Pineapple Dijon Chicken

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The marinade works so fast because of the acid in the pineapple juice & apple cider vinegar, so it’s my “I didn’t plan anything for dinner, and I need something quick & healthy that will also be good leftover later in the week” meal 🙌Just add a little rice or potatoes and some frozen veggies!

It’s also one of my favorites out of all the 50+ pages of family-friendly recipes I give to my health coaching clients. They’ve all been tasted and approved by my family first, no Pinterest fails allowed 😂🚫🙌

🍍PINEAPPLE DIJON CHICKEN 🍍

Serves 8 (approx. 3/4 cup each)

INGREDIENTS:
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/8 cup olive oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup honey
3 Tbsp dijon mustard
3 cloves of garlic, minced
½ tsp sea salt
1 can pineapple rings/slices (save the juice!)

DIRECTIONS:
1. Pound out chicken breasts and then poke holes in it with a fork on both sides.
2. Place chicken in a glass container or cake pan.
3. Whisk together olive oil, apple cider vinegar, honey, mustard, garlic, salt and 4 Tbsp pineapple juice.
4. Pour over chicken and refrigerate several hours or overnight.
5. GRILL METHOD: Grill chicken for approximately 15-20 minutes over medium high heat.
6. OVEN METHOD: Bake in oven-safe dish sprayed with a bit of olive oil for 20-25 minutes at 400 degrees.
6. Grill pineapple for 15 minutes or place on top of chicken in the oven for entire baking time.
7. Baste chicken with extra pineapple juice while it’s cooking.

Does anyone else prefer pineapple grilled vs. raw?! It doesn’t leave that funky aftertaste in your mouth!! 🍍

Easy Taco Seasoning & Salad Bar

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Taco Salads are one of our favorite Healthier Family Meals, but I used to rely HEAVILY on the prepackaged Taco Seasonings at the store…until I realized how much cheaper it was to make at home!

Literally, this costs pennies compared to the mixes AND you can control the ingredients that go into it. I keep getting requests for this recipe on Instagram, because we use it all the time to make some of the meals I share over there:   

  • Taco Meat (ground beef, chicken, turkey, venison, even black beans or toasted quinoa)
  • Seasoned Veggies
  • Fajitas
  • Mexican Rice
  • Shredded Crock Pot Chicken
  • Grilled Chicken

Just multiply this seasoning recipe by 10 and store it in a Mason Jar, then you’ll be all set for quick easy meals. Eating healthy doesn’t have to complicated or time consuming – because we’re all busy right?! 

Here’s the seasoning mix, along with a recipe for Taco Salads if that strikes your fancy! My son eats SO many more veggies this way, when I serve this as a “salad bar” and let him fill his own plate! It’s a great idea for dinner parties & picnics too 😍

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TACO SALADS & SEASONING MIX
Serves 4 (approx. 3 cups each)

INGREDIENTS:
1 lb lean ground beef, turkey, chicken or venison, browned and drained
(sub 1 can black beans or chickpeas for plant based)
6 cups Romaine lettuce/spinach/salad greens
2 cups chopped veggies (onions, tomatoes, peppers, etc.)
2 cups salsa (low sugar/sodium preferred)
24 whole grain tortilla chips
1-1/3 cup shredded cheese if you aren’t dairy free

Seasoning:
1 Tbsp chili powder
1-1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
1/4 tsp coconut sugar (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Brown meat in a pan over medium heat, breaking into small pieces as it cooks.
  2. While meat is browning, prepare salads.
  3. Add 3/4 cup water and seasoning ingredients to cooked meat.
  4. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Top salads with 3/4 cup meat, 1/3 cup cheese, 1/2 cup salsa and 6 crunched up tortilla chips.

What’s your family’s favorite way to eat Tacos? Salad, soft shell or hard shell?  

Sesame Chicken Lo Mein

Healthy Sesame Chicken Lo Mein

I looooove Chinese Food, but it doesn’t always love me back 😉

Making “fakeaway” at home is a great compromise when I’m craving Orange Chicken or General Tso’s. We don’t end up bloated, HANGRY and tired an hour later like we used to after getting traditional take out!

Even my husband likes this Healthier Sesame Chicken Lo Mein recipe, and he’s made many rounds through the Chinese buffets with me over the years. A quick shout out to the amazing Ree Drummond for inspiring this recipe! http://www.pioneerwoman.com  (PS Isn’t her line of dishes SO CUTE?) ❤

I just added a few healthier twists to make this recipe fit into my cleaner eating plan! It’s amazing how much better you can feel when you just make some tweaks to your eating – HELLO extra energy!! And as a busy mom, I can use all the energy I can get 😉

SPICY SESAME LO MEIN CHICKEN
Total Time: 40 minutes Serves: 6

INGREDIENTS:
3 large chicken boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3 cups veggies cut into uniform sized pieces (broccoli, peppers, carrots, onions, etc.)
8 oz dry whole wheat or brown rice pasta
1/2 cup Braggs Liquid Aminos or Coconut Aminos (healthier version of soy sauce)
2 Tbsp. honey
8 cloves garlic, minced
3 Tbsp. rice vinegar
1 Tbsp. hot chili sesame oil (or sub regular sesame oil)
5 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
4 whole green onions, sliced thin (not necessary but pretty ;))

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Cut chicken into cubes and stir fry in 1 Tbsp. oil and pepper. Remove from pan.
  2. Cut veggies in uniform sized pieces and stir fry in 1 Tbsp. of oil. Once cooked, add chicken. Remove from heat.
  3. Cook noodles and drain.
  4. Whisk soy sauce, honey, garlic, rice vinegar, hot chili sesame oil and remaining 2Tbsp. olive oil together in a bowl. Taste and adjust ingredients as needed.
  5. Pour sauce over chicken/veggie mixture. Place over noodles and sprinkle with onions.

