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HEALTHY

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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HEALTHY

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

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HEALTHY

Maple Dijon Roasted Carrots

Today I have a tasty and super easy side dish for you that is perfect for Easter, or any other dinner for that matter, some maple dijon roasted carrots. This isn’t your average maple dijon glaze as I have kicked it up with the addition of garlic, soy sauce, rice vinegar and miso which really creates a beautiful blend of flavours that would be perfect on just about anything and in particular these tender roasted carrots! It requires very little active effort to make this side dish, you simply clean the carrots, mix the glaze, toss the carrot in the glaze and roast until tender. That’s less than 5 minutes of active time to create a fabulous side dish for your meal! I like to toss the carrots in the glaze both before roasting and after so that you get that nice caramelized glaze from the roasting and the fresh glaze to brighten the flavour. If you are looking for a side dish for your Easter meal you can’t go wrong with these maple dijon roasted carrots!

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds carrots, well scrubbed or peeled
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 tablespoon grainy mustard
  • 1/2 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tablespoon white miso paste (gluten-free for gluten-free)
  • 1/2 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce (or tamari for gluten-free)
  • 1 small clove garlic, grated

Directions

  1. Toss the carrots in half of the mixture of the oil, maple syrup, mustards, miso, vinegar, soy sauce and garlic, arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated 400F/200C oven until tender and lightly golden brown, about 20-30 minutes, turning half way through, before tossing them in the remaining glaze and serving.

You can find complete recipes of this Maple Dijon Roasted Carrots in closetcooking.com

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AVOCADO HEALTHY

Healthy Avocado Chicken Salad

Tastes so good you won’t believe it’s healthy!

If you love chicken salad and avocados, then you are going to go ga-ga for this recipe. After my first bite , I had an OMG moment. How can this taste THIS GOOD and be HEALTHY!

To make this recipe even more awesome, I used 1/2 mayo and 1/2 plain Greek Yogurt. YUM! Double bonus…. my daughters loved it 🙂

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups shredded chicken
  • 1 avocado
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp fresh cilantro
  • ¼ cup mayo
  • ¼ cup plain Greek Yogurt

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate for at least 20-30 minutes to let all those yummy flavors blend together.
  2. Serve on your favorite bread, crackers, pita pocket or on a bed of lettuce.

You can find complete recipes of this Healthy Avocado Chicken Salad in familyfreshmeals.com

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HEALTHY

FETA & PARMESAN ZUCCHINI BAKE

Life changes too quickly. This little cutie pictured below is my baby girl. My Goose. She is about to begin her Senior year in high school.
Unfortunately, this also means she will be 1300 miles away from her home. She decided to spend her senior year in Washington DC.

Can you tell I have a lot of zucchini and squash in my garden this year? This latest version had a split reaction with my family. Those who tried it, adored it. Those who were too chicken to even taste it kept telling me how gross it was. Nice.

I loved it. Packed with yummy cheese and lots of garlic. I served it as a main dish, but it would also make a great side with some grilled protein and hot bread. I will be making this one again soon while I still have a lot of fresh squash.

The presentation factor on this baby gets super high marks as well! I love the color combo of both types of squash and then I made it in my favorite oval baking dish. I do have a bit of an obsession with oval shaped dishes, bowls and baking pans. They just speak to me 🙂

INGREDIENTS:

  • 6-7 medium zucchini or yellow summer squash
  • 2 Tb canola oil
  • 2 Tb minced garlic
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 4 eggs
  • 2/3 C light sour cream
  • 1 C crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 C fresh parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tb lemon juice
  • salt and pepper

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray a large casserole dish with nonstick spray.
  2. Slice the squash into 1/4″ slices. If they are larger squash, cut them down the middle before slicing. Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan. Add the squash, garlic and thyme. Saute and stir just until the squash is starting to soften slightly. Don’t cook too long or it will be mushy after it bakes in the oven. Remove from the heat.

You can find complete recipes of this FETA & PARMESAN ZUCCHINI BAKE in mykitchenescapades.com

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HEALTHY

One Pot Cajun Chicken and Sausage Alfredo Pasta

I’m so excited to share this new one-pot recipe with you! This One-Pot Cajun Chicken and Sausage Alfredo is one of our new favorite meals. It is so simple to make and absolutely packed with flavor. Tender chunks of chicken with smoky pieces of sausage in a rich and delicious homemade alfredo sauce. This meal serves a crowd but takes less than 30 minutes to make. You can divide this recipe in half to serve a smaller group too, just keep all the cooking times the same. I like the big batch though. The leftover where amazing.

