Sunday, July 31, 2011

Summah Time=Buttermilk Chicken

Chicken on the grill is so summer-licious and chicken that has been marinated all day in buttermilk is well..........really tender, really moist and scrumptious. A perfect side dish is cheesy summer squash-enjoy!

Buttermilk Grilled Chicken
adapted from Martha Stewert (bless her heart)

Large pkg of chicken breasts (maybe 7)
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
5 cloves of garlic chopped
a bunch of fresh rosemary, chopped
salt and pepper

Mix buttermilk and spices and then add to chicken in large (2 gallon) zip lock bag early in the morning and marinate all day.
When ready to cook preheat well-oiled grill and add chicken, grill five minutes and then flip for another five and then cover with foil for another five.

When ready to serve, slice breasts on diagonal and serve as is or you can add some salsa like I did. A friend gave us some hot cherry salsa from Cherry Republic and it was splendid on top of this buttermilk grilled chicken!

Easy Cheesy Zucchini Bake
Recipe adapted from Kaylyn's Kitchen

2 medium-sized zucchini, cut in slices or half-moon slices
2 medium-sized yellow squash, cut in slices or half-moon slices
2-4 T chopped fresh basil (or even less, depending on how much you like the flavor of basil)
2 T thinly sliced green onion
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
3/4 tsp. garlic powder
red pepper flakes to taste
1 1/2 cups of three cheese low-fat cheese mix from trader Joe's

Preheat oven to 350F. Spray an 8" x 8" baking dish with olive oil or non-stick spray. Wash the squash and cut in slices or half-moon slices. Wash basil, spin dry or dry with paper towels and finely chop. Slice green onions.

Combine the sliced squash, chopped basil, sliced green onions, dried thyme, garlic powder, red pepper and 1 cup of the cheese and stir together until the veggies are coated with cheese and the herbs are well-distributed. Season with salt and fresh ground black pepper. Put the mixture in the baking dish and bake uncovered for about 25-30 minutes.

When the zucchini is nearly cooked through, take the casserole dish out of the oven and sprinkle over the remaining 1/2 cup of grated cheese. Put the dish back in the oven and bake 10-15 minutes longer, or until the cheese is melted and nicely browned and zucchini is fully cooked. Serve hot.

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