Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Sunday Dinner - Healthy recipes can still be delicious!

In my search for delicious and low-fat recipes this weekend, I believe I've found some keepers! I'm so glad I followed Sara's advice and bought Martha Stewart's Great Food Fast. That cookbook has lots of easy and healthy recipes to choose from. The lemon spaghetti comes from Eugena by way of Melody and I am a long-time fan. I was going to serve steamed broccoli, but I got tired as dinner time approached. So we had green grapes instead, which I am LOVING by the way.

Parmesan-Stuffed Chicken Breasts


Serves 4.

  • 1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 cup plain dried breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon (about 1 tablespoon)
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 4 bone-in chicken breast halves (about 3 pounds)


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a small bowl, mix parsley, breadcrumbs, Parmesan, and zest. Season with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper.
  2. Divide parsley mixture into four mounds. Carefully loosen chicken skin with fingers; tuck parsley mixture under skin. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Place in a 9-by-13-inch roasting pan.
  3. Bake until skin is crispy, chicken is cooked through, and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the meat registers 165 degrees, about 30 minutes.
Lemon Spaghetti
I didn't have any fresh basil, so I substituted parsley and it tasted delish! (Although I'm sure I would have liked the basil better.)


  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 2/3 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (about 3 lemons)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil leaves


Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk the oil, Parmesan, and lemon juice in a large bowl to blend.

Drain the pasta, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid. Toss the pasta with the lemon sauce, and the reserved cooking liquid, adding 1/4 cup at a time as needed to moisten. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with lemon zest and chopped basil.

Lemon Custard Cakes
I loved these little cakes. Sophie, on the other hand, was not as much of a fan.


Serves 6.

  • Unsalted butter, room temperature, for custard cups
  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons grated lemon zest, (1 lemon)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Confectioners' sugar, for dusting


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Set a kettle of water to boil. Butter six 6-ounce custard cups and place in a dish towel-lined baking dish or roasting pan.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk egg yolks and sugar until light; whisk in flour. Gradually whisk in lemon juice, then milk and zest.
  3. With an electric mixer, beat egg whites and salt until soft peaks form. Add to lemon batter and fold in gently with a whisk (batter will be quite liquid).
  4. Divide batter among prepared custard cups; place baking dish in oven and fill with boiling water to reach halfway up sides of cups. Bake until puffed and lightly browned (but pudding is still visible in bottom), 20 to 25 minutes. Serve slightly warm or at room temperature, dusted with confectioners’ sugar.


Sara said...

I love that chicken recipe! My mom made the lemon cakes once too, we liked them.

Even a few years after buying it, I still use this cookbook all the time. I made the turkey burgers on Sunday night. Let me know if you want any healthy recipe recommendations from the book :)

Danny and Betsy said...

Love these receipes...thanks darlin! Cant wait to try them :)

Stephanie said...

I am definitely going to give the chicken and pasta a try!! Thanks for the recipe.

Ashlie n Jonathan said...

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