Chicken and Broccoli

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Oh my goodness, this chicken and broccoli dish is SO yummy!  This is one of my hubby’s favorites that I make!  With broccoli and chicken being its main ingredients, it’s super healthy for you, and it’s really easy to make even though it tastes like you slaved away for hours making it (don’t worry, it will be our little secret!).

The sauce for this dish is made from ginger, garlic, arrowroot, and coconut aminos.  Coconut aminos tastes exactly like soy sauce, but it is somewhat healthier for you.

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The above pin links to a site that explains some of the benefits of coconut aminos vs. soy sauce.  Some of those are as follows:

  • Coconut aminos are soy-free, so if you have a soy sensitivity, this is an excellent alternative
  • Coconut aminos are non-GMO certified, whereas some soy sauces contain GMOs
  • Soy is subject to cross-contamination of gluten.  There is no possibility of this with coconut aminos, so if you’re gluten free, this should be your go to replacement for soy sauce
  • Coconut aminos have approximately 73% less sodium than soy sauce
  • Soy sauce contains phytoestrogens which can lead to estrogen dominance in women causing various diseases.  Coconut aminos contains no phytoestrogens, so it is safe for women, men, and children
  • Soy is high in goitrogens, which are thyroid inhibitors that inhibit the thyroid from utilizing iodine properly.  Coconut aminos are free of goitrogens

Of course, if you buy 100% organic, non-GMO soy sauce, you avoid a lot of the bads that can be in soy sauce, but with coconut aminos, you don’t have to worry about it at all.  Not only that, but coconut aminos seriously taste amazing!

Okay, now that we’re up to speed about coconut aminos, let’s get to this recipe!

CHICKEN AND BROCCOLI

Ingredients (make 4-6 servings)

Sauce:

  • 1 cup coconut aminos
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp. fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 tsp. sardine juice (water from a sardine tin)
  • 1 Tbsp. arrowroot powder

Chicken and Broccoli

  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 3/4 red onion, chopped
  • 1.5 lbs. boneless and skinless chicken breast, cut into bite size pieces
  • 5-6 cups of broccoli florets
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 green onions, sliced (dark green parts discarded)
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

1.) In a small bowl, mix together the coconut aminos, garlic cloves, ginger, and sardine juice.  Set aside while you cook the chicken and broccoli.

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2.) In a large frying pan, heat the coconut oil over medium heat.  Add the onion, and sauté until soft.  Add in the chicken and cook until the chicken is completely cooked through and a bit browned.  Transfer the onion and chicken mixture to a bowl.

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3.) Place the same pan you just emptied the chicken and onion out of back over medium heat, and add the broccoli and 1/4 cup of water to the pan.  Cover and steam for 3-4 minutes, then remove the cover and let the water cook off.  Transfer the broccoli to the same bowl the onion and chicken is in.

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4.) Place the same pan back over medium-low heat.  Add the prepared sauce to the pan and slowly heat the sauce.  Very slowly, add in the arrowroot powder, and stir.  The sauce will thicken up considerably.

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5.) Add the broccoli, chicken, and onion mixture back to the pan, and stir to coat with the sauce.

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6.) Transfer to bowls or plates.  Season with sea salt and pepper, to taste.  Top with the green onions and serve.

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Get ready to have your mouth full of deliciousness, and your body full of nutrition!  Enjoy! 🙂

 

Cream of Broccoli Soup (without the cream)

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Non-dairy people rejoice!!!  This is a DELICIOUS cream of broccoli soup recipe WITHOUT THE CREAM…well in the traditional sense anyway.  I saw the following pin on Pinterest for a cream of broccoli soup recipe.

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Oh my goodness, did this look delicious!  I don’t avoid dairy per say, but I have a lot of friends that are sensitive to it, and it got me to thinking about those people. The recipe this pin links to has milk and butter in it, and if you are a non-dairy person, or just attempt to avoid dairy, that is a no-no.  So, I decided to get creative and figure out a way to have this delicious soup, without the cream, but still creamy…you get my drift?

Well, I ended up making a cashew “cream” that totally made this soup creamlessly creamy!  I think this soup can be described in one word…YUM!  So let’s get to it!

CREAM OF BROCCOLI SOUP (WITHOUT THE CREAM)

Ingredients

  • 3/4 – 1 cup cashews
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped celery
  • 1 chopped chopped carrots
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic granules
  • 7-8 cups broccoli
  • 4 cups water plus 1 cup water
  • sea salt, to taste

Directions

1.) Bring a small saucepan of water to a boil.  Add the cashews, remove from heat, and allow to soak for 15-30 minutes.

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2.) After the cashews have soaked for 15-30 minutes, drain the water, and place the cashews in a food processor with 1 cup of water.  Process on high until completely smooth with no lumps.  Set the cashew cream aside.

