Chicken and Veggies in a Flash

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If you follow my blog at all, you know that I normally cook with fresh produce.  However, every so often, I’ll either be too busy or just feeling a bit lazy, and I want something super easy and quick without having to sacrifice nutrition.  This recipe meets this criteria perfectly!

I was actually hesitant to post this, just because it’s SO easy and simple.  However, it tastes great, and it is perfect when you just don’t have a ton of time to prepare dinner, so I decided to go ahead and put it on here!

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Of course, fresh veggies are always best, but frozen veggies are a close second.  You may have heard that frozen dinners aren’t good for you because of all the additives, etc.  Well, you heard right!  Processed frozen dinners are not good, however frozen veggies are just veggies that have been frozen.  There’s no added ingredients to make them any less healthy (of course, some frozen veggie packages do include other ingredients, so always check the label), so they are perfect for when you don’t have fresh veggies on hand…Especially when they are organic!  As an extra bonus, they are usually pretty cheap, so they’re a great bargain.

One more thing – this is a one pan meal, so clean up is a cinch!  Okay, enough touting frozen veggies (or secretly justifying this super simple recipe, so I don’t feel silly for posting it)!  Let’s talk recipe!

CHICKEN AND VEGGIES IN A FLASH

Ingredients: makes 2 servings

  • 1 large boneless and skinless chicken breast, chopped into bite size pieces
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 bag of frozen vegetable medley of broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots
  • 1 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. of each: garlic granules, dried basil, dried oregano, dried parsley, or you can just use 1 tsp. of Italian seasoning.
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

1.) In a large frying pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Add the chicken, seasonings, and onion and cook until the chicken is cooked through (about 7-8 minutes).

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2.) Add the frozen vegetables and a small amount of water (about 1/4 cup) to the frying pan.  Cover and allow to cook for 15-20 minutes until the vegetables are completely cooked.

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3.) Transfer to plates and season with sea salt and pepper.

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Told you it was embarrassingly easy!  But, hey, still super good for you and tastes delicious, and that’s what matters most!  Enjoy! 🙂

Cauliflower Casserole

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My beloved cauliflower – is there any dish that you can’t lend yourself to?  I made this cheesy cauliflower casserole, and after making it and gobbling it down, I realized that it really resembled macaroni and cheese, but without the glutenous noodles!  So, if you’re looking for a yummy and healthy alternative to mac and cheese, you’ve gotta give this a try!

On top of it tasting so much like mac and cheese, it’s main ingredient is cauliflower, and you now what that means?  It means that it is loaded with goodness and nutrition!

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Okay, all this healthiness in a dish that tastes like macaroni and cheese – ummmm, awesome, right?

This dish would make an excellent side dish, or it can make for a great meal in itself.  Either way, you will not regret trying this stuff – it’s delicious!

CAULIFLOWER CASSEROLE

Ingredients

  • 1 large head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 2 Tablespoons brown rice flour
  •  1 cup almond milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 2 cups shredded cheese of your choice (I used goat’s milk cheddar)

Directions

1.) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add the cauliflower florets.  Cook until the cauliflower just becomes tender (about 5-7 minutes).  Drain and set aside.

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2.) In a large mixing bowl, add your flour followed by your almond milk and beaten egg.  Stir to combine.  Add 1 cup of the shredded cheese to the mixture and stir to combine.

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3.) Add the cauliflower to the mixture and stir to combine and coat completely.

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4.) Place the cauliflower mixture into an 8 x 11 baking dish.  Top with the remaining cup of shredded cheese.

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5.) Bake in the oven at 350 degrees F for 25 minutes until the cheese is slightly brown and bubbly, and the cauliflower is completely tender.

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6.) Use a spatula to cut out individual servings.  Transfer to a plate and serve.

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Super tasty, easy, and so so good for you!  Enjoy! 🙂

Sweet Potato and Chicken Casserole

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Soooo, here is the best thing ever!  This casserole…THIS CASSEROLE!  It is SO yummy!  I got the idea for this from the following pin.

