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Hi there! I'm a mom of 3 boys and happily married to my husband for the past 13 yrs! I work full time and try and take care of everything home related as well- basically I'm tired and loving life! I love to try new things- especially cooking! I love the outdoors, music, old movies, church, and my family!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Dinner rush made easy

I tried this recipe a few weeks ago and the best part besides it being tasty, healthy, and easy... I already had everything at home in my kitchen! Best news ever, for any mom at dinner time and you don't know what to make.

Alyssa @ http://therecipecritic.com  helped me with this nice one pan (sweet not as many dishes) meal for my family the other night;  Crispy Parmesan Garlic Chicken with Zucchini.

What a perfect match- Chicken and zucchini! Two foods I love. Now I know what you're thinking... you got your boys to eat zucchini... no I did not. BUT, I did make it a little more of a kid friendly dinner. If you've read my blog... I tweak recipes all the time to fit my family and if you're new, WELCOME! and I tweak recipes all the time or I give you ideas on how to tweak them. So, on to my tweaking:

First: you can easily make this gluten free by using gluten free flour and you could always use panko crumbs instead of the bread crumbs. What's the difference you ask? Not much except for panko is made from white bread and bread crumbs are made from a variety of breads. The texture is also a different and panko has pretty much no taste so make sure you have Italian seasoning in your cupboard if you plan on making this. Panko also absorbs less oil than bread crumbs making it a little more crunchy and crispy.

Second, the zucchini: This is a side for most people because it is a veggie, but... it is a "good" carb. So if you are doing a cleaner eating than no worries about this next tweak, you've got your carbs covered for the night. My kids, don't eat much of the zucchini other than the 2 bites that is required of them. So this meal paired nicely with penne noodles tossed in a light Alfredo sauce (for me that night it, came out of a jar- nothing super fancy)

So far we have our entree, veggie side, and pasta. Pretty complete meal but it's always nice to serve an "Italian" dinner with garlic bread (from the freezer, because that's how I roll lol- get it? roll) anyway.....

If you're kids aren't big on the zucchini, add a salad or some cooked carrots, or a baked sweet potato. Any of those would go great with this meal.

Hope you all try this recipe and enjoy it!

For the full recipe please visit the link below the picture.

                                                 Photo credit: www.therecipecritic.com