Perfectly Moist Chicken Breast

I usually prep chicken using a “sear and bake” method.  The secret is in the sear–it locks in moisture while the chicken does its thing in the oven.  I use this recipe as a base to many other dishes:  chicken salad, teriyaki chicken, chicken pho…you get the idea.  Here’s the method to my madness: Ingredients: 1 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast 1/4 tsp Kosher Salt Fresh … Continue reading Perfectly Moist Chicken Breast

Oven-Baked Buffalo Chicken Fingers

Seeking a healthy alternative to breaded or fried chicken?  Look no further.  Chicken tenders are flavored with a tangy, spicy marinade and coated with bread crumbs, then baked to crisp perfection. If you’re REALLY looking to go the healthy route, pull a Sarah and use whole wheat panko breadcrumbs. Ingredients: 1/4 C Hot Sauce (like Frank’s Red Hot Wing Sauce) 2 T Apple Cider Vinegar … Continue reading Oven-Baked Buffalo Chicken Fingers

Baja Shrimp Tacos

I was on a mission to create a mind-blowing meal for my family.  I had requests for a Mexican-inspired dish so I dug around my recipe box for the perfect dish.  True to form, I modified the cilantro-jalapeno sour cream (the original was a bit too “limey” for my taste) and changed up the taco fixings. The essential components are highly versatile:  the sweet/smoky spice … Continue reading Baja Shrimp Tacos

Portobello and Broccoli Quiche with Tempeh

Hearty, comforting, and time-intensive, this vegetarian quiche will hit the spot with steaming hot tomato soup and a side salad. Ingredients 4 oz Tempeh, cut into bite-size pieces 2 T Teriyaki Sauce 2 tsp Canola Oil 1 T Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1/2 Yellow Onion, choppwd 1 1/2 C Portobello Mushroom Caps, chopped 1 C Broccoli Florets, coarsely chopped 1/2 tsp Basil, chopped Salt and Pepper … Continue reading Portobello and Broccoli Quiche with Tempeh

Baked Parmesan Crusted Chicken

Parmesan chicken is one of my favorite dishes, but I rarely eat the full-fat, fried version.  Whole wheat panko breadcrumbs and fresh herbs create a flavorful, healthy alternative.  Serve with your favorite marinara sauce and pasta; if you’re really looking to save calories, opt for spaghetti squash. INGREDIENTS 1 C Dry Whole Wheat Panko Bread Crumbs 1/3 C Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese 1/2 tsp Paprika … Continue reading Baked Parmesan Crusted Chicken

Mole Chicken

Mole is a tomato-based sauce with a hint of smokiness and a touch of cocoa. Enjoy this entrée atop a bed of rice or mixed greens (if you’re feeling adventurous). Ingredients: 1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts 1/2 large yellow onion, thinly sliced 1/2 red bell pepper, thinly sliced 1/2 green bell pepper, thinly sliced 4 cloves garlic, finely … Continue reading Mole Chicken

Black Bean and Portobello Burgers

These burgers are a healthy (and tasty!) alternative to meat; I found this recipe on self.com and modified it (the original version wasn’t as flavorful and used more oil).  They can be a little crumbly, so don’t skimp on the egg or bread crumbs! I always double the batch and freeze the extra patties for another meal.  To defrost, let them sit on the counter for … Continue reading Black Bean and Portobello Burgers