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Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

You can make these as spicy as you want, or bring the “kick” down a bit.  Either way, chickpeas can make a great snack!  They are high in fiber, potassium, and Vitamins C and B-6.  This is so easy to throw together, though it does take a little timeTry these out and let me know what you think!

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

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  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 2 cans chickpeas, drained
  • 2 cap-fulls Olive oil
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 425F.
  • Place the drained chickpeas on a paper towel lined cookie sheet and let them air dry for 10-15 minutes.
  • Mix chickpeas with olive oil and sea salt, then transfer to parchment lined cookie sheet. Place in oven for 25 minutes, being sure to shake pan/stir chickpeas every 5 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and mix roasted chickpeas with remaining ingredients.
  • Return coated chickpeas to oven for 10 minutes.
  • Remove them, allow to cool, and enjoy!

 

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Instant Pot Chicken Fajita Pasta

OH. MY. GOODNESS. If you have an Instant pot, you need to make this meal IMMEDIATELY. Especially if you’re starved for a good pasta dish – never fear!  My husband didn’t think this sounded that great, but after he tasted it he had one huge bowl and went back for seconds.  Having celiac disease for so long (and not having great options for gluten free pasta when I was diagnosed – there are MUCH better options now!) I have gotten away from pasta dishes – but no more!  If this is any indication of the deliciousness that I can have – I’m all for it!

Instant Pot Chicken Fajita Pasta

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into cubes (about 1 inch in size or so)
  • 1 red onion, chopped/diced
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced (I used 5 tsp of minced garlic from the store)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp fajita or taco seasoning, divided in half (I use Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 bell peppers, seeded and diced (any color – I used 1 red and 1 green)
  • 5 oz can diced tomatoes (no salt added!) – DO NOT DRAIN
  • 4oz can diced green chiles (see photo below for which one I used), optional (this adds a kick – and we loved it!)
  • 8oz dry, gluten free penne pasta (see photo below for the brand I used)
  • Red pepper flakes, optional, to taste
  • Shredded cheddar cheese (optional, for topping)
  • Avocado slices (optional, for topping)
  • Hot sauce (optional, for topping)

Directions

  • Add olive oil (2 Tbsp) to instant pot, set to “Suate”, and allow to oil to heat. Once hot, add chicken and ½ taco seasoning (1.5 Tbsp).  Stir well to coat, and cook until chicken is white
  • Add onions, garlic, bell peppers, and the rest of the seasoning (1.5 Tbsp). Stir well to coat, and continue stirring drequently until vegetables are slightly tender – about 2-3 minutes
  • Add tomatoes (WITH juices – DO NOT DRAIN), chicken broth, diced green chiles, and dry pasta to the pot. Stir to mix well, place cover on instant pot, lock in place, and select Manual (or pressure cook) option for 6 minutes. Make sure valve is set to SEAL.
  • Once finished, quick release the pressure and remove cover (once all pressure is relieved). The juices should be mostly absorbed.  Stir to mix, then serve!  Add any of the optional additions to top it off, and enjoy!

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I think this is going to become a frequent meal in our house – we both thought it was so good!  And soooo easy – did I mention how much I love my instant pot?!

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Enjoy! And as always, let me know what you think when you try it!

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Chicken and Artichokes

Alright, you all know I’m in love with my instant pot, but this recipe is an easy peasy STOVETOP one that I will never give up!  I make it SO often, I barely need to measure the ingredients anymore.  My husband requests it frequently – so it’s definitely a winner in our book. I hope you enjoy it as much as we have (and continue to!)

Chicken and Artichokes

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into cubes (about 1 inch in size or so)
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced (I used 5 tsp of minced garlic from the store)
  • Olive oil spray (may want to add about 1 Tbsp olive oil as well, that’s optional)
  • 1 jar/can artichokes, drained and chopped
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup or honey
  • Garlic powder, to taste
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • Handful spinach (optional)

 

**Ideally for this recipe, you will want a skillet/pan that has a cover**

 

