Chicken Parmesan Sandwiches

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These Chicken Parmesan Sandwiches just hit the spot! They were delicious!! My husband… he told me he’d order these at a restaurant and go back again specifically for these!! Now, I think he’s a bit biased… but they were good!!

Ingredients: for 2 sandwiches… for more, multiply accordingly

4 chicken tenderloins
1/2 cup coconut milk (or any other milk… even buttermilk)
3 TB parmesan cheese (grated or shredded)
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
1 egg
2 TB water
2 thick slices of fresh mozzarella
10 small leaves of fresh basil
1/2 cup jarred spaghetti sauce or marinara
1/2 tsp salt & pepper
2 Ciabatta Rolls
1 TB pesto (I keep a jar in my fridge at all times… pre-made… we go thru a lot!)

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Directions:

Slice the 2 rolls in half and lightly butter and sprinkle with garlic powder. Put in oven @ 350 for 5 min just to toast. Take out, and put pesto lightly on 1 side.

Thaw chicken if it isn’t already, and soak in the milk. While soaking, put 3 TB olive oil into a skillet and heat on med to med low heat until just rippling. Then put the flour in 1 bowl, with the salt and pepper. Put the 1 egg in another bowl w/the water and wisk. Add the panko bread crumbs and parmesan cheese in a 3rd bowl and mix together. In a “assembly line” style, take the chicken, dip in the flour mixture, then the egg mixture, then the panko bread crumb mixture and directly into the skillet. Pan fry on either side for 3-4 min per side. Then, place onto the bottom half of the roll, and top with 1 TB of the marinara, then the slices of mozzarella, and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 8-10 min until the cheese is well melted. Take out, top with sauce and basil, and the other side of the roll. ENJOY!!!!!

 

The croissant was a store bought roll that I topped with honey butter at my husband’s request. We also had chips and guacamole with our sandwich. A bit of a hodge-podge dinner, but satisfied cravings!!!!

 

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Easy and Quick Big Group Breakfast!!!

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Scrambled Egg Croissant Sandwiches

Ingredients:

1 dozen eggs
1/2 to 3/4 bag of Jimmy Dean sausage crumbles
6 slices bacon (I used pre-cooked TJ nitrite&nitrate free bacon)
2 TB milk (I used unsweetened organic coconut milk… you could use organic 1/2&1/2)
1/2 bag of shredded cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste
20 croissants

 

Scramble eggs w/the milk until 1/2 way cooked. Add sausage and cooked bacon (microwave bacon until crispy) and add salt and pepper as desired. ( I don’t add too much salt because of the cheese, bacon and sausage. Scramble until cooked through. Put into 9×13 pan to serve and top with shredded cheese to desired amount. Then, cut the bakery (or pillsbury) croissants in half and make a breakfast sandwich. Easy, and enough to feed many!!!

Date Night!!!! (At home date night… like a staycation.. but a stay…date)

So, my husband and I are kind of “foodies” per say. I LOVE to cook (obviously) and we LOVE to eat!! For our anniversary, we always spend it in Asheville because my parents send us to a marriage retreat up there every year. So, we save $$ to specifically go to a new and FANCY restaurant. Our dates… we love new and nice restaurants. Now, don’t get me wrong, my husband has a strange obsession with Taco Bell, so it’s not like we never eat less expensive food, but we REALLY enjoy eating out where it’s farm to table, or all natural ingredients, and there’s a lot of thought and freshness put into the meal. In Charlotte we went to a restaurant called the Dandelion Market. New and fun things… new flavors. Inspiring for me too!

One of our most favorite dish, that is usually too expensive, is lamb. Last time we ordered it was probably on an anniversary a few years ago. So… I was needing a date night, and $$ was a bit tight due to saving for a couple of upcoming trips… so I made a fancy dinner here at home!!!! And, compared to an approximate $100 tab at an upscale restaurant (including tip and wine), this meal cost around $25. Pretty good huh?! So, here’s the recipe in case you want an at home date evening!!

Rack of Lamb with Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Roasted Asparagus and Quinoa Tabbouleh

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Rack of Lamb Ingredients:

1 half (or full) rack of lamb
8-10 leaves of fresh mint chopped
1 tsp of minced garlic
2 small branches fresh rosemary… remove and mince the leaves.
3-4 TB olive oil
1 tsp sea salt

The rack of lamb needs to be “frenched”. Basically exposing the bones on each rib. You can have the butcher do this. I purchased one that was already done. I then marinated the lamb. I mix the chopped mint, rosemary, garlic, salt and olive oil together with a fork, and then cover the entire half rack of lamb with it. (Most of it on the “fattier” side that is left up. I then put it in a bowl, cover with foil, and put in the fridge for 4 hours.

