Sheet Pan Dinner: Panko-Crusted Chicken and Roasted Broccoli with Parmesan Sauce

This is a fairly quick meal that is sure to impress. I love the garlic-y roasted broccoli. I use the Very Hot Crushed Red Pepper from Penzeys and it definitely has a kick. The Parmesan Sauce makes this meal extra special. Serve it with a tossed salad.

Panko-Crusted Chicken and Roasted Broccoli with Parmesan Sauce

For the chicken:
2 chicken breasts
2 tablespoon butter, melted
1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
salt and pepper
1/2 cup panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated

For the broccoli:
1 bunch broccoli, cut into florets
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
salt and pepper

For the Parmesan Sauce:
2 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup milk
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated

Preheat the oven to 400º F. Line a baking sheet with foil.

Combine the melted butter and mustard in a shallow dish. In another shallow dish, combine the panko and grated Parmesan cheese. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Dip the chicken in the butter-mustard mixture and then dredge in the panko-Parmesan mixture. Make sure the chicken is evenly coated. Place on one half of the foil-lined baking sheet. Set aside while you prepare the broccoli.

Place the broccoli florets in a large bowl. Drizzle with the olive oil. Add the minced garlic and crushed red pepper flakes and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper and toss again. Place the seasoned broccoli on the other half of the baking sheet.

Place the baking sheet with the chicken and broccoli in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until the chicken and broccoli are browned. You want the chicken to be cooked through and the broccoli to be tender.

While the chicken and broccoli are in the oven, make the Parmesan sauce.  Melt the butter in a saucepan. Whisk in the flour and cook for about a minute. Whisk in the milk, a little at a time. Bring to a boil and cook, whisking constantly, until thickened. Whisk in the grated Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Keep warm until the chicken is ready.

Serve the chicken and broccoli with the Parmesan sauce.

 

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Quick Broccoli and Cheese Soup

Quick Broccoli and Cheese Soup

So, Publix had 8 ounces packages of Kraft shredded cheeses on sale for $1.40 this past sales cycle. That’s the lowest price I have ever seen for them. I may have gone a little crazy and bought more shredded cheese than I needed. My cheese drawer is stuffed. I’m pretty sure my family thinks I have a problem.

This morning my plan was to come home after I dropped the kidlet off at school and work on an online class I need to finish before heading to work. Instead I made this Quick Broccoli & Cheddar Soup for breakfast. I used some of the cheese! Priorities.

Quick Broccoli and Cheese Soup

4 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
4 cups vegetable broth (chicken broth is fine too)
1 10 – 12 ounce package of frozen chopped broccoli (cuts & florets are fine too)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, plus a little more for garnishing (I like mild cheddar)
1 cup half & half or milk
salt and pepper, to taste

In a small soup pot over medium heat, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and let cook for a minute. Whisk in the broth, a little at a time, until smooth. Add the frozen broccoli. If I am using frozen broccoli cuts or florets, I will run a knife through them to make the pieces smaller before adding them to the soup. Bring the soup to a gentle boil, stirring often. Whisk in the cheese and then add the half & half. Warm through and then turn off the heat. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with additional shredded cheddar cheese for garnish.


Broccoli Salad

Broccoli Salad

Earth Fare has organic broccoli on sale for 99¢ per pound right now. I won’t lie, I’m a little more excited about it than I should be. Broccoli wasn’t a favorite as a kid, but I just love it now. So far, I have made a couple of different soups and a stir-fry featuring broccoli. I also made this salad.

Recipes for Broccoli Salad often feature lots of mayonnaise. It’s no secret that I am not a mayo fan. The slightly sweet vegan dressing in this recipe is a perfect replacement for a mayonnaise-based dressing. Not only is it lower in calories, it also doesn’t mask the flavors of the fresh ingredients. This salad is not drowning in dressing. You could double the dressing recipe if you would like a bigger dressing to salad ratio.

