Lazy Man’s Chicken Parm Sub

Chicken Parmesan is, by no means, a complicated undertaking. It’s basically flour, egg wash, breadcrumbs, tomato sauce, and cheese—and BADA BING, BADA BOOM, you got your dish. However, when my stomach’s angrily demanding me to feed it, I often revise recipes in order to quickly appease the voracious monster.

In this case, I 86’d both the flour and egg wash. I pounded the chicken breast slightly, sprinkled both sides liberally with salt, pepper, and Italian seasonings, and coated it in seasoned breadcrumbs. Then, I browned the chicken in a pan before popping it into the oven at 375 degrees, topped with some leftover jarred tomato sauce and a blend of parmesan, asiago, and mozzarella cheeses. I baked it until it was bubbly and the chicken was cooked all the way through, then laid it lovingly on top of a whole wheat kaiser roll and some romaine lettuce. Use your favorite bread and whatever greens you have (spinach would be good, too).

Twas a messy but nummy lunch.

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Kid Approved Sesame Peanut Noodles

My fridge looks like it’s been mugged. I ran out of bread last night, I’m on my last dreg of orange juice, and I haven’t gone grocery shopping in two weeks. I didn’t feel like going to the market, as I’ll be leaving soon for New Orleans to revel in bountiful food, dranks, and debauchery. However, I did manage to whip up lunch from the ingredients I still had on hand. Fortunately, my sad, slightly wilted green onions were still salvageable.

*Props if you caught the awesome alliteration.

I enjoyed these noodles, although the mixture was quite thick. The only change I made was to combine the pasta + sauce immediately instead of letting the pasta cool. Next time I’ll thin the sauce a bit and add some sort of protein to the dish.

Sesame Peanut Noodles
Adapted from here.

  • 6 oz dry pasta
  • 1/3 cup reduced fat peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tbsp ketchup
  • 3 tbsp hoisin
  • 2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • scallions

Cook the pasta (I used whole wheat spaghetti). Combine everything else except the scallions and warm until all the ingredients meld together. Pour the sauce on your pasta and top with sliced scallions.

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