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Food 'n' Flix August: Osage County

This month our Food n Flix movie was August: Osage County starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts (Sam Shepard and others, a great cast list!).  I saw the movie when it came out in 2013.  We have an Osage County here in Missouri, and the weather is so very close to the weather in Oklahoma that it was easy to imagine that the movie was made here in Missouri.

Deep movie about family relationships that tipped toward the outrageous.  What else would you expect from such powerful actors?  They are purposefully mean to each other, with some really hurtful words said.  Sam Shepard, the dad, leaves to go fishing and doesn't come back, and is found dead later in the film.  In some ways, I was jealous of Sam Shepard for getting to leave so early!

With that said, let's go on to the food.  Food is a central part of a small town's funeral experience.  The dinner table after the funeral is loaded with food.  That is what inspired this dish, what do you take to someone to comfort them when they've lost a loved one?  This dish is comfort food, made and given when that extra measure of love is needed.

Chicken Quinoa Bake

by Terri Steffes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients (4 servings)
  • 1 pound chicken breasts
  • 1 package of quinoa/rice blend
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 large clove garlic, chopped
  • 2 c spaghetti sauce
  • 2 T Italian seasoning
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • several leaves of basil
  • 2 c shredded mozerella cheese
Preheat oven to 375.
Spray casserole dish with cooking spray.
Saute onion and garlic in olive oil in a large skillet.
Dice chicken breasts, sprinkle with salt and pepper and 1 T of the Italian seasoning.
Add chicken to skillet, cook until no longer pink.
Stir in spaghetti sauce, the rest of the Italian seasoning, the quinoa/rice blend and the chopped tomato.
Pour into prepared dish. Sprinkle with cheese. Add basil on top of cheese.
Bake 25 minutes covered with foil. Bake another 5 minutes uncovered.
Remove from oven, and let rest for 5 minutes. Serve.
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Throughout August, others are viewing and enjoying the movie and cooking from inspiration of the movie.  Check back at the end of the month for a wrap up of the movie!

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