The Peachy Pair Original: Greek Chicken Rollups

Greek Chicken Rollups ~ The Peachy Pair

My strong suit in cooking is finding a recipe I like and tweaking it.  I am not great at coming up with something from scratch, but it is something I am trying to work on!

So, last month, I made Greek Chicken Rollups.  I knew I wanted to start with chicken breast (you, know, my arch nemesis) and try to transform it into something wonderful. 

Stuffed chicken seemed the way to go; a way to interject some flavor by encompassing it within the chicken.  I decided to flatten the chicken and then wrap it around the filling.  I think in retrospect, making a pocket to stuff would have worked better, as I overfilled.  There’s always next time!

Greek Chicken Rollups:

  • 2-3 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 ounces reduced fat feta cheese
  • 2 ounces sun-dried tomatoes (not oil packed), chopped
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 cup spinach
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

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Preheat chicken to 375 degrees.  Pound out chicken to about a quarter inch. 

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Season with salt and pepper.  In a bowl, combine feta, sun-dried tomatoes, oregano,

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and spinach. 

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Put a little of the mixture onto each chicken breast

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and roll the chicken around it.  Secure with toothpicks. 

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Bake for 30-35 minutes or until cooked through. 

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Serve over a grain, such as barley, or couscous.

Greek Chicken Rollups ~ The Peachy Pair

Greek Chicken Rollups
Serves 4
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
15 min
204 calories
10 g
71 g
8 g
23 g
5 g
105 g
436 g
7 g
0 g
3 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
105g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 204
Calories from Fat 74
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
13%
Saturated Fat 5g
24%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 71mg
24%
Sodium 436mg
18%
Total Carbohydrates 10g
3%
Dietary Fiber 2g
9%
Sugars 7g
Protein 23g
Vitamin A
19%
Vitamin C
13%
Calcium
18%
Iron
14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. • 2-3 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  2. • 4 ounces reduced fat feta cheese
  3. • 2 ounces sun-dried tomatoes (not oil packed), chopped
  4. • 1 teaspoon oregano
  5. • 1 cup spinach
  6. • Salt
  7. • Freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat chicken to 375 degrees. Pound out chicken to about a quarter inch. Season with salt and pepper. In a bowl, combine feta, sun-dried tomatoes, oregano, and spinach. Put a little of the mixture onto each chicken breast and roll the chicken around it. Secure with toothpicks. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until cooked through. Slice and serve over a grain, such as quinoa, or couscous.
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calories
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fat
8g
protein
23g
carbs
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It’s beginning to feel a lot like…..spring!

Spring - The Peachy PairSpring has sprung and it is now starting to be the time when you crawl out of the gym (or off the couch) to get out in the fresh clean (pollen filled) air to exercise. Jenny and I went out for our first real training run outdoors just the other day. We have been gym rats for a while trotting in the same spot as the treadmill rolls away underfoot. Not the best way to enjoy running, but it gets the job done when its really cold out.

Trail Running - The Peachy PairSomething I enjoy is going off road a bit. Trail running is a great way to get some different views and change up the surface that you run on. Obviously, those all white road running shoes will do the trick, but grabbing a pair of trail shoes can offer some benefits.

Trail Running Shoes - The Peachy PairTrail shoes will start off by not being so easy to get dirty. Both from material and colors,they will take the toll of mud and sticks with the greatest of ease. Next, and most importantly, they will provide extra protection for your precious feet. Road shoes aren’t designed to protect you from gravel, twigs, or water hazards. Trail shoes are designed with this in mind. Traction, support, and durability.

Our friends over at Runners World have recently released their trail shoe reviews for 2015.

Trails are fun! - The Peachy PairIf you are thinking about enjoying the shade and serenity that a trail can provide, consider checking out the proper equipment to make it more enjoyable. Put that “spring” in your steps!

Orzo with Spinach & Turkey Kielbasa

Orzo Spinach & Turkey Kielbasa ~ The Peachy Pair

When we got married, Glen and I lived in an apartment.  All of his stuff went into storage while we looked for a house.  A year later we moved into our house and his stuff came out of storage.

That is when I realized that I married the only person who owns as much kitchen stuff as me!  After sifting through at least two of everything, we whittled our way down to what is currently packed into our little kitchen.

Along with the expanding kitchen collection, came the cookbooks!  Part of Glen’s assortment includes a book called Cooking the RealAge Way by Michael F Roizen, MD and John La Puma, MD.  I don’t know what the RealAge Way is.  I do know that I like orzo.

So, out came the cast iron dutch oven and in went the garlic and the orzo.  Which then promptly went in the trash.  In case you didn’t know, garlic burns fast. 

The next night, take two.  And this time it turned out….ok.  If you like spinach and a touch of orange, this is for you.  I added turkey kielbasa because, well, sausage. 

Orzo with Spinach & Turkey Kielbasa

  • 1 package turkey kielbasa, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced or grated
  • 2 shallots, sliced
  • 1 cup orzo
  • 2 cups sodium free chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 package (10 ounces) spinach
  • Salt
  • 2 teaspoons freshly shredded orange zest
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan

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Heat a Dutch Oven over medium high heat.  Add kielbasa and cook for 5-7 minutes. 

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Remove from pot.  Add oil, shallots, and garlic, cooking for about 30 seconds. 

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Stir in orzo. 

