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Skillet Chicken Parmesan #SundaySupper

Reclaim Sunday Supper! Take the Sunday Supper pledge and make dinnertime a priority in your life. With all the activities and racing around that we all do, it is so hard to actually sit down to enjoy dinner with our families every single night- actually its pretty much impossible sometimes!

But Sunday nights or any ONE night a week, I try to make a family meal, that everyone enjoys, so we can slow down a bit and maybe share some time together at the table to reconnect and maybe, just maybe create some memories over a shared meal.

I like this Skillet Chicken Parmesan, because it tastes a lot like the one that takes hours to make in the oven, but it’s fast, uses one skillet, and is less caloric than the heavier baked chicken parmesan that you have in a restaurant. I also love this because I serve it with pasta for the kiddos and with some sauteed kale for my husband and I who try not to indulge in the pasta too much- we all win here! Serve with some crusty garlic bread for the kids and you are set! Enjoy each other and share some food!

Skillet Chicken Parmesan

Skillet Chicken Parmesan

Ingredients:

1 tsp. basil
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 tsp. olive oil
4 split and boned chicken breasts (or two whole boneless breasts)
3 8-ounce cans tomato sauce (no sugar, no salt)
1/3 cup parmesan cheese
extra salt and pepper for seasoning the chicken

In a small bowl, combine the basil, oregano, garlic and onion powders, salt and pepper. Mix. Set aside.

Using a serrated or sharp bladed knife slice the chicken in half like this:

Skillet Chicken Parmesan

I know! Raw chicken pic- not appealing, but I want to show you how to slice in half!

You should have 8 slices total. Season with the extra salt and pepper.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the oil. Saute three chicken pieces at a time, to avoid overcrowding in the pan, about 5 minutes each side, until cooked all the way through. Remove and continue until all the chicken is cooked.

Add the chicken back to the pan, overlapping the pieces. Pour the sauce over the top and sprinkle the spices over it all. Simmer covered for 5 minutes.  Flip the chicken pieces over and sprinkle the cheese all over the top, cover and continue to simmer for another 2-3 minutes until the cheese is melted.

Garnish with some chopped parsley and serve!

This serves 4 servings, of 2 half-cut breasts each person or 8 servings of 1-half cut breast. This recipe is easily doubled (or cut in half) and will serve my family of 6 (2 adults and 4 smaller eaters)!

Skillet Chicken Parmesan

Here’s a printable version:

Skillet Chicken Parmesan

Skillet Chicken Parmesan

This is a great one-pan dinner to serve any night of the week and adapts to suit the diverse tastes of a big family!

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp. basil
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 4 split and boned chicken breasts (or two whole boneless breasts)
  • 3 8-ounce cans tomato sauce (no sugar, no salt)
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
  • extra salt and pepper for seasoning the chicken

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the basil, oregano, garlic and onion powders, salt and pepper. Mix. Set aside.
  2. Using a serrated or sharp bladed knife slice the chicken in half.
  3. You should have 8 slices total. Season with the extra salt and pepper.
  4. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the oil. Saute three chicken pieces at a time, to avoid overcrowding in the pan, about 5 minutes each side, until cooked all the way through. Remove and continue until all the chicken is cooked.
  5. Add the chicken back to the pan, overlapping the pieces. Pour the sauce over the top and sprinkle the spices over it all. Simmer covered for 5 minutes. Flip the chicken pieces over and sprinkle the cheese all over the top, cover and continue to simmer for another 2-3 minutes until the cheese is melted.
  6. Garnish with some chopped parsley and serve!

Notes

This serves 4 servings, of 2 half-cut breasts each person or 8 servings of 1-half cut breast. This recipe is easily doubled (or cut in half) and will serve my family of 6 (2 adults and 4 smaller eaters)!

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Make Ahead & Freeze Black Bean Taco Burgers

Make Ahead & Freeze Black Bean Taco Burgers #SundaySupper

The Sunday Supper folks are adding to your easy and healthy make ahead, freezable meals this week!

These taco bean burgers are the easiest way that I know to stay full and healthy for lunch, no matter what diet I am following. These are a fantastic source of protein and fiber, and are as satisfying as a meat-burger, without all the fat. Plus they make a lot (8-10) and freeze super well.

I make these all the time, and have them on hand to serve over a salad, on an english muffin or flat-bread, or just plain with a tomato and some mustard on top. This is very Advocare friendly. If you are not trying to eat super-duper healthy, but love veggie burgers, make this burger as the base for my Big Bean Mac– you won’t be sorry!

The-Bean-Mac

My “famous” Big Bean Mac is made with these Taco Burgers- so versatile and easy too!

I also have this recipe for Vegan Black Bean burgers, and for both recipes I use this technique which works great:

*I refrigerate the mixture for up to a half an hour.
*I use a 1/3 cup measure to form small, uniform patties.
*I let it cook on the bottom, until a crust forms, then I “flip & squish.” And then flip again.
*I make them on my griddle all at once, and then freeze to reheat in the microwave or on a skillet later.

So easy and so much healthier than store-bought veggie burgers! To make a traditional taco burger, you can garnish it with jack cheese, salsa, chili peppers, or whatever you’d enjoy on your tacos! The taco seasoning in these is what makes them special, and the simplicity of this makes it a repeat-recipe for sure, plus it is so great to have lunch on-hand from the freezer anytime!

