Last night's dinner was a winner all around! Delicious, cheesy, summer-y AND Healthy!!! I made "healthier" chicken parm & a 'non spaghetti' side dish... ;)
For the chicken parm, I started by heating about 6 cloves of chopped garlic (what?? Is that so wrong?? :) in a pan with a little olive oil. In the pan, I added a pint of halved cherry tomatoes and let them cook until they broke it down...broke it down to Chinatown....;)
I added about a half a cup of chopped basil to the tomatoes JUST as they were about done.
Meanwhile, I trimmed and pounded 2 chicken breasts, seasoned them with a little salt & pepper and threw them on the grill until they were cooked through. Next I topped each chicken with a little of the tomato/basil "gravy"....
And then I added the chicken to the rest of the tomatoes and added a slice of the LOVELY smoked mozzarella to each piece. I turned the heat on low and covered the pan with aluminum foil....
And about 5 minutes later...cheesy deliciousness!! :)
Perfection! The only vice in this whole dish is the one slice of cheese (you could always use low-fat, fat free or even no cheese at all if you wanted to REALLY "non-guilt" this baby up), but the good quality cheese just made the dish. Chicken parm with fresh flavors rather than the hundreds of extra calories from breading & frying = win/win! :)
And I was looking for a 'slim Italian side,' so I reached for my favorite "Skinny Italian" NJ housewife's new book and made the Zucchini Spaghetti Salad. I STILL can't even believe this actually worked!
First I julienned 2 zucchini into thin 'spaghetti slices' with a mandolin....
And mixed the 'spaghetti' with a little olive oil & lemon juice, salt & pepper and the KEY ingredient: FRESH CHOPPED BASIL (DO NOT SKIP IT!...Like the cheese, this MADE the dish!) Let it sit in the fridge to chill and soak up the flavors and ...That's it! I never even knew you could eat zucchini raw...but this was a perfect summer 'spaghetti' side:)
Ok, ok...I doubt my Grandmom would eat "zucchini spaghetti,' but it's not a bad healthy substitute for a random weeknight! We loved it!
Can you believe it's Thursday already? This week is FLYING by! They all need to be like this;)