Mar 30, 2011

Grilled Chicken with Spinach and Melted Mozzarella




Grilled chicken doesn't have to be boring, top it with sauteed spinach with garlic, mozzarella cheese and roasted peppers and you have a quick and easy chicken dish your family will love! This is perfect for any busy weeknight; serve with pasta or a simple salad for a low carb meal.

On hot days, no need to turn your oven on, you can do this all on the gas grill, put the chicken back in the bbq with indirect heat until the cheese melts.

I used homemade roasted peppers for this but jarred peppers would work perfectly fine. This makes great leftovers for lunch the next day!




Grilled Chicken with Spinach and Melted Mozzarella
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 6 • S Size: 1 cutlet, spinach, cheese • Old Points: 4 pts • Points+: 4 pts
Calories: 153.3 • Fat: 4.2 g • Protein: 24.5 g • Carb: 4.0 g • Fiber: 1.3 g Sugar: .7 g

Ingredients:
  • 21 oz (3 large) chicken breasts sliced in half lengthwise to make 6 cutlets
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 10 oz frozen spinach, drained
  • 3 oz shredded part skim mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup roasted red pepper, sliced in strips (packed in water)
  • olive oil spray

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400°. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Lightly spray a grill with oil (I used my George Forman) or grill outside on a gas grill. Cook chicken on the grill until no longer pink, careful not to overcook or you'll have dry chicken.

Meanwhile, heat a sauté pan on medium heat. Add oil and garlic, sauté a few seconds, add spinach, salt and pepper. Cook a few minutes until heated through.

When chicken is done, lay on a baking sheet lined with foil or parchment for easy clean-up. Divide spinach evenly between the 6 pieces and place on top. Top each with half oz mozzarella, then slices of roasted pepper and bake until melted, about 6-8 minutes.

114 comments :

  1. love how easy, healthy and beautiful this is!

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  2. ok this looks AMAZING! :-) AND I have two lonely chicken breasts in my freezer just BEGGING to be made into something DELICIOUS! :-)

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  3. I was just introduced to your website and I am so happy! Love that you list the WW points plus! Cannot wait to start cooking and trying these recipies!!

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  4. Yes please! That looks super yum!

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  5. Don't you love how colorful it is? The colors of the Italian flag. Super easy, I actually made this for lunch today, took about 15 minutes start to finish!!

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  7. I will be making this over the weekend! It looks great.. I would assume there's no reason fresh spinach couldn't be used after wilting it on the stove w/the oil and garlic??

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  8. Oh YUM! I *have* to make this now!

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  9. Great idea for a healthy Italian meal! I put salsa and low fat Mexican cheese on grilled chicken for Mexican night!

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  10. Looks YUMMY - something else from you to add to my meal planner!

    We sing your graces nearly every night!

    Danielle

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  11. Looks tasty. Though I may skip the grill pan and cook it in the skillet instead to save on dishes. I agree, no reason to eat boring ANYTHING.

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  12. YUMM! This looks so good Gina! I do believe I'll have to try this when I break in my new Staub grill pan!

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  13. What type of fish do you think would taste good with spinach and mozzarella, I have an allergy to chicken but its a great idea!

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  14. Just Love you site! I shared it with Weight watchers FB page. Hope you don't mind.

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  15. This looks amazing! I just did something similar, it was a new and improved chicken florentine http://kitchenwithkate.blogspot.com/2011/03/throwback-thursday-new-and-improved.html This steps mine up a notch, I'm really looking forward to trying this. Thanks for sharing!

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  16. You are a genius! That is all =)

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  17. Fresh sauteed baby spinach of course would be amazing if you prefer!!!

    For a fish, I would use a white fish like tilapia, flounder or sole. Great idea! Maybe add a little lemon to the spinach!

    Kelly, sure you could do this in a pan as well. Can't wait to hear your reviews.

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  18. Oooh yum. Looks easy and delicious but I think it looks fancy enough for a casual dinner party too!

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  19. Mouth watering dish! It really looks delicious. I think grilled pork will also be as delicious as this one when it is top with sauteed spinach with garlic, mozzarella cheese and roasted peppers! HHmm, Yummy!

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  20. I can't wait to try this. I love your site!

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  21. Claire, sure why not!

    Thanks Zaklina!

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  22. YUM. So quick, so easy, so delish, and so ridiculous I never think to make something like this myself. Thanks for doing the thinking for us! ;)

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  23. Oh my goshhh looks divine! Can't wait to try this out.

    http://sprinkledwlove.com/

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  24. We made this last night... it was so yummy... the only thing we did not have was the roasted red pepers but it was tasty with out it... DH was really excited to have the leftovers for his lunch.. Thanks

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  25. This looks very tasty and easy enough that even I could cook it! Thanks!

