On A New Kick

Posted: March 16, 2011 at 7:13 pm

First off, I completely forgot to say THANK YOU to all of you for your uplifting comments on my most recent Body After Baby progress. I really hope to show that its possible to make changes with balance and consistency. Hearing that you all recognize that in my journey means a lot. And it’s not over yet! So, thank you for the continued support I know you all will offer on a regular basis. :)

As the normal, I started today off with a solid workout. It really does get my day up and running on a positive note. I did a group kickboxing class for my workout today. Remember a couple weeks ago when I went and the instructor had a lot of difficulty leading the class? Well, she had her A game on today and gave us a great workout. I was so happy for her! I can only imagine the stress of starting out as a fitness instructor. She definitely seemed more comfortable today, though, and I really enjoyed the class.

After the gym, we took a pit-stop at home before heading back out for a Mom’s Club activity. Today we all met up at a local Chick-Fil-A for the kids to eat and play on the playground. We rarely do fast food, so I don’t have a problem with Makenzie having some for lunch every once in awhile. She enjoyed her chicken nuggets, fruit, and milk alongside her friends. I, however, had different plans for lunch. You see, I’m on a new kick. A goat cheese kick. I can’t get enough!

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I couldn’t wait to get home for lunch. I did something quite tasty. I took two slices of 9 Grain & Seed bakery bread. Spread one piece with the goat cheese. Spread the other slice with pesto.

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Then added a bit of turkey, spinach, and tomato between the two. It quickly became a thing of beauty.

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And disappeared way, way too fast. So much better than any fast food!

My goat cheese kick extended to dinner as well. I guess I’m on a new kick in the kitchen lately too. I have wanted to cook a ton lately! Strangely, I find myself loving it more and more. Kind of like running. Except dishes are involved so not quite as much as running. I think my newfound enjoyment in the kitchen comes from churning out the winners I have come up with recently. First, the Springtime Lemon Raspberry Muffins. Now, my next creation:

Artichoke, Mushroom, & Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken

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  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 can artichoke hearts (I used those in water)
  • 6 T goat cheese (I used basil & roasted garlic)
  • a couple handfuls mushrooms (white, cremini, or baby bella)

Preheat oven to 375.

Slice and sautee the mushrooms until brown and tender. Set aside on a cutting board. Chop the mushrooms and the artichoke hearts into small, even pieces. Add to a small bowl along with the goat cheese. Mix to an even consistency.

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Pound the chicken breasts out to 1/4” thickness between two sheets of plastic wrap. Spoon about 2 tablespoons worth of the artichoke, mushroom, and goat cheese mixture into the center of the flattened chicken.

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Roll up and secure with toothpicks. Repeat with remaining breasts.

Place in a hot pan lightly oiled or sprayed with cooking spray. Let brown on one side for 2-3 minutes. Flip and brown on the opposite side for 2-3 minutes more.

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Transfer the chicken to a baking dish and bake in the 375 oven for 10-15 minutes until cooked through.

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Now you tell me. Why wouldn’t you want to eat something bursting with gooey cheesiness and delicious things like mushrooms and artichokes? Especially something as easy as this.

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It almost makes me love cooking. But don’t quote me on that….yet.

Question of the Day – What makes you like cooking more?

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65 Comments to “On A New Kick”
  1. I like cooking more and more as I’m successful with more dishes. Today I made a vanilla custard pudding type thing that seemed intimidating but I mastered it! :)

  2. [...] know that I don’t regularly blog all of my eats. I will share current obsessions (like that whole goat cheese phase). I will share recipes/meals I mix up that I simply cannot keep to myself and believe you may find [...]

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