Monday, August 26, 2013

"No way I'm gonna beat this summer with you..."

This summer has been FULL and wonderful. It is really hard for me to believe that August is almost over and that the summer in general is coming to an end. Fall is my favorite season, so I am definitely looking forward to the coming months, but it is a little bittersweet to wave goodbye to Summer 2013. These are the highlights when I look back on the last few months... 

Goodbye, summer! Hello, September!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Spinach-Stuff Bacon Wrapped Chicken

We have changed our eating habits at our house...We have taken up a modified paleo diet. I'm not going to research all the ins and outs of the diet, so I am hesitant to even say it on the world wide web. Basically we have given up grains and dairy and we are trying to load our meals with meat, fruits, and vegetables. Are you thinking about my smoothies from my last post? Yeah, again...modified. I am not quite ready to give the yogurt up (how bad can Greek yogurt be for me?!) or the splash of orange juice. Fletcher's smoothies have transitioned to almond milk, but I'm not ready for that business quite yet, I'm getting there. Considering cheese is my favorite food, I'm just proud of myself for cutting that out. We'll get to you eventually, Greek yogurt.   If you've been wondering where all the sweets and dessert recipes went, I'm afraid they have been temporarily kicked to the curb. They'll probably pop back in every now and then. I welcome opportunities to cheat every once in a while! Okay, I digress. My big "thing" is that I don't want to take a recipe that used to be delicious with grains and cheese and make a bunch of substitutions to make it paleo friendly. I am bound to be disappointed. So I've been looking for recipes that are just paleo all by themselves, not because they have lots of substitutions. Let me introduce you to spinach-stuffed bacon wrapped chicken. 

Spinach-Stuffed Bacon-Wrapped Chicken
Adapted from budgepaleo.blogspot.com
10 slices of bacon
1/2 cup red onions, chopped
4 garlic cloves, chopped
3/4 pound of spinach, chopped
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Salt 
Pepper
Thyme

1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. 
2. Take 6 slices of bacon and chop them unto 1/2 inch pieces. Fry them in a medium-large skilled until they are nice and brown. Remove the bacon. 
3. Saute the red onion in the bacon grease for a few minutes. Add garlic gloves. Add the spinach, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Simmer just until the spinach is wilted, and remove the pan from the heat. Stir in the cooked bacon pieces
4. Take your chicken and slice down the middle (not all the way through). Spread the filling evenly on the inside of the chicken breast. Flip the top of the chicken bacon over to cover the filling. Wrap each breast in a slice of bacon. 
5. Place in a baking dish. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and thyme. 
6. Bake uncovered at 375 for 35 minutes. Turn oven to broil and let it cook for 5-10 minutes. Keep watch!! The broiler always keeps me on the edge of my seat. 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

This & That

Our busy spring/summer season has come to a close and we are adjusting back to a sense of normalcy around our house. Being in town two weekends in a row was a very odd feeling! It was bittersweet for all of our festivities to be over, but I know that the new calm will be good for us.
 Last Friday night we went on a double date with these two! We haven't seen them in almost a month! Getting to catch up with them was a definite bonus of staying in town for the weekend. 
Our major house project in July was building a deck. After the deck was finished, it rained for probably two weeks. Last week we finally saw the sun again and enjoyed multiple dinners out on the deck. We have already enjoyed the deck so much! Last week I made these salmon kabobs. I flipped out a little when I saw that the salmon still had the skin on, but thankfully Fletcher was just a holler away and came to help. The kabobs had a great flavor and we will definitely be making them again (as long as Fletcher is home to handle the skinning). 
 Saturday morning I enjoyed my coffee out on the deck. Quiet Saturday mornings are good for the soul, and the cool temperatures didn't hurt either! This mug is one of my favorites...I like to save it for Saturdays when I can enjoy a nice long cup of coffee. 
 While we are on the topic of breakfast, I eat the same smoothie every single day. Yep, 7 days a week. Unless Fletcher is around on a Saturday morning to make us a delicious big breakfast. Lots of people have asked me what I put in my smoothie, so here it is! One banana, handful of blueberries, 4-5 frozen strawberries, 4-6 oz. of vanilla Greek yogurt, a handful of spinach leaves, and a splash of orange juice. The orange juice makes it taste delicious, and you can do as little or as much as you want. 
My new favorite show. This show is SO GOOD. It keeps me on the edge of my seat. And it makes me wonder, is there a real Olivia Pope in the world? A professional fixer who handles things and keeps major catastrophes at bay? I am making my way through season two and can't get enough.
Birmingham friends, if you haven't been to Saw's Soul Kitchen in Avondale, you need to go tomorrow. It is SO DELICIOUS. It is a TINY little place, but it is so good. I think they have the best burger in Birmingham. I know, why do I get a burger at a BBQ place? Probably because I am a Memphis BBQ snob, and also because their burger is so delicious I can't make myself order anything else. You can't go wrong with anything on their menu. Fletcher loves their Pork 'N Greens - cheese grits topped with greens,  BBQ and onion rings. This weekend, my mother in law and I went here for lunch. We had to wait a long time, but it was worth it!