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  26. swimmermama3/31/11, 5:27 PM

    Our oven is broken :(

    As soon as it is fixed, I am trying this with tilapia! I love that your recipes almost never call for anything that we do not already have in our kitchen. It makes trying new recipes so easy and fun!

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  27. This looks delicious! Though I feel as though I would need to add mushrooms to mine. Hmmmm....

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  28. I'm always looking for new dressing recipes, especially on the light side...thanks for the idea!

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  29. I made this tonight and it was great! I didn't have mozzarella on hand, but I needed to polish off the blue cheese in the fridge - turned out great. Thanks for posting, Gina!

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  30. I just made this with Quorn's "Chik'n" Cutlets -- Vegetarian 'chicken', that is -- and it went over extremely well! Even my meat-eating boyfriend thought it was fantastic.

    Thanks for the terrific recipe. :)

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  31. Nikki, thanks for sharing! I had no idea there were vegetarian chicken cutlets!

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  32. Taking this to pot luck! Several of us are glutin free so I pike to take tasty stuff with no guessing game behind it. And it won't trip me up on by "diet" :) ps I made a special button on my iPone just for your blog

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  33. Every recipe i have tried has been SO GOOD and i love it that the ww points are there too. Great Job!

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  34. I just made this for dinner using kale instead of spinach. It was delicious!

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  35. Those look so delicious! Colorful too!

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  36. Prepared this today for dinner - it was terrific! I made a slight change. After I arranged it in the baking pan, I drizzled white wine and chicken broth over it. A very big success! Thank you!!!

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  37. This was a great meal that was healthy and full of flavor!!! Thanks so much!!

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  38. I made this with arugula instead of spinach and it was AMAZING!!!!

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  39. Laurie, drool!! Yum!!

    You guys are making me hungry!

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  40. This was simply delicious!!! I made it with fresh spinach and lots of garlic...Thanks for another winner recipe..Lyn

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  41. what would you suggest for the side with this dish thinking of making it this week.

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  42. This may sound ridiculous, but I am giving up on trying this recipe. It seemed easy to me, too, but I can't seem to cut a chicken breast in half evenly (or even CLOSE!) Could I just use smaller breasts if I find them? Also, maybe once the grill is out and ready to go it will work, but doing the George Foreman, stovetop for the spinach, AND the broiler is too much for me. Don't get me wrong, I am a BIG FAN. Probably 3/4 of the meals I make are "Gina recipes". But I just can't seem to get this one to work out for me. Disappointed because it looks delish!

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    1. Don't give up!! There are videos on youtube you can watch. I couldn't figure it out at first too, but the videos helped and so does a sharp knife!

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  43. Dispatches, it's a meal in one for me, but a side of pasta like orzo would be great.

    Kassie, to cut the chicken breast, press down on the chicken with your hand then using your other hand take a sharp butcher knife and slice through. If you still can't do this, you can use thin pre cut cutlets. It's really a simple dish.

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  44. Just made this, loved it. I used baby spinach and sauteed it with the garlic. Added a wee flour coating to the chicken with cayenne.

    Thanks for the recipe Gina.

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  45. My boyfriend and I just finished eating this. Amazing! I used fresh spinach, super easy to throw in a pan while the chicken in cooking on the Forman.

    Love your recipes! Will be trying more of them this week!

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  46. I just wanted to let people know that I made this last night with tilapia (I am pescatarian). It was great! My husband, who rarely compliments my cooking since he really is the chef of the family, even liked it! And, again, it was so easy. Thank you for the tasty, healthy, and quick idea!

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  47. Love this...I used fresh spinach and it was so good.

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  48. Such a great idea! I made this using leftover grilled chicken and it was delicious! Thanks for all of your great recipes, you have honestly changed my outlook of weight watchers (I was getting bored eating the same things over and over).

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  49. This was great! I used feta cheese instead of mozzarella though. Super flavorful and it was so pretty to look at!

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  50. This recipe is wonderful. I even substituted the red peppers with sliced tomatoes and mushrooms.

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  51. Love Love Love this recipe!! I've been a "fan" for a long time, but had never tried the recipes. This was my first! I can't wait to try more! Thank you so much!!

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  52. Delicious! Another winner! My family (especially my husband) loves all the recipes I've tried. Thanks!

