Quick Dinner Fixins

With all the tasty baked goods on Pass the Sushi it’s hard to give the day to day dinners any of the limelight but I feel really strongly on solid family dinners and almost every night I try to have something on the table.


I grew up with family dinner – every night. It was nothing fancy (most nights just Shake and Bake) but it was a meat, starch and vegetable – the basics for any solid meal. I’m grateful for those dinners and not nights eating in front of the television. Now a days, not every meal I put on the table is complicated (heck, we know I’m not the next Food Network Star) or photo worthy, but they are good and I can’t imagine not having them.


Quick Dinner Fixins

Quick Dinner Fixins


  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese
  • 1/2 teas basil
  • 1/2 teas thyme
  • 1/4 black pepper
  • 3 slices bacon
  • toothpicks
  • Olive Oil


Slice goat cheese into thin strips.

On a flat surface pound out your chicken to 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Lay goat cheese in the center of each piece of chicken and sprinkle basil, thyme and black pepper evenly over each. Using toothpicks to secure, fold the chicken up and wrap in bacon.

Preheat oven to 375F.

Heat oil in a skillet. Place chicken in skillet and cover for 5 minutes. Rotate and brown on all sides.

Transfer skillet to oven (or use a new baking dish) and bake for 15 minutes.

Serve with basil linguini and a salad.



Not only is a good dinner healthy and rewarding but its great unwind time with the people you share your space with – or if you’re solo, just unwind time. No TV, phones or other media – just simple, quiet time to decompress. Some of my favorite nights are the ones we spend just sitting at the table laughing at the pets. I wouldn’t trade those moments for the world.


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  1. says

    Kita, I can relate to this post in so many ways! In part because of the cheese… only sort of kidding.

    We almost always had meals on the table growing up; simple but good. I don’t do simple as well, but I’m learning! I can’t wait to have a table that we can use for eating! (Our house is so small right now that EVERYTHING is multi-purpose.)

    I adore your recipe – and I need to start experimenting with food mallets!

    • Kita says

      My secret food mallet? Chicken wrapped well in plastic wrap (or a plastic bag) a cutting board and my trusty solid wooden rolling pin. It gets the job done real well :) Our dinning room table is covered at the moment in everything and some plastic wrap so I feel you on wanting the space again. It’s also my sewing area when I sit down to craft and I can’t wait until that can go somewhere else as well.
      Thanks for commenting!

  2. says

    I make something similar to this. I take a fresh jalapeno, slice in half and de-seed, fill jalapenos with cream cheese. Place in the center of pounded chicken roll up and wrap with bacon.

    If you can believe it, I have never had goat cheese. I will have to try this one very soon!

  3. says

    Oh this looks so deliciously perfect! I love goat cheese, I’m surprised I haven’t used it in chicken yet. And who doesn’t love bacon? I need to make this sometime soon, I’m drooling over it just writing this comment!

  4. says

    Oh my family always did dinners like that to and as soon as I have kids, dinner will be served at the table. Currently my husband and I like to eat and watch Friends though… So we’ve strayed a bit. And by the way, this dinner looks amazing! It is going to be our next dinner as soon we finish all that pasta we made on Wednesday! Yum!


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