Lemon Rosemary Chicken with Garlic Pasta

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This dish was probably the absolute best thing I’ve ever made in my 5 years of cooking! I had a similar meal at Carino’s a few days ago and decided to recreate a healthier and less guilty version. It was a pretty successful attempt because even my 1 year old devoured it!! She even went back to her high chair multiple times to pick noodles off of it πŸ˜‚. If that doesn’t equal deliciousness than I don’t know what does!!

INGREDIENTS
1 package spaghetti, angel hair or linguine pasta (I used gluten free)
1 large yellow squash
1 handful of raw spinach
1 handful of raw mushrooms
4 chicken breasts, thawed
1 cup Lemon juice
Minced garlic
Olive oil
Rosemary
Garlic salt
Pepper

DIRECTIONS

*Cook pasta according to directions.

*While waiting for the pasta water to boil, add chicken breast, lemon juice, minced garlic and rosemary to a ziploc bag. Close bag and set in fridge. Heat up a large skillet over medium high heat.

*After adding pasta to the boiling water, sautΓ© squash, spinach, mushrooms and 2 tsp minced garlic in the skillet. Cook until squash is tender.

*Take chicken out of the fridge and sprinkle with pepper. I grilled the chicken on our George Foreman grill but cooking it in the skillet would work well too!

*When pasta is done, drain and transfer back to pot. Toss with olive oil, minced garlic and sprinkle with garlic salt.

*Layer pasta, veggies and chicken onto a plate and serve! Enjoy!!

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Dutch Apple Pie with Whole Wheat Crust

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This pie is a lot of work. I’m not even gonna lie. I mentioned making a pie in front of my husband (big mistake) on Thursday and two days later he was STILL asking about it. By that time my baking mood had long since passed! But being the good wifey that I am I got in to my small kitchen and made this masterpiece. An hour of prepping later, I slid the pie into the oven and collapsed from exhaustion onto the couch. Fortunately, the pie came out AMAZING and it was totally worth the labor.

A few things about this pie: coring, peeling and slicing the apples was the most time consuming. I’m naturally a really slow food prepper but add a screaming 1 year old clinging to your pants wanting to be held (she wants nothing to do with me any other time) and you’ve got yourself a good hour of prep time. Secondly, the apples I had on hand were already pretty sweet and while I did add some lemon juice to try and cut the sweetness, the pie came out almost sickening sweet. Next time I make this I am probably going to experiment with adding honey and cutting down the amount of sugar that was added. So if you’re using sweeter apples then I would definitely cut down on the sugar a bit in the filling or add more lemon juice. Β Just a suggestion πŸ™‚ Check out the original recipe below and be sure to browse around Adrianne’s site as it is full of cool projects and recipes!!

http://happyhourprojects.com/dutch-apple-pie/

 

WHOLE WHEAT PIE CRUST

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2/3 cup softened butter or coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup cold water

Directions

  1. With a mixer, mix dry ingredients and butter together until it has a crumb like consistency.
  2. Slowly start to add your water. You should have a pliable ball of dough. Add more flour or water as needed.
  3. Sprinkle surface with more flour and roll your dough out with a rolling pin.
  4. Once you have a flat and round pie crust transfer it to the greased pie pan.
  5. Trim edges of pie crust.
  6. Move to the refrigerator until ready to use. If using this for a no bake pie then bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes or until it reaches a nice golden brown color.

 

DUTCH APPLE PIE

Ingredients

FILLING

  • 1 pie crust
  • 5 cups apples, peeled and sliced or diced (i used about 5 medium apples)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. flour
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice (for sweet apples)

TOPPING

  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup softened butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup oats (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Peel and slice or dice apples.
  3. Mix together all the dry filling ingredients then stir in apples. Mix well.
  4. Pour mixture into your pie crust.
  5. In a separate bowl, mix together dry topping ingredients. Cut in butter and mix until crumbly. Spoon mixture evenly over pie.
  6. Place pie on a foil lined baking sheet to catch any juices boiling over and bade for 45 to 55 minutes.
  7. Let cool then enjoy!

Chili 4 Ways

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On Saturday morning I made a huge pot of chili in my crock pot to eat this week while my husband is out of town for work (oilfield men :/) but after eating for 2 meals a day, 3 days straight I was kinda over it.

I saw this AMAZING picture on Pinterest of a smothered burrito and that is what I just had to have for lunch. Well I didn’t have any ground beef or beans and I didn’t want to go to the store for just two things because that sucks. So I got creative and used chili for the burrito filling!!! Is that brilliant or what?!

My chili recipe is pretty easy and basic so it’s very versatile and can be used for several other meals throughout the week! Ready for the 4 ways to use that delicious chili up?

1. Chili (obviously!)
2. Frito pie
3. Smothered burritos
4. Chili cheese dog
I’m actually debating whether my chili would be good as a sloppy joe?? I haven’t decided yet. Maybe one day I’ll remember to buy hamburger buns.

CHILI INGREDIENTS
1 can of red beans
1 can of pinto beans
1 can black beans
1 can chili beans or an additional can of pinto beans
1lb ground turkey
1 can chili tomatoes
Fajita Seasoning
Chili powder

DIRECTIONS
*Brown ground turkey and season with fajita seasoning and chili powder.

*Dump ground turkey and beans (do NOT drain) into crock pot. Season with fajita seasoning, chili powder and cumin to taste. Stir to combine.

