Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Delicious and easy dinner idea

So tonight we had my mom over for dinner, which means I actually needed to make dinner and give it some thought! :) I had a recipe that I cut out of "Taste of Home" months ago, but had yet to try. Tonight was the opportunity. I needed to make something not too complicated or time consuming because I was dragging today. Too many nights of staying up too late- and then a sweet 8 week old who wakes me up at night to be fed on top of that.

So I decided on a Dijon Crusted Chicken Breasts, rice, brussel sprouts (I know lots of you are probably thinking- YUCK! But honestly? I love them!), and hot fruit.

I wish I had thought about this ahead of time and taken some pictures of the finished product since pictures speak volumes, but I didn't. Here is the recipe though:

Dijon Crusted Chicken Breasts  Click here for a picture
1/3 cup dry bread crumbs
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon reduced-fat margarine

~Place the first six ingredients in a shallow bowl. Brush chicken with mustard; roll in crumb mixture.
In a large nonstick skillet, cook chicken in oil and margarine over medium heat for 5-6 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer reads 170°. Makes 4 servings.

So I substituted butter for the margarine, and I cooked the chicken longer then the recipe said. (I am paranoid about getting salmonella!).

As I mentioned above, I served it with rice, brussel sprouts, and hot fruit. Hot fruit is something that my mom makes and I LOVE IT! It's simple, quick, and sort of like dessert. I used one can of peach halves and one can of pear halves. I drained the liquid, put all of the fruit in a 8 by 8 cooking dish. I sprinkled the fruit with brown sugar and cinnamon- and bake it for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

So that was dinner at our house tonight! We probably sat down to eat 40 minutes after I started making dinner (the rice was what took the longest). If you give this recipe a try, let me know what you think!


Cristina said...

Can't wait to try! I've never done hot fruit but it sounds yummy. Thanks for sharing.

CarrieC said...

Sounds fabulous!