Broccoli & Swiss Stuffed Chicken, Wild Rice & Sauteed Squash
Good morning friends! Welcome to another addition of Menu Plan Monday! Last night was our 7th and final night doing our eMeals trial week and we definitely saved the best for last! Stuffed Baked Chicken Breast has long been one of our favorite meals and this did not disappoint! Stay tuned at the end for my overall review of eMeals!
Broccoli & Swiss Stuffed Chicken Breast
Broccoli & Swiss Stuff Chicken Breast
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
6 slices Swiss cheese
1 cup fresh broccoli, chopped
½ teaspoon garlic salt (I used about 1 tsp)
½ teaspoon pepper
½ cup flour
¾ cup Italian seasoned Panko breadcrumbs
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place chicken breasts between two pieces of wax paper; pound with meat mallet until breasts are ⅛-inch thick; cut each breast in half lengthwise. Place 1 slice Swiss cheese and a small mound of broccoli in the middle of each pounded chicken breast. Fold the short sides of the chicken over the mound, and roll the chicken until you have a tightly sealed mound. Sprinkle each piece with garlic salt and pepper, and roll in flour. Beat together egg and 1 tablespoon water. Dip each chicken piece into egg mixture, and roll in breadcrumbs. Place on a rimmed baking sheet lined with foil. Lightly spray each chicken breast with cooking spray. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until done.(I cooked mine around 35 minutes then broiled the top for 2 minutes because we like our chicken very well done, just a personal preference)
Uncle Ben's Chicken Flavored Wild Rice
For the wild rice, it called for a package of Uncle Ben's Chicken Flavored Wild Rice. The directions were to cook it according to package directions. We do not usually buy these types of rice dinner kits, as I like to make my own Rice Pilaf, but I was surprised, we all enjoyed it and thought it went very well with the Chicken and Squash.
Sauteed Squash & Onion
This Squash was good! I usually roast ours in the oven, but was surprised at how much flavor this dish had! It was a really good side for the Chicken and Rice. I did add a couple of cloves of garlic, even though the recipe didn't call for any, because we like garlic with our veggies. We will definitely make this side a lot!
Sauteed Squash & Onion (recipe courtesy eMeals)
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 lb yellow squash, cut in ½-inch thick slices
1 onion, chopped
Salt & Pepper to taste
(I added 3 cloves of chopped garlic)
Heat butter and oil in large skillet. Add squash and onion; season with salt and pepper. Sauté
over medium heat until squash is tender, about 12 minutes. Add the chopped garlic and saute for 3 minutes more. Season with Salt and Pepper to taste.
Menu Plan Monday
7) BFD (Breakfast for Dinner)
eMeals final review
As I told y'all at the beginning of last week, eMeals has graciously provided us with a 1 year membership in exchange of me writing a review of their program. I figured the only way for me to really be able to write a complete review would be if my family tried it out for a whole week. I talk more about the reasons WHY I decided to give eMeals a review here. Now that our week is complete, I feel like I can give a thorough review!
1) What did you think about the food?
We absolutely LOVED the food. I would say that we would make 6 out of 7 of the meals again as written with no changes. The ONLY thing I can say negative about the food is their wasn't enough salt in the recipes. We don't eat fast food or restaurant food much as we think it tastes too salty, so I have never thought we ate a lot of salt. But there wasn't a single meal on the program that I didn't have to add a little bit extra salt to. (The recipe above called for 1/2 tsp Garlic salt for 2 lbs of meat. That is just not enough.) It was an easy fix.... but worth noting. I think the recipes should say 'salt to taste' instead of low balling it.
2) Did eMeals save you money on your grocery bill?
Our grocery bill was about the same. But, you have to remember, I already cook homemade stuff 7 days a week and I already have been menu planning and utilizing leftovers to reduce waste. So there wasn't much room there for us to save money. Do I believe the average family that is too busy to cook most nights of the week and are finding themselves going through the drive thru lane or ordering take out could save money? YES!!!!
3) Who would you recommend eMeals to?
Newly Weds, Busy households with 2 parents working outside the home, Newly Empty Nesters that may be used to cooking for a larger group of people (eMeals has 2 people plans a well as family plans), People that are new to trying to cook and eat healthier, New moms (I think this would make a fabulous baby shower gift)
4) Who would you NOT recommend eMeals to?
I would NOT recommend eMeals for someone who REALLY lives for cooking and menu planning. Since eMeals does all the work for you, it would definitely not be an ideal gift for someone with the time and resources that love to menu plan and grocery shop.
5) What was your favorite part of eMeals?
I loved trying some new things, the food was great, I loved that there was so many awesome plans to choose from, the customer service was great..... but I have to say my favorite thing about this plan is the fact that you get to pick your grocery store and your menu and list is tailored to YOUR store and matches the sales ads! What a time and money saver!
6) Did you feel like your family ate healthier with eMeals than normally?
This is hard to say. We already eat a ton of fresh fruit and Veggies. I think maybe we ate a slightly lower fat diet than normal the past week. I do think eMeals would be much healthier than the alternative for busy people (fast food or take out) Also, we did the classic family plan and there are other even healthier plans on their site to choose from.
7) How are you involved with eMeals moving forward?
Now that I have learned so much about eMeals and really feel like I can get behind the company and what they stand for, I have agreed to become an eMeals affiliate. (The link at the bottom of this post is an affiliate link. I appreciate your support for my little bloggy) I will pick and choose a few meals to try throughout the next couple of months and share them with you guys. Now that I have tried the classic family plan this past week, I am definitely curious to try a few of the other weekly plans later on. Specifically the Simple Gourmet and dessert menu (Still waiting on eMeals to hook me up with the dessert plan....you know... to review for the blog) :-)
That wraps up my week of eMeals. Did I answer your questions? Do you have any more questions about the program?
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*emeals has graciously offered me a 1 year membership in exchange of a 1 week review here for y'all on the blog. All opinions are my own.