Directions

  • Spray skillet with olive oil spray and place on stove, heat to medium. Add chicken and cook, approximately 4 minutes on each side.
  • Remove chicken and set aside
  • Spray pan with olive oil spray (or add in 1Tbsp olive oil), and add onion and garlic. Cook until translucent, stirring as needed. Add artichokes, chicken broth, maple syrup or honey (maple syrup tends to give it a little thicker texture, which I enjoy), sprinkle with garlic powder and black pepper.  Simmer for a few minutes.
  • Add chicken back in and mix to stir. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Once cooked, add in spinach (if using).  Let stand 5-10 minutes and serve! We serve over brown rice (or sometimes riced cauliflower)

 

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Yum yum!! This is a recipe that I make at least once every 2 weeks – it’s so easy, and it ends up being so tasty!! My husband loves it as well.  We have topped it with various things over the several times we’ve enjoyed it – including gluten free soy sauce or liquid aminos, red pepper flakes, and even sriracha sauce!  Just depends what you’re in the mood for!blogsig

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Instant Pot Chicken and Veggie Soup

Okay, can I just say how much I LOVE my new Instant pot?!  Seriously!!  Meal prepping with is it a breeze, and I love throwing ingredients in and having a full meal prepared within minutes (especially when life gets chaotic!)   I’ve had so much fun playing with it!

I just started a new fitness program with a pretty strict nutrition plan, so I was happy to have this recipe work out well – it’s clean, healthy, gluten free (of course) and EASY!  Hubby approved (like I would share one with you that wasn’t! He’s my best taste tester!)

Throw these ingredients in and enjoy this yummy, hot soup just minutes later!

Instant Pot Chicken and Veggie Soup

  • Servings: 6ish
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • ½ red onion, chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (or 2 tsp minced garlic)
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed
  • 1 zucchini, chopped (I cut mine into half moons)
  • 16-18oz low sodium vegetable broth (I used 18oz, but I realize that’s an odd amount so feel free to cut back to 16oz, or add more in if you like it even more soup-y!)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (do NOT drain)
  • 2 cups spinach
  • Sea salt and ground pepper, to taste

 

Directions

  • Spray inner pot of Instant Pot with olive oil cooking spray
  • Set instant pot to “Saute”, and add red onion, celery, and carrots. Saute for a few minutes, until onion is almost translucent
  • Add minced garlic and saute for a minute or two more
  • Turn Instant pot off. Add chicken, zucchini, tomatoes, and vegetable broth.  Place cover on Instant pot and lock in place; set to manual/pressure cook for 12 minutes (longer if using frozen chicken breasts). Make sure the steam release handle is set to “sealing”.
  • Quick release once cooking time is through. Once steam is released, remove chicken and shred.  Add spinach to the pot and allow to wilt while shredding the chicken.
  • Add shredded chicken back into the pot, stir to combine, and serve! Add sea salt and pepper to taste (may also add some cheese on top, if you’d like!

 

 

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Oven Roasted Chicken & Vegetables

I have been wanting to try a “one pan” or “sheet pan” roasted chicken and vegetables recipe forever, so I finally took a few recipe ideas and created my own!  I used the veggies that I had on hand, but you could certainly swap some of them out/use whatever you have.  It’s a pretty flexible recipe, and so easy – I’ll definitely be using it again.  It would also be great for meal prepping!

Oven Roasted Chicken and Vegetables

  • Servings: 2-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 2-3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (thawed if frozen), cut into 1” cubes
  • 1 zucchini, chopped/sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 red onion, chopped (I chopped them into larger chunks, like we do for grilling)
  • 3-5 baby Portobello mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped (optional)
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp paprika

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F
  • Line oven safe cooking pan or cookie sheet with aluminum foil, spray foil with olive oil spray
  • Place chicken (already cut) in a bowl and mix with 1 Tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp Italian seasoning, 1 tsp garlic powder, ½ tsp ground pepper, ½ tsp sea salt, and ¼ tsp paprika
  • In another bowl, combine chopped zucchini, red bell pepper, onion, mushrooms, broccoli, and jalapeno. Mix with 2 Tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp garlic powder, ½ tsp ground pepper, ½ tsp sea salt, and ¼ tsp paprika
  • Place chicken on aluminum foil covered pan/cookie sheet, followed by the vegetables20171110083158
  • Cook for 25-30 minutes, until chicken is cooked through (165F internal temp or no longer pink in the center)
  • Serve hot and enjoy!

