This Chicken Parmigiana is proof that Comforting food doesn't necessarily have to be bad for you... serve it with a side of your favorite pasta to keep with the classic, or opt for sauteed veggies or a green salad for an even lighter version!
Winter just seems to draaaaag endlessly in my part of the world. Spring is supposed to be right around the corner, yet, snow keeps falling and falling from the sky, and it's still cold as hell out. As such, I needed a little something to comfort me last week and decided to whip up this Chicken Parmigiana to do just that! Then I wondered how come I'd never shared that recipe with you... after all, it's really not that indulgent at all. In fact, it's even quite healthy for such a comforting dish!
So I took the liberty of borrowing the recipe that I used from my wicked alter ego; I'm sure she won't mind me sharing the love. And since I didn't change much of anything to her recipe, I even dared use her pictures! Hey, they're pretty decent, so why go through the trouble of redoing them all? Of course, I asked permission first!
Now if you felt that this recipe was a tad too indulgent for your liking and wanted to keep things on the lighter side, you could very well choose to serve your Chicken Parmigiana with a side of salad or steamed veggies, instead of pasta. Or, you could also choose to swap whole wheat bread crumbs for the panko, although you won't be getting as much crunch out of the former...
Also, you could choose to make your breading much lighter by single-breading your chicken, as opposed to double-breading like this recipe instructs you to.
But seriously, all in all, these are all good ingredients that, when combined, turn into the most delicious, most comforting dish you could ever dream of. In my case, that's exactly what I needed to help me forget about this cold and snowy winter that doesn't seem to ever want to end.
Ready in mere minutes, these Smoked Salmon and Sharp Cheddar Croque-Madame make for a super quick and easy, yet super elegant and delicious breakfast.
Are you sometimes a bit tired of eating the same old eggs and toasts in the morning?
Well, here's a very quick and easy twist for you that'll allow you to turn the plain and ordinary into sheer elegance AND deliciousness! Indeed, these Smoked Salmon and Sharp Cheddar Croque-Madame, they come together in no time — in fact, they don't take much longer to make than simple eggs and toasts and definitely take much less time than your classic bacon and eggs — yet they make for a crazy elegant, filling and nutritious breakfast, that's suitable for just about any occasion, be it a romantic breakfast in bed or a more standard "before hitting the road to work" breakfast.
Oh, and they're also very good at lunch, or even dinner too, you know... Just sayin'
If like me you're a fan of smoked salmon, you will be all over these, guaranteed!
These Gluten Free Homemade Italian Sausages have all of the flavor, but none of the fillers! Try them once, you'll never go back - making your own all natural, healthy sausage at home isn't as complicated as you may think and will definitely earn you some well deserved bragging rights!
It was a very sad day for me when I came to realize that most commercially prepared sausage, even the so called "Pure-Beef" or "Pure-Pork", were in fact not entirely made out of nothing-but-pure-meat. Indeed, most of them, even the artisan made and organic products of this world often contain all kinds of fillers, namely bread crumbs and other wheat products; in other words, gluten!
And that's when you're lucky enough for them not to be filled with an array of other undesirable ingredients such as soy, msg and various chemicals whose names no one can pronounce.
Who would have thunk that such nasties could even be found in a beautiful thing like a fresh sausage?
This sad revelation could only mean one thing: my joyous happy sausage eating days were behind me. What was a lifetime of not eating Hot Italian Sausage going to be like? I almost wept. But then I learned that making sausage at home was not complicated in the least!
Messy? Somewhat, yes. A bit lengthy? Perhaps! But as far as the difficulty level is concerned, making sausage at home is almost as easy as making meat patties from scratch.
The only difference is, this time, when you're done grinding the meat, you need to stuff it into hog casings. All you need to do this is a sausage stuffer, a little bit of time on your hands and a few handfuls of patience.
