Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Stuffed Chicken Breast with Spinach and Mushrooms

2 medium to large boneless skinless chicken breasts
5 oz cream cheese
1/4C frozen spinach
3 mushrooms
4 strips of thick-sliced bacon

1. Soften cream cheese, either by letting it sit out for 30 minutes or so or just putting it in a microwavable bowl.
2. Dice mushrooms into fairly small pieces, about 0.25cm^3 ... ok, that was probably a bit too exact for most of you, so:

3. Mix together spinach, mushrooms, and cream cheese. Set aside.
4. "Butterfly" each chicken breast by slicing through it lengthwise, leaving the end attached so it folds open in a shape that supposedly resembles a butterfly (maybe a butterfly on some crazy drugs or something).
5. Divide the cream cheese mixture in half, and spoon each portion onto the center of each folded-open chicken breast.
6. Fold the chicken breasts "closed," encasing the cheese mixture inside.

7. Wrap two strips of bacon around each chicken breast. Using a couple toothpicks to hold the bacon in place is immensely helpful here.

8. Bake for about an hour at 350F/175C.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Chicken Grapefruit Salad

1 large or 2 small grapefruit
1lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp allspice
1 tsp salt
3 tbsp slivered almonds
3-4 green onions
Romaine lettuce (about 5-6 cups)
1 large or 2 small avocados
1/4c coconut milk

1. Mix together cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and salt in a small bowl.
2. Put chicken in a greased baking dish and top with most of the spice mixture. Bake in a 350F/175C oven for about 40 minutes.
3. Tear lettuce into small pieces or shred, whichever is your preference.
4. Peel grapefruit, and remove that white, fibrous stuff (I don't know its actual name) by sliding a knife lengthwise through each "section," then peeling the fibrous stuff away from the fruit.
5. Chop avocado and onion.
6. Mix remaining spice mixture with coconut milk (this is your salad dressing).
7. Put all this stuff together in a way that looks kind of nice (or not) ... see picture.