Thursday, March 5, 2015

Lemon Honey Rosemary Chicken

I loosely followed this recipe and the chicken turned out so tasty!  Here's what I did differently due to what I had at my house:  I used bone-in chicken thighs that I removed the skin from, a few splashes of hot sauce to replace the red pepper flakes, about 1/2 Tablespoon of dried rosemary and dried parsley.  We ate ours with roasted butternut squash and a spinach salad.  I highly recommend trying this since it comes together so quickly and is so delicious!


Monday, February 23, 2015

Greek Chicken & Baby Update

Our baby is now a month old!  It has been quite a month full of concerns, joys, doctor appointments, trips to the hospital, sleepless nights, and lots of sweet baby snuggles.  I went into labor early and delivered at 34 weeks.  Baby has done better than expected, but is definitely a bit more difficult to care for.  As we are reaching the magical "due date," things seem to be normalizing.  These are the times in life when I reflect on the many blessings in my life!  We have had so much generosity thrown our way in childcare, rides, gifts, prayers and meals.  Our neighbors, family and church family have kept my family well fed.  One sweet friend brought this chicken to us and we all loved it.  She gave me the recipe and I made it over the weekend and everyone liked it again!  It needs to sit in the marinade, so you do have to think ahead, but then it just needs to be cooked.   A super easy, delicious main dish.  Leftovers were great chopped up on a salad for lunch the next day. 

Greek Chicken
1.5-2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/4 cup olive oil
3 Tbsp. lemon juice
1/2 Tbsp. parsley flakes
1/2 Tbsp. Oregano
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Mix all ingredients but chicken well. Place chicken in large Ziploc bag; pour mixture over. Seal bag; marinate several hours or overnight in refrigerator. Grill or bake until juice run clear.

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter "Granola" Bars

Need a good grab and go snack?  Make these!  They are so good.  I made one batch with peanut butter & one batch with almond butter.  They are delicious and filling.  I cut and wrapped mine in waxed paper for a quick snack while I'm up feeding the baby at night.  Store in the freezer.


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Honey "Cornbread" Muffins

This honey "cornbread" muffin recipe is from the cookbook "Every Last Crumb."  It is great in terms of taste and texture.  I served ours with a pot of soup.  I've made these a couple times and think they are way too sweet.  The last time I made them I cut the honey back to 1/3 of a cup.  They were perfect! 

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Creamy Garlic Spaghetti Squash

Here's a different twist on spaghetti squash.

1 spaghetti squash, cooked and shredded
4 Tbsp salted butter (I used Kerrygold)
4 Tbsp arrowroot powder
2-4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
2 tsp dried parsley

Melt butter in a large skillet.  Add garlic for a minute.  Whisk in arrowroot to create a roux.Cook on medium heat until thick and bubbly.  Slowly add coconut milk.  Add parsley.  When hot & thick, fold in squash.  Cover with lid and heat through.  Top with mozzarella cheese if desired.

Here's ours with the rest of supper.  Chicken thigh, turkey bacon wrapped asparagus, creamy garlic spaghetti squash and a paleo blueberry muffin.

Turkey Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

Here's a side dish that is simple, elegant and so tasty!

24 spears asparagus, cleaned and trimmed
8 slices turkey bacon (I use Applegate brand)
olive oil
lemon pepper seasoning

Rub asparagus spears in olive oil and bundle 3 spears together with 1 piece of bacon.  Place on a baking sheet.  Sprinkle with lemon pepper seasoning.  Bake at 400 for 20 minutes or until asparagus is tender.

Mongolian Beef over Cauliflower Rice

This recipe tasted like it was a very unhealthy take-out dish!  It felt like a real treat when I was eating it.  It was well received by my family, did not take long to prepare, and made a quick-to-eat weeknight meal.  The fried egg on top was optional on the recipe, we liked it.  Enjoy this Mongolian Beef over Cauliflower Rice recipe.