The weather has turned back to cold! Grey clouds, brisk wind and cold.
No pretty snow. No shining sun.
I am a firm believer that we should be thankful for every day and every season!
Every day holds something to be thankful for.
Today let's be thankful for comfort food.
When it is sooooo cold and dreary out, do you crave comfort food? I do!
Something that will warm you clear through to your bones ;-)
Today I want to share a recipe that I make all year round.
It is mouth watering delicious in the summer with garden fresh kale, vine ripe tomatoes and fresh parsley!
Snap out of it! It's not summer!
So let's make the most of this recipe and make it a comfort food for the winter.
Chicken Florentine Pasta (with kale and tomatoes)
I usually use boneless, skinless chicken breasts or tenders for this recipe because it makes dicing easy, but you can use your favorite chicken meat - dark or white.
I have also made this with spinach instead of kale. Yummy also.
What you will need:
16 oz. box penne pasta
4 chicken breasts, diced into bite size pieces
salt, pepper, parsley
3 cups chicken broth
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, sliced in half
kale, removed from stem and ripped into small pieces
Let's make it:
Cook the pasta in boiling, salted water until al dente (about 10 minutes).
Fry the diced chicken breasts in a mixture of olive oil and butter until lightly browned,
seasoning with a mixture of salt, pepper and parsley.
Once the chicken is browned and the pasta is drained, add them with the chicken broth and 2 cloves of minced garlic in the large pot that you cooked the pasta in.
Add the tomatoes, kale and a splash of heavy cream. Heat through.
It is a very pretty food to look at with the bright colors of red and green against the browned chicken and creamy colored pasta.
This is a tasty and healthy recipe to feed your family, even if they may not usually want to eat their veggies.
My family doesn't LOVE kale like I do, but my girls and husband eat this combination and they LOVE it!
My chickens love it when I make this also, because they get the kale stems to eat.
Sshhh...we won't tell them what the main ingredient is ;-)