It’s February 13th, your sitting in your office or couch, it’s 7:50pm…
You think to yourself “Hmm. Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. Do I have enough time to get her something today?
Date Night In
Pssshhh yeah! I’ve got plenty of time! Plenty!” The morning of February the 14th rolls around. You wake up, look at your significant other and say “Gosh, I just, I just, didn’t have enough time yesterday ya know?!?! I’ll get you something today I promise!” Yeah, sure you didn’t have enough time! Haha! I’ve been in this situation before but luckily I put together a couple of great ideas that would help me follow through on my Valentine, keep within my budget, and spend quality time with the family.
Date night on a budget
After the holidays, I don’t know about you but I could take a couple months off spending a bit and get things back on track. By having a date night in and not going out to dinner, I easily save $30-$75. Now that doesn’t mean I would skimp on the meal. Not at all. I know one of Diana’s favorite dishes is Chicken Cacciatore. We didn’t have any good pasta so I had to improvise. I took the recipe I knew, brought it down to a couple basic steps, simplified the process, used what I had left from my weekly meal prep salads; Heavenly Village Marzano tomatoes (more savings!) and made a special meal we’d both love.
Sometimes trying something new seems intimidating but once you start working on it, your instincts take over. Getting in the kitchen is actually a lot of fun and I challenge you to learn more this year! It’s time to add one more tool under your belt. Cooking! I wanted to make something easy, tasty, fun and most importantly something she would enjoy! I had leftover roasted chicken that I chopped up and cooked with olive oil, minced onions, freshly chopped garlic (the smell when it hits the pan mesmerizes me…), fresh oregano, thinly sliced red and yellow bell peppers and of course my Village Farms Heavenly Villagio Marzano tomatoes; all of this coming together to make a special Chicken Cacciatore Flatbread “date night in” pizza! Wow that’s a mouthful.
Tap into your inner chef
I had the my oldest daughter Aliana (9) and my youngest Sophia (6) head to our backyard where I have my small garden. I had them pick fresh oregano and thyme for the Cacciatore. I feel these two herbs are a necessity in this dish! I tapped into my inner chef not too long ago by buying potted herbs. I now have herbs growing in my backyard! I never thought I’d say those words! I love watering them every morning. It’s so peaceful for me and love to see them grow and even better, LOVE that I can use it in my cooking that feeds my family! Such a great feeling! If you think you might want to pick up a potted herb, try some of your local supermarkets. Thats where I bought mine. Prices range from $3 to $6. Not a bad deal if you ask me!
The results are in…
The Chicken Cacciatore Pizza was absolutley delicious and making it was too easy! I hope you get a chance to make it for your Valentines dinner or date night. I feel that with so much going on in our lives, kids, family, school, practice, cellphones, the list goes on, we should really take some time out to cook together in the kitchen as a family making fun yummy food everyone would love. When family gets together and works together towards a goal, the result is not arriving to the destination, the result is enjoying and taking in everything along the way.
- 2 Naan flatbreads
- 6 oz cooked chicken breast, chopped
- 1 bag Village Farms Heavenly Villagio Marzano tomatoes
- 1 small red bell pepper, sliced thin
- 1 small red bell pepper, sliced thin
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp white onion, chopped fine
- 2 tsp fresh oregano
- 1 tsp fresh thyme
- 1 tbsp parsley, chopped
- 1 tbsp basil, chopped
- 2 tbsp parmesan cheese
- 1 tbsp kosher salt
- 2 tsp fresh black pepper
- Preheat oven to 425F.
- Take 1/4 bag of Village Farms Heavenly Villagio Marzano tomatoes and chop until it turns into a very chunky sauce. The remaining tomatoes, cut into small discs. Set aside.
- Heat a pan with olive oil, add chopped onions and cook 1 min. Now add chopped garlic, 1/2 tbsp salt, 1 tsp pepper, thyme, and oregano. Mix, bring heat down to medium and cook 2 mins.
- Now add your chopped tomatoes, chicken and half of the tomato discs. Let sit and cook on low 8-10 mins. If you think you overcooked it, simply add a little chicken stock to bring back its juice.
- We don't want it to watery because it will make the flatbread soggy. We're looking for a thicker consistency. Set side 5 mins to cool.
- Spread tomato and chicken mixture on flatbread leaving behind extra juices (if needed). Now place the remaining discs on top of the pizza spread out evenly.
- Place in oven and bake for 5 mins! Serve hot topped with fresh parmesan cheese and basil! Enjoy!