I tried out a recipe from the Advocare 24 Day Challenge Cookbook. I was not very impressed, to say the least. The concept, a one pot meal, was good. It just lacked in flavor.
The dish involved sauteing onions and celery in olive oil, searing chicken breasts on each side, then letting spinach wilt while the chicken broth and sliced almonds simmered in the mix.
To spice it up a bit, I added capers That one ingredient kicked up the flavor and made the dish. I’m not totally sure of the nutrition value on capers but I’m going to go with they’re not bad. How could something so flavorful and tiny be that bad? We’ll go with that reasoning for now. I only added a tablespoon, just to get that ‘bite’ and bold flavor mixed in.
My guinea pig/taste tester (grandfather) was not a fan of the chicken. “It’s dry,” he said flatly. (Though not true at all, I think he meant that the chicken itself didn’t have much flavor.) However, he LOVED the spinach, celery, onion, almond, and caper mix!
Next time around, I might pound my chicken breasts to make them a bit flatter, or slice them into strips to get more of a flavor while cooking.
So there you go, Advocare. On a scale of 1-10, I’d give it a solid 5.
Chicken and Spinach Skillet Dish – from Advocare
- 1 to 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 1 onion, diced
- 3 – 4 thinly pounded chicken breasts
- 1/2 of a fresh lemon
- 1 tsp garlic powder (or to taste)
- 1 tsp lemon pepper seasoning (or to taste)
- 3/4 to 1 cup chicken broth
- 3 – 4 large handfuls fresh baby spinach
- 1/8 cup of slivered almonds
Lightly spray a large, nonstick skillet with no fat/no calorie cooking spray. Lightly sauté celery and
onion about 1 -2 minutes, add chicken breasts and cook until almost cooked through on each side.
Season with a very small amount of sea salt, pepper, garlic powder, and lemon pepper seasoning.
Squeeze lemons juice on top of chicken as it’s cooking. Add almonds. Once chicken is almost finished
add spinach (3-4 large handfuls or 1 bag- they shrink significantly). Pour broth over spinach. Cover
and cook till chicken is done and spinach is cooked.