Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Chicken Parmesan (healthy!)

We have made this many times and it is excellent!  The kids love it.  I love it.  Hubby loves it.  You need to try it so you can love it, too!

Chicken Parmigiana
(makes 4 servings)
1 lb uncooked boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thinly pounded (4- 4 oz pieces)
2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
½ cup dried bread crumbs (premade or grind a couple of slices of bread to a fine consistency.)
1 TBS Italian seasoning (more or less to your taste)
½ tsp salt
1 tsp olive oil
1 ½ cups spaghetti sauce (whatever kind you like!  Homemade, jarred, etc. or even just spiced up tomato sauce)
½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 TBS grated parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Coat an 8-inch square pan with cooking spray.

Place egg whites in a shallow bowl. Combine bread crumbs with Italian seasoning and salt; pour into another shallow bowl. Dip chicken in egg whites; turn to coat. Dip chicken in bread crumb mixture; turn to thoroughly coat.

Coat a large skillet with cooking spray and add oil; heat over medium-high heat. When hot, add chicken and cook until lightly browned and no longer pink in center, about 4 minutes per side.
Pour 1/2 cup of sauce into prepared baking dish; place chicken in dish and pour remaining sauce evenly over chicken. Sprinkle with cheeses and bake until chicken is cooked through and cheese is bubbly, about 25 minutes.

**I like to have this with just a big salad.  It would be great with pasta as well.  I usually double this since we love it and the leftovers are great as well.

Cauliflower rice!

I can't believe I haven't tried this earlier...so good and healthy! Even my six year old liked it (and he was quite against "cauliflower rice" at first.) I have seen several recipes for this rice substitute around Pinterest.  Here is what I did:

Cauliflower "Rice"
1/2- whole head of washed and dried cauliflower
A handful of diced onion
a clove of garlic (minced)
*(Next time, I think I might try just some garlic and onion powder to see if I like it without the chunks of onion.  But it was really good this way, too!)
Cooking spray

~Pulse cauliflower in a food processor until about the consistency of rice (actually, it's more like couscous). Make sure your cauliflower is good and dry!  Do not add any water at any point.
~Put "rice" into a microsafe bowl and lightly cover (don't seal it tightly) with wax paper or lid. ~Microwave for about 1 1/2 minutes, stirring halfway. (Again, do not add water!)
~Saute your onions and garlic with a bit of cooking spray in a large non-stick skillet.  Add your rice and cook for a couple of minutes, stirring frequently.
~Serve as you would rice and enjoy far less calories!!!
(We had this with Kielbasa and black beans...can't wait to try it with an Asian dish!)

Monday, March 12, 2012

Menu Planning Monday!

Time for another menu plan!!! :) Days/meals may change since I am waiting to hear from the soccer coach about practices this week.

Monday- Homemade Chili Verde (hope to post the recipe soon...if I actually make note of what I do!), CP pinto beans(link to stovetop version), tortillas (plus all the goodies-lettuce, cheese, salsa, etc.)
Tuesday- Orange chicken (pictured above), white rice (we love short grain sticky rice!), a veggie (probably steamed broccoli)
Wednesday- WW Chicken Parmigiana, pasta, salad
Thursday- Kielbasa & black beans, brown rice medley, salad or veggie (green beans maybe?)
Friday- Thai Chicken Curry (sauce from a jar), rice, veggie
Saturday- CP chicken tacos (just frozen chicken breasts and salsa)
Sunday- Egg drop and chicken rice noodle soup (or dinner at/from Costco! :) ) We made this soup twice already.  I added some chopped up veggies and I also used cooked thin rice noodles instead of cooking large ones in the broth.  Really good!

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

*NEW* sketches!

I have lots of new sketches and a few more in the works!  We will be having a sketch class in April on Inspired to Scrap.  Watch for the photo details and some peeks soon. :)

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