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I changed a lot of the ingredients to make this much healthier, but the result is still a creamy, cheesy, plate of delight!  You will love it!  I replaced the potatoes with sweet potatoes, because they are SO much better for you (I don’t eat potatoes for a few different reasons, but I LOVE sweet potatoes!).  Doing this made this dish full of beta carotene (Vitamin A), which is a highly important antioxidant, as well as giving it tons of other health benefits such as the following.

  • Good for the heart (prevents heart disorders)
  • Great for the immune system
  • Cancer fighting
  • High in Vitamin D

This dish is also great for anti-stress.  Sweet potatoes contain magnesium which is a calming mineral.  That along with this tasting like total comfort food can really aid in bringing your stress levels down.

SWEET POTATO AND CHICKEN CASSEROLE

Ingredients

  • 4 1/2 cups chopped sweet potato
  • 3 large chicken breasts, chopped into bite size pieces
  • 2 cups goat’s milk cheddar cheese
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup canned coconut milk (the creamy part from the top of the can)

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Directions:

1.) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and use a small amount of olive oil to grease a 8 by 11 baking dish.

2.) In your baking dish, layer your ingredients as follows: 1/2 of the sweet potatoes, 1/2 of the chicken, 1/2 of the green onions and 1/3 of the cheese.  Then repeat this using up the ingredients, except the cheese, you will be left with 1/3 of the cheese.  Set that aside.

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3.) In a small bowl, mix together the coconut milk creme, sea salt, and garlic powder.  Drizzle over the top of the casserole.

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4.) Cover the casserole with aluminum foil and bake in the oven for 1 hour.  Remove from the oven and uncover.  Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top of the casserole and bake for an additional 20-30 minutes.

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5.) Remove from the oven and let sit for about 5 minutes.  Transfer to plates and serve.

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Enjoy! 🙂

Healthy Homemade Sloppy Joes

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I came across the following pin the other day while looking on Pinterest.

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Um, YU-UM!  I looked in the fridge to see what I had on hand and looked over the recipe to see what types of substitutions I could make, and how I could incorporate more veggies.  I ended up with a really great sloppy joe recipe that is really good for you!

HEALTHY HOMEMADE SLOPPY JOES

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs. ground turkey
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 yellow pepper, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 cup homemade ketchup (recipe here)
  • 1 Tbsp. dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 Tbsp. Coconut Aminos
  • sea salt to taste

Directions:

1.) Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat.  Add the onion, and cook for 5 minutes.

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2.) Add the peppers, and celery and cook for 2 more minutes.

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3.) Add the ground turkey and cook until turkey is completely cooked through (about 7-10 minutes)

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4.) While the turkey burger is cooking, add the tomatoes, ketchup, coconut amin0s, mustard, honey, and sea salt to a bowl.  Stir to combine.

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5.) Add the tomato mixture to the pan and cook till warmed through (about 3-5 minutes.

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6.) Spoon out of the pan onto a homemade gluten free hamburger bun, or enjoy by itself.

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Enjoy! 🙂

Oven Roasted Chicken Fajitas

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OH MY GOSH!  These Fajitas are so ridiculously good, that I can barely stand it!  I made these for dinner a few days ago with my homemade quinoa tortillas, and we gobbled them up quicker than you can say fajita because they are so yummy!  My secret to this yumminess is cumin, cumin, cumin!

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Cumin is one of my favorite spices!  It adds such a great flavor to dishes, and it gives the illusion of eating something spicy, but it’s not irritatingly hot like a lot of other “spicy” spices.  Not only does it taste wonderful, it has tons of health benefits as listed in the above pin, so I love using it in my recipes whenever I can.  These fajitas were no exception!  They are DELICIOUS, and between the healthy spices, vegetables, and organic chicken – they are full of nutrition!

OVEN ROASTED CHICKEN FAJITAS

Ingredients

  • 2 bell peppers (color of your choice – I used 1 yellow and 1 green), cut into strips
  • 1 medium red onion, cut into strips
  • 3 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 1 lb. organic chicken breast, cut into strips
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. water

Directions

1.) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Prepare your vegetables and chicken by cutting into strips and dicing the tomatoes.

