Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Broccoli Slaw

Here is a quick side recipe!!! 
The Ingredients:
a bag of Trader Joe's Broccoli Slaw
Coconut Aminos (soy sauce or braggs)
A little mixture of the sauce from the garlic ginger chicken

The Directions:
In a frying pan add broccoli slaw and add roughly 1 TBSP Coconut Aminos. Cover with a lid and saute for 5 minutes on Medium High heat.

Delicious!!! ENJOY!!!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Ginger Garlic Chicken

I'm back!!! Thank you for the comments and emails congratulating hubby and I on the arrival of the new baby. We are doing great and really starting to get the hang of three little ones! 

I am going to do my very best to post a few recipes a week (if not more) but please don't get mad if I forget! I do have a 17 day old!!! Hubby and I are back to eating Paleo strictly. New baby doesn't like dairy and our 2 year olds belly cant handle dairy. I will write more on that later! 

I made this awesome crockpot chicken last week and must share it. It can be done in the oven but since I had my hands busy I put it in the crockpot around noon and just let it cook for the afternoon! I also thinking a chicken fryer would be awesome but all I had were breasts!

 The Ingredients:
chicken (I used 3 boneless breast)
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 TBSP ground ginger (fresh would have been great but didn't have any)
2 TBSP Olive Oil
1/4 cup Coconut Aminos (Braggs Aminos or soy sauce)
Handful of cilantro (chopped)
Garlic Powder

The Directions:
Place chicken in baggie and add all the other ingredients. Mix around and cover chicken. If you are doing a fryer chicken, you will need more of the liquid ingredients. Let the chicken marinate for an hour or more. Add chicken to crockpot and cook on high for 4 hours. If baking chicken cook at 425 degrees and time will vary. Breasts cook for 20-25 minutes or a fryer for 45 minutes-1 hour. I am cooking the chicken in the oven this week and will let you know for sure!

We served our garlic ginger chicken with saute broccoli slaw.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Lemon Sage Chicken

This recipe is so quick and easy, it is perfect for a family on the go or for a mom who is 36 weeks pregnant!!! :) 
The Ingredients:
1 chicken roaster
1 lemon
2 TBSP of Sage
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 - 2 tsp lemon pepper
1 - 2 tsp garlic powder
drizzle of Olive Oil

The Directions:
Rinse and pat dry the chicken roaster. Squeeze the juice of 1/2 half lemon on the chicken. Insert the other lemon inside the chicken. Sprinkle sage, garlic and seasonings on the chicken. Finally, top the chicken with Olive Oil. Cook on low for 4.5 - 5 hours in crock pot.

Save the bones and left over chicken for another meal, recipe to come!!!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Lasagna Soup

I have now made this soup twice and have forgotten to take a picture both times. Maybe I will make it again and remember to post a picture.

I love this soup! You can make it as healthy as you want or as bad (for you) as you want! :) You can add extra vegetables. You can enjoy the soup mixture alone. You can add noodles. You can add cheese topping mixture. You can add croutons. The options are endless but one this remains the same, THIS SOUP IS GOOD!!!!

The Ingredients:
for the soup:
2 tsp. olive oil
1-1/2 lbs. Hamburger (sausage would work too)
3 c. chopped onions
1 bell pepper, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp. dried oregano
1 can tomato paste
1 28-oz. can fire roasted diced tomatoes (I used one smaller can and a can of finely diced tomatoes)
2 bay leaves
6 c. chicken stock
1 can tomato sauce
8 oz. mafalda or fusilli pasta
1/2 c. finely chopped fresh basil leaves
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

for the cheesy yum:
1 - 2 cups cottage cheese
1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 tsp. salt
pinch of freshly ground pepper

The Directions:

Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add sausage, breaking up into bite sized pieces, and brown for about 5 minutes. Add onions and green peppers and cook until softened, about 6 minutes. Add garlic, oregano, and red pepper flakes. Cook for 1 minute. Add tomato paste and stir well to incorporate. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the tomato paste turns a rusty brown color.

Add diced tomatoes, bay leaves, tomato sauce and chicken stock. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Add uncooked pasta and cook until al dente. Do not over cook or let soup simmer for a long period of time at this point, as the pasta will get mushy. Stir in basil and season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

While the pasta is cooking, prepare the cheesy yum. In a small bowl, combine the cottage cheese, Parmesan, mozzarella,  salt, and pepper.

To serve, place a dollop of the cheesy yum in each soup bowl, sprinkle some of the mozzarella on top and ladle the hot soup over the cheese. You can also top with croutons to add a little crunch!

Like I said --- This can be made healthy with leaving out the cheese and croutons and selecting the right pasta noodle. I have enjoyed it both ways!!!! 

By the way --- this freezes great!!! 
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