Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Eating Good and Doing Good

The past week I have been back on the cooking ball. I had a little cooking lapse, that is why my posts have been kinda scarce but I am back in full force :). The past weekend I made brownies for a football party where we had a great time with family. Were the brownies were great? YES. Healthy? NO!! I got the recipe from this lovely doll that I have been stalking for some holiday recipes. The only change I made was doubling the amount of crushed Oreo's. They were the hit of the bash...
Out of the oven
Chilled over night and cut up at the party

There was another hit at the party but it wasn't food. It was this sweet pup...

On the dinner front, I finally broke out my Clean Eating Mags and decided to make something new for dinner. I present you with..

STUFFED CHICKEN with Veggies & Lemon-Basil Pasta
Serves:4

  • Olive Oil cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup loosely packed spinach, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced and divided
  • 3 Roma tomatoes, seeded, cored and diced, divided
  • 2 tbsp ww bread crumbs
  • 1/2 pkg ww spaghetti
  • 4 4-oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts pounded thin
  • 4 tbsp fresh basil, finely minced
  • 1 tbsp evoo
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 1/2 tbsp parm cheese (optional)
  • Toothpick ( I didn't use them)
Instructions:

1. Heat large skillet over med-high heat. Mist w/ cooking spray and add onion, spinach, 1 clove garlic and 1 tomato. Saute for 5 min. or until just cooked. Remove from heat and mix in breadcrumbs. Set aside.

2. Bring large pot of water to a boil and cook spaghetti.

3. To stuff chicken, place 1 1/2 to 2 tbsp of mixture in the middle of each piece and fold chicken over securing with toothpicks.

4. Heat large skillet over med-high heat. Mist with cooking spray. Place stuffed chicken in pan and cook until golden brown (about 3 to 4 min. each side).

5. Drain pasta when done cooking, then put back in pot tossing with lemon juice, zest, basil, oil, and 2 remaining garlic cloves.

6. Serve and garnish with parm cheese.
Close Up

The next day for the little one I added some Trader Joe's Sun Dried Tomato sausage and mozzarella cheese to the leftover noodles for lunch....
She loved it :)

Over these past few days I also managed to go crazy with curry and I whipped up some Curried Butternut Squash Soup and a Fruity Curried Chicken. Recipes in the next post :)

I will now leave you with a breakfast that speaks for itself....

CONFESSION OF THE DAY: I am just now learning to do things for people and not expect things in return. Not that I ever or always did good and expected something but I am just now starting to grasp and understand the concept :)

QUESTION: Anyone one have any experience working with the GIMP program?


14 comments:

  1. LOVE Em's recipes - glad you're inspired too :)

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  2. You have been busy! Forget those brownies...I want your breakfast :)

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  3. I just downloaded Gimp but have yet to use it... :(
    That past looks AMAZING!

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  4. I don't even know what GIMP is, but I'll google it in a minute.

    CD would love those brownies, but I'm with Mama Pea, I'll take your breakfast...along with that little pup. :)

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  5. The brownies look amazing!!! Wow, they look spectacular! They are full of gluten, dairy, eggs, and soy from the oreos. So I am allergic to pretty much the whole thing so it's a no go :(

    Which brings me to answering the ? you asked me about if I plan on staying raw my whole life? Well girl, it's kinda like raw chose me, I didnt chose it. I have all kinds of food allergies & sensitivities and when I eat raw, I am assured it is clean and healthy and won't make me sick, swell, break out in rashes, airway close off, ya know, that kinda stuff. But trust me, it's for my overall health reasons, not b/c I am a purist and woulndt love one of those brownies !!!! LOL

    Doing things for others and not expecting anything back, awesome you're catching on :) I do things like that more and more as I get older and it's nice :)

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  6. Haha, I welcome stalkers! Aww, I'm lovely?? I think you're lovely too. The brownies look awesome!

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  7. The stuffed chicken breast meal looks so elegant! Definitely great for entertaining for ooooh's and ahhh ;)

    Yummy looking brownies! Eh, a little of the unhealthy is perfectly fine!

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  8. Your confession remind me of this saying "a true act of compassion is done without expecting anything in return." :)

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  9. Wow - that dinner looks delicious! I'm a big fan of Clean Eating Mag too, but I must have missed that recipe since I don't recall seeing it and I own every issue. Hmm... time to go flip through!

    The brownies look heavenly. Hey, you don't have to be "good" 100% of the time. There's nothing wrong with a homemade brownie at a party. :)

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  10. ahhhhh i cannot wait to see the curried butternut squash soup! mmmmmm! and those brownies look so good. but the lil' punkin' is still the cutest!

    love you mama!!!!

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  11. Oh my, those brownies look amazing. And adorable pup :)

    I like your confession. I'm still expecting things. I should probably get over that, huh?

    I have GIMP for my mac and I don't like it much.

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  12. Those brownies sound amazing!!

    That chicken meal is totally making my mouth water! Mmm! I love chiken :)

    <3 jess
    xoxo

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  13. Those brownies look beyond delicious. And your daughter is just adorable, the puppy is bad either.

    I love adding sliced, pre-cooked sausage to my pasta. Instant protein shot.

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