Turkey Marsala

Turkey Marsala

1 package (20 ounces) turkey breast tenderloins
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup Marsala wine
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Cut tenderloins crosswise in half; pound with a meat mallet to 3/4-in. thickness. In a shallow bowl, mix flour and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Dip turkey in flour mixture to coat both sides; shake off excess.

In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add turkey; cook 6-8 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 165°. Remove from pan; keep warm.

In same skillet, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms; cook and stir 3-4 minutes or until tender. Stir in broth and wine. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced by half, about 12 minutes. Stir in lemon juice and the remaining salt and pepper. Serve with turkey. Yield: 4 servings.

Tonight, I am serving over a bed of noodles alone with edamame, garden salad and fresh fruit compote.

Italian Chicken Sausage Risotto

Italian Chicken Sausage Risotto

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 (16 ounce) package al fresco® All Natural Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage

1 cup chopped sweet onion

1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1 1/4 cups Arborio rice

1 cup Chardonnay or other dry white wine

3 1/2 cups chicken broth, low-sodium

1 cup frozen petite sweet peas

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

In a heavy, large Dutch oven or saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Saute sausage and onion until onion is translucent, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and thyme and cook until garlic is fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add rice and wine; stir 1-2 minutes or until wine is absorbed.

Stir in 3 cups broth. Lower heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, until broth is absorbed, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes. Continue adding stock, 1/4 cup at a time, stirring until liquid is adsorbed and rice is tender and creamy, about 5 minutes. Stir in peas and 1/4 cup Parmesan; cook 1 minute or until heated throughout. Season with 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Garnish with parsley and additional cheese. Serve immediately.

Tonight, I’m serving with a little crusty bread, garden salad and fresh fruit compote

Shrimp with Champagne Reduction sauce and Pasta

Shrimp with Champagne Reduction sauce and Pasta
8 ounces Fettuccine  pasta
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 1/2 cups champagne
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons minced shallots
2 plum tomatoes, diced
1 cup heavy cream
salt and pepper to taste
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook pasta in boiling water for 6 to 8 minutes or until al dente; drain.
Meanwhile, heat oil over medium-high heat in a large frying pan. Cook and stir mushrooms in oil until tender. Remove mushrooms from pan, and set aside.

Combine shrimp, champagne, and salt in the frying pan, and cook over high heat. When liquid just begins to boil, remove shrimp from pan. Add shallots and tomatoes to champagne; boil until liquid is reduced to 1/2 cup, about 8 minutes. Stir in 3/4 cup cream; boil until slightly thick, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add shrimp and mushrooms to sauce, and heat through. Adjust seasonings to taste.

Toss hot, cooked pasta with remaining 1/4 cup cream and parsley. To serve, spoon shrimp with sauce over pasta, and top with Parmesan cheese.

Tonight, I’m serving with a small garden salad and fresh fruit compote.

Chicken & Fruit Salad

Chicken & Fruit Salad

1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
3 tablespoons fruit-flavored vinegar
4 teaspoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons poppy seeds
1/4 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
8 cups mixed salad greens
2 cups sliced cooked chicken breast, (see Tip)
2 cups chopped melon, such as cantaloupe and/or honeydew
1 Avocado diced
1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted (see Tip)
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

Whisk sour cream, vinegar, sugar, poppy seeds, salt and pepper in a large bowl until smooth. Reserve 1/4 cup of the dressing in a small bowl. Add the mixed greens to the large bowl and toss to coat. Divide among 4 plates and top with chicken, melon, walnuts and feta. Drizzle each portion with 1 tablespoon of the reserved dressing.

Tips: To poach chicken breast: Place boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a medium skillet or saucepan and add lightly salted water to cover; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer gently until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink in the middle, 10 to 12 minutes. To toast chopped or sliced nuts, heat a small dry skillet over medium-low heat. Add nuts and cook, stirring, until lightly browned and fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes.

Tonight, I’m serving this Entree sized salad with artisan baked multi-grain baguette.