Not Quite as Bleu

A healthier take on a cordon bleu

I joined Spark People recently, and I’ve been nabbing a lot of recipes from there. They’re already put into the nutrition tracker, so it makes counting calories, etc a lot easier.

That’s where I found this recipe for “Chicken Cordon Bleu, California Style”. Traditional cordon bleu is chicken, ham, and swiss cheese breaded and sauteed to a rich, creamy, calorically heavy delicacy. This version takes a chicken breast, one slice of deli ham, a slice of swiss cheese, tomato, and avocado.

It’s amazingly simple, but I managed to screw it up, anyway.

To prepare the chicken, you’re supposed to pan fry it in a little bit of oil with some salt and pepper for seasoning. Then, when it’s cooked, pile the other ingredients on top and bake on 450 for about 10 or 12 minutes.

I oven-roasted the chicken.

It still came out pretty tasty, though, and I suppose a bit healthier. The avocado kept it smooth and creamy, the tomato added some freshness, and the cheese added some tang.

I served the breasts on small spinach and tomato salads for presentation. I guess being so close to V-day, I thought I should do something a little fancy.

I would rate it a 6 on a 10 scale. It was extremely filling, and according to the recipe, it packs in about 585 calories. Considering the cup of risotto at 700, I’d say it’s worth it. I would be curious to see how well I could imitate with vegetarian options…

In other news, I have to learn how to thread my machine by next weekend.

Also, GO PACK GO! Packers won the Super Bowl. I dedicate my dinner to them.