Sunday, October 9, 2011

Work With What You've Got

When you find a recipe that piques your interest, sometimes you have to take it and tweak it a little to (in the words of Tim Gunn) "make it work" with what you have in your pantry.  I stumbled across a recipe in an advertisement from Mrs Dash in my October issue of Food Network magazine that sounded like something that I wanted to try, so I ventured into the depths of my kitchen pantry to see what I had on hand.  A couple of the ingredients, the chicken breasts and the mozzarella balls, did require a quick trip to the grocery store.

Here are the ingredients according to Mrs Dash:
2 Tbsp Mrs Dash Tomato Basil Garlic Blend
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
8 cherry tomatoes, cut in quarters
4 low fat tiny mozzarella balls, cut in quarters
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 tsp red wine vinegar
cooking spray

Using what I had in my pantry, I substituted Mrs Dash for a Chop House Blend of spices from The Fresh Market, two chicken breasts instead of four (they were massively huge breasts...hahaha) and the only mozzarella balls that I could find at my grocery store were herb-marinated.


First thing you want to do is preheat your oven to 350 degrees and spray a baking dish with cooking spray.

Then toss your tomatoes with 1 Tbsp of your blend of spices...


Lightly flatten each breast to 1/4" thickness and place some tomatoes and four quarters of mozzarella balls on each chicken breast...


Then roll them up and secure them with a toothpick.  Place the breasts in your baking dish, drizzle with olive oil, vinegar and the remaining 1 Tbsp of spice blend...


Bake for 30 minutes, then remove from the oven and cover lightly with foil to let rest for 10 minutes.


Now pour a glass of Pinot, grab yourself some greens and call it a meal.  What do you think?  Is this something you can work with??

Mendi

23 comments:

  1. Nice post!
    It looks so delicious :)
    Take care x

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  2. This is an excellent meal idea! I'll be giving it a try. Thanks!

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  3. This looks super easy to do! Gonna try it next week. :)

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  4. this is fantastic because I actually have some chicken breasts in the fridge...and don't know what to do with it...thanks!

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  5. Will definitely be making this soon! Sounds fantastic!

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  7. This looks really good! Think I need to try it! I love taking recipes and "making it work" with what I have. Great job with this. Yummy!

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  8. I have absolutely to try it, my husband will appreciate a lot!
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  9. this looks perfect...so healthy and tasty!!!

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  10. that looks really delicious!

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  11. Oh my gosh! This looks amazing! And so easy to make! :)

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  12. @ nestdesignstudio - Thanks for commenting!

    @ AgataP - It was so yummy! :-)

    @ Kasia M - It was super easy, I promise!

    @ Kimberly - It was so good! A make again!

    @ Meena - Love when I find a recipe that tastes food and is good for you!

    @ Fabrizia - My husband did!! :-)

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  13. @ soldoutforever - It was really good and easy!

    @ Lisa - It's always nice to be able to use up some of the ingredients you already have instead of them going to waste. :-)

    @ Harija - Oh please let me know if you end up making this!

    @ Mrs. WASP - Yay! Can't wait to see your next recipe too!

    @ Amanda - Go use those breasts up girl! :-)

    @ Sandra - I would just love to know if you make this recipe. Keep me posted!

    @ NeutraKris - It's so simple and hopefully your daughter would like it too!

    @ D. Sadie - Thanks for commenting!

    @ SandM - Thanks so much!

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  14. Oh my goodness this looks absolutely delicious and oh so easy to cook. Thank you for this wonderful recipe dolls.


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  15. @ Marina - Thanks so much!! So easy!

    @ Amy Fashion Blog - It was yummy and I plan to make it again!

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  16. Greatr idea! I love recipes like this where you don't reallly need the recipe... you can just kind of wing as long as you stick to the basic directions.

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  17. Mmmm, looks delicious! I'm always looking for new recipes especially with chicken in it. My hunny is going to love this since grape tomatoes are his favorite.

    Jackie

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