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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.

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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Eat Your Greens-Simple Kale Chip Recipe

1 May

I have been on a green food kick lately. I don’t know what it is, but I have just been craving everything GREEN! Last, night we had asparagus, the night before that we had salad, and kale the previous night. I had some left over kale, so I decided to attempt making some kale chips (again). The first time I tried it, I kinda burnt them. They weren’t so good. This time, I kept a very close eye on them.

Here’s what I did:

  • I preheated the oven to 325 degrees.
  • I used the flat leaf variety of kale (any kind will work though). After rinsing and drying it, I tore the leaves into bite size pieces.
  • I laid the pieces flat on a baking sheet.
  • I drizzled just a bit of olive oil on the leaves.
  • I sprinkled some sea salt on them, and…
  • I put them on the middle rack of the oven for 6 minutes.

Simple kale chips recipe

Then, wah-la! Delicious kale chips were made.

Simple Kale Chips Recipe

They were so delicious that my son even enjoyed them! It surprised me big time seeing as how he doesn’t like any vegetables.

Kale chips-Yum!

I think they’re his new favorite! Well, probably not, but at least he liked them (as you can see by the mess)!

Let me know how you like these! I love hearing from you!

heartsig

Crochet Update

19 Feb

I’ve been busy practicing my crochet lately. I have made a few simple headbands and hope to advance to larger, more difficult items within a few weeks. I want to make scarves, beanies, and blankets! Big goals, lots of yarn, and lots of patience. It’s good to have goals though. It keeps me focused, productive and striving for self improvement.

impervious blue

^^Love this quote!^^

Believing you can achieve something is half the battle!

Here are a few pictures of the headbands I made…

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I made a thick one and an even thicker one. I am going to send a couple to my mom and sister as gifts and keep one for myself. I hope they like them! I know I do. 🙂

Oh, and I made one for my pooch too…

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Just kidding! My silly husband put it on her. Thought it was funny and had to share.

Until next time,

~ENP

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