Monday, November 23, 2009

From leftovers to "none will be leftover!".

Here come the time of year where we have so many huge meals that we often wonder how we'll eat all the leftovers. Well, here is a way to eat leftover ham: make fake (and easy) chicken cordon blue!

Here we go:

Kid friendly, fairly healthy, fake Chicken Cordon Bleu

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut to have a pocket in the center
1/2 bulb fennel (you could use onion if you didn't have fresh fennel handy)
2 garlic cloves
2-3 slices leftover ham
2 sprigs fresh thyme
2-4 ounces lowfat ricotta cheese
1 egg, 1 egg white- whipped
3/4 cup breadcrumbs (our favorite are EnerG's gluten free bread crumbs)
1/4 cup ground flax (you can sub this for more breadcrumbs if you don't have it, but hopefully if you read my blog I've convinced you to keep them in your fridge by now!)

Preheat oven to 375. Chop fennel and garlic, sautee in olive oil over medium heat for 5 minutes. Cube leftover ham, add to bowl with ricotta. Sprinkle with pepper and thyme. Add fennel mixture.

Stuff chicken with ricotta mixture, roll in egg, and then bread with breading mix. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Enjoy!

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