Skinny Chicken Parm

Skinny Chicken Parm — YES!

I absolutely L O V E Chicken Parmesan.  That is my go-to when out at an Italian restaurant.  Sometimes, those heavy dishes are simply worth the indulgence and calories they come with.

*Side Note:  Some restaurant portions of chicken parm have up to 72 grams of FAT!  To put this into perspective, check out MayoClinic’s article on how many grams of fat you should be consuming each day.

Other times, we are looking for that soul food that fills our tummy and tastes like heaven WITHOUT all the c r a p.  You know me, I cook EASY, HEALTHY recipes.  So when I found a “skinny” Chicken Parm recipe that I was able to tweak and make my own — I started mass producing it.  Okay, not really…but we have a solid 3-4 servings at all times in the freezer for an easy reheat dinner mid week!

Ready for how easy this is?

Ingredients:

6 small chicken breasts

3 slices sharp thick cut provolone

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp onion powder

1 tsp oregano

salt/pepper to taste

1/2 cup whole wheat bread crumbs

parmesan cheese

1/2 jar tomato sauce of choice

 

Directions:

  1. Start with 6 small chicken breasts, fat trimmed.  Spray a 9X13 baking dish with cooking spray, and lay out your chicken breasts.
  2. Mix your spices together — garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, and oregano.
  3.  Cover chicken breasts evenly with the spices.

 

4.  Next, cover the chicken breasts with 1/2 a jar of tomato sauce.  I prefer to use a low sugar option.  Sprinkle top with parmesan cheese.

5.  Take your 3 slices of thick cup provolone cheese and break each in half.  Place half a slice of cheese on each chicken breast.

6.  Evenly distribute the whole wheat bread crumbs over the cheese.  Sprinkle with parmesan.

7.   Bake at 450 degrees for 20 minutes.  This is the secret to JUICY chicken breasts!  Low temperature/long time frame = dry meat.  High t

emperature/short time frame = juicy, tender meat!

8.  Pair your Skinny Chicken Parm with a carbohydrate (suggested: brown or basmati rice) and a vegetable (suggested:  spinach/onions, broccoli, green beans).  Voila!  An easy, quick, SKINNY, chicken dish with just enough indulgent ingredients to give you that soul food feel with less than half the fat and calories.

 

 

If you are looking for additional easy, healthy chicken dishes, check out these recipes!

Thai Peanut Chicken

Bruschetta Chicken

Surviving vs. Thriving

I think most of us simply survive.  And I whole heartedly believe this is NOT the way we were intended to live.  It doesn’t mean that life should always be rainbows and butterflies, but it does mean that our purpose in life is not to solely survive.

We dread Sunday nights because we know the week to come will be a long one.  We all get caught in the, “I can’t wait until Friday” mentality.  We check the calendar repetitively for our next day off.

How much of our time and energy do we waste being…miserable?  How much of our time and energy to we use simply stating how much we despise our circumstances? How much time and energy do we waste wishing the day away?  Too much time.  Too much energy.

I fully believe that I was not created to simply survive, I was created to THRIVE.

And so were you.

If we want to thrive, then we need to make changes in our lives NOW.  We need to make sacrifices TODAY so we can get where we want and where we need to be.

It’s easy to say, hard to do, right?  You’re thinking – okay, great but I HATE my job.  Or – okay great, but I’m just so depressed, I can’t get out of this funk.  Maybe it’s – how can I thrive when my sister has cancer?

Start by making small lifestyle changes.  I recently began waking up early before the baby wakes up to get in some professional development with a cup of coffee.  In silence.  Or mostly silence.  She’s crying now.  Go figure.  Anyway… make small changes.  Do something that fills your cup.  Find something that centers you and makes your heart happy.

Professional development books (You Are A Badass is AMAZING), exercise, massages, hair appointment, yoga, meditation, reading, coloring, baking, WHATEVER.  Do it.  Make time for it.  Even if it means waking up at 5am.  Trust me, 5am doesn’t look good on me either, girl, but it is SO worth it!

You’ll find that by doing small things daily that fulfill you will permeate into the rest of your day, changing your demeanor, changing your mindset, and creating an opportunity to THRIVE, not just SURVIVE.

“My mission in life is not to merely survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion and some style.” -Maya Angelou