Checking in and My Essentials

July 13, 2013 at 11:39 am | Posted in Dinner | 2 Comments

Well hello there!!! Isn’t this fun to be waiting four months between posts, ha! Yup, it is what it is. I can assure you and myself that I’ve been having a grand ol time in between all of these sporadic posts. What motivated me to write today was a delicious dinner I made some Saturdays ago thanks to Food Lion. Other than that meal, I’ve been making mostly simple things with lots of veggies, still packing up huge salads for lunch, and even started making kale smoothies last week for breakfast? And what does this mean? I’m eating vegetables for every single meal!! And what else does this mean? My clean eating is showing on me everywhere! It’s a beautiful thing when you have energy, like a lot of it, all day long, My bod is getting toned and my skin is pretty darn clear. It sounds cliche, but I think I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been in and I have the most challenging and rewarding job now. I’ve been saying to myself – this – this life right now – it can stay just as it is. There is nothing else I could ask for right now. 😀


And how happy was I, when I got an email from Food Lion PR saying, we would love for you to cook something up with our new line, on us! My buddy Anna and I went strolling throughout the aisles of Food Lion that Friday night and had a grand ol time. There are so many things that the My Essentials brand encompasses.  I would say this meal that I made was fun and tasty.


Go for the jump to see the recipe….

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been seeing Food Lion marketing all over the place recently! They’ve been advertising on Pandora radio and a couple of my Instagram friends participated in a cooking contest this past week in Baltimore hosted by Food Lion. It’s nice to see an affordable grocery store like Food Lion be able to provide basic and healthy staples so that everyone can have good and good for you food all over the country.


Check out my loot for the night! Lots of staples and all this and more for $60!


So I decided to do a stuffed chicken breast with a side of pasta with a great sauce. It all started with the chicken. I got chicken breasts, hammered them a little flat and then seasoned them with salt and pepper.


Then I tore up some 2 inch slices of ham and swiss cheese and layered them on top of the chicken breast and then rolled them up and secured with a toothpick.  I cooked them in the oven for about 25 minutes on 375 degree heat. Then I broiled them in the end in order to get them nice and brown on top.


To make the sauce, I took some shallots (which I already had in my pantry) and sauteed them with a tablespoon of butter on medium heat until they were nice and golden.

UntitledThen I took about a half a cup of white wine and deglazed the shallots. After that cooked down a bit, I took a cup of half and half, poured it in and let that cook down about halfway. Then I added a tablespoon of whole grain mustard and then a handful of minced dill and minced basil! Oh yum!

UntitledIn addition to the sauce and the chicken, we had some veggies! I took some asparagus and cherry tomatoes and placed them onto a baking sheet. Then drizzled with olive oil and salt and pepper. I cooked them in my toaster oven for about 10 minutes on 400 heat.

UntitledTo go with the veggies, we got tortellini and boiled that for about 5 minutes.


Then it all easily came together! Add the veggies to the drained pasta and drizzle atop the plate with sauce!


Looks good right? Thanks Food Lion!  Anna, Laurita and myself just loved it!



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  1. Great to hear that things are going so well!!

    Also yum that looks so good!!

  2. […] in July when I was declaring that “I’ve been saying to myself – this – this life right now – […]

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