Here is what’s for dinner this week…

Cream Cheese-and-Pesto-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Crock Pot Chicken Fajitas

Salmon Cakes & Mashed Potatoes

Four Cheese Baked Penne

Turkey, Tomato & Grilled Cheese Sandwiches


Cream Cheese-and-Pesto-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Recipe by Eating Well

  • 4 chicken breast halves
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil


  • 2 tablespoons reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon pesto
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Combine cream cheese, pesto and pepper in a small bowl with a fork.
  3. Cut a horizontal slit along the thin, long edge of a chicken breast half, nearly through to the opposite side. Open up each breast and place one-fourth of the filling in the center. Close the breast over the filling, pressing the edges firmly together to seal. Repeat with the remaining chicken breasts and filling.
  4. Lightly beat egg white with a fork in a medium bowl. Place breadcrumbs in a shallow glass dish. Hold each chicken breast half together and dip in the egg white, then dredge in the breadcrumbs.
  5. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken breasts; cook until browned on one side, about 2 minutes. Place the chicken, browned-side up, on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake about 20 minutes.

Serve with rice and broccoli.


Crock Pot Chicken Fajitas

Recipe & Photo by Erin at $5 Dinners (Every meal Erin makes is only $5!)

  • 2 large chicken breasts
  • 1 can of Rotel
  • 1 green pepper, sliced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 cup rice
  • corn or flour tortillas
  • frozen corn
  • guacamole (I use store bought, but here is a link to an easy homemade recipe)
  • Garnish with shredded cheese, sour cream or salsa (optional)


  1. Marinate chicken in 1 can of Rotel.
  2. Slice chicken and place chicken with Rotel in the crock pot.
  3. Add sliced green peppers and sliced onions and combine with chicken and Rotel.
  4. Cook on high for 6 hours or low for 8 hours.
  5. Serve chicken and peppers on tortillas, topped with guacamole, and a side of rice and corn.


Salmon Cakes & Mashed Potatoes

Recipe & photo by Ellie Krieger via Food Network

  • 6 slices whole-wheat bread
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans boneless salmon, drained
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 5 scallions (green onions)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped canned water chestnuts
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil
  • Potatoes for mashing or store bought instant

View directions and entire recipe on Food Network.




Four Cheese Baked Penne

Recipe & photo by Ellie Krieger via Food Network

  • 1 pound whole-wheat penne
  • 1 1/2 cups small-curd low-fat cottage cheese
  • 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 3 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 (15-ounce) can low-sodium crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (8-ounce) can low-sodium tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan (3/4 ounces)

View directions and entire recipe on Food Network.


Turkey, Tomato & Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

I like to use my George Forman Grill for these. Easy and yummy.

Weekend is leftovers!

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  1. I would really like to try this week’s recipes….but why can’t I print them and the grocery list??

  2. I love these ideas that you find and share with all of us Amy – you know I need all the cooking help I can get! 🙂

    I also am a huge fan of crock pot cooking and ground turkey. I’ve gotten to the point that I prefer ground turkey over ground beef now.

    I hope you, the hubby and the kids all have a wonderful Easter!

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  3. I’m with the last commentor, I love anything having to do with using my crockpot. It just makes life so much easier.

    You should come over and check out some of my recipes – like the meatballs or the Parmesean chicken. They are easy and kids love them : )

  4. I can’t wait to try the Crock Pot Chicken Fajita recipe. I just love using my crock pot.

    Last week, we tried your Chicken with Broccoli and Rice Casserole and we loved it. Of course, I also loved the fact that it was so easy. Thanks for the great recipes.

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  5. I agree, ground turkey is a great substitute for ground beef. If you are looking to cut out meat in general I would def. recommend the book “The Vegetarian Family Cookbook” by Nava Atlas — don’t let the “vegetarian” label scare you off! We tried this out when we were trying to cut back on meat and absolutely loved the easy, comfort-food style recipes in this book (I imagine your library has it …) There is a whole chapter on tofu that you can just skip if that’s not your thing 🙂 Also, you would be surprised at how many dishes can be done without meat — think of tacos. Instead of using ground beef you could mix some beans and brown rice in a tomato sauce/taco seasoning mixture and have tacos sans meat. If you’re making lasagna, make a veggie lasagna. If you’re making soup, leave out the meat and put in tons of veggies and hearty wheat noodles. The easiest meat-free dishes are going to be mexican foods because beans and brown rice make a complete protein so they are incredibly filling without the meat. Good luck!

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