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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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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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Spaghetti Squash Recipe

17 Feb

After becoming gluten-free, I’ve had to add new foods to my arsenal for some variety. One of the most recent foods I have added is spaghetti squash. Tonight was my first time cooking and eating one. It won’t be my last. I have been missing out! I wonder how many other foods I’ve been missing out on all these years. Here is the recipe I used:

Ingredients:

2 medium spaghetti squash

olive oil

salt

pepper

1 small red bell pepper

1 small zucchini

turkey kielbasa (optional)

8 tbs butter*

2 tbs capers

4 tbs lemon juice

Directions:

1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Cut both squash in half length wise. Remove seeds and rub the inside and outside with olive oil. Add salt and pepper to inside.

3. Place on a baking sheet with skin side up. Cover with foil and bake about 30 minutes or until soft.

4. Dice bell pepper and zucchini.

5. Add butter to sauce pan and cook until dark brown. Add bell pepper, zucchini, and capers to butter and cook until soft. Add lemon juice and stir.

6. Meanwhile, heat turkey kielbasa until evenly browned.

7. Remove squash from oven when done and with a fork, scrape out the insides into a bowl. Toss with lemon butter mixture and add kielbasa (if desired).

*Butter can be substituted for margarine, coconut oil, olive oil or a blend. I am going to try it with coconut oil next time to make it healthier.

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Spaghetti Squash with Lemon Butter Sauce and Turkey Kielbasa

I feel like the capers really tied in all the flavors of this dish. It was my first time cooking with these as well. I would definitely recommend to leave them in. However, this is a dish that can be made many different ways. You can add any desired meat or keep it vegetarian. You could also add or substitute other vegetables such as tomatoes. The choices are endless. I’m excited that my eyes have recently been opened to new options and delicious new foods. I will definitely be making this again soon. Let me know if you try it and how you like it.

Recipe inspired by: foodnetwork.com

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