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One of the biggest adjustments after getting married was cooking for two; I was used to helping my mom cook for our family of seven. Pinterest was definitely my friend and counselor during this transition. =) I’ve built up a little stock of go-to recipes now, but the below is still a favorite simply because it is so easy and has an elegant look to it.

**Garlic Chicken Parmesan served with rice, rolls & sweet tea!**

 Side Dishes: Rice and Rolls

I usually serve this meal with either rice or couscous, depending on what I have on hand. I personally prefer to just eat the chicken and spinach (especially if I am trying to watch my waist line) but my husband definitely needs a carb to fill him up. =) If you are newly married and you do not have a rice cooker stop reading this blog post and go buy one! Just kidding, finish the blog post and then go buy one. =) Seriously though, a rice cooker is such a time saver and makes cooking rice a breeze! I simply throw one cup of rice, two cups of water and a tsp of salt into the rice cooker and hit cook.

I also like to serve this meal with rolls because my husband LOVES bread. I usually buy the “Sister Schubert” brand because they are delicious and they come in a zip lock bag that can be re-sealed! I know homemade rolls are pretty easy to make… but frozen are easier. 😉 My mom makes the fluffiest rolls that are almost as big as your face. If we all beg her, maybe she will share the recipe. 😉

Main Dish: Garlic Parmesan Chicken

This meal is absolutely amazing and could not be any easier.

The Ingredients you will need:

  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • 6 cloves minced garlic (*tip – Keep minced garlic in a jar on hand and just use roughly 6 tsp)
  • 2 chicken breast cut into bite sized pieces
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup of parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups of fresh spinach


  • Sauté garlic in butter for a minute or two
  • Add chicken pieces, salt and pepper and cook until no longer pink in the middle (Make sure to stir your chicken and really coat it in the butter/garlic goodness)
  • Add parmesan cheese and stir until the chicken is well coated
  • Add spinach and cook until wilted (I usually put a lid on the pan to wilt the spinach faster)

My husband is so gracious and eats everything I cook. I have horrible memory problems when I am expecting, and he has endured some pretty interesting dinners. (example: tater-tot casserole with no tater-tots and chicken casserole with no chicken.) All that being said, he loves this dinner and ask for it if it’s been awhile since I’ve made it. I know this recipe has spinach in it, but the butter, garlic and cheese totally make it edible for even the pickiest of eaters.

I would love to hear if your family enjoyed this meal. Please use the comment section to let me know what you thought and to share your favorite recipe. =)

I originally found this recipe on Pinterest: