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Monday, April 29, 2013

Italian Chicken Florentine

Sometimes you just need a meal that is clean, refreshing and super simple.  This meal is all of those until you dump on the cheese at the end.

But, it was the thought that counted, right?  In fact, if you are staying away from cheese or just don't feel like it, this dish is great without it too.  Just skip that final step of cheesy goodness.

If you want to indulge just a bit....add the cheese.

We have had a big 'ol tub of fresh spinach in the fridge this past week and like a manic woman I always feel like I need to use it in every single dish in a matter of about two days so it doesn't go bad.  It's never gone bad on me.  I'm not sure where this fear came from, but fear it or not, it helps us to get in our greens.

This dish is a great one to entertain with - easy ingredients, minimal prep work and just over an hour for it to finish in the oven.  Leaving ample time to do other things!

Serve it with pasta, rice, salad, or do like us and throw down a twice baked potato.

Italian Chicken Florentine
6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 cans diced tomatoes
2 c. diced mushrooms
4 gloves garlic, minced
4 c. fresh spinach leaves
1 T. dried basil
1 t. Italian seasoning
1 t. onion flakes
1 T. salt
1 t. pepper
mozzarella cheese

In a large roasting pan, lay down chicken breasts and generously season with salt and pepper.  In a large bowl combine all remaining ingredients {except cheese}, stirring to combine.  Pour this mixture over the chicken.  Cover the dish with foil and bake for 1 hour.

Remove from the oven, top with liberal amounts of mozzarella cheese, place the oven on broil and return to the oven, just until cheese is melted and slightly browned.

We did lots of cleaning, sorting and well....cleaning this weekend.  All with the help of the in-laws.  They did a lot of it and also entertained the kiddos.  The weather could not have been better.  The kids had their moments, but for the most part were pretty good.

And look who we caught on top of the ladder!  

She has NO fear.

She actually skipped a nap this day and then later fell asleep during dinner.  It was hilarious.

Alright, lets get out and enjoy that Monday of ours!

I'm going to try and do as little as possible.

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