What if you don't have a meat grinder and sausage stuffer? You can just mix all the ingredients together, form the mixture into patties and cook it as is. Then, relabel your dish "Breakfast Sausage" and you're all set and good to go! Besides, tons of people remove the casings from their sausage before to cook it because they don't care for it... so why go through the hassle in the first place?
But if you do want to go through the entire process of sausage making, then by all means, join me!
Sweet, creamy, filling and so simple to make, these Old Fashioned Baked Beans are the perfect companion to your morning eggs and will make any morning that much brighter! Try them once, you'll never reach for the canned stuff ever again!
Ever since I can remember, I've always had a soft spot for baked beans and I believe that they will always have that special place in my heart.
You see, my love for baked beans comes to me from my dad. He didn't use to cook all that much, but baked beans are something that he'd like to whip up once in a while and when he did, the whole house smelled soooo deliciously good, it almost felt like Christmas to me. And I can't tell you the number of times that I saw him grab a container of leftover baked beans straight from the fridge and dig right in, then exclaim with such a passion in his voice: "Is there anything better than baked beans, I ask you?”
Funny thing is he would say the exact same thing every time he’d have mashed potatoes!
He was very adamant on adding lard — a total must for most purists — to his baked beans though, so I'm not sure that he would’ve approved of my “lardless”, vegetarian version... Personally, I never cared for it much and to be honest, I don't miss the jiggly pieces of soft fat one bit!
Besides, these baked beans they taste so amazingly good, I'm sure my dad would've exclaimed just the same about how delicious they were with every new bite.
Braised slowly with love, chock full of melt-in-your-mouth tender chunks of lamb meat and large pieces of mushroom, brought together by a rich and crazy tasty dark beer sauce, this Lamb and Mushroom Ragu truly is as hearty and comforting as can be!
This ragu is the kind of dish that I could very well eat day in, day out, for the rest of my life. Well, so long as it's not 2 million degrees out, that is. And even then... I'm not sure I that I would ever dare pass on it, even if it were that hot!
This Lamb and Mushroom Ragu means serious business. It's so crazy tasty, so delicious and most of all, so comforting! I guess the fact that the dish would be made with lamb, my ultimate favorite meat in the whole wide world, plays a big role in my liking it that much! That, and well, the fact that it contains such a generous amount of mushrooms, too!
Hard to believe that something so good and seemingly so indulgent, could in fact be good for me. Well, I'm not going to complain. And if like me you happen to be a huge fan of lamb and mushrooms, then I'm sure that neither will you...
Deliciously spiced and just sweet enough, these Whole Wheat Spiced Butternut Squash Muffins are made with nothing but wholesome ingredients and contain no refined sugar whatsoever. Bet you'll have a hard time believing that when you bite into one - they're just way too good to be that healthy!
You all know how much I love me a good muffin, right? How much I'm OBSESSED with a good muffin and can't be trusted in the same room with one? And how I love to come up with all kinds of muffin recipes? And how up until now, my ultimate favorite has always been Bran Muffins?
Well let me tell you, this new Whole Wheat Spiced Butternut Squash Muffins recipe may very well have outranked them all!
Everything about these muffins is just perfect: from their texture to their flavor profile to their ease of preparation (well, once the butternut squash puree is done and out of the way, at least)... Not to mention the fact that they are made with nothing but wholesome ingredients AND that they contain no refined sugar whatsoever.
I don' think that I would change a single thing about them... except maybe add a few nuts or raisins to the batter, and use bran instead of oats (cuz you know, bran muffins!)
But honestly, these guys they're a solid 9.5 out of 10 as they stand now. I hope you find them just as good!
A nutritious blend of nuts and coconut, deliciously flavored with Chai Spice and Maple Syrup, this Chai Maple Coco Nut Mix makes for a perfect little afternoon pick-me-upper or awesome munchies for your guests...
