Archive | September, 2013

Goat Cheese & Sun-Dried Tomato Stuffed Chicken Breast

30 Sep

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Happy last day of September! With the looming federal government shutdown right around the corner, literally, I thought a frugal Nommin’ on a $Budget post was particularly appropriate.  Last week I discovered something quite exciting- Target sells 6-packs of chicken for $9.99.  Needless to say, I’ve been combing through my plethora of chicken recipes to make an exciting bulk dish to last me through this depressing week.  I settled on what you see pictured above, chicken breasts stuffed with goat cheese and sun-dried tomato. Each individual breast is PACKED with flavor and they last nicely for a few days in the fridge.  The recipe only calls for a few ingredients, and after making this several times for hungry roommates and tweaking where necessary, I think I’ve got it down pat.

You will need:

-6 boneless chicken breasts

-1/2 cup goat cheese

-1 ts dried Italian herbs (or a combination of oregano and basil)

-Garlic powder

-1/2 cup finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes (word to the wise- buy a pack or jar of these bad boys pre-sliced)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut a slit down the side of each chicken breast.  This part is probably the hardest- you want to create a pocket big enough to fill with the goat cheese mix, but do NOT want to break through the chicken.  I usually do a shallow slit down the side, more towards the top of the chicken breast, and then wiggle the knife around the middle to make the pocket. Sprinkle garlic and oregano on both sides of the chicken and set aside. In a separate bowl, combine the goat cheese, Italian herbs, and sun dried tomatoes- mix well. Then, fill each chicken breast with a generous spoonful of the mixture.  You want to make sure that it all goes in that pocket, and there’s room for the mix to ooze out while baking and not create a hot mess.  Spread the stuffed chicken out evenly on a baking sheet and bake for approximately 12-15 minutes, checking periodically.  Anddd you’re done! Garnish the chicken with any extra sun-dried tomatoes before serving (perhaps with some string beans tossed with almonds and feta, pictured) and you have an affordable, healthy, and nommable meal for days!

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Nommin’ Out: Stoney’s DC

25 Sep

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Yes, it’s finally happening… an AMAZING BAR FOOD POST !! Stoney’s, a small pub on 14th street, is a self-proclaimed “Boss of Sauce” and has been serving some of the best bar food in DC since 1968. Stoney’s restaurant hours are some of the most convenient around- open Sunday – Thursday: 11am-2am, Friday & Saturday: 11am-3am, and Brunch: Saturday and Sunday, 11am-3pm.  One of the reasons I keep going back to Stoney’s is they serve literally the best tuna melt I’ve ever had in my life (pictured, bottom).  The top picture is the Reuben sandwich, also delicious and lookin’ all sexy smothered in Russian dressing.  Both use buttery bread expertly toasted to a golden brown (can you tell I’m currently salivating?). Sandwiches come standard with potato salad, but ask for a side salad or golden fries for only $1 more.  Stoney’s has a casual bar atmosphere with desired sports playing on several TVs, as well as a few sidewalk tables to certainly take advantage of on these gorgeous early-fall evenings.  Snag a hightop table next Sunday and get comfortable.  Also, wear some stretchy pants.

http://www.stoneys-dc.com/

Meager Mondays

16 Sep

Tuna Salad Mix

 

Meager (adjective): deficient in quantity or quality; lacking fullness or richness; scanty; inadequate.  No offense to all the canned tuna lovers out there- but by itself, canned tuna is probably as boring as it gets.  And it’s smelly.  However, I was on a mission to capitalize on my grocery’s cheap cans and make tuna less meager and more mouthwatering.  Solution: add in a ton of flavor and toss it in a protein-packed salad.  I for one am normally anti-mayo but pro-any other condiment, so I mixed in the tuna with some light mayo and dijon mustard (two to one ration of mustard to mayo) and then added lemon juice and oregano to give the tuna some pizzazz.  Rummaging in the fridge I found mixed greens, feta, and some leftover edamame to throw together a lunchtime salad.  Almonds provided the final protein crunch, and wallah! Super healthy, quick and easy salad to fuel your bod after what (I hope) was a wing and dip-filled football Sunday!

Nommin’ Out: El Centro

13 Sep

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El Centro on 14th Street NW is a mexican gem.  A DC happy hour favorite, this two story restaurant also has brunch and late night menus available.  The second story is a funky rooftop, a great meetup spot now that it’s September and not a bazillion degrees outside (hopefully?). I have only been for the happy hour- mostly due to $4 house margaritas and $6 guacamole, which they make in front of you.  There are however a plethora of other options.  The happy hours drinks include several types of bottled beer, house wine, margaritas and sangria, available from 5-7pm nightly.  The food happy hour options are extended, including 2 tacos for $6, available from 5-9pm nightly.  Pictured above are the Duck Alambre tacos, which while not on the happy hour taco menu, are definitely worth the $13.95.  Topped with cotija cheese and roasted corn, the taco trio comes with mexican rice and refried beans, SUPER filling!  The duck is definitely a stronger flavor and I only advise it to those who know they like it.  I’ve also had the Grilled Steak tacos, which are available on the happy hour menu and satisfy meat cravings without overwhelming with a specific flavor.

In conclusion, the bartenders are enthusiastic, the food is yummy and affordable, and the happy hour drink options are plentiful.  Snatch a rooftop bar stool and see where the wind blows you….

Ode to the Killer Egg Sandwich

4 Sep

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Apologies for the blog hiatus, but happy post-Labor day everyone! I hope you all were able to enjoy an awesome long weekend.  I for one had the privilege of attending Budweiser’s Made in America Festival in Philadelphia, during which Beyonce and several others officially rocked my world.  Upon returning to the District, my next point of focus was what I could eat- something both delicious and nutritious to refuel the bod.  My immediate decision: the Killer Egg Sandwich.  This has been an evolving creation over the past few years, and is such a nommy staple that my roommate decided there had to be a “Killer” in the title.  Perfect for any time of day, all you need is an egg, bread/english muffin, and whatever else you wanna nosh on.  The following haiku duo (yes, instructional poetry) outlines the ensemble of my favorite version of the Killer Egg (pictured):

Need English muffin,

Salsa adds a spicy twist.

Fry that egg with cheese!

 

Time to compile,

Avocado is your friend.

Get in my belly!

 

Additional tip: Spread your favorite flavor of Laughing Cow cheese (approx $3 for the wheel) on the inside of both English muffin slices for an added flavor layer.  My go-to is Garlic & Herb- a zesty surprise.

GO MAKE THIS RIGHT NOW.

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