Smothered Chicken With Spinach and Mushrooms

"I was looking for a low carb dinner idea, and I created this yumminess."
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  • Preheat oven to 350ºF and coat a 9 x 13" pan with olive oil.
  • Saute onion until it starts to caramelize then add mushrooms and saute until they start to brown.
  • In a small bowl, mix the neufchatel cheese (light cream cheese) and packet of Zesty Italian Dressing mix together until it is well blended.
  • Place the chicken breasts in bottom of 9 x 13" pan.
  • Divide cream cheese mixture into four even portions and spread on top of each chicken breast.
  • Cover contents of the pan with the entire 8 oz bag of fresh spinach (uncooked).
  • Evenly distribute the onion and mushroom mixture over the top of the spinach.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cover with the shredded mozzarella, provolone, and parmesan blend cheese.
  • Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes and check that internal temperature of largest breast is 170ºF.
  • Serve with a nice risotto or rice pilaf.

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  1. I added some onion soup mix to the cream cheese.


I have been working with families for over 18 years, and I have taught as a licensed parent and family educator in the state of Minnesota. I currently work in St. Paul Public Schools (District 625) working with families whose children were aged birth to 5 years old. One of my favorite ages to work with has to be those adorable 3-year-olds who tell it like it is-they crack me up! My teaching is built upon a philosophy of critical reflection, strength-based learning strategies, meeting families where they are at in their everyday living, and using a holistic approach to understand parenting challenges in the real world. My doctorate is in Education: Curriculum and Instruction-Family, Youth, and Community from the University of Minnesota. I had a strong focus on parent and family education, and my research was focused on teens and youth. I have explored children and teen's peer group formation, and my Ph.D. dissertation examined parent-teen conflict and argument from the teen perspective. My dissertation was published in book form under the title, "What Are Teens Thinking? Parent-Teen Conflict and Argument From the Teen Perspective." In addition to teaching parents, I dedicated many years to teaching up and coming parent educators, family life educators, and early childhood educators as an adjunct faculty at both the University of Minnesota and Concordia University
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