Easy Chicken Stir Fry

D-licious! Prepare to be a celebrity at your house…a celebrity cook that is. Throw this awesome, adjustable recipe together and blow them all away!

Easy Chicken Stir Fry

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Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breast (Suggestion: Try local! Farmer’s market season is just around the corner. Support your body and local farmers by purchasing local, organically grown chicken.)
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. whole wheat flour
  • ¾ cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 2 Tbsp. sesame oil, divided
  • 1 bag frozen stir fry vegetables
  • Any fresh produce you want! (Suggestions: broccoli, carrots, bell peppers, jalapenos, cabbage, onion, etc. This is a great way to clean out the fridge!)
  • 1 cup dry brown rice, cooked

Directions:

  1. Cook rice according to package directions. Should make about 2 cups cooked.
  2. In a bowl, combine sugar, flour, soy sauce, ginger, pepper flakes and garlic.
  3. Chop chicken into small pieces and place in bowl. Stir to cover in marinade then refrigerate while you cook vegetables.
  4. In large pan, heat 1 tbls oil over medium heat. Add frozen vegetables and sauté until defrosted. Add raw vegetables and continue sautéing until slightly soft. Set aside.
  5. In same pan, heat 1 tbls oil. Add chicken, setting remaining marinade aside for later. Cook until no longer pink in the middle. Due to marinade coloring, you will have to cut your larger pieces to see if cooked through.
  6. Add back vegetables and marinade. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cover. Cook on low for 5 min.
  7. Serve over rice. Add extra red pepper flakes to garnish for a hotter dish!

Nutrition:

  • 455 Calories
  • 10g Fat
  • 1.6g Sat Fat
  • 0g Cholesterol
  • 794mg Sodium
  • 59g Carb
  • 5.1g Fiber
  • 25.4g protein

 

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4 Ingredient Salmon

To tell you the truth, I’ve always been afraid of salmon. I order it when I eat out, but had never made it at home. But with all the nutrients that it brings to the table, its pretty much a must have in your diet! SO, here is a fool proof way to feel confident preparing delicious salmon for your family. This was my FIRST ATTEMPT, and the result was actually fantastic!

Note: Make sure to purchase Wild Caught over Farm raised. Here’s a great visual why from Prevention.com.

Additionally, wild caught salmon is higher in zinc content, and lower in saturated fat. Wild salmon wins for sure! (Look for canned wild caught salmon as well to save some $$)

Now, how to prepare fresh salmon!

4 ingredient salmon

4 Ingredient Salmon

Ingredients: (makes 4 servings)

  • 3/4 lb wild caught salmon, sliced into fillets and pulled from scales
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • Olive oil cooking spray

Directions:

  • Turn broiler on high, place rack about 6 inches away from top
  • Spray broiler rack with cooking spray and place salmon on broiler rack (or, as seen here, I just used a vented pizza pan over a cooking pan. Be sure to line the bottom pan with foil to catch the glaze as it melts.
  • Mix together brown sugar, mustard and soy sauce. Wisk until smooth.
  • Spoon the mixture evenly over the fillets.
  • Broil for 15 minutes.

4 Ingredient Salmon 4 Ingredient Salmon 4 Ingredient Salmon 4 Ingredient Salmon 4 Ingredient Salmon 4 Ingredient salmonNutrition:

  • 207 Calories
  • 2.2g Fat
  • 0.4g Sat Fat
  • 41mg Cholesterol
  • 435mg Sodium
  • 27g Carb
  • 18g Protein
  • 0g Fiber

*Note: much of the glaze melts off. These nutrition facts reflect the whole of the ingredients, so carb and sodium content is most likely greatly reduced after cooking.

Zucchini…that’s delicious?!

These zucchini crips are the best! I followed the  Food Network‘s recipe, and they turned out great! I made them as a yummy after work snack, but they would be a great side with my Spicy Joes, or with just a good old fashion cheese burger! (using low-fat cheese and local, grass-fed beef of course;)

Zucchini Parmesan Crisps

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  • Cooking spray
  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan (I did not use fresh)
  • 1/4 cup plain dry bread crumbs
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper (I did not use freshly ground)

Directions:

Stuffed Baked Chicken Breasts

This is really a skill post, not a recipe post (although there are 2 recipes below), because once you know how to make stuffed chicken, you can create hundreds of recipes just based on what you find in your fridge that day! There are no rules or regulations! (Well, except for cooking time:)

stuffed chickenMozzarella, Garlic and Sun-dried Tomato Stuffed Chicken

Ingredients: Makes 2 servings

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 sun-dried tomatoes, diced
  • 1 garlic clove (or tsp minced garlic), diced
  • 1/4 cup shredded, low-fat mozzarella
  • pinch of rosemary
  • pinch of dried basil
  • 2 dollops olive oil
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 large egg, whisked
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • pepper to taste
  • pinch of Parmesan cheese
  • non-stick spray

