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What I Ate-A Week’s Worth of Healthy Dinners

2 Jul

Last week was a tough week for me. The days were long, daunting, and stressful. Little Mr. woke up 2-3 times each night (teething is no fun for anyone!) and work was nightmarish. Through the stressful week, I found therapy in cooking. I cooked dinner every night this week (and Hubby helped most nights). I found most of the recipes online at Paleo Plan. I do not eat a strictly Paleo diet, but I’d say I am “practically Paleo”. The exceptions are that I eat rice, beans, and gluten free bread on occasion. I do enjoy Paleo recipes, and I found many yummy ones on this site. Here’s the meals I made this past week:

Monday: Mediterranean Chicken with Artichoke Quinoa Salad

Mediterranean Chicken-Capers, Tomatoes, Kalamata Olives

Mediterranean Chicken with Artichoke Quinoa

Tuesday: Italian sausage links with brown rice, black beans and a spinach salad

Spinach Salad with Strawberries, Tomato, Avocado, and Mushrooms by Eat Nap Play

Wednesday: Lime-Cilantro Pork and Sauteed Veggies with Lemon and Basil

Lime Cilantro Pork with Lemon Basil Veggies by Eat Nap Play

Thursday: Cilantro Turkey Burgers on a lettuce “bun” topped with avocado and red onion with sweet potato fries

Cilantro Turkey Burgers

Healthy Burger Toppings

Simple Sweet Potato Fries from Eat Nap Play

Friday: Spaghetti squash with Turkey Vegetable Meatballs and Vodka Sauce

Spaghetti Squash with Turkey Vegetable Meatballs by Eat Nap Play

My favorite of all these meals were the Cilantro Turkey Burgers. They were very flavorful and juicy. We will definitely be adding this meal to our arsenal. The Mediterranean Chicken is great too and really simple to make. I hope these recipes give you some healthy dinner options to try. Leave a comment and let me know how you like them. Enjoy!

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Hello, Monday…

1 Jul

Hello, Monday.

Why are you robbing me of my weekend? I don’t want to go back to work already!! It was a great weekend, and I just don’t won’t it to end. Wah!!! 😦

Don’t rob me of sunny days with my boys, playing outside and soaking up the sunshine…

Swinging Swimming

His favorite thing to do is get in and out of his pool. In and out! Hehe…it’s too cute!

The hubby and I finally got a date night. It was long overdue. We went to dinner and walk on the pier afterwards. It was a great time!

date night date night short ribs

I had the beef short ribs and the hubs had filet mignon. Sooooo yummy!!

We also finally watched Bridesmaids. It was hilariously embarrassing! It was hard to watch at times, but it had some really funny parts!

I am sad to see the weekend go, but at least this week is a short one. Yay 4th of July!

How was your weekend?

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Mediterranean Chicken Recipe

29 Jun

We have cooked Mediterranean Chicken twice now, and we love it! It has lots of fresh flavors that work well together. It is simple and there are only a few ingredients needed, so if you’re short on time, this is a perfect healthy and quick meal that can be prepared in about half an hour. We enjoyed it with a side of Artichoke Quinoa Salad. So good!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients:

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

olive oil

sea salt and pepper, to taste

1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

20 Kalamata olives, pitted and halved

3 tablespoons capers

Mediterranean Chicken-Capers, Tomatoes, Kalamata Olives

Directions:

1. Rub olive oil on both sides of each chicken breast and season with sea salt and pepper. Grill for about 6 minutes on each side.

2. In a medium sized bowl, combine 2 tsp. olive oil, tomatoes, olives and capers.

3. Plate the chicken breasts and spoon the tomato mixture over the chicken.

4. Enjoy!

Mediterranean Chicken with Artichoke Quinoa Salad

Mediterranean Chicken with Artichoke Quinoa Salad

This is one of our new favorite ways to make chicken. It changes things up a bit, and I just love the flavors of the olives and capers. Yum! Hope you like it too! Write a comment to share your favorite way to cook chicken. I’m always looking for more recipes to try!

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This recipe was inspired by Paleo Plan.

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Beef and Broccoli Recipe

19 Jun

I want to share a new recipe with you guys. My hubby and I have made this twice now. It’s super simple and really yummy. We made it gluten-free, but you don’t have to.

Here’s the things you will need:

  • 1 lb. of beef cubes
  • 3 tablespoons of almond flour
  • 1/2 cup water + 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic or garlic powder
  • 2 bunches of broccoli
  • 1 small onion, cut into chunks
  • 1/3 cup of tamari (gluten-free soy sauce)
  • 1 teaspoon grated (or ground) ginger
  • 1 cup brown rice

A few substitutions and side notes: I think this dish would be good with chicken too, but then it would have to be called chicken and broccoli. 😉 I haven’t tried it yet though, so let me know how it turns out if you use chicken. If you prefer, you can use corn starch instead of almond flour. I used brown rice flour the first time, but I liked the almond flour a lot better. You can use regular soy sauce if you want. I won’t judge. 😉 And, for the rice, we use this stuff. It’s a brown rice and quinoa blend. It’s organic, and it only takes 90 seconds in the microwave. Love it! We buy it at Costco all the time.

Directions:

1. Mix 2 tablespoons almond flour, garlic, and 2 tablespoons of water in a bowl until smooth.

2. Add beef to bowl and coat with flour mixture.

3. In a wok or pan, stir fry beef in one tablespoon of oil until desired tenderness is reached. Set aside in a separate container and keep warm.

