Chicken Parm / by Katie Brown

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Chicken Parm is literally one of my favorite things to make AND eat. Sometimes those things to always correlate :) It was one of the first meals I learned to cook on my own and I have perfected it at this point.  As you I wrote in my instagram post about this meal, processed foods are taking over the world; in the worst way possible. I hate that basically everything you're buying from the grocery store that is in a jar, can or package has added Sugars, gums, salt aka unnecessary ingredients that the body just doesn't need. 

One of the main reasons I started my blog was to teach the world that eating healthy and unprocessed is doable, fun and you'll thank yourself for it later. But, all you have to do it just look at what is in what you're buying. Stop worrying how many calories something has or how many carbs per serving. Your body doesn't care. But it doesn't care about the foreign things your filling it with. SO, I came across Jar Goods (one of the only jarred sauces that actually make a sauce that you can buy that has minimal ingredients, no sugars, no gums and ACTUALLY taste GREAT! I could put their stuff on...everything. 

Jar Goods has a classic red (marinara), a Classic Spicy and a Vodka Sauce (get ready to see a penne all vodka being made ASAP). Go to their website, type in your zip code and see where you can purchase it. If it isn't near you, you can EASILY just order it off their website. Use the code REALFOODWITHGRATITUDE for 20% off your order.

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Also, I didn't add in the spaghetti squash because you can eat this with anything; plain, regular spaghetti or over top of spag squash. 

The way I cook my spaghetti squash is a little bit of a cheat (oops). But I take a fork or knife and pierce holes all around the squash. Put it in a microwave safe dish and cook the squash on one side for 8 minutes. Turn it off and cook for another 6-8 minutes depending on how big it is. Take it out, let it cool and cut it open (be careful!) Scrape the seeds out with spoon, just like would a pumpkin. Then take a fork and scrape doing from top to bottom to get the strands out (this is the spaghetti!)

Ingredients: 

  • 1 lb organic Chicken
  • 1 jar no sugar added Marinara Sauce
  • Panko or breadcrumbs
  • 2 Eggs
  • Motz cheeze
  • Parm cheese (shredded)
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Other spices (to add to chicken or panko mixture)
  • cast iron skillet, optional

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 Bake 
  2. Pound chicken to flatten
  3. Dip chicken in whisked egg, salt and pepper
  4. Dredge in panko, fully coated
  5. Heat up oil in cast iron to brown chicken (few minutes on each side)
  6. Add in marinara sauce and half motz to skillet 
  7. Cook in oven until chicken is fully done
  8. Add rest of cheese at very end 
  9. Remove from oven, add parm cheese ands serve over pasta (or spaghetti squash)