Baked Parmesan Pretzel Chicken

Baked Parmesan Pretzel Chicken, (c) Debra Roinestad, The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Okay, I have to admit that I love baked parmesan pretzel chicken because it is healthy and the possibilities are endless! Add the chicken strips to a salad with croutons, and you have a healthy salad. You can serve it with pasta and tomato sauce, and you have a lovely Italian dish.

Also, you can serve the chicken strips along with your favorite dipping sauce and fries on the side.

For this dish, I used dairy-free parmesan cheese and gluten-free pretzels.
But of course, you can use regular cheese and pretzels.

Warm Regards,
Debra Roinestad

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Here are the alternative options

My favorite dairy-free cheese from Follow Your Heart
Pretzel Crisps by the Snack Factory
Breading Pretzel Mixture, (c) Debra Roinestad, The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Baked Parmesan Pretzel Chicken

The Comfy Cabin

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb chicken breast
  • 2 cups pretzels optional: Gulten Free Pretzels
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese optional: Dairy Free Parmesan
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400° degrees F
  • Grease a baking pan with a little bit of oil.
  • Cut the chicken breasts into slices about 1 -1½ inches wide.
  • Chicken breasts need to be thinned out. Use mallet and wax paper. Cover the chicken slices with wax paper and pound down to 1 " thick.
  • In a blender, combine the pretzels, parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and paprika. Pulse until you get a fine consistency. Place in a mixing bowl.
  • In another mixing bowl, beat the egg with salt and pepper.
  • Dip the chicken strips (one at a time) into the egg mixture and then into the pretzel mixture. Then place each chicken strip onto the baking pan.
  • Bake in the lower oven rack for 20-25 mins, or until coating is golden.
  • Remove from the oven and top with extra cheese.
  • Serve with your favorite dipping sauce. Example: Honey-Mustard, BBQ Sauce.
  • Extra Bonus: Add tomato sauce and mozzarella, bake for another 5 mins and you have chicken parmesan.

Notes

You can serve this dish with as a salad and add the chicken strips on top.  Also, you can use pasta and add sauce and you have a quick Italian dinner. 

Honey Lemon Shrimp with Garlic

Here is a delicious, tangy and sweet recipe for all the shrimp lovers out there. Honey Lemon Shrimp with Garlic can be served with any rice dish, salad, grits, or artisan bread. I use white rice for this shrimp dish so the rich flavors can permeate the entire dish.

Honey Lemon Shrimp with Garlic. (c) Debra Roinestad, The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Honey Lemon Shrimp with Garlic

The Comfy Cabin
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb large shrimps, peeled and deveined
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp ghee or butter
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 3 tbsp lemon
  • ¼ tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp parsley
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Heat olive oil in a medium pan.
  • Add shrimps with garlic and ghee.
  • Saute for 1-2 mins. until the shrimps turn slightly brown.
  • Add honey, lemon, chili powder, salt and pepper.
  • Stir frequently until the shrimps are opaque and the honey lemon sauce thickens.
  • Add parsley and serve immediately.

Also, here is my favorite movie scene about shrimp. 🍤

Shrimp… According To Bubba Gump. From the movie, Forrest Gump, 1994

Chicken Fajita in a Wok (Stir-Fry Chicken Fajita)

Wok this way. I have discovered a new way to make chicken fajitas and it’s super fast, easy, and fun. Ladies and Gentlemen, introducing the Wok! The wok is not just for Asian stir fry meals, you can make your favorite dishes as you would use a kitchen skillet. The bottom of the wok heats up to 700 degrees and locks in all the flavors…the food browns rapidly. Honestly, I don’t think I’ll ever go back to a skillet after cooking chicken fajita (stir-fry) in a wok. Plus, it’s a wonderful gluten-free meal.

Chicken Fajita, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

The wok I have been using, Gold Dragon Heritage Edition is moderately priced and does the job. But do research which wok works best for you. Just remember that when you get a new wok you must ‘cure’ it with heat and oil before using it. You can find this exact wok here at this link.

Gold Dragon Heritage Edition Wok (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Here is a video that shows you how to season your wok.

How to season your Wok (Gold Dragon Heritage Edition)
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Remember to use your oven vent or open a window once you add the food to your wok. The high heat will cause a smoking effect. See youtube video here.

Also, be sure not to use a metal utensil when cooking with your wok. Use only wooden spoons to stir or tongs with a plastic tip.

Cooking tools, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Chicken Fajitas in a Wok

The Comfy Cabin
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tbsp avocado oil NOTE: It's important to use oil that won't damage your wok. The oil has to have a high smoke point. Other oil options are sesame oil, grapeseed oil, or coconut oil. Research the best oil to use for your preference.
  • 2 chicken breast, sliced into strips Optional: You can use half a bag of frozen chicken strips to save time.
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced into strips
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced into rings
  • ½ cup mushrooms
  • ½ tbsp Garlic Powder
  • ½ tbsp Onion Powder
  • ½ tbsp Cumin Powder
  • ½ tbsp Paprika Powder
  • ½ tsp Chili Powder
  • salt and pepper
  • Almond Tortillas or Corn Tortillas NOTE: I usually use gluten-free tortillas. You can use regular flour tortillas if you wish.
  • Fixings for Chicken Fajitas:
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese NOTE: I use dairy-free cheese.
  • Red Salsa
  • Sour Ceream
  • Guacamole 

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl add the cut peppers, onions, and mushrooms.
  • In another bowl add the sliced chicken along with the garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, paprika, chili powder, salt and pepper.
  • Add avocado oil to your Wok and heat at a super high temp. about 4 mins.
  • Add onions, peppers, and mushrooms and stir fry for about 3 mins.
  • Add chicken strips along with the spices and stir fry for another 5-8 mins.
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

Shortcut:
Use Mexican pre-mixed seasoning. About 1 tsp.
My favorite is Frontier CO-OP – Mexican Fiesta Seasoning or 
Penzeys – Fajita Seasoning

Here are two of my favorite Mexican Seasonings that are already mixed and saves time.
You can find my favorite Mexican Fiesta Seasoning here in this link.

