Coconut & Curry Chicken in the Dutch Oven

Set oven to 350 degrees and begin this easy and tasty one-pot wonder of a meal:

What you will need: 

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Main ingredients

1 lb chicken breast or chicken thighs

1 cup rice

1 can (13.5oz) unsweetened coconut milk

1 cup chopped peppers and onions-any color-any kind

1/2 cup pineapple or mango or both (I used frozen)

Oil for browning the chicken and spices listed below:

curry, pepper, salt, paprika & coriander

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Season with these

How to make it:

On the stove-medium heat- start by browning and seasoning the chicken with the spices I mention for a few min. Use the amount to your liking. I just use a “generous sprinkle” of all on both sides of the chicken.

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Brown and season the chicken

Add peppers and onions and fruit-I have made this with mangos and chicken thighs and also this version with thin chicken breast and pineapple. Both are good!

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Add peppers and onions plus some mango or pineapple

Add the rice and coconut milk and stir all together.

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Add rice and coconut milk Then stir all together

Place in the oven for 30 min and dinner is ready! My son and daughter both love this dish so that makes me very happy!

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All done-one pot wonder

 

Enjoy!

xo, Adrienne

 

 

 

Pumpkin Ricotta Muffins with Spinach & Kale-toddler approved!

Hey there!

In my never-ending quest to feed my 15-month-old variety, I decided to make some pumpkin muffins for her mixed with ricotta cheese and then realized I could get away with adding some greens in there too! These are pretty easy and really healthy! Sugar is not an ingredient in these muffins. So here is how I made them:

Dry ingredients:

2 cups whole wheat flour

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp black pepper

 

Wet ingredients:

1 cup whole milk ricotta cheese

1 cup pure pumpkin puree

3 eggs

1/4 cup olive oil

Blend all of the wet ingredients together in a blender then add them to the mixed dry ingredients in a large bowl. Pre-heat oven to 360 degrees

Chop up 1 to 2 cups of fresh spinach and or kale leaves and fold that in at the end

Pour mixture into to baking tin (they will rise a bit)

Bake for 20 min or a few more if needed once you check them with the clean toothpick test

I have been topping them split in half with plain Greek yogurt and sharing them with Charlotte for breakfast or snack time. She is into them! Freeze some or keep in an airtight container for 2 to 3 days at room temp.

Enjoy!

xo-Adrienne

 

Sweet potato turkey chili

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Ingredients:

1 lb ground turkey

1 15 oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes

3 med peeled/cubed sweet potatoes

1/2 cup diced red onion

1 small diced zucchini

1 cup diced peppers (any or all colors)

2 cups diced mushrooms

1 1/2 cups water

1 tbsp. butter

juice of one lime

Seasonings:

cumin

coriander

cinnamon

salt

pepper

red pepper flakes

Badia complete seasoning

(or any chili seasoning you make or like to use)

How to make:

Cook ground turkey in skillet while boiling sweet potatoes in large pot for 5 min on stove

When turkey is done, drain and add in canned fire roasted tomatoes and sweet potatoes to skillet and let cook on med/low heat

Meanwhile in the pot that you want to make the chili in place tbsp. of butter on med heat and add in peppers, onions, zucchini and mushrooms and let them cook down for about 10 min

Season the meat mixture with all seasonings and lime juice and continue to cook for a few more minutes

Add the meat mixture to the pot with the veggies along with the 1 1/2 cups water

Cover and let simmer for 30 min to an hour on med/low (I am sure you could also do this in a crockpot)

Add additional seasonings to taste

Top with a tsp of Greek yogurt and avocado slice if you wish

Share with your family and friends or save it all for yourself!

I will be eating mine tonight and tomorrow for sure after my workouts and I will be sharing with a friend too!

