Cooking Light Recipes: Crostini, Pasta, And Herbed Chicken Parmesan

Achievement: #7. Make 26 different recipes from Cooking Light

Either Michael really loves elaborate dinners, or he’s trying to finish up the Cooking Light Achievement way ahead of schedule. In a new masterpiece, he managed (yet again) to make three dishes for one dinner. Ladies, you all know why I married him 😉

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Part one of the meal (which is dish #22) was tomato crostini, which I have to say rivaled the best bruschetta I’ve ever had (which was when we were staying in Agropoli, for the record).

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The side dish was pasta with fresh tomato basil sauce. Michael used spinach pasta instead of regular fettuccini to be a little healthier, but the flavor was still there.

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Finally, the main course (and dish #24!) was herbed chicken parmesan. An interesting substitution that Michael made was using crushed up croutons in place of breadcrumbs. It was really a wonderful, garlicky flavor. The breading was just perfect, like something you would get at a restaurant!

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Here is the ensemble in their serving dishes. We used the Romano cheese on the pasta for a little extra flavor.

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And this is what the meal looked like fully assembled! It took about an hour to make, but it was enough for each of us to have a full dinner and lunch the next day. All told, everything cost about $30, which included things like jars of olives and capers and the Romano cheese, which we will be able to use in other recipes as well, so it was not only a wonderful dinner, but a budget-friendly meal!

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