Make Ahead & Freeze Black Bean Taco Burger

Make Ahead & Freeze Black Bean Taco Burgers

Make Ahead & Freeze Black Bean Taco Burgers

Ingredients

  • 1 15 oz. can black beans, undrained
  • 1/2 cup (or more) bread crumbs
  • 1 Tbsp. taco seasoning
  • 1 egg white

Instructions

    To make the burgers
  1. Open and pour without draining, your black beans into a large bowl. Add one egg white, 1/2 cup whole wheat bread crumbs, 1 Tbsp. taco seasoning. Blend with immersion blender or a potato masher. Add more breadcrumbs if needed (up to 1/2 cup more), to get a consistency that will form a patty.
  2. Heat a sprayed grill or saute pan, over medium heat.
  3. Shape patties, using a 1/3 measuring cup or a large scoop onto the pan. Do not press down. Wait until it has cooked 3-4 minutes and is lightly browned. Then flip and squish lightly with the back of the spatula. Continue to cook 3-4 minutes and then flip back over again until done.
  4. Remove to cool and then enjoy or freeze up to 3 months in a ziplock bag.
  5. To reheat:
  6. microwave: 30 seconds, flip over and microwave another 1 minute until hot.
  7. skillet: cook over medium 3-4 minutes per side, until heated through.
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Weeknight Vegetable Lasagna

Weeknight Vegetable Lasagna

No boil noodles. This is my answer for you. I know you were wondering, how the heck you were supposed to make Vegetable Lasagna on a weeknight?! No-boil noodles are my new favorite convenience food. That, and the 3 minute pasta. Pasta is fast already, you say? Well, for time-crunched crazy, 3 minute pasta has saved my a@# at least a few times this fall! I scoffed too, when I first saw it at the grocery store. “3-minute pasta? Isn’t pasta fast enough? How lazy are people?” Well…I tried it and now I am sold. Over to the dark side.

Feeding my kids a healthy dinner, has gotten WAY easier! Anyhoo…

For this lasagna, it is imperative that you have veggies. If your kids don’t eat them, like mine- well, I am sorry. I feel your pain. But consider this a good thing, because now,  you will have lots of leftovers for you and your husband to eat selfishly all week long, and your kids can eat 3 minute pasta with butter whenever they want to! Here’s what I did:

I sauteed the veggies:

1 zucchini, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced

Saute them in a pan, and season generously with salt and pepper- cook until they are soft.

Weeknight Vegetable Lasagna

While this is cooking, I mixed up the cheese:

16 oz. ricotta
8 oz. mozzarella, divided
1/2 cup parm
1 egg
1/8 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. basil
1/4 tsp. oregano
1/2 cup fresh parsely, chopped fine

Then I just layer with my favorite marinara sauce and the no-cook pasta sheets!

Weeknight Vegetable Lasagna

First Layer

Weeknight Vegetable Lasagna

Second Layer

Bake for 45 minutes at 375*, and you are eating! I have been in a hurry and done 400*, for 35 minutes- just sayin’.  Lasagna on a weeknight. You are so awesome! Even if your kids are eating buttered pasta.Weeknight Vegetable Lasagna

Here’s the printable recipe~

Weeknight Vegetable Lasagna

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Weeknight Vegetable Lasagna

For feeding a crowd or for a few with plenty of leftovers, this Vegetable Lasagna is a comforting and healthy meal that is easy enough for a weeknight!

Ingredients

    For the recipe
  • 1 tsp. oil
  • 9-10 sheets of oven-ready lasagna pasta sheets (one package)
  • 1 jar of marinara sauce or your favorite homemade sauce
  • Veggies
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Cheese Mixture
  • 16 oz. ricotta
  • 8 oz. mozzarella, divided to reserve half of this for the top of the lasagna
  • 1/2 cup parmesan shredded cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. basil
  • 1/4 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped fine

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375* (Skip this step if you are cooking this later)
  2. Spray a 9X13" pan and set aside.
  3. In a medium skillet, add 1 tsp. of oil and saute your veggies, seasoning with salt and pepper.
  4. While the veggies cook, mix your cheese mixture ingredients in a large bowl.
  5. When the veggies are soft, you can assemble the lasagna:
  6. In in 9X13" pan, and add a thin layer of marinara sauce. Place 3 sheets of pasta to cover the bottom- they will have a little space between them, and that's okay since they expand while cooking.
  7. Layer half of the cheese mixture on top of the pasta, then half the veggies. A second layer of the pasta, a little sauce, rest of cheese, rest veggies. The third layer is just three more (and I broke one in two to totally cover my dish) pasta sheets. Add about a cup of sauce on top. Sprinke the other 4 ounces of cheese on top and cover with foil.
  8. You can either put in the oven right away an cook at 375* for 45 minutes
  9. OR
  10. You can refrigerate this for up to 24 hours (YEA!) and cook the at 375* for 60 minutes.

Notes

Can prepare ahead and freeze or keep refrigerated, unbaked for up to 24 hours before cooking.

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Make it ahead- Heck, make two! One for me and one for you! One for the freezer and one for now! Enjoy!

Weeknight Vegetable Lasagna

A GREAT Meatless Monday meal!