Makes at least 6 servings

Happy day! A

 

Chicken, peppers and angel hair tossed with pnb & soy sauce

What you will need:

Seasonings: (1/2 tsp of each)

ginger

garlic powder

cinnamon

dry mustard

blk pepper

Sauce:

2 tsp Light olive oil or reg olive oil

1 tsp natural peanut butter

1/4 c lite sodium soy sauce

2 tsp sriracha or hot sauce

whisk together and add into pan right before you drop the pasta in to toss

Peppers and onions:

1/2 cup sliced red onion, 2 cups chopped sweet peppers-yellow, red, orange

Chicken:

cube 1 and 1/2 lbs chicken breast and boil in water for 8 min. Drain and then add back to pan with 1/4 c water remaining. Add to the skillet 1 tsp unsalted butter, 2 tsp minced garlic, the peppers and onions. Season with the above seasonings evenly and cook for 10 min on med while the pasta cooks.

Angel hair or other pasta:

Whole grain, 4 servings-cook according to package

Toss all together and serve! Serves 3 adult portions and one hungry 4 year old!

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Enjoy! A

Healthy Enchilada Lasagna

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So clean and healthy and the whole family will love this one!

What you will need:

12 small white corn tortillas

1/2 or 3/4 lb diced chicken breast or ground turkey (or omit meat for a vegetarian dish or add black beans)

Yellow, orange, red or green pepper-pick at least 2 of those 4

1/2 c chopped onion-which ever kind you like

1 c chopped tomatoes

1/2 c corn-frozen or fresh off the cob

2 cups salsa- I used a pineapple mango flavored for extra flavor

1 c shredded mozzarella cheese

1/2 c lime juice

1/4 tbsp unsalted butter

1/4 c hot sauce

Fresh cilantro, pepper, Badia seasoning, red pepper flakes

8 oz Creamy citrus avocado dressing that I got from Whole Foods-which was the inspiration for this entire meal

DIRECTIONS:

1.Layer 5 tortillas on the bottom of the 9 by 13 baking dish then add 1/2 of the meat and veggie mixture that you cooked in a skillet already (add the hot sauce, lime juice, butter and seasonings as  it cooked down in the skillet)

2.Next, add the tomatoes and half of the salsa, half the cheese and then half of the avocado dressing.

3.Layer 4 more tortillas and add the rest of the meat and veggie mix, then repeat step 2.

4.Layer 3 more tortillas and sprinkle remaining cheese on top

Bake uncovered at 400 degrees for 20 to 25 min.

Enjoy!! A

HEALTHY ITALIAN TUNA BAKE

italian tuna bake

Directions & Ingredients:

6 oz Greek yogurt

8 oz lite sour cream

2 tsp tomato paste

1/4 c parmesan cheese

1/4 c white or spanish onion chopped

1/2 c chopped mushrooms

1/2 c chopped yellow, green or red peppers (or a combo)

2 cans white albacore tuna

2 cups dry mini penne or rotini whole grain pasta

1 c shredded mozzarella

1/4 to 1/2 c Italian breadcrumbs (whole wheat)-depending on your taste (go easy)

First, boil pasta just under what the directions tell you to because you are going to bake it for additional time.

At the same time in a pan on the stove on med heat mix the yogurt, sour cream and tomato paste with the following seasonings: garlic powder, basil, oregano, pepper, red pepperflakes and paprika. Mix well and let sit for 5 min until warmed all the way through.

Pour the cheesy sauce mixture into the baking dish-I used a 9×13. Strain the pasta and also pour into baking dish.

In the same pan add the veggies along with some olive oil and balsamic vinegar and let cook down for 5 to 7 min.

Lastly, combine all ingredients into the baking dish-finishing off with the shredded mozzarella, parmesan and breadcrumbs. (I also added fresh parsley and more black pepper at this point)

Bake at 350 for 30 to 35 min.

Enjoy!!!
A

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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Lettuce wraps! Love this idea and there are endless combinations you can prepare! Make it fun, think outside of the box…make them your own!

I used :

1 lb cubed chicken breast

1 c corn

1/4 c each onions, celery, carrots, silvered raw unsalted almonds

Seasoning for the mixture:

lime juice, cumin, Badia complete seasoning, cilantro,  parsley, ginger, crushed red pepper, pepper, garlic, 1/4 c lite sodium soy sauce (I would have made it spicier for sure with wasabi, Sriracha  and Red Hot if my son wasn’t eating it too-he handled the above flavors great though!)

