It was back to cooking my own dinners after our trip to Cabo. :) Fortunately, I love cooking and last night I whipped up a good one.
This Chicken Paprikash recipe comes from Cooking Light. I've been having a ton of luck with their recipes lately! The original recipe called for pork instead of chicken but the chicken turned out amazing!
Chicken Paprikash (Serves 4)
Recipe adapted from Cooking Light, January 2014
- 6 ounces uncooked egg noodles
- 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
- 5 teaspoons olive oil, divided
- 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
- 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
- 2 teaspoons chopped garlic
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
- 1 teaspoon hot paprika
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
- 3 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream
- 1. Cook noodles according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain.
- 2. Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 teaspoons oil; swirl to coat. Add chicken; brown for 3- 4 minutes. Remove chicken from pan. Chicken should not be cooked all the way through at this point. The chicken will continue cooking later in the sauce.
- 3. Reduce heat to medium. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion, bell pepper, garlic, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon black pepper; sauté 4 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add flour, tomato paste, thyme, and paprika; sauté 30 seconds. Add wine; cook 1 minute, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Add stock and vinegar; bring to a boil. Add chicken; reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes or until chicken is done. Remove pan from heat; stir in sour cream. Serve over noodles.
It turned out pretty good! I love pretty much anything on egg noodles. You can't go wrong!
Monday night was Bunco at Dina's house.
She spray painted mini champagne bottles and they turned out SO freaking cute. Half were pink and the other half sparkly gold (obviously my favorite).
We enjoyed some appetizers along with our sparkly beverages.
Lisa doesn't drink champagne so Dina turned a bottle of vodka in a beautiful sparkling gold creation!
Wait a minute! Hers is bigger than mine!!!!
Dina made a few different soups for dinner. I can't tell you how fun it was trying them all!
Tomato Soup..check out the heart design she made with creme fraiche!
To go with the Tomato Soup, Dina made Four Cheese Grilled Cheese Sandwiches.
Dina's husband made his delicious Steak Chili:
We also enjoyed some Persian Herb and Bean Soup:
I have to say that my favorite was the Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches.
So simply yet completely amazing.
It was Cathi's birthday on Sunday so we celebrated with Dina's beautiful homemade tiramisu!
Seriously…Dina wins the award for creativity!
Thank you Dina for SOUPER evening. Ha ha! I crack myself up.
Breakfast yesterday morning was Honey Nut Cheerios and almond milk. There are just some mornings that I don't have any more energy than to just throw some cereal in a bowl. Yesterday was one of them.
To keep the Cathi birthday celebrations going, we took her out to eat at Pacific Coast Grill for lunch!
Cathi and I shared Sashimi Grade Ahi Wonton Tacos (with Asian slaw, wasabi-guacamole & Thai chile ponzu):
I would come back just for these. I'm sorry I shared them. :)
I followed that up with Surf & Turf Burger (lobster & crab salad, jack cheese, avocado, bacon & chili lime mayo):
Yes. I went big. I'd like to be able to say that I ate it all but I can't. It was so rich (duh) that I only ate half. It was very good but very heavy. Not sure it was the right thing to order in the middle of the day where there was no nap in my future.
Happy Birthday Cathi!!!!!
Breakfast this morning was pineapple Chobani yogurt with Easy Granola and mixed berries.
After dropping off the kids, I went to a meeting and a couple appointments. Lunch was a Chopped Salad and Chili at The Corner Bakery.
I'm now tackling 8,000 loads of laundry. Wish me luck.
Do you dip your grilled cheese in your tomato soup? I do. :) Lisa had never done it before and I made her try it at Bunco. She was amazed and flabbergasted at how good it was. Like I said…it's the little things.