Sunday Sustenance

Happy weekend all!

Blogger and fellow Midwest girl, Kristin over at Iowa Girl Eats always has awesome and healthy recipes. And she is a fellow runner! What’s not to love? And one of them includes several of my favorite food items:

  • Avocado
  • Balsamic vinegar — reduction! Double points!
  • Spinach
  • Fresh mozzarella

YUM

Thus became the next installment of Sunday Sustenance. I don’t have any great insight on this because the recipe is freaking delicious and needs no amendment. I made it with both spinach and whole wheat spaghetti so a full meal in one dish. But WARNING: boiling balsamic can really sting your nostrils, so don’t lean over and inhale. Ouch!

Avocado, Mozzarella and Bruschetta Chicken via Iowa Girl Eats

Ingredients:
1 cup balsamic vinegar
4 chicken breasts, pounded to an even thickness
extra virgin olive oil
salt & pepper
1/2 cup pre-made bruschetta topping
1 avocado, sliced
4oz mozzarella cheese, sliced (or 1 cup shredded)
baby spinach or pasta, for serving

Directions: 

  1. Pour balsamic vinegar into a small saucepan then bring to a boil. Turn heat down to medium then simmer and reduce until vinegar is thick enough to coat a spoon, about 20 minutes. (Vinegar will continue to thicken while cooling.) Set aside to cool.
  2. Place oven rack in top position then preheat broiler. Brush chicken breasts with extra virgin olive oil then season with salt and pepper on both sides. Brush a large skillet over medium-high heat with oil then add chicken breasts and cook for 4-5 minutes a side, or until no longer pink in the center.
  3. Transfer chicken to a foil-lined, nonstick-sprayed baking sheet then top with 2 Tablespoons bruschetta mixture, 3-4 slices avocado, and 1 oz mozzarella each. Broil until cheese has melted then serve over spinach or cooked pasta, and drizzle with the balsamic vinegar reduction.
B couldn't stop to pose for the photo.

B couldn’t stop to pose for the photo.

Overall, I’d say it was a hit. B is happy with the meat-to-veg ratio and I got many of my previously mentioned favorite foods.

Typical dinner making at our house – Mox begs for vegetables. His favorite is cucumbers, but he happily accepts carrots and even spinach. He is totally my dog. And I acquiesce when he delights me with tricks.

Apologies for blurriness. His shake requires a full range of motion.

Apologies for blurriness. His shake requires a full range of motion.

Hope this recipe turns out as well for you. Have a great week!

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