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Recipe: Prosciutto Chicken

I’ve had some requests for easy, weeknight Phase 1 dinner ideas…this one fits the bill!

I made it a few nights ago and thought it was delicious. My husband and I ate 2 of the chicken breasts with a big salad and some quinoa, so we had 2 more for lunch.  That’s one of my biggest tips for eating healthy…double a dinner recipe so you have something easy to reheat at lunch time.

Prosciutto Chicken

4 chicken breasts
4 pieces of prosciutto
8 slices of lemon, thinly sliced
1/4 cup butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon garlic powder
salt and pepper

Combine butter and garlic powder and set aside.  Place one chicken breast in between two pieces of plastic wrap and pound with a rolling pin to 1/2″ thick. Repeat with the other pieces of chicken breast and place them in a greased baking dish.  Place a piece of prosciutto and two slices of lemon on each piece. Dot each chicken breast with 1/4 of the butter and season with pepper.  Bake at 350° for about 30 minutes.

Makes 4 servings.

Don’t know why I didn’t take a picture when it came out of the oven…probably because it smelled soooo good. It’s garlic-lemon-salty goodness. And so easy! It took me all of 5 minutes to take the ingredients out of the frig, “assemble” and put this in the oven. This is definitely an easy weeknight meal 🙂

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Gluten-Free Stuffing Recipes for Thanksgiving

This is going to be a quick post!

In preparation for Thanksgiving, I thought I’d pass along a New York Times Health article that came across my screen on gluten-free stuffing alternatives:

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/12/gluten-free-thanksgiving-stuffings/

Stuffing is such a traditional part of Thanksgiving dinner (at least at our house!)…The smell of celery and onions cooking is rather intoxicating. I can’t imagine NOT having it!  These recipes take the same flavors and give them a new spin.

I haven’t tried any, so I can’t really recommend one over another, but if we didn’t have a nut allergy in the house, I’d try #2. I’m a sucker for butternut squash 🙂

Let us know if you end up trying one of the recipes! I’d love to hear how it turns out 🙂

 

Recipe: My Healthy Go-To Dinner

My healthy go-to dinner does not have a name.

I usually call it the beef, quinoa and pepper dish. A bit wordy. It needs a better name.

And I have a confession to make. I usually make this sprinkling seasons in willy nilly.  So I made this with measuring spoons in my hand and it tasted about right with these amounts.  But I’m sure I could make it tomorrow and change the amounts and it would taste good too.  It’s a very forgiving recipe.

1 large onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 lb. organic grass-fed ground beef*
2 cups cooked quinoa
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
pepper

Preheat large non-stick skillet to medium and add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil.

Add onions and peppers, 1/4 teaspoon of salt and few grinds of pepper and saute until lightly browned ~7-8 minutes. Add garlic and cook another minute. 

Remove vegetables from pan and set aside. Brown ground beef in the skillet and add seasonings and remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt (and a few more grinds of pepper).

When beef is cooked through and beginning to brown, stir in quinoa and add remaining 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil (to cook quinoa so it doesn’t get too dry).  Add vegetables back in. Taste for seasonings and add more salt if necessary.  Serve immediately.

This recipe makes a lot. I’ve never actually sat down with my family and finished it in one sitting.  But since I don’t eat sandwiches (well, the bread that holds the sandwich together), I often turn to leftovers for lunch so I’m not cooking 2 hot meals a day.

So this was my lunch, complete with tomatoes from the garden. Yum. (We had no leftovers since we just got back from vacation! Plenty of laundry, but no food in the frig.) And in case you’re thinking about following the Phase 1 diet that I’ve talked about before, this is a perfect recipe.

Anyway, play around and adjust the seasonings to your taste. Add other vegetables. So many possibilities. Let me know what your favorite combination is.

And PLEASE.  Name this poor recipe!

* I buy my grass-fed beef from Trader Joes and it’s prepacked in 1 lb packages. It’s 85/15 and tastes really good! (One day soon I’ll write a post about why I choose grass fed…it’s more expensive, but once you know what is in conventional beef and how they raise and slaughter the cows, you might reconsider too.  And there are additional health benefits to eating grass-fed beef too…)