Cabbage Roll Casserole

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Get ready for a knock-your-socks-off dinner recipe!  I made this casserole that was inspired by cabbage rolls, and it turned out mag-ni-fique!  Of course, since it is inspired by cabbage rolls, it’s got plenty of cabbage in it providing TONS of health benefits!

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So, yeah, there’s that!  Now for the kicker!  I replaced the brown rice with cauliflower rice, so this dish also has all the health benefits of cauliflower as well!

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Some of the benefits listed and explained in the linked pin above are

  • Promotes heart health
  • Lowers Cholesterol
  • Improves immune system
  • Loaded with minerals
  • Reduces cancer risk

And that’s just to name a few!  Both cabbage and cauliflower are cruciferous veggies, and cruciferous veggies are SO good for you!

So, obviously, this dish is filled with nutrition.  Plus, the rest of the ingredients are just as packed with healthy benefits (tomatoes, onion, ground turkey…)  Now, if you’re worried about the taste, don’t be!  I added a couple tablespoons of brown rice flour during the cooking process, so you still get that “ricey” flavor that lends itself so well to cabbage rolls!  However, if you’re looking for grain free, you can leave the flour out.  I’ve actually tried it both ways, and both are equally delicious!

Okay, let’s get to it!

CABBAGE ROLL CASSEROLE

Ingredients

  • 1 small head of green cabbage, washed and chopped
  • 1 small head of cauliflower
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 3-4 tomatoes, washed and chopped
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. garlic granules
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. brown rice flour (optional)
  • 2 cups shredded goat’s milk cheese (or cheese of your choice)

Directions

1.) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Wash your cauliflower and chop into florets.  Place the florets in a food processor and process on high until it has a rice like consistency.  Transfer to a 9 x 11 baking dish and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees.  Set aside.

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2.) While the cauliflower is baking, place the cabbage in a large sauce pan and cover with water.  Bring the pot to a boil, and simmer until the cabbage is tender.  Drain the cabbage.

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3.) In a large frying pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Add the onion and cook for 4-5 minutes until just starting to get tender.  Add the ground turkey and cook until browned.  Add the tomatoes and cabbage, brown rice flour, garlic granules, onion powder, sea salt, pepper, and thyme.  Cook for 4-5 additional minutes.

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4.) Add the contents of the frying pan to the cauliflower in the baking dish and stir to combine completely.  Top with the cheese.  Bake in the oven for 15 minutes, until the cheese is melted completely, at 350 degrees.

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Once out of the oven, it’s ready to go!  Season with sea salt and pepper and enjoy! 🙂

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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! 🙂

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! 🙂

Healthy Cabbage Rolls

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Ohhhhh boy!  When I went grocery shopping yesterday, cabbage was on sale, so I got a head of green cabbage, and then decided to get some other ingredients to make some yummy stuffed cabbage rolls!  Cabbage is SO good for you!  It is best known for it’s detoxification properties, but it has so much more than just that!  Check out this pin listing some of the health benefits of cabbage!

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All these great benefits, and it lends itself to some great and delicious recipes!  As I said, I decided to make some cabbage rolls…after the fact, I think I would just opt for throwing all the ingredients in a casserole dish and make a cabbage roll casserole (soooo much easier), but I went ahead and put in the effort of rolling each of these little rolls into a cute little burrito of sorts.  The result was DELICIOUS, so let’s get to the recipe!

HEALTHY CABBAGE ROLLS

Ingredients:

  • 1 head of green cabbage
  • 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp. uncooked brown rice
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1.5 lbs. ground turkey
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp. parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 oz. soft goat cheese
  • sea salt, to taste

Directions:

1.) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Bring a large pot of water to a boil.  Turn off the heat, and place the head of cabbage in the water.  Let sit for 15 minutes.

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2.) While the cabbage is sitting, prepare the filling.  In a large frying pan, heat the olive oil.  Add the onion, and let cook for about 3-5 minutes.  Add the ground turkey, and cook till cooked through.  Turn off the heat, and add the garlic powder, parsley, egg, rice and some sea salt.

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3.) Take the cabbage out of the water, and carefully peel off 10 leaves.  With each leaf, remove the tough middle section.  Fill each half of the leaf with filling.  Carefully roll the leaf up to create a cabbage roll.

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4.) Place the rolls in a baking dish until the dish is full.

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5.) Poor the chicken broth over the rolls, drizzle with the honey, and top with the tomatoes.  Cover and bake for 80-90 minutes.  Remove from the oven, uncover, and sprinkle with the goat cheese and sea salt.

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6.) Transfer to a plate and serve.

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Like I said, after making this, I think next time, I will just chop up the cabbage leaves, and then throw everything in casserole dish, prepared as described, and make a casserole out of it – much less work, though not quite as pretty!  Regardless of how you decide to present this dish, the taste will not disappoint!  Enjoy! 🙂

Super Healthy Spaghetti and Meatballs

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Healthy spaghetti and meatballs???  Yup!  I am so excited about this recipe!  It tastes amazing, and I don’t know how I could fit anymore vegetables in it!  This makes for a perfectly filling dinner, and you can feel so good about eating it!  I was perusing Pinterest, and I kept coming across recipes for spaghetti and meatballs, but they were all made with ingredients that were less than desirable, so I decided to come up with something myself.  This dish has tons of vegetables – seriously!  It has green peppers, tomato, onion, carrots, zucchini, yellow squash, and kale!  Wow!  Needless to say, this stuff is REALLY good for you!

I used gluten free buckwheat noodles, but you can use any noodle of your choice.  You could even make zucchini noodles if you wanted.  Regardless of the noodles you use, you will LOVE how this stuff tastes – delicious!

HEALTHY SPAGHETTI AND MEATBALLS

Ingredients:

  • Noodles of your choice (I used gluten free buckwheat noodles for mine)
  • Optional: Cheese of your choice for topping (I used Goat’s milk cheddar)

For the Sauce:

  • 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1 yellow squash, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 zucchini, chopped into small pieces
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 6-8 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. basil
  • 2 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
  • pinch of stevia
  • Sea Salt, to taste

For the Meatballs:

  • 1.5 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped into very small pieces
  • 2 cups of Kale, finely chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. basil
  • sea salt

Directions:

1.) Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.  Brush olive oil over the baking sheet.  Prepare your meatballs by adding all the ingredients for the meatballs to a bowl and mixing well.  Form into balls and place on the prepared baking sheet.  Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes till the meatballs are cooked through.  Set aside.

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2.) Chop all your vegetables for the sauce.

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3.) In a large sauce pan, heat 1 Tbsp. of olive oil over medium heat.  Add your onions, green peppers, carrots, zucchini, and yellow squash.  Cook for 5 minutes.

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4.) Add your tomatoes, vinegar, stevia, sea salt, garlic, oregano, and basil.  Increase the heat and bring to a boil.  Let cook for 20-30 minutes until the tomatoes have cooked down.

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5.) Transfer the contents of the saucepan to a food processor.  Process on high until desired consistency is obtained.

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6.) Prepare your noodles as directed on the package.  In a saucepan, add the noodles, sauce, and meatballs.  Heat to desired temperature, stirring often.

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7.) Transfer to a plate and top with cheese if desired.  Season with sea salt and pepper, to taste.

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YES!  Healthy spaghetti and meatballs – you’ve gotta try this stuff!  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! 🙂