Bacon Wrapped, Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Friday, May 17, 2013 Edit This 0 Comments »


Bacon Wrapped, Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts:

Chicken
4 washed and cleaned boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 TSP garlic powder
1 TSP onion power
1 TSP Cajun seasoning
Sea salt and pepper to taste
8 slices uncured bacon, uncooked

Filling
8 oz softened cream cheese
4 TSP green onions chopped
1 ½ teaspoon garlic power
1 TSP parsley
1 ½ teaspoon grated Parmesan/Romano cheese

Directions:
Season chicken breasts with 1 TSP garlic and onion powder, 1TSP Cajun seasoning. Add sea salt and pepper to taste.
Let chicken marinate for 1 hour (overnight is my preference)

Preheat oven to 375F
Flatten the chicken to 1/4-inch thickness. (I placed the breast in a freezer bag to limit clean up)
Mix together cream cheese filling and spread cheese mixture over 1 side of chicken breast.
Roll chicken breast up to conceal cream cheese.
Wrap the 2 slices of bacon around each chicken breast and secure with toothpicks.
Place on baking sheet and bake for 30 - 35 minutes at 375F.

Broil for about 5 minute to crisp bacon after cooking for 30 – 35 minutes.
Let sit for five minutes, and then serve.

Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Spinach, Mushrooms and Pepper Jack

Thursday, May 16, 2013 Edit This 0 Comments »

Ingredients

4 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
12 oz pepper jack cheese, shredded
4 cup cooked baby spinach
2 cups chopped mushrooms
1 TSP Garlic Powder
1 TSP Onion Power
3 TSP Cajun Seasoning
2 TSP olive oil
2 TSP breadcrumbs (I used Italian style)
Sea salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Lots of toothpicks

Directions
Wash and Clean Chicken Breasts
Season with garlic and onion powder, 1 TSP Cajun seasoning, sea salt and pepper to taste.
Let chicken marinate for 1 hour (overnight is my preference)

Preheat oven to 350F.

Flatten the chicken to 1/4-inch thickness.(I placed the breast in a freezer bag to limit clean up)

In a medium bowl, combine the pepper jack cheese, spinach, mushrooms, salt and pepper.

Combine the 2 TSP seasoning and breadcrumbs together in a small bowl.

Spoon about 1/4 c of the spinach mixture onto each chicken breast. Roll each chicken breast tightly and fasten the seams with several toothpicks. This part requires a tiny bit of skill and I typically use about 8 toothpicks in each roll to ensure none of the filling seeps out. Be sure to count how many total toothpicks were used!

Brush each chicken breast with the olive oil. Sprinkle the Cajun seasoning mixture evenly over all. Sprinkle any remaining spinach and cheese on top of chicken (optional).

Place the chicken seam-side up onto a tin foil-lined baking sheet (for easy cleanup). Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.

Remove the toothpicks before serving. Count to make sure you have removed every last toothpick. Serve whole or slice into medallions

The Natural Struggle

Sunday, May 05, 2013 Posted In , , , , , Edit This 0 Comments »
I have been gone for so long where do I begin. Well I FINALLY found a mostly natural treatment for my horrible itchy scalp! For a while there I was ready to shave off all my hair and start over. I have been to a professional, spent money on prescriptions and still no relief. Before I became "Natural conscience" while not even trying to grow out my hair, it grew beautifully with minimal work. I have decided to go back that to that.

Itchy Scalp Relief
ACV + Tea Tree Oil + Sulfur 8 = Happy Scalp! Let me tell you, I have been itch free for almost two months and my hair is growing back! I am SOOOOO happy. Every two to three days I spray down my scalp with  diluted ACV then co wash. ****Disclaimer: What works for me may not work for you. However I decide to go back the products I used before I came one with my hair since for 5 years it grew just fine. Wish me luck!!

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Eb's Lobster Mac & Cheese w/ Bacon, Broccoli & Mushrooms

Sunday, May 05, 2013 Posted In , , , , , Edit This 0 Comments »
I heard a lot about Lobster Mac and Cheese so I decided to add some additional items to it. I love this I will make it again!

