August 4, 2009

Pollo con Espinaca

I like to cook on Sundays. Its relaxing, to be able to plan a meal, grocery shop, prep, cook, and of course eat everything. Its one of my favorite ways to end a nice weekend, and great to begin the week with because we always have leftovers!

One night a few weeks ago we were in the mood for something spicy. We also had a big bag of spinach that needed to be used up, so we decided on pollo con espinaca. Sounds easy enough, right?

This is D's favorite dish of maybe all time. Whenever we go out for Mexican this is certainly in consideration. To make things a little more interesting, I have never had pollo con espinaca before, so I had absolutely no idea what I was in for!

We followed a mish mash of recipes from one of my cookbooks and from various sources online. This is what we came up with!

Pollo Espinaca

4 Chicken Breasts
Fresh spinach, washed and stems removed
1 jalepeno, diced
1 package cream cheese
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup parmesan cheese (I wanted to use crema mexicana or oaxaca, but its $$$)
salt and pepper
Olive Oil

We chose to grill our chicken, so we gave it a little olive oil rub and seasoned with salt and pepper before cooking.

Heat 1tbsp olive oil in a large pan. Saute spinach until wilted.

Stir in softened cream cheese and plain yogurt. Allow to melt, stirring constantly to break up the spinach.

Add cheese and allow to melt. Continue stirring. Add jalepeno, salt and pepper to taste.

We served the grilled chicken and the sauce with rice and beans. Quite delicious, and healthy too! This will definitely be an addition to our regular dinner rotation.

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