4. Stir fry broccoli and onion in remaining oil (1 tablespoon) for ~5 minutes.

5. Return beef to pan.

6. Mix 1/2 cup of water, remaining almond flour (1 tablespoon), tamari and ginger in a small bowl until smooth. Add to pan.

7. Cook over medium heat for two minutes.

8. Serve over rice and enjoy.

gluten-free, dinner, meal, beef, broccoli

recipe, beef, broccoli, gluten-free, dinner, meal

Let me know what you think about this recipe. I am going to add it to our go-to meals because it’s quick and there’s always leftovers for lunch. That’s a plus because then I don’t have to worry about making my lunch to bring to work the next day. What are some of your favorite go-to meals?

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Stuffed Peppers

21 Mar

I want to share one of my favorite recipes with you. We just had these for dinner, and it was yumm-o!! Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients:

1 lb lean turkey meat

3 large sweet red bell peppers (green and yellow are yummy too!), washed

1 1/2 cups brown rice

1 clove garlic, minced

1/4 onion, minced

1 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped

1 tsp cumin powder

Freshly ground pepper and salt, to taste

1 cup fat free chicken broth

1/2 cup tomato sauce

Olive oil cooking spray

1/4 cup reduced fat shredded cheese

Directions:

1. Cook brown rice according to package directions.

2. Heat oven to 400°F.

3. Cut bell peppers in half lengthwise, and remove all seeds. Set aside in a baking dish.

4. Spray a large pan with olive oil cooking spray and heat over a medium flame.

5. Add garlic, onion, and cilantro to the pan. Sauté for about 2 minutes, then add ground turkey. Season with salt, pepper, and cumin.

6. Brown meat until completely cooked throughout. Add 1/2 cup of tomato sauce and 1/2 cup of chicken broth. Mix well and simmer on low for about 5 minutes. Add cooked rice.

7. Spoon the meat mixture into each pepper half.

8. Pour remaining chicken broth on bottom of baking dish. Cover dish with aluminum foil and bake for 35 minutes.

9.  Top with shredded cheese and enjoy.

I have made several different versions of this recipe, some modifications include:

I have used yellow and green peppers in addition to the red peppers. They are all very tasty!

I have used salsa instead of garlic, tomato sauce, and onion.

I have made it without chicken broth or tomato sauce because I didn’t have any on hand. You may want to spray the baking dish with some non-stick cooking spray if you do this.

This is a versatile recipe that can be made any way you like it. You can experiment and make it your own. Hope you enjoy!

Recipe inspired by skinnytaste

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Day of Love

15 Feb

Yesterday was a fun filled day of celebrating love. The hubby and I had a great night out. We’re usually not too big on Valentine’s day or going out to dinner with the rest of the world, but since our sitter was available, we didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to have a little alone time. We left our little cupid with the sitter and went out for a lovely dinner.

lil cupid

We went out to a hip sushi place a few miles down the road. I had only been there a couple of times a few years ago, so I forgot how good it was. I can’t wait to go back! We shared a bottle of cold sake-yummy! For dinner, the hubby had his usual–chicken teryaki. He doesn’t care for fish, but luckily doesn’t mind taking me out to enjoy it. Woot! And, I had a delicious roll made with shrimp, cream cheese, and spicy tuna and topped with salmon and lemon. So goooood! It’s making my mouth water right now just thinking about it! Then, we splurged and enjoyed a fried cheesecake for dessert. We try not to have too much sugar, but, hey, it was a special occasion. Everything in moderation. 😉

Sake sushi cheesecake

We had a really nice time reflecting on how much our lives have changed in the past few years, how different things are when you become a parent, and how grateful we are to have each other and a handsome little boy. I think it’s important to have times like this together, and I hope we can do it again soon.

Love

Love this man! ❤

Valentine’s day 2013 was my favorite one so far. Not to sound cliché, but it really made me realize how important it is to focus on the ones you love and be grateful for having them in your life. Sometimes when we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life, we can take the ones we love the most for granted. It’s always good to have a special day to reflect on this love and let each other know how much they mean to you. This is the new meaning of Valentine’s day to me; it’s not about chocolate, flowers and being wined and dined, but about L-O-V-E! ;o)

Tonight’s Menu

31 Jan

I just finished a delicious meal. I should get brownie points for it being super healthy! (MMM…brownies!) No, no brownies. I am on a mission to live a healthy lifestyle, not be on a diet, but always be aware of what I am putting into my body. Tonight, I had a healthy and satisfying meal, which included grilled salmon made by my grill master hubby. He hates fish, but still makes it for me (awe…how sweet!). For my sides, I had a salad with tomatoes, avocado and olive oil for my dressing and roasted butternut squash (recipe below).

Ingredients:

  • one butternut squash
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Coat pan with olive oil.
  • Peel and cut squash into one inch chunks.
  • Place squash on pan and toss with a few more drizzles of olive oil, salt and pepper.
  • Cook for 30-40 minutes or until tender.

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The pictures don’t do this justice. I am new to butternut squash; this is only the second time I’ve ever eaten it, but I think it’s very yummy. It’s a hearty staple veggie to add to the mix every now and then. Here are a couple more pictures of the rest of my meal…

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I’m glad there are left overs for my lunch tomorrow. I’m already excited to enjoy this meal again! Now, what should we have tomorrow night…?

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