Boring? I Think Not!!

Dressing up bland foods is important in my house hold. Not everyone can eat the same type of food without getting bored, and that is the case here. What to do? Think of different ingredients to make the same recipe with. For example, the other day in a rush I bought some already made quinoa. If you’ve had it before you know quinoa is bland and has no taste. Instead of eating it plain I thought to throw in some veggies I had in my fridge and make it more appetizing. It worked! You can do this with brown rice as well and it’s another way of getting your veggies in. All I did was sautéed some Lacinto Kale and orange or yellow peppers in 1 teaspoon of olive oil and add it to the pre-made quinoa.

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Another example is making a simple protein dish and making plenty of it to use for the week as different meals. I bought this bbq seasoning mix and used it to make chicken breasts. I cooked 9 chicken breasts in the crock pot for 4 hours on high using only this seasoning. When chicken was done, I took it out and shredded it. Placed it in a glass container, ready to be consumed throughout the week.

Take a look at a couple of meals I made with same shredded chicken.

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Taco Mix

Time is of the essence and sometimes we don’t have enough of it. When I’m short on time I still plan to cook my own foods but just make things easier so that I can quickly whip something up and not spend hours in the kitchen.

I love using spices and recently I found this little gem at Trader’s Joe, but I’m sure you can find something similar at any market. Just make sure to read ingredient list and only buy those with no artificial ingredients.

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What to do with it??? So many options. I have used it on ground beef (delicious), on ground turkey and even shredded chicken.

When making it, I don’t measure anything. I just throw a package of meat on the skillet and brown it with this seasoning, I slice and cut up any vegetables I have available and throw those in as well. Cook everything until meat is fully cooked and vegetables and nice and soft.

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Here I cooked the beef and used it for stuffing peppers.

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Here’s the mix with Kale, onions and peppers.

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The possibilities and endless…. 🙂

Baked Chicken with Carrots and Tomatoes

A few months back I received this book as a gift and I totally recommend it. The Can’t Cook Book has simple yet delicious recipes that anyone can follow.

Here I took an idea from the book.

I placed skinless chicken thighs on baking sheet and sprinkled olive oil, paprika, pepper and onion powder. I added minced garlic, sliced carrots and tomatoes with some thyme sprigs.
Bake at 350 for 30 mins until chicken is fully cooked.

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Pita Pizza

I came across this product at my local Publix and thought it would be great for the occasional pizza craving. Check it out!

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First, I toasted the pita by itself in my toaster oven at 400 degrees. Feel free to put then in a regular oven as well. Then I spread one tablespoon of tomato sauce (I used left over pasta sauce). Some chopped chicken and some low fat mozzarella cheese.

Place back in oven and toast until cheese is melted and pita is crispy.

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Bacon wrapped Chicken

Chicken can’t get any easier than this. Found this idea online thanks to Paloeluv.

ingredients

Chicken
Bacon
Dijon mustard
Honey

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method

I cut the chicken in strips and wrapped it with uncured bacon. Mixed the mustard and honey and glazed chicken with it. Baked it for 7-9 mins on 325 degrees. Turned chicken and glazed other side. Bake an additional 7-9 mins or until golden brown.

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Blackened Chicken

Here’s another way to cook your chicken. A simple but yet very tasty recipe I found at Paleo Table.

Ingredients

2 Tbsp- smoked paprika
2 tsp- chili powder
1 tsp- ground cayenne pepper
1 tsp- ground coriander
1/2 tsp- sea salt
1 tsp- oregano
1 tsp- garlic powder
1 Tbsp- bacon fat, olive oil, or coconut oil (I used coconut oil)
4 – boneless, skinless chicken breasts (I used 6 chicken cutlets)

Method

– Preheat oven to 400º F.
– Mix spices together.
– Dredge chicken in spices.
– Melt fat of choice in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
– Saute chicken for 3 minutes on each side.
– Transfer to a shallow pan and finish cooking in oven for 5 to 10 minutes or until cooked through.

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Chicken Drumsticks

For the most part I only buy white chicken meat to cook at home, but lately I’ve craved a little variety. I decided to get a large tray of drumsticks but wasn’t sure how to make them. While getting ready to cook them I was inspired by the cooking gods and this is what I came up with. 😉

Seasoning:
Garlic powder
Pepper
Cajun
Honey

Method
Sprinkle seasoning on each drumstick on both sides. Place on baking sheet and drizzle a bit of honey on top of drumsticks. Bake at 350 for one hour. Flipping chicken once. Bake until golden brown.

These were so good! You can taste some of the spiciness of the Cajun and the sweetness of the honey! Use as little or as much Cajun as you like depending on how spicy you like your food…

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Paleo Fried Chicken

This recipe was finger-liking good! If I could, I would make this every week. This one is from Paleo Comfort Foods book.

Ingredients

1 cup coconut oil
2 large eggs
1 cup almond flour
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. chipotle powder (optional)
2 pounds chicken thighs, drums, breasts (I used 2 packets of chicken cutlets)

Directions:

1. Heat oil in large frying pan to 350F and preheat oven to 400F
2. Whisk eggs in medium-sized bowl
3. Combine all dry ingredients in large bol and mix well.
4. Dip chicken in whisked eggs.
5. Coat/cover chicken in dry mixture and place in hot oil. Allow both sides to brown (about 2 minutes each side).
6. Place drying rack on sheet pan and assemble check on the rack so there is space between all pieces.
7. Put chicken in oven for 10-15 minutes. Remove and serve.

Step 2

Chicken in skillet for 2 minutes on each side.

Place chicken on rack on top of baking sheet.

Chicken comes out crispy and ready to eat!