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Skinny Spinach Lasagna

Skinny spinach lasagna? It’s got thick layers of sauce, noodles, ricotta, spinach, and Mozzarella.

This just in: we got a Costco membership.

More accurately, we got a Costco membership so we could get a TV.

HOLD THE PHONE I know I know I know. If you’ve been a reader, a) you just got 100 sweet friend points, and b) you already know our TV dilemma.

The dilemma goes something like this –> We wanted to watch the Olympics. And the Superbowl. And the Bachelor Finale. And any movie not on our laptops. But we didn’t have a TV and we didn’t want to buy one.

The backstory to all this is that Bjork grew up without a TV and, maybe as a result or maybe just because? he “turned out” to be so awesome. I really mean that. He is SO awesome. Please gag right now. But honestly, it seems like not having a TV by default must impart some kind of extra creative cool juice into people, and yes to that.

The dilemma continued to get complicated being that we didn’t want a TV, but we actually loved (and still love, presently, now) watching TV. We would watch TV even when we didn’t have one, except we’d just be forced to watch it on our laptops via Netflix since we were too stubborn to actually get a TV.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme
  • 6 ounces fresh spinach
  • 2 lbs. ricotta cheese (I used 1 lb. whole milk and 1 lb. nonfat)
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • a squeeze of lemon juice (optional, to taste)
  • 12 no-boil lasagna noodles
  • 1 24 ounce jar of spaghetti or marinara sauce (I used Trader Joe’s tomato basil)
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and thyme; saute for 2-3 minutes. Add the spinach; saute until just barely wilted, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the ricotta, egg, salt, nutmeg, and a squeeze of lemon juice. Add the spinach and stir to combine. Transfer some of the mixture to a food processor and pulse a few times to break up some of the spinach pieces (totally optional, but makes for a really nice texture).

You can find complete recipes of this Skinny Spinach Lasagna in pinchofyum.com

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HONEY TERIYAKI CHICKEN WINGS

These Honey Teriyaki Chicken Wings are really easy to make with only 4 ingredients – the perfect late afternoon snack or early dinner.

My family really likes chicken wings, and up until recently, I’d never made them. They’ve always just been a delish treat when we were out to lunch or dinner. To be honest, I had never even considered trying to cook them up myself. But when I saw this Blackened Honey Dijon Chicken Wings recipe over on Cook. Craft. Love, I knew I wanted to try it.  I love so many of Meaghan’s recipes – there was no doubt in my mind this one would taste fantastic.  But I knew my kids might not go for the Dijon…so instead I subbed in Teriyaki, and I followed Meaghan’s cooking instructions. So easy to make! And DELICIOUS!

Probably my favorite thing about these wings is once you prepare them and put them in the oven – that’s it! You literally bake them for 4.5 hours — and the result is a crunchy, delicious outside with very tender meat on the inside.

Plus the house smells AWESOME when they are baking. Plate them up (and I added a little bleu cheese dressing on the side for dipping), and you’ve got yourself an awesome meal.

HONEY TERIYAKI CHICKEN WINGSIngredients

  • 2 pounds chicken wings
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup + 2/3 cup teriyaki sauce, divided
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. Preheat oven to 250 degrees,
  3. Set a cooling rack on on top of the foil.
  4. In a bowl, combine the teriyaki sauce and the honey. Mix until well combined.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine the wings and the flour. When wings are fully coated in flour, pour the teriyaki honey mixture on top of the coated wings.

You can find complete recipes of this HONEY TERIYAKI CHICKEN WINGS in latinmeetslagniappe.com

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Caramelized Onion, Bacon and Spinach Pizza

Are you ready to try a new exciting spin on pizza? I know that I always game seeing as pizza is one of my favorite foods. I will never get tired of it and since the topping options are endless I never have to get bored of it.

This is a topping combinations you simply have to try! Even if you don’t love onions you will most likely still love this pizza. Since the onions are caramelized it really just tones down that harsh bite they can have, it mellows out their bold flavor and even brings out some sweetness in them. Then when you pair that with salty, crispy bacon, fresh spinach and melty mozzarella and parmesan cheese you have got a rave worthy pizza. You know, the kind your guests will be talking about for years.

