Meal Planning Monday: Chicken Parm

Welcome to a new week of

 

I have to admit, we did cheat and eat out once last week. I know, I know…we failed. Matt and I joked about crossing out the intended meal for the days we “fail” and eat out, and write a huge F-A-I-L across it instead.

Hey, that just goes to show that we are human just like anyone else who tries the meal planning, menu-writing system, and that the system is not fail-proof. Planning weekly menus is a great way to help prevent you from spending extra money on eating out, and is a great way to reduce the amount of food that is wasted in your home BUT that does not mean you will never go off of the menu or waste food. Like I said, we are all human. Humans are not perfect, so don’t expect to be! (unless you are not human, then by all means: expect differently!)

Okay, this week’s yummy recipe (Tuesday’s entree) is EXTREMELY simple. I truly believe that chefs of all experience levels can pull this one off, and that it is pretty hard to go wrong with.

Every Tuesday, the Parry household is host to a weekly game night, which means we usually eat dinner after everyone goes home. Well, last week, we couldn’t wait to eat so I ended up making dinner for everyone. This recipe is seriously so simple that it wasn’t a hassle at all to put together a meal for 6 people. the recipe literally called for four ingredients. FOUR. So, if you are planning out your menu for the week and you know there will be a day when you’ll have to really whip something easy up, this is the recipe for you. Granted, it takes about an hour to make, but 90% of the time is spent letting the food cook in the oven while you are free to play games, get ready for an event or meeting, clean the house, etc.

Here’s your recipe!

Chicken Parm

Ingredients:

  • 4 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts (quantity of one chicken breast per person, assuming each person will eat one. You can also decrease or increase that quantity in needed!)
  • One 32oz Jar of Pasta Sauce
  • Oil for Coating the Pan
  • Enough Sheep Cheese (I used slices of a white sheep cheese, but mozzarella works great!) to cover the top of each chicken breast in a single layer

Directions:

  1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees, and coat a cookie sheet with oil
  2. Spread a thin layer of pasta sauce across the cookie sheet, then place chicken breasts on top of the sauce
  3. Place in oven for 45 minutes, then slice the cheese if it is not already sliced
  4. Remove from oven, then flip each chicken breast. Cover each breast with the remaining pasta sauce, and a layer of cheese on top of the sauce
  5. Return to the oven for 15 minutes, or until cheese is completely melted
  6. Ensure that the chicken is thoroughly cooked, serve, and enjoy!

**Because I am a vegetarian and did not have a ton of vegetarian protein options for chicken substitutions, I used a veggie burger patty and followed the same directions. If you are vegetarian or staying away from certain meats, this is a great alternative!

As stated before, this recipe is extremely simple. If you are hosting dinner and wish to keep the kitchen clean, you certainly can achieve that with this low-mess recipe. Few dishes are required, as well as few ingredients, so there really shouldn’t be much to clean up!

Happy eating, happy meal-planning, and happy almost-Spring!

xoxo
Mrs. Parry

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