Sunday, February 28, 2010

Winner Dinner #1

We have this idea in our family called winner dinners. These dinners have to meet some pretty stringent standards. It has to be fast and easy, healthy, all 4 of us have to like it, and the kids have to like it enough to eat it quickly. If it meets all those requirements, it receives the prestigious title of a "Winner Dinner."

So I thought I'd share the Winner Dinner we had last night.

Winner Dinner #1
(Fix the potatoes first so they can be baking while the chicken is cooking.)

Easy Parmesan Garlic Chicken
½ cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
1 env. Italian Salad Dressing Mix
6 boneless, skinless Chicken Breast Halves
½ tsp Garlic Powder
Olive Oil
Heat olive oil in skillet. Mix garlic powder and salad dressing mix. Moisten chicken with water, coat with garlic and dressing mix. Place in hot skillet. Cook chicken on medium high (almost high) until cooked through, turning chicken to cook both sides. Turn heat down to medium. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over chicken and heat till cheese is melted. Serves 6.

Roasted Fingerling Potatoes
-1. 2 pounds fingerling potatoes
-1. 5-8 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
-1. 3 tablespoons olive oil
-1. 1 ½ teaspoons lemon juice
-1. 1/2 teaspoon dried leaf thyme
-1. Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Heat oven to 450°. Grease a large shallow baking dish with olive oil or spray with olive oil spray.
Scrub potatoes and cut large ones in half. In a large bowl, combine the garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, thyme, salt and pepper. Toss potatoes with the garlic and oil mixture. Arrange the coated potatoes in a single layer in the prepared pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until potatoes are tender.
Serves 4.

Spinach and Tomato Salad.
Fresh Baby spinach and fresh tomatoes mixed together. Serve with ranch dressing for the kids!

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