9 March 2008

LiveStrong with a Taste of Yellow.........


Lemony Goat Cheese and Asparagus Stuffed Rouladen

As you may have noticed I am an event participating fiend this month!!! There are just so many fantastic events out there that I would like to support. I would love to attend them all, as I know we all would... but sometimes life gets in the way of blogging!!

 LiveStrong with a Taste of Yellow, 2008 . This years event is hosted by Barbara of Winos and Foodies . It is an event about the support of our friends and family members who have been touched by cancer. This year a photo competition has been added as a second element. Many of us have suffered the loss of a relative or someone close to you who have been hit by this illness, or, are battling and winning over the disease ourselves. Working for a respirologist I see friends and patients every day struggling with the disease.

Many in the food and wine blogging community will be supporting LiveSTRONG Day with the A Taste of Yellow event. Last year 149 bloggers made yellow food to show their support for LiveSTRONG Day 2007 . Some chose to share their own cancer experiences and some told stories of their support for their friends or family experiencing cancer.

LiveSTRONG with A Taste Of Yellow has been accepted by the Lance Armstrong Foundation as an official LiveSTRONG Day event on Tuesday May 13.

In honour of this event and to show my support I chose to embrace Spring with a boneless chicken breast stuffed with goat cheese, lemon and mint topped with a lemony goat cheese sauce. It has a hint of Greek flavours, so , being an honorary Greek I fell in love with this dish I created especially for this event. In keeping with the yellow theme I served it with a simple jasmine rice with a touch of lemon pepper and chicken stock. When preparing the rolls instead of toothpicks I used a trick I read about somewhere where you use uncooked spaghetti to hold the rolls together. This works very, very well!!!!!

**Lemony Goat Cheese and Asparagus Stuffed Rouladen**

4 medium skinless, boneless chicken-breast halves
1 lemon
3 ounces goat cheese, softened
1/2 cup (looosely packed) fresh mint leaves, chopped
3/4 lb thin asparagus spears, trimmed
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper to taste
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
Lemon wedges (optional)
Lemon Goat Cheese Sauce (recipe to follow)

Holding knife parallel to work surface and against a long side of chicken-breast half, cut chicken almost in half, making sure not to cut all the way through. Open breast half and spread flat like a book. Repeat with remaining chicken.

From lemon, grate 1/2 teaspoon peel and squeeze 1 tablespoon juice. In small bowl, stir goat cheese, mint, and lemon peel until mixed. Spread goat-cheese mixture evenly on cut sides of breast halves. Place one-fourth of uncooked asparagus on a long side of each breast half. Roll up each breast half to enclose asparagus, allowing ends of stalks to stick out if necessary; secure with toothpicks. I read about using uncooked spaghetti instead of toothpicks; this works very, very well). Sprinkle chicken roulades with pepper and salt.

In nonstick 12-inch skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat until hot. Add roulades and cook, covered, 9 to 11 minutes or until chicken loses its pink color throughout, turning roulades to brown all sides. Cover with lid and cook longer in pan if necessary.

Transfer roulades to cutting board; keep warm.

To serve, discard toothpicks, if using, from roulades. Cut roulades crosswise into 1-inch-thick slices. Place each sliced roulade on a dinner plate; drizzle with pan sauce. Serve with rice and lemon wedges if you like.

**Lemon Goat Cheese Sauce**

2 oz. goat cheese
3/4 cup chicken broth
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/8 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
1 tablespoon flour for thickening

To prepare sauce: Mash cheese in medium nonstick skillet; stir in broth, lemon juice, lemon rind and garlic. Simmer over medium heat, stirring frequently. In small bowl mix 1 Tablesoon (T) flour with some of the hot lemon liquid. Stir to dissolve flour. Add mixture to remaining lemon sauce in skillet. Fold in chives; serve immediately. This is also delicious served over asparagus as a side dish!!

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25 comments:

  1. That meal looks so good! Nice and tasty and healthy.

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  2. Lemon AND goat cheese? ::salivating:: Looks great, as always!

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  3. Val- This looks sooooo good! That lemon goat cheese sauce is to die for! Great job!

    I need to get my butt moving on this one.

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  4. Such beautiful food for such noble cause. You keep amazing me with every recipe and post.

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  5. I'm going to try and participate in this. Sounds wonderful.

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  6. Dear Bellini

    It wa really nice reading about the event .. a very noble cause and I will try to submit my entry there as well..
    The food looks great as always!!

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  7. Lovely recipe val and I have seen this event earlier on last week- will def post something for this one.

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  8. This is a great entry Valli.
    I know what you mean about all the blogging events, I think you do an amazing job supporting as many as you do!

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  9. This looks really hearty and delicious. The lemon and goat cheese sauce is really interesting.

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  10. This was one of the first blogging events I ever participated in last year. I need to do so again this year!

    And can I just say how much I would love to just come to your house for dinner every night!?!

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  11. Thank you very much everyone:D I am very proud of this recipe I developed for this cause:D

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  12. such a nice recipe for such a nice event!

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  13. What a great dish for a great cause Valli!
    I am bookmarking this one for a nice spring dinner for friends! Lemon goat cheese sauce...oh my!

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  14. Lemon and goat cheese sauce??? Amazing... my favorite things wrapped up into one sauce!!

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  15. Oh my goodness Val this just looks wonderful and what a great entry!!

    Rosie x

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  16. Hi there Val...what a great entry! You've been busy! What fab flavours!

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  17. Val, thanks for participating and I am glad so many others will as well. Such wonderful ingredients the flavour may be be divine.

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  18. Hola Val! I wish I could comment on all your posts... Please don't be mad at me these days, I'll just have quick views.
    I love getting involved in events too! And this one is for a GOOD cause♥
    My daughter is shouting from the kitchen: mom is dinner ready?
    I'm gone!
    Thanks!

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  19. What a perfect spring meal. Thanks for reminding me to get on the stick about the Lance Armstrong post.

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  20. You do these rolls very well, Val. Cool trick about the spaghetti. Good luck with all your events!!
    xxo
    Aimee

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  21. This looks so good...I just bought some asparagus tonight on my way home from work - I think I'll have to stop at the store on the way home tomorrow night for the feta!

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  22. Thanks for your entry Val. It sounds delicious. Thank you for supporting Livestrong With A Taste of Yellow.

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  23. al,I do like the tang in this dish, nice job on the roulade. ;)

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  24. Beautiful presentation, gorgeous photo, and I know it tastes out of this world!

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  25. This is something I would love to eat right now. Looks so good.

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Welcome to my home. Thank you so much for choosing to stay a while and for sharing our lives through food. I appreciate all your comments, suggestions, daily encouragement and support.

Val

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