If you love one-pot meals as much as I do, you can check out all of my one-pot recipes here.
Let’s get started! In a large pot, make sure you have a lid that fits:0), heat olive oil over medium high heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper and add to pot. Once chicken has started to brown, stir in smoked sausage and let brown as well. Then stir in fresh garlic, I like to save the garlic and add it in this step, so it doesn’t burn in the pan while the chicken and sausage are cooking.

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound of chicken, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 14 oz smoked sausage, sliced on the diagonal
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 quart of low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 1/2 cups of heavy cream
  • 1 pound of dried penne pasta
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of Cajun seasoning plus more for topping
  • 4 oz of freshly shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup of Italian flat leaf parsley, minced

Instructions

  1. Start with a large covered cooking pot.
  2. Season chicken with salt and pepper and brown in olive oil over medium high heat.
  3. Add sausage and continue to cook until lightly browned.
  4. Stir in garlic and cook for for about two minutes.
  5. Add chicken broth, heavy cream, dried pasta and cajun seasoning to pot.
  6. Stir together and bring to a simmer over medium high heat.

You can find complete recipes of this One Pot Cajun Chicken and Sausage Alfredo Pasta in number-2-pencil.com

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HEALTHY

ROASTED GARLIC SPINACH WHITE PIZZA

OK so a few days ago it was my first time roasting garlic, holy moly why on earth did I wait so long to do such a thing? This roasted garlic spinach white pizza was to die for.

Granted I used quite a bit of garlic for this roasted garlic spinach white pizza but when you roast garlic the flavor kind of becomes a lot milder. Don’t be afraid of all the garlic in this recipe, well unless you don’t like garlic!

I used Cascadian Farm organic spinach. I love their products.They not only have organic fruits and vegetables but they also have granola bars, fruit spreads and much more. You can browse their many products here. Besides having top of the line products they are also enrolled on their non-GMO project. Something that I actually love since it gives me peace of mind when eating their products.

I don’t buy everything organic but the products that I always do are the ones in the dirty dozen list such berries, apples, potatoes, spinach and such.

Fridays it is usually pizza night in my household. We sort of skip it sometimes but for the most part I always make pizza on Fridays. This roasted garlic spinach white pizza I think has become one of our top contender pizza recipes simply for the fact that we love garlic and spinach.

What is your favorite pizza recipe? I want to experiment with more variations so I welcome ideas if you have some!

On another note, I am thinking of developing an app for my blog. I have thought of adding categories for especial diets such as vegan, gluten free, diabetic etc as well as shopping lists, does anyone have any input as to what would they like to see in the app? I would want to come up with something practical so if you have any ideas I would like to know about them, after all the app is for you!

Anyways, I hope you like this roasted garlic spinach white pizza, my kids sure enjoyed it. I added some pepper flakes for the adults for some added heat, it was to die for.

Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4-5 heads of garlic
  • 4 tsp olive oil
  • 2 whole wheat pizza dough
  • 32 oz part skim mozzarella cheese
  • 16-22 oz ricotta cheese
  • 20 oz Cascadian Farm frozen spinach, thawed and liquid squeezed
  • Pepper flakes, optional

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Heat your oven to 400°F. Use your fingers to peel away all the loose layers around the head of garlic. With a knife, cut off about 1/4 inch from the top of the head to expose the cloves.
  2. Drizzle 1 teaspoon of olive oil over the exposed surface of each garlic head. Wrap the garlic in aluminum foil and roast for 30-40 minutes. The garlic is done when a center clove is completely soft.

You can find complete recipes of this ROASTED GARLIC SPINACH WHITE PIZZA in eatgood4life.com

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HEALTHY

ONE PAN BALSAMIC CHICKEN AND VEGGIES

Sweet Balsamic chicken and veggies made in one pan. A little bit of marinating time and then ten minute prep and twenty minute cooking time — this meal is efficient, healthy, and simple to make!

Say hello to one of the EASIEST dinners ever: ONE PAN Balsamic Chicken and Veggies. It’s low on prep time, has few ingredients, and is huge on flavor (while conveniently being super healthy)! There’s a 2-ingredient balsamic glaze which triples as first: a marinade, second: a sauce for cooking, and third: a dipping sauce. This is how I think every dinner should be made 😜. Whisk two ingredients together and use that base three times.

