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??



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

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

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

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


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

  6. looks yummy definitely will try making this one day!

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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!

  8. jummy, looks delicious!

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

  11. that looks really delicious!

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

  13. Yummmmmmm... looks delish!

  14. @ 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!! :-)

  15. @ 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!

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

    <3 Marina

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

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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.



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