Meal Prep

Meal Prep Sunday: Improvised Low Carb Chicken Recipe and Steamed Spiral Zucchini

➡️ Also: Review of Green Giant Zucchini Veggie Spirals

There’s a chicken recipe that I absolutely love, but it calls for parmesan cheese and bread crumbs. In order to keep my body feeling somewhat normal, I’m staying away from dairy as best as possible. I also attempt staying away from added carbs. And this puts a damper on my favorite chicken recipe, so we’re going to improvise and see if it’s still my favorite without the added ingredients.

On a recent trip to Walmart Fresh Market, my goal was to buy a good bit of zucchini and yellow squash to freeze for future recipes. Well, my trip to Walmart’s produce section was a fail. All of the zucchini had appeared to be gnawed by a dog with random chunks taken out from each one. This was frustrating and I didn’t have time to go to another grocery to get the items Walmart didn’t provide. So, I took a stroll down the frozen vegetable aisle and spotted a new steamed veggie from Green Giant.

I grabbed two bags. And steamed means microwave, which means a quick meal prep. I’m going to give it a go and let you know what I think. So let’s start with the chicken.

Yep. Mayonnaise.

Pre-heat the oven to 425º and gather the ingredients. Besides salt, pepper, and mayonnaise, you can pretty much add whatever seasoning you want. I went for Paprika, Italian Seasoning (which consists of basil, thyme, marjoram, rosemary, and oregano), Garlic Pepper Seasoning, salt, pepper, and Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning.

For Creole Seasoning, I use Tony Chachere’s. For Cajun Seasoning, I use Slap Ya Mama. There’s a difference between Creole and Cajun. Creole food is essentially Louisiana food in New Orleans. Cajun food is essentially Louisiana country food. Maybe I’ll do a future blog post all about the differences, but for now, we turn back to the chicken.

Scoop out about a tablespoon of mayonnaise for each chicken breast you’re cooking and put it in a bowl. Add whatever spices you want. I added Italian Seasoning, Garlic Pepper Seasoning, salt, pepper, and Tony’s. Stir it all together and set to the side.

I prepared my chicken with salt, pepper, Paprika, and Tony’s. Place the uncooked chicken into a baking dish, and then slather your mayo mixture on top of the chicken. Sprinkle the top with a dash of extra seasoning. Put it in the over for 20-25 minutes.

If you’d prefer adding cheese and breadcrumbs, add the cheese to the mixture and the breadcrumbs on top. It’s amazing with just the cheese as well.

To prepare the zucchini, I placed the bag front side up in the microwave and set the time for six minutes. When it was done, I drained the water using a mesh colander. It looked a tad bit mushy and definitely not the pretty spirals in the picture on the front of the bag.

But I added some seasoning to it and it tasted like zucchini. It wasn’t crisp by any means, but it’s a good substitute when you need veggies in a pinch. AND it was really easy.

My favorite chicken recipe has been saved. I do miss the nuttiness of the parmesan cheese, but the chicken is moist and delicious.

My work week is a tad skewed, so I only made two. The package for the zucchini said it was enough for four servings. Those two servings don’t seem like four servings, so this turned out to be the perfect amount for a two day meal prep or a quick Monday night dinner.

Come back next week as I’m sure I’ll be tired of meat. 💚

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