almond-crusted anniversary

7 Oct

I owed her♥ a nice healthy and home-cooked meal tonight.  Not only is it our one year and seven month anniversary, but I have been a serious slacker in the meal department.  Would you believe that I used to cook three meals a day??  Of course not!  How could you believe that when all I’ve been doing is eating out for the last week!

I have been snacking on almonds all week.  They are one of my favorite snacks to grab and bring to work with me.  This girl LOVES the mixture of raw almonds and ice cold water!!!  They remind me of fall in Western PA

So I just knew I had to make almond crusted chicken breasts….MMMMM!!!

I chopped up one cup of raw almonds in the food processor and put it in a shallow bowl.  In another bowl, I whipped up 2 egg whites.  Then I just dipped the chicken in the egg and then the almonds.

Since I didn’t use flour or breadcrumbs to bread the chicken, I had to give the crust time to set.  If you skip this step, the almonds will not stick to the chicken as well.  I usually put them in the fridge for around 12 minutes.

I crisped them up a in a little bit of oil in a saucepan before I popped them in the oven for 20 minutes at 350º.  They turned out AWESOME.  The only problem was they were slightly dry!

Broccoli in Cheese Sauce

We had a side of rice pilaf and an Green Giant Steamers pouch that I’d picked up to test out.  Honest opinion about the Steamers pouch – average.  I probably wouldn’t buy it again.  I’m not a huge fan of broccoli as it is and the “light sauce” kind of freaked me out.  It portioned out between two people nicely, but it won’t ever substitute for the fresh stuff.  Don’t judge me – I’m a young professional trying to juggle working full time and my domestic bliss!!!!  

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