Place the cream cheese, cheddar cheese and jalapenos in a bowl; stir to combine.
Cut a deep pocket into the chicken breast, taking care not to cut all the way through to the other side. Fill the pocket of chicken breast with the cream cheese mixture. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.
Wrap chicken breast tightly with bacon, securing with toothpicks. Place it in a greased baking pan.
Cook for 30 minutes, or until bacon is crisp and chicken has an internal temperature of 160℉. You can broil the chicken for 3-4 minutes to further crisp the bacon if needed.
Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes before serving.
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Preheat oven to 400℉. Coat the wells of a 12ct muffin tin with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, combine ground pork, sage, thyme, paprika, cumin, salt, pepper and brown sugar. Mix thoroughly and put equal amounts into 12 muffin cups. Mold mixture along the bottom and up sides to form cups.
Add one tablespoon onion/pepper mix and one tablespoon cheese to each cup. Fill each cup with egg and sprinkle with cheese.
Bake for 20-25 minutes until eggs are set and slightly browned on top.
Hack: Feel free to use your favorite vegetales and/or cheese in this recipe or whatever you have on hand!
Hack: Frozen vegetables can be used in this recipe.
Hack: To prevent sticking, immediately run a knife around the edge of the cups after removing them from the oven and gently loosen the sides and bottom from the cup. Allow to sit for 5 minutes and remove from the cup.
Hack: Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. To reheat, thaw in refrigerator overnight and microwave at 20-second intervals just until heated through.
Hack: Some egg cup recipes suggest that you just crack an egg over the top. Yolks and whites require different reheating times, resulting in (either) dried-out whites or unheated yolks. Using beaten eggs will alleviate this problem.
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Did you know? Despite the negative press that eggs have received in the past, they can absolutely be apart of a healthy diet!
Melt butter in a saute pan over medium-low heat. Add pearl onions and cook until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes.
Add peas and carrots. Turn heat up to medium-high and wait for butter to come to a simmer. Simmer 2 minutes.
Stir in flour until well incorporated and smooth. Add vegetable broth, a little at a time, stirring constantly. Bring back to boil and simmer for 2 minutes.
Add parsley, chives, thyme, salt and pepper. Take off heat and allow to cool slightly. Add cream and chicken.
Spray 12 ct muffin tin with cooking spray. Cut biscuit dough into 12 equal pieces and roll into balls. Flatten each ball and press it into muffin cups, bringing it slightly above the rim of the cup. Fill each cup with ¼ cup of the chicken mixture.
Bake for 15 - 20 minutes or until biscuit tops are golden brown.
Allow chicken pot pies to cool for 5 - 10 minutes, then remove by sliding a knife into a muffin cup and gently underneath to pop the pies out. Serve warm.
Hack: Filling can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Hack: Leftover pot pies can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Make sure to subtract any days that you stored the filing before making pies.
Hack: Place cooled chicken pot pies on a cookie sheet and freeze until solid. Store in a freezer container for up to 3 months. I don’t recommend using a just freezer bag as the crust might break up as they are moved around the freezer.
To reheat: .Thaw in refrigerator overnight. Bake in 350͒℉ for 15-20 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 160℉.
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Did you know? The pastry surrounding the very first meat pies was to preserve the filling…and was not meant to be eaten. Check out these interesting facts on the history of pies!
So, what the heck is a whole foods diet, anyway? Take a minute to read this for my opinion on the subject on creating healthy whole foods meals!
As I mentioned before, I love to cook but cooking for one person seems like a lot of work. You have to haul out the bowls and the pans. The utensils, the cutting board, and the dishes. Not to mention the shopping and clean-up! All for that one meal. But the good news is that I’ve been experimenting in my kitchen. I’ve been creating some tasty and healthy whole foods meals to share with you. I’ve also come up with some easy cooking hacks, tips and ideas to make meal preparation a little bit easier and more efficient.
What Is A Whole Foods Diet?
So what is a whole foods diet, exactly? Well, that’s sort of a loaded question.
The first thing I would like to point out is that what I’m referring to when I say “diet” is not what is commonly thought of as traditional dieting (i.e. weight loss diet plan). What I’m talking about is a healthier way of eating. (And if you do lose a little weight then all the better, right?!?)
