Eating healthier is important to my family all through the year, but there is something about the ringing of the New Year that forces us to reflect on our past habits and things we’d like to change. This year we are focusing on menu planning so that we always have fresh, homemade food for dinner. Like many families dinnertime can be hectic and it is sometimes difficult to make the meals we hope to. No matter how busy I am, I want my boys to have plenty of nutrients packed into every meal.
I created this recipe to have for dinner when friends were visiting. It is fast, easy, nutritious, delicious and looks more complicated than it is. A recipe win for me :)
Even if you think you don’t like spinach, or kale, or cottage cheese you will find this recipe for Mixed Greens and Cottage Cheese Stuffed Chicken packed with flavour you will be sure to make it again and again. Plus, with a simple tomato sauce you could pre-cook the stuffed chicken, reheat and serve topped with sauce – great for leftovers!
- 6 Boneless Chicken breasts
- 2 tbsp Gay Lea Butter
- 1 small onion chopped
- 1 cup baby spinach
- 1 cup baby kale
- 2 tbsp chopped parsley
- 2 tbsp garlic plus or 1 tbsp garlic powder, 1 tsp garlic salt
- 1/2 cup Gay Lea Cottage Cheese
- 1/2 cup aged cheddar cheese grated
- 4 tbsp Parmesan cheese grated
- 1 egg yolk
- Pinch salt
- Pinch pepper
Preheat the oven to 375F
In a frying pan, heat butter and cook onion until softened.
Add greens and garlic plus cooking until greens are wilted. Set aside and let cool.
In a medium sized mixing bowl, add cheeses, egg yolk, salt and pepper.
Add greens mixture stirring to combine.
Place chicken breasts on a cutting board and hit with a meat tenderizer until flattened.
Place stuffing in the edge of the breast and roll until closed. Place in a shallow baking dish.
Brush chicken breasts with butter, basting at least once more while cooking.
Bake in the oven for 35 minutes or until chicken is slightly browned and cooked through.
*Can be served with a simple tomato or cream sauce.
I love that this recipe is full of real ingredients, whole foods that are easy to keep in one’s kitchen. Plus, the added cottage cheese makes the stuffing creamy and packs and added protein punch. Looking forward to hearing what your family thinks of this recipe, it was a big hit with ours!
Disclosure: I am part of the Gay Lea Blogger Campaign with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.
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