Friday, September 28, 2012

Chicken Rollatini with Spinach alla Parmigiana

 As y'all know I've been on a low calorie diet for the last couple months and its been great!! That being said, there are somethings I miss so so so much, like cheese! This chicken rollatini recipe incorporates lots of cheese {parmesan, mozzarella, and ricotta} but still manages to remain low calorie. Each piece of chicken, cheese and all, is only 194 calories! I followed this recipe exactly except for two things. First, I seasoned the chicken with garlic powder, along with the directed salt and pepper before I added the spinach ricotta spread. Second, I used shredded mozzarella atop of the chicken because I already had it and I didn't want to spend more money on sliced mozzarella.... Oh and as for the marinara sauce I used Bertolli Vineyard Marinara with Burgundy Wine. Here are some pictures!

I finished this meal off with steamed asparagus! Now, up until a couple weeks ago Tom wouldn't touch asparagus.... However, his friend and business partner Sam, fellow amazing cook, made him try it and he liked it!!! I was so excited about this news because asparagus is one of my favorite veggies and I could never cook it..... Now I can!! Hope y'all enjoy! :)

Thursday, September 27, 2012


Contrast is one of my favorite things when it comes to fashion. I love when an outfit has contrasting colors, shapes, or in this case, fit! I always see girls in magazines and fashion websites wearing mini skirts and baggy sweaters and it looks adorable! The mixture of a hard tight skirt and soft loose sweater appears structured yet comfy all at the same time. It's somewhat like that messy look, which took you 2 hours to perfect yet appears like you got ready in a minute.... Anyways, I finally found the right mini skirt and sweater to pull this look off for myself, however, I got them both from Marshalls so I can't really tell you where they are from other than that.... Below are some options I put together that you can buy!

1. Skirt - H&M [$5.95]
2. Sweater - Mango [$49.99] {Other wonderful options: herehere & here}
3. Boots - Zara [$99.90]
4. Skinny belt - Banana Republic [$29.50]
5. Leather bows - American Apparel [$16.00]

I paired this outfit with knee high boots because it adds another element of contrast [short skirt + high boots] plus have I mentioned that I love boots?! I also think that mini skirts look less scandalous when you have your legs covered up with boots.... You can also throw in a skinny belt to tie the sweater up just right! Lastly, adding a leather bow to your hair and a leather satchel over you shoulder gives this outfit it's final touches! Hope you like! :)

Monday, September 24, 2012

Honey Mustard Cornflake Chicken

I feel as though I should rename my blog "a million ways to abuse chicken," because almost all my recipes contain chicken...  That being said, this recipe is by far one of the best chicken ones I've made yet! Who knew cornflakes could taste so good!!

The mashed potatoes picture here are a skinny version of my FAVORITE FOOD. Seriously, ask anyone who has ever eaten Thanksgiving dinner with me. It's mashed potatoes with a side of everything else.... These mashed potatoes are delicious and not terrible for you because they are made with fat free chicken broth and sour cream instead of butter, heavy cream and/or milk.

Ingredients for mashed potatoes:
- 1.5 lbs yukon gold potatoes [peeled and diced]
- 3/4 cup fat free chicken broth
- 2 tbsp fat free sour cream
- salt, pepper, and paprika

1. Boil the potatoes in water until cooked and soft
2. Drain and mash with chicken broth, sour cream, salt and pepper
3. Top with paprika and serve! 

Yum yum yum. Happy Tuesday!!

Baked Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken

Sorry I totally slacked on the blogging last week..... I've been so so busy! Because my week was so crazy, I had to cook dinners on a whim. No time for planning! I found this recipe and I had all the ingredients so it was perfect!

After following the recipe I found that there wasn't enough brown sugar garlic sauce so I decided to sprinkle more brown sugar on top of the chicken before I baked it! This turned out great! The chicken was super juicy and full of sweet flavor. This very easy and delicious recipe is great for a quick but satisfying weeknight dinner!


Monday, September 17, 2012

Well Rounded

My sister, Madeline, is two years older than I am so naturally while growing up everything she had I wanted and everything she wore was the coolest thing ever. When we were teenagers, she always wore aviator sunglasses so of course I started wearing aviator sunglasses. For ten years and counting my signature sunglasses are still Ray-Ban Aviators, however, I recently discovered a new shape of sunglasses that I completely adore!

Rounded frame sunglasses look wonderfully funky yet classic. They always make me feel like a female John Lennon. Below are a bunch of super affordable options from Free People and Urban Outfitters plus a splurge from Ray-Ban.

1. Quay Metal Temple Round Frames - Free People [$48]
2. Quay Metal Round Glasses - Free People [$48]
3. Cool Cat Sunglasses - Free People [$24]
4. Jupiter Round Sunglasses - Urban Outfitters [$14]
5. Retro Round Metal Sunglasses - Urban Outfitters [$14]
6. Quay Darcie Sunglasses - Urban Outfitters [$40]
7. Ray-Ban [$210]

These will never replace my aviators but I love having a few pairs in my sunglasses bucket to grab when I feel my outfit needs a splash of fab!

Friday, September 14, 2012

White Jeans

White jeans are a huge summer wardrobe staple, however, most people assume you have to tuck them away for fall and winter. This is totally not true! White jeans {or really any white clothing} can transition to fall/winter quite well with just a few simple adjustments. Adding a structured peplum top or a rich colored blouse plus a pair of brown ankle booties can turn these summer white jeans into a bangin' fall outfit! I enjoy the idea of finishing this outfit with a color blocked clutch or a bright scarf {or both ;)} to contribute a punch of contrast to the whole picture!

1. Sleeveless Boucle Peplum Top - TopShop [$50] {More options: here, here, here, here, and my favorite here!}
2. Liam Straight Leg - Genetic Denim [ON SALE $86.97]
3. Wayland - Michael Kors [$350] {More affordable options: here, here, and here!}
4. Invitation Clutch in Color Block - JCrew [$118]
5. Tube Scarf - H&M [12.95]
Not pictured: Green Stand Up Collar Button Up - Forever 21 [$19.80] {This is great option for a rich colored blouse! I bought it the other weekend and it's fantastic!}

As always, let me know what y'all think! Woohooo for Friday and football tomorrow! GO BLUE!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Chicken with Honey-Beer Sauce and Cauliflower

Here is another recipe from my September issue of Cooking Light! This recipe is SO easy. I'm definitely going to add this to my weeknight dinner recipe folder or the "Tom you can make this recipe" folder haha! Surprise - I didn't change this recipe at all! It was amazing. I almost licked my plate in order to get the last drop of sauce... The chicken was juicy and delicious! I totally recommend this recipe to everyone. I prepared the cauliflower in almost the same way as my roasted red skin potatoes.

Ingredients for cauliflower:
- one head of cauliflower, cut into florets
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder (I'm all about using minced garlic, however, I feel that the powder works better for these types of recipes in the oven)
- 1 gallon size Ziploc bag

1. preheat over to 400 degrees
2. place all ingredients in the Ziploc bag
4. pour ingredients on to a baking sheet
5. bake for 40 minutes - flipping the cauliflower every 10-15 minutes in order to cook each part fully

Will post the recipe for the Parmesan corn muffins another day because they were also to die for! Tomorrow is fashion post wooo! Yay for Thursday! Y'all are awesome!