Thursday, July 30, 2009

Chef Lauren (pronounced french-like)

Well I did it! I cooked for an ENTIRE week. And as I mentioned before, by entire week I mean four days in a row. And according to me if you cook for an ENTIRE week you achieve the highest chef-ly status and you are officially entitled to put Chef in front of your name and pronounce it all frenchly. And don't go getting all impressed by me, you can do it, too!

Yesterday we had Veggie Flatbreads and today we had Chicken-Mango Quesadillas, both were pretty quick and easy. Both again inspired from Better Homes & Gardens, though I did change a few things around. Sound enticing?

Both my rotary grater and food chopper that I pictured in THIS post got a lot of use with these recipes!

What you'll need for Veggie Flatbreads:
3 Tbsp-ish of Olive Oil
1 Yellow Squash
1 Zucchini
1 Green Pepper
1 Red Pepper
1 Medium Carrot (or 8ish baby carrots!)
1/2 cup broccoli florets
Tablespoon of Garlic
2 Roma tomatoes
12 black olives, sliced or diced
Flatbreads (whatever size you will find will work)
Some kind of shredded cheese (I used mozzarella, ahem rotary grater)

Get cooking!
First of all feel free to use pretty much whatever veggies you want here-- the above is basically a combo of all the ones I like! Preheat the broiler. Chop up all the veggies (ahem food chopper.) In big skillet, heat the 3 Tbsp of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add squash, zucchini, green pepper, red pepper, carrot, broccoli and garlic. Cook for about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, olives and a bit of the olive juice and cook for a few minutes longer.

Place flatbreads on large baking sheets. Top with cheese. With slotted spoon add the veggies on top (sort of like a pizza.) Stick in the oven until cheese is melted and enjoy!

What you'll need for Chicken-Mango Quesidillas:
Shredded Chicken (I usually just cut chicken breasts in half and boil them for 8-12 minutes or until cooked, then shred)
Grated Gouda Cheese (ahem rotary grater)
Jar of Roasted Red Peppers in olive oil, chopped up
Mango-Peach Salsa- you may have to use some other fruity variations depending where you live and shop!
Flour tortillas

Get cooking!
If you have some kind of panini or quesadilla press you can use it for this recipe. Otherwise a pan set to medium-high heat with a little bit of olive oil will work too. Fold a tortilla in half and fill with chicken, cheese, about 2 Tbsps of salsa and 2 Tbsps of roasted red peppers. Either place on press for about 2 minutes, or in pan for two minutes (this is probably a little trickier because you will have to flip it, but I know you can do it. Your appetite, and perhaps family are depending on you!) Serve with extra salsa and enjoy!

Any recommendations on what I should attempt next week? Now I'm up for a challenge!

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