Bored with the usual chicken? Super Pesto to the rescue!
I have to admit to being an abuser of pesto. Aside from the usual Pesto-laced pasta, I’ve tried adding pesto to a varied array of food. Pesto Rice, Pesto Mashed Potatoes, Pesto on crackers–just a few of the many ways I’ve tried serving it up.
This morning’s pesto concoction was unplanned but nevertheless inspired. My initial idea was to make Pangrilled Cajun Chicken but the bottle of sundried tomato pesto in the fridge sent me its siren call. Suddenly, Delifrance’s Chicken Pesto sprung to mind and a quick googling helped me arrive at the conclusion that turbo broiling it would be the way to go.
Contents: (Scroll to the bottom for recipes)
â€¢ Pesto Chicken on
â€¢ Mashed Potatoes
â€¢ Cream Cheese & Kani Salad
â€¢ Ponzu simmered Shimeji (original idea from mamichan)
â€¢ Quartered Plum Tomatoes
The Chicken turned out interesting. Admittedly, the pesto flavor wasn’t that pronounced but you could definitely smell it. It tasted mostly of sundried tomato and cheese–not a bad combination at all. Next time, I’ll try using plain basil pesto.
Surprisingly, the mashed potatoes turned out good, considering I used the instant kind. Usually, I like making mashed potatoes from scratch, but on hurried mornings like this (and when I feel lazy), having the instant kind on hand helps a lot. Doubly so when I’m making such a tiny portion.
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Yes, I have a new bento box. While I already have a lot, I still buy new ones because I’m obsessed. My official excuse is that I don’t have a box of that dimension / parameters yet, but who am I kidding? It’s simply because collecting bento boxes and accessories is an obsession. And I know I’m not alone with the said obsession so to help out, I’ll be giving mini-reviews on the boxes I have to help out other people who are eyeing the same boxes. Let’s start with my newest one.
Bento Box Review: Aristocats Marie
Volume / Capacity: 440 ml
Price: 88 PHP (Roughly $1.80)
Source: Daiso / Japan Home Center
Capacity is nice for light lunches. I like the fact that the divider moves, letting me adjust it according to that day’s food. While the divider is repositionable, it still stays in place and is effective in keeping most sauces away from the other compartment. Still, it’s not totally watertight so keep the stews and other dishes with thin sauces or liquidy bases away. My one issue with the box is that I appears that the lid is not totally secure. While it’s fitted with a rubber seal that’s supposed to make it airtight, the fact that the cover slips off easily makes the seal useless. I was worried about the cover so I just used it in combination with a bento belt. Good enough, I say.
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Pesto Chicken v. 3 May 2007
1 chicken breast
1 tbsp pesto
a few strips of cheese
a few strips of sundried tomatoes
1.Switch the broiler on grill then preheat.
2. Rub the chicken breast with pesto.
3. Broil chicken for 7-10 minutes until almost done.
4. Top with remaining pesto. Arrange thin cheese strips and sundried tomatoes alternately.
5. Broil again til cheese melts.
Cream Cheese and Kani Salad v. 3 May 2007
1 piece imitation Japanese crab stick, sliced then flaked
1 tsp cream cheese
With a paper towel, pat dry crab stick flakes. Make sure all the excess moisture is removed, otherwise, salad will be watery. Mash together shredded crab stick and cream cheese until well blended.