Surf N' Turf Veggie Fajitas

Meal prep dinner #2 coming at you. This bad boy goes from the bag into a hot skillet and is done so quick. It took me a few extra minutes since I made some Homemade Quinoa Tortillas to go along with it, but you could just as easily make some cauliflower rice or quinoa to go along with it...or just enjoy as is. I don't know who said healthy eating doesn't taste good, because it totally can. This meal is great for anyone following the Paleo or Keto diet, and even simply leaving out the meat and shrimp makes it vegan. So, it's versatile and yummy too. 

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10 minute Shrimp Scampi

I love plans, but to be honest, I think I love being spontaneous even more. I love the challenge of taking whatever ingredients I have on hand in the house and making something right on the spot. Now, having said that I am also a mother of four busy, hungry, and sometimes picky kids (lest you think I'm not a human), my joyful spontaneity in the kitchen is sometimes less than joyful and far more stressful. It's moments like this (and they happen far more often), that I am very grateful for meal prepping and my Instant Pot.  Thanks to a little prep ahead of time and the best invention ever, this dinner was ready to eat in about 10 minutes!

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Vegan White Bean Chili

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Hawaiian Pork Shish Kabobs

I'd like to extend a warm welcome to the warm weather by starting up the grill! It doesn't matter what season it is, I always say, "this is my favorite season!" As the merry winter melts into spring, which then bursts into summer then cools and seems to light on fire with fall leaves.  I just can't help it.  I find myself embracing the excitement of something new.  Which inspired something new for dinner tonight!  These Hawaiian Pork Shish Kabobs are as fun to eat as they are delicious.  The juicy pineapple, crunchy bell pepper, mellow mushroom and sweet pork are complemented with a sweet and tangy marinade.

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Pork Sandwich with {Homemade} Lemon-Tarragon Mayo

This sandwich reminds me of something you might find at a French Bristro, but by making it homemade it makes it just a little more special and the from-scratch mayo makes it even more French and fancy.  This sandwich can be super simple or, with a little prep at the beginning of the week, you can have it on some gluten free {Homemade} Sandwich Bread.  Serve it with a yummy French inspired soup like Creamy Saffron Soup.

Thin center cut pork chops, one per sandwich
1 tbsp. olive oil
Salt and pepper
gruyere cheese, sliced
Sliced bread
Tomatoes, sliced
lettuce, rinsed and dried
On the plate put some of Grandmas Homemade Sweet Dill Pickles
In a skillet heat olive oil.  Salt and pepper chops or use your favorite seasoning.  Cook chops until both sides are a golden brown and the inside is not longer pink.

{Homemade} Lemon-Tarragon Mayo
(Yes there is raw egg so if you're pregnant just add the lemon zest and tarragon to your favorite store bought brand.)

1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon prepared Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
good pinch of salt
pinch of pepper
dash sugar
1 cup olive oil
1 tsp. freshly grated lemon zest
2 sprigs tarragon leaves, roughly chopped

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Asian Sweet Pork Salad & Tangy Basil-Lime Dressing


The best thing about crock-pot dinners (besides the obvious low-maintenance) is that you usually end up with leftovers. One of the easiest and tastiest things to throw in a slow cooker is meat. The longer it cooks the more tender and flavorful it gets and my favorite for the crock-pot is pork.

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Pork Chops with Creamy Mushroom Sauce


We don't always have meat with dinner. Usually twice a week we skip the meat and fill up on plant-based proteins like beans or maybe when dinner is rushed I throw together a simple gluten free pasta something. But when it's not a meatless night, we like our meat! (and veggies).

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Smokey Southwestern Rice Wraps

 
 
 
 
Tacos for the win! My kids go crazy for tacos and just keep eating, and eating, and eating. Maybe it's because its so hands on and they get to control what goes on it. Well, this Southwestern version is a yummy variation to add to you taco Tuesday repertoire.  
 
 Smokey Southwestern Rice Wraps
4 strips bacon
1 garlic clove, pressed
2 ½ cups chicken broth
1 cup brown rice
Red pepper flakes to taste
1 cup frozen corn
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2-1 cup {Homemade} Salsa
2 green onion, chopped
6-8 corn  tortillas, heated in a non-stick pan
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 ripe avocado
 
Combine broth, rice, garlic and red pepper flakes.  Bring to a boil then turn down and let simmer on medium low.  Start the rice about 45 minutes before you want to eat.  Chill out while the rice works.  When rice has about 10 more minutes start cooking the bacon till crispy. Crumble bacon and set aside. Drain excess grease (leave just a little).  In the same pan that you cooked the bacon, pour in the rice (its okay if there’s still a little water in it)   Scrap the bottom of the pan to get all the bits up.   Add salsa, black beans, and corn.  Simmer till water is completing gone.  Stir in crumbled bacon and onions. Top with fresh avocado and cheese. 
 
 
Enjoy!
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Spinach & Artichoke Mac

 
I love spinach and artichoke dip and was in the mood for some the other night.  I really do try to not indulge in dairy much (cow's milk, cheese, etc). But, when I get a hanker'n for cheese, I use raw, organic mozzarella. So, I decided to combine the goodness of my favorite chip dip with mac and cheese for a simple dinner or side to some grilled meat.
 
Spinach & Artichoke Mac
 
  • 1 box (13-14 oz.) gluten free rotini pasta 
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 cups organic milk
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 sprigs parsley. chopped
  • 5 basil leafs, chopped
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 large tomato, diced or 1 pint cherry, pear, or grape tomatoes
  • 3 cups fresh spinach leafs
  • 1 - 6.5 oz. marinated artichoke hearts, chopped (Delallo brand is gluten free)


Cook rotini according to package directions in salted water.  In medium saucepan melt butter and add minced garlic bring to a nice sizzle.  Add flour and whisk together until it makes a thick paste.  Pour in milk, salt, pepper and herbs.  Bring to a boil, stirring constantly until thickened (about 5 minutes).  Remove from heat and add Parmesan and 1/2 mozzarella until melted and incorporated.

