Saturday, May 31, 2014

Kitchen Personalities & Healthful Spinach Stuffed Chicken Recipe

I've never been much of a cook. My husband jokingly says he got the short end of the stick marrying a part-Italian gal who can't cook. He thinks my Italian genes should have automatically made me a master in the kitchen. (Sorry Grandma.) He is the chef in our family, he calls himself Chef-Boy-Russ-G, and definitely is more experimental than me. It is true, our personalities carry over into the kitchen. Hubby is the kind of guy who pushes the limits. I on the other hand, go by the (cook) book, in life and in the kitchen. He is always sneaking in extra spices when I am not looking. Meanwhile, I am measuring the precise amounts as prescribed in the recipe. He'll say "Hey what if we add peanut butter to that (insert any recipe here)? I bet that would be great!" Usually to my horror. (It doesn't say to do that!) I'm a rule follower, he is a rule breaker.

He has taught me that some experimentation can really pay off. While sometimes I think he takes it too far (peanut butter, really?) I think he has the right idea. He is always offering new ideas for recipes while he is supervising helping me in the kitchen. I even make changes to the written recipe sometimes (gasp!) to make it more healthful or delicious!  I won't go crazy like hubby, he will try almost anything, but I have learned to add some spices and make some healthful swaps.

When I saw this recipe on Pinterest for Spinach Stuffed Chicken, I thought it look delicious, but wanted to make a few changes. I didn't need to reinvent the wheel, but added some variations to spice it up! This is a simple healthful recipe that the whole family will love.

It turned out absolutely delicious! I ate it for dinner that night and for lunch the next two days. I swear everyday that I heated it up, it got a little better.

  • 1 package of frozen spinach
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup of plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup pepper jack cheese
  • Pepper to taste
  • Creole seasoning to taste
  • Cayenne pepper to taste
  • Red pepper flakes to taste
1. Preheat the oven to 375
2. Steam the frozen spinach
3. Pound the chicken breasts flat (I couldn't find my meat tenderizer, so mine were still pretty thick)
4. Season the chicken with pepper and creole seasoning
5. Mix together the cooked spinach, cheese, Greek yogurt, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes.
6. Spoon spinach mixture on top of chicken breasts and fold over (or roll up if the chicken is thin enough) Use toothpicks to secure, if necessary
7. Bake for 35 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in the center.

We topped it with Sriracha and served it with tabbouleh salad for a delicious, healthful, flavorful meal.

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 How experimental are you in the kitchen? Do you and your spouse have the same kitchen personalities?

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  1. This looks so delicious! I am not a bad cook, I just hate cooking in general. So does my husband, so we typically are awful at meal planning. This looks great, though! I will have to try it!

    1. Our arrangement is usually that he cooks and I clean. I hate cleaning too! LOL

  2. Definitely bookmarking this recipe! Sounds delicious! Glad I found your blog.

  3. That does look good. I love to cook and experiment... unfortunately I also like to eat...too much!

  4. I experiment all the time...sometimes I have a fail here and there, mostly with baking though. I love to cook!


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