Some days in life you just crave certain things. Tonight I was craving chicken parmesan. But let's be honest, this semester hasn't been good to my waist line - or maybe it's been TOO good. Either way, it's summer time which means it's time to slim down and shape up. So night I indulged my craving by making chicken parmesan as healthy as I will ever know how.
First - combine flour (use whole wheat if you have it), garlic powder and italian seasoning together for the breading. Pat dry your chicken breast and salt and pepper. After combining the flour mixture, add some grated parmesan to the breading. I did not use any kind of oil or egg, I just breaded the chicken as it was.
In a skillet on the stove, heat up some oil to prepare for the chicken. Lightly brown one side and then flip to brown the other side. Once both sides are semi-brown, place the skillet in the oven to continue baking. After 15 min, flip the chicken in the oven so both sides are cooked evenly.
Once the chicken is good throughly, add marinara sauce (I bought the kind I had a coupon for) and low-fat mozzarella cheese to the top of the chicken. Place the chicken back in the oven for the cheese to melt.
(Watch this part of the cooking process so you don't burn the cheese.)
After about 5 minutes or so, your chicken will be done! I like to place the chicken on some paper towels to remove the extra oil from the bottom of the chicken. After it sets for a moment, place it with sides of your choice.
Two Chicken Breast
1 cup of flour (whole wheat if you're looking to be extra healthy)
1/2 tablespoon of garlic powder
1 tablespoon of italian seasoning
1 tablespoon of shredded parmesan cheese
4 tablespoons of marinara sauce
2 tablespoons of grated mozzarella cheese
Salt & Pepper
3 tablespoons of oil
Add flour, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and shredded parmesan cheese to a bowl and mix.
Salt and pepper chicken breast
Season chicken breast with breading mixture
Heat oil in skillet on stove
Once the oil is ready, brown chicken on both sides
Pre-heat oven to 400 degree Fahrenheit
Cook for 15 min on one side, flip and cooke for 10 min more on the other side.
Remove skillet from oven and add marinara sauce to both chicken breast and top with mozzarella cheese.
Place the skillet back in the oven for 5 minutes to heat marinara sauce and melt cheese
Remove chicken from the oven and get ready to serve!
It's basically summertime in Arkansas. Besides heat that would make the devil blush, it's also the time for shorts, swimsuits and just general less clothing all around. For that reason, I've created myself a new playlist for days that I run (inside) or workout (inside). I guess I could also run and workout outside but it's hot. And I sneeze way too much.
Some of these songs you might wonder why on Earth any person would want to listen to - Justin Bieber - but the song is catchy, and when I'm running like a hamster on a treadmill I need something that keeps me going, and going, and going.
So, here are my fun, catchy songs for summertime to workout to ... share ... what are you listening to?
Mud. Sweat. Beer. Those are the three things that the Warrior Dash can promise you. 3.4 miles of rough terrain, uphill, through trenches, up walls, ropes, water and mud.
What I didn't expect was how much FUN it was going to be. For two hours I didn't think about email, tweeting, texting, calling, Facebooking, or what anyone else was doing.
While climbing a wall with a rope, or decking under barb wire, it was probably one of the most fun days of 2012. I wasn't worried about how long it took me, because I couldn't stop smiling and laughing about the ridiculous things I was putting myself through. When else in life would I WANT to crawl through mud under barb wire?
Sure, you can do the Warrior Dash as a solo act - but why not join together with friends and make t-shirts? Since college Annie (red bandana) has had the nickname SurlyPants. So when trying to come up with nicknames, we all just became pants, too. Allison was SaucyPants because she likes saucy words. I was SassyPants because I can be sassy with my attitude, Brooke was SmartyPants because she's smart, and Kelly was SansPants because (well I'm not 100% sure why) but she really liked it.
Our start time was supposed to be at 9:30 a.m. but we did anticipate the rain storm on the way down to Amity, Arkansas. Nor did we anticipate the long lines to park, the school bus ride to the race, or the time it would take to get our numbers, get situation, and prepare ourselves mentally. So instead we started at 10 a.m., which I think worked out better.
After an exciting time, interesting stories, and memories I will never forget, we finally got to the finish line. I could tell you about how Annie was kick-ass throughout the entire thing, how Allison kept saying, 'just a little bit more,' or how Brooke and I laughed about the ridiculousness of what we were doing, but those are memories that I want to keep (plus, you kinda had to be there).
After the crazy, we all got together to prove that we weren't afraid of a little mud. We did it. We did it together.
Some of us were so happy it was over.
Others (me) felt like we had to keep our Sassy going throughout the entire race.