Trust me, you don’t want to miss out on this fabulously gourmet and perfectly flavorful pizza! It’s one I will make time and time again!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb pizza dough homemade or store bought
  • 7 slices bacon (7 oz), cooked and chopped
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 8 oz baby spinach
  • 1 large red onion, sliced 1/4-inch thick slices
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 6 oz low-moisture mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 2 oz parmesan cheese, finely shredded

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees.
  2. Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add spinach and saute just until wilted. Transfer to several layers of paper towels and squeeze some of the excess liquid from spinach, set aside.
  3. Add another 1 Tbsp olive oil to skillet and set over medium heat. Add onions, season lightly with salt and saute 10 minutes. Add sugar and cook until they begin to caramelize, about 5 – 10 minutes longer, adding a few tbsp water as needed to prevent them from drying and burning. Stir in balsamic vinegar and cook 1 minute longer, set aside.
  4. Shape pizza dough into a 12-inch round over a lightly floured sheet of parchment paper, leaving a larger rim around edge of dough for crust. Brush top with remaining 1 Tbsp olive oil and let rest 10 minutes.

You can find complete recipes of this Caramelized Onion, Bacon and Spinach Pizza in cookingclassy.com

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Breakfast Egg Muffins with Bacon and Spinach

Breakfast Egg Muffins with Bacon and Spinach Recipe: These muffins make a great breakfast, lunch, or a snack to pack up for work, school, or a picnic!

I love that these muffins are very easy to make, and all the ingredients in them constitute, basically, a classic breakfast. These muffins have protein (eggs), meat (bacon), vegetables (spinach), and cheese. What not to like? These will keep you full for a long time!

If you have a company staying at your house – these muffins are a great way to treat your guests to a fast, easy, and very delicious breakfast! Also, you can pack these muffins as breakfast, lunch, or snack to bring to work or school.

Ingredients

  • 6 eggs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup spinach, cooked and drained (about 8 oz fresh spinach)
  • 6 bacon slices, cooked, drained of fat, and chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Use a regular 12-cup muffin pan. Spray the muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, beat eggs until smooth. Add milk, salt, Cheddar cheese and mix. Stir spinach, cooked bacon into the egg mixture. Ladle the egg mixture into greased muffin cups ¾ full.
  3. Top each muffin cup with grated Parmesan cheese.

You can find complete recipes of this Breakfast Egg Muffins with Bacon and Spinach in juliasalbum.com

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PANDA EXPRESS MANDARIN TERIYAKI CHICKEN

PANDA EXPRESS MANDARIN TERIYAKI CHICKEN MADE WITH JUST A FEW INGREDIENTS AND COOKED ON A SUPER HOT GRILL PAN, YOU’LL BE SAVING YOURSELF A TON OF TIME AND MONEY BY MAKING IT AT HOME!

Panda Express Mandarin Teriyaki Chicken is one of the few dishes you can order at Panda Express and have that cool moment where they take a cleaver and chop up a whole chicken thigh in front of you. A tiny bit of theatrics in a fast food establishment is never bad, plus you can see that they used a whole chicken thigh and not just pre-cut pieces.

There are a lot of teriyaki sauces out there for you to choose from. This Panda Express Mandarin Teriyaki Chicken has that thick sweet glaze that you know from your favorite 2 item plate. I used powdered garlic and ginger for the sake of the copycat recipe.

Their glaze does not have any chunks of garlic or ginger in it that I could see. You absolutely could use fresh ginger and garlic (which I actually prefer) but you’ll be deviating from that “copycat” style. If you are using fresh garlic and ginger instead of spices, use 1-2 teaspoons of each, minced finely.

INGREDIENTS :

  • 2 pound chicken thighs
  • 2 tablespoon canola oil
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ⅓ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of water mixed together

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. In a bowl, add the canola oil to chicken thighs while waiting for grill pan to heat up on high.
  2. Add the chicken to grill pan and grill on high for 3-5 minutes on each side.
  3. While the chicken is cooking,
  4. Add the sugar, soy sauce, lemon juice, garlic powder, ground ginger, ⅓ cup water and bring to a boil on high heat.
  5. Lower temperature to medium-low and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Add the water/cornstarch mixture then cook over low heat until just thickened.
  7. Spoon the sauce over the chicken and serve with brown rice and grilled pineapple.

You can find complete recipes of this PANDA EXPRESS MANDARIN TERIYAKI CHICKEN  in dinnerthendessert.com

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Spinach Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

I love these stuffed portobello mushrooms – they are delicious and so pretty. They can work well as an appetizer when you host, or just serve them as a tasty side dish, as I did tonight.

