It’s Spring and after feeling like I’ve been cooped up for the last 6 or 7 months inside with the bad winter we had, I am trying to get back on track with my diet. When the weather is cold, I like to get into cozy mode. I like to wear a lot of layers, cook all kinds of comforting meals, eat, snuggle with a warm blankets while sitting on the couch while gazing out of the window, and sipping on a hot cup of coffee. Well, that was wonderful these past few months, but the weather is finally nice and I need to get with the program. It’s very easy to get into a routine of not really keeping track of what you are eating or not really caring for that matter, especially if you are wearing comfortable sweaters and warm clothes to hide those extra few pounds. Since I won’t be wearing my cozy sweaters through out the Spring and Summer months, I decided I better be little more conscious about what is going on my plate these days!
I love Chicken Parmesan! Every time my husband and I eat out at an Italian Restaurant, it’s what I order. Every. Single. Time. It’s always a comforting meal, but it also comes with a whole bunch of unwanted calories. I love the the taste of that perfect bite of tender, breaded chicken smothered in fresh tomato sauce, and topped with a generous amount of melted, freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Of course most times, it’s sitting on top of a huge amount of pasta too. This week for Sunday dinner, I decided to serve a lightened up, comforting Chicken Parmesan, without all of the calories. This Baked Chicken Breast Parmesan is a simple meal that can be easily prepared, even on a busy week night. I sauteed a few cloves of garlic in olive oil then added a can of whole can of San Marzano tomatoes (fresh tomatoes from the garden in the summer), basil and a pinch of salt to a saucepan and let the sauce simmer while I prepared the chicken breast. I pounded four chicken breasts thin, seasoned them with salt and pepper, ladled half of the sauce on the bottom of a baking dish, added the chicken, the remaining sauce, topped the chicken with a generous amount of Parmesan cheese, and baked them in the oven for 30 minutes. The result is a healthy, flavorful, satisfying chicken breast that can be served with a large fresh salad, vegetables or even some whole wheat pasta if you or your family are really hungry. If you are watching what you eat and are looking for a “slimmed down” version of Chicken Parmesan, give this tasty recipe a try!
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