Chicken & Goat Cheese Strudel (and the lost engagement ring) + Weekly Menu

Good (late) morning!

This dish is a memorable one. Yes, it was good…very good, in fact. But that’s probably not what I’ll remember most about it.

See, the night I made this dish, I lost something very near and dear to me. I lost my absolutely stunning engagement ring. After Mr. Prevention proposed to me with cubic zirconium and told me I could chose any ring I wanted…well, I chose right, that’s for sure. My ring is beautiful.

I take my ring off when I cook (it’s a channel setting and I don’t like to gunk it up), when I shower, and when I play ice hockey. After making this meal on Tuesday, I cleaned up and did what I always do after dinner…returned my rings to my ring finger. Except, only my wedding band was to be found. My engagement ring was MIA.

I went to bed, after tearing apart the kitchen, in what I would consider to be a pretty depressed state. I had “lost” my ring once before in the kitchen, but was able to retrace my steps and locate it in a bag of cilantro in the fridge. Tuesday, no such luck.

On Wednesday..and Thursday…I continued to search high and low for my ring. No ring. Friday rolled around and I was off work. I had spent another hour or so searching for my ring, to no avail.

I decided to make cookies. I made cookies to 1) get my mind off the lost ring and 2) to put off grading my students’ final exams. The cookies I made were thumbprint cookies (so good – recipe coming this week!) and when I was returning the jam to the fridge, there was my ring. It was in the door of the fridge in one of those compartment holder thingies.

I burst into tears. I was so, so happy. I still have no idea how it got there, but it was found…that’s all that matters.

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Chicken & Goat Cheese Strudel adapted from Clean Eating Magazine and Loves to Eat

2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb ground chicken breast
2 tsp Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp salt
10 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
4 oz goat cheese, crumbled
10 sheets phyllo dough, thawed
cooking spray

Directions:

Add olive oil to a non-stick pan and cook the onion over high heat 3-4 minutes or until translucent. Add chicken and cook, breaking up with a wooden spoon for 2 minutes. Add garlic, salt, and Italian seasoning and cook until chicken is no longer pink, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl.

Return the pan to the stove and add spinach, cooking for 2-3 minutes to cook off any remaining moisture. Stir spinach into the chicken mixture. Add crumbled goat cheese, stirring to combine.

Place a phyllo sheet onto a cookie sheet. Mist with cooking spray and top with another sheet. Mist with spray and top with a third sheet and so on so there are 5 sheets of phyllo dough. Spoon the chicken mixture onto the sheets, and top with 5 additional phyllo sheets, misting each sheet with cooking spray before adding the next.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes. Let cool for 3-5 minutes. Yield: 6 portions.

Nutrition Information (per serving): 221 calories; 6.5 g. fat; 59 mg. cholesterol; 461 mg. sodium; 16.7 g. carbohydrate; 1.5 g. fiber; 22.5 g. protein

Result: I love the simplicity of this dish. It came together quickly and has wonderful nutrition stats. For those seeking low-carb meals, this is a great one for you! I had to add a bit of flavor to the ingredient list – I could tell it would be lacking pizazz. Salt and olive oil helped this out a lot. I tried the chicken-cheese-spinach-onion mixture without salt and it just didn’t fly. I’m not a huge salt person, but chicken can be a bit lack-luster without some seasoning. The one draw-back to this dish is that it doesn’t reheat that well. Of course I ate it leftover, but the phyllo dough lost all of its crispiness. Overall, thumbs up and love the low-calorie, high-protein stats! Enjoy!

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Weekly Menu: December 11th-12th

That’s it for a menu this week. Lily and I are heading to Chicago to hangout with friends and family since the quarter is over for me 🙂 I need a little R & R!

Not sure what’s on the agenda today other than a brief grocery shopping trip and a hockey game later. Oh, and grading…that I really shouldn’t put off any longer 😉

xo,

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11 Comments

  1. December 11, 2011 / 11:29 am

    thank God you found it! I can imagine how happy you were when you found your ring, sweetie! I’ve misplaced mine in the kitchen before too, but I recently started keeping a small “ring dish” on the counter and I put my rings there when I take them off in the kitchen…makes my life a lot happier, lol! The strudel looks really yummy and I can’t wait for the grown-up spaghettios! 🙂

  2. December 11, 2011 / 12:43 pm

    I’m so glad you found your ring! This recipe is on my menu this week. I marked it in Clean Eating and can’t wait to try it. I mentioned on WC yesterday when I saw your menu,I cannot wait to see what you think of grown-up spaghettios!

  3. December 11, 2011 / 1:05 pm

    I saw on FB that you found your ring – nice! I think I already told you, but my sister lost the stone to her ring – um, it was a $6000 stone 15 years ago!

    Fast forward a year, she’s cleaning out her closet deciding what should go to goodwill, puts on a pair of shorts, puts her hand in the pocket, and low and behold – the stone was in the pocket!

    Have a safe trip coming home! We WILL meet in person one of these trips!

    (and hope you like the grown up spaghettios!)

  4. December 11, 2011 / 1:33 pm

    This recipe looks and sounds delicious! Must try it sometime. So glad you found your engagement ring xx

  5. December 11, 2011 / 7:32 pm

    This dish looks incredible!
    So glad you found your ring! I could only imagine how upset you would have been.
    Good luck grading those papers!!

  6. December 11, 2011 / 7:53 pm

    Hi Nicole. OMG, that must have been HORRIBLE. I can’t imagine losing such an important thing. SOOOOO happy the story ended well. Hope you and Lily have a safe and relaxing trip to Chicago. Have a wonderful week.

  7. December 11, 2011 / 10:54 pm

    Glad you found your ring. I take mine off all the time, but Im pretty good at leaving them on this ring holder thing that we have. My grandmother was shocked that I took them off to sleep, but my fingers swell and it’s not comfortable.

  8. December 12, 2011 / 1:14 am

    I’m glad you found it! I have to admit, I was examining the pictures to see if it was peeking out! The recipe looks amazing – I love goat cheese!

  9. Kim of Mo'Betta
    December 12, 2011 / 6:43 am

    SO glad you found your ring!

  10. December 12, 2011 / 8:28 am

    oh no, what a nightmare! I am SO glad you found it.

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