Stuffed and baked portobello mushrooms can become soggy. To avoid sogginess:
1. Wipe clean, don’t wash them (they absorb water).
2. Pre-broil to release some of the water.
3. In the final stage of baking or broiling, broil or bake briefly, just until topping is browned. Baking too long will result in mushy mushrooms that have released their liquid into your filling. If that happens, the only thing you can do is to carefully drain the liquid, and place the mushrooms on paper towels to soak as much of the liquid as you can.

Ingredients

  • 4 Portobello mushroom caps, stems removed, wiped clean
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 10oz frozen chopped spinach
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped (6oz)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan

Instructions

  1. Preheat broiler, setting temperature to high. Set oven rack in the middle of the oven. Line a baking sheet with foil.
  2. Spray the mushroom caps with olive oil cooking spray on both sides. Sprinkle with ½ teaspoon kosher salt and ⅛ teaspoon black pepper. Broil 5 minutes on each side, or until just tender.
  3. Meanwhile, defrost spinach in the microwave according to the directions on the package (my package said to cut a small slit in the wrapper, place on a microwave-safe plate and microwave for 4-6 minutes). Place in a colander to drain. When cool enough to handle, press on the cooked spinach with your hands and extract as much water as possible out of it. Repeat this until you’re sure you can no longer extract more water.

You can find complete recipes of this Spinach Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms in healthyrecipesblogs.com

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Spinach + Banana Healthy Breakfast Muffins Recipe for Toddlers

This is THE Healthy Breakfast Muffins Recipe for Toddlers you’ve been searching for!

I think I speak for many toddler moms out there when I say that trying to get your toddler to eat vegetables is hard work! I remember when my daughter was just starting to eat solid foods and she loved spinach, broccoli and carrot purees – it was glorious! Right as I got overly confident in her vegetable eating abilities, she became a toddler with preferences, and a certain ‘tude against all veggies! I did NOT see that one coming. Now, I’ve made it my personal mission to hide as many vegetables as I can into other foods that she will eat – smoothies, muffins, sandwiches, etc.

A few months ago one of my fellow mommy friends, Ashley (Founder of The Sharing Exchange — a website where you can rent children’s goods and get paid to share yours), sent me this Spinach + Banana Healthy Breakfast Muffins Recipe for Toddlers. Ashley is great in the kitchen and I knew if this recipe came from her that it HAD to be good (and nutritious) so we gave it a go and it has become a breakfast staple in our household ever since.

These Spinach and Banana Breakfast Muffins are REALLY good – like TOO good…like, Mommy might eat 35 muffins this morning good. But they’re packed with spinach and contain low sugar so it serves as a guilt-free and perfect grab ‘n go breakfast for the whole family!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce (one of the single serving cups)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups fresh organic spinach – uncooked (could also add shredded carrots, shredded zucchini, or shredded
  • yellow squash (all raw) to really pack it full of veggies!)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/3 cup Maple Syrup, Organic, Grade A
  • 2 tablespoons Organic Coconut Oil
  • 1.5 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Put the first seven ingredients (applesauce, egg, vanilla, spinach, banana, maple syrup and coconut oil) in a blender or food processor and blend.
  3. Combine the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt) in a smaller mixing bowl.
  4. Add the wet spinach mixture from blender to the dry ingredients.

You can find complete recipes of this Spinach + Banana Healthy Breakfast Muffins Recipe for Toddlers in thetribemagazine.com

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Low Carb Jalapeno Popper Chicken

You guys. I never in a million years could have imagined that this low carb, atkins friendly recipe would be so popular! It has been pinned over a quarter million times and I get emails and messages from people every day telling me it is their favorite chicken recipe ever!

Here are just a couple of the comments and reviews for this recipe:
‘OMG… Made this tonight. Simply amazing. I’m glad I made enough for leftovers! I can’t wait to make this for friends.’

‘Oh my goodness, made this tonight for a quick low carb dish….. So so good!!!! Thank you for a great new chicken dish. Whoop whoop!!!!!’

‘My family has been on a low carb diet for a month. They were getting tired of the same food. Got to searching and found this low carb recipe. They loved it. It was delicious. My husband said I can stay on my diet if you continue making food like this. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. Would love to find more recipes like this’
So thank you guys for all the love you have shown this Jalapeno Popper Chicken Recipe!