Broccoli Salad

1 large bunch of broccoli (about 2 big stalks), washed, and cut into bite-size florets (save the stalk for something else)
1 large apple (I prefer Fuji or Honeycrisp), cored and chopped
1/4 cup Craisins (dried cranberries)
1/4 cup sliced almonds (or pecans, walnuts, or sunflower seeds)

Dressing
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon sugar
4 tablespoons white wine vinegar
salt and pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon canola oil

Combine the broccoli florets, chopped apples, Craisins, and sliced almonds in a bowl.

In a small bowl, whisk together the Dijon mustard, sugar, white wine vinegar, salt, and pepper. Slowly whisk in the canola oil. Alternatively, shake the dressing ingredients together in a sealed Mason jar.

Pour the dressing over the broccoli salad and toss to combine. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

This salad keeps up to 3 days in the fridge.

 


Beef and Broccoli

Beef and Broccoli

We almost never get Chinese food from a restaurant, mainly because most in our area do not deliver. In the past Chinese delivery was what I could fall back on when I was too tired to cook. Now, if I’m too tired to cook, I’m also too tired to drive somewhere to pick up something and hence, no Chinese food. I do get cravings from time to time. I have learned to cook some dishes commonly found in American Chinese restaurants. Beef and Broccoli is one of those dishes. It’s actually not terribly hard to make at home.

The key to being able to cook Chinese-style dishes at home is to have a well-stocked pantry and fridge. I adore a variety of Asian foods, so I have a pretty good collection of Asian ingredients. Soy sauce and Chinese cooking wine (rice wine) are essentials that I keep on hand at all times. I usually also have hoisin and/or oyster sauce too. I don’t always have fresh ginger (and it can be left out of this recipe). When I do buy ginger, I try to clean and mince the whole piece and freeze what I don’t immediately use for use in future recipes. This works well for me.

Serve Beef and Broccoli with hot rice. It’s great with cooked rice noodles too. You can also substitute the beef with chicken. It tastes great in this recipe too.

Beef & Broccoli

Beef and Broccoli

1 pound beef (sirloin, round, flank, London broil, etc…), trimmed of fat and gristle and thinly sliced (about 1/8-inch thick) and slice cut into 1-inch pieces

Marinade:
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons Chinese cooking wine
1 tablespoon minced garlic

4 tablespoons canola oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon minced ginger
1 pound (approximately) broccoli, separated into bite-size florets
1 onion, slivered
1 bell pepper, cored, and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 carrot, peeled and sliced into “coins”

Sauce:
1/2 cup water
4 tablespoons oyster sauce
2 tablespoons Chinese cooking wine
1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon cornstarch

Place the sliced beef in a bowl. Mix the marinade ingredients together and pour over the beef.  Let marinate for 1 hour at room temperature (or for longer in the refrigerator).

Mix the sauce ingredients and set aside.

Heat a wok (or large skillet), add 2 tablespoons oil, and add beef.  Stir-fry over high heat until just cooked through.  Remove from the wok and set aside.  Clean out the wok.

Reheat the cleaned wok over high heat and add 2 tablespoons of oil.  Add the minced garlic and ginger.  Stir-fry for about 15 seconds and then add the broccoli, onion, bell pepper, and carrot.  Stir-fry about 3 minutes.  Add the cooked beef and the sauce.  Cook, mixing constantly, until beef is heated through and the sauce begins to thicken.  Serve immediately.


Corn and Broccoli Chowder with Bacon

Corn and Broccoli Chowder with Bacon

Like much of the rest of the country, South Carolina is experiencing super cold temperatures. When I took my youngest son to school yesterday morning it was 16 degrees and with the wind chill it felt like 2 degrees. So cold. Upon returning home, I needed to warm up so I made this thick, hot chowder. It’s warming, delicious, and visually pleasing. I love the colors of the corn and broccoli in the creamy white. Oh, and it has bacon in it.

