Tuesday, January 7, 2014

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1 large bag of spinach leaves
4 ounces cream cheese
1/4 C shredded parmesan cheese
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 T red onion, minced
2 T olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
8 ounce package of mushrooms, sliced
1/2 stick butter
2 T olive oil
1/2 C white wine
2 cloves garlic, minced
Salt and pepper to taste
4-5 boneless chicken breasts
8-10 slices Mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/8 inch slices
1 T garlic powder
1 T seasoned salt, like Lawry's
1 teaspoon pepper
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Sprinkle the garlic powder, seasoned salt, and pepper on both sides of the chicken.  Bake for 16 minutes.
Meanwhile, make the creamed spinach.  Over medium-high heat, melt 2 T olive oil in a skillet.  Add in the onions and saute 2-3 minutes.  Add in the spinach and garlic.  It will shrink ridiculously.  When it's cooked through, stir in the cream cheese and parmesan cheese.  Continue cooking and stirring until the cream cheese is melted.  Remove from heat.
For the mushrooms, melt butter and 2 T olive oil in a skillet.  Put the mushrooms in and cook until browned all over.  Don't season with salt until they are browned or they will never brown.  Deglaze the pan with the wine.  Add in the garlic and season with salt and pepper.  Cook until most of the wine is cooked out.
Flip the chicken pieces over.  Divide the spinach and mushrooms over the top of each breast.  Lay two slices of cheese over each piece of chicken.  Cook another 12-14 minutes or until cheese is browned and chicken is done.
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3 lbs red potatoes, washed
1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch dip mix
Olive oil
2 T garlic powder

Boil potatoes until tender.  Drain and let cool completely.  When they are cool, preheat a skillet over medium high heat.  Pour about 1/4 inch of olive oil into skillet.  Gently smash the potatoes with the palm of your hand to slightly flatten but not breaking them apart.  Place in a single layer of the skillet.  Fry until golden brown on one side.  Flip over, sprinkle with the ranch dip mix and garlic powder.  Cook the other side until golden brown.  Drain on a paper towel and sprinkle the other side with the remaining ranch and garlic powder.


1 lb asparagus, ends trimmed
Juice of half a lemon
Olive oil
1/2 T garlic powder
Salt and pepper
1/4 C shredded parmesan

Preheat oven to 350.  Lay asparagus in a single layer on a sheet pan.  Drizzle with olive oil, lemon juice, and season with garlic powder and salt and pepper.  Mix around with your hands and put back in a single layer.
Bake 20 minutes.

When they are tender, sprinkle parmesan cheese over them and cover with foil.  Let sit five minutes to melt the cheese.

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