And Dean Jones continues to be one of my favorite actors. So sorry he's gone.
But I've gone down a rabbit trail...let me see if I can make my way back.
Hmm. Chicken. Yes.
I am constantly looking for ways to combine the Trim Healthy Mama eating plan with my family's eating habits. It's usually a losing proposition, but they are generally happy with the main dishes. This recipe is one of those.
The original is from the new Trim Healthy Mama cookbook, but I've squeezed it into the ingredients I normally have in my pantry and my family's tastes. It is still a THM S meal - meaning lower carb. And we all love lower carb meals, don't we?
Here's my version of this yummy dish:
Chicken with Herby Sauce
(serves 4 - you can double the recipe to serve a larger family)
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1 Tablespoon dried parsley
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
More Parmesan cheese for topping
Put all of the ingredients except the chicken and the extra Parmesan cheese in a small bowl and mix thoroughly.
Place the chicken breasts in a greased baking dish.
Top the chicken with the herby sauce, then sprinkle generously with Parmesan cheese.
Bake at 425° for 25-30 minutes, or until the topping is browned and melty.
*Note - my chicken pieces were quite thick and even though they were done, they were a little tough. The next time, I'll slice them in half to make thinner pieces, and they will cook better.
I made pasta seasoned with butter, garlic and Parmesan for the family, and whipped up some sauteed zucchini noodles for me. We also had a big salad on the side and fruit for dessert. It was a delicious (and healthy!) summer meal.
Speaking of healthy, last Friday night my dear husband and I hiked a trail we had never taken before at Custer State Park. It is called "The Prairie Trail," and it is beautiful. So different from some of the trails we've hiked.
This is prairie, but it's on top of the hills in Custer State Park.
When we got to the half-way point on our three-mile hike, we were rewarded with this view.
That field down there is full of prairie dogs. Let me see if we can get a closer view...I took this picture with my phone...
There. The big round spots of dirt are buffalo wallows. The big animals roll and scratch and roll some more to get the dust deep into their fur to help with their constant insect problem.
But the little mounds of dirt are prairie dog holes. If you look very carefully you can even see a prairie dog or two standing up. They were barking to beat the band, even though we were a good fifty to a hundred yards away!
It was a good hike, and off the beaten trail. But that will be our last visit to the Hills for a couple weeks. It's Rally time. We stay home and let the Bikers enjoy the Hills during their visit to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
And then, by mid-August, we get our Hills back. Peace and quiet again!
One more thing! I can't forget that Mattie will be coming to a store near you on September 20, 2016. But you can preorder it now, wherever books are sold...or you can just follow the link!
Jan Drexler loves her family, her home, cooking and just about anything made by hand. But she loves her Lord most of all.
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