Side Dish of Heaven

Side dish-perfect to pair with lean meat for dinner, on it's on for a snack or even in a wrap!
Side dish-perfect to pair with lean meat for dinner, on its own for a snack or even in a wrap…or over rice, or over a bed of greens, you get it….endless possibilities!

Ingredients:

1 large can of low sodium black beans-rinse and drain (or cook and cool some non-canned… of course is the healthiest option)

1 med can sweet summer corn-rinse and drain (or fresh off the cob)

1 small avocado-diced

1 small peach-skin on and diced

1/4 of a mango-diced

1/4 of a small red onion-diced

2 tbsp. mango & lime salsa

2 tbsp. lime juice

1 tbsp. olive oil

Season generously with cilantro and  black pepper then a  dash of salt

Mix delicately but well and place covered in fridge for a least a few hours to chill and allow flavors to marry together.

 

Enjoy!!

xoxo-A

Mexican Chicken Bake

Mexican chicken bake

Buckle up! This is a good one and  figure friendly too!!! This would also be great with ground turkey instead of chicken!

Step one:

Take 3/4 lb chicken breast and cut into cubes. Cook over med heat for 10 min in skillet adding the following:

1/4c  lime juice

1/4 c lemon juice

1/4 c chicken stock-low sodium

Season with cilantro, pepper, red pepper flakes, cinnamon, garlic powder-all to your liking. (I used about 1 tsp of each)

Step two:

Boil whole grain penne pasta just under the suggested time on the package-I used 3 to 3 1/2 cups dry (this will give you about 5 servings in the dish)

Step three:

Combine in baking dish the following:

8 oz container of lite sour cream

1/2 c chopped onion

1/2 c peach/mango salsa (or whatever salsa you like)

1/2 c chopped pepper (whatever you like)

1/2 c skim milk

5 to 6 oz corn

***If you like it spicy add Sriracha and or hot sauce at this point too!

***You can add other garnishing like diced green onion or fresh parsley or cilantro on top-I just didn’t have any on hand!

Step four:

Combine ALL ingredients together and mix well in baking dish. Top with 1/2 c shredded cheese of your liking.

Bake at 385 degrees for 30 min. Serving size should be 1 1/2 cups. Great to make for dinner and have for leftovers the day or even two!

Enjoy!

A

Tacos

taco 3taco 2

taco 1

Tacos!!! Who doesn’t love a taco! I filled these babies with chicken sausage, peppers, pineapple, onions and tomatoes then topped them with avocados, cheese and salsa.

I know a lot of my recipes are not “Super duper clean” but I try to make them as healthy as I can but still making sure they have flavor and can keep everyone happy!  In my head I have a scale that goes something like this:

Super-duper clean

Pretty clean

Clean

Not too shabby

Bad

I would give these somewhere between not too shabby and clean!! (Because of the shells and chicken sausage) I stay happy and satisfied by staying mostly in the pretty clean to clean scale and every once in a while I go super-duper clean and of course every once in a while I go bad-I am human!!! I hope you can relate to that scale!!

Directions:

Brown protein in skillet-I chose to use 2 links of chicken sausage or a super clean choice would be ground turkey or chicken breast. I then added chopped pineapple, tomatoes, onion and red peppers. Next I took pepper and Badia seasoning (I use this a lot) and just a touch of the seasoning and sauce that came with the shells in the box. The key here is to NOT use the packaged sauce and seasonings that they provide. Frozen and boxed meals come with sauces and powdered seasonings-that is where most of the sodium and bad stuff is hiding!! Another tip that I try to keep in mind is when making a “filling” for something try to make the bulk of it veggies like I did here, a little meat and mostly veggies goes a long way.

Offer healthy toppings, going light on the cheese and heavier on the healthier picks like avocados and salsa.

Remember portion control too! I had 2 tacos at 5:30 and was full all night-did not need to snack! Happy, healthy, satisfied and full!

I hope you enjoy this recipe idea!

xoxoxo-A

Savory Citrus Crockpot Chicken

crock pot chicken and blk beans

Ingredients:

1 lb chicken breast-bone in, skin on (3 pcs)

3/4 to 1 can black beans

1 med yellow pepper chopped

1/2 c chopped spanish onion

1 med orange-skin on cut into quarters

1 lime-skin on cut into quarters

Juice of one lime or 1/4 lime juice

1 cup chicken stock

1 c water

1 c jasmine rice

1/2 to 1 c mango or pineapple salsa

Season with 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp cumin, 2 tsp honey, salt, pepper red pepper flakes and  “Badia Complete  Seasoning” -they sell this at Giant Eagle in the “Mexican” aisle (its fabulous) if you don’t have this use garlic, oregano, basil and cilantro seasonings.

Cook on low for 6 hours or so adding the rice during the last 2 hours. It will turn into a soup almost but you can serve it strained in a tortilla or with the broth as a rice and chicken soup.  The citrus is the key here-the flavor comes out with the honey and cinnamon-delicious!!

When you feel the crock mixture is complete and you are ready to eat remove the chicken breast and remove the skin and bones chopping the chicken up and adding it back to the crock pot. Also remove the lime and orange wedges as you won’t want to bite into them. Add hot sauce and cheese if you wish. I like this one so much because it is healthy and fit for me as is, my boyfriend can add as much hot sauce as he wants after it is out of the pot and the flavor and ingredients are perfect for my 3 yr old son. Makes for great leftovers too!

Try it and let me know what you think!
Enjoy!

xoxo-A