Sunday, September 12, 2010

Are You Ready for Some Football?

It's a Sunday in September, so you know what that means: football. Groan. I hate it. Beren loves it. So, what's a gal to do while her man is planted in front of the tv for hours on end: Shop? Nah, I'm not a big fan of that sport either. Clean the house? ewwww! Exercise? Yep, I'll hop on the treadmill for a bit. But what I really want to do is don my apron and head for the kitchen!

On tonight's menu is a redux of this recipe, Maria's Stuffed Chicken Breasts. Since I'm weaning away from meat little by little, I'll make a faux version using Quorn's Naked Chik'n Cutlets for myself and the kids. Beren will get the real thing. Warning: this is not the "skinniest" recipe I've ever posted, the calorie & fat content is pretty high but it is fairly healthy and a good Sunday dinner, especially when served alongside a big green salad.

Here's the original recipe:

Maria's Stuffed Chicken Breasts
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Submitted By: Maria Fontana
Photo By: SunnyByrd
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 1 Hour
Ready In: 1 Hour 15 Minutes
Servings: 4
"Chicken breasts stuffed with a spinach/ricotta/mozzarella mixture, then baked in your favorite spaghetti sauce."
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast
salt and pepper to taste
1 (15 ounce) container ricotta cheese
1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped
spinach, thawed and drained
1 clove garlic, minced
2 eggs, beaten
1 (8 ounce) package shredded
mozzarella cheese, divided
1 (16 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper to taste. Slit open on the side for stuffing; set aside.
3. In a medium bowl, combine the ricotta, spinach, garlic, eggs and 3/4 of the cheese. Mix well and stuff each breast with 1/4 of the mixture; secure with toothpicks and place stuffed breasts in a lightly greased 9x13 inch baking dish. Pour sauce over all and sprinkle with remaining cheese.
4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45 to 60 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and juices run clear.

Have a Beauty-Full Day,


  1. This dish looks wonderful! Would love to hear how it turns out for you, (well, not you...tell me how Beren's version turns out!) ;) And what changes you would make if you were to make it again. In any case, it sounds delic!

  2. Looks yummy! I hate football as well by the way.

    I am struggling a bit with my diet. I was down the lowest I had been, now with mother natures visit it creeped up over the last week...even with doing everything I did with last months time that staved off the water weight. I am hoping and praying that I can get over the mental part of it and realize it is ( hopefully)temporary ...need to keep my mind in the "game"

  3. Allan, I certainly do, my friend! Maybe someday I'll show you some real Italian cooking. ;) How do you feel about stuffed shells and homemade cannoli?

  4. Ruby, that Mother Nature and her monthly woes! She throws us all into a tailspin. Hang in there, we can do it!

  5. Sheree, I will certainly let you know how it turns out! :)

  6. Your stuffed breasts look like a winner... LOL, sorry; I wrote it and almost deleted it for a re-write, but figured I'd share teh laugh at my expense.

    Football, yes, Go Bears!

  7. stuffed breasts were fabulous! ;) Thanks for the chuckle!

  8. All this talk about stuffed breasts :) have made me want to cook the recipe... I will have it on the menu this week and let you know. Exercise during the games is a great idea!

  9. john had a couple of friends over yesterday for the games and i made a pot roast and brownies. i felt very little-wifey. emphasis on the little because i only ate ONE tiny brownie. next sunday i'll try your stuffed chicken. thanks for the recipe!

  10. let me know how you like those breasts. ;)

    Jan..brownies...yummy! Good for you for only having one! :)