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I enjoyed mine over riced cauliflower, my hubby opted for a side of brown rice.  I also added some sriracha sauce to mine.  It was quite tasty!!  Hope you enjoy!!heart

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Sundried tomato, goat cheese, & spinach stuffed chicken

This sundried tomato, goat cheese, and spinach stuffed chicken was another winner in our house recently!! Adding in the sundried tomatoes makes for a nice change, and who doesn’t love goat cheese?!  So yummy!! Hope you enjoy it – I know I’ll be making it again, soon!

Sundried tomato, goat cheese, & spinach stuffed chicken

  • Servings: 2-3
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 2-3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (thawed if frozen)
  • 3oz package sun dried tomato halves
  • 1/3 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • ½ -1 cup spinach
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Toothpicks

 

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F
  • Spray oven safe cooking pan with olive oil spray
  • In a bowl, combine sundried tomatoes, goat cheese, spinach, and olive oil. Mix all together well and set aside.
  • Using a knife, cut a pocket into each chicken breast, being sure not to cut all the way through
  • Stuff chicken with sundried tomato, cheese, and spinach mixture. Stuff each as much as you can, then seal with toothpicks (I used 2 toothpicks per chicken breast, but you can use 3 if you’d like!)IMG_20170830_185955
  • Sprinkle garlic powder and ground black pepper on chicken breasts, place in pan, cook for 30-35 minutes or until internal temp is 165°
  • When fully cooked, remove chicken from oven and enjoy! Be sure to remove the toothpicks before you dig in!

Hope you enjoy this recipe!!  Serving it over brown rice is optional, but I would suggest at least having a vegetable side – we had steamed broccoli with ours.

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Baked Tilapia

Tilapia is such a nice, light fish and I love cooking it!  This husband-approved healthy recipe was tasty, easy, and a nice change from the proteins we typically stick to.  It’s customizable, so use this recipe as an outline/start, but feel free to change up the sides or adjust it to suit you!  Obviously you can double or triple the recipe if you’re entertaining guests, and it’s still quite easy and quick!

Baked Tilapia

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 2 tilapia fillets, approximate 4-6 oz each, fresh (thawed if bought frozen)
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • Garlic powder
  • Ground black pepper
  • Vegetable for side – we typically used asparagus, steamed broccoli, or a veggie medley I made on the stove (if using asparagus, there is an option to cook it with the fish – keep reading!)

Miscellaneous

  • Aluminum foil
  • Cookie sheet
  • Cooking spray (we use Olive oil spray)

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375F
  • Pour 1 Tbsp of lemon juice evenly over each tilapia fillet
  • Sprinkle each fillet with garlic powder and ground black pepper to your liking
  • Rip 2 pieces of aluminum foil, large enough to fold over and seal each fillet
  • Spray each piece of foil with cooking spray to avoid sticking
  • Place one tilapia fillet on each piece of foil. **If using asparagus, you can place asparagus spears on foil first and put tilapia fillet on the asparagus spears**
  • Wrap fish tightly in foil, making sure it is well sealedIMG_20170804_190007
  • Place on cookie sheets and put in oven for approximately 10-15 minutes, until fish is cooked through – should be white and flake easily with fork (may take a little longer if cooking with asparagus)IMG_20170804_190041
  • Remove from oven, unwrap foil, and enjoy with a side vegetable you’d like!

This recipe is super easy; the fish comes out nicely cooked and flaky, but not dry!  We haven’t tried this on the grill, but I bet that would be a tasty alternative to the oven.  While we just enjoyed this with vegetables on the side, you could also use a side of brown rice.  Ours was tasty enough that we didn’t need any sauce/dip, but you could use cocktail sauce if needed.  Enjoy!!

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Chicken Enchilada Soup

Here’s a yummy soup to warm you up in the cold winter months!  Chicken Enchilada Soup – easy, tasty, and the best part is…it’s made with a crockpot/slow cooker!!

Enjoy the recipe!

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And there you go! For those of us who need to be gluten free, make sure you check the ingredients on the enchilada sauce that you purchase!

