Mexican Chicken and Quinoa Recipe

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My family absolutely loves Mexican food, but often times Mexican food can be pretty unhealthy so I’m always looking for a healthy alternative. As I was meal planning this week I remembered this recipe video that I saw on Facebook for Mexican Quinoa however, my husband does not enjoy vegetarian meals so I knew he’d be less than happy if I made it for dinner. To keep my man happy, I made several adaptions to the recipe to better suit my family’s taste and I must say that it turned out amazing! An added bonus, as a one pot meal it was so easy to make and clean up was a snap! [Read more...]

Ground Mustard & Parmesan Pork Chops One Pan Meal

Ground Mustard Parmesan Pork Chops

One pan healthy meals are my favorite. Not only are they a snap to clean up, but preparation time is minimal as well. This particular recipe is my family’s favorite one pan meal, Ground Mustard & Parmesan Pork Chops. I found a very similar recipe online, but made modifications to better suit my family. I usually get everything ready in the afternoon, and place the baking pan in the fridge until my husband calls to tell me he is on his way home. Then I pop it in the oven, and make a fresh garden salad to go with it. When my hubby walks in the door dinner is ready and my house smells amazing.  [Read more...]

Pasta Salad Recipe {Tons of Fresh Vegetables}

Pasta Salad

I whipped together this super easy pasta salad this morning and thought I’d share my recipe. My daughter even said that it was so delicious it was definitely Pinterest worthy. This Pasta Salad recipe is chock full of fresh veggies, in fact, there are more vegetables than pasta. You could add in whatever vegetables you have on hand. I basically cleaned out our fridge, chopped all the vegetables, and tossed them in. Viola we have a healthy Pasta Salad. It is best chilled overnight but I doubt we’ll be able to wait that long. If you are going to a cookout or get-together for Memorial Day, it’s a perfect side dish to bring along.  [Read more...]

Super Easy Spaghetti with Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti with Spaghetti Squash

One of my favorite new vegetables is spaghetti squash. It has such a yummy peppery flavor, completely not what I expected. In fact, the first time I made it my husband and I were very apprehensive and figured we’d end up trashing it after a couple of bites. We were pleasantly surprised that it was so delicious. I also love that it’s easy to prepare and doesn’t require a ton of complicated steps. Spaghetti squash pairs perfectly with one of my favorite easy go-to meals, Super Easy Spaghetti. Now we’ve just found a way to make it a little healthier. I serve with a big garden salad full of fresh veggies for a delicious healthy meal for my family.

Click here for 5 easy steps to how to roast spaghetti squash.

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How to Roast Spaghetti Squash

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I admit, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I kept seeing all these recipes on Pinterest with spaghetti squash instead of noodles and I thought surely these people had lost their minds. There is no way that spaghetti squash is good, much less as good as noodles. But, in our quest to eat healthier I was willing to give it a try. I have to admit I was very pleasantly surprised. I actually loved it! Spaghetti Squash has a rich peppery flavor and is so easy to roast. I’ve included step-by-step directions below. [Read more...]

Blueberry Blender Muffins {contains no flour, or refined sugar}

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A couple of weeks ago, my sweet friend Rian posted a recipe for blueberry blender muffins on Facebook. They sounded so yummy and easy I couldn’t wait to try them. An added bonus is that they don’t contain any added flour or refined sugar. They are so easy you will be shocked! All you have to do is simply throw 4 ingredients in a blender, pulse for a minute, pour into muffin tins, and add blueberries. I love that they can be whipped up quickly in the morning or I can make a large batch in advance. Unlike a bakery muffin these are a little more custard like, but so tasty and much healthier!
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Honey Dijon Chicken with Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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I love to experiment with new recipes that I see online and tweak them a little here and there to best suit my family. I don’t like recipes that take a lot of time or a ton of pans because that means I’ll have to spend a long time in the kitchen cleaning after dinner. So, if you are like me, you’ll love this recipe. I cooked the chicken and brussels sprouts together on a cookie sheet covered with aluminum foil (I told you I was lazy when it comes to cleaning up), then prepared the long grain wild rice with quinoa on the stove. If your family doesn’t particularly love brussels sprouts you could substitute broccoli or fresh green beans.

This is a clean eating recipe that works great with the AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge.

 

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Honey Dijon Chicken and Roasted Brussels Sprouts
 
Ingredients
  • 4 thin cut chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon basil
  • ½ teaspoon salt or salt substitute
  • fresh brussels sprouts halved
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine all ingredients (except chicken and brussel sprouts).
  2. Cover a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray.
  3. Coat chicken breasts in ½ of the spice mixture.
  4. Toss brussel sprouts in 1 tablespoon olive oil (this olive oil is not listed in above ingredients).
  5. Place chicken on one side of cookie sheet and brussel sprouts on the other.
  6. Drizzle ½ of the left over spice mixture on brussel sprouts.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes, then turn over chicken and brussel sprouts.
  8. Baste chicken with the remaining spice mixture then continue to cook for 20 minutes.
  9. Enjoy!