Healthy one-dish dinner: Lemony chicken

September 26, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
A one-dish dinner that's on the table in 20 minutes. Chef Domenica Catelli, Author of "Mom-a-licious" shares her recipe for lemony chicken and vegetables.

One Dish Dinner: Lemony Chicken with Vegetables and Parmesan
Serves 2-4

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound chicken tenders (or boneless, skinless breast cut into one-inch strips)
  • 2-3 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 2-3 cups vegetables of your choice, cut into small pieces (sweet potatoes, rutabaga, celery, carrots, broccoli, etc?.cut hard vegetables such as winter squash into 1/2 inch pieces, summer veggies like zucchini can be in bigger pieces)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 4 leaves of fresh basil, chopped or 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • pinch salt and pepper

Process:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Place chicken, garlic, and vegetables in a baking dish.

3. Drizzle with lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil. Mix in salt and pepper.

4. Top with the Parmesan cheese and fresh herbs and bake for 15-20 minutes.

5. Serve and enjoy!

(Can substitute chicken with shrimp, lamb, or beef)

Tips for getting kids to eat veggies:

  1. Don't hide the veggies-just make them yummy
  2. Don't "ask" if they want to eat them-you're always going to get a "no."
  3. Dips are important for kids--'ranch' is their number one choice--try Domenica's dill dipping sauce from Momalicious--a healthier version of ranch dressing. just cut veggies and put them around hummus or a fun dip and the veggies will be gone!
  4. Try serving the same veggies a few times even after the kids say no--studies show it can take up to ten attempts to change children's taste buds.
  5. Make sure you as the parents are eating veggies as well! It sounds simple, but many parents don't eat their veggies.
  6. Don't overcook the veggies!

For more information, visit Domenica's Web site at www.bemomamlicious.com

Buy the book on Amazon: Mom-a-licious: Fresh, Fast, Family Food for the Hot Mama in You!

About Domenica Catelli:
Domenica Catelli was selected as the national spokesperson for the Organic Trade Association's 2008 national campaign, "Go Organic! for Earth Day." She is a recurring judge on Iron Chef America, a guest on "Oprah and Friends," with Dr. Oz on XM radio, and has been featured in Vegetarian Times, Kiwi Magazine, and Oprah.com. She is a featured chef on Fox News in Houston for the "Fox Grill," where she educates viewers with her ingenuity and humor. She is among a select few accomplished chefs entrusted to cook for celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Montel Williams, Thandie Newton, and George and Barbara Bush.

Her first cookbook, "Mom-a-licious: Fresh, fast, family food for the hot mama in you!" published in Fall 2007, was an instant hit across the nation. More than a cookbook, "Mom-a-licious" captures the heart of healthy eating for families and a "stick with it" mentality that leads to less fussy eating for children.

Domenica Catelli has positively influenced the way millions of families eat and prepare food across the United States with her tasty, easy, and healthy approach to cooking. Her claim to fame is getting children to eat rare vegetables like Brussels sprouts, Swiss chard and cauliflower, without hiding the ingredients!


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