So I’ve been busy, busy, busy lately with my day job and my nutrition counseling: things are really taking off! I’ve been meaning to write about the delicious meal M and I made for Valentine’s Day, but I’ve been consumed with brainstorms and business plans! So, without further ado, I give you Valentine’s Day: Chicken Parm Addition.
On Monday night, M and I slaved away over a sauce pot on the hot kitchen stove–I mean, I made some great chunky tomato basil sauce in the slow cooker using a recipe from “Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker Cook Book”.
It’s funny, because my sister and I both, independently bought this book for our Mother for Christmas…so it’s kind of like it IS my mother’s slow cooker…anyway. I ended up keeping the copy I got her and giving her a more better slow cooker cook book. Win-Win situation!
Chunky Tomato Basil Sauce (adapted from Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker)
2, 28 oz cans of whole tomatoes
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp dry, red wine
1/4 cup fresh basil
Pinch of oregano
Pinch of parsley
Sea salt and pepper to taste
Drop of honey (optional)
I also added a drop of honey. The original recipe called for a “pinch of sugar”so instead of forgoing the additional sweetness, I decided to add some honey. In the end, I probably could have left it out.
While the sauce was cooking, I prepared some Spaghetti Squash as a pasta stand-in. We decided to grill the chicken instead of “breading” it. So rather than rolling it around in egg and almond meal, I rolled it in some olive oil, garlic powder, sea salt and oregano. M grilled the chicken on Whil Wheber!
I was told that this sauce tasted like an old Italian family recipe…Success! The sauce was chunky and flavorful, the chicken was tender and delicious! It was a perfect Valentine’s day meal!