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What's cookin', Good-lookin' challenge - Round 1

Sunday, January 20, 2013

I’m really, really enjoying this challenge! So, before I give you the results of my own recipe experiment, just a quick note to Tina and Amanda who started this whole challenge. Well, ladies, if your purpose of this was fun, fun, fun and a growing interest for new, healthy recipes, you can be sure it worked with me!

The recipe I had chosen to make was one from skinnytaste.com.
“Chicken Rollatini with Spinach alla Parmigiana”. You can find the recipe here:

www.skinnytaste.com/2011
/04/chicken-rollatini-with
-spinach-alla.html


The reason I chose it, as I had explained in the team forum was just another attempt to fight my children’s aversion to anything green. This one was loaded with cheese – we’re a family of cheese-lovers – and I thought it would work. Well, did it?

Absolutely! I am proud to report that spinach entered my big girl’s body for the first time! She may not have eaten the whole serving but she ate most of it. My little one had tried spinach recipes before and her "green-things-disgust-me" attitude is more manageable. She ate most of it, too. My husband absolutely loved it. Success!

Generally, it was a great recipe. I followed Tina’s advice who had warned me that the filling was kind of bland, so I added a little salt. I also added two more tablespoons of egg beaters to the mixture because it looked sort of dry and difficult to spread. Next time I make it, I think I'll try replacing ricotta cheese with a low-fat, salted, Greek cheese called "katiki".

And now the pictures:







I served it with a big salad made with arugula, walnuts, balsamic vinegar cream and parmesan flakes.



I’m already on the lookout for a new recipe. Ok, when does round 2 begin?
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CANNIE50 1/29/2013 7:22PM

    Oh, this dinner looks simply delicious emoticon I love your attitude about cooking. I resist cooking at times, but the truth is that I often actually enjoy it, once I begin. I lack confidence as a cook - I get frustrated too easily. PS I meant to comment on your newer blog, I hope your children are feeling better. Stomach flu is so awful and is very labor intensive for the Momma!

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LMDIENER 1/25/2013 5:55PM

    Oooh, the salad and chicken look gorgeous! Yummy!!

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ZANNBEE 1/23/2013 8:16AM

    This recipe looks amazing and your presentation is awesome. I'm going to have to try that!

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NASFKAB 1/21/2013 5:47AM

  thanks for the recipe have to try it

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SLENDERELLA61 1/20/2013 9:28PM

    I was just thinking your food and photography are so good that you rival professional food magazines and cookbooks!! Great job on getting family to eat greens. Not sure it would work here, but maybe. Perhaps I should try.

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ANNIEONLI 1/20/2013 7:13PM

    Looks great! And congrats on the greens entering the non-green eating kiddo!!! omg - I have the same problem here!!! There is hope!!! emoticon

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CELIAMINER 1/20/2013 5:02PM

    My mouth is watering!
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-AMANDA79- 1/20/2013 4:49PM

    Great work!!! And your photos are gorgeous! I've always had an aversion to stuffed chicken recipes because when I was first learning to cook all my stuffing would fall out. Yours look so beautiful, I may have to give it another go.

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THOMS1 1/20/2013 4:09PM

    emoticon looks great. emoticon

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TINAJANE76 1/20/2013 3:57PM

    Awesome! I'm glad this turned out well and that your kids and hubby liked it too. I make this often and it never disappoints. In addition to making my recipe, I've also tried one of the other ones posted (the spicy sausage, spinach, butternut squash pasta one) and it was really good too. This is so much fun!

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MICKEYH 1/20/2013 3:46PM

    This looks so yummy!! Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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YOJULEZ 1/20/2013 3:34PM

    Good work! I love skinnytaste. Your rollatinis are so neat too! I end up having to stab mine w/ toothpicks to get them to stay rolled up.

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POINDEXTRA 1/20/2013 3:19PM

    Wow - that looks yummy!

Another idea for the blandness would be to use meunster cheese instead of mozzarella - it's the secret ingredient in my Mom's lasagne (oops - not a secret any more, I guess!). Reduced-fat meunster is difficult to come by, but I think I remember seeing it at Wegman's once.

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