#35 - Vegetarian "Bird's Nest" Recipe

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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Pili said...

Awww, I'm sorry to hear your pup doesn't like the toothbrush, and also that I don't have any tips, hopefully others will!

And that recipe looks so yummy!

Wilma said...

Oooh, that birdsnest looks tasty. Make mine with real chicken though. I hate having my teeth brushed too. Maybe it's the toothpaste JD doesn't care for. Maybe try giving him a little on your finger, then if he likes that, put a little on the toothbrush, then, just let him smell it. Baby steps might work, rather than going straight in for the full brush. That of course assumes you haven't tried all that already. We pugs are tough, cuz we don't have a muzzle you can grab us by. Good luck!!

Olive Ewe Designs said...

Having a pug myself and working in an animal hospital I completely understand your delemia. Pugs get panic stricken in general when you open their mouths because it makes it difficult for them to breath due to the pushed in face(brachycephalic). So what I do is add a dental treatment to her water. Your vet may carry some form of it or Dr Foster's and Smith (online if you google them) carry some kind of it. It's not as good as brushing but it does slow down the tarter. Also if you simply dip a wash cloth in a little water and baking soda and sort of wipe of his teeth he may accept that better. Good Luck!
Heidi and Olive

JJ Lynne said...

Thank you for the advice everyone! JD is going to the vet today for a physical, so I will ask about some of the treatments for his water.


Dana Orsborn said...

Hi Jessica and JD!

This Bird's Nest recipe looks
delicious. I am a vegetarian too,
and always on the lookout for
new things to try.

I hope you find a pug toothbrush
remedy for JD.

Daisy and I hope you have a great week!

-Dana & Daisy