Ingredients

  • 6 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the Jalapeno Popper Layer

  • 5 slices of bacon, diced
  • 1/4 cup jalapeno slices, diced (the kind in the jar that you put on nachos)
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup Kraft grated Parmesan

For the Topping

  • 2 oz bag of Pork Skins, crushed
  • 1/2 cup Kraft grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 4 TBSP butter, melted

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place chicken breast in a 13×9 casserole dish and bake until juices run clear. 30-40 minutes, depending on the size of the breast. While chicken is baking, fry bacon pieces until crispy. Remove bacon and add onions and saute until tender. Remove from heat and add crispy bacon, onions, jalapenos, cream cheese, mayonnaise, cheddar and Parmesan cheese. Mix until well combined. Remove chicken from oven and reduce to 350 degrees. Spread jalapeno popper mixture all over each Chicken breast until well covered.

You can find complete recipes of this Low Carb Jalapeno Popper Chicken in auntbeesrecipes.com

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Easy Chickpea Tikka Masala

I had a group of friends over for dinner on Saturday night. One of the guests was vegan, which I actually love because it’s always a bit of a challenge.
As I was planning the menu, I knew right away I wanted to make my super delicious Easy Pumpkin Masala that wins rave reviews and sometimes even a standing ovation (seriously, I am not kidding!)
I also wanted to make some tikka masala. But I couldn’t make my award-winning chicken tikka masala. Because, you know, chicken and THEN the gravy (made with yogurt or cream) – so yeah, not vegan at all.
But then I thought that it’s such a shame that vegans miss out on something delicious like tikka masala.
So I got down to it and made this delicious and vegan Easy Chickpea Tikka Masala.
Chicken is replaced with chickpeas (the meatiest legume ever) and coconut milk is used instead of heavy cream.

Now I understand that chickpeas are NOT paleo-friendly; but I decided to cook this dish anyway because I wanted to serve some sort of heart-healthy protein to my guests.
Plus, I figured since hummus is not a paleo-diet killer (or is it?), the chickpeas themselves are okay for the occasional consumption of legumes. Not to mention that even the paleo Almighty Chris Kresser believes that “eating a few servings of legumes a week is fine as long you tolerate them well.”
Last — but definitely not least — not all of you guys follow the paleo diet. Actually, I think that just a fraction of my readers are cavemen.
So, why not chickpeas, for once…

Here’s the lowdown about this dish: rich, spicy, curry, delicious. That’s it. So good. You might even say that this Chicken Tikka Masala is fleek.
If you love my Chicken Tikka Masala, I’m sure you’ll love this one too.
The gravy is delicious and works perfectly with the chickpeas.
All of my guests forgot they were eating vegan as they polished this off. You might just do the same.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 2-inch piece of ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Garam Masala
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 (15 oz / 425 gr) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 (14.5 oz / 410 gr) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk (I used BPA-free Natural Value)
  • 1 teaspoon arrowroot powder or cornstarch
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh chopped cilantro

Directions

  1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onions, a pinch of salt, and sautè until translucent, about 6 minutes stirring every now and then. Add garlic and sautè for 1 more minute.
  2. Add ginger and spices and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  3. Add chickpeas and diced tomatoes, bring to a boil, lower to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes.
  4. Stir in coconut milk and simmer for 5 more minutes.

You can find complete recipes of this Easy Chickpea Tikka Masala in bloglovin.com

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Salmon Cakes

Delicious, flavorful salmon cakes make a quick, easy entree. I usually serve them with baked brown rice and steamed asparagus. They also make tasty leftover sandwiches – whole grain bread, Dijon mustard and tomato slices.

Ingredients

  • 2 (7.5 oz) cans wild Alaskan salmon, well-drained and flaked
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • ½ medium onion, finely diced
  • ½ cup Italian parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil for frying

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the salmon, eggs, lemon juice, garlic, onion, parsley, mustard, salt, thyme, and pepper.
  2. Brush the olive oil over a double-burner griddle (or two large skillets). Heat over medium-high heat, about 3 minutes.
  3. Using a ¼-cup measuring cup per cake, transfer patties to griddle.

You can find complete recipes of this Salmon Cakes in healthyrecipesblogs.com