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Chicken Rollatini with Spinach alla Parmigiana

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Chicken Rollatini with Spinach alla Parmigiana

Gina’s Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 8 • Serving Size: 1 stuffed breast • Old Points: 4 pts • Points+: 5 pts
Calories: 194.7 • Fat: 7 g • Protein: 24.2 g • Carb: 7.2 g • Fiber: 1.5 g

Ingredients:

  • 8 thin chicken cutlets, 3 oz each
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, divided
  • 6 tablespoons egg whites or egg beaters
  • 5 oz frozen spinach, squeezed dry of any liquid
  • 6 tbsp part skim ricotta cheese
  • 6 oz part skim mozzarella (I used Polly-O)
  • olive oil non-stick spray
  • 1 cup pomodoro sauce or your favorite marinara sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Wash and dry cutlets, season with salt and pepper.  Preheat oven to 450°. Lightly spray a baking dish with non-stick spray.

Combine breadcrumbs and 2 tbsp grated cheese in one bowl and 1/4 cup egg beaters or egg whites in another.

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Shred or finely chop 1.5 oz of mozzarella cheese and combine with remaining grated cheese, spinach (make sure you squeeze it dry), 2 tbsp egg beaters, and ricotta cheese.

Lay chicken cutlets down on a working surface and spread 2 tbsp of spinach-cheese mixture on each cutlet. Loosely roll each one and keep seam side down.

Dip chicken in egg mixture, then in breadcrumbs and place seam side down in a baking dish (no toothpicks needed). Repeat with the remaining chicken. When finished, lightly spray with olive oil.

Bake 25 minutes. Remove from oven, top with sauce then cheese.

Bake until cheese is melted and bubbling, about 3 more minutes. Serve with additional sauce on the side and grated cheese.

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(http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/04/chicken-rollatini-with-spinach-alla.html)

Grilled Pork Chops With Basil-Garlic Rub

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Grilled Pork Chops With Basil-Garlic Rub

Makes: 4 servings adjust
Pork chops topped with basil and garlic

Directions:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Fresh Basil
  • 2 Peeled Garlic Cloves

Step 1

With machine running, drop garlic through feed tube of food processor to mince. Stop, add fresh basil, and process until chopped.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Coarse Salt
  • 12 teaspoon Black Pepper

Step 2

Add lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper; process to make a thin, wet rub.

Ingredients

  • 4 Pork Chops

Step 3

Spread both sides of pork chops with basil mixture. Let stand 15 to 30 minutes.

Step 4

Prepare medium-hot fire in grill. Brush grate clean and oil the grate. Grill chops over direct heat, turning once, to medium-rare-doneness. 5 to 6 minutes per side, or until internal temperatures reaches 145 degrees F, followed by 3-minute rest.
(http://www.kitchenmonki.com/recipe/Grilled_Pork_Chops_With_Basil_Garlic_Rub)

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Savory Vegan Portobello Wellington with Shiitake Duxelle & Wine Reduction

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Savory Vegan Portobello Wellington with Shiitake Duxelle & Wine Reduction

