I like to create my own recipes using whatever I happen to have around the house. This is one of my successes.
I Knew It Would Be Good
I had some heavy cream and Greek yogurt left over from my son-in-law's cooking after they visited, and I had to think of something to do with it. I considered what else I had in the refrigerator and cupboards, gathered a few things from the garden, and came up with the following recipe. As I made it, I knew it was going to be delicious. It did not disappoint!
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1 hour 5 min
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 large stalks celery, chopped
- 1/4 green bell pepper, chopped
- 1/4 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1/2 large onion, chopped
- 2-4 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 large chicken breasts, cubed
- 1 cup jasmine or basmati rice
- 3 cups water
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
- 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning, or to taste
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt, or to taste
- 1 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- Pour olive oil into a heated skillet at medium heat.
- Add the chopped onion and garlic, and saute until clear.
- Add peppers and celery. Stir-fry for about 3 minutes.
- Stir in the chicken and fry until the outside of the meat is completely cooked, 7-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the rice and water, stirring until all ingredients are mixed.
- Add seasoning and herbs.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally until rice is soft, about 20 minutes.
- Stir in the cream; then let it simmer about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Just before serving, add yogurt and allow it to heat through, about 3 minutes.
- Serve with warm buttered cornbread or any type of bread, if desired.
Creating My Own Recipes
Have you ever been in the mood for something, but you weren’t sure what it was? Or, you knew what it was, but didn’t have all the ingredients the book recipes call for? I’m certain that you have; I think it probably happens to all of us.
This is when I create my own. Sometimes I’ll look into one of my cookbooks for ideas and jump off from what I find there. Most of the time, though, I will take a look at what I’ve got in the kitchen and garden and consider what might go well together. For the most part, I’ve had good luck with this method.
Most of the time the meal I end up with is a one-and-done because I’ll never remember what bits and pieces I’ve put into the concoction. Once in a while, though, I write it down, especially if it turned out particularly well.
I do admit that sometimes I like it but nobody else does, and that’s okay. I promise you I’ll only share the recipes everyone in the house enjoyed. I hope you like whatever it is that you try out!
If you’ve never been brave enough to create your own recipe, let me encourage you. All you need is a knowledge of what foods mix well and a little bit of courage. If you make something nobody likes the world won’t end. I promise.
© 2022 Suzy Jacobson Cherry