Corn and Broccoli Chowder with Bacon

4 slices bacon, diced
1 medium onion, diced
1/4 cup flour
5 cups chicken broth
2 medium russet potatoes, peeled and diced
1 head of broccoli, cut into bite-size florets (save the stalk for another use)
2 cups frozen corn
1 cup milk or half and half

In a soup pot over medium-low heat, fry the diced bacon until crispy. Remove the bacon from the pot using a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Increase the heat slightly and cook the diced onion in the bacon fat until it softens. Add the flour, and cook, stirring constantly for about 30 seconds. Whisk in the chicken broth, a little at a time, taking care to whisk out the flour lumps. Add the diced potatoes and bring to a boil. Cook until the potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes. Add the broccoli and cook until tender (but not mushy), about another 10 minutes. Add the corn and milk (or half and half) and heat through. Season the chowder with salt and pepper and serve in bowls with the crisp bacon crumbled on top.


Stir-fried Bok Choy and Broccoli with Chicken

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I created this stir-fry to use the bok choy and broccoli I got in my Pinckney’s Produce CSA box. I could not be happier with the way this dish turned out.  So good!!

Stir-fried Bok Choy and Broccoli with Chicken

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced
1 large onion, slivered
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 head bok choy, end removed, sliced into 1 inch pieces
1 small head broccoli, cut into bite-sized florets, stems peeled and sliced
8 ounces mushrooms, sliced (I used baby portobellos)

sauce:
1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon Chinese rice (cooking) wine
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 cup water

3 tablespoons canola oil
1 tablespoon cornstarch

Prepare the ingredients before starting to cook. Once everything is ready, this stir-fry comes together fairly quickly.

In a small bowl, combine the hoisin sauce, soy sauce, Chinese rice wine, sugar, and 1/2 cup water. Set sauce aside.

Heat a wok over high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of oil and then add the sliced chicken breast. Stir-fry until the chicken is no longer pink. Remove chicken to a plate and set aside. Add 2 more tablespoons of oil to the wok and then add the onions, garlic, bok choy, and broccoli. Stir-fry until onions start to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook another minute. Add the prepared sauce and chicken and let cook on high, stiring often, until the broccoli is tender, about 5 minutes. In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch with enough water to make a slurry. Stir in the cornstarch slurry and cook until sauce is thickened. Serve with hot brown rice.

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Orange Tofu and Broccoli

Three weeks ago I tore my calf muscle while testing for my green belt in Tae Kwon Do. Recovery has been slow and I am still unable to walk. Luckily, I can still cook. My kitchen is small enough that I can hobble around on one foot and do what I need to do. My hubby has been out of town quite a bit the past two weeks, so my vegan mom flew in to help me take care of my kids (especially the crazy toddler) and the house while I am recovering. This is one of the vegan meals I prepared for her. I served it with brown rice and everyone seemed to enjoy it.

Orange Tofu and Broccoli

Canola oil (about 1/4 cup)
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 (16 ounce) package firm tofu, drained and cut into 1-inch pieces
4 tablespoons soy sauce
1 cup orange juice
1/2 cup warm water
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon sriracha (or to taste)
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 tablespoon canola oil
1 bunch broccoli, seperated into bite-sized florets
3 carrots, sliced on a diagonal

Lay the tofu slices on paper towels and then pat with additional paper towels to remove moisture. Heat the canola oil in a wok over medium-high heat. Place the 1/4 cup cornstarch in a dish. Coat the tofu slices with the cornstarch and gently shake off excess.

Fry the tofu in batches in the hot oil until golden brown on all sides (about 5 minutes). Drain tofu on paper towels. Allow wok to cool, and wipe clean.

In a bowl, combine the soy sauce, orange juice, water, sugar, sriracha, garlic, and cornstarch. Mix until smooth and set aside.

Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of canola oil in the wok over high heat. Stir-fry the broccoli and carrots until tender. Form a well in the center of the vegetables, and pour in the orange sauce. Bring sauce to a boil and then add the fried tofu. Continue cooking until the sauce is thickened and the tofu and vegetables are well coated.