Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Balsamic Glazed Chicken & Mustard Tomato dressing

Last night we both came home exhausted... we can blame it on anything you like

a case of the Mondays
back to back meetings
overcast skies
increasingly later sunrises

or some combination of the above.

Anyway, this week, we neglected to plan out our meals, and though we had all the ingredients for sesame chicken with green beans, we were all set to make Annie's box mac and cheese because of its pure and simple ease. Then we decided to throw together another simple and easy meal...

Balsamic Glazed Chicken, Wheat Pasta, and Tomatos with Mustard Dressing

whole wheat pasta drizzled with balsamic vinegar and olive oil
grilled chicken glazed with balsamic vinegar (I didn't get a picture before it was chopped)

served with a side of fresh tomatoes from the Farmers Market, and my grandmother's sweet mustard dressing

The result: a quick, easy, and relatively healthy meal.

Top the pasta and chicken with a pinch of freshly grated parmesan cheese. Though it's a lot of balsamic vinegar, it caramelizes on the outside of the chicken, giving a totally different flavor, and balsamic vinegar has some incredible health benefits. Additionally, it's a huge improvement over boxed mac and cheese...

not to mention the tomatoes and my grandmother's sweet mustard dressing are to die for. I could eat that every day as a snack or a meal. The dressing doesn't have much in it (mustard, vinegar, sugar, paprika and oil), and I would have never thought that those ingredients could combine into something so delicious, but they do, as long as you keep the dressing to a minimum and the tomatoes to a maximum.

Though this was made on a Monday, I've entered it in the weekly Foodie Friday potluck at Designs by Gollum

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