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Add broth,

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oregano, fennel seeds, and pepper flakes.

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Simmer for about 7 minutes until orzo is tender. 

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Stir in spinach

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and add kielbasa back to pot.

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  Season with salt and top with orange zest

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and cheese.

DSC_0339 Orzo with Spinach & Turkey Kielbasa ~ The Peachy Pair

Orzo with Spinach & Turkey Kielbasa
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
184 calories
17 g
16 g
8 g
12 g
3 g
236 g
450 g
1 g
0 g
5 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
236g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 184
Calories from Fat 75
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
13%
Saturated Fat 3g
15%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 16mg
5%
Sodium 450mg
19%
Total Carbohydrates 17g
6%
Dietary Fiber 3g
10%
Sugars 1g
Protein 12g
Vitamin A
136%
Vitamin C
42%
Calcium
21%
Iron
16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. • 1 package turkey kielbasa, sliced
  2. • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  3. • 6 garlic cloves, minced or grated
  4. • 2 shallots, sliced
  5. • 1 cup orzo
  6. • 2 cups sodium free chicken broth
  7. • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  8. • 3/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
  9. • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  10. • 1 package (10 ounces) spinach
  11. • Salt
  12. • 2 teaspoons freshly shredded orange zest
  13. • 1/4 cup Parmesan
Instructions
  1. Heat a Dutch Oven over medium high heat. Add kielbasa and cook for 5-7 minutes. Remove from pot. Add oil, shallots, and garlic, cooking for about 30 seconds. Stir in orzo. Add broth, oregano, fennel seeds, and pepper flakes. Simmer for about 7 minutes until orzo is tender. Stir in spinach and add kielbasa back to pot. Season with salt and top with orange zest and cheese.
Adapted from Garlicky Orzo, with Spinach, Fennel, and Orange Zest
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fat
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protein
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carbs
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Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Frosting

 Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Frosting ~ The Peachy Pair

Who doesn’t love cupcakes?!  I mean, come on.  Little portions of soft and moist cake topped with a variety of types of icing.

But, alas, they are usually laden with fat and calories.  I don’t even want to think about the nutritional content of the ones you buy at a bakery!

Enter Cooking Light.  My go to for all things healthy. 

My boss just got married.  Last week, we took her out for a celebratory lunch.  And for dessert, cupcakes! 

She is constantly chomping on peppermints.  Drives me nuts, but if that is all I have to complain about my boss, I’ll take it!  I found this recipe for Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Frosting and thought it was fitting!

Now, not everyone likes peppermint, so I made the recipe as written, but when I got to the icing, I frosted about half before adding the peppermint extract and only topped the mint flavored ones with crushed peppermint. 

Everyone raved about the cupcakes!  I don’t talk about the blog at work, so they don’t know I have mad skills.  Except the ones that I’m friends with on Facebook.  They know what’s up.  ;)

So, if you are looking for something healthy, yet full of flavor and satisfying, check out The Peachy Pair.  And then head over to Cooking Light!

Who’s Ready For Disney?

Disney Food Plan - The Peachy PairWell, we are and luckily we are getting to go in just about a month! Of course we want to ride all the rides in the happiest place on earth, but this is a food blog so I want to tell you a little about our plans for the trip. Not just any plans….. our food plans.

Disney allows you to make reservations at many of their dining places throughout their parks and we wanted to make sure we hit a variety. So this is what we have on tap. Now, remember that we haven’t left our house yet and there will be a future post or posts telling a little about each place, but the plan is the plan.

At the Magic Kingdom we will be going to:

be-our-guest-restaurant-00Be Our Guest (Lunch) – American and French cuisine. Really looking forward to this one. I stayed up till midnight to get the reservation on the day it opened. It’s supposed to really be a magical place.

tomorrowland-terrace-fireworks-dessert-party-00-fullTommorrowland Terrace Restaurant Fireworks Dessert Party – Dessert cuisine. We heard that it isn’t necessary to do this, but it is neat. I’m looking forward to seeing Tinkerbell fly right over our heads!

At Epcot we will be going to:

TOL-389Biergarten Restaurant (Lunch) – German cuisine. This one had good reviews and I do love some German food!

WDWEpcotIlluminationsDessertPartyIlluminations Sparkling Dessert Party at Epcot World Showcase – Dessert cuisine. Another dessert and fireworks, but who doesn’t love both of those.

At Animal Kingdom we will be going to:

yak-and-yeti-restaurant-00Yak and Yeti Restaurant (Dinner) – Listed as American, Asian, Chinese, Seafood or Nepalese-style pan-Asian. With a list like that, I’m not even sure what to expect. I really enjoy Asian influence so this should be a good one too.

At Hollywood Studios we have on our plate:

hollywood-brown-derby-00The Hollywood Brown Derby (Dinner) – American cuisine. A studio classic and items inside are from the actual Brown Derby on the other coast. Should be lots to look at and excellent American food.

Lastly, at Downtown Disney we are hitting the following:

raglanRaglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant (Dinner) – Irish cuisine. This place has Irish dancers and traditional Irish food. Sounds like a party place and I love to party! I might even get up and show them how to do a jig.

We spread our reservations all over the place so we could sample each park and a variety of styles. Sprinkled in there we will hit some food carts, walk-ups, and snack booths that we will also make sure to tell you all about.

We are excited, can you tell?