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Chicken with Tabbouleh

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Are you searching for a great meal to make once and have dinner or pack-able lunches for the week? This is what I made yesterday and am looking forward to eating all week! It’s Barefoot Contessa’s Chicken with Tabbouleh.

Chicken with Tabbouleh

The ingredients are so fresh and it’s satisfyingly healthy.

Chicken with Tabbouleh

If you can make this ahead, it tastes much better once the flavors have marinated together a bit. I made my chicken and bulgur the night before and then assembled everything the next morning. Also, pay attention to the type of bulgur wheat you are using. I bought quick cooking bulgur wheat, so had to adjust the ratio of water/lemon/olive oil that the bulgur soaks in according to the directions on the package.

Chicken with Tabbouleh

I served mine with some crumbled feta on top – it was the perfect finishing touch!

Chicken with Tabbouleh

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup bulgur wheat
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (1-2 lemons)
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 whole (2 split) chicken breast, bone in, skin on (I just bought boneless chicken breasts)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup minced scallions, white and green parts (1 bunch)
  • 1 cup chopped fresh mint leaves (I don’t like mint, unless it’s in a mojito!!, so I was tempted to leave it out, but it ended up not being too overpowering. If you don’t like mint, you could sub it for something else, like basil.)
  • 1 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley (1 bunch)
  • 1 hothouse cucumber, unpeeled, halved lengthwise, seeded, and medium-diced
  • 2 cups halved cherry tomatoes (I used roma tomatoes, which worked just as well.)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a heat-proof bowl, pour the boiling water over the bulgur wheat. Add the lemon juice, 1/4 cup olive oil, and 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt. Stir. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow the bulgur to stand at room temperature for about 1 hour.

Place the chicken breast on a baking sheet and rub it with olive oil. Sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Roast for 35 to 40 minutes, until just cooked. Set aside until cool enough to handle.

Remove the chicken meat from the bones and discard the skin. Cut the chicken into medium dice and add to the tabbouleh. Add the scallions, mint, parsley, cucumber, tomatoes, 2 teaspoons salt*, and 1 teaspoon pepper. (*Note: Ina calls for 2 teaspoons salt, but I thought this was too much. Start with 1 and add more later if necessary.) Season, to taste, and serve immediately or cover and refrigerate. The flavors will improve as it sits.

Here is the link to the recipe on food network: Chicken with Tabbouleh or you can find her Tabbouleh recipe in her cookbook “Parties”.

Enjoy!

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Mocha Chocolate Icebox Cake

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Hello again, everyone! I’ve been holding out on you over the past few weeks while I took a trip up to Oakland. I went up there to visit Andrew, the Nestle ice cream headquarters, and a visit to both Sonoma and Napa. It just so happened that two of my good friends from home were vacationing in Sonoma and I got to meet up with them!!

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But now, for the recipe I’ve been waiting to share with you…Ina Garten’s Mocha Chocolate Icebox Cake. Seriously, the best dessert I’ve made in a LONG time. You can’t go wrong with a Barefoot Contessa recipe, but this one tops the charts!! I have been dreaming about this cake ever since I made it! It’s the kind that you first have a piece (or two) with dinner, and then cut a sliver with breakfast the next morning to make sure that is was really that amazing, and then might as well have another little piece with lunch to remember how good it is, and then obviously after dinner it’s time for more dessert…I AM NOT KIDDING!

Mocha Chocolate Icebox Cake

The cake is made up of layers of thin crispy cookies and rich, creamy, fluffy mocha. The combination of textures and flavors is unreal. My girlfriends and I LOVE this cake. And aside from the cookies, it’s a no bake cake! (You could even buy the cookies from the bakery or order them online like Ina from Tate’s Bake Shop.) I used a tub of  refrigerated cookie dough.

Mocha Chocolate Icebox Cake

It looks pretty to garnish with a little chocolate on top:

Mocha Chocolate Icebox Cake

Mocha Chocolate Icebox Cake

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cold heavy cream
  • 12 ounces Italian mascarpone cheese
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup coffee liqueur, such as Kahlua
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, such as Pernigotti
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 (8-ounce) packages chocolate chip cookies, such as Tate’s Bake Shop
  • Shaved semisweet chocolate, for garnish

Directions

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, combine the heavy cream, mascarpone, sugar, coffee liqueur, cocoa powder, espresso powder, and vanilla. Mix on low speed to combine and then slowly raise the speed, until it forms firm peaks.

To assemble the cake, arrange chocolate chip cookies flat in an 8-inch springform pan, covering the bottom as much as possible. (I break some cookies to fill in the spaces.) Spread a fifth of the mocha whipped cream evenly over the cookies. Place another layer of cookies on top, lying flat and touching, followed by another fifth of the cream. Continue layering cookies and cream until there are 5 layers of each, ending with a layer of cream. Smooth the top, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight.

Run a small sharp knife around the outside of the cake and remove the sides of the pan. Sprinkle the top with the chocolate, cut in wedges, and serve cold.

Source: Barefoot Contessa “How Easy Is That?”