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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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Artichoke Quinoa Salad Recipe

30 Jun

A friend of mine recently introduced me to this delicious quinoa recipe. I’ve cooked quinoa a couple of times before, and honestly, it just wasn’t that good. We still had a big bag of it in the pantry, so I was excited to find a decent recipe to use it in. With the fresh flavors of lemon an parsley, this dish is perfect for summer!

Here’s what you’ll need…

Ingredients: 

1 tbsp olive oil

1/4 cup yellow onion, diced

1 teaspoon dry thyme (or 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme)

1  6 oz. jar marinated and quartered artichoke hearts

1 cup chicken broth

1/2 cup quinoa

1 cup fresh parsley, chopped

2 tablespoons lemon juice

Here’s what you’ll need to do…

Directions:

1. Add oil and onions to a medium pan and sautee over medium-high heat until softened. Add artichokes and cook for another 2-3 minutes.

2. Add the chicken broth and quinoa to the pan. Cover and simmer for 20 mins. (liquid should be fully absorbed)

3. Remove from heat. Add parsley and lemon juice. Mix well and enjoy.

I hope you enjoy this recipe. We paired it with Mediterranean Chicken for a full meal. I’d love to hear what you think of it if you try it, so leave a comment and let me know. Enjoy!

heartsig

This recipe was inspired by My Recipes.

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