I sautéed the chicken first with all the seasonings/juice/sauce and slowly added in the veggies and then spot checked for taste and added more of whatever I thought it needed. Total cook time 20 min. Wrap in iceberg lettuce and serve-I need a little help on my wrapping skills but that will come! Enjoy!!! xoxoxo-Alettuce wrap 3

Cucumber tuna salad with Greek yogurt, soy sauce and wasabi mustard

cucumber tuna salad with Greek yogurt, soy and wasabi

Great source of protein!!!! Are you eating enough protein??? Tuna and Greek yogurt are 2 great and affordable sources. I eat Greek yogurt every day at some point whether it is in tuna salad like this, with granola or alone with berries or fruit. Try just adding Greek yogurt to something you are maybe already eating daily and watch what happens!!! It is an awesome and healthy substitute to mayo or even  cheese when called for in recipes.

2 4.5 cans of white albacore tuna (StarKist selects if you are feeling fancy!) Great source of omega 3, low sodium, high protein, low carb)

3/4 c Greek yogurt (my favorite healthy food in the whole world)

2 tsp low sodium soy sauce

2 tsp wasabi mustard

3/4 c chopped cucumber

2 tsp chopped onion

1 stalk chopped celery

salt, pepper and parsley to taste

Options to eat:

Alone with whole wheat pita chips

On a flatout flat bread with more veggies

With hard-boiled eggs, cheese and tomatoes on a platter

Be creative and sneak other veggies, herbs or spices in there-you don’t have to do it exactly how I posted it!

Enjoy!!!!
xoxoxo-A

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday Granola

Filled with goodies!! Makes a great healthy gift to give to loved ones too (which of course I am doing). I love to eat my granola with plain Greek yogurt!!! So delicious and fun to make!

Christmas granola

walnuts-1 cup

almonds-1 cup

oats-6 cups

blueberry and pomegranate crasins-1 cup

dates-1/2 cup

white chocolate chips-1/2 cup

toasted coconut-1/2 cup

honey-1/4 cup

cinnamon–1/4 cup

Directions:

Mix together oats, nuts, coconut, honey and cinnamon then bake at 350 for 25 min. Let cool and add in crasins, choc chips and dates. Serving size is 1/4 cup.

 

Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

A

Healthy Whole Grain Penne Pasta w/ ground lamb smothered in pesto garlic lemon sauce

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penne with lamb and pesto

What you will need:

8 oz Whole grain penne pasta

3/4 lb ground lamb-hard to find but so worth it!

1/2 c feta cheese

2 c spinach leaves

1/3 c pesto paste

1/4 lemon juice

1 cup pasta water

1/2 c skim ricotta cheese

2 tsp minced garlic

1/4 c chopped onion (white or spanish)

salt, pepper to taste

pine nuts to garnish

Optional: 1 c beef stock-mine was homemade from left over short ribs (celery, carrots, onion, basil, oregano and burgundy wine) I am pretty sure this contributed to the awesomeness but you should be fine with low sodium store-bought beef stock or without it at all. Lamb has a very powerful taste all on its own!!

Cooking Directions:

Cook lamb in skillet over med heat and drain fat

Cook pasta and set aside to cool-saving one cup of the pasta water for sauce

Add beef stock, garlic, onion, ricotta, feta, seasonings, pesto paste and  lemon juice to the lamb and mix together well

Let cook for 8 o 10 min on low to med heat then add in pasta water and pasta giving it all a good mix again

Lastly,  add spinach and pine nuts until all melted down and in together then serve

Warning!!! This smells divine from the minute you start to cook the lamb and you will want to taste it several times throughout the cooking process….its just so good!

(p.s. great for kids too! My 3 year old had 2 helpings!!)

(p.p.s remember portion control-you can eat this and not feel guilty about being what feels like  indulgent but remember to save some for lunch the next day!! )

Makes about 5 total servings and I served it with a tomato and feta salad dressed in olive oil and red wine vinegar!

Enjoy!

xoxo-A