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Table Talk » Cook with What You Have Challenge - Days 9 & 10 Chicken Parmesan & Rioja Chicken
Monday was Day 9 of my Cook with What You Have Challenge. Dinner went into the crockpot first thing Monday morning. Rioja Chicken, based on this recipe from Cooking Light. I use boneless, skinless chicken thighs and I don't dredge them in flour. I also use orange zest instead of lemon zest. On Monday, I used dried apricots instead of prunes, because I had apricots. My plan was to cook rice and broccoli at dinner time. Dinner got a bit discombobulated Monday night because I cut my thumb badly while I was working and ended my day at the local urgent care facility with four stitches in my thumb. Dinner was the last thing on my mind when I got home. I pulled a bag of Steamfresh rice out of the freezer instead of cooking rice and Tom cooked the broccoli. We both liked this dish with the apricots instead of prunes and I wouldn't hesitate to make that substitution again. Gone from the larder are a package of frozen chicken thighs. a package of Steamfresh rice, an open jar of olives, and an open bottle of Rioja wine. Sorry no pictures.
For Day 10, Chicken Parmesan with pasta and sauce and green beans were the plan. My store hasn't had loose green beans since the end of last week and a 2 pound bag of trimmed green beans was $6.99!!!! The produce manager told me the store's green bean suppliers got hit hard with frost damage and that green beans would be scarce and expensive for a while. I had the makings of salad at home and decided on salad instead of pricey green beans. Cooking with a throbbing and heavily bandaged thumb was interesting and very slow. I made the chicken parm and cooked the pasta and tossed it with sauce, but left the salad for Tom to make.
My chicken parmesan recipe is based on Cooking Light's Champion Chicken Parmesan, only I use my homemade marinara sauce (from the freezer), bread crumbs instead of flour in the breading, and I bake the cutlets instead of frying them. After baking them until they are almost fully cooked, I top them with sauce and cheese and return them to oven to finish. Light and delicious. I used up a quart of frozen marinara sauce. I finished two partial boxes of Barilla Plus spaghetti(!!!!). A package of three frozen chicken breast halves, and an open bag of shredded Italian blend cheese. Another delicious meal from my pantry. No pictures of this meal either.
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Those supplies are dwindling! Yippee! Takes more than stitches to keep you down, Patti. I hope you heal quickly.
Way to soldier on despite injury. Sorry to hear about your thumb - I know what a pain it is to try and function with a bum thumb. Hope it heals nice and quick!
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