Do you know when you start that low-carb diet, how they tell you to lay off the booze for a while? Do you know why? It's not because booze is packed with sugar, it's because proteins do not absorb vodka as well as a bowl of pasta would, and if you decide to sit down with a good movie and a rather large glass full of your favorite cocktail, you probably won't remember much between your third slurp, the bird's eye view of your toilet, and your pillow.
However, being O+, I function much better in life if I drop the carbs. Too bad I'd rather have mashed potatoes than oxygen. Sucks to be me, yo. But when I stepped on the scale two Sundays ago, a year and a half after rocking some very hot size 4 jeans and saw 160? I decided to break up with Ding Dongs.
So, here I sit, down 10 pounds already, watching JFK on the tv (45 years already? Dag) trying really hard to will myself out of a wicked hangover, and posting this a day late. Maybe I should get to that already, huh?
Chicken Parmesan is my mostest favoritest dinner in the whole freaking world. Not so totally compatible with a low carb diet, though, unless you tweak it a bit. You dredge chicken breasts pounded thin (or sliced in half through the middle, I'm lazy) in eggs and flour.
Normally, you'd also dredge them through breadcrumbs, but I had to leave out the bread crumbs *sob* so I subbed them with grated parm (just the Kraft stuff), salt and pepper, and extra basil and oregano.
By the way, it's really nice to hide yourself little messages in your kitchen that will totally crack you up when you stumble on them later.
You fry those chicken breasts in a pan with hot olive oil until they are JUST done, no more than that. After that, you load the chicken breasts into a 9X13 glass pan, pile them up with marinara and cheese (I use that 4 cheese Italian pre-grated blend, also lazy)
and bake them until the cheese is really melted and a little brown on top, maybe 10 minutes? Since I'm on that stupid diet, I didn't make the pot of pasta I'd usually throw under the chicken before I served it, I just made green beans instead. And you know what?
It kicked ASS. See all Lotus' Weekly Winners here, and all the Super Saturday Suppers recipes here.