Chicken with Sauteed Asparagus and Lemons #SundaySupper

Apr 7, 2013 by

Keeping the food budget under control is an important aspect of running a home. I learned this from experience. While trying to cut food costs, creativity is a must. I try not to go too wild at the grocery store but, as a food blogger I see so many possibilities whenever I go shopping! But no matter what, I try to make my meals healthy and attractive – especially the budget friendly meals!

Today’s theme for #SundaySupper is budget friendly meals. Such awesome inspiration! Our hosts today are Lane from Supper For A Steal and Pam from Blueberries And Blessings. Please be sure to check the recipe’s from the links below.

Over the past few weeks, I have been making a few changes to my diet. Kindly pardon my lack of posts recently. All will fall into place soon. I will show you some of what I have been making very soon. Today’s recipe is a refreshing spring dish. I deviated from my original idea which was lemon chicken (didn’t turn our the way I hoped)…and ended up with this recipe. Panko crusted chicken breasts with Sauteed Asparagus with Lemon Slices and Capers.


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Chicken with Sauteed Asparagus and Lemons #SundaySupper


  • 5 Chicken Breast Cutlets (or 2 chicken breasts, thinly sliced)
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1/2 Cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 3 Tbsp Grapeseed Oil
  • 1 bunch Asparagus, washed and trimmed
  • 1 Lemon
  • 2 Cloves garlic, Sliced
  • 1 Tbsp Capers, rinsed
  • Salt & Pepper


  1. Brush both sides of each piece of chicken with mustard, then sprinkle with salt and pepper
  2. Coat each piece with the breadcrumbs
  3. In a large skillet, heat grapeseed oil over medium high heat
  4. Brown garlic in the oil. Discard garlic.
  5. In batches, brown each piece of chicken on both sides until nicely browned and cooked through. Transfer to a plate and set aside
  6. Slice the lemon in half. Cut one half into slices.
  7. In a large skillet, add a tablespoon of oil and bring to a medium heat.
  8. Gently sautee the asparagus for about 6 minutes. Add the capers and the lemon slices. Add the juice of the other half of the lemon.
  9. Sautee for about 3 minutes more
  10. Sprinkle with salt and pepper (to taste)
  11. Plate and serve


This recipe is easy, healthy and affordable. Could anyone resist spring asparagus? Bright lemons? Not me. It also fits well into the changes I’m making to my diet. I will be reducing my processed carbohydrate intake for the next few months. So this means more fresh ingredients in my kitchen, as it should be.

I really do like to cook my chicken in oil fragrant with garlic. It gives such wonderful flavour.


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Such an easy and affordable spring recipe. Do you have great, tasty, healthy budget recipes? Please tell me about them in the comments below.


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Chicken & Sauteed Asparagus with Lemon and Capers


Here are the amazing budget friendly recipes from the #SundaySupper team.

Starters, Soups, and Salads



Drinks and Desserts



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Baked Butternut Squash & Asparagus Risotto #SundaySupper

Apr 29, 2012 by

Today’s post is contributing to the #SundaySupper movement on Twitter. Every Sunday, food bloggers share themed recipes and tips to encourage family dining. The recipes are fabulous and any inspiration that you need for your Sunday family meal is always a tweet away. I’m very glad to have joined up with such a warm and welcoming group! Today’s theme is budget friendly meals.

My cookbook collection could easily get out of hand. And I’m not even worried. I love to see bookshelves lined with books from end to end. Over the years, I’ve been buying cookbooks, food related books as well as photography books. This passion is here to stay. If ever I doubt my true love, all I need to do is look at my collection. What I love about books in general, is that a particular book may seem new to you if you haven’t read it or seen it in a while. I have cookbooks that I haven’t even looked through properly. That thought alone excites me! I’m surrounded by inspiration.

Risotto is a great meal that can be made with simple, budget friendly ingredients. Perfect for a Sunday Supper. I was browsing through some or my treasures and my search led me to a cookbook that it would seem I had not looked in. The photographs were superb and I wished my photographs looked just like them or similar. So anyway, the original recipe used pumpkin and sage – I didn’t have those items but if you’ve been reading my blog for a minute, you’ll know that I use what I have if I cannot do any better at the moment. I had a Butternut Squash and fresh Asparagus. Done deal, in my head.

I’m not sure what tickled me more – the idea that I was baking the risotto, or that I wouldn’t have to stir constantly for half an hour. I was totally pleased with the outcome and perhaps… just maybe… I’ll make Risotto like this from now on. This is a fantastic way to have dinner ready in under an hour, no stress on the stirring arm.


