Converting a Recipe to Make it HEALTHIER!

 

Bacon Wrapped, Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Bacon Wrapped, Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts CONVERTED TO: “Turkey Bacon Wrapped, Yogurt Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts”

People associate healthy foods with tasting disgusting, being hard to prepare and/or cook, out-of-the-way (the standard grocery store is typically easier to find than the health food store) and downright hard to do! It doesn’t have to be that way. There are considerably simple ways to make things healthy and delicious without a (major) fuss.
Here is how I would convert this recipe for “Bacon Wrapped, Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts” over to being “healthier” in a way that at least cuts calories and fat…

ORIGINAL RECIPE:
Ingredients:
1 boneless skinless chicken breast
2 tablespoons cream cheese
1 tablespoon green onion, Chopped
2 pieces bacon, Partially Cooked
Directions:
Pound out Chicken breast so it is about 1/4″ thick.
Mix together cream cheese and green onions and spread cheese mixture over 1 side of chicken breast.
Roll Chicken breast up to conceal cream cheese.
Wrap partially cooked bacon around chicken breast and secure with toothpick
Place on baking sheet and back for about 30 minutes at 375.
Broil for about 5 minute to crisp bacon.

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MODIFIED LOW FAT LOW CALORIE RECIPE:
Ingredients:
1 boneless skinless chicken breast
2 TABLESPOONS YOGURT CHEESE (SEE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW)
1 tablespoon green onion, Chopped
2 pieces TURKEY bacon, Partially Cooked
Directions:
Pound out Chicken breast so it is about 1/4″ thick.
Mix together cream cheese and green onions and spread cheese mixture over 1 side of chicken breast.
Roll Chicken breast up to conceal cream cheese.
Wrap partially cooked bacon around chicken breast and secure with toothpick.
Place on baking sheet and back for about 30 minutes at 375.
Broil for about 5 minute to crisp bacon.

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HOW TO MAKE YOGURT CHEESE:
*This should be prepared the night before your intend to cook your meal!

  • 1 Deep bowl with a lipped edge (i.e. a plastic gladware container)
  • 1 Piece of Cheesecloth which is larger than the circumference of the top of the bowl
  • A rubberband

Instructions:

  • Place cheese cloth over top of bowl with a little slack inside of the bowl. Place rubberband around the bowl to secure it.
  • Place 1 Cup of Lowfat Greek Yogurt (Wegmans Brand makes a good one that’s cheaper than Chobani) on top the cheesecloth. You should have left enough slack for the cheesebloth to “sink” in a little bit but not touch the bottom.
  • Let sit overnight.
  • The next morning, you can place the now yogurt “cheese” into a bowl and use for cooking when you are ready to start your recipe. *You can also Let it sit longer if desired thickness is not reached.
  • You may want to add a pinch of sea salt (or Himalayan pink salt to it) and mix it in for additional cream-cheese-like flavor.

The remaining liquid in the bowl is Acidophilus.

You can drink this liquid straight up or you can save it and add it to juice, smoothies, or any fermented foods you might be creating (i.e. pickles or sauerkraut.)

Lactobacillus acidophilus belongs to a group of bacteria that normally live in the human small intestine and vagina. L. acidophilus is one of the most commonly used probiotics, or ‘good germs.’ These are microorganisms that help to maintain a healthy intestinal tract and aid digestion. (mayoclinic.com)”

Acidophilus is good for the body’s flora and immune system, since 70% of the bodies immune system exists within the gut.

Yogurt cheese is absolutely delicious and is great on bagels, or any recipe calling for cream cheese or sour cream.

Enjoy! :-)

Penelope Cruz Wears Acupuncture “Seeds” to Movie Premier – from E! News

Penelope Cruz Wears Acupuncture “Seeds” to Movie Premier – from E! News. Cruz was spotted using auricular (ear) acupuncture at her recent red carpet for Venuto Al Mondo.
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