Pesto Apple Chicken with Provolone and Roasted Broccoli

A while ago a friend of mine posted a picture of her dinner, and it looked O-So-Tasty, so I wanted to try it!

I had pretty much all the ingredients, so here is what we had for dinner.
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Pesto Apple Chicken with Provolone and Roasted Broccoli

Ingredients:
Chicken Breasts
Pesto
Fuji Apple (or 2) sliced thin
Sliced Provolone

Broccoli and EVOO

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 425.You can pound out the chicken breasts if you’d like to, or if you just want them to cook faster. I didn’t do this this time but sometimes I do. I slathered on a tablespoon or two of Pesto straight onto the chicken and then covered the whole breast in apple slices. I put it on a foil lined baking dish and into the hot oven for about 30 minutes. When I pulled it out, the apples were cooked really nicely so I put two slices of Provolone cheese on top of each chicken breast and then popped them back into the oven to melt the cheese. At this time I also put the broccoli (drizzled in EVOO) in the oven on the top rack to broil for about 10 minutes.

The chicken had the best flavor, the apples really paired well with the pesto and cheese. Brent was pretty concerned when I told him what we were having, but he said he really enjoyed it! He was surprised at how much he liked the apples on it. I wasn’t, I knew it would be delicious!! Both kids cleaned their plates and Hadley was upset that she didn’t get more apples. Next time, I’ll broil some extra for her. Thanks for the recipe Rachel!

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Spaghetti Squash Taco Bowls and Homemade Salsa

I saw a recipe on Pinterest a while ago for stuffed spaghetti squash. Normally, I fill our spaghetti squash with spaghetti sauce or swedish meatballs and gravy, or even veggies and pesto. But these had taco fillings in them. I wasn’t sure how they would go over with Brent, but he loves spaghetti squash so I thought I would give it a try.

It was a total hit! My kids are not huge fans of the squash because of the texture, so I made theirs like a bowl from Chipotle and they ate it up! Ours was very similar, just in a spaghetti squash instead of a plate. The buttery taste of the squash mixed with all the fillings was perfect, and if I may say, even better than rice. It was really easy, just like making tacos! But instead of putting tortillas in the microwave, bake a spaghetti squash. Saves you calories and carbs!

Spaghetti Squash Taco Bowl

1 Spaghetti Squash
1 lb ground meat (any kind is delicious!)
1 package of taco seasoning
1 can of corn
1 can of black beans, rinsed
2 cloves of garlic or some garlic powder to taste

Toppings – whatever you prefer for your tacos! I made homemade salsa, added shredded cheese, sour cream, cilantro and diced avocado.

Cut the spaghetti squash in half and scrape out the insides. Rub the meat with butter or extra virgin olive oil, season with some salt and pepper and throw it in the oven on 425 for 25 minutes. This is for a medium sized squash, small ones won’t take as long to cook, so keep an eye on it, and stab it with a fork every once and a while. I like the top to get a little golden on the edges.

While you are cooking the squash, put the meat in the skillet and get it browned. I make homemade salsa all the time and just keep it in the fridge, but if you want to open your favorite jar of it, feel free! (I’ll post that recipe at the bottom) This is also the time where I get out all the other ingredients and set them up so I can just whip up the bowls. Shredded cheese, dice the avocado, sour cream, chop some cilantro, diced onion, jalepenos, etc. Whatever you are craving! When the meat is browned, sprinkle in the taco seasoning and however much water it calls for and cook it for 5 or so minutes, and then toss in the beans and corn to heat through. This only takes a few minutes. By now the squash should be done, so pull it out of the oven. Then fill the insides with the meat/bean/corn mixture and top it with some cheese. Put it back in the oven for a couple of minutes just to melt the cheese. When you pull it back out top it with whatever your little heart desires. Mine was loaded up with salsa, sour cream, cilantro, onions, and diced avocados. I ate about half of mine, and Brent ate about half of his, which means I still have leftovers for lunch!
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Such an easy dinner, and really so healthy. I mean, think of all those veggies taking the place of carbs and grains that you don’t need that late into the day! YUM.

For Salsa
My sister-in-law makes this delicious salsa, so I finally paid attention a year or so ago and we haven’t had anything else since!

1 can of Fire Roasted Tomatoes
1 can original Rotel
1 large tomato
Handful of fresh cilantro
Garlic cloves or powder to taste

I put all of it in the blender or magic bullet and mix it together. If you want to make it spicier you can add onion or change the original rotel to mild or hot. You can even throw in a jalepeno. But my kids aren’t into spicy yet, so this is just warm enough to satisfy me but where they will still eat it. Sometimes I use two fresh tomatoes or two cans of fire roasted tomatoes if it seems warmer than usual.

