Chicken Cauliflower Pasta
Surprise!

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Cauliflower Chicken Surprise!
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This chicken cauliflower was a surprise on me!

And it came from my Chef of all people!!...




What won’t be a surprise for you is that this recipe is simple and easy to make. I know it’s hard sometimes to balance work, home, and cooking. Eating smart means cooking smart...

And part of eating smart is fresh ingredients. And as Fall is here again as I write out this recipe, that means many vegetables are harvested from the garden. There’s nothing better!...

Which brings me back to cauliflower and my Chef’s surprise. I was so impressed! And honestly, I can tell you it was Absolutely Delicious!

But you’ll have to read the directions to find out what it was!  :)

Ingredients (Serves 2 cauliflowers):

200 g of breast chicken
2 medium sized cauliflower florets
1 onion
1 zucchini
1 red bell pepper
1 yellow bell pepper
200 g of penne pasta
1 teaspoon of chopped parsley
2-3 tablespoons of oil and butter
salt and pepper to taste


Fresh Garden Zucchini
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Cooking Utensils You'll Need:

2 saute pans (skillet) one large
kitchen knife
chopping board
2 cooking pots
steamer tray
colander
measuring cups
measuring spoons

Directions for Chicken Cauliflower Surprise:


Place a large saute pan over low to medium heat. Add one or two tablespoons of oil.

Peel and wash the onion. Chop into small pieces.

Onion Bits
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Place into pan and saute until they're a nice light golden color.

Sauteing Those Bits!
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Nice Golden Bits!
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Wash the zucchini and cut into thin slices. Half the slices again and then add to the sauteing onions.

Zucchini Slices
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Adding Zucchini Slices
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Wash the yellow and red peppers. Cut into long thin strips and add to the rest of vegetables. Continue to saute for 5 - 7 more minutes. It can be a little bit crispy too... that's fine!

Thinly Sliced Peppers
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Adding Pepper Slices
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Remove from heat and cover when done. Set aside.

In a meantime, cook pasta according to your package. I always add a little bit of salt and a drop of oil to the water. It makes the pasta taste better and prevents it sticking together. When done, drain the pasta and set aside.

Preparing the Pasta
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Drained Pasta
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Place another saute pan over medium heat. Add the remaining oil.

Wash your chicken breast thoroughly. Dry with a paper towel. Cut into bite size pieces. Place them into the pan and saute until golden brown.

Sauteing The Chicken Breasts
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Now for the surprise!...

Wash your cauliflower florets. But…save the leaves!! Yes we’re going to prepare them too.

Wash the leaves thoroughly. Place them in a vegetable steamer over boiling water. See the picture below.

Steaming Cauliflower Leaves
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The leaves will need a lot of time to become tender, so make sure to steam them for 5-10 minutes first. Make sure you’ll have plenty of water below too.

Then you can add your cauliflower and continue steaming for about another 5 minutes, until everything is tender but still crisp.

Steaming the Florets
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This is the best way of cooking cauliflower.

And thanks to my Chef’s surprise, there’s very little waste too.

So everything should be ready.

Now the fun stuff..

Crispy Veggies!!
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My Chef's Tips:


To serve, add some cooked pasta in the middle of a plate. Next add some of the sauted vegetables. Follow that with the cauliflower and the leaves. Finally add the chicken.

For the final touch, garnish with a little bit of chopped parsley and just a hint of salt and pepper just for taste.

So what does my chicken cauliflower taste like?

If I tell, that will spoil the surprise!!  ;)

Leaves Already Eaten!!!
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