Pepperoni Stuffed Chicken

My week of meal planning via Pinterest has commenced!  I went with Pepperoni Stuffed Chicken, from BudgetBytes.  I’m definitely going to check out more of the tantalizing recipes there, especially since they break down the cost of your meal and there are some great pointers for saving money.

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The changes I made were very mild, just sprinkling garlic powder on the chicken with the salt and pepper and adding a splash of heavy cream to the egg mix you use before you dip it in your bread crumbs(I used panko since it’s lower sodium).  It was actually very easy to make, the hardest part would be cutting the chicken and trying not to look like you were mid-slice during an earthquake.

I did make brown rice pasta to serve it over top of and used crushed tomatoes with basil and then sprinkled shaved parmesan cheese on top. It was AMAZING! I’m totally a fan for browning my breaded chickens in my cast iron pan and then baking.  The crunch is fantastic and gives the dish a greater depth, especially since I have this love of crunch and I feel like if my meal lacks it, I still have the urge to chew well after I am stuffed.

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I would definitely recommend this dish. Eleventy-million-trillion percent!

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ALSO, earlier today, I made my first go at Homemade Healthy Fruit Snacks from thankyourbody.com.  When I was at the store, I got blueberries, strawberries and raspberries because I wanted to give them all a go.  I think that making these fruit snacks can be a bit price-y since the ingredients can be costly depending on the time of year.  Lucky for me, I have two lemon trees in my backyard so there goes a huge cost, since lemons are WAY overpriced.

I tried one batch today with the raspberries, which are our least favorite berry of the bunch.  I only had knox brand gelatin since that was all that was available at the store and I wasn’t sure how much was actually in each packet, I use one box each, which contained 4 packets(which after I measured, they were a little shy of a tbsp each) so I did use less gelatin than what they recommended but it came out perfectly fine.

The things I noticed were pretty few, they were a little sour but I like that and the seeds were way too much.  Next time I make this, I am going to push it through a sieve to get as many seeds, etc out that I can.  Also, I had an odd time getting the snacks out of my container.  I used a thin metal spatula and I was able to dig it out.

I do want to add that in this recipe, she says to put it in a blender, while it is still hot.  I don’t recommend that, though, since putting hot liquids in a blender, covered, can become a safety hazard and I’m not a fan of boo-boos.  I did just use a hand mixer and it came out perfectly fine.

ALSO, a big thank you to my in-laws for my new toaster oven today!! It’s so sexy. Here it is, right after I put it on the messy counter, next to it’s new friends.  I don’t know if I will get rid of my regular toaster, though, since it’s the bomb diggity, especially since I freeze a lot of bread and it’s great for thawing and toasting it all to perfection.

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