Baked Chicken Pesto Pockets? What about Friday Coffee Talk?
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Meal Planning on the Fly
Don't fret, I have coffee in hand. Actually, if I'm being honest, I'm already on my third cup. I've been up since 4am and looking ahead to a very long day after having a very long week. As the latest cup was poured, I glanced at the weekly menu board that hangs on the side of the fridge and noticed it is wiped clean. That's right. I didn't even have time to create a menu- and hello- it's Friday!
I opened the freezer to see what I could defrost and right there in front of me? A no-brainer start to dinner; a box of puff pastry, a bag of cooked chicken (that I froze a few weeks ago) and a bag of peas. Score!
And, apparently, I've been in this predicament before and created a photo shoot around baked pesto chicken and everything. Score again!
And The Rest of the Week Went Like This
Before we get to the recipe, I wanted to use this time we normally set aside for our coffee talk chats to share a few things. I'll be brief, I promise! Just- SO MANY THINGS have happened since last week that my head is spinning and I need to get it all out! I mentioned this yesterday on Facebook- I started to write 3 posts and deleted all 3 because the words just weren't flowing. So, as we have always claimed that our Fridays are set aside for free-form writing (aka: brain dumping), I'm going to do just that. Ready? Here goes:
Last week the kids were home for Spring Break and it was awesome. It has been a very long time since ALL four of us sat around the table for dinner together and it was glorious.
- Did you notice? We spruced up our digs here a little bit! Thanks to Nicole at Techmomogy for working with us!
- Dealt with the final remnants of my car accident from September. When this can be officially filed as over, I will share my experience.
And Two VERY EXCITING things to share!!!!
I am so thrilled to share that I will be heading to Orlando, FL in May for the Disney Social Media Moms Conference! I was part of the Magic back in 2013 and I am so excited to return this year. It was inspiring then and know it will be even more so this time around! And you can bet your bottom dollar I will be first in line for The Legendary Dole Whip! Be sure to follow along with the hashtag #DSMMC and check back here for more updates as it gets closer!
AND!!! What has been keeping me up day & night, night & day for the last 2 weeks?
A new member of the family!
No, it's not a puppy.
It's a rooster!
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Now you have a little glimpse of my hectic week and that is only the tip of the iceberg! So. Much. More.
But for now- more coffee and to give you the recipe you've been waiting for. Baked Chicken Pesto Pockets. Delicious!
Baked Chicken Pesto
- 1 box frozen puff pastry, both sheets thawed as per package
- 2 1/2 cups cooked chicken, shredded
- 1 cup prepared pesto (jarred is fine)
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 1 egg, beaten
- 2 Tbsp grated pecorino Romano cheese, divided
- salt & pepper to taste
- Preheat oven 400 degrees F and place parchment paper on a sheet pan.
- Carefully unfold puff pastry and with a sharp knife, cut into 4 squares. Place a square on a lightly floured piece of parchment paper and with a floured rolling pin, roll into 7”x 9” rectangle. Repeat with remaining squares and set aside.
- In a bowl, mix chicken, pesto, frozen peas, 1 Tablespoon of Romano cheese, salt and pepper.
- Place 1/2 cup of filling onto the center of bottom half of each pastry rectangle. Carefully fold top half over mixture. Press edges of pastry together and seal with tines of fork.
- Place on parchment lined pan and brush with egg wash. Top with remaining Tablespoon of grated cheese.
- Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until deep golden brown.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 607 Total Fat: 48g Saturated Fat: 10g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 33g Cholesterol: 143mg Sodium: 550mg Carbohydrates: 14g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 2g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 32g
If this makes it to your meal planning rotaion, be sure to let us know!