Tuesday, November 30, 2010

New Bruschetta Casserole, 4 Miles, Rest = The Bomb

Thank you, thank you, thank you for your sweet comments here and on Healthified Kitchen! I really am so excited to have the site up. I've been working on it for a while and although it's not completely where I want it to be I just couldn't wait any longer to share it!!

Other than sharing the site, yesterday was fairly uneventful for me. Just work, 4-mile walk during lunch (sans Stacy, that hooker had the nerve to take a vacation day. sigh), then more work. After work, I planned to make up for my Thanksgiving Holiday of Slack (i.e. no exercise whatsoever) and go the gym. But it took me AN HOUR to get home so I stayed home. I did do this back and biceps workout.
Then I chilled with the fam, read your blogs and rested. This resting thing is SO underrated. I was seriously spoiled this week with being at home and absolutely love it! Lastly, as is the standard lately, I have a recipe to share! We had this one for dinner last night and it was a hit! (with me and Austin LOL)

Chicken Brushetta Bake
Recipe adapted from a Lauren’s Kitchen recipe (from Stovetop)
Makes 4 Servings

1 can (14-1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 package stove top stuffing mix for chicken
1/2 cup water
1 tsp minced garlic
18 oz. chicken
1 tsp. dried basil leaves
1 oz. fresh mozzarella, grated
2 oz. Cabot 75% reduced fat cheddar, grated

Heat oven to 400°F. Mix tomatoes, stuffing mix, water and garlic just until stuffing mix is moistened. Spray a square baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Put raw chicken on bottom, then stuffing mix. Press until flat, then top with cheeses and basil. Bake 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

whole dish -4 servings

Nutritional Information: 396 calories, 38 carbs, 7 fat grams and 41 protein grams.

Review: LOVED. Great mix and I never cook with stuffing so it was fun to use a new starch. The mix came out tasting a lot like brushetta, and I loved that it called for so much cheese, but was still so relatively low calorie. It was filling too - and the chicken layer at the bottom was moist. I love cooking chicken in the bottom of a casserole - genius. We'll be making this one again for sure -Austin was a fan, too.

Q: Would you prefer I just post the picture here and link to the other blog for the full recipe, or do you like the full recipe being here? I'm totally open to either - just thought i'd ask in case anyone cared one way or the other!

Q: Do you ever cook with stuffing? This is seriously my first time! It's kind of the bomb.

14 comments:

Erica said...

I agree :) Relaxing is totally underrated! That bake looks just perfect. Almost looks like a lasagna. I'm ok with you doing either with the recipe- whatever works for you!

Biz said...

Since you are putting full recipes on the other blog - I would just post the picture and link so you aren't doing twice the work.

Congrats on the new blog! :D

Ameena said...

I've never cooked with stuffing before but I am very tempted now! I agree with Erica - this reminds me of lasagna.

Love both of your sites...your photos are really amazing!

Anne Marie said...

After posting this comment, I'm headed over to check out the new blog-can't wait! I've made that Bruschetta Casserole, and it was the first time I cooked with stuffing. You're right-it IS the bomb!

Hope said...

I just made that Bruschetta Chicken Bake a few weeks ago! I love it! It's simple and tastes great!

Joanne said...

I definitely need to relax more often...and that is what I learned over MY Thanksgiving break! That chicken bruschetta bake sounds divine. Although, I'll take any excuse to eat stuffing!

Kace said...

No lie, that recipe is currently baking in my oven. I've been craving it for a while and decided to make it----what a coincidence! Its so easy and not terrible for you! (also stuffing is amazing; I have a pork one I'll be posting soon1)

fittingbackin said...

Loving how popular this recipe is! And WOW - Hope you did just make it - yours looks great! Kace - take a pic and def share the pork one!

Melissa said...

Wow! Looks like I need to try that recipe STAT!!! :)

Tyler said...

I made that or something similar once. It was pretty tasty too! Congrats on the new blog! I don't think I've congratulated you yet!

Tyler said...

I made that or something similar once. It was pretty tasty too! Congrats on the new blog! I don't think I've congratulated you yet!

Kace said...

No lie, that recipe is currently baking in my oven. I've been craving it for a while and decided to make it----what a coincidence! Its so easy and not terrible for you! (also stuffing is amazing; I have a pork one I'll be posting soon1)

Hope said...

I just made that Bruschetta Chicken Bake a few weeks ago! I love it! It's simple and tastes great!

Erica said...

I agree :) Relaxing is totally underrated! That bake looks just perfect. Almost looks like a lasagna. I'm ok with you doing either with the recipe- whatever works for you!