Spaghetti Squash and Chicken Casserole

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Spaghetti squash is one of my FAVORITES!  SO yummy, and I love how filling it is!  Of course, if you’ve ever even laid eyes on my blog before, you know I am going to now share the health benefits of this awesome squash with you in the following pin!

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Now, do you see why I love this stuff?!?  This casserole has plenty of spaghetti squash as well as other healthy ingredients like onion and chicken breast.

I made this for dinner, but after eating it I think it would make a great breakfast casserole as well.  Really any time of the day, this stuff is GREAT!

SPAGHETTI SQUASH AND CHICKEN CASSEROLE

Ingredients

  • 2 medium spaghetti squash, cut into rings and seeded
  • 1 large red onion, chopped into thin slices
  • 1.25 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup light canned coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic granules
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 oz soft goat cheese
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

1.) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the spaghetti squash rings on the sheet.  Drizzle with a bit of olive oil, and bake in the oven for 40  minutes.

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2.) Bring a large pot of water to a boil.  Add the chicken and cook for 30 minutes.  Remove the chicken and cut into bite size pieces.  Set aside.

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3.) Heat the 2 Tbsp. of olive oil over medium heat in a large frying pan.  Add the onions and cook, stirring often, until tender.  Add the chicken and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is very lightly browned.

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4.) While everything is cooking, create a sauce in a medium bowl by combining the coconut milk, eggs, cheese and garlic granules.  Stir until smooth and well combined.

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5.) Once the spaghetti squash is done baking, take out of the oven and remove the skins.  Use a fork to break the squash into strings.  Spray a 8 by 11 baking dish with olive oil.  Place the squash in the bowl followed by the onions and chicken.  Stir to combine.  Pour the sauce over top and stir to disperse evenly.

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6.) Place the casserole in the oven and bake for 50 minutes until the top is lightly browned.

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7.) Allow to set for 5-10 minutes, then use a knife and spatula to cut into pieces to serve.  Season with sea salt and pepper.

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AWESOME!  Enjoy! 🙂

Healthy Slow Cooker Lamb Stew

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I have to admit that this stew is DELICIOUS!  I am not usually a big fan of red meat.  Mainly because I don’t usually like the taste.  However, I also am aware of the health benefits of eating red meat (in moderation), so I try to make a habit of it every so often.

In terms of health and health benefits, Dr. Lawrence Wilson says that Lamb is by far the superior red meat.  You can read more about what he says about lamb here.  In the article, he explains some of the health benefits of lamb and why he recommends eating it about two times per week, but no more.

For a quick rundown of lamb’s health benefits and nutrition content, you can click on the following pin.

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This links to an article that explains that lamb is an excellent source of protein, iron, zinc, B vitamins, copper, manganese, and selenium.

As I was saying, usually when it comes to red meat, I have to choke it down, but I am thrilled to share this SUPER easy slow cooker lamb stew recipe with you all, because it’s really quite good and I didn’t find myself dreading having to eat red meat!

The stew is full of vegetables, and uses arrowroot powder to make it nice and thick.  Because of this, it is filled with gobs of vitamins and minerals!  Seriously, this is a REALLY healthy and yummy way to get a bit of red meat into your diet!

HEALTHY SLOW COOKER LAMB STEW

Ingredients

  • 3 cuts of lamb shoulder (about 1.5 lbs)
  • 1 lb. carrots, peeled and chopped into large bite size pieces
  • 1 leek, chopped
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 2 medium turnips, peeled and chopped into large bite size pieces
  • 2 cups frozen french style green beans
  • 1 teaspoon garlic granules, or 4-5 cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp. arrowroot powder
  • 1/2 cup water, divided

Directions

1.) Cut lamb into cubes, and place in the bed of a slow cooker.  Add the bones as well.  Don’t worry if you can’t get the meat off the bones, it will come right off after it has cooked.

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2.) Prepare your veggies and place them on top of the lamb in the slow cooker.

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3.) Add the garlic, thyme, rosemary, sea salt, and 1/4 cup water.  Stir to mix.  Cook on low for 6-8 hours, or cook on high for 3-4 hours.

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4.) When there is about 1/2 hour left of cooking time, remove any meat left on the bones and discard the bones.  Mix 1/4 cup water with the 2 Tbsp. arrowroot powder, and add to the slow cooker.  Stir to coat.  Let cook for another 1/2 hour.

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5.) Once done, ladle into bowls.  Season with sea salt and pepper, if desired, and serve.

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So easy! So nutritious! So tasty!  Enjoy! 🙂

Veggie Stuffed Chicken “Sandwiches”

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Oh my gosh!!! These chicken “sandwiches” that I made are absolutely adorable!  Eating gluten-free, sometimes I really miss just throwing a sandwich together for lunch or dinner, so I am constantly looking for different ideas for “bread” that isn’t really bread.  This evening, I had baked some chicken breasts, and I noticed how much the outside looked like it could pass for bread – LIGHT BULB!  A chicken “sandwich” in which the chicken is the bread.  It turned out wonderfully!  I mean, look!

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And yes, it tastes just as scrumptious as it looks!  It was amazing!

Another plus when it comes to using chicken breast as bread is that chicken has a lot of health benefits!  Of course, we all know that it’s an excellent source of protein, but it goes much further than that!  The following pin lists some health benefits of chicken and links to a site that describes 7 impressive benefits of chicken.

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Awesome!  Plus, um, these chicken sandwiches are so yummy, guys!  You can really use any fillings you would like, but I gotta say that the mixture I made to fill the sandwich really is amazing.  Let’s get to it!

VEGGIE STUFFED CHICKEN “SANDWICHES”

Ingredients: 2 servings

  • 1 large chicken breast (6-8 ounces)
  • 1/3-1/2 small head of cauliflower, cut into slices and small florets
  • 1 small red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 4 cups of baby spinach and arugula (mixed), finely chopped
  • 2 ounces shredded cheese (I used a hard goat’s milk cheddar)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. olive oil
  • garlic granules
  • sea salt, to taste

Directions:

1.) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Sprinkle both sides of the chicken breast with garlic granules, and place in a baking dish.  bake in the oven for 45-50 minutes until baked through.

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2.) Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Place the prepared cauliflower on the baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with garlic granules.  When the chicken has 25 minutes left to bake, place the cauliflower in the oven and bake for 25 minutes along with the chicken.

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3.) While the cauliflower and chicken are baking, heat 1 1/2 tsp. of olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat.  Add the onion and garlic.  Cook for 3-4 minutes until tender.  Add the spinach and arugula, and cook until completely wilted, about 2-3 minutes.  Remove from heat, and stir in the shredded cheese.  Mix completely.

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4.) When the chicken breast is done cooking, cut it in half length-wise.  These will be your two buns.  Cut each of the them in half width wise creating a top bun and a bottom bun for each of them.  Place a layer of cauliflower on the bottom bun, and top with a layer of the spinach and arugula mixture.

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5.) Sprinkle with a small bit of sea salt, and then place the top bun on top, creating a sandwich.

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Dig in!  Enjoy! 🙂

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! 🙂