Then the veggies are like empty-out-your-fridge kind of ordeal. Throw them all together on a pan, toss them with some olive oil + seasoning, roast them, and they too seep up some of that delicious balsamic glaze.

Honestly the only tricky thing about this dish is the timing! I wish I could give an exact time, but all ovens are different and the sizes of your chicken tenderloins won’t necessarily be the same size as mine. We’ve made this dish probably 4 times now (new family favorite!), and each time the chicken has cooked a little differently.

I’ve had the chicken cook all the way through in 7-10 minutes and another time it took about 14 minutes.

With timing the chicken, you’ll want to time the veggies slightly different. The veggies need about 20-25 minutes to get well roasted. At 20-25 minutes cooking time for the veggies, the carrots will still have a slight crunch (we love that) while the broccoli and tomatoes are perfectly roasted! **If you don’t like your tomatoes ultra tender, throw them in after about 5-10 minutes.**

If you have super small tenders, I’d roast the veggies for 15 minutes, add the chicken and cook for another 7-10 minutes.

Larger tenders, roast the veggies for 10 minutes, add the chicken and cook for another 10-14 minutes. Just be prepared to check the chicken a few times (meat thermometer comes in handy here!) so you don’t overcook the chicken. No one likes dry chicken!

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup basalmic vinegar
  • 2/3 cup zesty Italian dressing fat free is great
  • 1.25 pounds chicken tenders or breasts
  • 2 heads broccoli
  • 1 cup baby carrots
  • 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Optional: fresh parsley, salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a large tray with nonstick spray (line with parchment paper if you tray isn’t already nonstick or the balsamic + Italian mixture will stick to it) and set aside.
  2. Whisk together the balsamic vinegar and zesty Italian dressing.
  3. Trim the tenderloins of fat and undesired parts. Alternatively cut the breasts into small 1/4th-1/2th inch thick pieces (resemble the size of the tenders in the picture/video)

You can find complete recipes of this ONE PAN BALSAMIC CHICKEN AND VEGGIES in chelseasmessyapron.com

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HEALTHY

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken

Serve the chicken over rice, you don’t want any of that delicious, sticky sauce going to waste. And because we are all trying to be healthier this time of year make sure to serve lots of fresh stir fried vegetables on the side.

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs boneless chicken breasts (or leg quarters)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • ⅛ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons water

Instructions

  1. Place chicken in the crockpot.
  2. In a medium bowl combine sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, ginger, garlic, and pepper. Pour over chicken and cook on low 4-5 hours.
  3. Remove chicken from slow cooker, chop into cubes, and set aside.
  4. Strain the cooking liquid into a skillet and bring to a boil.
  5. In a small bowl whisk cornstarch and water until combined.
  6. Slowly add cornstarch mixture to boiling liquid and reduce to a simmer. Allow sauce to thicken for 2-3 minutes then toss the chicken back in.
  7. Coat chicken with sauce and let heat through.

You can find complete recipes of this Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken in what2cook.net

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HEALTHY

Roasted Broccoli With Asiago, Garlic And Almonds

Do you roast your veggies? If not, then stop what you are doing right now and make this Roasted Broccoli with Asiago, Garlic and Almonds!! I remember when I discovered what roasting does to vegetables that I went crazy. Like if-it-wasn’t-nailed-down I was roasting it crazy!!!
This awesome recipe is featured in Jennifer Farley’s new cookbook The Gourmet Kitchen. It’s utterly delicious in it’s simplicity, which is an overriding theme of most of Jennifer’s recipes. She perfectly describes them as “everyday gourmet recipes for the home cook.”
And with the Holidays right around the corner you NEED this book! Oh, and it just so happens we’re doing a GIVEAWAY (see below)! Is this your lucky day or what?!!

Ingredients

  • 1½ pounds broccoli cut into small florets
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves to 3 garlic sliced thin
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 in medium lemon sliced half
  • 3 tablespoons toasted slivered almonds
  • ¼ cup freshly grated Asiago cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the broccoli, oil, garlic, salt, and pepper (see note). Spread evenly on the pan, drizzling any excess oil on top, and roast in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes until the florets are crispy and caramelized, but still a little tender. Check the broccoli after 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Squeeze the lemon over the broccoli and top with the almonds and cheese. Serve hot.

You can find complete recipes of this Roasted Broccoli With Asiago, Garlic And Almonds in healthyseasonalrecipes.com