10/21/11

Quick Italian Parmesan Chicken


This week was a killer for me. I have always been a half-glass-full, look at the bright side kind of girl, but sometimes I just get pulled down with stress and lose that outlook for a bit.

Nothing in particular happened, it was just an overwhelming week that made me feel out of control and too busy every minute of the day. I was crabby and negative and feeling sorry for myself. Ugh.

Piles of laundry sat unfolded on my couch. Beds went unmade. The dishes sat in the sink until the forks ran out. I just looked at all of it and shook my head. It was one of those weeks where I just wanted to stay in bed and do NONE OF IT!

Maybe it was caused by the leaves being turned and gone, leaving bare naked trees all over my yard. Or possibly that the days have gotten shorter and it's dark when I leave for work and dark again only a few hours after getting home?

Whatever the reason, thank goodness I got over it pretty fast because I don't like being around people like that, and certainly don't like to be ONE of those people. It was just a bad funk of a mood that doesn't happen very often to me.

I did almost zero cooking the entire week as well. However, I did throw together this super easy chicken recipe that was tasty and healthy. It's so easy, in fact, that it'd be a shame to not make it more often, especially if I find myself back in a bitch-mode kind of week!

I call this dish a "weeknight easy". Love those!

*I serve this with brown rice infused with chicken stock and garlic for flavor.

Quick Italian Parmesan Chicken
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast
1/2 c. low fat Zesty Italian Dressing
3/4 c. parmesan cheese
salt and pepper

1. Place chicken breast in a sprayed baking pan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Spread the Italian dressing evenly over the chicken. Top with 1/2 c. of the parmesan cheese. Sprinkle with additional pepper.

2. Bake in a 375 degree oven for about 40 minutes, or until juices run clear. After pulling from the oven, immediately top with remaining parmesan cheese. Serve with potatoes, rice or pasta.


Please tell me you get in these moods too and I'm not the only one who could've played the Wicked Witch from the West without a costume this week?



7 comments:

Cindy in NC said...

Hi Tanya! Again you could have been talking about me with every word. So about a week and a half ago we adopted two older housecats from the pound. One had a little cold. Long story short and several hundred dollars later we had to put her to sleep. UGH. There's a load of wash in the machine, one in the dryer, one on the bed that gets moved to the chair at night so we can get to the bed on top of the load already in the chair. The dishes are, yes, still in the sink. The floors haven't been swept or mopped and I think the dirt shall start to form piles soon. The basebeards aren't painted from putting down some new flooring a month ago. Bo, my 3 soon to be 4 year old decided to "cockadoodledoo" at 4:50 am this morning and then subsequently whine and cry over every little thing because he was obviously tired. Bless his teacher today Lord! I come to work for a little peace and rest! You are not alone. I am so tired. I don't think I have had a good night's sleep in 4 years and it sure doesn't seem like there is any end to the tunnel. So see, I am sorry for myself too! Alright, I am grabbing the bootstraps and painting on a smile. Here we go! Have a great day today and thanks for another wonderful quick supper idea. I am chief cook and bottlewasher (cape flapping in the wind)!!

Nicki said...

Love it, Tanya! I can easily make this gluten free! Yay!

Colleen said...

Honey, I am 50 years old and I have had many days/weeks like that. I have been very sick with a horrible ear infection this week. FOUR visits to two doctor's offices, massive medications and severe pain. Pain so severe that the strongest pain pills available aren't helping. So, there are tons of clothes to be washed, floors to be swept and mopped, bedding to be changed, etc. I don't want to cook, clean or get out of bed but life just isn't that simple is it. It can turn all of us into witches sometimes. All we can do is remember, it will pass. ;)

Cheri said...

Oh darling Tanya!
Yes, yes, yes!! That has so been me this week too!!! Tired, bitchy, over worked, over whelmed and sick too. I have been working overtime, my wonderful other half left last week, he is working out of town until the end of November, the weather has turned rainy and dark, housework is being neglected, Katie started her monthly and to top it all off her 10 year MRI is next week. I just want to crawl into bed and not move for a month! You are so not alone.
I hope you have a wonderful wonderful birthday! All our love xoxo

debio said...

Oh HONEY!!!
You are asking the queen of roller coaster emotions to fess up to bad moods?? Lol. Don't worry you aren't alone! Man, sometimes life hits you right between the eyes and yo just don't see it coming. The least little thing can put me in a funk for hours. I just hate being like that, but what can you do? Usually I am jollied out of it by the kids in school. Thank heaven for them, they save my life.
Hope your birthday weekend is awesome and don't worry about the number you are turning. I am here to tell you that my 53rd year has been a whole lot more fun than many of my younger years. Embrace your age, your beauty, your wisdom and your family.
You are awesome, don't forget that!

HUGS, and love,
debi

Robin L Greenslade said...

Glad to hear you are human like the rest of us crazy women who try to do it all and keep life in perfect balance.

Hugs!!! I hope this week is better for you.

Anonymous said...

I Made This For Dinner It Was Delicious! Next time I will let the chicken marinade for a day then pop It in the oven when I get home from work the next day..very easy and yummy I will make it again:)