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
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

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. 

1 comment:

  1. That looks so good. Good thinking not trying to trick yourself into thinking this is the old stuff, but just letting things go a new way. It's profound really ;) So proud of you paleo-ites!