A successful weekend has concluded and Mrs. Zesty has arrived back home from a getaway with the girls. While away, I on the other hand had somewhat of a normal weekend with the kiddos. We did have a lot of fun working outside in the yard, watching the Curious George dvd at 6:45 am, cooking and making a mess in the kitchen as well as playing hide and go seek. All in all, a great weekend and somewhat relaxing.
Of course with that being said, you have to eat! I was unsure what to eat all day Saturday, i just couldn’t come to grasp with what i was craving and for me that really bugs me. I did some grocery shopping on Friday night to avoid hitting the shops on Saturday. In the groceries I spotted some fresh basil which I love and a nice batch of cherry tomatoes. Me and basil are almost like baseball and glove – tough to survive without the other. Here are a few of my basil infused addictions:
- Garlic Basil Cheeseburger
- Beans Basil and Balsamic
- Easy Stuffed Grilled Pork Loin
- Chicken Asparagus Pesto Quesadilla
- Puffy Pineapple Pizza
That showcases a few and I can honestly say I think it is my favorite herb as you can tell by browsing some of my recipes. Now that we know I love basil – I knew I wanted to use that in whatever i was going to make for lunch. Then the energy efficient light bulb when off in my head, how about a toasted chicken sandwich with a basil tomato compote on top.
Sounded pretty good to me. And this is how it went down.
- 2 slices of Whole wheat bread
- 1 boneless chicken breast
- 2 Tbsp. Salsa
- Handful of grape tomatoes
- 1 Slice Havarti cheese ( you could use any – I just happen to have this)
- 2 Sprigs of fresh basil
- Cracked black pepper
- Preheat oven to 350 and roast chicken breast until cooked through.
- In a saute pan, preheat to medium and add the salsa, tomatoes, pepper and cook down until tomatoes begin to break down ( about 6 minutes )
- Add basil and stir through. Meanwhile your chicken is cooked you can add it to the pan whole and coat it with the sauce form the tomatoes and salsa.
- Pop your toast in the toaster and then begin to assemble your sandwich.
Zesty Tip: Do not let this sandwich sit for a long time because the bread will become soggy and that will not be ideal. Of course I will always get one soggy one as I am slow with the camera.
Even though I had a hard time coming up with figuring out what I wanted to eat – the results were pleasing. I would definitely make this sandwich again.
The Seeded Grape
As I was browsing the grocery store on Friday – I noticed grapes were on sale. I am always on the look out for a grape sale cause both kids love them and polish them off in no time. So I grab these grapes with a proud smile on my face. I walk in the door and say ” I got grapes!” Immediately I am swarmed with the two turks at my legs. I wash a couple of handfuls and put them in the bowl… all seemed well. Ella chomps down a couple in a heartbeat, meanwhile Carter looks at me and says ” Umm Dad, these have seeds in them”. Oh for poop sake – that is no good! Needless to say a better part of my weekend food prep was spent slicing open grapes and picking the seeds out. I will be more attentive to the details next time on the grape front.
Have a super start to your week and I will see you all on Wednesday.