What’s for Dinner?

Well, we have reached the last week of our semester and we could not be happier. To celebrate, we decided to make an extra yummy dinner to last us for the rest of the week!

What made the menu for this special occasion? Some of our favorite things:

-Parmesan Crusted Chicken

-Roasted Broccoli

-Cheesy Garlic Scalloped Potatoes

Here’s how we made everything, and in the order that we made it to ensure that everything came out pretty close to the same time. Enjoy!

First: Cheesy Garlic Scalloped Potatoes

Sometimes those creamy and perfect scalloped potatoes can be really intimidating. Luckily we found a very easy recipe that we modified some to make delicious potatoes!

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Prep time: 15 minutes          Cook time: 45 minutes

Here’s what you’ll need:

1/4 cup butter

1/4 – 1/2 cup of diced onion

2 Tbsp all-purpose flour (forgot it in the pic! Sorry!)

1 3/4 cup milk

2 Tbsp garlic

2 1/4 cup shredded cheese

7-8 medium size gold potatoes (thinly sliced)

Cajun seasoning and salt and pepper for taste

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees (F). Then start by thinly slicing your potatoes. We sliced them thin enough to where you could almost see through them just to make sure they would cook through.
  2. Next, spray a 13×9 casserole pan with cooking spray or butter the pan. Then layer the potatoes in the pan in three layers. Between every layer, season with some cajun seasoning, salt, pepper, and garlic for extra taste. potatoes-2.jpg
  3. Sauce: Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Then add the diced onions and let them cook for 3-5 minutes until soft. Next, stir the flour into the butter and onions then add the milk. Stir sauce on medium heat until it starts to bubble and thicken. Then remove it from the heat and stir in the first 2 cups of shredded cheese.potatoes-3.jpg
  4. Next, pour the sauce over the potatoes and then lightly shake the pan back and fourth to make sure the sauce reaches through every layer of potatoes. Then put in the oven for at least 45 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender.
  5. When the potatoes are almost done, take them out and add the rest of the cheese that is left (1/4 cup). Put back in the oven for about 5 minutes until the cheese melts. Then you’re done!

Second: Roasted Broccoli

This broccoli is pretty much our go-to veggie to cook during the week. We probably fix it every week but if not it’s definitely every other week! It is a simple recipe and delicious every time.

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Prep time: 10 minutes       Cook time: 30 minutes

Here’s what you’ll need:

2 or 3 heads of broccoli

olive oil

garlic, salt and pepper

  1. First, preheat the oven to 375 degrees (F).
  2. Cut up the broccoli into florets.
  3. Pour the broccoli onto a baking sheet. Bring all of the broccoli towards the middle of the pan where they are touching and drizzle olive oil over broccoli until it is lightly coated. Toss the broccoli and then sprinkle desired amount of garlic, salt and pepper (we usually use about half a tablespoon of garlic and just salt and pepper for taste). broccoli 2
  4. Roast the broccoli in the oven for about 30 minutes or until the edges start to get slightly brown. The crispiness makes them that much more delicious!broccoli 3

Third: Parmesan Crusted Chicken

Whenever we can’t think of what we are in the mood to cook during the week, this chicken always seems to sound like a good option! It’s so tender and has great flavoring from only four ingredients!

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Prep time:  10 minutes        Cook time:  25 minutes

Here’s what you’ll need:

3 or 4 chicken breasts

1/2 cup of mayonnaise

1/4 cup parmesan cheese

4-6 tbsp breadcrumbs

Salt and pepper to taste

*Optional* – garlic powder and cajun seasoning for extra taste

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees (F).
  2. Wash chicken breasts under warm water. Then cut the chicken breasts in half so they are thinner and will cook through easier.
  3. Mix together mayonnaise and parmesan cheese in a bowl. Then lightly season chicken breasts with salt and pepper for extra flavor before putting mayonnaise mixture on top. *Here is where you can add garlic and cajun seasoning to the chicken also.*
  4. Get a spoon and cover each chicken breast in the mayonnaise mixture. *You may not use all of the mixture if you have smaller chicken breasts.*
  5. Next, take a tablespoon measure and put about 1 tablespoon of bread crumbs over each piece of chicken.
  6. Put chicken in the oven for about 25 minutes. Then cut into the thickest piece to make sure there is no pink in the middle. If there is some pink, put back in the oven for another 5 minutes. *The cooking of this chicken can vary every time for some reason! For us, it’s never right at 25 minutes. It’s sometimes a little less, sometimes a little more. Just watch it!*
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Now you are ready to serve! This meal was so delicious and if you try it out, share it with us on Facebook and let us know what you think!

Xoxo,  Lauren and Rachel

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