EATS!: Stuffed chicken breasts + green beans for dinner!

As expected, Saturday was a semi-busy day! Because I worked Friday and subsequently had Wednesday off — it sort of felt like a one-day weekend!

I got up late Saturday, and it was time to do laundry and run errands — including going grocery shopping for next week.

Once everything was gathered up, the boyfriend and I took Hatchet to his grand-mommy’s house to play with her four dogs. Hatchet LOVES playing with Riley, a yellow lab, Moose, a rat terrier, Brutus, who looks like a tan Husky-ish type dog, and Carmen, a miniature pomeranian.

hatchet and carmenhatchet and carmen2.jgpHis favorite playmate is Riley — which I find hilarious because Riley is about 110 pounds, and Hatchet is a mere 10 pounds — but Hatchet will bark in Riley’s face until Riley agrees to run around the yard with him!

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The great thing about going there to play is that the boyfriend’s mom has a fenced in, decent-sized yard, so Hatchet can run and play leash free! It’s kind of like a mini dog park!

hatchet playingUnfortunately I didn’t take any pictures on Saturday because my phone was near death — but the boyfriend’s mom has taken plenty during his appearances at her house. All of the photos above are pictures she took back when he was teeny-er!

Once Hatchet was tired out, it was time to come home and get into the kitchen.

hatchet and his toysThis was to be my cookup — getting everything prepared for the week ahead, and also an opportunity to make dinner Saturday night.

Usually I make dinner on Friday night and Saturday night, but since I was working Friday night, I just ate leftovers on Friday versus making a meal at home.

I feel like I need to do a better job with eating healthy and sticking to a meal plan. I’ve been opening the fridge too much lately — particularly at night. Yes, I’m eating healthy food, but too much of it.

I need to get back to being a good girl!

fridgeIn the kitchen on Saturday night, I worked on a veggie quiche for this week’s lunch, Jalapeno popper meatballs for this week’s dinner, and stuffed chicken with green beans for Saturday Night’s Dinner.

The stuffed chicken breasts came from a recipe I discovered at FitPaleoMom.com.

Photo Courtesy FitPaleoMom.com

Photo Courtesy FitPaleoMom.com

Ingredients included chicken breasts (obviously), bacon, mushrooms and spinach.

First, I baked up the bacon in the oven until it reached desired crispiness — about 10 – 15 minutes at about 350-375 degrees.

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Then, I sliced and sauteed red onion and mushrooms — sauteeing them in butter, and eventually adding in fresh spinach, covering the pan and allowing the spinach to wilt.

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20130727_213433I chopped up the bacon and added it to the cooled mushroom/onion/spinach mixture, and that was the filling for my chicken.

20130727_215433Sadly I FORGOT to include the sun-dried tomatoes that I had on hand — but they would make an EXCELLENT addition to this recipe.

Once everything was prepped, it was time to butterfly the chicken breasts.

20130727_221143Butterflying is easy.

Step-by-step directions are available via “The Lake Kitchen.”

You just take a knife and cut the chicken in half carefully — taking care not to cut all the way through the chicken.

Photo Courtesy "The Lake Kitchen.com"

Photo Courtesy “The Lake Kitchen.com”

You are just forming a pocket in which to place your chicken stuffing.

I had three chicken breasts, and the boyfriend took it upon himself to stuff the breasts and then secure the chicken breasts with toothpicks.

Here’s a snapshot of the boyfriend’s chicken breast, which included sharp cheddar cheese.

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20130727_22152020130727_222706After we seasoned them, the stuffed chicken breasts were baked in the oven for about 30-45 minutes — or until they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

20130727_231559_2Accompanying this recipe was some simple steamed green beans.

20130727_231606Saturday Night’s Dinner was simply DIVINE! The boyfriend even commented that it’s one of the best things I have made in recent weeks.

20130728_001503Definitely going to try a stuffed chicken breast recipe again in the near future! Healthy, easy and so, so tasty!

GET THE RECIPE for Stuffed Chicken Breasts via FitPaleoMom.com.

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