Dukan Diet PV Recipe: Ruth’s Involtini with Sage and Spinach

This is another guest recipe post from Ruth and even though she does say so herself, these rolls (involtini) are absolutely marvelous!  She is such a great cook and so kind to share her recipes with us all.

Her photographs are super and show exactly what the finished dish looks like, making you really want to try the recipe.  I thinking pairing the dish with fresh tomatoes is a brilliant idea as apart from them tasting so good together the tomatoes makes the finished dish look so appetizing.

Ruth’s Involtini with Sage and Spinachwhole


(Serves one person):

  • Sage leaves (fresh)
  • 1 medium chicken breast cut in thin slices
  • Spinach
  • One 30 g slice of 7% or less fat cheese (Ruth used light lerdammer)
  • Spices to flavor the spinach (Ruth used: cumin, coriander, turmeric)
  • Garlic
  • Salt/pepper (but don’t add salt if your cheese is salty as you won’t need any more)


  1. Pre-heat oven at 150C.
  2. Cook the spinach with the spices with garlic and spices (choose your favorites if not in the list). Make sure you have removed as much water from the spinach. If you use a non stick pan and keep turning them they wont stick and you will save your daily teaspoon of oi.l
  3. Cut the chicken breast in thin slices and with your fingers (clean!!) spread a tiny layer of salt and pepper on both sides.
  4. Put on top of the chicken slice one nice leaf of sage (important! if you don’t like sage, cilantro/coriander will also work and just give a different taste but do not use parsley).
  5. Cut the slice of cheese in strips and put aside or on top if using sage.
  6. Now add your spinach, distribute evenly but try not to touch the edges of the chicken slice (otherwise when you roll it will come out).
  7. Roll the slices and at the end use a toothpick to cross the whole roll to stop it opening.
  8. Put in the oven at 150C and cook just enough for the roll to hold without the toothpick: DO NOT FORGET TO REMOVE IT, otherwise they will burn
  9. Leave in the oven till golden on top!
  10. Serve with tomatoes or spinach: the external layer of the chicken will be “crunchy/hard” depending how long you cooked it for, but inside is soft because of the spinach. It is preferable to serve with “wet” veggie as they provide some water
  11. The sage leaf is essential as it gives a delicious taste when biting the rolls: as you know chicken it’s kind of dried and bland. I would suggest to use up to 2-3 leaves/roll depending on your taste *(The thin line in the cut roll pic is the sage!); the cheese gives some saltiness and has some sort of “mozzarella effect” like in the pizzas, provided you don’t overcook the rolls.

4 Responses to “Dukan Diet PV Recipe: Ruth’s Involtini with Sage and Spinach”

  • Rebecca on December 15, 2013

    Hi Amber
    I am interested in making some recipes your users post on this site. When looking at some of the I see they are using cheeses with up to 7% fat and on other sites meat up to 7% fat. Is this a general rule of thumb on dukan? That I can eat protein with up to this percentage of fat. At the moment I am eating as low fat everything as I can and very plain such as grilled chicken and fish. But I’m needing variety that making dishes offered but worried I might be doing damage if for example I eat leerdamer light.

    You do a great job here with this site. It is the most useful of the support sites that I have seen. Thanks so much!


    • Amber on December 15, 2013

      Hi Rebecca

      7% cheese is a tolerated item and 30g equals one of your two daily items. There is no set limit of fat content for non-dairy proteins and there are definitely allowed foods with higher than 7% fat content. To give you an example Mackerel has 16 g of fat per 112 g serving. However as a general rule it would be a good idea to try to stay below 10% and lower is best.

      Any diet is a question of balance and as you’ve found you need variety. Eating a slightly higher level of fat is definitely better than coming off the diet because your fed up with what you’re eating.

      Let me know if there’s any thing else I can help with.

      Best wishes


      • Haugtussa on October 27, 2017

        Dear Amber,
        I am an admirer of yours, You make sense and have the right knowledge!
        Thank you for all the advice, have been of great help to me!

        Lost 14 Kilos, but started on 7 Steps which is easier for me (balanced and healthy every week)

        Water & Oat Bran, will not leave home without it!

        Best regards to you Amber!

        • Amber on October 29, 2017

          Thank you for your kind word Haugtussa:):)

          Kind regards


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