When done marinating, heat up the cast iron grill pan. (Or grill) Salt the grill pan with sea salt. When hot, place the entire rack fatty side down onto the grill pan to sear. After 6 minutes, flip, and put into the oven and broil for 10 minutes with fatty side up. Take out of the oven , wrap in foil and let sit for 5 minutes. After, remove from foil and cut apart each separate rib. Most people leave it here because people like it on the “rare” side of medium. Since I don’t, I like it on the well side of medium, I put the cast iron pan back onto the stove top, heated it up and seared each side of the meat of each individual lab pieces. About 1 min per side. Then… served!! DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Fingerling Potatoes:

Toss the potatoes in olive oil, sea salt, and rosemary and roast in the oven at 350 for 20 minutes. DONE! 🙂

 

Asparagus

Roast in oven w/a light amount of olive oil, and salt. 12 min at 350.

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Tabbouleh: This I threw in because I discovered a fresh cucumber in my garden!! I figured, lamb, asparagus… why not stick with the Mediterranean vibe and make this!! The recipe here is from a previous post: https://dancinandcookininthekitchen.com/2014/06/02/quinoa-tabbouleh/

 

Skillet Lasagna

This is an easy one! I love this recipe because I used a jar of organic spicy tomato basil sauce from Trader Joes (I’ve also really loved it with Spicy Tomato Pesto sauce from Classico… a bit of a kick! 🙂  ) So, pre-made sauce just makes it quick and easy!!!

Ingredients:

1 pound lean ground beef
1 small onion (chopped)
1 cloves garlic (minced)
1 jar Spaghetti sauce
1 tsp salt
2 1/2 cups Fusili pasta ( Or broken up lasagna noodles… any larger pasta is really good)
1 cup fat-free cottage cheese (I prefer large curd)
1/4 cup fat-free grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

Shredded fat-free mozzarella cheese for garnish

You could also add zucchini for a little extra veggies!

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I didn’t take a picture when I made it completely by accident, but I originally took the recipe from http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=20856 which I have adapted to the above. But the picture shows the yumminess! 🙂

Directions:

While the hamburger is cooking, make sure you have the pasta cooking. It will take the approximately same amount of time.I

In a large skillet, brown beef with onions and garlic. Drain.
Add jar of spaghetti sauce, salt and a tsp of sugar to cut the acidity.
Stir in cooked pasta.
Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally.
Combine cottage and Parmesan cheeses and a dash of salt and pepper to taste.
Sprinkle in basil to taste.
Drop cheese mixture by rounded tablespoons onto pasta mixture.
Cover and cook for 5 minutes more.
Sprinkle with shredded mozzarella and serve.

Pineapple Hawaii Chicken with Rice (Carrots&Cabbage on the side)

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Looks a bit messy… but this was GOOD!!!

Ingredients:

1 8 oz can pineapple chunks w/the juice
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1
/2 cup water
1/3 cup Light Soy Sauce
2 lbs Chicken tenderloins; in chunks
2 TB honey (drizzled over top before cooking)

Original recipe makes 4 Serving

I place the frozen chicken tenderloins directly into the sprayed (with cooking spray) crockpot. Then, I poured the can of pineapple chunks into the crock pot. I then put the 1/2 cup water, brown sugar and soy sauce together in a 2 cup measuring cup and whisk until well blended. Then pour over the meat. Then, drizzle the honey over the top of the meat mixture, and place the lid on. Cook on low for 6-8  hours. I was going to then cut into chunks after the meat was cooked (because I used frozen tenderloins) and it just shredded apart! YUM! (High for 4 hours). When you’re about ready to eat, cook the rice. (I follow the directions in the rice cooker). I then cut up 5 carrots into large chunks, and did 1/2 cup of chopped cabbage, 1/5 of an onion chopped and some minced garlic and placed into a skillet with 1 TB of coconut oil and stir. I add salt & pepper to taste.

 

Right before I served it, I removed the JUST chicken with a slotted spoon from the crockpot and placed it into a bowl. I then poured the “sauce” or remaining liquid into a skillet (the same one I cooked the carrots in) and brought the sauce to a simmer. I then added 1 TB of flour while whisking quickly… keep whisking until smooth and thickened. Then, pour over the chicken and serve!

Then, serve over rice and ENJOY!!

Coconut Curry Corn&Chicken Chowder

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A mouthful to say, and a DELICIOUS mouthful to eat!!!

Ingredients:

2 TB coconut oil
1/2 onion chopped
1/2 tsp. minced garlic
1 Yukon Gold potato Diced small (1/2 – 1 inch pieces)
1 14.5 oz. can Diced&Fire Roasted tomatoes w/green chilies (I used Trader Joes)
2 steamed ears of corn, cut the corn off the cob and toss the cobs.
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. curry
1 cup Silk Coconut Milk (you can also use 1 can coconut milk, but I always have coconut milk in the fridge)
1/2 qt. Low Sodium chicken broth (you can also use vegetable broth)
drizzle of honey to taste
salt & Pepper to taste
splash of 1/2&1/2 at the very end… makes it a bit extra creamy
4-5 chicken tenderloins – cooked and diced. (I sauteed them w/1 TB olive oil in skillet w/salt, pepper and cumin for about 10-15 min)
Garnish with cilantro, and a bit of FRESH squeezed Lime juice

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Directions:

Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat and stir in the cumin and curry, cook for one minute to infuse the oil with spice.
Add the chopped garlic and onion. Stir and cook for five minutes. Add the roasted corn, potato, canned fire roasted tomatoes with green chilis; stir for a minute. Add in the broth.
Cover and bring to a high simmer. Lower the heat and simmer gently, until the potatoes are tender, about twenty minutes or so.
Add the coconut milk and sauteed chicken tenderloins (diced). Stir and season with sea salt and ground pepper; and add a drizzle of organic raw honey to taste. Heat through gently- please DON’T BOIL it.
Just before serving, add the chopped cilantro and fresh lime juice. Stir. Taste test. Adjust seasoning. The lime juice brightens the taste and accents the spice. Honey cools the spice.
Garnish with a lime wedge, and ENJOY! (It’s got a bit of heat too!!! YUM!).
Serves 4-6 depending on serving size.

Read more: http://glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com/2006/09/roasted-corn-chowder-with-cilantro.html#ixzz35Vc45gmB

Away on “Vacation”!!!

I was away at my sister’s visiting, and taking some pictures for her blog : frugalfitmomma.com and decided… I’m not cooking while I’m here! So… we made wine popsicles instead! Check out her blog for the recipe! http://frugalfitmomma.com/2014/06/21/wine-popsicles/
Aaannnddd… if you are looking for a good website for deals and coupons, check out the rest of her blog!!

LIGHT Chicken Salad Sandwiches

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These were pretty good! I wanted to add a couple more ingredients to them, and I will put them as “add-ins” on the end, but to keep them light, I did not. So… Here it is!

 

Ingredients:

6 boneless skinless chicken tenderloins
1 TB olive oil
salt & pepper (1/2 tsp)
21 seasoning salute (Trader Joes)
2 Heaping tablespoons of FF Greek Yogurt
1 tsp Dijon mustard
Zest of 1 lemon
1/4 tsp soy sauce
1/8 tsp. ground cumin
2 tsp. fresh chopped parsley
salt and pepper to taste
Halved grape tomatoes
Lettuce

Add ins: craisins and walnuts!!! YUM!

Cook chicken tenderloins until fully cooked. I put about 1 Tb olive oil into skillet, heat until rippling slightly, place the frozen chicken tenderloins into pan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and a little bit of the 21 seasoning salute from TJ. Turn half way and cover. Total cooking time approx. 10 minutes.

When the chicken is done, set to the side and let rest for 5 minutes. When done resting, cut into small cubes. Then let cool. After cooling, combine all ingredients in a bowl. I put mine on the homemade rolls that I’ve mentioned in previous posts. You could do on bread or rolls, or in a Romaine Lettuce leaf for low carb. YUM!

Grilled Pork Chops, Escalloped Potatoes and Oven Roasted Brussel Sprouts

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This was quite yummy! I kind of put it together at the last minute… I was going to make something else today, but realized I forgot to buy fish!! OOPS! So, a bit of a heavier meal, but perfect after a long day. Turned out yummy!

INGREDIENTS:

Costa Rican Cocoa Porkchops:

4 thick center cut pork chops
2 TB unsweetened baking cocoa
1 packet of instant coffee (the one that’s about 1 tsp. amount, for 1 cup of coffee)
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. chili powder
2 TB sunflower (or canola) oil
1 tsp. sea salt

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Mix all seasonings together in a bowl, and make a paste. I cooked these on the grill pan. I heated it up, and salted the pan. I then spread the paste onto one side of the pork chops and set the paste side down onto the grill pan. Then, while that side was cooking, I spread the paste onto the other side. I let it cook for 8 minutes per side, until fully cooked through, no pink.

Escalloped Potatoes (I made them dairy free, you can substitute for butter and milk if you wish)

7 yukon gold potatoes, large
1 green onion, chopped
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp ground pepper
2 cups milk (I used unsweetened coconut milk. You can use 1/2&1/2 or milk)
2-3 TB butter (I used Smart Balance Olive Oil margarine)
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp. grated parmesan (on top)

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Slice the potatoes thin. I used a hand-held mandolin, but you can do so with a knife, just try to make all slices as similar in size as possible. The thinner the better. Once sliced, you layer. Put 1/3 of the slices into the bottom of a coated 9×13 pan. Then, combine the flour, pepper, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a bowl and stir. Then put 1/3 of it sprinkled onto the bottom layer of the potatoes. Then, put bits (1/3 of the butter) of the butter onto that layer. Then, top with another 1/3 of the potatoes and repeat the process 2x until you have 3 total layers. Then, top with 1 tsp of grated parmesan. Heat up the 2 cups of milk in a sauce pan. Should only take 3 minutes or so. Then, pour over the top of the layers of potatoes. Then, cover with foil, and bake at 375 degrees for 60 to 65 minutes. Take out when all potatoes are soft.

Oven Roasted Brussel Sprouts: 

15 Brussel sprouts halved
1-2 TB olive oil
1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp. salt&pepper

Put the halved brussel sprouts in a single layer on a coated cookie sheet, drizzle on olive oil and sprinkle with salt&pepper. Then sprinkle with a bit of balsamic vinegar on each one.