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Spinach and Mushroom Tenderloin Pinwheels + Garlic and Herb Quinoa

23 Jun

You can never go wrong with a chicken dinner.

Tonight was a very exciting night. My boyfriend is back in town for the week so he and his family came for dinner. As I’ve been home taking classes all summer, he has been up at the university we both attend taking classes, so I haven’t been able to see him since spring semester ended! I wanted to keep the dinner simple, yet delicious.

We had these spinach and mushroom chicken pinwheels, savory garlic and herb quinoa, my freshly baked herb bread, and some delicious tomato salad made with chopped celery, bell pepper, cucumber, and red onion. It was a great night.

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Don’t you love those stuffed chicken breasts you can get out at restaurants? Unfortunately, most of those are filled with high fat cheeses and ingredients, and then cooked in so much more fat! (Don’t even get me started with the unhealthiness of most restaurant meals) I will never understand why chefs must take such delicious ingredients, and lather them in butter. Reason why I love home cooking, still delicious, and healthy.

This recipe will allow you to enjoy that delicious stuffed chicken breast flavor, without guilt!

What is your favorite chicken meal to prepare?

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Spinach and Mushroom Tenderloin Pinwheels
1 lb Kirkland Signature Chicken Tenderloins
1/2 cup Fat Free Ricotta Cheese
1/2 cup pieces Mushrooms
1/2 cup Trader Joe’s Frozen Chopped Spinach, drained
1 tbsp Sea Salt
1 tsp Trader Joe’s Crushed Garlic
1T Italian Seasoning
1 tsp Olive Oil
Directions: Place tenderloins in between two pieces of wax paper. Pound down chicken until very thin. Combine rest of ingredients up through sea salt (using only 1 tsp of salt) together in bowl. Place about 1T mixture on the end of one side of each tenderloin, and roll up. Place chicken seam side down on a baking tray. Drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle rest of sea salt and Italian seasonings. Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Enjoy!

Simple Garlic and Herb Quinoa
2 cups quinoa
4 cups water
1 tsp Trader Joe’s crushed garlic
5 fresh basil leaves, chopped
1T dried basil
1T dried thyme
1 tsp sea salt
Directions: Add all ingredients to a pot on the stove, and bring to boil. Reduce to simmer, and cook for about 10 to 15 minutes or until all water is gone.

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Creamy Tomato Basil Pizza on Cauliflower Crust

7 Jun

I bought two huge heads of cauliflower the other day. So what was the first thing I thought of to do? Make a cauliflower pizza. But this time, I wanted to change it up from the typical pizza. I was craving some creamy, yet still that same delicious tomato taste at the same time. What did that bring to mind? Creamy tomato basil soup.

So creamy tomato basil it was. But this sauce is not filled with your typical heavy whipping cream. No, this is made with the light yet still creamy texture of greek yogurt and cottage cheese. Mixed in some fresh tomato sauce and a couple other things, and there I had it, the taste I was craving, creamy, cheesy, and tomato-y (okay so I know that isn’t exactly a word, but you understand)! And of course, cauliflower crusts are delicious in themselves, now that I’ve perfected the recipe of it here.

Desiring a delicious and healthy spin on your typical pizza? You must try this!

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Tomato Basil Pizza
-1/2 fresh tomato sauce
-1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
-1/4 cup cottage cheese
-2T nutritional yeast
-1tsp dried basil
-1 tsp sea salt
-recipe for cauliflower crust, here
-fresh basil leaves
-optional: cooked chicken
Directions: Cook crust according to instructions. Place all ingredients above (except basil leaves) in food processor or high speed blender and blend until smooth. Spread onto pizza. Top with basil leaves and your choice of meat if desired. Enjoy!

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Pesto Salmon

30 May

Sugar Detox: Day 11!

Update: Everything is going well! I am actually surprising myself with how little I crave true desserts, as I have found just plain fresh or dried fruit to be so sweet! And I’m finally getting use to not chewing gum:) I ate a grapefruit the other day, which I usually have to load with sugar, and it tasted fine as is! My taste buds are already changing! Now back to my dinner recipe post:)

 

This is a very common meal in my household.

Did you know, back when I was younger you would never catch me eating such a thing, nothing to do with fish, raw seafood, vegetables, or anything healthy for that matter actually!

Thankfully I’ve come around to see how absolutely delicious healthy eating can be :) And all throughout high school, my mom and I would fix salmon about 3 times a week! Now that I’m off at college I don’t get to eat it quite as much..but it’s still a favorite! Any seafood is actually :)

Salmon is a rich source of omega 3 fatty acid, and is an excellent source of protein as well! It is recommended to get wild salmon though, as farm raised can have high mercury levels which can be dangerous to our health in high amounts.

There is so much you can do with salmon! But I usually like to keep it simple. Simple is usually the healthiest way to go. Try to avoid any cream sauces or frying when cooking your proteins. Grilling or baking is usually the best method of cooking! Most nights, I either lightly coat it with olive oil, diced garlic, and top it with sea salt and seasonings and grill it outside, or I make it this way below!

P.S. This was one of the entrees to my mom’s surprise party I threw as well, and a MAJOR hit :)

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Pesto Salmon
-Salmon
-Homemade pesto (or store bought)
Directions: Skin salmon if the skin is still on the fillet. Coat with pesto sauce. Place in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to soak up the flavors (this isn’t necessary, but makes it a lot better!). Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Make a “tray” out of aluminum foil  for salmon and place fish inside, covering completely with foil. Bake in oven until done, about 15 minutes. Take out of oven and enjoy!