Hazelnut Crusted Chicken & Beet Salad

It feels like ages since I’ve spent some time in the kitchen and make an “actual” meal. Lately we’ve been just throwing together whatever is quickest. This was a welcomed change and really wasn’t super complicated still.

Hazelnut Crusted Chicken


  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 Tbs. unsalted butter

Chop hazelnuts, panko, cilantro, salt & pepper in food processor until crumb sized. Pound chicken breasts to about 1/2 inch thick. Dip chicken into beaten egg. Coat in crumb mixture and press to stick. Heatbutter in skillet over medium heat. Add chicken and cook until golden brown and cooked through. 3-5 minutes per size.


Roasted Beet Salad

I have seen lots of different variations of this salad on menus and was excited to make my own when I bought these beets and greens at the farmer’s market. This is my take and we loved it!


  • 1 beet (I roasted 3, but used only 1 on 2 salads)
  • 4-6 cups chopped red leaf lettuce (any other green would do)
  • 1 bosc pear
  • 1/4 cup crumbled gorgonzola cheese
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • salt & pepper

Preheat oven to 400*. Remove stem and scrub beets. Wrap each beet in aluminium foil. Roast beats for 45-60 minutes or until tender. Remove beets from oven and let stand to cool. Peel beets once they are cool enough to handle. To peel just rub the top layer off of the beet with your hands. I recommend wearing gloves so you don’t stain your hands. Chop beats into 1/2 inch cubes. Top greens with sliced pear, beets, and gorgonzola. For the dressing; whisk olive oil, vinegar, shallot, salt and pepper together. Drizzle on to salad.


Evan and I both cleaned our plates and commented how nice it was to have a meal that required some thought and more than 10 minutes.


Fresh roasted beets are noticeably better than beets you get at most restaurants, especially on salad bars. I’m glad we still have two left!


What is your favorite kind of beet salad? 


This morning I wanted to ride my bike, but hit snooze one to many times to have enough time to ride, so hit up the high school track instead. I did all kinds of running/sprint drills plus some push-ups both incline and decline. I definitely got my mile run in as well.

Okay, off to bed. Super long day tomorrow.