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Classic Chicken Parmesan

We love comfort food in my house and this ranks right up there with all things warm and cheesy. It’s so simple, anyone can do it.

Begin with a couple of large chicken breasts and slice them horizontally. Make an assembly line of 1C of flour, 3 beaten eggs, and 2C Italian style Panko bread crumbs.

Salt and pepper your chicken and dredge them through the flour (pressing the flour in tightly), then the egg, and finally the breadcrumbs. Lay them onto a plate and refrigerate for 30-60 minutes.

Now I like to prepare my homemade marinara that is super easy and about a million times better than the store bought variety. That recipe is also on this blog. If you are short on time, the jar variety is just fine.

Warm a few tablespoons of EVOO over medium heat in a sauce pan and add in the chicken. Cook 4-6 minutes per side until the chicken is cooked through.

Transfer the chicken into a prepared baking dish. Slice fresh mozzarella onto each piece.

Set oven to broil and cook until cheese is melted and bubbling.

Prepare the pasta of your choice – I like angel hair with this dish but anything is fine. Lay a spoonful of marinara on top and some shredded Parmesan cheese.

Now place a piece of chicken on top with more marinara, cheese, and parsley. Serve with garlic bread and a Caesar salad. Enjoy!


Southwestern Chicken Eggrolls

Here is another favorite in my house. It’s packed with veggies and both my boys (husband & son) are always excited when this is served. We usually have it once a week or so.
Southwestern Chicken Eggrolls:
~Warm a couple tablespoons of EVOO in a large saucepan over medium heat.

~Add 3 uncooked diced chicken breasts. Salt and pepper. Cook about 5 minutes.

~Add 1 diced onion and 2 seeded, diced jalapeños. Continue stirring until chicken is cooked through.

~Add 1 tablespoon cumin and 1 tablespoon chili powder.

~Add a drained and rinsed can of black beans, kernels from 4 corn cobs, and 3 cups of baby spinach.

~Once spinach wilts, remove from heat and add 1 cup pepper jack cheese.
Spoon mixture into freshly cooked flour tortillas, roll burrito style, and place in large prepared baking dish.
Brush all sides of your eggrolls with EVOO. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 15 minutes, then flip them over and bake 15 more minutes until tortillas begin to crisp.
Optional (and recommended!): Top with the Jalapeño Cilantro Cream Sauce (shared a couple of days ago) and avocado slices. My husband also adds raw jalapeño slices on top and I like to add Sriracha on top of mine. #yum
Adapted from: MrsHappyHomemaker

Roasted Shrimp Enchiladas with Jalapeño Cream Sauce

Want to really wow your guests with my personal favorite shrimp dish? These are incredible, just make sure you have plenty of time to prep (aka don’t make these when you are in a pinch for time!).
~ Roasted Shrimp Enchiladas with Jalapeño Cream Sauce ~

~Begin with 1.5-2lbs of fresh shrimp. Peel, devein, and coat with EVOO, sea salt, & pepper. Lay them out on a lined baking sheet and roast at 400 degrees for 6-8 minutes based on the size of your shrimp.

~Warm 2 tablespoons EVOO over medium heat.

~Toss in a small diced onion and 2 cloves of minced garlic, sauté for 5 minutes

~Add in 2 cups finely shredded cabbage, 1 peeled and grated carrot, 3 cups baby spinach, 2-4 tablespoons chipotle in adobo sauce (depending on how spicy you like it), 1/2 teaspoon cayenne, and 1/4 teaspoon oregano.

~Once spinach wilts, remove from heat and toss in your shrimp (cut them into bite size pieces first).

~Roll in freshly cooked flour tortillas (Tortilla Land are the best).

~Place seam side down in prepared baking dish.

Jalapeño Cream Sauce:

~Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a saucepan.

~Wisk in 2 tablespoons flour and stir continuously for 2 minutes.

~Wisk in 1.5 cups chicken broth.

~Stir in 3/4 cup Greek yogurt.

~Add in 2 seeded and diced jalapeños plus 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder.

~Simmer until sauce thickens, remove from heat and add a handful of chopped cilantro.

Preheat oven to 375. Pour half of the sauce over the enchiladas and cook for 20 minutes covered with foil. Serve with another spoonful of sauce then top with avocado and Sriracha. OMG!!

Adapted from: Damn Delicious (My favorite food blogger and total inspiration 💛)

Jalapeño Cilantro Cream Sauce

No offense to salsa, but want to really add some zip to those Mexican inspired dishes? Must. Try. This. Jalapeño Cilantro Cream Sauce:

~8oz softened cream cheese

~2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt

~7oz salsa verde

~1 teaspoon black pepper

~1 teaspoon celery salt

~1 tablespoon taco seasoning

~1 bunch fresh cilantro

~Juice of a lime

~2-4 jalapeños unseeded if you love spice like we do (or you can seed them!)

Blend everything together in the food processor and let stand in the fridge for a couple of hours. This will keep in a jar for a couple of weeks and the possibilities are endless!!💃🏻

Inspired by: MrsHappyHomemaker

Homemade Marinara

When I first decided I wanted to up my cooking game for my family, I knew I wanted to cut out store bought sauces. However, it’s actually one of the later things that I started doing. I assumed it would be super labor intensive and require more money at the grocery store. Neither of those sounded appealing. Boy was I wrong. Not only was it super easy, most of the ingredients were already in my pantry. And the difference it made in my meals…..wow. I guarantee once you start making your own sauces, you won’t be able to return to those over processed, over salted shelf varieties! A sauce most folks buy for everything from spaghetti to pizza is marinara. This can be modified based on what’s in your kitchen, but here is the basic structure:

Melt 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons EVOO in a medium saucepan. Add in a small diced onion and a bit of minced garlic. Sauté for 3 minutes or so until onion is translucent.

Stir in: 28oz can crushed tomatoes, 8 oz can tomato sauce, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, teaspoon Italian seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, 2 bay leaves, small handfuls of chopped fresh parsley and basil. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 2+ hours. Remove bay leaves and enjoy!!