Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Looking for a great tasting meals hat’s also high in protein, quick to whip up, and can be made ahead in batches for an easy weeknight meal? Then these Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps are one to add to the books! Here’s the how-to:

  • 2 pounds ground chicken
  • 1 T minced garlic (about 4 cloves)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 T soy sauce
  • 3 T water
  • 2 T fresh grated ginger
  • 1 t chili pepper flakes
  • 2 8-oz cans water chestnuts, drained and diced
  • 2 T rice wine vinegar
  • 1/3 c hoisin sauce
  • 2 scallions, thin sliced
  • 1-2 heads of lettuce leaves
  • ponzu sauce, optional

In a large saute pan heat olive oil on med-high and stir fry ground chick until browned. Break chicken up into small pieces with a wood spatula, scraping pan bits as you go. Drain fat as needed. Add in everything else but scallions, water chestnuts and lettuce, and cook about 5 minutes. Add in chestnuts and scallions then cook for 1-2 minutes. Serve in lettuce cups and top with ponzu sauce if desired.

Mexican Rice Bowls

Make-ahead meals can be a game-changer when it comes to trying to eat nutritious, delicious food. These Mexican rice bowls will make your life so much easier while also sparking your taste buds just right! Go ahead- make a double batch and put the extras in the fridge or even the freezer. When you’re ready to eat, just reheat and top with the red, white and green flag that is salsa, sour cream and guacamole (and hot sauce if you fancy it) then sit back and savor every bite!

Ingredients

  • 1T olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 2T minced garlic
  • 2T cumin powder
  • 2T dried oregano
  • 2t salt
  • 2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 c cooked rice
  • 1/2 c shredded Mexican-Blend cheese
  • 2c shredded meat of choice (chicken or beef work great, or leave out for vegetarian)
  • sour cream or greek yogurt, salsa, and guacamole to garnish
  • tortilla chips

In a pot prepare rice. While the rice is simmering, add olive oil, onion, and garlic to a saute pan on medium heat and cook for 5-7 minutes. Add everything but garnishes and chips and cook for a few minutes til heated through. Serve over rice then top with sour cream or greek yogurt, salsa, and guacamole, if desired. Portion out into individual containers for week’s meals, or store in the freezer for later. Great served with chips to add a nice crunch!

Simple Breakfast Casserole

Mornings can be a rush for time and energy, and fitting in a solid breakfast can be tough to do if you’re not prepared. Cheat the system and make this delicious breakfast casserole, stuffed with your favorite omelette add-ins, ahead of time so all you have to do is reheat and eat!  

Ingredients

  • 12 eggs
  • 1 1/2 c milk
  • 1 t salt
  • 12 oz cooked breakfast meat of your choice (optional)
  • 1 1/2 c shredded cheddar
  • 1/2 finely chopped yellow onion
  • 1/2c-1c of your favorite vegetable omelette add-ins e.g. mushrooms, tomatoes, bell peppers, asparagus tips, etc.

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 375F.
2. Whisk the eggs and salt, then add in the milk.
3. Add in all other ingredients, then pour into prepared 9×13 baking dish.
4. Bake ~50-60 minutes, or until eggs are set.
5. Serve, then store extra in the fridge for busy mornings or it the freezer for later.

Chocolate Chip Protein Banana Muffins

I’ve tried many a banana bread recipe, but this one is great for a few reasons- first, the added protein, and second, the final texture is both crunchy on top yet moist inside- critical for any successful muffin.  Adapted from omnomally.com.  Enjoy!
Ingredients
  • 3 ripe mashed bananas (or frozen ones thawed out)
  • 1/2 c plain greek yogurt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 c coconut sugar
  • 3 T melted coconut oil
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 3/4 c white flour
  • 1/4 c coconut flour
  • 1/2 c protein powder or collagen peptides
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 c dark chocolate chips
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Mix together wet ingredients, then add in the dry until well incorporated.
  3. Scoop into lined muffin tins and bake for 10-15 minutes.  Makes 16.

Roasted Carrots with Feta

Here’s another quick and easy vegetable recipe to add to your recipe book that will help you stack the deck towards eating more nutritious food. This tasty side is a staple at Sunday dinners with our family, and makes it incredibly easy to get more vegetables in the kids.  Give it a go, and it will quickly become one for your family, too!   

Ingredients

  • carrots, diced
  • EVOO (extra virgin olive oil), enough to coat
  • salt and pepper
  • feta, as little or as much as you want

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. Dice carrots, then toss in EVOO and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Spread on a baking pan, but be sure not to crowd or you’ll end up steaming them instead of roasting them.
  4. Roast for about 15-20 min, then turn and roast for about 5-10 min more.
  5. Remove from the oven and put into a serving dish, then toss with feta.

Recipe notes:
Double the recipe and eat again later!

