Monday, September 7, 2015

Final post

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Rosemary Lemon Chicken Thighs

Rosemary Lemon Chicken Thighs
Yield: Serves 6


2.5 lbs of boneless skinless chicken thighs
1 lemon
1 tablespoon of rosemary
1/4 cup olive oil
1 bell pepper
1 sweet onion
4-6 gloves of minced garlic
salt and pepper


1. Mince your garlic, dice your onion, julliene your bell pepper, slice your lemon and set to the side.
2. In a large pan, with a lid, coat the bottom with olive oil and turn on medium.
3. When hot place your peppers, onions, and garlic at the bottom of the pan and let brown for about 3 minutes.
4. Salt and pepper your meat and place in your pan over the onion and pepper mixture.
5. Sprinkle rosemary over the whole dish and place your lemon slices on top.
6. Cover and let cook for 15 minutes.
7. Move to a 425 F oven, without lid on, and finish cooking in oven for an additional 20 minutes until golden brown!

I threw this chicken dish together the other night when I was trying to think of something "clean" and "healthy" that both my husband and my children would eat. Originally spinach was going to go in this dish but noses were turned up at that idea and I adapted and did lemon and rosemary instead. I made sure to cook a heaping portion of broccoli to go alongside the chicken and served with pasta (obviously not clean or healthy but hey what can I say)! It was a a big hit here and very simple to make! This would be a a great 21 Day Fix Approved Chicken Dish to make at the beginning of the week and portion out for meals throughout your week! I hope you all enjoy! Happy Cooking!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Flax Seed Steal Cut Oats Granola

Flax Seed Steal Cut Oat Granola
Yield: 15-20 servings


2 cups Coach's Steal Cut Oats
4 cups rolled oats
2 cups finely ground Flax seed
2 cups sliced almonds
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups melted coconut oil
2 tablespoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups real maple syrup


1. Preheat oven to 300 F
2. In large bowl mix together all your dry ingredient.
3. Melt your coconut oil, add in your maple syrup, and vanilla. Pour into your dry mixture. Mix well until all oats are coated.
4. Foil line two large baking sheets, spray with cooking oil to prevent any sticking.
5. Separate you mixture between the two trays and spread flat.
6. Bake for 20 minutes. Pull trays out, with a spatula move granola around to prevent clumping, and place back in oven for additional 20 minutes.
7. Let cool for a few hours and then store in an air tight container for several delicious meals to come.

I eat this granola every single morning with a big plop of Greek yogurt and a fruit of my choice. I'm really into peaches this summer and have been slicing them into the granola and yogurt mixture. Its so good!! The combination of the granola and Greek yogurt keeps me nice and full for several hours which is great because I am a mom to three little ones and eating usually ends up on the back burner for me until they are content and I get a moment to myself. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Creamy Tomato Basil Chicken Alfredo

Creamy Tomato Basil Chicken Alfredo 
Yield: Serves 4-6


3 tomatoes
1 cup fresh basil
3 large chicken breasts
1 large onion
8 cloves of garlic
2 cups heavy cream
2 cups parmesan cheese, shredded
salt and pepper
2 tablespoons of flour
1 stick of butter
1/4 cup olive oil
1 pound cooked al dente linguine

Alfredo Sauce:

1. In a medium saucepan, on medium heat, add you stick of butter, freshly cracked black pepper, 4 minced garlic cloves, and your flour. Let your rue thicken and whisk to get all lumps out.
2. Slowly add in you heavy cream. Whisk repeatedly to ensure no lumps. 
3. Add in your parmesan cheese and whisk until thick and delicious! Turn heat to low. Stir occasionally while cooking the other components of your dish.

Tomato Basil Chicken:

1. In a large sauce pan, on medium heat, pour in your olive oil. Add you diced onion and half of your diced tomatoes to the hot oil. Let it simmer and reduce for about 5-8 minutes.
2. Salt and pepper both sides of you chicken breasts and add them to your onion and tomato mixture in the saucepan. Add the rest of your diced tomatoes along with 4 mince garlic cloves. Sprinkle a dash of salt and pepper throughout the saucepan, cover, and let simmer for another 5-8 minutes.
3. Flip your chicken, add in half your chopped basil, and cover your saucepan. Let sit for another 5-8 minutes. Cooking times on your chicken will vary depending on their thickness so make sure not to overcook (or undercook) your chicken. The easiest way to check your chicken is to cut a slit in the middle of the largest breast and if you see all white and nothing is running pink (blood) than you are good to go and cooked through! If you see a very faint pink go ahead and let cook for another 2ish minutes. 
4. When your chicken is all cooked through, pull the chicken breasts off, and put on a plate to the side. Slice each breast up in strips. Then, scoop up all those yummy reduced tomatoes, onions, and basil, leaving behind the oil in the pan. Add the tomato, onion, and basil to the alfredo sauce that you made. Add the cooked linguine directly to the cheesy mixture. In a large serving dish add all your pasta and the sliced chicken to the top. Sprinkle with some fresh basil to garnish and place in the middle of the table for a family style serve. Enjoy! 

Monday, June 22, 2015

Basil Pesto

Basil Pesto
Yield: Coats two pounds of pasta, aprox 5 cups


5-6 cups fresh Basil
2 cups Pinenuts
2 cups Parmesan Cheese
1 1/2 cups Olive Oil
2 garlic gloves to taste


1. In your food processor add all your dry ingredients and blend.
2. While blending slowly add all your olive oil pulsing until smooth.
3. Separate into two batches to freeze one batch and use second immediately. The basil will start to turn brown if you let it sit for too long, so I always make it the same day that I want to use it.

Pesto pasta is something that I adore every summer! Yummy al dente penne paired with pesto made from the basil growing in my garden is divine! It is so fast and easy to make. I highly recommend whipping it up and seeing for yourself just how yummy it is!   

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Virgin Watermelon Mojito

Virgin Watermelon Mojito
Yield: Serves 6-8


1 1/2 cups of cubed watermelon
2 limes
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
1 quart sparkling water
2 San Pellegrino Limonata cans


In your pitcher muddle together half your watermelon and your mint leaves. Add in the rest of the watermelon, all liquid and the juice of one lime. Slice the second lime and let float in pitcher. Serve in wine glasses or tall tumblers with a sprig of fresh mint. Enjoy this refreshing beverage on a hot day paired with some delicious BBQ.
I grew the mint in my garden and have tons overflowing in my beds, but if you don't have access to mint at home its fairly cheap at the grocery store. It is beyond easy to grow (it literally grows it self and is almost weed-like) so feel free to plant some and see what happens!! Enjoy!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

PB2 Coconut Hemp Granola

PB2 Coconut Hemp Granola
Yield: 12 servings


5 cups rolled oats
1 cup finely ground flax
3/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1 1/4 cup sliced almonds
1 tablespoon cinnamon 
1/4 cup hemp hearts
1/2 cup PB2
1 cup coconut flakes
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 cup maple syrup

1. In a large bowl add all your dry ingredients. 
2. Melt your coconut oil until clear and liquid. Drizzle your oil, maple syrup, and vanilla over the dry ingredients. Mix well until everything is blended together.
3. Divide your mixture between two lined cookie sheets. Bake at 300 F for 15 minutes. Take out, mix and move your granola around, and then pop back in the oven for an additional 15 minutes. 
4. Let your granola cool for about an hour before storing in an air tight container. 

I LOVE Granola! I'm just a little bit crunchy ;)