Brown Rice Pasta with Baked Chicken in a Spinach Tomato Sauce

Word of advice: I always bake chicken on Sunday nights to have, to throw into a quick meal if I need to.  My lunches need to be quick sometimes, so this is the best way for me to make sure I eat right and can get it done in time.  This meal only took me about 15 minutes to make, because I had the chicken pre-cooked.  It’s a great way to make your life a little easier ;-).

For you 30 day cleansers, replace the tomato sauce with spinach in a little bit of garlic and olive oil with lemon juice :).  DELICIOUS!

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This recipe will make 1 meal (with extra sauce)

(Obviously, you can double or triple ingredients if you’re making it for your family or friends)

Calories: About 400

Ingredients Needed:

  • 1 Piece of Baked, Thin Cut, Chicken Breast (about 5 oz.)
  • 2 oz Brown Rice Penne (I used Hodgson Mill Gluten Free Brown Rice Penne w/ Golden Milled Flax Seed : http://www.hodgsonmillstore.com/en/Gluten-Free-Pasta/Gluten-Free-Brown-Rice-Penne-with-Golden-Milled-Flax-Seed/71518-00063-001_Group.aspx )
  • 1 small package of frozen spinach (I use the Shop Rite brand)
  • 1 15 oz. can Organic Tomato Sauce (I use Muir Glen – http://www.muirglen.com/products/tomato-sauces-pastes-and-purees/tomato-sauce-15-oz
  • 2 Fresh Garlic Cloves
  • Olive Oil

Directions:

  • Place frozen spinach block and contents of tomato suce, along with chopped fresh garlic in a pot and let the spinach defrost, stirring occassionally.
  • Cut up the chicken into small squares
  • Boil water for Brown Rice Penne
  • Place Penne in water and let cook (time will depend on the brand)
  • Mix Penne, Chicken and top with the Sauce (you will not need all of it for 1 serving)
  • Serve and Enjoy :)

Happily and Healthily Yours,

Kristin

 

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Tomato Basil Chicken Meatballs & Quinoa Linguine

For you 30 Day Cleansers out there, you can substitute the tomatoes for red peppers and make Red Pepper Basil Chicken Meatballs … just follow the recipe exactly, substituting the tomatoes with red peppers  – YUMMY! 

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This recipe will make enough for 4 servings

(Obviously, you can double or triple ingredients if you’re making it for your family or friends)

Calories: About 400

Ingredients Needed:

  • 1 lb lean ground chicken
  • 2 vine ripened tomatoes
  • 2 oz. Quinoa Pasta (I used Andean Dream Gluten / Corn Free http://www.andeandream.com/OtherProducts.html)
  • 1/8 cup Quinoa Flakes
  • Olive Oil
  • Ground Pepper
  • Fresh Garlic (amount to your taste – I used 2 cloves)
  • 10 fresh basil leaves

Directions:

  • Chop the vine ripened tomatoes into small pieces and toss into a pan with some olive oil and fresh garlic and let cook for about 2-3 minutes (don’t burn!)
  • Chop fresh basil and toss into the tomato / garlic / olive oil mixture
  • In a separate bowl, mix raw fresh ground turkey, the tomato / basil mixture, ground pepper, and the quinoa flakes and mix together.
  • Form gold ball size (or smaller) meatballs out of the full mixture
  • Place formed meatballs in a pan with a little bit of olive oil, and keep turning until cooked through, and browned.
  • Boil water and cook quinoa linguine
  • Place chicken meatballs on top of quinoa linguine and sprinkle with some extra virgin olive oil
  • Serve and Enjoy :)

Happily and Healthily Yours,
Kristin

Tofu Stir Fry

Hi! I am Sara, Kristin’s sister.  I have just recently become a vegetarian, so all of my meals and snacks are going to be meat free but just as delicious!!

Here is my very first recipe for you!

