You’d think I’d remember…

to take a picture of my A-M-A-Z-I-N-G dinner last night! It was so yummy! A long time ago I remember seeing a recipe on pinterest.com for mozzarella stuffed chicken. I also recall wanting to try this recipe for a long time. Yesterday during my lunch break, I looked up different recipes but many of them had TOO MANY INGREDIENTS for me. I like to bake and/or cook with anything less than 6 ingredients.

Anyway, I was talking to my colleague about it and told her I think I am just going to get chicken break, fresh mozz, and spinach then stuff the chicken with it. We then came up with the idea of adding mushrooms and minced garlic and sautéing the spinach, garlic, and mushrooms together first. So I decided that’s what I would do.

After my meeting yesterday and before yoga, I went to the grocery store and picked up…

*7 chicken tender cutlets

*fresh mozzarella

*minced garlic

*big bag of cooking spinach

*baby bella mushrooms

*asparagus

*Panko crumbs

*sweet potato

*Olive Oil Pam cooking spray

I am known for also not really measuring my ingredients and just going for what looks good (I also tend to make my own spin on a lot of recipes to make it easier for me). So I cannot give full measurements on anything I made.

First I sprayed the skilled with the olive oil spray, then I dumped in handfuls of spinach, mushrooms, and minced garlic (I just put it until I thought there was just a right amount of garlic). I let that sauté while I washed the chicken and asparagus. While it continued to sauté, I cut the ends of the asparagus, sprayed them with olive oil and them dumped them in a gallon zip lock bag that I filled with more minced garlic and the Panko crumbs (oh yea, my oven was preheating at 400 before I started everything). I shook the bag quite a bit until they were covered with some Panko crumbs and then dumped them on a cookie sheet (also sprayed with the Olive Oil pam – yes I love this stuff) and placed it in my oven (oooops I forgot to time how long it was in there but it was pretty much in there the entire time I made the chicken).

Before “stuffing” the chicken, I cleaned the sweet potato, poked it and placed that in the microwave to cook (I probably should have just baked it since my oven was on 400 degrees, but that’s just my thinking sometimes). Once I did that the “stuffing” was ready to go. I took the cleaned chicken and used Mrs. Dash unsalted and McCormick chicken grinder and put that on three pieces and on the other four I just put some Panko on them (I didn’t need to use anything to keep the Panko on since the chicken breast were a little wet). I then placed the chicken breasts down and put a thin slice of fresh mozz on each of them; I took the mixture/”stuffing” and placed that on top of the mozz. Next I folded the breast over and used a three toothpicks to hold it in place (my bf made a good suggestion for next time; he said I could have used string to make it easier for flipping…I’m not that savvy). I then placed the rolled chicken breasts in a skillet that had the Olive Oil Pam spray on the bottom and let them cook; I just kept checking the chicken to make sure it was cooking and then flipped it when it was ready. I let it cook until some of the mozzarella was getting crispy and really oozing out (I love a little burnt cheese). When the chicken was done, I checked the asparagus and that was ready to come out as well!

Once it was done…dinner was served and it was delicious. There was extra “stuffing” so my bf took that to work as a side dish along with the left over chicken. I could probably eat this every single night (and it’s pretty healthy! I didn’t use a ton of cheese I cut thin long strips and used Olive Oil spray instead of olive oil)! We were both extremely full after!

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As far as my run yesterday, I ran for an easy hour. I use a heart rate monitor on my easy runs to make sure my heart rate isn’t going above the zone (recovery/easy days are important), but I think my battery is going or I didn’t soak the strap long enough. It had me with a heart rate of 102 and only burning 350 calories in one hour. I know it was an easy slow day but I don’t think I was going any slower than 8:20 pace. I guess I’ll see what happens on this run!

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Sorry for another pictureless post! I’ll work on that, I swear!

What is the best meal you’ve made lately?

What’s your favorite recipe?

Anyone having work holiday parties tomorrow?

We are having ugly sweater day and cookie exchange with all the literacy and data coaches in my district. Since my office is over at the high school, the other data coach and I get to participate in TWO cookie exchanges! Maybe I’ll remember to take pictures?!?!?!