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Cheesy Chicken Parmesan 

This is hands-down one of our favorite dishes to make. Chicken Parmesan is so easy and always tastes delish! There are a couple of tricks that you must do to make this the most mouth-watering recipe ever!

First tip is to crisp up the cheese before you serve. You’ll want to broil during the last few minutes so you get the cheese nice and brown and bubbly. YUM making me hungry now 🙂

Another tip is to make your own tomato sauce vs. using one from the jar. This will make a HUGE flavor difference. Again, similar to the fajita spice mix, you can make a large batch and freeze to have on hand for future uses.

The other important technique is to use panko vs. bread crumbs. This gives the breading a crunchier and lighter texture rather than a heavier, gooey bread texture.

So here is how we make chicken parmesan:

Ingredients:

-4 thinly-sliced chicken breasts (If you buy the larger breasts, I suggest slicing them in half)
-homemade tomato sauce
-panko bread crumbs
-1 egg, beaten
-s&p to taste
-mozzarella cheese
-shredded parmesan cheese
-fresh basil

Salt and pepper the chicken breasts and set aside. Beat one egg and place onto a plate. Add a generous amount of panko crumbs on a separate plate. Coat the chicken with egg by dipping both sides into the egg mixture. Immediately coat with panko crumbs and place into a lightly greased 13×9 glass dish.

Once the chickie has been panko’d, not a word but I like it 🙂 spoon the desired amount of sauce over the tops. I put just enough to make a thin layer rather than having the sauce spill over the sides, this might make it soggy.Blah.

Place the sliced mozzarella on top of the sauce, you can either use fresh or the firmer one, up to you.

Pop in the oven and bake for approximately 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Once the chicken is cooked through, turn your oven on broil, now is the time to perfect that cheese topping! Broil until the cheese turns golden brown and begins to bubble. Remove dish from oven and let it rest for a few minutes. Sprinkle with fresh basil and serve it up!

We usually serve chicken parmesan with a side of steamed broccoli and/or a garden salad. You can also boil some noodles and serve with your amazing homemade tomato sauce you just made 🙂 Enjoy.

From Our Kitchen to Yours, 

Melissa & Greg 

Chinese Green Bean Turkey Stir Fry

All I can say is the first time I made this dish I thought to myself….this girl can cook! I had never ventured much into making Asian cuisine, other than a basic stir fry and even then I still relied on my hubby and talented chef, Greg, to assist with the intricate details, not-so-easy-to-find ingredients and prep work. 

I’m always looking for fun ways to spice up the week with a good ground turkey recipe. I have found that substituting ground beef or other meats with ground turkey can be just as delicious and has wonderful health benefits.

Don’t let the label fool you, when purchasing ground turkey look for “ground turkey breast” vs. “ground turkey”. There  is a difference, believe me! The generic ground turkey uses all cuts and types of the turkey including white & dark meat, trimmings and the skin. If you are looking for the healthiest, cleanest version splurge the extra few cents for the ground turkey BREAST.


This dish is great for a weeknight throw-together and tastes just a perfect as the time it takes to make. So as I expanded my culinary horizon and ventured out of my “norm”, it resulted in a keeper of a recipe that will be sure on my dinner calendar throughout the year.

1lb ground turkey breast
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp ground ginger
1 lb green beans – trimmed and cut in halves
1 small bunch of green onions – thinly sliced
2 1/2 tbsp chili garlic sauce
2 1/2 tbsp hoisin sauce
1 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
1 1/2 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp sesame oil

Heat the sesame oil in large saute pan. Add the chopped green onion and garlic. Cook until fragrant but keep a close eye so the garlic doesn’t burn. Add the ground turkey breast

Once the turkey is cooked through, add the chili garlic sauce, hoisin sauce and ground ginger. Cook to heat through. Add the green beans, soy sauce and rice vinegar. Cook over medium heat until the green beans are at preferred doneness.

Serve over steamed white rice. Bon Appetite