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Let's Dish With Linda Lou

Sharing My Recipes, My Life, And The Food Tale Of Two Cities

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 In this post, I’m talking about recipes that travel well. There are a lot of dishes that I make that should be eaten while they’re warm, but certainly can be eaten at room temperature. There are so many great containers out there that are made for traveling and keeping food warm or cold. I received this Pyrex glass carrying case as a gift one year, and it includes, 1 large and 2 small Pyrex containers that came with portable ice packs.

Let’s talk about some of my dishes that would be great for traveling. This first one is my Chorizo And Sweet Potato Hash.

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This particular dish can be packed hot. The insulated bags will keep that temperature just perfect. For this recipe, click on the link at the bottom of the page.

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Different pestos or tapenades (olive based pestos) would also be a great thing to take on a picnic. Pesto Palooza is a variety of pestos served on grilled bread. For this recipe, click on the link at the bottom of the page.

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How about Spinach And Feta Pie. This would be great to serve at room temperature, maybe with a glass of wine. Click on the link at the bottom of the page.

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Pulled Pork is another great option. Bring along some awesome rolls from the bakery. This one sounds like a winner. Click on the link at the bottom of the page.

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My Grilled Chicken Over Bow Tie Pasta tossed with a flavorful pesto. There are just so many choices. The most important thing is to enjoy the company your with and have lots of fun.

 

Sweet Potato And Chorizo Hash

 

Pesto Palooza!

 

Spinach And Feta Pie With Italian Sausage and Goat Cheese

 

Slow Cooked Pulled Pork On A Freshly Baked Ciabatta Roll

 

Spicy Grilled Chicken Over Pesto Bow Tie Pasta

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Spicy Grilled Chicken Over Pesto Bow Tie Pasta

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I love using a pesto as a sauce for pasta. Pesto doesn’t over power any dish but it’s a freat condiment for pasta and adds so much flavor. I’m going to top the pasta with a spicy grilled chicken breast. The chicken is marinated in a the Greek yogurt flavored with blackened seasoning.

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Above is a picture of a similar pesto I’d made earlier. It’s my sweet pea and mint pesto. The same process is followed to make this version.
Ingredients:
1-15 ounce package of thawed frozen peas
1/2 cup mint leaves
1 garlic clove, roughly chopped
juice of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
1/2 cup grated Pecorino cheese
1/3 cup E.V.O.O. ( may vary slightly)
Directions For Pesto Below:

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Yields: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Equipment: indoor grill, food processor

Ingredients For Pesto:
1 can Cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 small jar roasted red peppers, drained
1 1/2 cups arugula leaves
1/3 cup toasted pine nuts
1 clove of garlic, roughly chopped
1 lemon juiced
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
1/3 cup E.V.O.O. may vary slightly
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
1 box of cooked bow tie pasta, well drained

Ingredients For Spicy Grilled Chicken:
2 skinless-boneless chicken breast, butterflied then sliced into 2 breasts each, yielding 4 thin chicken breasts.
2 cups Greek Yogurt
2 1/2 tablespoons blackened seasoning
1 clove garlic grated
1 tablespoon Kosher salt
1 tablespoon Agave nectar
Parmigiano-Reggiano shaving for garnish

Directions For Toasted Pine Nuts:
In a large dry sauté pan, on medium heat. add the pine nut. Toast until the nuts become fragrant. Remove from heat.

Directions For Pesto:
In a food processor, add the Cannellini beans, roasted red peppers, lemon juice, garlic, Kosher salt, black pepper, arugula. Drizzle in the E.V.O.O.through the feed tube around 6-8 times. Remove the lid, add the grated cheese, pulse a few more time until cheese is combined. Add more E.V.O.O. if needed. The finished pesto should have a smooth consistency. Transfer to a bowl. Cook the bow tie pasta according to the box instructions. Drain well. Toss the pesto with the hot pasta and set aside.

Directions For Spicy Grilled Chicken:
In a large bowl, add Greek Yogurt, Agave nectar, blackened seasoning, Kosher salt, and grated garlic, mix well. Add the 4 thin chicken breasts. Make sure all the chicken is coated well with the seasoned yogurt. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and transfer the refrigerator for 1 hour.

Preheat indoor grill pan on med-high heat. Have the oven set on 250 degrees F. Place the chicken breast on grill pan. Grill the first side for 3-4 minutes, flip the chicken and grill for another 3 minutes. Transfer the grilled chicken to a sheet pan and place in the oven to stay warm. Cook pasta, drain well. Transfer the pasta to a large mixing bowl, add the prepared pesto and toss.

Remove the chicken from the oven. On a cutting board for meat, slice chicken on the bias. Add the pasta to a large serving bowl, top with sliced grilled blackened chicken. Garnish with shavings of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.

Serve hot.
 

 

 

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