These are the phases of my life right now.
During Phase 1 this is what is usually going through my mind: ” I’m going to eat healthy, run a lot, work out all the time. Fruits and veggies taste way better than french fries. I’m going to drink 12 cups of water a day!” Yeah so that usually lasts about… 2 days. And then I realize that I actually want to eat food that tastes good. And so I move into Phase 2: “I could probably eat 2 million french fries. This broccoli tastes like grass. Nutella is my oxygen. I want to eat every cookie. EVERYTHING tastes way better than skinny feels. BREAD.” Pretty much, my body hates me. I know.. its pitiful. Don’t get me wrong.. I love fruits and veggies (for reals) but sometimes I just need to eat 3 cookies. I’m sure you know what I mean. If not then.. you’re probably a normal person and think I’m a freak.
So when I find healthy meals that taste good I’m always really excited because I can maybe trick my body into thinking that its not healthy even though it really is. This recipe is one of those times. I think. Potatoes are good carbs, spinach has lots of antioxidants and vitamin A, chicken is protein, and cheese.. well its necessary for life. I have no explanation for the butter. So maybe its not the healthiest.. but we are off to a good start. Its much better than the buffalo cheese fries that I really wanted to make. All good in the hood! So go make this semi-kind of- healthy meal and while you’re filling up on antioxidants, protein and carbs, convince your body that you don’t want any cookies. Good luck with that.
Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli, & Spinach Potatoes
Yield: 5 servings Time: 1 hr. 30 minutes
4 chicken breasts
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 tsp. minced garlic
oz. cheese of choice (parm, feta, white cheddar, bleu)
5 tbsp. butter
Wash and stab the potatoes and cook at 350 degrees for approximately an hour (depending on what size your potatoes are). About 15 minutes before the potatoes are done, pat the chicken dry and cut into bite sized pieces. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic salt, or your favorite seasoning. Heat olive oil with medium heat and add chicken. Cook until done. Transfer the chicken to a plate and add 2 tbsp butter to the medium heat skillet. Once melted add the garlic. Stir and cook for one minute making sure it doesn’t burn. Add spinach and stir to wilt. Once its all wilted transfer to plate with chicken and turn off heat. At this point you want your potatoes to be just cool enough to handle without burning your hands. cut potatoes in half and scoop out filling into a large bowl. Place empty skins on a baking sheet. Add 3 tbsp (or more) to the potatoes and roughly mash. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add in the chicken, spinach, and cheese and mix until combined. Once mixed, scoop filling back into skins. (they should be REALLY full) Sprinkle with your favorite shredded cheese and broil on high for 2 minutes or so, until the cheese is nice and melted and the potatoes are reheated. Top with ranch or sour cream.
P.S. I am now obsessed with going to Austin so that I can eat out of all the glorious food trucks and do all the cool stuff there. Check out this post.. you will be equally obsessed. I’ve already planned my trip.