Ultimate cleaning out my kitchen meal

Today has been a day full of food porn.  I’m not really sure why, but nothing gets me going like photos and descriptions of delicious foods of all kind.  I KNOW THIS CAN’T BE THAT WEIRD because foodgawker exists.  & I thank God every day for that, as well as for Nutella.  What is super weird is that I’ve also been distracting myself with restaurant menu perusing today.  Can you tell that I’m really into and inspired by my real job that has nothing to do with food?

I went to a seafood festival this weekend and naturally didn’t take any pictures.  I need to just start requiring myself to wear my camera on my wrist so that no matter where I am I can ~capture memories~ or you know, make real blog entries afterward.  I don’t like seafood anyway, I went for mr mans and my little brother.  I ate a smores crepe for dinner that night.  I encourage all of you to have a smores crepe for dinner at least once in your life.

I did make up a recipe this weekend though with things I had on hand because I AM SO SICK OF GOING TO THE GROCERY STORE 3 TIMES A WEEK!  We buy chicken in bulk from Costco about once every 4-6 weeks so we always have that on hand, had broccoli & turkey bacon left over from some other recipes earlier on in the week, and I bought frozen garlic ciabatta during a moment of weakness last week.  Voila!

Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Chicken Breast

 You need:

  • 1 Chicken breast for every 2 servings
  • 1 piece of turkey bacon per serving (regular bacon would have tasted better, but …  that stupid health thing.)
  • 1-2 tbsp reduced fat chive cream cheese per serving
  • 1 tbsp butter per 2 servings (you can definitely omit to reduce some fat in the recipe)

Instructions:

  1. Split chicken breasts into two thin cutlets, pound out  a bit if they are uneven in thickness
  2. Spread desired amount of cream cheese on each breast (I’d suggest no less than 1 tbsp), then dot it with butter
  3. Roll it up and stick it with a toothpick baby
  4. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until juices run clear.  In the last 5 minutes put it on broil so that the bacon will crisp up nicely

If you want to make that crispy roasted broccoli as well, all you need to do is toss them in some olive oil, salt, pepper and a few smashed garlic cloves (garlic powder if you don’t have any fresh) and bake them when the chicken goes in for about 25 minutes.  For the bread mix butter with minced or shaved garlic and spread it on, and of course sprinkle it with whatever cheese you have hand.  You can go ahead and throw those in at the same time for the last 7-10 minutes of baking everything.

With the chicken on the top shelf, it's a meal you can bake all at once

How easy is that?  Now I really have to go grocery shopping considering I just used up every edible ingredient here with this meal.  Nutrition facts will vary a LOT because obviously I didn’t measure anything very much, but one piece will definitely fill you up and only cost you about 247 calories and 11 g of fat.

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