The second thing I’ll say is that there are a number of definitions out there. Many vegetarians see their choices as being the true whole foods diet, while vegans (including raw vegans, fruitarians, juicearians, sproutairians, etc) feel that THEIR choices are the correct ones.
These are all great options and I have deep respect for those who desire, for whatever reason, to remove meat or animals products from their diets but what I’m referring to is a more general description. More of a goal, really, as opposed to a specific plan.
I’m concentrating on avoiding processed foods in favor of using fresh foods, or foods in their natural state if you prefer.
Fresh Foods vs Processed Foods
The term fresh food means, once again, different things to different people.
If we wanted to be literal about this, we would go to the hen house every morning to gather eggs. Then we would head to the barn to milk Bessy so we could churn the butter for bread made from the flour we milled after harvesting the wheat in our own backyard.
I, personally, don’t want to wait that long for breakfast so I’m in favor of using a meter, of sorts, that rates food from red to green. From Very Bad (Is there anything in this that isn’t chemicals?) to Sainthood (Why, yes, I do maintain an organic, totally self-sufficient, plant-based household). I simply aim for something in the green(ish) section.
In all seriousness, acquiring fresh food is easier than ever. Most of us are no longer at the mercy of growing seasons, weather or the proximity to others who are willing to barter foodstuffs.
In regard to fresh foods vs processed foods, I am simply referring to foods that are in their natural state vs foods that have been modified in some way to make them ready to eat or easier to prepare. Think a fresh potato instead of boxed potato flakes. Really, it’s that simple.
If you do want to take things a step further (and sometimes I do), the movement to purchase locally grown or raised products is gaining serious traction. You could google local farms (or farmers markets), check your local newspaper or peruse the community bulletin board. I have discovered that most local merchants are happy to direct you to another one if they don’t have what you need.
And think of all the cool people you’ll meet.
Is Eating Meat Healthy?
Is eating meat bad? Is eating meat healthy?
The debate is never-ending and certainly not one that I could ever settle.
There is one thing that I DO know…many experts agree that meat can be a part of a whole foods meal plan.
Keep in mind that this not a specific eating plan we’re talking about here but more of a guideline.
Fresh and unprocessed is the key (sorry chicken nuggets). Based on that train of thought, some will even argue that fresh meat is more compatible with a whole foods diet than the processed vegan alternatives.
Shopping For Whole Foods
Now that we’ve had this chat, you’re ready to jump right in and work up a healthy eating plan, right?
Unfortunately, creating healthy meals is a “no-go” if you don’t have the proper ingredients.
The first thing you’re going to want to do is go shopping for whole foods.
I’m not going to tell you what to buy because I think we’ve already covered that. And we all have different tastes. I love Brussels sprouts, for example, but my best friend gags at the mere sight of them.
No, my advice is simple. Shop the perimeter of the store because that’s where all the good stuff is. Close your eyes and picture taking a walk around the (inside) outer limits of your local supermarket. That’s where you’ll find fresh produce, seafood, meat and dairy.
Shopping for one person is trickier than shopping for a group so the first thing you’re going to want to do is to decide what you’re going to cook in the upcoming week and use that to make a list.
If you’re feeling stuck, I have posted some of my favorite recipes in the Let’s Get Cooking! tab on my home page. There are a few aisles you may want to hit but if you have a plan you won’t waste your time wandering aimlessly and (probably) buying things you didn’t intend to buy.
For more information on shopping for one person, check out this post.
I’ll be adding a few recipes each week under the Let’s Get Cooking! tab on my homepage.
I’ll do my best to categorize them but my idea of evening food might be different from yours (breakfast for supper, anyone?) so feel free to look around to see what’s there.
I’ll also be including those aforementioned cooking hacks, tips and ideas. Any that pertain to a particular recipe will be included in that post but
I will also be writing posts about some ideas I’ve come up with. Please come back often to see what’s new!
This is a journey and I hope you’ll join me. I look forward to seeing your ideas and recipes, either in the comment section below or by email.