Chicken, spinach, feta and pasta bake

This is super easy, light, healthy and yummy!!! Lucy ate it up!

Here is what you need:
2-3 cooked chicken breast cut in bite size pieces.
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1/2 chopped onion
8 oz crumbled feta cheese
3 ripe medium tomatoes
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
1-2 cups of fresh spinach
About 3/4 box of pasta of choice (use whole wheat to make this healthier)

Here is what to do:
Cook pasta according to the directions

To cook the chicken:
Cut chicken into bite size pieces and place in a pan with olive oil and onion
Season the chicken with garlic salt and pepper
Sautéed until cooked all the way thru.
Set aside

In a baking dish combine: spinach, tomatoes, and feta. Add chicken and pasta top with shredded mozzarella.

Bake at 475 about 15 minutes.

Enjoy!!

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Stuffed chicken and green beans

So good, get ready!

What you need::
1 lb chicken breast or boneless thighs
1 package of crumbled goat cheese
1 bunch of basil

For the green beans: (I have made these before!)
A few handfuls of fresh green beans– just measure based on how many you need to feed
4-6 pieces of bacon chopped
1/2 onion diced
Chicken broth
Salt/pepper

What to do:
Tenderize the chicken so it is about 1/4 inch thick or thinner
Lay flat on a baking pan
Add stuffing:: goat cheese and basil
Role the chicken and hold together with toothpicks

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Bake at 350, about 30 minutes or until cooked all the way.

For the green beans: (do this about an hour before you start the chicken)
Throw all into a large sauce pan and simmer for at least two hours, the longer the better!
*you just need enough chicken broth to cover the beans while they are simmering!

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White chicken lasagna

What you need:
1/2 c. butter

1 onion, minced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 c. flour

1/2 tsp. salt

ground black pepper, to taste

2 c. chicken broth

2 c. nonfat milk

4 c. mozzarella cheese, divided (approx)

1 c. shredded or grated Parmesan cheese, divided

1 tsp. basil

1 tsp. oregano

1 c. part-skim ricotta cheese

1 1/2 c. cooked and shredded chicken

1/2 bag fresh spinach

1/2 squash (make purée)**

Melt butter in a large saucepot. Add onions and garlic and cook over medium heat until translucent. Add flour, salt, and pepper. Cook flour mixture 1-2 minutes. Add chicken broth and milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 1 minute. Turn off heat and add 2 cups mozzarella cheese and 1/4 c. Parmesan cheese. Stir in dried spices.

Yum yum cheese sauce:

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Spray a baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Ladle some cheese sauce onto the bottom to thinly cover. Add a layer of lasagna noodles. Layer with more cheese sauce, the chicken, and the ricotta cheese. Add another layer of pasta. Top with cheese sauce, spinach, and 1 c. mozzarella cheese. Add another layer of pasta. Top with cheese sauce. Using a spoon, spread the butternut squash puree over the cheese sauce. Top with remaining 1 c. mozzarella cheese and 1/2 c. Parmesan cheese. Add final layer of lasagna. Top with remaining cheese sauce and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove foil and continue to cook until bubbly. If cheese doesn’t brown on top, turn on the broiler for the last couple minutes. Allow lasagna to sit about 15 minutes before serving for easier slicing.

I made this ahead of time and put it in the freezer for dinner this week. Yum yum. Can’t wait to eat it 🙂

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Not a very good before picture, will update when we eat it!

Squash purée:
Cut squash in half, place halves in a deep pan with enough water to cover the bottom.
Bake at 400 for approx 1 hour
Scoop out and mash.
It is actually a very sweet veggie. However, if your kids will not eat their veggies this is a good one to sneak in sauces and other food. It has great flavor. I’m lucky Lucy loves her veggies and now she has a new favorite!

5 minute italian chicken

Some nights dinner is somewhat thrown together and you just hope it turns out! Well, tonight it happened! I forgot a couple things at the grocery store so I had to recreate my plan.

What you will need:

4-6 small chicken breast
1/2 cup of your favorite pasta sauce
1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup of feta cheese
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms

What to do:
In a greased baking dish place chicken on bottom.
Layer with mushrooms, pasta sauce, and cheese.

 

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**Freeze now if saving for later!

Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until chicken is done.

Serve with garlic bread.

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Enjoy!