Enjoy!!

New Brick? And Chicken with Mushrooms in White Wine Sauce

Yesterday afternoon was pretty frustrating to say the least. Our builder called to let us know that we had to come by and choose different brick for the exterior of our house. Apparently our next door neighbors chose the same brick, before we did of course,  and the mistake was just now caught. We found another brick that we like, so it wasn’t too big of a deal, but while we were there I noticed a new granite countertop in the design center. It looked similiar to the one that I chose in the beginning, and she looked it up and told me that it in fact, was the granite we chose for the kitchen.  It was hideous. So ugly I can hardly describe to you how much we disliked it. The sample we saw was white, with big flecks of pearl and black veins running through it, and tiny specks of orange here and there. This was the same, but add in giant red splotches all over. I almost cried. Needless to say, Brent called our sales rep and is getting it changed. Not sure to what yet, but almost anything would be better than that!!

He went to the gym after we left the design center and I took the kids to the park to burn off some energy before dinner.

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We came home and I was at a loss as to what to do with the chicken for dinner. I pulled out some ingredients from the fridge, and googled “chicken and mushrooms”. After reading 4 or 5 different recipes, here is what I came up with.

I had two chicken breasts, so I cut them each into 4 strips. Heated up some EVOO and put them in a skillet. I sprinkled on some salt and pepper, and cooked them on each side for about 5 minutes. Then I put them in a dish and covered it with foil and popped it in the oven to stay warm, on 200 degrees. While the chicken was cooking, I quartered some button mushrooms, minced 4 cloves of garlic, and grabbed the parsley. After the chicken was in the oven I added a little more EVOO to the pan and tossed in the garlic. Cook it for about a minute, then put in the mushrooms. Let these cook for about 5 minutes, til they are golden and start to soften. Then the best part, pour in about 2/3 cup of white wine.(Here is also where you pour yourself a glass) Stir it all together, and scrape the bottom of your pan with a wooden spoon to get any stuck on bits off. They will dissolve into the wine and really make the flavor delicious. Then I sprinkled in about 1/8 cup of dried parsley because I didnt have any fresh. I just let it simmer and reduce by half. Pulled out the chicken and poured the mushrooms and sauce on top.

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Here is the recipe that mine is most like, but I cut a couple of her ingredients and changed some things. She breaks down the nutritional information, but since i cut the flour out of mine, i figure it is about 150 calories and 5 carbs per serving, which is 2 strips and about a quarter of the mushrooms and sauce. Either way, it was soooo good and only took about 20 minutes to make.  Everyone ate it all, and I paired it with a little italian salad.

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After dinner we headed outside for some popsicles!

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Earlier today I was at the gym, ran out by the new house to double check the brick I chose, fed the kids lunch, and got them down for naps so I could pull myself together for tonight. We have our first dance lesson later! I am pretty excited about it!

Have a great weekend!

Does your neighborhood or street do a big kick-off to summer party? Ours is tomorrow and it is so much fun!!

Have you ever taken dance lessons? Neither one of us know how to dance and need some help with all of these weddings coming up!

Personal Pizzas and Fish Tacos

Now that its summer and Hadley is out of school, I feel busier than ever! And she is only 3! I do have her signed up for a few activities each week, and maybe its also because I am preparing for trips, weddings, and birthdays! This weekend is our neighborhood cookout down at the pool and clubhouse. Our street is on dessert, so I am making the Birthday Cake Rice Krispie Treats, since that is what Brent requested. He also said I needed to make a practice batch, which I did and half are gone already!

We are planning on spending the 4th of July at my brother’s house just outside of Fort Worth. During that trip we are hoping to get to see some friends who recently moved down there, as well as attend another friends wedding.

So far the new house is still moving right along, they were working on the HVAC yesterday and getting all the low voltage electricity installed next.

The other night for dinner we had fish tacos, so I made the cauliflower tortillas.

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It was a large batch because I wanted to have some left to make personal pizzas as an alternative to the regular cauliflower pizza crust that I usually make. The tacos are much drier and more pliable, where as the pizza crust recipe is usually eaten with a fork. Dont get me wrong, its delicious. But I thought this might be more appealing
to my kids, which it was because they could eat it with their hands. Truett ate an entire pizza by himself, and then a bowl of macaroni with spaghetti sauce. And he is only 19 months! What am I going to do when he is a teenager!?!?

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These weren’t very big, maybe 8 inches across. Low cal and almost no carbs! Plus lots pf protein from the eggs, cheese, and pepperoni. And top them however you like!

Hadley has another swim lesson today, she is loving it! She also had her first dentist appointment the other morrning and did fantastic. No cavities and she is already asking when she gets to go back!

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Have a great Thursday!!