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Stir Fry:
– 1 yellow pepper
– 5 mushrooms
– half bunch of asparagus (about 20 stalks)
– half a head of broccoli
– fresh garlic
– 1 tablespoon olive oil
– Hoisin sauce to taste
Tofu:
– 1 block extra firm tofu
– fresh garlic
– paprika

Quinoa Pasta or rice!
– I used about 4 ounces of shells

Directions!

– Take tofu out of package, cut in half, and set between paper towels to get rid of some extra moisture.
– Heat a wok ( a deep frying pan is fine too!)
– Put a tablespoon of olive oil in the pan and let it hear up.
– Put garlic in and let it sauté a bit.
– Put veggies in and let them cook!
– Crumble the tofu into a bowl with your hands and then if you want smaller chunks use a fork to mix it up.
– Put whatever seasonings you want (I used garlic and paprika) and mix it up.
– Heat up a small pan and put the tofu into it to dry it out a little more.
– Once the veggies are cooked through and the tofu is warm add the hoisin sauce and the tofu.
– Place it on a low heat while you cook your rice ( I used some quinoa shells for mine!)
– Once it is all done, mix everything together and enjoy!

**This makes enough for two people with some leftovers!**

Happy & Healthily Yours,

Sara

Sautéed Artichoke Hearts & Mushrooms on Brown Rice Pasta

This was QUICK, EASY and DELICIOUS 🙂 … ENJOY!!!

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This recipe will make 1 meal

(Obviously, you can double or triple ingredients if you’re making it for your family or friends)

Calories: About 400

Ingredients Needed:

  • 2 oz Brown Rice Penne (I used Hodgson Mill Gluten Free Brown Rice Penne w Golden Milled Flax Seed : http://www.hodgsonmillstore.com/en/Gluten-Free-Pasta/Gluten-Free-Brown-Rice-Penne-with-Golden-Milled-Flax-Seed/71518-00063-001_Group.aspx )
  • 1 Box frozen Artichoke Hearts (I used Birds Eye: http://www.birdseye.com/vegetable-products/pure-simple/artichoke-hearts
  • 1 cup of sliced mushrooms
  • Fresh Garlic
  • Parsley 
  • Oregano
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Directions:

  • Defrost Artichoke Hearts
  • Throw defrosted artichokes in a pan with sliced fresh mushrooms, fresh garlic and extra Virginia olive oil and let them cook down a little bit.
  • As they started to cook down , sprinkle with garlic powder, oregano and parsley.
  • Let the artichokes and mushrooms cook down for another 5 minutes.
  • While it was cooking down, boil water for brown rice pasta
  • Cook Brown Rice Pasta
  • Top Pasta with Artichoke / Mushroom Topping
  • Sprinkle with Extra Virgin Olive Oil (and a little lemon juice if you want a little more tang)
  • Serve and Enjoy :)

Happily and Healthily Yours,

Kristin

Black Bean Chicken Chili

NOTE: For those of you 30 Day nutritional cleansers – just take out the corn, and substitute the salsa (no tomatoes) with 1/2 cup chicken broth (low sodium, organic) a chopped up red / yellow and orange pepper, half a chopped up onion and diced chili peppers – and there you have it …. Nutritional Cleansing Friendly ❤ !!

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This recipe will make 4-6 servings

(Obviously, you can double or triple ingredients if you’re making it for your family or friends)

Calories: About 400

Ingredients Needed:

  • 1 lb. lean ground chicken
  • 1 can organic black beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 can low sodium corn kernels (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 jar mild salsa
  • Fresh Garlic
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Chili Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Ground Pepper

Directions:

  • Heat a pan with extra virgin olive oil and fresh garlic
  • Cook ground chicken until Completely cooked through
  • Dump ground chicken in a large pot
  • Dump black beans, corn and the full jar of salsa on top of the cooked ground chicken
  • Sprinkle in a little bit of chili powder  and ground pepper (to your tasting)
  • Let sit and cook on stove, on low, for about 20 minutes.
  • Serve and Enjoy :)

 

Happily & Healthily Yours,

Kristin

 

Italian Herb Spaghetti Squash and Shrimp

This was my first hand at Spaghetti Squash, and I am SUCH a believer!  I will be eating this on MANY occasions !!

