Monday, January 25, 2010

Yumo-Panko

I've been promising some healthier alternatives to some of our most desired foods and what better way to start than one of the most guilty pleasures of all, FRIED CHICKEN. We all know everything fried tastes so good going down, but the guilt that comes with it, might leave you less than satisfied. 

On the menu for tonight: Panko Crusted Chicken Breasts with Whole Wheat Penne tossed with a Fire Roasted Tomato and Cream Cheese Sauce, Served with a Side Salad.

Ingredients:

For the chicken:
2 chicken breasts, butterflied and pounded thin
1 cup Panko bread crumbs (can be found with the regular bread crumbs)
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon garlic powder
a dash or two of cayenne pepper
salt and pepper
extra virgin olive oil

For the pasta:
1 box whole wheat penne pasta
1 can fire roasted tomatoes
1 teaspoon oregano
1 tablespoon fresh parsley
1 tablespoon Weight Watchers cream cheese (or any low fat cream cheese)
salt and pepper


This recipe is really easy. I almost feel guilty blogging about it but it was so tasty! After pounding out my chicken breasts, I dredged them in the olive oil and seasoned them with salt and pepper. Next, on a separate plate, I tossed the panko with the other herbs and spices and coated the chicken breasts heavily with the bread-crumb mixture.

I sauteed the chicken in a nonstick pan for about 4-5 minutes on each side. It was easy to know when they were ready. The bread crumbs turn golden brown, letting you know its time to turn. The smell is already fantastic!


Once the chicken was finished browning, I rested them on a paper towel while I prepared the pasta. I cooked the pasta according to the back of the box and heated the fire roasted tomatoes with the herbs and spices.  I added about a tablespoon on weight watchers cream cheese in, which really thickened the sauce and gave it a smooth, rich flavor.


 
I tossed the pasta with the sauce and since I am a heat lover, I added a few shakes of my favorite hot sauce.


I serve the chicken on top of the pasta alongside a spring mix salad with fresh organic veggies and a lemon vinaigrette. 

It was good!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Get a little closer, don't be shy!



Yes, I am still alive! I am so mad at myself for being so busy and not blogging in over 3 weeks! Last blog I told you all about my typical New Years resolution...losing weight. Well, I have several new recipes to share with you and plan to do so very soon. Until then, enjoy meeting my dog Hank's new BFF, Busta.

Busta is a this adorable plush wine glass insert that I fell in love with at a store in northern Georgia called Corks and Crumbs. I bought this little fella because he looks like my little fella!

Hank really fell in love with him from the get-go.


Reminds me of the song, Every breath you take, every move you make, every single day, every time I pray, I'll be watching you.


Will you accept this rose?


Absolutely, love at first sniff.