Baked Parmesan Lemon Chicken with Sauteed Spinach

I like to buy chicken breasts cutlets. This way you don’t have to “pound” it. Dip breasts in a mixture of egg white and water, then bread in a zip-top bag with a mixture of panko bread crumbs and parmesan cheese and seasoning, Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. Saute some spinach with garlic and olive oil and place the chicken over the spinach and squeeze with lemon. Healthy and Great.

Valentine Steak and Shrimp

Here’s a cute idea for Valentine Dinner. You want something easy to cook that will please your partner and be kinda special without wearing you out. Sear a couple of seasoned steaks in a pan with olive oil until cooked to your liking. Let rest for 5 minutes. While the steaks are resting toss some shrimp with olive oil and seasoning and sautee for a couple of minutes until pink and slightly curled. Place two shrimp on the steaks to form a heart. Awwwww.

Chicken stuffed with Cream Cheese and wrapped with Bacon

This is one of my very favorite dishes EVER. This is so easy (3 ingredients) and the flavors are PERFECT together. Take a small boneless chicken breast (or cut a large one in half) and cut a slit thru the largest area. Stuff with cream cheese, season and wrap it with bacon strips. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes then broil until browned. These can even be put together in advance and kept in the fridge or freezer. Simply thaw and bake. Everyone loves this!

Crock Pot Potatoes Y’all Gratin

This is the southern way. Coat crockpot with cooking spray and add a layer of sliced potatoes. Dot with butter and splash with half and half and seasonings then shredded cheese. Continue the layers ending with the shredded cheese. Cook on low if you have lots of time or high if you want to eat in a few hours. TIP: You can slice your potatoes earlier that day or even a few days before and keep in fridge in water. Dry before using. This really makes it easy.

Baked Eggs

I really consider this “Layered Eggs” because that’s exactly what you do. I coat a ramekin with cooking spray and layer with bread (you can skip this). It can be half a biscut, a leftover roll, some torn day old bread, etc.., then add meat such as bacon, sausage, leftover steak or ground beef, then crack an egg. You can break the yolk or not. The next layer is veggies (if you want). I like leftover asparagus or broc or spinach or a slice of tomatoe. Sprinkle some cheese and bake. I put mine in the toaster oven for about 20 minutes and this is fantastic and ranges from about 200-400 calories. Great way to start the day!

Pasta with Meat Sauce

Everyone loves this!…Even Vegatarians because you can use soy crumbles instead of meat. If you use meat, use very lean ground beef and brown with onion and garlic and your favorite tomatoe sauce. Read the ingredients and don’t buy the ones with sugar and artificial ingredients. Simmer until ready to serve over your favorite pasta. My family loves Dreamfield’s angel hair. This is a great way to use a healthier pasta such as a whole wheat. Your family will never know the difference because of the hearty meat sauce. The secret is to drain the pasta and add to the sauce before serving. Top with red pepper flakes and parmesan cheese. Wonderful.

Roasted Chicken with Lemon and Garlic

How Comforting! Rinse and dry chicken. Don’t forget to take out the neck and giblets. Rub with olive oil and seasonings. Peel garlic cloves (as much or as little as you like. I like tons!) and put in the cavity, under the skin and in the pan. Don’t worry they will caramelize. Do the same with lemon. Cover and bake. If you have time to do this early, heat very low until ready. If you don’t have as much time, cook at a higher temp. About 45 minutes before serving, take off the tin foil and the chicken will brown. Let stand a few minutes before slicing. You house will smell amazing!

How to make a Cake

I didn’t say “How to bake a cake” because anyone can do that if you read the directions on a box of cake. I love to make a cake for someone and people seem to really love receiving cakes. If you prefer to make your cake from scratch or not or my favorite option which is to “doctor” a cake mix, the secret is to freeze the layers. I do this anywhere from a month before to the day before. Just wrap cooled layers in plastice and freeze until ready to frost. The cake will frost without crumbling and thaw soon after decorating. Fresh and more fun than doing it all at one time.

French Dip Aus Jus

Everyone in my family loves French Dip and of course the best part is the Aus Jus. I never made it at home because I just didn’t know how. My sister Lisa who is an amazing cook gave me the scoop. It’s simple…and better than a restaurant. Just purchase sliced roast beef and hogie rolls from the deli section of the groc store. Put beef broth, seasonings and garlic in a pot and warm, add the roast beef to the pot and simmer until ready to put on the heated rolls. Top with a slice of your favorite cheese and broil to melt. Serve with the Aus Jus on the side and enjoy dipping. This is AMAZING!