Time Saving Tip:
Chop extra carrots and toss them in a freezer bag for later to cut prep time in half! #batchcooking

Vegan Gluten-Free Brownies

If you’re at all like me and love chocolate, you should give yourself a “gimmie” with these easy and delicious, decadent and gooey vegan gluten-free brownies. They come together in minutes and will totally satisfy any sweet tooth you may have. They’re rich and decadent, so savor each bite and enjoy the flavors to their full potential!

Recipe modified from http://beamingbaker.com

Ingredients

  • 1/4 c almond butter
  • 1/2 c coconut sugar
  • 1/3 c pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 c + 2 T melted coconut oil
  • 3/4 c unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 t pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 2 flax eggs (2 T ground flax + 6 T water, stir, let sit till gelatinous)
  • 1/4 c + 2 T paleo baking flour (I use an almond/oat blend)
  • 1/2 c vegan chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325F, then line a 9″ round pie dish (you can also use an 8×8 square baking pan, but I like the pizza pie shape, personally).
  2. Combine almond butter, coconut oil, maple syrup, and coconut sugar until all combined.
  3. Add cocoa powder in 3 installments, mixing each time until shiny, then mix in vanilla and salt.
  4. Add flax eggs and finally flour, then fold in chocolate chips.
  5. Bake about 30 minutes, then slice and slowly savor every little bite!

Recipe notes:
Double the recipe and freeze the extras for later!

Thai Coconut Curry Soup

OK, so here’s the deal- eating nutritious food can be difficult, sure, but it can also be super easy!  One key trick to master is stacking your deck (or recipe books) with some quick and easy, yet tasty meals.  This Thai Coconut Curry Soup is just one of those.  If you can boil water, you can make it, so hop to and give it a go!  You won’t regret it!
Ingredients
  • 2T extra virgin olive oil (evoo)
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 4t minced lemongrass (or 2 drops of consumable lemongrass essential oil)
  • 4t fresh ginger, grated
  • 2T curry powder
  • 1/2 t crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 c vegetable broth
  • 3 carrots, diced
  • 1/2 yellow onion, cut in large chunks
  • 3 red potatoes, diced
  • 2 c finely shredded Napa cabbage
  • 4 c unsweetened coconut milk
  • fresh lime wedges, cilantro, parsley, or green onion for garnishing*
  • 1 lb medium shrimp* OR 1 chicken breast diced*

    *optional, leave out meats for vegan/vegetarian version

Directions
  1. In a large pot heat evoo, garlic, lemongrass and ginger over medium heat just until slightly cooked.
  2. Add curry powder, red pepper flakes, and vegetable broth.  Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a light boil.  Simmer for 3 minutes.
  3. Add coconut milk, cabbage, and a dash of salt.  Lightly simmer, then remove from heat.
  4. Serve over rice and top with lime, fresh cilantro or parsley, green onion, or crushed red pepper flakes.

Recipe notes:
Double the recipe and eat again later.  It tastes even better on day two!

Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies

I can’t love chocolate and not post a recipe for the classic chocolate chip cookie!  Adapted from the original chef who tried to make chocolate cookies by putting chunks of chocolate in her cookie dough, I give you the original Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe- the best failed attempt at innovation probably ever!
Ingredients
  • 2 1/4 c flour
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 c butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 c white sugar
  • 3/4 c packed brown sugar
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 c dark chocolate chips
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Beat together wet ingredients until creamy.
  3. Sift together dry ingredients, then gradually add to the wet ingredients.
  4. Stir in chocolate chips, then drop by tablespoon onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  5. Bake for 9-11 minutes, then cool and enjoy!

Crepes

Crepes are a quick and delicious base for a filling that can go either way- sweet or savory.  Whether you fill it with roasted, lemon thyme chicken and a white cream sauce or creamy hazelnut spread with strawberries and toasted pecans, this is a base that you’ll love eating!  Enjoy!
Ingredients
  • 1 c flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 c milk
  • 1/2 c water
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 2 T butter, melted
Directions
  1. Blend all ingredients together.
  2. Pour 1/4 c batter into hot sauce pan sprayed with nonstick spray, then tilt the pan in a circle to spread out the batter into a thin coating.
  3. Cook til batter is no longer runny, then flip and cook other side just slightly.
  4. Fill with delicious, creative fillings and enjoy!

Quinoa

Quinoa is another staple carbohydrate, and nearly as easy to prepare as rice, it is as easy as 1-2-RBC!  Just like with rice- it’s a two to one ratio of water to grain, only with quinoa you should rinse it before bringing it to a boil, then cover and let simmer!  You’ll have a perfect, delicious bed of quinoa for all of your yummy vegetables, every time.
Ingredients
  • 2 c cold water
  • 1 c quinoa
  • 1/2 t salt
Directions
  1. Soak quinoa for 2 minutes, then drain and rinse under cool water for about a minute.
  2. Bring water to a boil in a pot over medium heat.
  3. Add rinsed quinoa and salt, then cover and simmer for about 15-20 minutes or until water is absorbed.
  4. Remove from heat and let it stand for about 5 minutes, covered, then fluff with a fork and serve.