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This recipe will make 1 meal

(Adapted from http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/herbed-spaghetti-squash-recipe/index.html#dialog)

(Obviously, you can double or triple ingredients if you’re making it for your family or friends)

Calories: About 300-350 (depending on the amount of spaghetti squash used)

Time: This recipe takes a little over an hour due to the cooking of the spaghetti squash!

Ingredients Needed:

  • 3-4oz. Frozen Shrimp (peeled and deveined)
  • 1 small-medium Spaghetti Squash
  • Coconut Oil (I use Spectrum Organic Coconut Oil: http://www.spectrumorganics.com/?id=87)
  • Fresh Garlic
  • Basil (fresh or dried)
  • Parlsey (fresh or dried)
  • Dried Sage
  • Garlic Powder
  • Ground Pepper

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Thaw Shrimp – set aside
  • Using a sharp knife, cut the squash in half lengthwise and place, cut side down, in a baking dish.
  • Add enough water to come 1/2-inch up the sides of the baking dish and cover with aluminum foil.
  • Bake for 45 minutes, until the squash is easily pierced with a paring knife.
  • Turn squash over and cover with foil again and continue to cook another 15 minutes, until the squash is very tender.
  • Remove from the oven, uncover, and allow to cool slightly.
  • Using a spoon, remove the seeds and discard.
  • Using a fork, gently pull the strands of squash away from the peel and place the squash strands into a mixing bowl.
  • In a hot pan, heat some coconut oil and fresh garlic 
  • When the pan is hot, put the shrimp in and let them sauté 
  • Heat another pan and add the spaghetti squash, a tsp. of coconut oil and herbs
  • Add the shrimp to the Spaghetti Squash mixture and mix all together
  • Serve and Enjoy :)

 

Happily & Healthily Yours,

Kristin

Ground Turkey with Brown Rice & Sautéed Mushrooms and Roasted Asparagus, Zucchini & Green Beans – Day 29

This was one of my less extravagant recipes – … due to the fact that I got home from teaching my Zumba class at about 8:30-8:45 and still had to cook and eat – and I wanted to eat quickly :).  It was delicious, none the less.  Hope you enjoy! 

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This recipe will make 1 meal

(Obviously, you can double or triple ingredients if you’re making it for your family or friends)

Calories: About 600

Ingredients Needed:

  • 5 oz. Lean Ground Turkey
  • 1/4 lb Fresh Asparagus
  • 1 cup of organic Steak Cut Mushrooms
  • 1 cup Fresh Green Beans
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Zucchini
  • 1/2 cup uncooked Brown Rice
  • 1/2 cup Organic, Low Sodium Chicken Broth (I use Pacific: http://www.pacificfoods.com/food/broths-stocks/broths/organic-low-sodium-chicken-broth)
  • Garlic Powder
  • Italian Seasonings (Dried Oregano, Parsely, Basil)
  • Onion Powder
  • Ground Pepper

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 425 Degrees
  • Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil
  • Place washed asparagus spears, green beans and sliced zucchini on baking sheet
  • Spray with a TINY bit of olive oil and top with spices (I used garlic powder and listed Italian Seasonings)
  • Place veggies in the oven for 12-14 minutes (watching to make sure they don’t burn)
  • Boil water for Brown Rice
  • Place Brown Rice in water and let cook (time will depend on the brand)
  • Heat a pan with some olive oil and cook lean ground turkey meat
  • Season turkey meat with garlic powder, onion powder and pepper
  • After meat is fully cooked through, pour 1/4 cup low sodium chicken broth and put mushrooms in with the meat to cook down
  • Sprinkle mushrooms with garlic powder and flip on occasion
  • Once rice is cooked, mix rice, ground turkey and mushrooms together and stir
  • Place Turkey / Rice mixture on one side of the plate and roasted veggies on the other side.
  • Serve and Enjoy :)

Happily and Healthily Yours,

Kristin