Monday, March 29, 2010

two new favorite meals

Well I flaked a little bit on my cooking this past week.
I had been on a roll, cooking every weeknight.
Life got in the way and we ended up eating out 3 nights. I hate that.
I am determined to get back on track this week!

I've decided that one night a week will be "big salad night."
This week I bought two bags of Fresh Express Sweet Butter lettuce (love it).
Added cucumbers, tomatoes, avocado, mushrooms and organic croutons.
I made some boiled eggs & grated some medium cheddar cheese. Yum.
Caroline ate two platefuls. She loves salads more than anything.
We had our yummy Marzetti's "no preservatives" ranch. Love it.
We also had some Chili's chips and salsa to go with.

Friday night I made my new favorite meal - Chicken Parmesan. It was awesome!
Since we had a big salad the night before, I made steamed broccoli as a side.
I served it with Barilla Multi-Grain pasta which we LOVE.
So much better for you than regular spaghetti. I like it better now.
Here's the recipe if you want to try it...

4 boneless chicken breasts
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup Italian-seasoned dry breadcrumbs (I used Progresso.)
1 jar Ragu spaghetti sauce
1 cup shredded mozarella cheese

Dip chicken in egg, then in breadcrumbs. Arrange chicken in 13x9 baking dish. Bake uncovered at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.

Pour Ragu sauce over chicken, top with cheese. Bake 10 more minutes or until chicken is thoroughly cooked. (I actually turned mine back to 375 at this point because I didn't want it to dry out.)

That is it! Super easy. Super delish.

This week, I think I'm gonna do some chicken salad on croissants with a side salad and fruit one night.

Plus, I'm gearing up to cook Easter dinner for my family. That's a first!
I'm going to make a pot roast in the slow cooker, corn bread and let my Mom bring green beans.
I have not perfected green beans and hers rock. She'll also bring slaw.
My sister is our dessert expert so she'll bring dessert.

Hope your weekend was great - ours was! We are blessed!

Blog ya later gator.

1 comment:

Dawn said...

Mmmm -- I may have to try this this week.

I freeze my bread heels and run them through the food processor to use for bread crumbs. I also made homemade croutons the other night. They were so easy. I had some hard french bread which I chopped up and mixed with some herbs. I tossed these with some butter I had melted in the oven in a pan. I returned the pan and toasted.