INGREDIENTS FOR PORTOBELLO MUSHROOM, CARROTS AND POTATOES:
4 portobello mushrooms
1 sheet vegan puff pastry (your local health food store should carry this)
3 1/2 ounces of shiitake mushrooms
1 cup white button mushrooms
2 cups baby spinach
3 small shallots, peeled and roughly chopped
3 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
2 sprigs fresh tarragon, stemmed
7-8 gold Yukon potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 sprig rosemary, finely chopped
8 ounces baby carrots
1/2 cup red wine
1 3/4 cup organic vegetable stock
3 tsp. of Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks
2 tbsp. of date syrup
1/4 tsp. of pure vanilla extract
2 pinch of freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp. of olive oil
LET’S GET COOKING!
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
For the Red Wine Sauce: Combine 1/2 cup red wine and 1 cup vegetable stock in small saucepan. Simmer uncovered for 20 minutes. Stir in 1 tbsp date syrup and set aside. Reheat on low right before serving and drizzle over portabello wellington.
To make the Duxelles: In a food processor, put the spinach, shiitake, button mushrooms, shallots, garlic, and tarragon and pulse until finely chopped.  Set aside.
Take 2 teaspoons of Earth Balance Butter to a large sauté pan and set over medium heat. Add the mushroom mixture, 1/4 cup vegetable stock and sauté for 10 minutes until most of the liquid has evaporated. Season with a pinch of black pepper and set aside to cool.
For the Portabello Mushrooms: Gently scrap gills from Portobello mushrooms with a spoon. Place mushrooms on baking tray lined with parchment paper or non-stick baking mat. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes, set aside. Cut pastry sheet into 4 equal parts.  Using a spoon, cover each mushroom with a layer of duxelles (make sure to fill the back cavity of the mushroom with the duxelles).  Place a mushroom in center of each pastry sheet, cavity side up.  Fold the pastry around the mushrooms and enclose entirely, press down lightly with fingers to make sure it is sealed completely.  Place mushrooms, with folded side down, on baking tray lined with parchment paper or non-stick baking mat. Drizzle olive oil over the top.

Bake mushrooms in oven until pastry is golden brown for 20-25 minutes.

For the Red Wine Reduction:  Combine 1/2 cup red wine and 1 cup vegetable stock in small saucepan. Simmer uncovered for 20 minutes. Stir in 1 tbsp date syrup and set aside. Reheat on low right before serving and drizzle over portabello wellington.

SIDE DISH SUGGESTIONS:
Maple Syrup Glazed Baby Carrots with Maple Syrup:
Combine 1 tbsp date syrup, vanilla and 1/3 cup vegetable stock in small bowl, stir to combine. Melt 1 tsp. Earth Balance butter to a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add carrots and sauce; simmer on medium heat until carrots are cooked through about 20 minutes. Deglaze the pan with more vegetable stock if needed.
Roasted Yukon Gold Potato’s with Rosemary
Dice up 7-8 peeled potatoes and place in a bowl.  Finely chop 1-2 sprigs of fresh rosemary and add to the potatoes. Pour in 1/4 cup olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste.  Bake at 400 degrees for approximately 40 minutes until tender and browned.
SERVE WITH A GREEN SALAD, AND SOME WHITE WINE, AND YOU HAVE A LOVELY SAVORY MEAL THAT’S PERFECT FOR HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING!

(http://tasteandseesb.wordpress.com/2012/09/25/savory-vegan-portobello-wellington-with-shiitake-duxelle/)

White Cheese & Chicken Lasagna

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White Cheese & Chicken Lasagna

Ingredients

  • 9 whole Lasagna Noodles (not Oven-ready)
  • ½ cups Butter
  • 1 whole Onion, Chopped
  • 1 clove Garlic, Minced
  • ½ cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 cups Chicken Broth
  • 1-½ cup Milk
  • 4 cups Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, Divided
  • 1 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese, Divided, Plus Additional 1/4 Cup For Topping (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon Each, Dried Basil And Oregano
  • ½ teaspoons Ground Pepper
  • 2 cups Ricotta Cheese
  • 2 cups Cooked, Cubed Chicken
  • 1 package (10 Oz. Size) Frozen Chopped Spinach, Thawed And Drained
  • 1 Tablespoon Chopped Fresh Parsley

 

Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook lasagna noodles in boiling water for 8-10 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water.

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook the onion and garlic in the butter until tender, stirring frequently. Stir in flour and salt; simmer until bubbly.

Mix in the broth and milk, and boil, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Stir in 2 cups of mozzarella cheese and 1/2 cup Parmesan. Season with basil, oregano and ground black pepper. Remove from heat and set aside.

