Saturday, March 2, 2013

Kale, Cannellini Beans, and Potato Soup

6-8 servings
15 minutes prep
1 hour cooking time

 2 Tbsp EVOO
1 large onion, diced
3/4 C chopped carrots
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 C low-sodium chicken broth
2 C water
1 C white wine
3-4 potatoes, cut in chunks
1 tsp rosemary
1 tsp sage
1 tsp thyme
1 16 oz can cannellini beans, drained, rinsed
2 C finely chopped kale leaves
1 small red chile pepper, seeded, chopped fine (optional)
ground black pepper to taste

Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat; cook and stir the onion until softened and translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the carrot and garlic, and cook for 5 minutes more.Pour in the chicken broth, water, and white wine; stir in the potatoes, rosemary, sage, and thyme. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes. Add the cannelini beans, kale, chile pepper, and black pepper, and simmer, covered, for 30 more minutes.

Cream Cheesy Pesto Chicken

1 tsp oil
4-6 small boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/4 C cream cheese
1/3 C chicken broth
2 Tbsp pesto

Heat oil in large nonstick skillet on medium heat. Add chicken; cook 6-8 minutes on each side or until done. Transfer to plate; cover to keep warm. Add cream cheese to skillet; cook on medium heat until melted, stirring constantly. Whisk in broth and pesto; cook and stir 2-3 minutes, or until sauce is thickened and well blended. Pour over chicken. Serve with rice.