What you will need:
4 strips crumbled fully cooked uncured bacon
4 oz fully cooked lobster chunks shredded (Not imitation)
1 ½ chopped broccoli
1 cup chopped mushrooms
1 cup chopped yellow onions
4 pressed garlic cloves
1 box 16oz elbow macaroni
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar, 1 cup shredded mild cheddar, 2 cups Colby/Monterrey Jack
1 cup skim milk
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
½ cup bread crumbs or 1 cup crushed seasoned croutons
Sea salt and black pepper
1 egg
1 tablespoon parsley

Preparation
Pre heat oven to 350F
In a large frying pan sauté the onions and pressed garlic until translucent.
Add in butter then broccoli & mushrooms until tender.
Add crumbled bacon and shredded lobster pieces and sauté together for about 7 minutes and let sit.
Add in cheese, ½ teaspoon sea salt, 1 teaspoon parsley, pepper to taste. Mix with cheese, lobster, bacon, mushroom, broccoli and 1 cup skim milk until the cheese is melted.
Cook macaroni to “al dente” status
Drain, but do not rinse and return to pot
Add in cheese mix and one egg and mix until fully blended.
Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray, and then add in the mac and cheese mix.
Add additional cheese on top and bread crumbs
Bake at 350F for 30 minutes, turn off oven and let sit for 5 minutes, and then serve.

It's been a long, long time!

Friday, June 08, 2012 Edit This 0 Comments »
Since my last post I changed jobs and became a part time Zumba instructor. My new job I work from home and let me be very honest my hair has suffered from my laziness. I got kinky twists and they were great, but I admit I didn't moisturize like I should and now I am babying my hair. What I did realize my "crispy crown syndrome" dramatically improved with a protein treatment. Thank you Aphrogee! So I have been deep conditioning daily. Because my trouble spot is giving me issues again. I really have to do better. Pics soon! Smooches.

I have broken one of the "Natural Commandments"

Saturday, November 05, 2011 Posted In , Edit This 0 Comments »
I am using hair grease!! This has been the buzz of many hair blogs and boards recently and what caused me to take a second look at grease. Before I really took the time to learn the how to take care of the hair I was hiding under wigs and weaves I would wash it, comb out the knots with no conditioner. (Yeah I should be shot) Grease it with Sulfar 8, twist and put it back under my multitude of wigs. 


Well as you have seen I have made no qualms in sharing that I have been having issues with what I loving call "crispy crown syndrome" to the point I went to a dermatologist. So I went to buy Sulfar 8, but the Sally's near my apartment in Chicago SUCKS! So I remembered in my "relaxed days" I tried the Profective line so I picked up a jar of Profectiv Root Health Daily Anti Dryness Strengthener. I have to say that so far I am impressed with it. It's very light creme and a little goes a long way. The ingredients aren't perfect, but right now my itchy scalp as subsided and that is all that matters to me. 

CityGirl81 & Shea Moisture Together Forever

Saturday, November 05, 2011 Posted In , , , Edit This 0 Comments »
My recent buy from Walgreens.com buy one get on free sale
So I tried the Curl Smoothie when I found it locally at Walgreens and I was in LOVE.  I am not to keen on paying shipping which is why I didn't try it before. So after I lost my damn mind last weekend buying up Shea Moisture products, I tried the Deep Treatment Masque last night. OMG!  I did add a little EVOO, Jojoba, Tea Tree and Castor on top.  I slept in it overnight.  I washed it out this morning and LOVE the feeling of my hair.

After washing it out I parted my hair in six sections applied my curl smoothie and finger raked it thru each section and then applied the castor oil on top. Because the winter winds of the Windy City have been BRUTAL I have been wearing a wig. However, I decided to take some time this weekend to do my two strand twist smaller so they will last through the week with my workouts and co washing at night. Would I rock them as a day-to-day style, nah, I ain't that good yet. However, I will snatch that wig off at the gym and get my sweat on in Zumba!

I love Shea Moisture products, I adore the black soap for my skin and especially for my face! I highly recommend this line and it's not too hard on the pocket book either.