Well, hello there!

Well, hello there!
Matt & I in Costa Rica over Christmas...So beautiful there!
It's simple. Really. We're a young married couple that loves cooking together. We always try to eat healthy and, if it's simple and doesn't break the bank, we're into that, too! We hope you'll visit often and tell us what you think about what we're cooking! We'd love to hear from you. Drop us a note, a suggestion or a recipe!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

comfort food

Why does "comfort food" typically make you uncomfortably full? It's probably because it's most often unhealthy and we eat a ton if it. A ton!
When you're having one of those days, you need it, but the last thing you want to feel is, well, uncomfortable. My suggestion? Eat what you love, but add healthy elements, eat it in moderation and adjust the recipe.
I know you're wondering what our comfort food dinner was tonight. So, without further adue, here's what we had:

Garlic-Parmesan Chicken with Baked Sweet Potato Fries & Green Beans

This menu is extremely easy to make, and mostly healthy. Mostly.

Here's what you need:

Garlic-Parmesan Chicken

4 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
4 Tbs. butter, melted (you can use SmartBalance instead to save on calories)
1 Cup dry bread crumbs
1/2 Shredded parmesan cheese
Black pepper, to taste (probably around 1 tsp.)
Garlic powder, to taste (same as above)

Preheat oven to 350*
Grease 9x13 glass baking dish
Place everything buy the butter and chicken into a shallow mixing bowl or pie dish, toss
Dip each piece of chicken into butter
Dip each piece of chicken into dry mixture
Place into baking dish and bake for 1 hour 15 mins. (or until chicken reaches at least 165*)

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

1 Large sweet potato, halved and cut into thin slices/wedges
2 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
1/2 Tsp. black pepper
1/2 Tsp. Jane's Crazy Mixed Up Salt
1/2 Tsp. Kroger steak seasoning

Preheat oven to 350*
Line metal baking sheet with tin foil (to avoid a mess and having to wash the baking sheet... I'm only trying to make this easier for you!!!)
Spray tin foil with cooking spray
Place all ingredients into a large mixing bowl, toss to coat potatoes
Place seasoned potatoes onto baking sheet
Bake for 25 minutes

Green Beans
I CHEATED!!!!!! I used a fresh-frozen pack!
Just follow the directions :-)

The verdict? Well, I'll say this much, when the chicken was baking Matt said "Is dinner already cooking?" "Yes" I replied. "It smells REEEEEEEALLLLY good..." he said. "Well it should, it's one of your favorites!" I said. And then he knew. I swear this recipe gets better and better every time. You can also use the same recipe for pork chops. Same exact ingredients. Same baking time. Same garlicky goodness.

Comfort food? YES! Uncomfortable? No way!


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