Key ingredient: Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
Nutrition benefits: 130 Calories per 4 oz. serving; chicken breasts are an excellent source of low fat protein.
Money Saving Tip: Watch for sales and buy a large family pack of chicken breasts that you can divide up into a couple of meals.
#1 - Spinach Stuffed Chicken & Rice
Makes 4 servings
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts - $2.65
2 (10 oz.) packages Meijer frozen spinach, thawed and drained of excess moisture - $2.18
1 (14 oz.) can Meijer diced tomatoes - $0.89
1-1/2 cup shredded part skim mozzarella cheese with ¼ cup set aside - $1.50
McCormick herbs of choice such as oregano, parseley, basil, thyme – on hand
2 cups of Meijer uncooked brown rice - $1.37
1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Slice each chicken breast open to create a pocket. Stuff each chicken breast evenly with spinach, diced tomatoes and 1-1/4 cups mozzarella cheese.
2. Use a toothpick to close the end of each stuffed pocket. Place on a baking sheet.
3. Use the remaining cheese to sprinkle on the top of the chicken breasts. Sprinkle with herbs. Bake for approx. 25 to 30 minutes, until chicken is done.
Serve over brown rice.
Nutrition information per serving: Calories: 461, Total fat: 11g, Cholesterol: 96mg, Sodium: 485mg, Carbohydrate: 45g, Fiber: 7g, Protein: 49g.