Spread 1/3 of the sauce mixture on the bottom of the 9×13 inch baking dish. Layer with 1/3 of the noodles, and all of the ricotta and the chicken. Arrange 1/3 of the noodles over the chicken and layer with 1/4 of the sauce mixture, the spinach, and the remaining 2 cups of mozzarella cheese and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese.

Arrange remaining noodles over cheese and spread remaining sauce evenly over noodles. Sprinkle with parsley and additional 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese (optional).

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven. Let stand 5 minutes before cutting and serving.

Enjoy!

(http://tastykitchen.com/blog/2013/01/white-cheese-and-chicken-lasagna/)

Arguing with Your Partner Might Be a Good Thing, New Study Says

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Arguing with Your Partner Might Be a Good Thing, New Study Says

Good news if you’re in a long-term relationship: Those annoying arguments about whose turn it is to clean the bathroom or who spent too much on new shoes will likely diminish over time, but not because you’ve discovered the secret to marital bliss. According to a study published in the July 2013 issue of Journal of Marriage and Family, relationships often evolve to avoiding or ignoring conflict-and that can be a good or bad. We’ll explain.

Sarah Holley, Ph.D., San Francisco State University assistant professor of psychology, interviewed 127 long-term married couples several times over 13 years. During that time, she and her colleagues noted how they communicated about everyday conflicts from housework to finances.

What the researchers found was something many couples can relate to: the classic demand-withdraw pattern increased over time. This pattern typically happens when one person blames or pressures a partner to engage (“Why don’t you ever take out the garbage?”), while the other tries to simply avoid the discussion (“Honey, have you seen my keys?”).

“Over time, both husbands and wives showed a significant increase in their avoidance behaviors,” Holley explains, “meaning that both spouses were increasingly more likely to avoid conflict discussions in later life stages by doing things like diverting attention from the topic or changing the subject altogether.”

This “avoidance trend” doesn’t just apply to married couples either.

Holley says she previously compared demand-withdraw behaviors in gay and lesbian couples in committed relationships (before any states allowed them to marry) to heterosexual married couples and noted similar patterns.

“I found no differences in the amount of demand-withdraw behaviors any of these groups demonstrated during conflict discussions,” she says. “Therefore, I don’t think the findings of this study are unique to married couples. I would expect that any long-term committed couples would be likely to show a similar pattern of change as they move into later life stages.”

Married or not, conflict avoidance almost always stems from a lack of communication know-how, according to Jane Greer, Ph.D., relationship expert and author of “What About Me? Stop Selfishness From Ruining Your Relationship.” “Couples fall into this pattern because they lack the tools and verbal skills they need in order to successfully negotiate conflict resolution,” she says.

So over time, this avoidance pattern evolves to maintain the peace. “If there are long-standing differences in preference and both parties refuse to compromise, conflict avoidance may become the way to maintain the equilibrium of the relationship,” adds Greer.

While a lack of communication is not always healthy, it can be particularly troubling for young love, notes Holley. “Avoidance can be harmful to relationships at any age because it can get in the way of effective problem solving,” she notes. “This may be especially true in younger couples, for whom issues may be newer and feel more pressing.”

On the flip side, detouring from a squabble before it even begins can sometimes help couples avoid toxic or hurtful subjects that go nowhere. Or you may find that you don’t get as worked up over the same issues as your partner anymore. “If you have this pattern going on and it’s been over a long period of time, you may recognize that your feelings on the topic have shifted and that you actually feel less intensely about things than previously,” explains Greer. “If so, you may be ready to let go of feeling resentful.”

So should you continue having the same spat over whose turn it is to get the groceries or which way the toilet paper should hang? Or should you simply change the touchy subject the next time your partner brings it up?

It depends, says Greer. “If you have the hot topic, never-ending fight in your relationship, it’s going to take really confronting it and working things through to figure out realistic compromises and solutions that both people can accept,” she explains. “If you’re not willing to do that, bringing up the issue is pointless and can wind up creating more animosity and distance between you.”

