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Fettuccine Alfredo (with Chicken and Broccoli)

A week or two ago, I really wanted to make something hearty and creamy, and this was one of the first dishes to cross my mind. I thought I would attempt to make it from scratch. I prepared myself mentally to labor over the stove, until I actually started making it and realized how SIMPLE it was to make.  All I can say is: WHY DID I EVER BUY THE STUFF IN THE JAR?

I followed Entertaining With Beth’s Recipe, but I did not add peas and I added chicken and broccoli. I loved the way the chicken turned out and I really enjoyed the broccoli with it as well.

This recipe is INCREDIBLY easy, and can be prepared in 15 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Chicken breasts (cut into cubes)
  • ½ tbsp of garlic powder
  • ½ tbsp of onion powder
  • ½ lb (230 g) Fettuccini pasta
  • 4 tbsp (60 g) butter
  • 1 ½ cups (350 ml) of heavy cream
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp (2.5 ml) salt
  • Freshly cracked pepper to taste
  • 1 cup (90 g) Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 1/3 cup of broccoli florets
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) of freshly chopped flat leaf parsley

Method:

  • cook fettuccine according to package
  • cut the chicken into cubes
  • now sprinkle onion powder and garlic powder, with a dash of salt & pepper over the chicken
  • once the chicken is cooked, take the chicken cubes out and place them on a plate (you should have a nice amount of better left in the pan)
  • on medium heat, in the pan, which has the remaining butter, place the heavy cream in it and let it simmer, until it’s bubbly and thickened
  • once you see in the bubbles, add the parmesan cheese and mix it well.
  • now add little pieces of fresh broccoli  and let it cook until a pretty green
  • add chicken and give it a nice stir!
  • now add the fettuccine
  • top it all off with a little bit of fresh parsley

 

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Easy Bistro

Have you been to Chattanooga?  Do you live in Chattanooga?

Well if you leave near, in or are visiting the lovely TN town I suggest you give Easy Bistro a visit. I recently went there, and seriously LOVED THE FOOD. The ambiance was relaxing and trendy, and the seating was perfect! Easy Bistro is centrally located and parking wasn’t a problem. They have outdoor and indoor seating, the outdoor seating all face the street (great for people watching) and you can see the TN aquarium from the restaurant. Also, after you’re done dining, going for a stroll is definitely required if the weather permits, since the TN river  is about two blocks away, behind the aquarium.  Here are some pictures of what we ordered:

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Orecchiette Pasta with Poached Scallops, Shrimp & Lobster w/ oven-Dried Tomatoes & Saffron Cream

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Sautéed Coral Cod (Hawaii)  w/ Crispy Vidalia, Mixed Long Beans, Local Cherry Tomatoes, Avocado

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Another shot of the pasta I ordered. Easy Bistro did not skimp on any of the seafood, and it was cooked to perfection!

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Appetizer:  P.E.I. Mussels with Grilled Crostini

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Have you been to Easy Bistro? If so, what did you think & what did you order?

Also are you planning to go soon: it’s perfect for a classy girls night, birthday dinner, anniversary dinner & celebratory dinner!

What should you wear: look nice (duh). For the gentlemen, I would stay away from wearing jeans or “shorts”, slacks and/or khakis would be appropriate. For the Ladies: take out your cocktail dress, take your heels, you can definitely dress up for this one!

The Official Ramadan Post

Ramadan Kareem (Happy Ramadan).

Growing up I always failed to appreciate Ramadan, but now, as each year goes by, I realize how special Ramadan is.  Personally, it’s a time where I  have to prioritize my interest  for a higher-being; after a long day of fasting, I have to pick and choose people I want to talk to, or activities I want to engage in — and it truly helps give me perspective in other areas of my life.

Another reason I appreciate Ramadan more and more each year is because it gives me the ability to relate to those who may be less fortunate  — although fasting during the summer is HARD, it reminds me that  men, women and children go hungry even during the summer months and being able to relate to their feelings of being deprived of food and water is something that stays with me all year— it helps me relate to their emotions, thoughts and sentiments. I think being able to relate to someone is a powerful characteristic and reminds of the Artistotle quote:

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”

I feel like to entertain a thought, you have to relate to it, and Ramadan gives me the ability to relate to feelings of being hungry & thirsty, and it helps me realize how much a single drop of water would be nice during a hot Georgia day.

Any how, I have gone completely off tangent. I wanted to blog about things I’ll be eating during Suhoor (pre-dawn meal)  and Iftar (post dawn meal)  that will help sustain me throughout the day!

During Suhoor I have been enjoying smoothies! In the smoothies I put blueberries, raspberries, half a banana, a spoon of sliced almonds, a spoon of walnuts, spinach, half a spoon of cinnamon, ice cubes, the Tazo chai mix and milk.  I also try my hardest to drink 12 oz of water and drink juice or coconut water! Along side all of this, I always make room for a hard boiled egg or two. The hard boiled egg truly makes the biggest difference in allowing me not to feel hungry through out the day (I only eat the egg whites, since I’m not a fan of egg yolk)!

For Iftar I eat what ever my heart desires (I tend to go the healthy route) and I drink a ton of fluids!

Last Sunday I made a Sicilian Chili Beef Ragout. I actually found the recipe while I was watching TV, and thought it would be a fun iftar/dinner for the evening.

my kitchen is halal

Stirring the sauce in my “My Kitchen is Halal” apron. I bought this apron from Shujaa’s BBQ. The revenue Shujaa’s receives from the aprons is put towards their Hajj Trip! They are more than half way there!

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Pasta tossed with olive oil and parsley.

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The ragout sauce is simmering.

final product ragout

Sprinkled parmesan on the finished product!

Bye!