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Winter Warmers that won’t weight you down (con’t)

Dinner: Oven Fried Chicken with Almonds
You don?t have to fry your chicken to get that fried taste. This recipe is cooked in the oven and has a faint nuttiness from the almonds to top it off.
1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
? cup grated parmesan cheese
? cup finely chopped almonds
2 tablespoons chopped parley
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon salt
? teaspoon dried thyme
Pinch of ground black pepper
? cup extra virgin olive oil
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded to ? inch thickness and cut into 12 pieces
Sprig Italian parsley, for garnish
Preheat the oven to 205 degrees.
In a medium bowl, combine the bread crumbs, cheese, almonds, parsley, garlic, salt, thyme, and pepper. Mix thoroughly.
Place the garlic in a shallow dish. Dip the chicken first in oil, then dredge in the crumb mixture. Place the chicken in a shallow baking pan.
Bake for 25 minutes, or until a thermometer inserted in the centre of a piece registers 77 degrees and the juices run clear. (Do not turn the chicken during cooking) Garnish with the parsley.
This is a recipe from The South Beach Diet Cookbook
Arthur Agatston
Pan MacMillan
RRP $35 but only $31.50 if you buy from the SheSaid bookshop

Dessert: Ribena Rice Pudding
1 cup short grain rice (medium grain will do)
3 cups of milk (use skimmed milk for a low-fat alternative)
1/2 cup undiluted Ribena syrup
2 tablespoons mixed fruit (optional)
1 teaspoon cinnamon or mixed spice (optional)
1/2 cup cream (use low fat cream if desired)
Pour all ingredients except for the cream into an ovenproof dish and stir well. Cover and place in a low to moderate oven for approximately 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Remove from oven, stir through cream and serve.
Serves 4

The wine to go with it!
It?s been a while since cask wine has had a place in the public eye. Ever made the excuse, “I bought this on special; no idea what it?s like” or “This was left over from the weekend barbecue.” With the new Sandra?s 2 litre cask, there?s no reason for such paltry excuses. Sandra Miranda has joined forces with Lisa McGuigan from Tempus Two Wines and young award winning wine maker Sara-Kate Dineen to make a new blend of cask wine that is perfect for the modern woman. The blends of Semillon Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Merlot go down really easily and are perfect for a light wine after work, or an afternoon picnic. The pack has a fresh, stylish, vibrant feel and at $10.99 for 2 litres, you just can?t go wrong!