While I’m wiping the drool from my mouth after writing this post, I’d like to introduce you to one of our amazing affiliates of Eat Like a Firefighter: The Firefighter Foodie, Alex Callegari. Not only does Alex also have a passion for food, cooking and bringing love to the firehouse dinner table and beyond, but he’s doing some pretty special things.
12241737_440950992765613_2080651413977708255_nHere is Alex cooking at the World Food Championship on November 7. He’s joined by Food Network All-Star Sherri Williams
   Alex spends a lot of his time sharing his love and passion for food and cooking; this is in addition to his full time gig as, you guessed it, a firefighter! In addition he’s taking all of that extra time spent pumping up Eat Like a Firefighter, and giving the fruits of that labor to a great cause.
   You see, each of our affiliates who assists us in promoting and selling Eat Like a Firefighter receives a percentage of proceeds of the sales. Alex is donating all of the proceeds he receives to the John Wilson Memorial Scholarship fund. The fund was created to honor the memory of John Wilson, an engineer with Boca Raton Fire Rescue. John Wilson was not only passionate about his career as a firefighter, but was a professional chef with a degree in culinary arts. The scholarship fund promotes John Wilson’s two loves: firefighting and cooking, and helps to support aspiring firefighters and chefs. Now it’s pretty cool that Alex is donating to this fund period, because the scholarship fund itself sounds pretty darn deserving, don’t you agree? But to pledge to donate all of the funds he would have received, that’s what we like to call going above and beyond.
   On top of that pretty awesome gesture, Alex is sharing one of his recipes with us today and we can’t wait to get into the kitchen and whip this bad boy up. The recipe for creamy sundried tomato chicken with pesto pasta and zucchini is below, and if you (like us) bolt to the kitchen to make this amazing sounding recipe don’t forget to share your photos with us on Facebook and Instagram.
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Creamy Sun-dried Tomato Chicken with Pesto Pasta and Zucchini

Ingredients:

1 pkg. bavette pasta

8 oz. cream cheese

1 (7 1/2 oz.) jar sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil

1 1/2 c.  Pecorino Romano cheese, grated

6 boneless skinless chicken breasts

2 T. sea salt

2 T. black pepper

2 T. Italian seasoning

2 zucchini

1 (6.3 oz.) jar pesto alla Genovese

2 T. red pepper flakes

Instructions:

  1. Preheat over to 425F. Fill an 8 quart pot with water, add salt, and bring water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 16 minutes, drain and set aside.
  2. Season chicken breasts with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning.
  3. In a food processor or blender combine cream cheese, sun dried tomatoes and 1 cup of the grated Romano cheese.  Blend until a smooth consistency is achieved.
  4. In a large cast iron skillet, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and heat at medium heat until oil is slightly sizzling and hot.  Place chicken breasts into the skillet and cook until both sides are browned, about 4 minutes per side.
  5. Once both sides of the chicken are browned, leave them in the skillet and top each breast with the sun dried tomato cream mixture; approximately 4 tablespoons per breast.
  6. Place the cast iron skillet in the oven for 8-10 minutes.  Remove skillet from the oven and allow chicken to rest for 2-3 minutes.
  7. Using a vegetable spiralizer or the extra course side of a cheese grater, grate the zucchini length wise to make long strands.
  8. In a large bowl, combine cooked pasta, pesto, grated/spiralized zucchini, remaining 1/2 cup of pecorino Romano and 2 tablespoons of red pepper flakes and toss together. Serve with the baked chicken.
  9. Enjoy!

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