Directions:

  • Heat oven to 450 degrees F
  • Place chicken breast inside of zip-lock bag and hammer flat (there’s a kitchen tool for this, but I literally use a hammer – hahahahaha)
  • In the center of the flattened breast, place 1/2 of diced garlic and tomatoes, add a pinch of rosemary, basil, and dollop of olive oil on top
  • Fold up chicken and secure with toothpicks (use naturally colored toothpicks, or the color will run onto the food).
  • In 3 separate bowls, place the flour, egg, and bread crumbs (mixed with black pepper)
  • Roll chicken in the flour, then egg, then breadcrumbs/pepper mixture
  • Place on pan covered with non-stick spray, top with a pinch of Parmesan cheese, and bake for 25 minutes!

Stuffed Chicken Breasts Stuffed Chicken Breasts Stuffed Chicken Breasts Stuffed Chicken Breasts Stuffed Chicken Breasts Stuffed Chicken Breasts Stuffed Chicken BreastsNutrition:

  • 328 Calories
  • 13.9g Fat
  • 5.2g Sat Fat
  • 110mg Cholesterol
  • 314mg Sodium
  • 15g Carb
  • 1.7g Fiber
  • 35.6g Protein

Here’s another combination for stuffed chicken…also delicious!

Rosemary, Feta Stuffed Chicken:

  • 1 tbls butter (or olive oil)
  • 2 tbls feta cheese
  • pinch of rosemary
  • pinch of tyme
  • pinch of parsley

Let me know if you try any other delicious combinations!

Whole Wheat Hearty Italian Casserole

This year it’s all about easy….and what my 10 month old will eat. I need quick, I need healthy, and I need for it to be toddler friendly. This was just a case of A.C. (accidental casserole.) You know, you have a few leftovers lying around, you toss them into a 9 X 13, and see what you get! This time…it worked.

Whole Wheat Hearty Italian Casserole (serves 9)

italian 2Ingredients:

  • 16oz whole wheat pasta (shells or penne, or both)
  • 1lb ground beef (go for locally grown, grass-fed if you can)
  • 24oz pasta sauce (your choice)
  • 8oz ricotta cheese, part skim
  • 8oz shredded Mozzarella, park skim
  • 8oz shredded Italian Blend
  • 2 tablespoons Italian Seasonings (Penzey’s Spices used)

Directions:

  • Brown meat (in a large pan) and cook noodles (separately)
  • In meat pan, mix in sauce, seasonings and cooked noodles.
  • Mix ricotta and mozzarella in a bowl.
  • In a 3 quart pan, layer 1/2 the meat and noodles, then all the mixed ricotta and mozzarella, then other 1/2 of meat and noodles, then shredded Italian blend.
  • Bake at 350 for 25 min.
  • Enjoy!

Nutrition

  • 447 Calories
  • 16g Fat
  • 8g Saturated Fat
  • 69mg Cholesterol
  • 608mg Sodium
  • 45g Carb
  • 7g Fiber
  • 33g Protein

I Heart Romaine Hearts:)

Romaine is on my grocery list WEEKLY! Its easy to add a quick caesar salad to meals or add chicken and use it as a main dish. Romaine is packed with vitamins A and K and has a high amount of folate! One of my favorite websites, The World’s Healthiest Foods has a more in depth look at romaine’s nutritional power! Here is how I do chicken caesar salad and (my favorite) romaine on the grill! SO, SO delicious!

 Chicken Caesar Romaine (4 servings)

Ingredients

  • 1 lb chicken breast tenderloins (with salt and pepper to season)
  • 2 romaine hearts
  • 8 tablespoons Light Caesar dressing
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • pepper to taste

Directions

  • Preheat grill to medium to high heat
  • Place seasoned chicken on grill for 3-4 minutes on each side.
  • Chop romaine, mix with dressing, cheese and pepper
  • Place chicken on top and serve

*Note: Keep a few salad plates in the freezer to serve salads on – makes salads taste extra crispy!

Nutrition

  • 318 Calories
  • 16g Fat
  • 7g Saturated fat
  • 117mg Cholesterol
  • 690mg sodium
  • 9g Carbohydrate
  • 2g fiber

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Grilled Romaine Hearts

Ingredients (2 servings)

  • 1 romaine heart
  • 1 tbls olive oil
  • 2 tbls shredded parmesan cheese
  • Lawry’s seasoned salt (to taste)
  • Pepper (to taste)

Directions

  • Heat grill to med-high heat
  • Cut romaine lengthwise
  • Sprinkle oil, salt and pepper on lettuce
  • Place on grill cut side down. Grill for 5 min until slightly wilted.
  • Sprinkle with cheese and serve.

Nutrition

  • 100 Calories
  • 8g Fat
  • 2g Saturated fat
  • 4g Cholesterol
  • 283mg Sodium
  • 3g Carbohydrates
  • 2g Fiber
  • 3g Protein

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