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3.) In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Add the onions, cook for 5 minutes. Add the celery and carrots.  Cook for another 5 minutes.  Add the broccoli and garlic granules.

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4.) Add 4 cups of water to the pot and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 15-20 minutes, until the vegetables are very tender.

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5.) Transfer the soup to a food processor.  You may have to do this in batches depending on the size of your processor.  Process on high until smooth.

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6.) Add in the cashew cream, leaving a little bit to stir into each individual serving for presentation.  Season with sea salt, to taste.

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7.) Transfer to bowls.  Add a bit of cashew cream to each bowl, and gently stir the cream in to give it a swirly look.

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You’re going to LOVE this stuff – even if you aren’t dairy free, this stuff is amazing!  Enjoy! 🙂

 

Mashed Rutabaga and Broccoli

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So, if someone were to ask me to think of two of the healthiest vegetables possible, it would be hard to narrow it down, but I can guarantee you that rutabaga and broccoli would be on the top of my list of possibilities!  Check out the following pins giving good reason as to why these two veggies are two of my favorites!

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See?  Told ya so! 🙂  Anyway, with this in mind, I wanted to find a side that included these two delightful veggies.  I’ve shared my recipe for mashed rutabaga before…after thinking about it, I figured, why not add in some broccoli and top it with a bit of shredded goat cheese and plain yogurt – best. decision. ever.

This stuff is REALLY yummy, and you just saw how packed with nutrients it is!  Best part is that it is super easy to make!  Let’s get to it!

MASHED RUTABAGA AND BROCCOLI

Ingredients

  • 1 rutabaga, washed, peeled, and chopped into cubes
  • 1 large bunch of broccoli, cut into florets
  • garlic granules
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt, plus more for topping
  • hard goat cheese for shredding
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

1.) Cover the rutabaga with water in a saucepan.  Place over high heat and boil until very tender, about 10-15 minutes.  While doing this, steam the broccoli in a steamer until tender.

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2.) Place the cooked rutabaga and broccoli into a food processor.  Add garlic granules (to taste) and 1/2 cup of plain yogurt.  Process on high until it reaches your desired consistency.

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3.) Transfer to a bowl, and top with shredded goat cheese and a dollop of plain yogurt.

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Yum yum yum!  Makes for a perfect lunch, or as a side dish paired with a baked chicken breast for dinner.  Enjoy! 🙂

Healthy Creamy Broccoli Cheese Soup

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Broccoli cheese soup always reminds me of when I was a kid!  My mom makes the best broccoli and cheese soup.  I was craving it the other day, so I went onto Pinterest, and I found the following recipe for it.

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This looked so good, so I decided to make some adjustments and turn this into a nice healthy recipe for broccoli cheese soup.  I’m so glad I did, because the result was amazing, and eating it is like eating comfort food!

CREAMY BROCCOLI CHEESE SOUP

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups chopped red onion
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1-16oz. package of frozen broccoli, rinsed
  • 1.5 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. dried thyme
  • sea salt, to taste
  • 3 cups chicken broth (or veggie broth)
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 3 cups shredded cheese of your choice (I used medium cheddar)
  • 2 tsp. arrowroot powder

Directions

1.) Heat the olive oil in a large pot.  Add the onion and cook for about 5 minutes.

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2.) Add the broccoli, garlic powder, thyme, sea salt, and chicken broth.  Bring to a boil, and boil for 10-15 minutes.

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3.) While the broccoli is boiling, shred your cheese and sprinkle it with the arrowroot powder.  Mix to coat the cheese.  Set aside.

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4.) Reduce heat to medium (a low simmer), and use a potato masher to mash the broccoli to your liking.  I left some pieces in tact, but mashed up most of it.

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5.) Add the almond milk and the cheese.  Cook for 12 minutes, stirring frequently.

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6.) Transfer to a bowl and season with sea salt to taste.  Top with some shredded cheese if desired.

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So creamy and yummy!  Enjoy! 🙂

Cauliflower Rice Broccoli and Chicken Casserole

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So, I was looking around Pinterest to find a good dinner recipe, and I came across the following pin for a chicken, broccoli, and rice casserole.

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Man, this looks good!  However, it’s got ingredients that I don’t eat, so I gave it a major overhaul, to make it gluten free and super good for you!  I didn’t stop there!  I could have simply replaced the rice with brown rice, but I took it a step further and replaced the rice with cauliflower rice, making this casserole veggie-full and grain-free.  Ya know what?  It turned out great!  This dish will definitely be making future appearances on our dinner table!  Let’s get to the recipe!

CAULIFLOWER RICE BROCCOLI AND CHICKEN CASSEROLE

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs of boneless and skinless chicken breast
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive oil, divided
  • 1 large cauliflower head
  • 2 large heads of broccoli
  • 2 tsp. sea salt, divided
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 3 cups shredded goats milk mozzarella cheese, divided

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  In a 9 x 13 baking dish, cut the chicken breast in half, horizontally, coat with 1 Tbsp. of olive oil and season with 1/2 tsp. of sea salt (and pepper, if desired – I’m not a fan of pepper, but it would probably lend itself well to this dish).  Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, then take out to cool for 10 minutes.

