I don’t know about you but my favorite type of food is Italian. I could eat pasta for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day… Yes I have a problem…
Knowing that I’m a slave to the carbs I decided to try to incorporate more low carb Italian meals into my dinner rotation. In addition my freezer is so packed right now with frozen meats and god knows what else, so I decided to start cleaning that baby out ASAP.
I’m so embarrassed to even to show you that, but the plan is once I get some things cleared out I want to get that ice box organized and plan on sharing with you what I come up with so please don’t judge me
The recipe I want to share comes from Skinnytaste.com which I’m sure many people are familiar with, but if you aren’t check it out today! I have found so many great meal ideas and all the nutritional values are included! The recipe on skinny taste that i’m taking inspiration from serves 8 which is far too big for my family of 2. So I cut the recipe in half and subbed out a few low calorie items that I don’t keep on hand like liquid egg white… Sorry people I like regular old chicken eggs.
Recipe (Serves 4)
- 4 thin chicken cutlets, 3 oz each
- 1/4 cup whole wheat Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
- 1/8 cup grated parmesan cheese, divided
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 box of frozen spinach, squeezed dry of any liquid
- 1/4 cup part skim ricotta cheese
- 1/2 cup shredded part skim mozzarella
- olive oil non-stick spray (I use my Misto)
- 1/2 cup of your favorite marinara sauce
- salt and pepper to taste
- Chopped fresh parsley for garnish (optional)
Wash and dry cutlets, season with salt and pepper. Preheat oven to 450°. Lightly spraya baking dish with non-stick spray.
Combine breadcrumbs and half the grated cheese in one bowl and 2 or egg in another.
Take 1/4 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese and combine with remaining grated cheese, spinach (make sure you squeeze it dry), 1 tbsp egg already beaten, and ricotta cheese.
Lay chicken cutlets down on a working surface and spread 2 tbsp of spinach-cheese mixture on each cutlet. Loosely roll each one and keep seam side down.
Dip chicken in egg mixture, then in breadcrumbs and place seam side down in a baking dish (no toothpicks needed). Repeat with the remaining chicken. When finished, lightly spray with olive oil.
Bake 25 minutes. Remove from oven, top with sauce then cheese.
Bake until cheese is melted and bubbling, about 3 more minutes. Serve with additional sauce on the side and grated cheese.
Sticking with the low carb meal I thought a big heaping side of green beans would hit the spot. Side note as a child my nick name was “Whitty Whitty Bean Pole” Yes I know very glamours! As a young child you could find me in the garden all summer eating the green beans they were my favorite! I also think it had to do something with the fact that I was mange and looked malnourished, but I like the first story better So the recipe I want to share is inspired by a local family style italian place that has the best grean beans on the planet as far as i’m concerned. They are prefectly crisp with the most simple ingredients!
Recipe (serves 4)
- 1 14 oz bag of whole green beans ( It’s not really bean season yet in Wisconsin but when it is I use fresh)
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 lemon zested as well as the juice
- Salt and pepper to taste
Bring a pot of water to a boil season with salt and drop beans in for 5-7 minutes. When the beans are cooked though, transfer them to a bowl and toss with lemon zest butter and season with Salt and Pepper. They are like heaven, I love how the lemon adds just the right amount of zip and livens up them beans! So simple yet so good!
Here are a few shots of our lovely Tuesday night meal! I guess you could call it celebratory since I just accepted my first Nursing job offer! Pretty much one of the best days ever More on that to come in a future post
So what is your favorite type of meal or type of cuisine? Did you have any weird nick names growing up that related too food?? I’ed love to hear :)