Adapted from http://www.ThePioneerWoman.com


What’s your favorite traditional Chinese dish, are you a Lo Mein fan or are you more into Fried Rice? (I have a healthier recipe for that too if you need it!!) 

 

Easy Chicken Noodle Soup

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This soup is one of my favorites, because it’s fairly simple to make but has SUCH amazing flavor! Plus Bone Broth is SO nourishing, it’s great for energy, digestion and metabolism. If you want an easy Crock Pot recipe to make it from scratch, here’s the recipe I use. Or you can buy it prepackaged if you’re short on time!

I like to make a big double or triple batch of this Chicken Soup and freeze the extra for a busy day (just leave out the noodles and add them later after thawing it out)! We gotta save time wherever we can right? #busymomlife You can also sub rice for the noodles, or leave make it lower in carbs by leaving them both out and it’s still delish. (If you’re looking for more recipes, here is another one of our family’s fav soups)

EASY CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP
Yield: 6 servings

INGREDIENTS:
2 large low-sodium Chicken Broths (32 oz each) OR 64 oz of Homemade Bone Broth
3 chicken breasts
3 medium carrots, sliced
2 celery stalks, sliced
1 medium onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp Italian seasoning
1 tbsp natural chicken bouillon powder
3 cups cooked whole wheat or brown rice/quinoa pasta
salt/pepper to taste
1 tbsp olive oil

DIRECTIONS:

  1.  Add the onion, carrots, parsley, chicken, celery, garlic, olive oil, chicken broth, salt, pepper, chicken bouillon and italian seasoning to your crockpot. Cook on low for 7 hours or 4 hours on high.
  2. Remove chicken and either cut into pieces or shred with a fork. Add chicken back to the crockpot and cook for another 30 mins.
  3. Stir in cooked noodles and serve! (Adapted from: mistynana.com)

*When you’re in a rush, you can boil the chicken in water on the stove while you bring the remaining ingredients to a boil, then simmer. Shred the cooked, chicken then add to the rest of the soup and simmer for another 20-30 mins!

What’s your favorite comfort food, when it’s cold outside or you’re feeling under the weather? 

 

Clean Eating Fajitas w/Seasoning

IMG_0011I’m a big fan of cooking one main meal, then reusing it multiple ways later in the week. We all have a million things to do, so why spend extra time in the kitchen if we don’t have to? This fajita-seasoned chicken can be used SO many different ways.

And you don’t need any expensive/processed packets of seasoning mix loaded with sugar, it’s super simple to make this marinade at home!!! #eatrealfood #feelrealgood

I grilled a triple batch up on a sunny Sunday after church, and we used it to make 4 MEALS that week!
1. CHICKEN FAJITAS  – with Gluten Free brown rice tortillas and salsa
2. CHICKEN SALADS – leftover meat & veggies, served on salad, w/chips and salsa
3. CHICKEN BURRITO BOWLS – leftover meat & veggies, served over brown rice w/salsa
4. CHICKEN DINNER – leftover meat & veggies,with grilled pineapple & quinoa

All four meals were a hit with my toddler and hubby, AND they were super easy and healthy too!! #winwin Does your family love Fajitas too??

CLEAN EATING FAJITAS W/SEASONING
Serves: Approx. 6

INGREDIENTS:
¼ cup olive oil
2 Tbsp chili powder
2 Tbsp lime juice
2 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp garlic powder
2 tsp cumin
½ tsp paprika
½ tsp black pepper
½ tsp sea salt
2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts (or sub steak)
3 sweet onions, sliced
3 green peppers, sliced
2 tsp olive oil

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Whisk spices into 1/4 cup olive oil.
  2. Pour mixture over chicken and refrigerate several hours or overnight.
  3. Place sliced peppers and onions in foil, toss with 2 tsp oil and a dash of salt/pepper. 
  4. Grill chicken and veggies for approximately 15-20 minutes. Or bake chicken in oven-safe dish sprayed with a bit of olive oil for 20-25 minutes at 400 degrees. Veggies will only take about 15-20 mins to bake
  5. Cut chicken strips, serve with veggies, tortillas, lettuce and salsa.

Source: www.cortneygraham.com

21 Day Fix Container Equivalent: 1/6 of recipe = 1 red, 1 green, 1 teaspoon  

Fast & Flavorful Marinated Chicken

Fast & Flavorful CLEAN EATING Marinated Chicken!

I used to think I needed special seasoning packets or bottled blends to actually get some FLAVOR when I marinated meat.

But those pre-packaged marinades usually are full of sodium, sugar and not-so-healthy additives, so when I started eating cleaner to relieve my thyroid symptoms (low energy & metabolism, brain fog, etc.) I needed a way to spice up our meat WITHOUT relying on those seasoning packets! 

This easy marinade has been a life saver!! It’s super quick and the meat ends up really moist (dry chicken is the WORST right?). You can pair your chicken with brown rice or sweet potato and veggies, or use it on salads, wraps, etc.

What’s your fave way to reuse leftover chicken? Share below in the comments section!

FAST & FLAVORFUL MARINATED CHICKEN
Yield: 6 servings

INGREDIENTS:
4 large or 6 small boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup water
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp sea salt

DIRECTIONS:
1) Pound out chicken breasts and then poke holes in it with a fork on both sides.
2) Place chicken in a glass container or cake pan.
3) Mix up marinade and pour over chicken. Let sit for 1-4 hours!
4) Grill chicken for approximately 15-20 minutes. Or bake in oven-safe dish sprayed with a bit of olive oil for 20-25 minutes at 400 degrees.

Source: www.facebook.com/CortneyGrahamRealLifeHealthyLiving
21 Day Fix Container Equivalent: 1 red, 1 teaspoon