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Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., C.N.S., a board-certified nutritionist with a master's degree in psychology, is a nationally known expert on nutrition, weight loss, and health. He is the author of several best-selling titles, including The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth, The Most Effective Ways to Live Longer, and The 150 Most Effective Ways to Boost Your Energy. He is the nutrition editor for Pilates Style, a contributing editor for Clean Eating, and a columnist for both America Online and Better Nutrition. His work has been featured in dozens of national publications (print and online) including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Time, Oxygen, Marie Claire, Diabetes Focus, US Weekly, Cosmopolitan, Family Circle, Self, Fitness, Allure, Essence, Men's Health, Weight Watchers, Prevention, Woman's World, Fitness, Natural Health, and Shape. He lives in Woodland Hills, CA. Visit www.jonnybowden.com.
Spinach , Basil, and Feta–Stuffed Chicken Rolls with Pignoli
From Dr. Jonny: Pignoli are another name for pine nuts, those small, white, oval-shaped nuts that are actually the edible seeds of pines and are in demand because of the popularity of pesto. Here they add just a touch of flavor, texture, and visual interest to these delicious fetastuffed chicken rolls, which boast a ton of nutrition from the spinach (iron, calcium, magnesium) and the kalamata olives (healthy plant chemicals called polyphenols). The lean chicken and feta cheese make this a high-protein dish. Fun fact: Kalamata olives are named after the city of Kalamata in Greece and are known for being jumbo size with a meaty taste. They enjoy PDO status (Protected Designation of Origin), which is a legal framework in the European Union designed to protect the names of regional foods.
- Olive oil cooking spray
- 6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
- 8 ounces (225 g) feta cheese, crumbled
- 4 cups (120 g) chopped baby spinach
- 1⁄4 cup (10 g) chopped fresh basil
- 1⁄4 cup (25 g) finely chopped pitted kalamata olives
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1⁄2 teaspoon each salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1 can (14.5 ounces, or 406 g) diced tomatoes with garlic and basil, undrained
- 1⁄4 cup (34 g) toasted pine nuts
Lightly spray the insert of a slow cooker with olive oil and set aside.
Place each chicken breast between two sheets of waxed paper and use a meat mallet to pound them to about 1⁄4-inch (6 mm) thickness; lay them out flat. In a medium-size bowl, combine the feta, spinach, basil, olives, garlic, and olive oil and mix well.
Lightly and evenly sprinkle each chicken breast with salt and pepper. Dividing the spinach and feta mixture by 6, spoon an equal measure onto the wider end of each breast and roll it up. Lay the rolls close together, seam sides down, in the slow cooker insert and pour the diced tomatoes evenly over all. Cover and cook on high for about 4 hours, or on low for 5 to 6 hours, until the chicken is cooked through. Garnish with the pine nuts to serve.
Yield: 6 servings
Per Serving: Calories 327.5; Calories From Fat 149.8; Total Fat 15.8 g; Cholesterol 104.4 mg; Sodium 868.8 mg; Potassium 523 mg; Total Carbohydrates 9.1 g; Fiber 2.1 g; Sugar 2 g; Protein 36.1 g
Healthy, easy and cutting edge. Uses lots of healthy spices and foods to push you out of the box. Recommend slow cooker with timer and auto switch to warm.Published 1 month ago by M Ellis
No photos, no index; therefore not easy to use. Haven't tried any recipes, yet.Published 5 months ago by Howard Mudder
So many recipes!! Not all of them work for me but there are some really good ones that I'd love to try! Read morePublished 5 months ago by y. chang
Once I started this book I didn't want to stop. Not only did the recipes sound wonderful but the nutritional value of each was explained. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jan Mcclellan
One of many cookbooks out there that has the word health in the title. This one has a few good recipes that are different than most. It is still just an average cookbook.Published 7 months ago by NotBob
Made a few recipes from this and they were not very good. Too many strange ingredients as well.Published 9 months ago by Kwinshi