It's a lovely day to share a tasty recipe with all of you. My mother has been making this meal since I was a kid, but once I became a vegetarian at the age of 12, she had a bit of modifying to do! My mom's tasty chicken and broccoli ring is a version of a Pampered Chef recipe that we have made vegetarian friendly (and puggies enjoy it, too! James Dean cannot get enough!). I like to call it the "bird's nest" because of its shape. So, without further ado...
Vegetarian Bird's Nest Recipe
1 8oz. Bag of Morning Star Chik'n Strips
4oz. Reduced Fat Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
4-6 Tablespoons of low fat or fat free Mayonnaise
12oz. of Frozen Broccoli
1 Package of Pillsbury Crescent Roles
Salt & Pepper
Garlic (fresh and/or powdered)
Pam non-stick cooking spray
1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
2. Defrost the Chik'n and broccoli. You do not need to fully cook it, just defrost it enough so that you can work with it.
3. Finely chop the chik'n and broccoli together. This can be done using a food processor or a slap-chopper (or by hand if you are very ambitious).
4. In a large bowl mix the chopped chik'n and broccoli with the mozzarella and mayonnaise.
5. Add pepper, salt, and garlic according to taste preference and mix well. A fair amount of garlic should be used for best flavor. (I use both powder and fresh to give it a tasty kick).
6. Coat an 11-13 in. round baking pan with Pam. Crack open the crescent roles and separate the triangles. Arrange them in a circle around the pan with the bases overlapping in the center and the points hanging over the sides of the pan.
7. Spoon the broccoli filling onto the bases of the doughy triangles.
8. Take the doughy triangle points that are hanging over the sides of the pan and fold each one over the filling so that the filling is partially covered and so that the point connects with the dough that is at the base of the triangle. Pinch the point and the base together so that they stick and will bake together in the oven.
9. Bake 20-30 minutes. It may take up to 35 minutes in some ovens. Check in on it and when it is golden brown, it's done!
10. Allow to cool, cut it, and enjoy!
I hope some of you will make this yummy meal. It is great for parties!
Now, switching over to pug business, I am hoping that some of you can give me some tips. I have tried to brush JD's teeth on several occasions, but it never works out. He is panic-stricken at the sight of the tooth brush and he tries to run and ends up scratching me. I hate to see the poor little guy so scared, but I also do not want him to jeopardize his dental health. He was born with a crooked jaw, so he has a hard time with hard treats, which means that his teeth don't get as clean as some other dogs' do. Does anyone have suggestions or alternatives? JD would be very appreciative!
We hope that you will all come by tomorrow and enter to win our raffle for a black, size medium Yuppie Puppy Anti-Pull Harness!
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