Skillet Chicken Parmesan (TMP Photo/April McKinney)
It is the season for new beginnings, and, for many of us, that means getting back on track with a healthy diet after the holidays.
I believe that being healthy is a lifestyle choice. A strict diet is a great way to lose weight, but maintaining weight loss seems to be the toughest part for most of us.
I have discovered that restricting yourself completely from foods you enjoy can lead to overeating and, eventually, leads to giving up on the diet completely. This is why I believe cooking at home is so important.
By cooking your own meals and staying away from overly processed foods, you are able to control your diet and still enjoy the foods you love.
This chicken Parmesan recipe is a perfect example of a comfort food that is lightened up and still tastes delicious. And did I mention it takes about 15 minutes to prepare?
If you were to order chicken Parmesan at a restaurant, there is no way it would fit a strict diet. It is usually deep fried and smothered in cheese.
However, by making the dish at home, you can enjoy it without feeling like you have blown your healthy eating streak.
My answer to getting healthy: Cook your own real food because it really does work wonders.
Skillet Chicken Parmesan
From start to finish: 15 minutes
1 1/2 pounds chicken cutlets
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 cup marinara sauce
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/3 cup Italian cheese
2 tablespoons fresh basil
In a shallow bowl or dish, stir together flour, garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Place a large skillet over medium high heat with 1 tablespoon of oil. Place the flour mixture beside the skillet and dredge each cutlet through the seasoned flour on both sides.
Then place the cutlets in the hot skillet. Cook for 5 minutes, and add the remaining tablespoon of oil and flip the chicken. Then, cook for another 5 minutes.
Turn the heat down to low, and spoon some of the marinara sauce onto each cutlet before sprinkling each evenly with the cheeses. Afterward, place the lid on the skillet for no longer than 2 minutes so that the cheese can melt.
Once that is complete, top with the fresh basil. Serve immediately with a fresh salad.
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