Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Autumn Dinner

Welcome to Tastey Tuesday and Fall Grilling. Before we had so much rain, last weekend was beautiful, and so I decided to make my mesquite style outdoor grilled chicken for a special treat. Starting with a mix that I purchased with the seasoning, (found in the seasoning section of the grocer, any brand will work) I let the chicken (fillets) marinate for a few hours before grilling by mixing the packet with water and a small amount of canola oil. I use less oil and more water. Mix well, add to plastic zip lock bag or marinating dish. Now, my trick for tender grilled chicken is to fillet the chicken breasts in half, length wise. This helps for less grilling time too.

Next, while the chicken is grilling, I prepare 5 potatoes for the microwave. Yes, the microwave. I have a recipe that I made myself using sliced potatoes, layered in a shallow glass baking dish, with onions, salt, pepper, garlic (optional)parsley and light margarine between the layers. Place a small amount of water in the corner of the dish, tilt to dispense throughout the dish. Cover leaving a vent side open and place in the microwave for 20-30 minutes at half power. You may have to adjust the baking times with the amount of potatoes you are using, more or less. You see, there is no exact amount for this style of cooking. At the last few minutes, I sprinkle light shredded cheddar cheese on the top, cover and let stand or run the microwave for a minute more to melt the cheese. Pierce the potatoes with a fork to check when done.

While the potatoes are baking in the microwave and the chicken is grilling, I start french style green beans on the stovetop. First I cut an onion and place in skillet, add slivered almonds and a bit of water and a dab of light margarine. Let this all blend together in a skillet to fuse the seasoning. ALmonds add lots of flavor and I love to cook with them. Next, I add either frozen french style green beans or canned. Blend together on low heat till cooked through and tender. These green beans are so yummy and go so good with the chicken. Low in calorie and high in flavor.

Now a good meal needs some color for presentation. So I have made an apple walnut salad with cranberries for color. Starting with romaine lettuce and red cabbage, I add sliced apples any kind, chopped walnuts and dried sweet cranberries. Then I add and toss some wonderful dressing from one of my favorite dressing collections. This is Annies low cal and light raspberry walnut dressing. You can find this in the specialty section of the grocery store or Sprouts, if you have it in your area.

Okay, now would you like some dessert? How about a light cheesecake topped with cherries. For this I used a basic cheescake recipe using light creamcheese. Topped with light cherry pie filling, all with a ready made graham cracker crust for the bottom. YUMS!! Now there's our color right?

Hope you enjoyed this Autumn Dinner. No recipes, except the cheesecake and most everyone has their favorite. This is an easy, "throw it together" type meal. I like to do these types of meals that don't require measuring. Maybe you do as well.
Hope your season is wonderful and you are blessed with Autumn dinners to enjoy with your family and friends.
See you Wednesday in my Toile Studio.
Blessings, Celestina Marie


Julie Marie said...

Oh Celeste, my mouth is just watering, everything looks so delish! I love potatoes with cheese on top and marinated chicken is our favorite! Green beans are too too yummy and that cheescake makes me drool! xoxo Julie Marie PS Thanks again for everything!

Chany said...

Hola Cele mi amiga querida, que rico!!! Hummmmm...
Yo te convido unos mates, así es Argentina, se toma mate con las amigas, es muy rico y quita la sed y también no sientes tano hambre, pruebaun mate conmigo , eh?
Y mira mi bricollage.


Unknown said...

CELESTE!! You have no idea how hungry I am right now, lol!! Grilled chicken is one of my favorite foods. And those potatoes look sooo good! I love fresh green beans also and that salad looks amazing! And cheesecake?? Ahhhh, my favorite, especially with cherries on it!! I ALWAYS fillet my chicken too! I cannot stand thick chicken breasts, lol! YUM! I will be trying all of this for sure, thank you so much for sharing!
Love you :)

A Southern Rose said...

Hi Celeste,
I really wasn't hungry until I looked at your post. Now I am starving! LOL It all looks so delicious! I make my potatoes like this too. So much faster and easier! Well...I'm going to the kitchen to see what I can fix up for supper!

Lee Laurie

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love the Annie's dressings and haven't bought this one in a long time. I think I will look for it and make the yummy salad! Everything looks wonderful!

Deb said...

looks yummy!!! finally we have some sunshine...hope it lasts...

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Celeste!

You have made me so hungry! Love your techniques and recipes. And that salad... mmmmmmmm! Wonderful salad!

You sure have been busy working on everything. You've got to be spending a lot of time in your work room and still finding time to post. You go girl!

Tell Larry HI! Big hugs, Sherry

Ginny said...

oh Celeste, the meal looks so wonderful! I will especially try the potatoes. Home cooking is the best. After eating two meals a day for the last 2 days in a restaurant I am getting sick of buying my meals. I cannot wait till my husband comes home from the hospital so I can cook again.

A Hint of Home said...

What a wonderful tasty dinner you had. I make potatoes very similar to that. Yum!
We are having the rain you described here today. My sister flew into this down pour. Tomorrow should be beautiful and a shopping we will go.
Have a fun day!

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

I'm gonna have to start calling you "Mrs. Skinner", as in "What's for dinner, Mrs. Skinner?"! You prepare some very tempting foods. No wonder you have such a Best Guy! I tried to post a comment on your previous post and couldn't, so please know how lovely I think all your garden flower pictures are, especially those pansies ~ my sweet grandmother's favorite flowers!

Angelic Accents

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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..