The first time I ever attempted making "flavored" nuts, it was this Maple Chai Coco Nut Mix that I'd come up with. I'd made the nut mix just before leaving for Cuba because I wanted to have something to take with me to munch on while waiting for — and while actually on — the plane. Now I will be hosting a workshop on the art of making your own Kombucha at home this weekend and I wanted to have a little something for the attendees to munch on during the class.
This nut mix immediately came to mind — really, can you think of anything better? — and I decided that, since I was going to be making a brand new batch, I'd take the opportunity to revamp the post and pictures...
The combination of flavors in this nut mix, from the chai spice, maple syrup and coconut, is absolutely splendid, I wouldn't recommend leaving any of those out. If you couldn't get your hands on ready-made chai spice, fear not... I'll even give you a recipe so you can make your own mix!
As for the varieties of nuts that I chose to use, you don't have to go the exact same route... don't get out of your way to get something that's hard to come across or not available in your area. You could actually use any combination of nuts you like; so long as you keep the ratio fairly similar, you should be just fine.
And honestly, if you're new to making your own nut mixes, I get the feeling that this won't be the last time...
So simple to make and such a classic flavor combo, this extra rich and creamy Chocolate Banana Protein Shake sure will satisfy after a hard workout, or will start your day on the right foot!
So I just officially joined my local gym! That's right, I decided to start going back to the gym again. Got a little tired of working out alone in my basement and needed a bit of a change of scenery... Sure feels good to be working out with other people again.
When I come home after my morning workout, though, my body demands nourishment in a hurry. And this classic protein shake is my favorite way to oblige!
Alright I know what you're thinking... Chocolate Banana Protein Shake; do you even need a recipe for that? Pfff... come on, all you need to do is throw a banana, some milk and chocolate whey powder in a blender and there you have it.
Well, not so fast. I like to make mine extra rich and chocolaty and also super thick and creamy. Sooo, I throw in a few more ingredients in that blender. Just a few, don't worry.
That shake is still super easy to make, so today's post will be short and sweet (for a change!). Happy to share my quick shake recipe with you all!
So simple yet so crazy loaded with flavor, this Orange Cranberry Almond Quinoa makes for a fantastic side dish with a unique, exotic twist!
This Orange Cranberry Almond Quinoa is probably one of the first recipes I ever came up with when I initially started eating quinoa, some 7 years ago. To this day, I think it's still one of my favorites! It's so extremely easy to prepare, and yet, it explodes with so much flavor.
Everything about this dish screams simple, from its list of ingredients to its preparation to its flavor profile. You'll notice that I haven't added much seasoning at all to my recipe, not even black pepper. So you really get to taste all the different flavors for what they truly are: you get a little bit of tangy sweetness from the orange, some tartness from the cranberries, some butteriness from the avocado and much much nuttiness from the quinoa and almonds!
As for textures, the party is just as intense... you get all kinds of tiny explosions from the millions of quinoa seeds, loads of crunchiness brought forth by the almonds, a bit of chewiness thanks to the dried cranberries, and loads of creaminess from the avocado.
I'm pretty confident that, like me, you'll have a real sweet spot for this particular quinoa dish...
Think making your own bread at home is too much hard work? Think again! This Multigrain No Knead Country Bread is every bit as easy to make as it is good to eat!
I don't tend to eat much bread, but when I do get the craving for a slice, I like to make my own bread in the comfort of my very own home. For starters, because nothing quite beats a slice of warm, fresh-out-of-the-oven bread, and well, it makes the whole house smell incredibly good! But also too because that way, I get to know exactly what goes into it. And plus, well, contrary to what you may think, making bread at home can be EXTREMELY easy, and practically foolproof, too.
Take this Multigrain No Knead Country Bread for instance. While you do have to plan ahead if you're going to make it, as it needs to rest and rise for a full day before you get to actually bake it, it's as easy to make as mixing flour and water together in a bowl. Yes, really. That easy!
Don't believe me? Please, allow me to demonstrate...