a couple months ago i was telling you about that gwyneth paltrow cookbook, my father’s daughter, and how i found her recipes easy and extremely tasty. i had made the peach bbq sauce and it was delish. i could hardly believe it. you know, now a days everyone has a cookbook, but the question is, are the recipes good? can you really cook out of it? or is just pretty to look at? i like a pretty cookbook as much as the next guy, i will admit, i have a couple. a good food stylist’s can make anything appetizing though, doesn’t mean the recipe is any good. this cookbook is worth picking up. great healthy recipes, and tons of veg options.

the other day i was schmoozing around target, getting out of the rain with the kids and even though we had a goal, rio came out on dvd, we just walked around with our cart and explored. right near the dvd section were cookbooks, and right near that, children’s books, so with ease i was able to look and see what they had. we all sat on the floor and read through books. i happened to look out of the corner of my eye and saw gwyneth’s book. i took it off the shelf, noticed it was 40% off and put it in my cart.

i still haven’t really had the time to go through it but i did the other day flip to a recipe for chicken milanese. j wanted chicken and i did not, how can we compromise? i have a tons of ripe tomatoes now, finally, and i really wanted to do something with them. if i was going to make chicken i was adding tomatoes. i love a good recipe book, you can find the most simple of ideas and take it from there.

gwyneth gave  her basic recipe for her chicken milanese, with the addition of 4 different toppings she usually serves it with. i loved the idea of her slow roasted cherry tomatoes but didn’t have the time to do that, so i compromised (again), fresh tomatoes, a little olive oil, and some fresh basil, i made a little fresh salsa.

the meal was quick, light and really good. the tomatoes were an excellent addition to the chicken, it tasted like summer (you know what i am saying right?).

simple chicken milanese with a tomato salsa    this recipe was inspired by gwyneth paltrow (thanks for the inspiration!)

for the chicken
  • 4 chicken cutlets
  • 1egg
  • splash of milk
  • 1 cup of panko
  • 1 cup of good ole’ fashioned breadcrumbs
  • oil to fry
  • half a lemon
  1. i like to use a mixture of panko and good old fashioned breadcrumbs for this. add’s flavor but also keeps the chicken crispy and light.
  2. whip up your egg with the milk, bread your chicken and fry.
  3. when chicken is done, squeeze a little lemon juice on top.
for the salsa
  • 2 tomatoes chopped into bite size pieces
  • handful of basil
  • about a 1/4 cup olive oil
  • a pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 small chili pepper
  1. mix all the above ingredients and let sit out for about 10 minutes.

plate your chicken and top with tomato salsa.

simple. easy. good.


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