We are a week into the August Clean Eating Accountability and Yoga Challenge and I’m loving it!
I’ve been following a good 80/20 rule with my eating and even that 20% has been full of smarter choices. A new challenge always means new recipes for me, so I hit Pinterest and started searching for Clean Eating and Whole 30 meals that looked good to me…then I put my own spin on them.
The recipe I’m about to share is a combination of two recipes I found on there. One was a stuffed chicken thigh and the other was a bacon wrapped chicken thigh. Both sounded delicious and I couldn’t choose which one sounded better so I decided to merge them together, make a few changes to the stuffing and the results were delish!!
Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Chicken Thighs
- ¼ cup cashews
- ½ medium onion
- 1 clove of garlic
- small handful of basil
- 1 cup baby spinach (kale would work too)
- boneless, skinless chicken thighs
- Cajun seasoning, to taste (I use Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning)
- nitrate-free bacon
- Preheat oven to 350.
- In a food processor, combine the cashews, onion, garlic, basil and spinach. Pulse until it forms a thick paste with no large chunks in it. (If needed, add a little water or vegetable stock to thin it out so it doesn’t get stuck – but don’t make it runny.)
- Open the chicken thighs and lay them out flat. Sprinkle with your seasoning, then spoon some of the mixture into each thigh. Roll it up and then wrap with a slice a bacon. Place each thigh, bacon seam down on your baking pan.
- Bake for about 40 minutes, or until a meat thermometer reads the proper temperature, between 165- 175 degrees.
These were really easy to make and they tasted amazing! I served them with some roasted sweet potato and zucchini.
As for yoga, I’m REALLY loving this series and I’m so happy I stumbled upon it on YouTube! Having a quick, program that is beginner friendly has been key to me sticking with daily practice.
I’m also happy to report that I have started running again! It felt good to get back out there and while my legs are really sore right now, I didn’t lose that much progress, which was a pleasant surprise.
Have you tried any new recipes since starting the challenge? Please be sure to share them with the rest of the group and if you Instagram or Tweet a photo, use the hashtag #EatCleanWithNikki
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