Sundays with Friends: Getting your Rhythm Roll on with GurlBye!

Happy Easter, everyone!

We all come across people in our lives that we know are supposed to be there. We struggle to find where they can fit in to our busy lives, and sometimes we are only able to maintain that thread of communication through social media. But these people, we aren’t going to lose them in our lives, no matter how much life separates us. Today’s Sundays with Friends comes from one of those people. I used to work with her, and I have always had a fondness for her. She is beautiful, talented, and has one of the most amazing and giving spirits I have ever found in a friend. We may not see each other, or talk to each other regularly, but there’s still that connection, and I like that about our friendship. With that said, today’s Sundays with Friends (and next weeks) comes from my friend, Nikki, and her girls at GurlBye. Welcome to The Onyx Plate my beautiful new friends!

What? You haven’t heard of GurlBye??? Who is GurlBye? Well let me let her go ahead and start…

We are women on a mission to aid in the mental transformation of young girls from their days of Barbie dolls and dress up, to a whole new world of getting to know self. Our focus is on middle school aged girls, because for many of them this is the first time in their lives when they will actually take notice of changes in their environment. Middle school is a time when questions begin to require better answers than “Because I said so” and “That is just the way it is.” Our girls are growing up fast. Many of them are much more intelligent than what is shown in the Media. They are taking charge in front of and behind the scenes and realizing the importance of divine wisdom, love, trust, compassion, and reaching far beyond the limits the world sets for them. GurlBye encourages young women to put aside judgmental ways that could cause negativity and begin to embrace each human as an individual.

Let’s start with the Rhythm Rolls this week.


The girls titled this dish Rhythm Rolls because just the thought of how good it was going to taste made them dance.


  • Chicken Breast (thawed) cut into thin slices
  • Bacon (optional or turkey bacon)
  • 6-8 oz Cream Cheese
  • 2 tsp Adobo Seasoning
  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • Mozzarella Cheese (block preferred over shredded)
  • 1 lb Frozen Spinach
  • Toothpicks


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine spinach, adobo, and garlic powder in small pot. Cover and let simmer for approximately 15 minutes.
  3. Drain and combine with cream cheese.
  4. Spread thin layer of spinach mixture over chicken and add desired amount of mozzarella cheese.
  5. Roll Chicken tightly into a roll and secure with toothpick.
  6. If using bacon, wrap chicken roll in uncooked bacon and secure with toothpick.
  7. Bake for approximately 45 minutes or until done.
  8. Garnish chicken with any left over spinach mixture.

Tip: Soak toothpicks in water before use to prevent overheating!

***GurlBye is a non-profit organization that fosters our young women in Greensboro, NC’s middle school and high schools to say “GurlBye” to immaturity and negativity, and “Hello” to wisdom and growth.

If you would like to support GurlBye, you can follow this link that will also take you to their webpage…”The evolution of the woman will always be ongoing. Your donation will help the young ladies of GurlBye in all areas of their lives. Your donation will help provide things such as school supplies, reading material, and travel accomodations to local attractions such as museums and cultural arts centers.”


  1. What a wonderful thing to be doing for young girls. Being a girl and then a young woman in today’s society is full of undue pressures and complicated consequences. We need to foster strong young women who believe in themselves and are strong enough to say “no” to things that go against their own personal beliefs. We, as women, need to love and nurture each other. Now, about that recipe……YUM!!!! Can’t wait to try it.


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