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2.) Grease a 9 by 13 baking dish with olive oil.  Place the chicken strips in the baking dish.

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3.) In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, water, cumin, garlic powder, oregano, and sea salt.  Stir to combine.

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4.) Drizzle the mixture over the chicken and stir to coat.

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5.) Add the vegetables to the chicken, and stir to combine.

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6.) Bake in the oven for 40 minutes at 400 degrees.

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7.) Serve with homemade quinoa tortillas, or just eat it by itself!

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Enjoy! 🙂

Healthy Ground Chicken Skillet Casserole

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This casserole is so delicious, and it is PACKED with protein, so it is plenty filling!  I got the idea for this from the following pin.

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I made a few adjustments by using ground chicken instead of ground turkey, coconut aminos instead of soy sauce, apple cider vinegar instead of cooking wine, and cutting out the cornstarch completely.  The result is a delicious and healthy meal that is high in healthy protein thanks to the egg whites, ground chicken, and quinoa!  This meal is great for someone who wants to keep their energy up while leaning out!

GROUND CHICKEN SKILLET CASSEROLE

Ingredients: Makes 4 servings

For the ground chicken:

  • 1 lb. ground chicken
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut aminos
  • 1 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar

For the casserole

  • 3/4 cups uncooked quinoa
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • 3 diced tomatoes
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut aminos
  • 1-2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • sea salt to taste

Directions

1.) In a small container, combine the chicken, 2 egg whites, 1 Tbsp. Coconut amines and 1 Tbsp. Applce Cider Vinegar.  Mix well, cover and let marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

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2.) Prepare your quinoa and peas according to the package directions.  Chop your tomatoes and onion.

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3.) In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Add the onions, tomatoes, peas, 1 Tbsp. Coconut amines and garlic powder.  Cook for 5 minutes, stirring often.

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4.) Add your chicken mixture, and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring often, till the chicken is cooked through.

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5.) Add your quinoa, and stir to mix well.  Cook for about 3 more minutes.

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6.) Transfer to a plate, season with sea salt, and serve.

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Delicious!  Enjoy! 🙂

Turkey Meatball Muffins

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I made these Turkey Meatloaf Muffins for dinner the other night, and they were a big hit!  Delicious, and packed with protein and nutrition, they make for a perfect meal!  I got the idea for this recipe from the following pin.

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I changed up everything about this recipe to  make it much healthier, but the resulting muffins still taste AMAZING!  I used ground turkey instead of ground beef, homemade italian tomato sauce instead of ketchup, quinoa instead of oats, and watercress and onion instead of frozen mixed veggies.

The main ingredient in these, Ground Turkey, is good for you for quite a few reasons!  Some of these reasons are as follows.

  • High in protien (about 24 grams of protein per serving) which helps in regulating blood sugar levels as well as insulin metabolism
  • B complex vitamins promote healthy blood circulation and control cholesterol levels
  • Selenium supports your immune system and protects your body against cell damage
  • Vitamin B6 protects against heart disease

The benefits from the ground turkey along with the health benefits of the other healthy ingredients in this recipe make this an extremely healthy dinner…and did I mention it’s DELICIOUS? 🙂

TURKEY MEATLOAF MUFFINS

Ingredients: makes 12 muffins

  • 1.5 lbs. ground turkey
  • 3/4 cup cooked quinoa
  • 3/4 cup homemade italian tomato sauce (you can also use store bought tomato sauce), plus some for topping
  • 1 small red onion chopped
  • 1 cup chopped watercress
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper (optional)

Directions:

1.) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and prepare your tomato sauce.

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2.) Use olive oil to oil a muffin pan.

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3.) Add all the ingredients to a medium mixing bowl, and combine well.

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4.) Press meatloaf mixture into muffin cups until filled

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5.) Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

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6.) Take muffins out of muffin pan.  Top with tomato sauce if desired and serve.

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Enjoy! 🙂