Portobello Mushroom & Chicken Ragu

Look at these beautiful heirloom tomatoes! Full of color, character, flavor, and nutrients.

Many people bite into these as they would an apple because they are so juicy and tasty.
In you haven’t treated your taste buds to these special delights…what are you waiting for!?!
Head on over to your farmer’s market and pick out a variety so you can try them all.

This is a great recipe to use your seasonal veggies that you pick up at the market.
Portobello Mushroom & Chicken Ragu
loosely adapted from Clean Eating Magazine
2 T olive oil
1 medium red onion, diced
2 cloves peeled garlic, pressed or minced
about 4-6 portobello mushrooms
2-3 summer squash and zucchinis, chopped into 1/4 inch pieces
2-3 chicken breast, grilled with Italian seasonings, chopped into bite size pieces
3-4 cups cooked whole grain such as wheatberry or brown rice

1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 15 oz can diced tomatoes or 2 c chopped plum tomatoes (canned tomatoes can be sweet onion and garlic or Italian seasoned)
1-2 T fresh basil chopped OR 1/2-1 T dried basil
sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

Heat olive oil in large casserole and saute the onions until lightly browned, 3-4 minutes, stirring ofter.
Add garlic, saute for 1 minute, then stir in mushroom, summer squash, zucchini, thyme, and half of the basil. Continue to cook over high heat until the mushrooms have softened and given off their juices, 2-3 minutes. Add chopped chicken and tomatoes and cook until the mixture in thick, about 10 minutes.
Serve over cooked wheatberry, bulgur wheat, pilaf, or brown rice. Add remaining basil over top of dish.

Abby came over and helped cook up the masterpiece. There was only one slight downfall to this recipe….

We had a big storm and the power went out when trying to prepare it! Abby did her best to slice and dice under candle light.

Using the flash on the camera you can spot the flashlight dangling over the cutting board.
Enjoying lunch in the dark.
On Wednesday I will be talking about local foods on KCCI Channel 8 news at 5 . Be sure to tune in!
Until next time…
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