Baked Butternut Squash & Asparagus Risotto for #SundaySupper


This recipe was inspired by “Fast, Fresh, Simple” by Donna Hay, page 162.


Baked Butternut Squash & Asparagus Risotto #SundaySupper
Recipe Type: Main
Author: Lyn
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 50 mins
Serves: 6
A meat free family meal, easy to make and ready in under an hour
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion, Chopped
  • 12 stalks Asparagus, washed and trimmed
  • 2 Cups Arborio Rice
  • 2 Cups Butternut Squash, diced
  • 5 Cups Low Sodium Chicken Stock
  • 3 Tbsp Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Grated Parmesan to serve
  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. In a large dutch oven (or oven proof pot), add oil and onion over medium heat
  3. Cook for until soft, about 3 minutes
  4. Add the asparagus and cook for about a minute
  5. Add the pumpkin and cook for about a minute. Stir to combine
  6. Add the rice and stock. Cover pot with a tight-fitting lid
  7. Bake for 30 minutes
  8. The Risotto will be moist and there may still be some liquid. Add salt, pepper, butter and parmesan and stir until the risotto thickens
  9. Plate and serve with some extra parmesan

Adapted from Donna Hay’s recipe Baked Pumpkin & Sage Risotto from her book “Fast, Fresh, Simple” – page 162


Fresh spring flavour



I was glad to use Butternut Squash in this recipe. It holds up quite well and adds beautiful colour to the meal.


Butternut Squash, diced


Asparagus is a really good-looking vegetable. I’m looking forward to experimenting more with it.


Asparagus, washed, trimmed, cut into 1-2 inch pieces


I believe these two paired very well together.


Butternut Squash, Asparagus and Onions


Add the rice and give it a quick stir to combine before placing the pot into the oven.


Arborio Rice added to the dutch oven


This is what it looks like straight from the oven. There is very little broth left and the vegetables are cooked through.


Risotto out of the oven


Add the butter and gently stir to combine


Melting butter


Here is the plated Risotto. Add the parmesan cheese before eating.


Baked Butternut Squash & Asparagus Risotto


Dinner is served!


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I hope you enjoyed my recipe today. Please check out what the rest of my food blogger friends are bringing to #SundaySupper:

Lane from Supper for a Steal with her Chicken Tortellini Soup Recipe

Sasha from Rambling Notebook  with her Crock Pot Curried Carrot Ginger Soup

Jennie from The Messy Baker Blog with her Recipe for Meatball Subs

Amrita from Beetles Kitchen with her Vegetable Manchurian Recipe

Pam from The Meltaways is bringing her Chicken Enchilada Pasta

Carla from Chocolate Moosey is sharing her Sweet Chili Wings Recipe

Karen from Notes from the Cookie Jar is bringing her Chickpea Masala Sandwiches

An from Baker Street is bringing her Blueberry Lime Bread

Liz from That Skinny Chick Can Bake is bringing her Creme Brulee French Toast because sometimes Breakfast for Dinner is fun!


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Herbed Salmon, Sweet Potato & Asparagus

May 14, 2011 by

I was glad to try this recipe since at the time, salmon was still fairly new to me. The thought of breading a salmon fillet excited me  –  perhaps because I don’t see many recipes like this. I was pleasantly surprised about how this salmon came out. I’d make it again and again. Its perfect for entertaining. People will admire the attractiveness and simplicity. The awesome thing is that I had excess of the combined herbs. I had separated the mixture into 2 portions and stored the unused portion in the freezer for future use.


1 1/4 Cups Fresh Breadcrumbs

2 Cloves Garlic, Minced

1/4 Cup Fresh Parsley, Chopped

2 Tblsp Fresh Thyme, Chopped

3 Tblsp Grated Parmesan Cheese

1 Tsp Grated Lemon Zest

1/4 Tsp Salt

3 Tblsp Butter, Melted, Divided

1/2 Salmon Fillet (4 Slices)



Preheat oven to 350F Degrees.

In a shallow bowl, combine breadcrumbs, garlic, parsley, parmesan cheese, thyme, lemon zest and salt. Combine well. Add 2 Tblsp butter and toss lightly to coat. Set aside.

Pat salmon dry. Place skin side down (you can get slices with the skin already removed) in a greased baking dish. Brush with remaining butter. Cover with crumb mixture. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until salmon flakes easily with a fork.

Serve with mashed sweet potato and steamed asparagus. Enjoy.

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