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  53. Is this 24 oz raw or cooked? If cooked, how do you know how much raw before including all the ingredient on top?

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  54. Mmmmm...just made this for dinner. I only had a few points left for dinner and I made it with the roasted garlic broccoli! Both were delicious and my picky husband even had two servings! Thank you Thank you!

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  55. just made this for dinner tonight! DELICIOUS. only difference we made was instead of roasted red peppers we used a roasted red pepper and artichoke tapenade from trader joe's. will be making this again! thanks!

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  56. Made this and it was good ! YUMMY

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  57. This was incredible! Thanks as always!

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  58. This was great! I made it last night. We loved every bite.

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  59. My SIL turned me on to your site. This is the first thing I made and there is only one word to describe this dish - YUMMY. The only thing I did different was I marinaded the chicken cutlets in a little lemon juice, olive oil, garlic and parsley for a couple of hours. All the tastes blended together were just perfect. Tonight I'm trying the Chicken and Mushrooms in the Garlic Wine Sauce. My mouth is already watering. Thank you for sharing all these wonderful recipes.

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  60. Holly Drdsgirl10/13/11, 4:19 PM

    This is the second thing i made, and it was mouth watering. so YUMMY!! even hubby loved it.
    Thank u for this one it's a keeper!!!

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  61. Hey Gina,
    Thank you soooo much for this blog. I've been following it for quite some time now and I love it. I made this last night for dinner except I used fresh spinach and seasoned the chicken with Italian seasoning instead of pepper and salt. Went over great with my boyfriend. We are both watching what we eat and how many calories we take in. Paired it with a nice fresh spinach salad. So yummy. I love your blog and cant wait to make more. I'm making the baked potato soup tonight.

    Thanks again!

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  62. Made it for lunch today. For the first time EVER my chicken breasts came out soft and juicy. It was amazingly delicious and fast. Gina, thanks again. And the cauliflower spagetti was soooo good too.

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  63. New to site. Made this for dinner tonight. It was wonderful. My family and I loved it! I only had feta cheese, so I made it with that. Definitely a keeper. Look forward to trying other recipes.

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  64. Super excited to try this meal. It looks great and its healthy.

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  65. A friend just showed me your website today! So on my way home i picked up some chicken breast and whipped this up! WOW is all i have to say! delicious!!! It is amazing that you do all this!! thanks you SO much! i will definetly be making more of your recipes!! :):)

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  66. I made this tonight with a few changes and it turned out phenomenal. It was a huge hit with my friends and it was so easy... definitely making again!

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  67. I made this yesterday, super easy and delicious! I didn't have time to prepare the roasted red peppers so I improvised with sun-dried tomatoes and it turned out awesome!

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  68. We loved this but the chicken was a bit dry so we have decided that we will marinate them in low cal italian dressing first. My first time making/eating fresh roaster red peppers - AWESOME!!

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  69. I made this tonight for dinner using broccoli rabe instead of spinach and it was delicious!!!!!!!!!!
    How do you roast peppers yourself?

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    1. The way we roast our own peppers, is to put them on a baking sheet in the broiler until charred, blistered and black (you could do it on a grill also). Once they are out of the flame, put them in a ziploc bag for about 20 minutes. The skin will peel right off, and you have homemade roasted peppers!

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  70. Made this twice now (first with froz spinach then with fresh-- we preferred the fresh). However my question is with your Carbs calculation. You say it's 4 carbs here, but once I input it in MyFitnessPal's calculated, it told me 20 per serving.

    ALB

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  71. This was delicious but I got 6 pts+ on my calculator... (from Arlington VA)

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  72. Made this last night and it was AWESOME...substituted fresh spinach for frozen and goat cheese in place of mozzarella....BIG hit

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  73. Just made this! I had Green Giant Lightly Sauced Spinach Steamers. I thawed in microwave then sauteed with the garlic. I had a bit of left over shredded chicken. I placed it at the bottom of a dish, put the spinach on top and topped with Kraft Swiss cheese singles. It was yummy! I have 3 toddlers in the house who loved this over some rice. I had mine over salad.

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  74. Made this for dinner tonight. Too cold to grill so I pan seared the chicken breast. Can't wait to eat it.

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  75. Made this for dinner last night 5 star reveiws my father even liked it and he doesn't like anything

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  76. Made this over the weekend & kids loved it. We all loved it. But kids had 2nds, so didn't have leftovers! Served with simple pasta (bowtie) salad with fresh tomatoes & vinaigrette.