You can find Penzeys Fajita Seasoning in the link below.

https://www.penzeys.com/online-catalog/fajita-seasoning/c-24/p-387/pd-s

Siete Almond Flour

For the gluten-free tortillas I used Siete Almond Flour Wraps. You can find these wraps in this link.

Roasted Zucchini with Cheddar Cheese

Yes, cheese please! For all the cheese lovers out there…here’s a healthy side dish that’s tasty and satisfying. 

Roasted Zucchini with Cheddar Cheese, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Zucchini is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients.

Here are 12 Reasons why zucchini is healthy for you by the healthline website.

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Follow Your Heart (Dairy-Free and Vegan Products)

Note: I used dairy-free cheddar cheese from Follow Your Heart. They are a wonderful company that has an assortment of dairy products for those that are dairy intolerant.
More about them here.

Roasted Zucchini with Cheddar Cheese

The Comfy Cabin
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

  • 4 medium-size zucchini, cut about ½ inch slices
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • cheddar cheese or dairy-free cheese (Note: I used dairy-free cheese).
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 425° degrees
  • In a medium-size bowl toss the zucchini slices with olive oil, thyme, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. 
  • Spread the zucchini on a baking sheet with foil underneath for easy cleaning. Add a little extra olive oil if desired. Be careful not to overlap the zucchini.
  • Sprinkle cheddar cheese on top of the zucchini.
  • Roast the zucchini for 10-13 mins. 
  • Remove from the oven and transfer to a serving plate.

Southern Green Beans with Prosciutto

When I first moved to the South, I wanted to try Southern Green Beans and it was absolutely delicious! I decided to add crispy oven-baked prosciutto instead of bacon. It’s the perfect combination of rich flavors that will leave you craving for more.

Southern Green Beans with Prosciutto, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022.
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What is Prosciutto?

The word prosciutto translates to “ham” in Italian. It’s 100% natural cured ham without any additives, preservatives, hormones, gluten or coloring agents. Prosciutto had been a popular dish in Italy for thousands of years. So, if you love bacon then you should try oven-baked prosciutto.

History of Prosciutto (c) Prosciutto Di Parma, 2022

Southern Green Beans with Prosciutto

The Comfy Cabin
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 oz prosciutto, about 6 slices
  • 2 lbs string beans either fresh or frozen, with ends trimmed
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • tabasco sauce, 2-3 drops
  • salt and black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Place prosciutto slices on the parchment paper and make sure they don't overlap.
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes
  • Remove from oven and transfer to a bowl and let it cool down.
  • In a large frying pan over medium heat, add olive oil and chopped onions.
  • Cook onions until they are translucent.
  • Add the green beans, garlic, onion powder, salt, pepper, and tabasco sauce. Stir gently to combine.
  • Cook for additional 5 minutes.
  • Add chicken broth and cover with lid and reduce heat. Simmer for 20-25 minutes.
  • In the meantime, blot the slices prosciutto with a paper towel. Chop the prosciutto into small pieces.
  • Place green beans on a serving dish and add the prosciutto.

Easy Shrimp and Broccoli Stir Fry

During the cold winter months, I have been craving shrimp and broccoli. I love the sweet and tangy flavors that would melt into your mouth. I recalled how easier it was to place a phone order from one of the local Chinese restaurants when I lived in New York City.

Please don’t get me wrong, I love living out here in a cabin in the woods. It’s that the restaurants out here are too far away, and they don’t deliver food.

I decided to create my version of shrimp and broccoli. With a little bit of experimentation, I found the right combination of simple ingredients. So far, I have been pleased with the results. This recipe is easy and brings back all the flavors of an elegant Chinese restaurant.

Enjoy!

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(c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Here is what I used for the Shrimp & Broccoli Stir Fry

Ingredients for Shrimp and Broccoli. (c) The Comfy cabin, 2022

I am enjoying egg rolls from Feel Good Foods as a side dish. They are gluten free and very delicious!

Chicken Egg Rolls from Feel Good Foods.
photo by: The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Easy Shrimp and Broccoli Stir Fry

The Comfy Cabin
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 24 ounces broccoli
  • 1 1/2 lbs medium shrimps
  • 1/2 tsp ginger, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3-4 tbs soy sauce
  • 1 tbs white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbs dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp sweet chili sauce
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth

Instructions
 

  • For the sauce: In a bowl whisk together soy sauce, chicken broth, white wine vinegar, ginger, garlic, brown sugar, and sweet chili sauce.
  • Heat olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and cook until translucent.
  • Add the red peppers and broccoli. Stir for about 5 mins.
  • Remove the veggies and place in a bowl.
  • Add extra olive oil if needed. Add shrimps and stir for 10 mins.
  • Return the vegetables along with the shrimps.
  • Add and stir in the soy sauce mixture.
  • Serve immediately and garnish with sesame seeds, chopped peanuts, or scallions if desired.

Notes

Optional: Add mushrooms, snow peas, or water chestnuts if desired.