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Crock Pot Pork Carnitas

I can’t tell you how DELICIOUS these Crock Pot Pork Carnitas are – so easy, 21 Day Fix Approved, and (maybe even more importantly) husband approved!!  These are packed full of flavor and just a nice change from the typical chicken or fish dishes.

If you LOVE burrito bowls from Chipotle like I do, this is a nice healthy alternative for you to make at home!  And it’s EASY!!

I threw it all in the crock pot one morning, whipped up shakeology and headed off to work.  You all know I LOVE my shakeology – it’s a superfood meal replacement shake that is quick, easy, tasty, and provides 70+ nutrients.  Yum!  Send me a message or comment if you want to learn more about this deliciousness! img_20161130_071042

But, I digress.  Back to our carnitas…it’s so nice to come home knowing that your supper is 99% ready!  Plus, the smell is heavenly!

Crock Pot Pork Carnitas

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

For the crock pot:

  • 2-3 pounds pork shoulder, boneless, fat trimmed off
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth (an additional ½ cup may be necessary)
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Olive oil cooking spray (I use Pam)
  • 1 small can chipotle peppers in adobe sauce (may want to chop the peppers before adding them in)
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp onion powder or minced onion
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • Pueblo chiles (could also use jalapenos, if you like), chopped/sliced

Optional ingredients to complete your carnitas bowl/tacos

  • Brown rice
  • Corn tortillas (we didn’t use these but you could!)
  • Shredded cheese (we used Colby jack, but you could use a fiesta blend if you like)
  • Guacamole
  • Salsa

Directions

  • Make sure the fat is trimmed off of the pork before getting started. Heat the olive oil on high heat in a large pot or large skillet, and brown all sides of the pork.  Transfer pork to a cutting board or large plate and let cool
  • While pork is cooling, mix garlic powder, onion powder/minced onion, cayenne pepper, cumin, chipotle chili powder, and oregano in a bowl.
  • When the pork has cooled, use a knife to cut slits in it; insert slices of garlic into the slits.
  • Rub the spice mixture all over the pork
  • Spray the inside of your crock pot with olive oil cooking spray. If you’re using a crock pot cooking bag, I still suggest spraying the inside of the bag to reduce sticking/burning.
  • Place pork and chipotle peppers in adobe sauce in crock pot, then pour in the 1 cup of chicken broth.
  • Cook on low for 10 hours
  • In the last hour of cooking, add pueblo chiles (if you’re using them). This is also when you can add the additional ½ cup chicken broth, if you choose.  If you’re adding jalapenos, you can add them at this point or saute them on the stovetop closer to the end to cook them up quickly.
  • When fully cooked, drain excess fluid from crock pot and use two forks to shred.
  • Create your bowls or tacos using the optional ingredients listed above along with the crock pot contents!

Enjoy!!  Let me know how you like it!!

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Broccoli & Cheese Stuffed Chicken

This was a great, great recipe!  My husband loved it, and it was easier than I had anticipated.  Kudos to the original recipe found at http://www.dananicolefitness.com/recipe/cheddar-and-broccoli-stuffed-chicken/ – I only made a couple of changes.

Broccoli and Cheese Stuffed Chicken

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thin (pound thin with mallet, if needed)
  • 75-1 cup Colby jack cheese
  • 1 cup chopped broccoli, frozen
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • Touch of sea salt
  • 12 toothpicks
  • Pam olive oil cooking spray

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Coat chicken with sea salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika
  • Sprinkle Colby jack cheese on chicken breasts, evenly. Save a bit to add to the top of each chicken breast after you fold and toothpick them together
  • Spread chopped broccoli evenly on top of each chicken breast.
  • Fold each chicken breast in half, containing all of the broccoli and cheese you can, and insert about 2-3 toothpicks each to secure it20160816_192857
  • Lightly spray the top of each chicken breast – I actually added a touch of garlic, pepper, and paprika to the top of each20160816_192904
  • Cover baking dish with aluminum foil and cook for about 25 minutes, or until chicken is fully cooked
  • Remove aluminum foil, and sprinkle with remaining cheese
  • Bake uncovered for an addition 5-10 minutes, or until cheese is melted

I served this with some brown rice.  Next time, I’d like to add spinach to the innards of the chicken “roll”, and see how that turns out.  For now, I hope you like it!

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