Drain pasta and combine with cheese.  Add in tomatoes, spinach and artichoke hearts.  Put in baking dish, top with remaining cheese and cover with tin foil.  Bake for 15 minutes, remove foil and return to oven for another 5 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbling.

* Raw, tomatoes are high in vitamin C while cooked much of the vitamin C is lost.  However, cooking tomatoes increases lycopene.  "Lycopene is the most-efficient single oxygen quencher, and devours more than 10 times more oxygenated free radicals than vitamin E.""...antioxidant power can be boosted even more through the simple act of cooking the tomatoes.  Researchers from Cornell University in the US said that cooking the tomatoes increase the level of phytochemicals they contain, although it also reduces the amount of vitamin C found in the vegetable."So the moral of the story is...eat tomatoes!  Cooked, raw, whatever.
http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Research/Cooking-tomatoes-boosts-health-benefits

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Chicken Pad Thai

I had my first taste of Pad Thai years ago and ever since, every now and then I get this NEED to have some!  This remake of the Pad Thai favorite is made with a sauce inspired by a traditional Pad Thai recipe , but that is so simple without all the specific Asian foods that I just don't have hanging around my house all the time. Make this meal gluten free by using gluten free rice noodles.

Prepare noodles according to package directions.

1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast or tenders
2 tbsp. sesame seed oil
couple pinches red pepper flakes
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp. grated ginger
1 leek, rinsed and chopped

Cut up chicken into bit sized chunks.  Heat oil in large wok or skillet along with the red pepper flakes, garlic and ginger.  Cook chicken until cooked through and beginning to brown on the outside. Remove from pan, set aside and add leek.  Saute for a few minutes while you prepare sauce, stirring occasionally.

In a bowl whisk together:
1/2 cup chicken broth
3 tbsp. rice vinegar
1 tbsp. lime juice
2-3 tbsp. honey
2 tbsp. gluten free soy sauce
Pour sauce over leeks and cook for another few minutes, until leeks are tender.  Add chicken and noodles back into the skillet and toss together.  Remove noodles to serving bowls and top with:

grated carrots
raw unsalted peanuts, roughly chopped
chopped green onions (opt.)

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Chicken Fajitas

Chicken fajitas seem to be one of those throw together meals when you've got a few bell peppers laying around (left over from Stuffed Roasted Bell Peppers ) This {homemade} throw together is quick, easy and so yummy!

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Turkey Tetrazzini with Spaghetti Squash noodles

 

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Chicken Cordon Bleu & {Homemade} Roasted Red Pepper Pesto Pasta

 

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Marinated "Rockstar" Drumsticks (gluten free)


 
Is chicken part of your weekly diet? Ours too.  I like to change it up and have chicken one night, pork, fish, or beef another (organic, free of hormones and antibiotics if you can)- except 1-3 days a week when I prepare a meatless meal. This saves money (because meat can be $$$), plus it's healthy to give it a rest and just eat veggies, beans, rice, or other gluten free grains once in a while.

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Chicken Tikki Masala & Coconut Mint Yogurt Sauce

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Citrus-Basil Coconut Chicken


I love meals that involve one or two utensils and a skillet. They are so versatile and can be easily adjusted for however many seats are filled at the table - this is one of those meals. It's not just any old skillet chicken dinner though. This meal is Paleo worthy, gluten free, dairy free, and oh my goodness, so tasty!


Tropical flavors come together in a unique way that makes this a dinner kids and adults will love! It's only 10 ingredients too (8 if you don't count the salt and pepper. Does S&P count as an ingredient or just a given in a dish like this? Your thoughts?).  Another bonus is that this dinner is ready in under 30 minutes, which is great for entertaining dinner guests or just entertaining your kids (gotta love that on a busy weekday). Serve with rice or quinoa and some veggies and you're done!

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Southwestern Caprese Chicken


I sometimes get asked how I make meals that are gluten free, dairy free, and still appeal to kids. Well, the truth is...I don't try to make the meals appeal to my kids, I try to help my kids appeal to the meal. In other words, I've just gotten good at tricking them into eating whatever's for dinner.

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Walnut-Mint Pesto Shrimp Pasta

This is a perfect summer (or fall, winter, spring...whenever!) dish as it's light yet still hardy enough to fill you up.  I've never tried seafood that I haven't liked yet and shrimp is on my top 5 favs!  When this shrimp is poached in broth, paired up with gluten free linguine and tossed with this minty pesto it is so good!

1 box  (1 lb.) gluten free linguine pasta (like this Paleo pasta)

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Tilapia Tacos



Here's a little something to mix it up for Tuesday taco night.  These fish tacos are spicy, moist and super healthy for you.  And the best part about taco night is you get to mix and match the toppings to make it your own.

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Poached Salmon Indian Curry with Quinoa


 
Eating out with kids is always an adventure. And by adventure I mean the poor restaurant staff probably breathe a sigh of relief when we leave. It's not always that dramatic, but anyone with young kids know what I'm talking about. It can get a little hairy.

So, even though I love to give my kids the the experience of eating out every once in a while sometimes it's just as fun to make an ethnic restaurant style meal at home. It's fun to really go all out and have a whole themed dinner. The kids get to experience something new, learn about another culture, and I don't go all mama bear while interrogating the chef about their "gluten free" menu. 

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