*Cook on low for 4-6 hours or on high for 2-4 hours.

Now on to the smothered burritos!
INGREDIENTS
Water
1 beef bouillon cube
Flour (whole wheat works well too!)
Chili powder
Chili
Tortillas
Cheese (optional)

DIRECTIONS

*In a small sauce pan heat 1 cup of water and 1 beef bouillon cube until completely dissolved.

*In a measuring cup mix 1/4 cup flour and 1/4 cup water until it becomes the consistency of Elmer’s glue. If mixture isn’t right consistency add more flour or water as needed. Sprinkle mixture with chili powder and stir.

*Pour flour mixture into beef broth and whisk together. Cook over medium heat until mixture thickens. Add chili powder as needed.

*Spoon chili mixture onto tortillas, sprinkle cheese then roll up burrito style. Top with enchilada sauce and sprinkle more cheese on top. Cuz you can never have enough cheese!!

Breakfast Meatza

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This recipe isn’t mine. I wish it was though as it is a genius idea! I got this recipe from Paleomg.com who has TONS of amazing Paleo meal ideas including sweet stuff!!! I used regular pork sausage, white potatoes and didn’t use garlic or bacon because I was lazy. Bell peppers and mushrooms would make a great addition to this meal as well! Scrambled eggs could be used as a topper if you don’t like eggs over easy πŸ™‚ Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS
1 lb sausage, pork or bison
7 eggs (1 as a binder and 6 to top Meatza with)
3 potatoes, peeled and diced
1/2 yellow onion, diced
Salt and pepper
Garlic powder

DIRECTIONS
*Preheat oven to 350 degrees

*Mix 1 egg and breakfast sausage together in a 8×8 baking dish and press it down until it’s evenly spread across the bottom of the dish.

*Bake in the oven 10-15 minutes or until you start to see fat rising to the surface.

*Meanwhile, cook potatoes and onion in skillet over medium-high heat until cooked through. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

*When sausage is cooked, top with potatoes and spread evenly. Crack 6 eggs over potatoes and season with salt and pepper.

*Place back in the oven for 8-10 minutes until eggs are cooked to your liking. The eggs will go from uncooked to overcomes quickly so keep you eye on them!

*Let cool and enjoy!

Clean Banana Bread

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I’m pretty sure I’ve earned some vacation time or at least a date night with all the awesome things I’ve cooked today! Delicious crock pot stew AND banana bread! I baked the banana bread this afternoon and there’s only 3 pieces left 😭 I’m seriously contemplating eating the rest after everyone goes to bed!! It’s that’s good.

INGREDIENTS
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
3-4 ripe bananas
1/2 cup coconut or olive oil
2 eggs
1/2 cup honey
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp vanilla

DIRECTIONS
*Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

*Mash bananas in a mixing bowl then add the rest of the wet ingredients. Mix well.

*Mix in dry ingredients and blend until smooth.

*Fold in optional add-ins such as coconut, walnuts or chocolate chips.

*Pour mixture into a prepared loaf pan and bake for 30-45 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean.

*Let cool and enjoy!!

Makes one loaf.

Clean Crock Pot Beef Stew

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This was a HUGE hit at my house this evening…hubby had FOUR BOWLS!! I’m proud and pleased to say the least πŸ˜€

INGEDIENTS
1 1/2 lbs stew meat
3 potatoes, peeled and diced
4 cups beef broth
2 10.8 oz bags of mixed vegetables
Whole wheat flour
Fajita seasoning, to taste
Garlic powder, to taste
Onion powder, to taste
Meat tenderizer

DIRECTIONS
*Brown stew meat and season with fajita seasoning (or salt & pepper) and meat tenderizer.

*Put meat in crock pot along with potatoes, vegetables and broth.

*Cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 6-8.

* When meat and potatoes are cooked through make a paste to thicken the broth. Using the whole wheat flour and broth from the crock pot, slowly add broth into the flour until it reaches a glue like consistency. Add the mixture to the crock pot and stir. I had to do this step several times in order to get it thick enough to our liking!

*Season stew with garlic and onion powder and more fajita seasoning until flavored to your liking.

*Serve with cornbread or bread and butter.

Cheat Meal: Verde Chicken Enchiladas

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So these Kraft meal kits have been tempting me for several grocery trips just because they look soooo easy (and I’m a sucker for enchiladas lol). But I knew that they were gonna be crazy bad for me 😭. I finally picked one up and realized that the ingredient list isn’t really all that bad!! There were a few things I couldn’t pronounce and didn’t recognize but I feel like this wasn’t a too unhealthy meal! Especially if you go light on the cheese πŸ˜‰. My 1 year old loved them and so did my hubby so I’m pretty pleased at the turn out.

Confession: until today, I hadn’t bought groceries in TWO WEEKS. Which is why I haven’t posted anything new in FOREVER. Me and the baby have been eating random mixes of food and the poor hubby (sarcasm!!) has been eating out while he’s at work. I held out for my Bountiful Basket which I was suppose to get on Saturday but guess what? They moved locations and I missed the pick up time :/ so by the time I got to the new location everybody and my basket was gone. Was I pissed? Oh yeah!! So I had to brave the store this morning with my 1 year old to get stocked up! I have several new recipes I’m gonna post so keep your eyes open!! πŸ‘€πŸ‘€