Healthy Chicken Parmesan

Chicken parmesan is a dish that can be revamped easily, eliminating all of the butter, oil and excess fat from the dish.  Here's my version of a slimmed down Chicken Parmesan.  It's quick and can be done in under 45 minutes.  I portioned out the recipe for one so make sure to prep accordingly if you're cooking for more than one.

1 chicken breast, pounded thin
1 thin slice of fresh mozzarella cheese (I like Bel Gioioso)
pinch grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup marinara sauce (pick one low in sugar)
little less than 1/4 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
salt and pepper to taste
optional: pinch of chopped fresh basil

Preheat the oven to 425.  
Combine the breadcrumbs and grated parmesan cheese.  Coat both sides of the chicken breast with the breadcrumb and cheese mixture.  Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and place the chicken on the baking sheet. Bake for about 30 minutes. Turn them once, about 20 minutes in.  After chicken is done cooking turn the oven off.  Remove the chicken and top with marinara sauce and slice of mozerella cheese.  Sprinkle salt, pepper and oregano on top.  If you have chopped fresh basil add a pinch of that on top for extra flavor. Place the chicken topped with sauce and cheese back in the oven and let sit in the warm oven a few minutes until the cheese melts.
You can serve this on its own or atop a small serving of while wheat spaghetti for a satisfying and slimmed down meal. Serves 1.

Shrimp Avocado Tacos

These Shrimp Tacos are seriously delicious.  They're simple to make and if you buy your shrimp cooked then it only takes about 15 minutes to throw together. Enjoy!

2 small Tortillas
6 large cooked shrimp
1/4 Teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup broccoli slaw
Salt and pepper to season
1/4 Cup chopped fresh cilantro
juice of one lime
half an avocado 

Heat a skillet over medium heat and add olive oil and crushed red pepper. Once pan is hot, add the shrimp and saute until both sides are cooked and golden brown.  Add the broccoli slaw to the pan and cook about 1 minute.
In a small bowl, mash the avocado and then mix in lime juice in cilantro.  Stir until combined. Season with Salt and pepper.
Heat tortillas up and then add shrimp, broccoli slaw and dressing to your tortilla.

DIY Painting

What was once an enormous painting of gold and red flowers is now the painting pictured above. I wanted to share this idea with you because it's one that saved me a lot of money! When Eric and I moved into our new place we were looking for affordable ways to decorate.  We had an old painting that I was going to toss but decided to save and use the frame for something else.  Because the size of the picture was so oversized, I had a hard time finding art to fit the frame. Then it dawned on me to just keep the current picture in the frame but paint something new over it.  And that's exactly what I did:) 

All I had to do was paint a few layers of white paint over the existing painting so that I had a blank canvas to do what I wanted.  I looked up painting ideas on pinterest and stumbled upon one that looks similar to the one I did above. I did my best to copy it and I think it turned out pretty good! Next time you need a room refresher consider this idea. Even if you don't think of yourself as an artist painting shouldn't scare you away. The painting I did is literally a bunch of lines-ANYONE and I really mean anyone can do this.  All it requires is a little patience and some acrylic paint.

Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream

If you live anywhere north of Florida you're probably wondering if this god awful winter will ever end. Record low temps leave skin feeling extra dry and that's certainly no fun.  I was sick of dry puffy eyes so I went looking for a mildy priced yet effective eye cream. What did I settle for? Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream and so far, I really love it.  The formula is smooth and light on your skin and rich in moisture. I put it on morning and night.  The skin around our eyes is so delicate and often the area where signs of aging first appear so in effort to combat dryness and aging lines I intend to use this eye cream year round. 

To purchase the eye cream, Click Here .

Healthy Super Bowl Snacks

Well, tomorrow's the day. The day that everyone in America sits on their couch and eats and drinks in front of the TV. It's Super Bowl Sunday!  This year instead of stuffing your face with greasy, heavy game day snacks you can munch responsibly.  Control what you're noshing on and then on Monday you won't need to worry about doing damage control from the weekend.   Enjoy the game with these savory yet healthy snacks.  All the Recipes can be found at the links below.  Enjoy!

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