Saturday, April 28, 2012

The Winning Recipe from Don't Panic: Quick Easy and Delicious Meals for Your Family

About the Book:
Your family can have great meals even when you are on the run. The ladies who brought you Don't Panic--Dinner's in the Freezer now offer busy cooks Don't Panic--Quick, Easy, and Delicious Meals for Your Family. From quick meals made on the grill or in the sauté pan to crockpot dishes that require little prep and cook while you're out for the day, the recipes in this cookbook are tasty, nutritious, and require less hands-on preparation than traditional meals. Easy appetizers and desserts, one-dish casseroles and pastas, simple soups, salads, and side dishes, and even fast breakfasts round out the selections. Meals that are freezer-friendly are marked for those who want to make ahead.

You don't have to settle for feeding your family commercially packaged meals full of sodium and preservatives or fat-laced fast food. Serve them quick and healthy meals from your very own kitchen with this easy-to-use cookbook.

My Comments: 
I've been featuring this book this week and have done posts on Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo, Swedish  Blender Pancakes and Brown Sugar Shortbread Cookies.  I told you I'd publish one recipe today, based on reader request.  I chose the Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo, since it was the one my family liked best and there was no clear reader favorite.

3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
20 oz fettuccine (I think you'd do fine with 2 12oz packages, there seemed to be enough sauce)
1/2 cup butter
2 cups heavy cream (I wonder if you could substitute fat free half and half--I just used the good stuff)
1 1/3 cups freshly grated parmesan cheese (my husband bought the usual stuff in the can, so I just used it)
1/2 t salt
1/4 t pepper

Grill chicken breasts over medium-high heat until done.  Slice across grain (1/2 inch slices)

While chicken is grilling, bring a large pot of salted water to boil.  Drop in pasta and cook according to directions.  Drain.

For alfredo sauce, melt butter in a large saucepan or skillet.  Add creme and bring just to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring, then add Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.  Turn off heat; leave pan on warm burner.

Pour alfredo sauce over cooked pasta.   Top with sliced chicken breasts and sprinkle with extra cheese.   Serve immediately.  Makes 8 servings.  502 calories per serving.  21.6 g fat--but it tastes GOOD!

If I didn't pick your favorite, you can always buy the book, or search to see if another blogger made it.  


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