Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Balsamic Chicken Tortellini Salad - A Pin Re-Spin Recipe
Happy 4th of July Everyone!
The fourth is generally a day filled with food, family & fun. Today my family & I are heading over to hubby's grandmother's house for a cook-out. When I was asked to bring a dish, the first place I went to was my pin board affectionately named "Get In My Belly". (http://pinterest.com/blessed2bmommy/get-in-my-belly/). After perusing the board for a moment, this recipe (http://www.multiplydelicious.com/thefood/2010/01/balsamic-chicken-spinach-and-tomato-pasta-salad/), which I had re-pinned from my friend Brittany about 10 weeks prior, caught my eye. Cold pasta salads are always a hit at a cookout and this one looked refreshingly different.
But, in typical Amanda-fashion, I had to add my own little spin on the recipe. So, without further ado, here is my Pin Re-Spin:
*Be sure to visit the original recipe linked above for the ingredient list & original directions*
1.) I decided to make mine the night before so that the flavors could congeal together overnight.
2.) I kept everything the same on the ingredient list with the exception of, A.) I doubled the recipe & B.) I used Newman's Own LIGHT Balsamic dressing. It has more zip but, less fat & calories.
3.) The specific brand of dijon I used was Grey Poupon Mild & Creamy Dijon w/ White Wine.
4.) Yellow Peppers: I diced mine, added salt & pepper and sauteed w/ approximately 1 TblSp. of extra virgin olive oil, uncovered, for about 4 min. stirring frequently.
5.) Chicken Preparation: I placed my chicken and the dressing into my crock-pot & let marinate for 2 hours prior to turning the unit on. (During this time, I did all of the other steps, mixed it all together and placed into the fridge). Then I set the crock-pot to low and let the chicken slow cook overnight while I went to bed.
I hope everyone at the cookout will enjoy this pasta salad but, if not, I know Hubby & I sure will! :)
Thanks so much to http://www.multiplydelicious.com/ for this tasty & easy recipe!
Now for a little something to make you giggle. (Thanks Aimee for sharing this on FB this morning)...