We bought chicken fillets and dipped them in melted Smart Balance Omega 3 spread. We then shook them one at a time in a large Ziplock bag that contained minced garlic, parsley, basil, sea salt, pepper, and Ian’s Panko Breadcrumbs Italian Style. We cooked the chicken and after it was almost done, we sliced the fillets in half and added Sorrento low-fat mozzarella cheese in the middle. We returned the chicken to the oven and took them out when the meat was fully cooked and the cheese melted.
We served Heather this meal at a potluck dinner at our apartment with our Tuesday lunch group. Our friends brought Caesar salad, mashed potatoes and gravy, and extra chocolately brownies to complete the meal. We tried not to make a big scene out of Heather taking her first bite, so Kathryn kept the conversation flowing. I was so proud of Heather. She didn’t even freak out or say much. She bit into that chicken like a pro. I think everyone enjoyed the chicken and the meal and supporting Heather on her adventure. (I couldn’t really taste the chicken as well as usual since I have a cold, but I asked Kathryn what she thought of it and she really liked the flavor and especially enjoyed the crunchy breadcrumbs.) Dinner was a success. Heather’s second stab at meat will be a turkey sandwich at Tuesday lunch…can’t wait!
Nutrition note: Although eating meat may be mentally intimidating for a vegetarian, he or she can physically handle and digest meat.