3 mistakes we made in our first year of business

Life is about making mistakes, right? The key is learn and grow from them, which we have…a lot. Each day we learn more. Each day we get better and better. It’s so exciting. We have learned a lot about running an online business and sharing some key things that we wished we knew (or did…

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SOURCE ARTICLE: : http://purelytwins.com/2015/03/26/3-mistakes-we-made-in-our-first-year-of-business/

Tart Cherry, Kale, and Feta Stuffed Chicken

cherry stuffed chicken

Guys, I am PUMPED about this stuffed chicken recipe. It’s easy to make, healthy but absolutely delicious, and “fancy” looking enough to enjoy when guests are over, too. Total win in my book! Introducing: Tart Cherry, Kale, and Feta Stuffed Chicken.

As you guys know, I’m a huge tart cherry fan, and this recipe is the latest creation for my partnership with the Cherry Marketing Institute. Not only are tart cherries packed with anthocyanins, which help fight inflammation (making them great for athletes), but I have a new fun fact for you guys: they also contain melatonin! Interesting, right? This means that they also might help to increase your overall sleep efficiency, aka the quality of your sleep: the amount of time you spend actually sleeping vs. tossing and turning.

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So, moral of the story: tart cherries are both delicious and functional, and you need to make this recipe immediately. :)

stuffed chicken 1

Stuffed chicken is always something I thought was more complicated than it apparently actually is. Sweet and savory at the same time, this stuffed chicken would make a great fast weeknight meal, or, like I mentioned, a nice meal to impress guests with! I whipped it up this past weekend for some family and everyone gave it two big thumbs up.

Feel free to pair it with whatever you like – you guys know I really love string beans, but any veggie or salad will do. Some rice or sweet potato would be good on the side, too, depending how hungry you are.

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Making this recipe is easy. The only thing you need to make sure you have on hand that you might not already is some toothpicks, to hold the chicken around the stuffing! If you’re not an onion fan, you can also feel free to make this without the onions – up to you.

stuffed chicken ingredients

First up: sauté the onion (the regular one, not the green onion yet) in olive oil (virgin or extra light, remember?) for a few minutes until softened and browned. Then, you add in the kale and dried tart cherries, and once the kale is softened, remove it all to a bowl and allow to cool a bit.

stuffed chicken saute

Once the mixture is nearly cool, add in your feta, thyme, and green onion, plus a little salt and pepper to taste.

stuffed chicken filling

Then you are ready to stuff the chicken! This would also work with another meat, like pork tenderloin. I’m going to try that next time!

Simply divide the filling evenly between your 4 chicken cutlets (which is a fancy word for a chicken breast sliced thinly), and roll the chicken around the filling, securing it with toothpicks. Just don’t forget to remove these toothpicks later before digging in. ;)

stuffed chicken process

Then, you cook! Sear the chicken first in a pan so the both sides are nicely browned.

stuffed chicken step 9

And then pop it in the oven! If you are using an oven safe pan, you can just put the whole pan in the oven; if not, just move the chicken to a baking pan.

15 minutes later, and it’s ready!

stuffed chicken finished

Now all you need to do is enjoy – and remove those toothpicks! :)

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Here’s the full recipe. Let me know how you like it! :)

Tart Cherry, Kale, and Feta Stuffed Chicken

by fANNEtastic food

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Keywords: pan sear bake entree gluten-free chicken


Ingredients (Serves 4)

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 packed cup finely chopped kale
  • 1/2 cup dried tart cherries
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 3 green onions, finely chopped
  • ~1 pound (or 4) chicken cutlets (thinly sliced chicken breasts)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • olive oil


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a large pan over medium high heat. Add the onion and cook for 4-5 minutes, until softened and lightly browned.
  • Add the kale and dried tart cherries and cook until the kale is wilted. Place in a bowl and allow to cool slightly.
  • Add the feta, thyme, and green onion to the kale/tart cherry mixture. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Place 1/4 of the filling in in the center of a chicken cutlet. Roll the chicken around the filling and secure with toothpicks. Repeat with the remaining chicken and all the filling.
  • Heat a large pan over high heat with another drizzle of olive oil. Add the chicken and sear until lightly browned on all sides.
  • If using an oven-safe pan, place the entire pan with the chicken in it into the oven, then bake for 15 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through. If your pan isn’t oven-safe, move the chicken to a baking sheet instead.
  • Enjoy!
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Looking for more tart cherry awesomeness? Check out my Tart Cherry Pie Snack Balls!

Thank you to the Cherry Marketing Institute for sponsoring this post!

Tart Cherry, Kale, and Feta Stuffed Chicken originally appeared on fANNEtastic food | Washington D.C. area Registered Dietitian | Recipes + Healthy Living + Fitness on March 26, 2015.

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Is breakfast necessary?

With apologies for how silly this question might sound, Whitney Kimball of Hopes&Fears asked, “Is breakfast the most important meal of the day?”

Here’s what I told her:

The question isn’t silly at all, although I always laugh when I hear it. That is because I am publicly outed as not a breakfast eater—at least not first thing in the morning. I don’t usually start getting hungry until 11 or so and rarely eat before then. Coffee, yes. Solid food, later please. The idea that early eating is essential makes perfect sense for farm laborers and small children. Whether it matters for normal, sedentary adults is a different question.

Many—if not most—studies demonstrating that breakfast eaters are healthier and manage weight better than non-breakfast eaters were sponsored by Kellogg or other breakfast cereal companies whose businesses depend on people believing that breakfast means ready-to-eat cereal. Independently funded studies tend to show that any eating pattern can promote health if it provides vegetables and fruits, balances calories, and does not include much junk food. For most people, when you eat matters far less than how much you eat. If you wake up starving, by all means eat an early breakfast. If not, eat when you are hungry and don’t worry about it. Kids who won’t have access to decent food in school may well be better off fed breakfast at home and surely will learn better if their stomachs aren’t growling.

SOURCE ARTICLE: : http://www.foodpolitics.com/2015/03/is-breakfast-necessary/

Spring Citrus Kale Salad

Whip together a delicious citrus vinaigrette and make this Spring citrus kale salad made with dates, feta, apple, and walnuts!

Whip together a delicious citrus vinaigrette and make this spring citrus kale salad made with dates, feta, apple, and walnuts! Cheese cheese cheese, I love cheese. There was a point in my life when I was really restrictive on the types of food I would allow myself to eat. Pretty much anything that was…

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