Lemon Swirl Cheesecake Bars

Lemon Swirl Cheesecake Bars

Sunny cheesecake bars with lemon yellow swirls and a tender, buttery crust. The filling is sweet, creamy and a little softer than a regular cheesecake thanks to the addition of sour cream. It melts in your mouth with an explosion of tangy lemon.

The recipe starts with making the crust in the food processor with almond meal or flour, a small bit of sugar, lemon zest and cold butter. It’s pressed into the bottom of a baking pan and baked off.

Lately I’ve been making my crusts with almond meal instead of flour because it has more flavor. If you don’t have almond meal on hand you can use flour instead. The crust is also on the thin side, but it doesn’t deter from the dessert at all…. 

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Lemon Chicken Pasta Salad

Lemon Chicken Salad

A Greek inspired pasta salad with bright and sunny flavors! Lemon-marinated chicken is tossed with pasta, feta cheese, tomatoes, zucchini or cucumber, red onion and almonds in a tangy lemon dressing.

The lemon dressing also serves as a marinade. A small amount of it is removed and poured over the chicken before grilling or baking. It’s made of fresh-squeezed lemon juice and zest, extra-virgin olive oil, garlic, Dijon mustard, thyme and oregano. So good, you could almost drink it. It helps tenderize the chicken and keep it juicy.

I don’t know if I ever shared my secret for juicy chicken every, single time without fail…. 

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Baked Lemon Artichoke Chicken

Baked Lemon Artichoke Chicken

Bright and briny flavors are captured in these chicken breasts that are baked with artichoke hearts, capers, whole garlic cloves, Parmesan cheese and lemon slices plus a big glug or two of extra-virgin olive oil to help all the flavors shine.

The lemon slices add just the right amount of tartness without being overwhelming so it won’t make you pucker up. The garlic cloves soften, mellow out and sweeten up making it easy to pop them right in your mouth whole. You’ll wish there were more and it doesn’t hurt to throw in a few extra. I call them garlic candy.

Baked Artichoke Lemon Chicken

This is easy enough to throw together on a busy weeknight using only one pan. Score. The chicken is laid down in a big roasting pan then the artichokes, capers, garlic and lemon slices are arranged around it after being tossed in olive oil, salt and pepper.  A blizzard of Parmesan cheese is sprinkled over the entire thing before being baked.

There’s no sauce for serving with pasta or rice. Not sorry. I meant for this to be on the lighter side, a meal that won’t weigh you down. The kind of meal that says hello spring, are you here yet?

It’s best served with a big salad, string beans, sautéed greens or my spinach Parmesan couscous.

Lemon Artichoke Chicken

Baked Lemon Artichoke Chicken

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Yield: serves 4 - 6

Baked Lemon Artichoke Chicken

Bright and briny flavors are captured in these chicken breasts that are baked with artichoke hearts, capers, whole garlic cloves, Parmesan cheese and lemon slices plus a big glug or two of extra-virgin olive oil to help all the flavors shine.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 + 1/2 - 2 pounds boneless chicken breasts
coarse salt and fresh black pepper
12 ounces artichoke hearts, jarred or frozen (thawed), cut in half lengthwise
1/4 cup capers
8 cloves garlic, peeled
2 lemons, 1 of them zested and thinly sliced, seeds removed
1/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
about 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Add 2 tablespoons of oil to a large roasting pan or non-stick baking sheet with sides - spread it out so the pan is greased from edge to edge.
  2. Pound the chicken breasts out to an even thickness with a meat mallet - place them on a cutting board and cover them with saran wrap first. Cut them in half and season them well with salt and pepper then place them in the pan, spreading them out so they're not touching.
  3. In a medium-ish bowl toss the artichoke hearts, capers, garlic and lemon slices with the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil, the zest of the lemon and a few generous dashes of salt and pepper. Arrange them all around the chicken in the pan, filling in the empty spaces.
  4. Sprinkle the Parmesan all over, especially on the chicken, then sprinkle with Italian seasoning, followed by a light sprinkle of salt and pepper. Bake until the chicken is cooked through anywhere from 25 - 45 minutes, depending on their size (internal temperature should read 165 - 174 degrees F.).
  5. Cut the remaining lemon into wedges for serving.

Notes:

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Lemon Garlic Chicken and Rice

Lemon Garlic Chicken & Rice

Skillet chicken with a lemon-infused garlic broth accented by fresh oregano. It’s perfect served with rice to help sop up the fragrant juices.

This comes together in a snap. Onion and whole garlic cloves are sautéed before chicken cutlets, chicken broth and an entire lemon is thrown into the mix. A 12-minute simmer and dinner is served…. 

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Lemon Parmesan Mashed Cauliflower

Lemon Parmesan Mashed Cauliflower

Roasted cauliflower mashed up with lemon, garlic and Parmesan cheese. They’re sometimes called “mock” or “faux” mashed potatoes and make a tasty low-carb replacement for them, if you’re into that kind of thing. I’m a big fan of both…but I’m late to the mashed cauliflower party. It won’t happen again…. 

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Roasted Asparagus with Lemon Parmesan Bread Crumbs

Fresh asparagus spears crusted in lemon Parmesan bread crumbs and roasted until golden brown. Call them crunchy asparagus fries. They come complete with an entirely optional, lemon vinaigrette on the side. For dipping, dunking or drizzling over top…. 

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