stuffed chicken breast

Stuffed Chicken breast with spinach and cream cheese

stuffed chicken breast
stuffed chicken breast

Stuffed Chicken breast

A deliciously stuffed chicken breast that’s lightly breaded, stuffed with cream cheese on a bed of sauteed spinach, garlic, and onion. Doesn’t that just sound so good? Because of this recipe, I have found that my family likes spinach and is a hit with them every time I make it.

Let’s get stuffing

spinach
spinach

The first thing I do is clean the spinach and cut the stems off, I used about a half bag of fresh baby spinach. In a frying pan, drizzle 2 tablespoons of olive oil into the pan. Add to the frying pan the spinach,  half of sliced onion and 2 teaspoons of minced garlic, begin sauteeing until spinach is wilted looking. This is a great time to season the spinach with a little salt and pepper.

Slice 4 chicken breast open with a sharp knife, then with a meat mallet pound the breast flat. I seasoned the inside of the chicken with seasoning salt and pepper. I had Weight Watcher’s whipped cream cheese, that I spread onto each breast, I used about 2 tablespoons for each. Then add the sauteed spinach, onion and garlic on top of cream cheese.

Crispy chicken

rolled in panko
rolled in panko

I love using panko when I cook, especially for chicken. Panko is low carb that gives a crispy texture which creates a crunchier coating compared to breadcrumbs.  

Easy clean up is a must for me, placing a sheet of foil on the counter I then dumped my panko onto the foil. When done with the panko roll the foil up and throw away.

Roll each breast in the panko until covered. Carefully place each breast into a heated frying pan that has been generously drizzled with olive oil. Fry each side of the chicken breast until golden brown on each side. Once each side is golden I then turn the heat down and cook until the chicken breast is done. 

Deliciously stuffed chicken breast

Take a look at that deliciously stuffed breast, looking at it makes me want to make it again tonight for dinner. The cream cheese melts nicely and mixes well with the spinach that’s flavored with just the right amount of garlic and onion.  

 

Here’s to a great family dinner ~ Jenny

Texas Sheet Cake

Texas Sheet Cake

Texas Sheet Cake
Texas Sheet Cake

Texas sheet cake

Everything is bigger in Texas right? This Texas sheet cake is big on taste. The use of sour cream in this recipe makes for a  super moist sheet cake. While the cocoa gives the cake the sweet chocolaty taste everyone loves. Let’s not forget this amazing chocolate frosting that tops this Texas Sheetcake. Seriously this sheet cake is worth every calorie, it’s so yummy!! 

 

 Butter, cocoa, water
Butter, cocoa, water

The cake Part

First, you will need the right pan. I had been searching all over for one for some time with no luck, until this past summer. I found one when I was at an outlet mall, I don’t know why I never thought to just go check out Amazon. Don’t worry I made it easier for you to find the perfect pan by going here

Spray the sheet cake pan with cooking spray, here’s a tip for you. When using the cooking spray I make sure to spray the pan over the sink, I have made the mistake of not doing this and getting a slick kitchen floor because of the cooking spray. There may have been some slipping and sliding of kids in past, because of this happing. 

Now would also be a great time to preheat that oven to 400 degrees. 

Using my mixer I added 2 cups of flour (which was sifted) 2 cups of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon salt; set aside. 

Next, I sifted 1/4 cup of baking cocoa to make sure that there were no lumps which I then put in a medium-size saucepan.  I then added 2 sticks of butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1 cup water to the saucepan, brought it all to boil. Once the butter mixture has come to a boil slowly add to the flour mixture. Have your mixer on low while combining all the butter mixture.

sheet cake
sheet cake

Once all the ingredients are combined pour into prepared sheet cake pan. Place in a 400-degree oven and bake for 18- 20 minutes or until done. 

 

Frosting time

Frosting
Frosting

This has to be the easiest frosting to make and putting it on the cake is well, a piece of cake. I start to make the frosting just after I get the cake in the oven. It’s not that deep of a pan so it’s a quick baking cake, you want the frosting done so when the cake comes out you can pour the frosting on the cake right away. 

Back to that medium-size saucepan, add 1 stick butter, 1/4 cup baking cocoa (yes sifted) and 1/3 cup milk. Cook this until mixture starts to bubble, remove from heat, and add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Gradually stir in 1 cup of powdered sugar at a time until you have 5 cups added. If you like walnuts then this would be the perfect time to add them to the frosting.

 

Frosted Sheetcake
Frosted sheet cake

Once the cake is baked pour the frosting over the cake, making sure to cover all the cake. Let cool before serving, but it also tastes good served a little warm. 

Pour a nice cold glass of milk and cut your self a big piece of this delicious Texas sheet cake and enjoy ~Jenny

 

 

 

 

 

Chocolate Pie

Chocolate Pie

Chocolate Pie

Chocolate Pie
Chocolate Pie

Who doesn’t love chocolate, how about chocolate pudding? Then you will love this chocolate pie? This pie is simple to make and is oh so good to eat.  

What a busy week it has been for us, the kids went back to school on Tuesday. I’m not sure who was more sad about that them or me. I think I only cried for the first hour and then couldn’t stop watching the clock to see if it was time to go pick them up yet. I couldn’t wait to see them and hear about their first day back to school. Time is going way too fast with them.

I wanted to welcome them back home by making a dessert that they all would like. I knew chocolate pudding pie would be a hit with them. 

Ready Crust and Pudding

Ready Crust
Ready Crust

I thought it would be fun if the kids could each have their own little pies. I found these mini ready crust at the grocery store. To make the chocolate filling I followed the directions on the box of the chocolate pudding mix.

Chocolate filling
Chocolate filling

Once the pudding was ready I filled the mini pies with the pudding. There was extra pudding so I filled little cups for the kids to have with their lunch the next day. I place the pies and extra cups of pudding in the refrigerator to set up. 

Whipped topping makes it even better

Chocolate Pie
Chocolate Pie

Once the chocolate pudding set up I topped it with whipped topping and sprinkled them with mini chocolate chips and a few chopped walnuts. I place these back in the refrigerator until it was dessert time. 

You should have heard the kids when one by one they opened the refrigerator up and seen these mini pies. I have done this with a large size pie crust before and it was a huge hit with my family. But I think these mini pies were a bigger hit, they all had their own personal pies.

 

  From one chocolate lover to another enjoy~ Jenny