In other words, fix it or forget it. Besides, in the grand scheme of things, does it really matter which way the toilet paper hangs?

- by Deborah Dunham

(http://ca.shine.yahoo.com/blogs/author/youbeauty-com-ycn-1203717/)

Salmon Burgers

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Salmon Burgers

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 27 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

1 can (14.75 oz) pink salmon, drained and flaked (skin & bones removed, if any)
½ cup seasoned bread crumbs
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon dried dill weed
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup panko crumbs
vegetable oil, for pan-frying
4 hamburger buns or 8 small flatbreads
lettuce, tomato and onion for serving
dill tartar sauce
1/2 cup regular or low-fat mayonnaise
2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped or 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
sea or Kosher salt and fresh black pepper

Instructions

    1. In a large mixing bowl combine salmon, bread crumbs, egg, onion, garlic, mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, dill, parsley and black pepper. Refrigerate mixture 30 minutes, then form into 4 patties. Add the panko to a shallow dish and coat the patties with them, pressing them on with your hands.
    2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, add enough oil to generously coat bottom of pan. Fry until golden brown on bottom, turn over and continue to cook until browned on both sides.
    3. Serve on toasted hamburger buns or flatbreads topped with lettuce, tomato, onion and tartar sauce as desired.
Tartar Sauce
  1. Combine first three ingredients in a small bowl, season to taste with salt and pepper.

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Skillet Steaks with Gorgonzola Herbed Butter Recipe

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Skillet Steaks with Gorgonzola Herbed Butter Recipe

Ingredients

 

For the steaks:

4 rib eye steaks, or your preferred cut
salt and fresh ground pepper
olive oil

For the herbed butter:

4 tablespoons butter, softened
4 tablespoons Gorgonzola cheese
1 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

Instructions

Season both sides of each steak with salt and fresh ground pepper. Wrap each steak tightly in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for a few hours up to overnight. Remove from the refrigerator about 30 minutes prior to cooking in order for the steaks to reach room temperature before cooking.

Heat large, heavy cast iron skillet over medium heat. You can also use a side burner on a grill or an open flame with a grate if camping. To test if properly heated, sprinkle a drop of water into the bottom of the skillet. If it dances, the skillet is properly heated.

Drizzle olive oil into the bottom of the skillet and make sure it is well-coated.

Place each steak into the skillet and cook over the medium heat for two minutes. Flip and cook the other side of the steak for about two minutes. Test for doneness. Cook longer if needed to reach the level of doneness desired.

Remove from heat and allow to rest for about five minutes in the skillet.

For the herbed butter:

Cream together butter, Gorgonzola cheese, and fresh parsley.
Place one tablespoon of herbed butter onto the top of each steak and allow to melt over the sides as serving.
 
(Source: http://addapinch.com/cooking/2012/06/29/skillet-steaks-with-gorgonzola-herbed-butter-recipe/)

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Avocado Pesto Pasta

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Avocado Pesto Pasta

Serves 4 to 6

Put a healthful California twist on a traditional Italian favorite and you’ve got Avocado Pesto Pasta. Adding avocados to pesto creates a rich and creamy texture without using cheese.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound linguine
  • 1 bunch fresh basil, reserve some leaves for garnish
  • ½ cup pine nuts
  • 2 avocados, pitted and peeled
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes or sliced sun-dried tomatoes (optional)

Procedure

Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil. Add linguine and cook according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, make the pesto by combining basil, pine nuts, avocados, lemon juice, garlic, and oil in a food processor. Process until smooth. Season generously with salt and pepper.

Toss pasta with pesto. For an extra touch of color and flavor, top pasta with cherry or sun-dried tomatoes. Divide pasta among serving bowls and garnish each serving with a basil leaf.

(http://chefchloe.com/entrees/avocado-pesto-pasta.html)

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