Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Date Night Dinner

I have to admit when it comes to date night I lack in that category. I get so much guilt leaving the baby with anyone to have alone time even though I know it is much needed. On Sunday I decided we were overdue for a little adult time so I called up Grandma and decided to whip up something yummy. And oh was it ever yummy! It is totally not Dukan and for the past week I have strayed a lot from Dukan for various reasons. However, just to show how much dukan works, when I went to the doctor yesterday I was certain I gained weight after eating to terribly but low and behold! Down 5 more pounds! Thats a grand total of 35 pounds! SINCE MAY!! Proof is in the pudding my friends. But more on that later...

Heres what we had:

Brown Sugar and Balsamic Glazed Chicken
Serves 2
2 boneless skinless chicken breast
3 TBLS olive oil
4 cloves of garlic, minced
4 TBLS brown sugar
Splash (about a TBLS) Balsamic Vinegar

Preheat the oven to 450 and lightly coat a baking dish with non stick cooking spray. Warm the olive oil and add the garlic until tender. Be careful to not burn! Add the brown sugar and balsamic vinegar and whisk together. Place chicken breast in dish and season with some salt and pepper. Its always important to season any meat. Pour the Brown sugar mixture over the chicken and place in the oven for about 20-25 minuted until the juices run clear. Baste the chicken every now and then to ensure all the yummy flavor gets cooked in.

Bacon wrapped Green Beans
Serves 4
1 lb of green beans, washed and ends cut off
6 peices of bacon
3 TBLS butter
1 garlic clove minced
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp soy sauce

Once the chicken is done, turn down the oven to 400. Blanch the green beans in boiling water until tender and drain. Cook the bacon until soft. You don't want it crispy that will happen in the oven. Melt the butter in a small sauce pan and add the garlic, brown sugar and soy sauce. Cut the bacon in half and wrap it around a handful of green beans. You can place a tooth pick to keep in secure but I find placing it seam side down holds it together just fine. Place the bacon wrapped green beans in a baking dish and pour the sauce over. Bake for about 10-15 minutes.

And now for the grand finale of dessert!!

Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes
via Six Sisters Stuff
Makes 24 cupcakes

24 cake-mix yellow cupcakes, cooled and unwrapped (I used a butter golden mix)
1 (3.4 oz) box French Vanilla instant pudding
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup sour cream

Make cupcakes according to directions on box.

Mix together pudding, cream, powdered sugar, milk, and sour cream. Beat on medium speed until stuff peaks form. Cut each cupcake in half and add a dollop of filling. Put top back on cupcake and frost with ganache.

1 cup heavy whipping cream
12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips

Heat cream in sauce pan until it comes to a boil. Remove from heat, pour over chocolate in a mixing bowl. Stir to mix together. Let cool slightly.

Keep in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Follow dinner take a nice walk by the river if you have one. Thats what we did and it was the perfect end to a wonderful evening :)

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