What can I say about Chicken Parm that you don’t already know? Alongside Mac and Cheese it’s probably half the population’s favourite comfort food. I’ve been making a different version first shared by a favourite niece of my beloved 20 years ago. But it lacked an extra nutritional punch that I always tried to make up for by serving a salad and a side, usually of spaghetti that I would drizzle with a little of the ‘parm’ sauce once everything came out of the oven. Enter the era of One Pan Chicken Parm with Veggies!
More and more, I’ve been developing new approaches to old family favourites adding nutrition while removing health ‘food challenges’ whenever possible. That’s why those who still remain in our household have for example eaten more eggplant and spinach in the last few years than in the previous 20. I find you can almost always add something like eggplant or spinach to a pre-existing dish thereby adding tremendous nutritional value without really adversely affecting an old favourite’s yummy-ness (SP??). It’s a valuable Veteran Move for anyone in any Kitchen and eggplant is the operative ‘veggie’ in this recipe.
Eggplant is also known as aubergine. It’s a terrific, nutritionally dense food that features health promoting fibre, vitamins and minerals. Nutritionally dense means it packs in a lot of food value without a lot of calories. A cup of eggplant adds only 20 calories and 5 grams of carbs to any dish and it’s subtle flavour usually blends very well with most pre-existing recipes.
Benefits to eating this antioxidant rich food include likely cancer and heart disease fighting qualities, and it may be useful in helping to maintain blood sugar. Being high in fibre and low in calories is also a powerful combination for anyone focused on weight control. So, eggplant is often substituted for higher calorie ingredients while its fibre content helps you feel more full after eating. This hopefully means you feel better about eating less through a given day.
One final note: if anyone in your household is vehemently anti-eggplant, as was my spouse a few years back (she has since changed her beautiful mind), substituting zucchini and mushrooms is also a powerful Veteran Move to add nutritional zing to an archetypal comfort food favourite!
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Often served with a salad and maybe a side of simple spaghetti tossed in olive oil or butter and garlic, I went a slightly different route adding steamed broccoli and carrots. My spouse was also shocked to see a baked potato alongside the chicken… I was trying out a new recipe 😉But, as the photos above show, it didn’t seem such a bad decision.
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