My family is Greek and Italian, therefore Mediterranean flavors are in our blood. The specific ingredient that my clan can’t get enough of is the modest tomato.
My dad is a huge tomato gardener, and has spent the past 22 years (that’s only as long as I can vouch for) perfecting the heavenly fruit — remember, tomatoes are fruits not vegetables.
I vote his Cherokee purple heirlooms best in show, but all of his varieties are delicious. So delicious, in fact, that cooking them down into a sauce or smothering them over a pizza is a waste. The only way to truly understand the perfection known as my father’s tomatoes is to enjoy them in simple form.
I’m partial to housing them down with just a sprinkle of salt, but here’s a recipe that everyone can love (even if you don’t have access to my father’s tomatoes — although he does handout seedling like frozen yogurt samples).
I love chicken Parmesan, but I mean, who doesn’t? There’s nothing better than a pan-fried, breaded chicken cutlet smothered with mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce.
As much as I wish I could eat chicken Parm daily, it’s not a particularly waistline friendly dish.
With that in mind, I made it my mission to make a healthier version of my favorite meal. That way, I could eat it every night without having to buy bigger pants. Here’s what I came up with.
Healthier Chicken Parmesan
Ingredients: (Serves 2)
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 4 tablespoons of jarred bruschetta
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1/4 cup shredded low-fat mozzarella
- salt and pepper to taste
Love chicken? Love pesto? Love mozzarella? If you’ve answered yes to all of these, then this chicken recipe is for you. I invented it one night when I had an excess of pesto sauce and it’s quickly turned into one of my favorites. Here’s what you’ll need.
Chicken Rollotini with Pesto and Mozzarella Ingredients: (Serves 2)
- 1 large chicken breast (split into two)
- 1 jar of pesto sauce
- 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- salt and pepper
- 4 toothpicks
Step 1: Preheat oven to 450 degrees.