Cheese Stuffed Chicken Wrapped In Bacon with Quinoa

It’s the start of a new week
and I decided to cook something good to get rid of any Monday Blues. haha
Well. it worked. For me at least.
Cause cooking has always been therapeutic to me. (:
and I love it.
Gives me a chance to take a break in the midst of doing my case report that’s due on Thursday. haha
I’m half way there. and I will get there.
so anyways. back to the food!

Baby and I were watching some body builder’s wife’s cooking show sorta. haha
and she cooked quinoa.
knowing we had some lying in the drawer.
I decided to make it for dinner.
Just with a bit more taste. haha

so here’s the recipe! (:
Hope you all will enjoy it as much as we did!
it was YUMS!

cut it into half and the cheese would be oozing out! (:
baby sure enjoyed it. I’m sure you and your loved ones would too!

Ingredients :

Cheese stuffed chicken breast wrapped in bacon

2 chicken breasts
5 slices of bacon
10g garlic herb cream cheese (I used Boursin, and it’s so good)
15g creamy blue cheese


100g quinoa (far too much for the 2 of us haha)
300ml hot water
2 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
4 medium prawns, peeled, deveined and cut into small pieces
6 button mushrooms, sliced
handful of spinach leaves

Steps :

1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celcius.
Place the quinoa in a sieve and wash it under cold water.
Transfer it into a pot and pour 300ml of hot water bringing it up to a boil
and lower the fire and boil for 15mins or until all the water is absorbed.
Put it to one side.

2. Slice the chicken breast in the middle to make a pocket.
Cream the garlic herb cheese and blue cheese together.
Stuff half of the mixture into the chicken breast.

3. Place the slices of bacon on the board and place the stuffed chicken over it.
Wrap it to cover the whole chicken breast.
Use a toothpick to hold it all together.

4. Heat the cast iron pan till it’s hot.
Place the bacon-wrapped chicken into the pan and cook it on that side for 4 mins.
Turn it onto the other side and put it into the oven and cook it for 10mins.
Take it out of the oven and leave it to rest while preparing the quinoa.

5. Heat a frying pan and heat 2 tablespoon of olive oil. Fry the onion and garlic till it’s soft.
Add the prawn and mushroom and fry till the mushrooms get soft.
Season with salt and pepper.
Add a handful of spinach and fry till the spinach leaves get soft and tender.

6. Take the pan off the heat.
Pour the cooked quinoa into the pan with the mushrooms and mix till incorporated.

7. Plating : Put the chicken on the plate and scoop a couple of big spoonfuls onto the plate.
Serve with a salad if you want more greens!


Olive Rice with Cashews

since baby and I were both home for lunch today
and we wanted something quick and simple
cos I had assignments to do
and baby had an online lesson plus studying for his mid sem test.
so i decided to wipe up a simple dish!

Olive Rice with Cashews and a side of Fried Egg with Prawns

I brought a few bottles of preserved olive vegetable
cause I wasn’t sure if you could get it from the Asian Supermarkets here.
they should! so just try looking for it. (:

There was a request from my nut that I put up easy chinese food recipes.
and I thought it wouldn’t be that bad an idea.
though some ingredients are added not using any measurements.
but in chinese cooking.
you add the sauce according to the taste u prefer!
so hey! (:
it’s free-lance cooking
if you would like to call it that. haha

so here is the recipe! ENJOY!

Ingredients :

Olive Rice with Cashews

1 cup of rice (brown or jasmine)
200g pork mince
2 cloves of garlic, chopped finely
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 tsp light soy sauce
1 tablespoon chinese cooking wine
1 tablespoon of sesame oil
1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
3 tablespoon of preserved oilve vegetables (the bottle above)
a handful of cashews, lightly roasted

Fried egg with Prawns

3 eggs
6 medium to large prawns, peeled and devein and cut into small pieces
1 tsp sesame oil.
1/2 tsp fish sauce
1 tsp light soy sauce

Steps :

1. Marinate the mince pork with oyster sauce, light soy sauce, pepper, chinese cooking wine and sesame oil.
Cook a cup of rice (according to instructions)

2. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil and fry the garlic till it is about to turn golden.
Fry the marinated mince till it’s brown.
Add the preserved olive vegetables and stir-fry till it coats the mince relatively well.
Add the dark soy sauce and fry till it is almost dry.

3. When the rice is almost done,
pour the olive and meat mixture into the rice pot.
Give it a good stir and cover the lid, allowing the rice to cook further.

4. In another frying pan, heat 1 tablespoon of oil and fry the prawn till cooked (3-4 mins).
Add the fish sauce and fry a little longer.

5. Crack the 3 eggs into a bowl and add the light soy sauce and sesame oil.
Beat well and make sure everything is incorporated.

6. Add the egg and allow it to fry on one side like an omelette till the underside is brown.
Turn it and using a spetula, break the egg up into small pieces.
Fry for another 5 mins on medium heat.
Set to one side.

7. Serve the olive rice with roasted cashews and the fried egg. DONE! (: