Sadly, Scotties is over tomorrow :( Erin and I have met lots of fun new (ha ha -old) friends and we've realized that we are both pretty awesome ambassodors of Red Deer!! On Wednesday night, we enjoyed the Italian BLT's and was left with some basil spread; I saved it and used it for dinner on Thursday - check it out:
Baked Basil Chicken & Caprese Quinoa
Basil Chicken Ingredients:
4 organic chicken breasts
3-4 tbsp basil spread (leftover from the Italian BLT's)
non-stick cooking spray
Caprese Quinoa Ingredients:
3/4 cup quinoa
1 1/2 cup water
1/2 cup bocconcin, shredded or chopped
1/2 cup fresh basil, sliced thin into ribbons
2 roma tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
fresh cracked salt & pepper
In a small pot, combine the water and quinoa and bring to a boil over high heat. Lower heat, cover and simmer for about 18 minutes, until all of the water is absorbed. Remove from heat, get rid of the lid, fluff with a fork and leave to "cool" slightly.
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400degrees. Spray a baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Arrange the chicken breasts in the dish, then baste with the basil spread. Chuck in the oven for about 25 minutes.
While the chicken & quinoa are cooking, chop the romas, bocconcini and basil. Put ingredients in a medium sized bowl and set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk together the balsamic & olive oil; pour over the ingredients and stir. I let the quinoa cool off so it was warm, but not steaming like crazy anymore - stir it into the ingredients and you're good to go! This salad tastes great warm or cold.
Once the chicken is out of the oven, thinly slice and serve atop a bed of the quinoa! Yummy!
Before I sign off for today, I just wanted to quickly say how fun it's been to be part of Scotties this year; we've met so many new buds and learnt a lot about the crazy insider world of Curling!! The pins, the beers, the mascots, the super fans and best of all - all the new pals! Below is a picture of us with a new pal "Dave" and he's an avid volunteer (like us) and a blogger too!!! Check out Dave's Blog which chronicles his adventures in volunteering!!
|Shout out to our new friend Dave!!|