Honey Butternut Squash, Chicken, and Kale Dinner

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Oh my gosh!  This is pretty much the simplest dinner ever to put together, and yet it tastes SO good and is super filling!  The mixture of sage, garlic, and honey goes perfectly together with the flavors of butternut squash, onion, kale and chicken!  Oh, and by the way, I pretty much just listed practically all the ingredients in this thing…like I said, SIMPLE!

So, obviously this dish is simple and tasty, but it’s also so good for you, with you probably already gathered by looking at that ingredient list!  The two main ingredients in this is butternut squash and kale.  Both of which are crammed with nutrition!

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See?!  So good for you, plus the remaining ingredients are all incredibly healthy as well!  Basically, there’s nothing in this dish that doesn’t have some sort of health benefit!  Okay, so let’s get to the recipe!!!

HONEY BUTTERNUT SQUASH, CHICKEN, AND KALE DINNER

Ingredients – serves 2 people

  • 10 – 12 ounces boneless and skinless chicken breast
  • 3- 4 cups cubed butternut squash
  • 3/4 – 1 cup chopped red onion
  • 3-4 cups kale, rough stems removed and chopped
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp. dried sage, divided
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp. garlic granules, divided
  • sea salt, to taste
  • 2 tsp. raw honey
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided

Directions

1.) Preheat the oven to 380 degrees.  Place the chicken breast and butternut squash in a baking dish.  Drizzle with half of the olive oil, then sprinkle with half of the sage and half of the garlic granules.  Place in the oven and cook for  35 minutes at 380 degrees.

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2.) Heat the remaining olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.  Add the onions and cook for 4 minutes.  Chop the chicken into bite size pieces and add to the pan.  Cook for an additional 4 minutes, browning the chicken. Add the kale and cook until completely wilted, about 2-3 minutes.

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3.) Add the butternut squash to the pan.  Sprinkle with the remaining sage and garlic granules.  Drizzle with the honey.  Season with sea salt, and stir to combine.

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4.) Transfer to plates to serve.

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SO good!  Enjoy! 🙂

 

Almond Oatmeal Bars

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I have a confession to make.  I am addicted to almond butter and honey…like “spoonfuls of almond butter straight out of the jar dipped straight into the jar of honey” addicted.  I decided to try to dignify my guilty pleasure by making a little sweet treat with these two ingredients — at least it gets me out of the jars. 😉

I’m glad I decided to do this, because the result is a healthy sweet treat that is REALLY easy to make!  Just 4 ingredients, with one of them being optional, and they are no bake.  Like I said, SO easy.

The best part?  Oh my gosh these things are good!

Okay, first, let’s look at some health benefits of the three main ingredients of these goodies.

OATS

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ALMONDS

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RAW HONEY

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Okay, so we see that we can feel pretty darn good about what we’re putting in our body here.  Keep that in mind, because once you taste these, you will think they are bad for you because of how good they taste!  I’m not kidding — they are AMAZING!!!

ALMOND OATMEAL BARS

Ingredients

  • 2 cups gluten free oats
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • semi sweet chocolate chips (optional)

Directions

1.) Place your oats in a food processor and process on high until they have a flour-like consistency.  Pour the ground up oats into a medium sized mixing bowl and set aside.

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2.) In a small pan, heat the almond butter and honey over medium heat until smooth.

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3.) Add the almond butter and honey to the mixing bowl with the ground up oats.  Stir until completely combined.

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4.) Line a pan or baking sheet with parchment paper.  Form your mixture into a rectangular shape on the parchment paper.  You want it to be about 1/2 – 3/4 inches thick.

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5.) Use a knife to score your rectangle into bars.  If you are adding the chocolate chips this is where you’ll do it.  I made three bars buy just placing chocolate chips on the bar.  I made another three bars by drizzling melted chocolate over them.  Lastly, I left three bars plain with no chocolate.

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6.) Place in the refrigerator for a minimum of 30 minutes to allow to firm up.  Once firm, cut along your score lines to create your bars.  Place in an airtight container.  You can keep these in the fridge or at room temperature for about a week…but I really don’t think they’ll last that long! 😉

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Oh my gosh, these are so good!

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Now I can get my almond butter and honey fix in a bar, so I don’t have to feel like such an animal eating it straight from the jar!  Enjoy! 🙂