Wednesday, January 19, 2011

"Chicken" Marsala and Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Have you ever been to Carrabbas and had their Chicken Marsala?  I used to LOVE that dish, and from time to time, I still crave it! Long gone are the days where I can order that, but who's to say I can't come up with an alternative that tastes so great that I no longer crave the real thing?  Well...that's exactly what I did!  This meal is INCREDIBLE, and super simple to make!  This isn't, however, the type of meal you'd want to eat every single night.  This is one of those great alternatives that your husband will love, but if you eat it all the time, your figure will be less than desirable!  (If we're being honest here!)

In a saute pan heat up:

1/3 c. Earth Balance Buttery Spread
2 strips of Smart Bacon...diced into small bits
1 Package of Smart Chicken, cubed
1 T. + 1 t. garlic powder
Fresh ground pepper...plenty...maybe 1-2 T.  (I love pepper, so I probably did around 2)

-Simmer over medium heat for 3 minutes

12 oz mushrooms...I used baby bellas, but you could use whatever you like the best.
1 1/4 c. Marsala Cooking Wine

-Let simmer for another 3 minutes
-Combine 2 c. vegetable broth with 2 T. cornstarch and whisk until lumps are dissolved.  Add to mushroom mixture.
-Simmer until it begins to thicken (around 3-5 minutes)


4 T. Tofutti Better than Sour Cream
1 T. Nutritional Yeast

-Reduce heat and stir to incorporate flavors.  Let cook on low heat while you prepare the potatoes.

-Bring water to a boil (about 4 c.)
-Wash and dice 3 medium potatoes with skins still on.  (The smaller you dice them, the quicker they will cook)
-Once water is boiling, add potatoes and cook until fork tender.
-Drain and return potatoes to hot pan (this will evaporate the remaining water in the potatoes and keep them from being runny)

-To your potatoes, add:
4-5 T. Tofutti Better Than Sour Cream
3-4 T. Earth Balance Buttery Spread
1 1/2 t. garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste

-Mash with a potato masher...keeping some of the chunks.

-Serve "Chicken" Marsala over Garlic Mashed Potatoes and enjoy!  (Like I even have to tell you to enjoy can't help but enjoy it!)

-PS...If you wanted to feel a little healthier about this...skip the potatoes and serve it over some gluten free or whole grain pasta :)  (with a side of veggies)

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