I haven't posted a recipe in a long time, but the reality of it is, cooking is something that needs to be done. I do it, pretty often, but don't always take the time to write things down. Despite traveling quite a bit over the past two weeks I did have some time to cook and managed to write this one down.
Before we dive into things, there are a few things to know about me and cooking.
1. I like to keep things simple. Every once in a while when I have a decent amount of time or am feeling extra creative I will get a little complex but for the most part, simplicity is key as I am usually trying to do five things at once.
2. I like to make my food have taste but minimize additional fat, sugar, and salt. With health in the forefront of my cooking philosophy, I try to find the best way to make food have taste and have a good nutritional profile.
3. I like to cook for others when they are around. So even though I tend to cook with the basics, I like to make my food edible for those around me. Sometimes they think I eat cardboard because I aim to eat pretty basic protein and vegetables.
Chicken breasts are a staple in my diet, but just plain chicken can get boring after a while. However it doesn’t take too much to take a plain chicken breast and turn it into something wonderful. And not to mention chicken is a great source of protein for helping us maintain and build lean muscle.
I am not afraid to experiment, so I decided to whip up these Basic Balsamic Baked Chicken Medallions and was pleasantly surprised. Pictured, below, I served these with broccoli and mashed cauliflower.
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
2. Slice chicken breast into ¼ inch medallions.
3. If you have time you can marinate the chicken in balsamic vinegar overnight in the fridge. If you are on the go, pour the balsamic vinegar in a 9x 13 baking dish.
4. Spray the 13x9 baking dish
5. Place medallions in the baking dish
6. Cover the medallions generously with oregano and garlic salt
7. Place dish in the oven for 30-40 minutes – I usually pull them out around 30 minute to check for how done they are. 8. Enjoy
There you have it! Basic. I know we all have plenty going on and sometimes making time to cook a meal can be a stretch. This recipe is simple, and tasty and doesn't take too much time. Not to mention if you cook extra, you have leftovers!
Enjoy your week and if you cook, I would love to know what you are making!