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Chicken Parmigiana in a Pouch

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Here’s another really easy “pouch” recipe! These are so easy that absolutely no skill is required!

Ingredients:

1/2 lb. asparagus, washed and trimmed

Olive oil to taste

1 garlic clove, minced

1 chicken breast

Shredded mozzarella cheese

1/2 c. tomato sauce

Fresh basil leaves

Parchment paper

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400.

Place asparagus in a mixing bowl and coat with olive oil. Add some salt and pepper, and the minced garlic. Mix well. Place it on the bottom of a piece of parchment paper large enough to fold over into a pouch.

Place the chicken breast on top. Season with salt and pepper. Top with the tomato sauce, mozzarella and basil leaves.

Fold up the pouch and place it in a baking sheet.

Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes or until the chicken registers 165 internal temperature.

 

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Roasted Carrot & Tomato Basil Soup

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This is perfect for a cold winter’s day – the flavors are sweet and subtle. Serve it with some crunchy French bread!

Ingredients:

1 large onion, thinly sliced

2 lb. plum tomatoes, halved lengthwise

1 lb. carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch rounds

2 whole garlic heads

Water

Milk

Fresh basil, thinly sliced

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400. Cut off the head of the garlic heads and drizzle with olive oil. Place them in an oven proof dish and cover tightly. Place them in the oven for about 50 minutes.

Place the rest of the vegetables on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast them for about 50 minutes, turning them a few times, until they are soft and brown.

Squeeze out the garlic and place it in a saucepan. Add the rest of the vegetables. Add 2 cups of water. Using an immersion blender, blend everything together. Cook until hot. Add the milk as needed until you reach the desired consistency. Season with more salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for about 10 minutes. Add in the basil and mix altogether.

Garlic Chicken & Spaghetti Squash

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Cutting the squash was the hardest part of this recipe, but I found a way that saved my fingers from getting cut off! This recipe also works with just the chicken breasts, and no squash. The chicken is very flavorful!

Ingredients:

1 spaghetti squash

1 lb. thin cut chicken breasts, pounded thin

6 roma or San Marzano tomatoes, chopped

5 cloves of garlic, chopped

Handful of chopped olives

1/4 c. butter

Fresh basil, chopped

Salt & pepper to taste

Parmesan cheese, grated

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375.

Score the spaghetti squash lengthwise all the way around, making sure you puncture holes into the center. Microwave for about 6 minutes.

Cut off the ends of the squash. Cut the squash along the score lines (it will be a lot easier to cut it now after microwaving). Remove the threads and seeds inside. Brush the insides with olive oil and place, cut side down, on a foil line baking sheet.

Bake in the oven for about 45 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat some oil in a frying pan. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper and place in the frying pan. Cook for about 3 minutes on each side. Remove and keep warm.

Add the tomatoes to the pan. Simmer on low for about 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Add the garlic, butter and olives to the tomatoes. Cook for a few minutes until the garlic is fragrant. Add back the chicken breasts and cook for a few minutes. Turn off the heat and add the basil leaves. Keep it all covered until the squash is ready and plated.

When the squash is done, take it out of the oven and being really careful, shred the inside with a fork, pulling out all the “spaghetti” strings. Plate it and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Top with the chicken breasts and sauce.