Friday, January 23, 2009

The Monotony of Cooking

As a woman who works at home, home schools and takes care of the farm, I find that planning meals is sometimes a chore. I enjoy cooking, but fall into a rut fixing the same tried and true dishes over and over again. If I get sick of it, I can only imagine how my poor family feels.

I recently had a storm in my brain as we call it around here, to have a theme week. It gives me a guideline on where to go and the family is wild about it. It challenged me to get creative. Recently we had Mexican week. It included chicken fajitas, tacos, taco salad, chili, baked potatoes with taco toppings. Then this week we are having Italian week. Chicken Parmesan was a huge hit. See the recipe below! Homemade Lasagna was a fun afternoon in the kitchen with the kids each working at a station. I saved the best for Grandmother's Spaghetti and Meatballs!

Dinner discussion has become "idea time" on all the possibilities for theme weeks. This is a lot of fun. Also, it makes grocery shopping easier as you use many of the same items in related dishes.

Try it may surprise you!

Printed from COOKS.COM
4-6 chicken breasts
Italian dressing for marinating chicken
2 cups bread crumbs
1/2 cup Parmesan
garlic powder
salt and pepper
mozzarella cheese
spaghetti sauce
oil with 3 tbls. butter

Marinate chicken breasts for 1/2 hour in Italian dressing add Parmesan to bread crumbs and garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste. Dip marinated chicken into bread crumb mixture and add enough oil with butter in pan for frying until brown on both sides.
Preheat oven to 375F degree.
After browning, place chicken in shallow baking pan and pour any kind of spaghetti sauce of your liking over chicken. Add enough mozzarella cheese to cover and bake at 350 for 45 minutes.
If you have sauce left over cook linguine noodles, drain add sauce add 3/4 cup mozzarella and Parmesan for a side dish.


Anonymous said...

Kim here. Love your idea about having a theme night. I may give this a try!
Also... love the first blog with your Granparents!
So proud of you!

LORI said...

Yum! Yum! Theme Week sounds rather tasty!! Hope you all are doing well!!