Tuesday, February 23, 2010

And Then There Were None...

I live in Colorado now...& I love snow...for a few weeks. My plan was to escape my Winter for a long weekend in my home state...TEXAS!

I will arrive in Austin...just in time for their next forecasted snow storm...(& yes, I said next). SERIOUSLY?

When I am getting ready to travel, I take inventory of my refrigerator contents...I hate for food to spoil...especially my beautiful fresh produce. I lay everything out on the kitchen counter & then I get very creative...tonight, it was a masterpiece!

Rotisserie Chicken & Veggie Paella
Serves 6-8

3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 red onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, finely minced
1/2 red bell pepper, small dice
1 or 2 Portobello mushrooms, large dice
1 tsp paprika (not smoked)
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1 cup uncooked brown rice (quick cook)
2 cups chicken stock (I used Kitchen Basics)
1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced in 1/2 lengthwise
1 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
1 Rotisserie chicken, deboned & chopped
8 oz fresh baby spinach, rough chopped
1 cup frozen peas
2 Tbsp white wine vinegar

Heat olive oil in a large skillet with a lid or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion & garlic & saute until onions are translucent. Add bell pepper & mushrooms. Saute down while stirring until softened, 3-4 minutes.

Combine paprika, oregano, thyme, black & cayenne peppers in a small bowl. Add to the pan & stir well. Continue cooking for about 1 minute. Add chicken stock, uncooked rice, tomatoes, & salt. Stir well. Bring to a boil, & then reduce heat & cover. Simmer for 10 minutes.

Stir in vinegar. Add spinach, peas, & chicken. Replace cover & cook for 5 more minutes. Remove from the heat & let sit covered for 5 more minutes. Serve & enjoy!

I realize this seems like alot of ingredients, but it really came together quickly. Six of the ingredients are dry seasonings & the olive oil is a staple...so not as lengthy as it might appear.

My refrigerator is officially bare...making me travel ready. But better yet, after dinner, I overheard my son telling his friend that his mom just made "the best dinner ever"...so mission more than accomplished!!

Y'all Enjoy Now,



  1. OOOOH Cenee, this looks so good! I am definitely going to try it and let you know how it goes. :)

  2. That looks yummy Cenee. Please tell me you are going to see me while you are here. Please?
    Love ya

  3. Mitzi and Maddie made this dish tonight and it was awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!