Baked Chicken with Thyme and Dijon

Are you in need of a quick chicken dinner? Well, today is your lucky day. Not only is it chicken, but it is chicken breasts. You could totally do chicken thighs, but I think it is hard to find good recipes for breasts to keep them from being dry. I’d rather save my chicken thighs for more finicky dishes, like a stir fry. This is also allergy-friendly since I first made this when the Chiplet couldn’t have any nuts at all, and I like that I can use a butter substitute if dairy is an issue.

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Baked Chocolate Donuts

I do not like frying things. I hardly ever do it because it is messy, uses a bunch of oil, and it can be tricky. Instead, I like finding recipes that let me enjoy those same foods in a slightly different way. Besides, it gives me a reason to seek out good fried donuts or fried chicken. Haha! This is a really easy recipe. You do need donut pans, but if you like fluffy almost muffin/cupcake like donuts, you will like this recipe. They are not the prettiest, although you could certainly work on that, but they are tasty! Plus, they are low in fat.

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Homemade Baked Tortilla Chips

During the many times that K and I eat tacos, or taco salads, we discovered that tortilla chips are extremely addicting. Sometimes we have some guacamole leftover, or maybe some salsa…either way, K started buying lots of tortilla chips. I am not saying that we will stop buying them, now that I have this recipe, but I will say that it can be nice for a day when I don’t feel like running to the store for chips, or if we have leftover tortillas (which happens occasionally). It can also be nice for a day when I want a healthier treat…yep. Sometimes I go for healthy, even if my title of “Fudging Ahead” doesn’t make you think that.

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Baked Egg Omelette

Today is a bit of a sad day for me. It was hard saying goodbye to my job in Maryland, but it was also the normal “end of school year” stuff, so I could kind of dismiss it. It’s hitting me a bit this school year that my final study sessions with my students are my last hours of work. It looks like I might be working just Monday of next week, and then that’s it. Done. Getting into full-time mom mode, which is what I want, but I will also miss my students. Some of them I’ve gotten to know over 2+ years, and I’ve even worked with siblings which is fun. I wish them the best and hope they know how much I liked working with them!

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Strata with Sausage, Mushrooms, and Cheddar Cheese

This is technically a breakfast dish. But, I am a big fan of breakfast for dinner. Or lunch. So, you know, you can eat this whenever you want. I don’t care. K was thrown off because I didn’t describe it as a breakfast dish, but he realized it was. He was all “isn’t this breakfast food?”, and I gave a look of “who doesn’t like eggs, cheese, sausage, and bread together?”. Duh.

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And besides, I had been in love with cheese. Major crush.

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Asian Baked Rockfish

I’m back with a Fish Friday post! I haven’t shared any fish recipes for a while. This one isn’t anything fancy. In fact, I had a few “fancy” ideas for the rockfish we bought. I was thinking of a tomato sauce, maybe putting a coating on it…there were a few ideas. Then, just before I was going to make it, K made a request. At his work’s cafeteria, there was some sort of ginger fish dish that sounded good, but he had not gotten it. He wanted something like that. Now, I had made a similar dish with salmon before and decided to do a similar version for the rockfish. K’s family usually steams fish, but my family always baked it, so that’s what I do here. I asked K if he wanted to try to steam it but apparently he did not have great results previously.

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Baked Chicken Parmesan

You might think of today as April Fool’s Day, but it’s my Dad’s birthday! Because he brings the Italian side to my ethnic background, I needed to share an Italian-American dish today. Chicken Parmesan is a nice simple dish that works well during the week. I like that I can start it in the oven and then relax a bit when I get home from work. The 30 minutes is enough time to even take a shower, or just work on the vegetable side dish. You can serve it with pasta like I did, or make some garlic bread on the side. If you are limiting your carbs, then feel free to leave it out entirely.

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