Simple Easter Side Dish, Parmesan Asparagus

Happy Easter!!

I hope you are all celebrating this wonderful holiday with friends and family. Enjoying good food, conversation, and reflecting on the miracle of the risen Christ!

So far this morning we have enjoyed our immediate family tradition of cinnamon rolls while our kids get the goodies out of their Easter baskets. Although the Easter basket tradition is drastically different now that they are 15 & 20!

This afternoon we will join my family for an early dinner, followed by dessert with my husband’s family later this evening. I prepared an awesome side dish to share with them and here is the recipe for you!

Parmesan Asparagus

1stick butter

2cloves chopped garlic

1Tbsp flour

1.5c half and half

5c. Chopped asparagus

1/2tsp. Onion powder

Salt and pepper to taste

For topping;

1 stick butter

2c. Bread crumbs

1/4c Parmesan cheese

Salt and pepper

In a large pot melt a stick of butter, add two cloves chopped garlic, and one Tbsp flour. Cook on medium high heat until it starts to brown, turn heat to medium, and add 1.5c half and half. Whisk together, and heat until bubbly and thick. Add asparagus, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Cook on medium heat for 5-7minutes, and add 1/4c. shredded Parmesan cheese. Cook for another 5min. Pour asparagus mixture into a 9×13 pan. For the topping use a pastry blender to mix one stick of butter, bread crumbs, and 1/2 c. of Parmesan cheese. Spread crumb topping over the asparagus, add a little salt and pepper and bake at 350° F for 5-10 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm, Enjoy!

Skillet Chicken with Cream Sauce

Time for another Sunday dinner! Today we are keeping it simple. I made this awesome skillet chicken with cream sauce it’s fast, easy, and super flavorful!

I really love meals that I can make in one dish or pan. I especially love my cast iron skillet. This thing is a kitchen beast. If you haven’t tried using cast iron for cooking it’s a must! I’ll post more on the care and benefits of using cast iron later.

You’ll love this chicken recipe though. Here’s what you need.

6Tbsp butter

2lbs chicken tenders

2Tbsp chili powder

1Tbsp onion powder

1Tbsp garlic powder

1.5 tsp salt

2tbsp paprika

1 c water or chicken broth

1/2 c heavy cream

1/2tsp xantham gum this helps to thicken the sauce, you can buy this at most health food store and large grocery chains.

Preheat your skillet and melt 3Tbsp of the butter. Mix together the seasonings, and use all of the seasonings mix to thoroughly coat the chicken. Add chicken to the skillet. Cook 6min on med-high heat turning once. Add the other 3 Tbsp of butter, water, and cream. Allow butter to melt and sauce to bubble then add the xantham gum. Mix in well and allow to cook on medium heat for an additional 10-12 minutes turning chicken occasionally. The sauce will thicken up slowly but is not meant to be a super thick sauce. Serve hot with a spoonful of the sauce on top and enjoy! It’s that easy!