Bacon Chicken

I was going to make bacon-wrapped chicken, but we ended up using most of our bacon for other things this week. What’s a gal to do but cook anyways?

It turns out it is just as delicious and so much easier to cook your bacon with your chicken than to wrap the chicken inside of it.

This recipe takes approximately 15-20 minutes, and feeds as many people as you are willing to share with. (4-6 People)

  • Bacon – 4 Slices
  • Chicken – 2 breasts
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Other favorite spices
  1. Cut Bacon into large chunks.
  2. Cut chicken into bite size chunks.
  3. Sprinkle salt and pepper, fennel seeds, Mrs. Dash or whatever you feel like over your chicken.
  4. Add both to frying pan and cook over medium high heat until the chicken looks wrinkly and safe to eat.
  5. If you like your bacon a little more crisp, you could put the bacon in a minute or two before the chicken. At that point you could also drain some of the bacon fat out of the pan and pretend that we are healthy eaters.

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Enjoy! I served mine with steamed carrots and cauliflower, and mashed potatoes and everyone loved it.

Recipe: Baked Quesadilla

For the last few weeks I have been feeling very cold and tired. And rather than going to the doctor or going on WebMD like a normal person, I am self diagnosing my mildly hypochondriac self with mild Anemia. I had this when I was pregnant and all I know is that it means I am low on iron and I feel cold easier. My answer is to increase my iron intake which (again, without research) I believe is in steak and spinach.

Steak is expensive, so I’m trying to eat more spinach.

Here is a simple and easy recipe using spinach. Normally I cook quesadillas (plain cheese, or with a sprinkle of sandwich meat) in a skillet. I do this frequently because my kids love them. The skillet method is much quicker than baking, but the benefit of baking is that it is hands off and leaves you free to deal with your screaming children/dogs/cats/hamsters.

Ingredients

Tortillas

Grated Cheese – Mexican Style, Mozzarella, or both.

Spinach

(The second quesadilla I made for my kids had Salami – that was also tasty)

2017-05-16_15-06-03_762The Process

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit 2017-05-16_15-21-51_839
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper
  3. Sprinkle cheese on tortillas
  4. Tear up clean spinach leaves and cover the whole tortilla
  5. Add more cheese
  6. Close the Quesadilla by placing another tortilla on top
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the tortillas start getting nice and crispy and everything smells delicious.

Happy Eating! 

 

 

Fantastic Friday!

Five reasons life is wonderful:

1. Little man has begun making his first animal impression.Yesterday afternoon he ran around for at least an hour going “Hrggggh” “Hrgggghhhhh”, which is his interpretation of a donkey.

2. We got to go on a beautiful walk with our friends in the park today, and the day is wonderful, sunny, and beautiful. It’s great getting to live so close to friends now, I don’t have to worry about traffic on the way home! Before we moved coming home would take an hour, now it takes 5 minutes.

3. I felt nauseous earlier. This a good thing because according to the Mayo Clinic, women who feel nauseous during their pregnancy are less likely to experience big problems. I like to think of it as E. saying “Hi! I’m still here, don’t forget about me!”

4. I FINALLY finished reading the book I’ve been reading the last two weeks. That’s all I will say because this is a happy post and I will share my thoughts with you later.

5. My mom bought me pretty much everything on my amazon wish list for my birthday because she wants to keep my busy. I think she’s happy to be a grandma. (again). I received 3 Pioneer Woman Cooks cookbooks, a pot with steamer insert, and a Flavia De Luce novel (these books are adorable).

I’ve been slacking a bit with my new years resolution these last few weeks, but I need to get back into it. I think I am still ahead for the year because most of the weeks I went above and beyond.

The resolution was this: To try one new recipe a week (and expand my food horizons by trying new foods).

I hope your Friday was fantastic, too!

Packing Day + Happy Friday

The movers are here packing now. I’m waiting for the guy to finish in the kitchen so I can try to make the chicken quesadilla’s from memory. He already packed the cook book, but at least I have the frying pan.

There was a bit of a scare this morning when they came, because there are “NO PARKING” signs everywhere for tomorrow. The bossman said “that’s too bad” or something to that affect. I asked I’m if they wanted to load everything and move it today, and he said “no, I have plans this afternoon”. I asked him what we were supposed to do and he said he didn’t know.

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Move over master chefs!

This is the second night in a row where I have had a great dinner mishap. Yesterday I managed to ruin my small pot I use for steaming vegetables because I didn’t realize the water dried up. The veggies smelled like burning so I threw them down the disposal and was in a foul mood until we were able to air out the apartment. Also, the glass of wine helped.

Tonight, I was going to show Frank that I was going to make the peas he chose over spinach by pouring it in to the pot in front of him. I had the bag of peas in one hand and the pot in the other and then proceeded to pour the peas… onto the kitchen floor.

My One and Only thinks he is funny when he says, “Look at it this way, it’s less veggies to burn!”

I shoo him out of the kitchen, but he decides to add, “at least she didn’t throw them down the stairs, Little Man.”

Your kid falls down the stairs ONE time and you never live it down. (He’s fine, he’s fine! This happened almost 2 months ago! We actually went back to the scene of the crime today and the first thing he did was try to climb up the stairs. He loves stairs despite everything.)

Well I am sure this doesn’t leave you with much confidence in my cooking skills, but I make a few good meals. I was able to convince my funny husband to love me somehow, and I am sure food has at least a small part in the play.

I better go check those bratwurst now.