Thursday, February 28, 2013

Pinterest WIN: Chicken Rollatini

Well this was a Pinterest Win! Except I used chicken breasts and it was a bit to think and didn't roll too well. In the future I will definitely get the cutlets! But it was yummy!

Serves 8:

  • 8 thin chicken cutlets, 3 oz each
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, divided
  • 6 tablespoons egg whites or egg beaters
  • 5 oz frozen spinach, squeezed dry of any liquid
  • 6 tbsp part skim ricotta cheese
  • 6 oz part skim mozzarella
  • olive oil non-stick spray 
  • 1 cup of your favorite marinara sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste

  • Wash and dry cutlets, season with salt and pepper.  Preheat oven to 450°. Lightly spray a baking dish with non-stick spray.

    Combine breadcrumbs and 2 tbsp grated cheese in one bowl and 1/4 cup egg beaters or egg whites in another.

    Shred or finely chop 1.5 oz of mozzarella cheese and combine with remaining grated cheese, spinach (make sure you squeeze it dry), 2 tbsp egg beaters, and ricotta cheese.

    Lay chicken cutlets down on a working surface and spread 2 tbsp of spinach-cheese mixture on each cutlet. Loosely roll each one and keep seam side down.

    Dip chicken in egg mixture, then in breadcrumbs and place seam side down in a baking dish (no toothpicks needed). Repeat with the remaining chicken. When finished, lightly spray with olive oil.

    Bake 25 minutes. Remove from oven, top with sauce then cheese.

    Bake until cheese is melted and bubbling, about 3 more minutes. Serve with additional sauce on the side and grated cheese.


    Pinterest WIN: Honey and Olive Oil Hair Mask

    Now, putting honey in my hair was scary but the results were worth it. To make this “hair mask” I followed the following recipe:

    1 tbsp of honey + 3 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil

    heat the mixture in the microwave for 40 seconds
    wait until it was cool enough to touch
    work through my hair from root to tip
    I ended up making two batches of the recipe before I could comb it all through. Once my hair was full of honey and olive oil, I dipped the ends of my hair in olive oil only just to give them a bit extra moisture. I then wrapped my hair in a warm damp towel, waited one hour, then shampooed & conditioned, dried & styled as normal.
    The result? Gorgeous, shiny, super-soft locks. BUT day two and my hair is kind of the same as it was before. So........ doing this is up to you! 

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

    Pinterest WIN: Balsamic Vinaigrette Chicken

    A new FAVORITE in this house hold! 

    Chicken marinated in balsamic vinegar, olive oil & crushed garlic topped with a basil leaf, mozzarella and a tomato slice or red pepper. Pinterest WIN!!!!!!!!


    I marinated the chicken breasts in a zip lock bag for a couple of hours using an pomegranate balsamic vinegar that I have, along with extra virgin olive oil and some crushed garlic.
    Grill or bake your chicken (350 for 15 minutes each side, I had to do 45 minutes for our thick breasts) and when its done place fresh mozzarella on top along with basil leaves and either a garden fresh tomato slice or a roasted red pepper. Garnish and drizzle with a balsamic glaze! Perfection in each bite!

    Only thing that would have made this dinner more perfect would have been a glass of wine!!

    (not as pretty lol but it tasted delicious! Next time I will saute the tomatoes to warm them up and reduce them a bit, also the grocery store didn't have fresh looking basil so we skipped that too)

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

    10 Herbs that Heal

    Thought I would share this since I know we all have these symptoms at some point in time. so why not fight them off NATURALLY?! 

    Here is a list of some of top healing herbs that may be in your cupboard: 
    Rosemary has shown a lot of cancer-protective potential.” Frying, broiling, or grilling meats at high temperatures creates HCAs (heterocyclic amines), potent carcinogens implicated in several cancers. Rosemary contains carnosol and rosemarinic acid, two powerful antioxidants that destroy the HCAs.
    Oregano this super herb is very rich in anti-oxidant phytochemical flavonoids and phenolic acids. Oregano oil has been classically used as a disinfectant, an aid for ear, nose, & throat/respiratory infections, candida, and any sort of bacterial or viral conditions.
    Dill contains calcium and iron, and the oils in the plant may help to neutralize carcinogens, which are substances that have been shown to cause cancer. Dill also has a number of beneficial healing properties for the digestive system and has been used since ancient times to treat heartburn and diarrhea.
    Cayenne highly effective pain reliever and is an ingredient in some over-the-counter pain relieving creams. It is also great for improving circulation, healing sore throats, and stimulating sweating to help relieve cold symptoms. 
    Cilantro the carboxylic acid in cilantro binds to heavy metals such as mercury in the blood and carries them out of the body. Their removal reverses the toxin buildup that causes chronic fatigue, joint pain and depression.
    Mint counteract nausea and vomiting, promote digestion, calm stomach muscle spasms, relieve flatulence, and ease hiccups. Menthol, the aromatic oil in peppermint, also relaxes the airways and fights bacteria and viruses. Menthol interferes with the sensation from pain receptors, thus it may be useful in reducing headache pain.
    Curry Powder could relieve your pain. It might also: PREVENTCOLON CANCER AND ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE. 
    Parsley diuretic herbs such as parsley prevent problems such as kidney stones and bladder infections and keep our body’s plumbing running smoothly by causing it to produce more urine.
    Basil it is anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, as well as being a good source of magnesium and antioxidants. Medicinally, it is used to treat constipation, indigestion, diabetes and hypothyroidism (under active thyroid). 
    Ginger it is excellent for treating upset stomachs and is still recommended to pregnant women today as a way to combat morning sickness. Ginger is also effective at treating gas and bloating, sore throats and colds. It is also anti-inflammatory and aids in digestion. 

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

    Pinterest FAIL: Oven Baked Shoe String Fries

    Ok, tried this recipe from Martha Stewart, it had to be good... right? Well it was a FAIL. Maybe I was just a horrible cook. I turned them 4 times during the 20 minutes and what didn't burn, were OK, but I had to put a lot of ketchup on them. Good luck if you try!!

    Pinterest Martha Stewart:


    • Need:
    • 2 russet potatoes (about 1 1/2 pounds), peeled
    • 3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for baking sheets
    • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper


    1. Using a mandoline, cut the potatoes into ultra-thin shapes (or "shoestrings"). You can do this up to four hours ahead; to prevent discoloration, place cut potatoes in a bowl of cold water in the refrigerator until ready to use, then gently pat dry with paper towels.
    2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Lightly coat two baking sheets with oil. Toss together potatoes, oil, and 1 teaspoon salt in a bowl. Dividing evenly among prepared baking sheets, arrange potatoes in a single layer.
    3. Bake, turning potatoes with a metal spatula a few times and rotating sheets halfway through, until crisp and golden brown, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer potatoes to a large piece of parchment paper; let cool 5 minutes, then season with salt and pepper, and serve.

    Thursday, February 7, 2013

    Pinterest WIN: Breakfast Bake

    This is a super yummy dish, we made it Christmas morning and again for dinner tonight. It is easy and so good! (I split the recipe in half  and used a smaller dish for dinner tonight, but it still had to cook for a good 30 minutes). Throw peppers or whatever you would like in it!


    1 can refrigerated crescent rolls
    1 lb sausage
    6 eggs
    1/2 cup milk
    1/2 tsp pepper
    1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
    1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

    Preheat oven to 350.

    Brown sausage; drain.  Lightly spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray.  Unroll crescent rolls and press into the bottom of the 9x13 pan, pressing seams together to seal.  Sprinkle sausage over crust.  Whisk eggs, milk and pepper until well blended.  Pour over sausage.  Top with cheeses.  Bake 25-35 minutes or until center is set.

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

    Pinterest WIN: Mini Taco Cups

    Superbowl Sunday appetizer! Thought I would give this a try..... Mini Taco Cups, seems easy to prepare, and eat :-) AND it was. They were a hit at the Superbowl party! Pinterest Win!

    ·         24 wonton wrappers
    ·         1 24cup mini muffin tray
    ·         non-stick cooking spray
    ·         1 pound lean ground beef, browned and rinsed of grease
    ·         1 package Taco Seasoning mix
    ·         1/2 cup Chunky salsa (Pace is preferred)
    ·         6 oz finely shredded 4 cheese mexican blend cheese
    ·         Optional:
    ·         Sour cream
    ·         Black olives
    ·         Shredded lettuce
    ·         Finely diced tomatoes
    ·         Refried beans

    1.       Preheat oven to 425. Spray mini muffin cups with non-stick cooking spray. Press wonton wrappers into each cup. Set aside

    2.       Brown ground beef, rinsing in warm water and draining of grease. Add seasoning mix, 2 tablespoons of salsa and 2 tablespoons of water. Stir well and let simmer for 2 minutes until all meat is coated.

    3.       Spoon beef into bottom of prepared wonton cups, making sure the beef is layered evenly on the bottom. Layer 1 teaspoon of salsa in each cup, spreading evenly, then top with an even layer of cheese. There should be enough room to add the garnish to each.

    4.       Bake for 7 minutes or until wontons are golden. Remove from oven and plate. Add any optional garnish toppings to each cup. Serve immediately.