Quick Weeknight Dinner: Chicken Stuffed with Spinach and Mushrooms

Thursday, May 31, 2012

I usually watch the Food Network channel on daily basis. I love all the shows and whenever I see a recipe that I like, I try to make it at home. I've a tendency to lean towards easy and quick recipes, I don't like recipes that take hours to be done. I'm busy mom, so time is precious. I saw this recipe at 30 Minutes Meals and it seemed pretty easy, I've adapted a few things from the original one. Take a look:

(Adapted from Rachael Ray)

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 white onion, diced
1 cup white mushrooms, thinly sliced
2 cup spinach
1 tablespoon whipped cream cheese
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper
large plastic food storage bag or waxed paper

1.Place chicken breasts in the center of a plastic food storage bag or 2 large sheets of waxed paper. Pound out the chicken from the center of the bag outward using a mallet. Be firm but controlled with your strokes.
2. In a food processor, add the diced onions and mushrooms. Pulse to grind.
3. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over moderate heat, add the onion and mushroom mixture and let it cook for about 1 minute. Add the spinach, cook until the spinach is completely wilted. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and let it cool. Add the whipped cream cheese to everything and mix really well.
4. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Season the chicken breast with  salt and pepper. Place a mound of stuffing on each chicken breast and roll. Place the chicken breasts, seams facing down on a baking dish. Bake for 15 minutes or until chicken is completely cooked. Remove from oven and let chicken rest. Serve the chicken breast whole or slice on an angle and fan out on dinner plates. Enjoy.

Sister & Brother Love

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

When I discovered that I was pregnant with Ian, Sophia was about 8 months. I was afraid that she would get jealous, very early I tried to explain to her that a new baby was to arrive in some time. She started to understand slowly as my belly grew, she patted and kissed my belly throughout my pregnancy, and if I asked her where the baby was, she always pointed to my belly(very cute).

Ian finally arrived in January and I was waiting for Sophia's reaction. She arrived at the hospital room with my parents, she was quiet, she looked at Ian and just pointed at him. And that was her reaction. We went home the following day, surprisingly Sophia was very happy and sweet to Ian, even gave him kisses, it was very sweet.

I'm very fortunate that Sophia didn't become jealous of Ian, instead she's very protective and sweet to him. She's always giving him kisses and trying to squeeze his cheeks exactly the same way I do to hers. Now, she asks to hold him and she gets happy when she does. I love seeing them together and getting along from such a young age, hopefully they'll continue to be like this when they become older.

 Can you see the love? They are so cute together!
My two cutie pies!

Change of Plan...

Monday, May 21, 2012

I was planning to do many things on Sunday.
Doing some laundry, grocery shopping, spending
some time with the family and going to church.
What sometimes we forget that our plans can change so

While arranging our backyard furniture outside, Sophia tripped and fell.
She got a bump in her forehead, scratched her little face and cried so much.
Let's just say that she almost gave my husband and I a heart attack, it was quite a scare.
After talking to her doctor and explaining exactly what had happened, she assured us that a trip to
the emergency room wasn't necessary. By then, I had already developed my guilty syndrome and thinking how could I've let this happen to my child?
I know that she'll get better soon and accidents do happen at some point. I just thank God that nothing worse happened, I can't imagine if she had broken any bones.

By night, she was already playing, laughing and feeling a little better.

How was your Sunday?

Home Decor: Sophia's Room

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

When I found that I was having a girl for my first pregnancy, I knew exactly what the room should look like. It didn't take too long to get everything put together.
We bought all the furniture first, then I decided to go with a butterfly theme for Sophia's room.

I'd a great luck in finding the crib bedding set with the butterflies, I loved the fact that it wasn't pink but instead a combination of light yellow, red, blue and some brown too.

My husband is quite the handy man, he made the little shelves for her toys and books, and together we created her name tag that hangs above her crib. We added little colorful butterflies wall decals to tie in with the whole look of the room.

I was pretty pleased with everything, what do you think?
I hope my little girl's room can serve you with some inspiration. =]

Quick Weeknight Dinner: Dirty Rice

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Being a busy mom means that sometimes I've to think fast for what to make for dinner, something that is quick, easy and only takes a few ingredients. This recipe it's exactly like that! and if you have leftover rice, it's even better. Everything takes about 10-15 minutes, from the stove to the table.

And don't forget: if you need more quick recipes stop by my cooking blog, it's filled with easy and manageable recipes.

1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup green bell pepper, diced
1/2 cup celery, diced
1/2 white onion, diced
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
3-4 cups cooked white rice
salt and pepper

1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-heat high. Add the garlic and saute until golden. Stir in the ground beef and cook until is crumbly, browned and no longer pink.
2. Add the bell pepper, celery and onion. Cook until tender. Drain and discard any excess grease.
3. Season with salt and pepper. Add the cooked white rice and mix everything together.
4. Serve warm. Enjoy!

Home Decor: Ian's Room

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

When I found out that I was having a boy for my second pregnancy, I had little trouble in finding a perfect name for my baby and also what theme his room should be.
I knew that I wanted something subtle, nothing over the top or too much blue.

 I finally found this teddy bear crib bedding set after a long search, I loved the color combination of beige, green and brown. The set came with everything include the two teddy wall decals and the little pillow. I love all the little details, the musical mobile are four hanging little bears (so cute).

My husband also added some shelves to displays some little trains and cars that we found
at the flea market.

I hope my little boy's room inspires you with yours! Next week I'll show Sophia's room. Stay tuned! :-)

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