless, skinless breasts, it is quite the healthy dish. Pair it with a healthy side like steamed veggies or what ever you like. I actually made it with baked potatoes and it was so good!***

Ingredients:

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 TBS olive oil

4 garlic cloves, minced

2 TBS brown sugar

1/2 TBS soy sauce

1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees

Cook garlic with the oil on medium heat until softened and fragrant (do not brown) Remove from heat and add in brown sugar, soy sauce, and red pepper flakes.

Put chicken breasts on a foil lined pan and top with the garlic brown sugar mixture.

Bake uncovered 18-22 minutes or until the juices run clear

 

**Cook’s Notes: My chicken breasts were huge so I sliced them horizontally to make 2 pieces and thinner, so they would cook in the allotted time. This was so yummy even my almost 2 year old loved it! I did cook the garlic and oil on a lower temperature because my stove runs hot and I was prepping everything else while the garlic cooked **

Skillet Chicken and Potato Dinner

I have been away for a while. Hubby came home from training with the National Guard and life got busy. Not to mention that I lost my camera battery charger. I did end up finding it and now I am back to taking pictures and posting. I made this last night for dinner and it was good! It is pretty healthy too because it only uses two tablespoons of butter in the whole recipe. I actually ended up using four though. I have a picture of the finished dish but not the steps.

Ingredients:

2 TBS butter or margarine

1 tsp finely chopped garlic

6 new potatoes, quartered

1 md onion, cut into 6 wedges

3 whole boneless, skinless chicken breasts, halved

10 ounce package of frozen whole green beans

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1/4 c chopped fresh parsley

Directions:

Melt butter in 10-inch skillet until sizzling; add potatoes, onion, and garlic. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, 12-14 minutes or until potatoes are browned. Remove from skillet, keep warm.

Place chicken in same skillet. Cook over medium-high  heat, turning once, 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned and no longer pink. Remove chicken from skillet. Keep warm.

Place potato mixture and green beans in same skillet. Cover; continue cooking, stirring occasionally, 6-9 minutes or until beans are crisply tender. Return chicken to skillet. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally 1-3 minutes or until heated through. Season with salt and pepper if desired, sprinkle with parsley if desired.

I got this recipe from this website . This is what it looks like finished, although I did not use the onions or the parsley.IMG_0186