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2. While the chicken is cooking and cooling, wash the cauliflower and cut into florets.  Add the florets to a food processor and pulse until the cauliflower has a rice like consistency.  Place the cauliflower rice in a large mixing bowl.

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3. Wash the broccoli and chop into very small florets.  Add the florets to the mixing bowl, stir to combine.  Add 1 Tbsp. olive oil, 1 1/2 tsp. sea salt, onion powder, garlic powder, and 2 cups of shredded cheese to the bowl.  Stir to combine.

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4. Once the chicken has cooled a bit, leave it in the 9 x 13 casserole dish, and cut into bite size pieces.  Add the mixture in the mixing bowl to the casserole dish and stir to combine.

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5. Top with the remaining cup of cheese.  Bake in the oven for 50 minutes at 400 degrees.

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6. Remove from the oven, and allow to cool for 10 minutes.  Use a spatula to transfer servings to a plate.

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BOOM!  So yummy and so good for you!  You’ve got to give this stuff a try!  Enjoy! 🙂

Sweet Potato, Broccoli, and Chicken Bake

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Ready for a super duper healthy dinner that tastes amazing and is REALLY filling?  Yeah, I thought so!  This easy-to-make dinner is good in so many ways.  For starters, it’s delicious, and let’s face it, that’s the most important thing!  Secondly, the nutrition – oh my gosh, this stuff is good for you!  The two veggies in this dish provide all of the following health benefits shown in these pins.

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All those benefits and all that nutrition, and that’s only from two of the ingredients in this thing!  The chicken provides a great punch of protein, and every other ingredient in this dish is super good for you as well!

If you’re not sold already, then let me give you one more reason to try this stuff – it’s SO easy to make!  Just a little bit of chopping and then waiting while the oven does all the work and you’re good to go!  Let’s get to it!

SWEET POTATO, BROCCOLI, AND CHICKEN BAKE

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into small cubes
  • 1/2 large red onion, chopped into bite sized pieces
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic granules
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  •  Soft crumbled goat cheese for topping (optional)

Directions

1.) Preheat the oven to 390 degrees.

2.) Add the broccoli florets, sweet potato, onion, raisins, walnuts, olive oil, Italian seasoning, garlic granules, salt and pepper to a large bowl.  Toss to coat.

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3.) Drizzle the bottom of a large casserole dish with olive oil.  Place the chicken in the bottom of the dish and sprinkle with sea salt and pepper.  Top with the vegetable mixture.

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4.) Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake in the oven at 390 degrees for 35 minutes.  Remove from the oven and take off the foil.

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5.) Place back in the oven, uncovered, for 15-20 more minutes until the chicken is cooked through and the sweet potatoes are soft.

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6.) Transfer to a plate to serve.  If desired, top with crumbled soft goat cheese.

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SO yummy, healthy, filling, and easy!  This may be the perfect dinner!  Enjoy! 🙂

Broccoli Spinach Soup

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This might be one of the healthiest soups ever!  Not to mention, it is so so yummy!!!  And let’s face it, that’s what we’re looking for!  I was trying to figure out what to make for lunch yesterday, so I looked in the refrigerator and found some onions, broccoli, and spinach.  Can you say super foods?!?  Check out these pins that contain some of the health benefits of each of these super-good-for-you  veggies!

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WOW!  That’s a TON of health benefits in just three simple vegetables!  Considering these are the three main ingredients of this soup, you can see how good it is for you!  I beefed it up a bit with some goat cheese, garlic, and sea salt to create a delicious and filling lunch!  It was perfect!

BROCCOLI AND SPINACH SOUP

Ingredients

  • 1/2 large red onion, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 5 cups broccoli florets
  • 3-4 cups baby spinach
  • 2-3 oz. soft goat cheese, plus some for garnish
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic granules
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt, plus more to taste
  • parsley for garnish

Directions

1.) Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large pot.  Add the onions and cook for 5 minutes.  Add the broccoli.  Stir, and then fill the pot with enough water to cover the broccoli.

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2.) Bring the pot to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until the broccoli is tender/soft (about 15 minutes.  Add the spinach and allow to wilt completely.

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3.) Remove from heat, and measure out 1 cup of the water you cooked the vegetables in.  Set aside.  Drain the vegetables using a strainer.

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4.) In a food processor, add the drained vegetables, goat cheese, garlic granules, sea salt, and the cup of water you set aside.  Process on high until completely smooth.

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5.) Transfer to bowls, and garnish with some parsley and crumbled goat cheese.

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Delicious and so so so nutritious!  Enjoy! 🙂