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Cheese and Broccoli Stuffed Chicken

Broccoli Stuffed Chicken

I don’t even know where to start! I first found this recipe a year or so ago when I was searching blogs for “healthy stuffed chicken dinners” and it brought me to Gina’s blog, SkinnyTaste.  It’s hands down one of my favorite dishes to make, and we literally eat it every week. When I first tried recreating this recipe I thought it would be extremely difficult having to roll the chicken up and then toothpick it all together so the filling didn’t come out. Man was I wrong! This recipe is extremely quick and easy to whip together and did I mention how delicious it tastes!

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The best tip I can give is to buy the thinly sliced chicken breasts. The first time I made this I got normal sized chicken breasts and had to cut them into thin cutlets (not fun when you are starving and want this meal to be in your belly already). Lately though, I’ve been able to find the perfect sized thin sliced chicken breasts at Giant (and Walmart) so it’s made things a lot easier and faster.

Ingredients 

  • 1 pack of thin sliced chicken breasts (Perdue works the best in my opinion)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp. water
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups cooked broccoli floret
  • Swiss cheese slices (I use 1 slice for each piece of chicken = 6 slices)
  • salt
  • olive oil spray
  • toothpicks

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Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Place foil on a medium sized baking sheet and lightly spray with cooking oil
  3. If using raw broccoli start cooking it on the stove until tender. You can use frozen broccoli if you prefer
  4. In your first small bowl combine your egg, water, and a touch of salt – beat with a fork until mixed together fully
  5. In your second small bowl place breadcrumbs
  6. Take your first piece of chicken and place a slice of cheese and broccoli on top. Carefully take your chicken and wrap it around covering all the cheese, secure with multiple toothpicks.
  7. Dip chicken in egg wash and generously coat all over, next dip into breadcrumbs and cover fully
  8. Place chicken on baking sheet and lightly spray with cooking oil
  9. Bake 25-30 minutes

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Like I mentioned before this is a meal that I make AT LEAST once a week! A great thing about this dish is it tastes great the next day if you want to take it for lunch or have again for dinner.

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Ta Da! Now sit back relax and have someone else do the dishes. Leave a comment and let me know how you liked it (:

xo Jen

 

Busy week…Birthday week…Best week!

When I first decided to start a blog I thought “I’m going to blog every single day, it’s going to be so fun and easy”- ha! Starting a blog has been pretty intimidating. Sometimes I can’t even bring myself to open my computer because I get so frustrated when I can’t figure things out. Luckily I’ve been able to find a lot of helpful blogs and tutorials on YouTube and now everyday I learn something new.

Honestly though it has been a crazy week since my last blog post. I turned 25, work a full time job, had class 2 days, had a birthday party, got snowed in on Monday and then back to work Tuesday.  Ok so maybe it doesn’t sound so crazy but let me tell you it was! At the same time though it was the best week ever!

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I can’t lie, turning 25 frightened me. I can no longer say I’m in my “early 20’s” ahhh! I wanted to make sure this birthday was extra special, for 1 it was my Golden Birthday (when you turn the age of the date that you were born on, for me I turned 25 on February 25th) and second, last year I had my gallbladder removed a week before my birthday so I was unable to do anything fun (or even eat cake for that matter).  So this year I had a plan and I wasn’t going to let anything stand in the way of that magnificent plan!

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I had my birthday party at Bobby McKey’s, at the National Harbor in Maryland, and I cannot say enough good things about that place!!! It was fabulous, amazing, memorable, and so much more! I had a Keg Bus pick my friends and I up at my house that way everyone could enjoy themselves and not have to worry about the hike up to Maryland. Even though renting transportation can be a little pricey I highly recommend it when going out for any occasion, that way no one has to play the “well I had to be the DD last time so it’s my turn to have fun” game.

Nothing like being called up on stage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was so happy with how the night turned out! Everyone had an amazing time and I was surrounded by the people who mean the most to me. I couldn’t have asked for a better night or birthday and I’m excited to see what this golden year has in store for me!

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Xo Jen

 

Oh and I made up for the cake that I didn’t get to eat last year….

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Festive Ravioli

So I have to admit I’m a sucker for these festive raviolis that Costco carries for different holidays! I’ve made the heart shaped ravioli for Valentine’s Day, and yesterday I picked up these adorable shamrock raviolis for St. Patrick’s day! Not only are they the absolute cutest things I’ve ever seen but they taste delicious too!

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I paired this pasta with a pink sauce which goes together perfectly!  This is a great meal to make on one of those nights where you just don’t have a lot of time (or energy) to stand in the kitchen for an hour cooking, and then turning around and having to clean it all up.

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Ingredients

  •  1 package of ravioli (my festive one is from Costco)
  •  Freshly grated parmesan cheese (optional, we love cheese on top our pasta dishes)
  •   1 tsp. chopped Italian parsley (optional, I used mine to garnish the dish)
  •   1 cup tomato basil pasta sauce (I used Emeril’s brand – it’s my favorite)
  •   ½ cup heavy whipping cream

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Instructions

  1. Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil. Once you add the ravioli make sure to bring the boiling water down to a soft simmer (this will decrease your chance of the raviolis opening up and causing the filing to come out)
  2. Boil for about 3-5 minutes or until ravioli is tender, then carefully drain
  3. In a small sauce pan stir together your pasta sauce and heavy whipping cream, bring to a simmer
  4.  Place ravioli on your dish and pour the desired amount of sauce on top
  5. Garnish with freshly grated parmesan cheese and chopped parsley

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No matter how careful you are most likely one or two will open up a bit. No worries though it will still taste amazing!

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Voila!! Easy, festive, adorable and most importantly DELICIOUS!

xo Jen

Hello first blog post!

Hey y’all! I’m Jennifer, a 20-something foodie who loves anything sparkly or that’s covered in chocolate! When I’m not working my 9-5 day job you can find me either catching a Bikram Yoga class or at the nearest bakery indulging in a red velvet cupcake – hey its all about balance right (-;

I decided to start this blog because I really love food – like a lot! And I figured if I’m going to be this amazing domesticated housewife someday then I better have a helluva recipe book to keep future hubby happy!

So the plan for this blog is to recreate my favorite recipes found in cookbooks, magazines, blogs and recipes that have been handed down in my family. Id love to sit here and tell you that all these recipes posted will be healthy and good for you but lets be serious, sometimes we just need want that ooey gooey chocolate lava sundae or that mouth-watering carb loaded twice baked potato. And guess what that’s perfectly fine! You should be able to taste everything you feel like, doesn’t mean you have to eat it all now does it 😉

So go put on some fuzzy slippers, grab yourself a cocktail and enjoy!

Xo Jen