Tuesday, May 11, 2010

2 Great Recipes...1 Delicious Sauce!

I just discovered this little jewel of a product at Trader Joe's a few weeks ago.  Ever since then, I've been stock-piling it!  It's less than $2, full of flavor and can be used in a number of ways.  Below, are two simple recipes that I created that I hope you'll love.

Warm Red Pepper Crostini with Goat Cheese Crumbles

1 sliced, french baguette (white or multi-grain)
1 jar Trader Joe's Red Pepper Spread
1 container of Trader Joe's Goat Cheese Crumbles
olive oil

Set oven to Broil.  Drizzle olive oil in a skillet and heat to medium high.  Brown baguette slices on each side until they are light and golden brown.  Remove them from heat and place on a cookie sheet.  Place a tablespoon of Trader Joe's Red Pepper Spread onto each baguette slice and top all of them with a spoonful of goat cheese crumbles.  Broil them for about 5 minutes, but keep a watchful eye on them because they can burn easily.  You want to broil them just until the goat cheese begins to look bubbly. 

Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner!


1 jar Trader Joe's Red Pepper Spread
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
olive oil
spring onions, for garnish
serve with cous cous 

Heat a couple of tablespoons of oil to medium high heat in skillet.  Season chicken breasts on both sides with salt and pepper (to taste).  Brown all chicken breasts for 5-6 minutes on each side.  Cook time depends on the size of your chicken breasts.  If they are thick, you might want to use a mallet or cover with wax paper and pound thinner with the back of another pan to reduce cook time.  Once the first side turns golden brown, turn your chicken to cook the second side.  Place a few spoonfuls of Trader Joe's Red Pepper Spread on top of the chicken (cooked side of the breast).  Lightly tent your chicken with a piece of aluminum foil to keep the most of the heat in while you finish cooking the chicken.

Meanwhile, in a medium pot prepare your couscous according to package directions.  The Near East Garlic and Olive Oil is the brand I use.  It's as simple as bringing your water to a boil, adding couscous, removing from the heat and stirring in the seasoning packet.  

Serve chicken over couscous and top with chopped spring onions!  It's easy, flavorful and healthy! 

Alison J.

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