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  77. Made this tonight, I was looking for a new way to prepare chicken breasts and this was perfect. I love spinach so I thought this was great, and my husband loved it too. I can't wait to eat the leftovers for lunch tomorrow!

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  78. Had this tonight with your cauliflower fritters. Just so yummy!! Thanks for all these wonderful recipes. You've saved me (and my waistline) for sure :)

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  79. Hi - do you think that I can put the toppings on the chicken then put it back on the grill to melt instead?

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  80. I just made these tonight for the first time. They were amazing! The flavors were so wonderful!
    I wasn't able to grill them outside so I just did a quick oven-cooking. Even like that, they were fabulous! Thanks for all these wonderful recipies! I can't wait to try more :o)

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  81. Made this for dinner tonight. HUGE hit with mother-in-law, husband, teenage nephew, elementary age kids and toddler! Thanks, Gina. This is going to become a staple in this household!

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  82. can this be made with fresh spinach as well

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  83. I know I should've gotten that bunch of spinach at the market. This looks delicious and healthy!

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  84. This recipe is a great base to help me clean out the fridge. I used turkey cutlets and caramelized onions. It did increase the calories a bit but I'm sure it will still be delicious!

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  85. I did this with Fresh baby spinach. The spinach gets such a yummy garlic flavor. We also didn't have any mozzarella cheese but I thought we did and I used Swiss instead and it was actually pretty tasty!

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  86. I made this the other night and it came out fantastic! I did modify a few things, instead of using chicken breasts I used chicken thighs. Instead of using roasted red peppers I used sun-dried tomatoes (I'm so glad I did this!). And the leftovers heated up really nicely.

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  87. Bren A- Bellflower CA1/13/13, 12:48 PM

    My kids love spinach and they loved this dish served it with a side of black bean corn salad and a delicious well balanced meal.

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  88. I must tell you this was the first time i looked and cooked from your site and this was AMAZING!!! My 9 yr. Old daughter turns her nose on anything healthy and she couldn't get enough of it! Thank you for such a great site!

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  89. I didn't have roasted red peppers, so I used tomatoes instead, with fresh mozzarella.. Delicious recipe, thank you!!

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  90. Made this tonight, but marinated the chicken in fat-free Italian dressing beforehand. Came out super flavorful and moist. Thanks so much!

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  91. I'm obsessed with all of your recipes! I recently joined Weight Watchers, and using your delicious recipes as a guide to my meal plans is fantastic. I can't wait to add this one to the list! Thank you!!!

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  92. This was awesome! The only thing I did to save on dishes was bake the whole thing for 20 minutes at 400. Served it with you asparagus and dijon vinegarett!

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    1. Awesome idea! I don't have a grill, but really want to try this recipe out. I was thinking about sauteeing the chicken breast stovetop. I got a giant bag of baby kale from Costco, gonna be an awesome sub for the spinach!

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  93. Wonderful and so simple! I used fresh baby spinach and wilted it in the sauté pan. Thanks Gina!

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  94. We made this last night and it was FABULOUS and so easy. Thank you the entire family LOVED it.

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  95. I made this tonight. I used sweet peppers that I cooked with the spinach instead of roasted red peppers. I also served it over a bed of quinoa. Super yummy!

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  96. My husband and I have been trying to become healthier people since finding out that our parents are each having cholesterol, blood pressure, and heart problems early in their lives. We've even somehow managed to cut out canned vegetables, broths, and soups (they are extremely high in sodium and you usually add even MORE salt when cooking them). It has been such a challenge to find a variety of healthy recipes that weren't bland and left much to be desired. I made this tonight and we LOVED IT! I used red bell peppers instead of red peppers because Kroger had them on sale lol I think next time I'll add a little lemon juice to the spinach for a slight zing. Thank you for making my life a little easier. This was nutritious AND delicious! Even our 16 month old ate his entire plate!

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  97. I made this last night and loved it so much that it's currently in the oven for dinner again! Thank you, Gina, you haven't steered me wrong yet!

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  98. For those of you who've made it, what did you serve it with? Open to suggestions!

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  99. Made this tonight for dinner.....Loved it!! Thanks for the recipe

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  100. this is delicious. I tweaked a bit by baking thin chicken cutlets for about 5 minutes. Then adding the toppings and finishing until cheese melted. Used a very yummy roasted red pepper and artichoke bruschetta from Trader Joe's (zero points).

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  102. I made this the other night and everyone loved it. Thank you so much for the delicious and healthy recipes!!

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  103. What would be ago side dish for this Chicken?
    Thanks!

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  104. what side dish do you recommend?

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