Honey Balsamic Chicken

I eat chicken at least once a day and I make chicken for dinner 3-4 nights a week. I am always trying to look for ways to make it different to keep my taste buds excited for another chicken dinner. This recipe takes 15 minutes so it’s a perfect week night dinner.

The honey and balsamic vinegar mixed together creates a sweet and tangy sauce that is good on everything. Whenever I make this dish I usually end up dinner my sides in the sauce as well. I had this last night with roasted red potatoes and steamed carrots and the sauce complimented the whole meal.

Honey balsamic chicken

Honey Balsamic Chicken

Total time: 15 minutes

Yields: 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb thinly sliced skinless chicken breast
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1-2 tbsp thyme
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Directions:

  1. Add 1 tbsp olive oil to a large skillet and heat over medium heat.
  2. Season both sides of chicken with thyme.
  3. Cook chicken for 3-4 minutes each side or until no longer pink inside. I use thinly sliced chicken for this recipe because it cooks quickly. If you are using thick chicken breast the cooking time will vary.
  4. Remove chicken from skillet and keep warm.
  5. Combine honey and balsamic vinegar to the hot skillet and increase heat to medium high.
  6. Bring the sauce to a slight boil, stirring frequently until the sauce thickens.
  7. Pour the sauce over the cooked chicken and serve.

Peanut Butter & Banana Protein Pancakes

It took me a little bit before I came across a recipe for protein pancakes that worked and tasted good. I ended up with a lot of dry and burnt pancakes before I discovered how to make the batter properly. I found a recipe for protein pancakes on www.muffin-topless.com and I have used these ingredients ever since. These protein pancakes come out perfect every time and have a similar consistency and flavor to classic buttermilk pancakes.

The key to making tasty and appealing protein pancakes is letting the batter set for 5 minutes. While my batter is setting, I begin to pre-heat my skillet over medium heat and I make sure that the skillet is fully heated before I pour my pancake batter onto the pan. Follow these two steps and you will make delicious protein pancakes every time!

Banana protein pancakes

Peanut Butter & Banana Protein Pancakes

Total time: 15-20 minutes

Yields: 3-4 pancakes (1 serving)

Ingredients:

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1 large banana, cut in half (use 1/2 for batter, 1/2 for topping)
  • 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/8 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1-2 tbsp all natural peanut butter

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a magic bullet or a blender and blend until batter is smooth. Let batter set for 5 minutes.
  2. Spray a large skillet with non-stick cooking spray and heat on medium.
  3. After the batter is set and your pan is pre heated, pour batter onto pan (makes 3-4 pancakes) and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side. Pancakes are ready to flip when bubbles appear.
  4. Top pancakes with peanut butter and remaining 1/2 banana. I like to drizzle natural maple syrup on top too. Enjoy! :)

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

The holidays are a time to enjoy good food and good company. I think it’s safe to say that we all gain a few pounds around November and December. The mix of unhealthy food and a hectic schedule is what does it for me. I let myself indulge a little around the holidays, however, there are ways to make holiday dishes healthier.

healthy thanksgiving recipes

I compiled a list of healthy Thanksgiving recipes that I hope you will try and enjoy. These healthy recipes include low fat, gluten free, reduced sodium, and sugar free versions of your favorite recipes. Enjoy the holidays while keeping off those extra pounds.

Protein cornbread

Fit Men Cook’s Hearty Protein Cornbread is the perfect recipe for those that like to enjoy bread on Thanksgiving. With 8 grams of protein per serving you can indulge while feeding those muscles.

Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole

100 Days of Real Food’s Sweet Potato Casserole is a healthy spin to the traditional Thanksgiving side dish. A typical sweet potato casserole is loaded with unnecessary sugars and fat. You can dig into this delicious sweet potato casserole without feeling guilty.

mashed cauliflower potatoes

Wellness Mama’s Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes is an option for those that are seeking low carb Thanksgiving side dishes. I am sure we will all overload on carbs a little bit this holiday but why not opt for a side that is lower in carbohydrates and higher in nutrients and protein?

Ezekiel stuffing

Fit Men Cook’s Ezekiel Bread Stuffing is just as good, if not better, than store bought stuffing. This stuffing is packed with protein and nutrients that you will not find in your typical stuffing. You can easily make this dish gluten free by using Ezekiel’s gluten free bread.

Clean green bean casserole

Looking for a healthier vegetable side dish? Give Dextonista’s Clean Green Bean Casserole a try. Green bean casserole is one of my favorite dishes but I know it is usually loaded with sodium and extra fat. This guilt free version has all the flavors without the added sodium and fat.

Parmesan Asparagus

My very own Parmesan Crusted Asparagus is an excellent option for a healthier Thanksgiving side dish. Asparagus is loaded with vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants. It also helps flush your body of extra sodium and can relieve bloating. Sound too good to be true? Asparagus might just help relieve you of that Thanksgiving bloat.

Pumpkin Protein Cheesecake

You can’t fully enjoy Thanksgiving without having dessert. Busy But Healthy’s Pumpkin Cheesecake Protein Bars will satisfy that sweet tooth while providing protein and nutrients.

gluten free brownies

I found a dessert that is gluten and dairy free with all of the sweet flavors we look for in a dessert. Raia’s Recipes’ Fudgy Black Bean Brownies will be a favorite for those that have food allergies to gluten or dairy.

sugar free cheesecake

We have a high protein and a gluten and dairy free dessert but what about sugar free options? I found a No Bake Sugar Free Cheesecake on All Recipes. This is a great option for anyone that is diabetic or one that might want a sugar free option on Thanksgiving.

tipsy lemonade iced tea

This list of healthy Thanksgiving recipes would not be complete without an alcoholic beverage. Family Fresh Cooking’s Tipsy Lemonade Iced Tea will help wash all of that delicious Thanksgiving food down. I come from a southern family and we always have sweet tea on Thanksgiving. This is a nice twist for the adults on Thanksgiving. This recipe includes natural sweetener so you can enjoy yourself without drinking a cocktail full of added sugar.

I hope you and your family have a Happy Thanksgiving :)

Parmesan Crusted Asparagus

Asparagus is packed with nutrients and is beneficial when added to any type of diet. Asparagus is an excellent source of fiber and vitamins A, C, E and K. Asparagus helps rid the body of excess salts and is packed with antioxidants. Are you looking to relieve yourself from bloating and retained water weight? Add asparagus to your diet and you will see why this vegetable is a key ingredient to any healthy and balanced diet.

Let’s face it asparagus is not everyone’s go to vegetable. The good thing about asparagus is that there are so many ways to cook it and change it up. You can chop it up and throw it in a stir fry, bake it with your favorite seasonings, or add it to your favorite casserole. This recipe is my favorite way to prepare asparagus. Parmesan Crusted Asparagus compliments any dish. This healthy and nutrient packed side dish will keep you wanting more.

Healthy asparagus recipe

Parmesan Crusted Asparagus

Total time: 15 minutes

Yields: 4 servings (8-10 stalks per serving)

Ingredients:

  • 1 large bundle of asparagus
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1-2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees. Wash and cut the hard ends off of asparagus.
  2. Spray a baking sheet with non stick cooking spray. Place washed and cut asparagus onto baking sheet.
  3. Drizzle 1 tbsp olive oil evenly over asparagus. Follow with 1-2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese.
  4. Add to oven and bake for 10-15 minutes or until desired doneness.

Pumpkin Protein Pancakes

Fall is here and what’s better than enjoying a nice stack of pancakes on a chilly morning? This morning I decided to try pumpkin protein pancakes and they came out delicious! These protein pancakes had just the right amount of pumpkin flavor.

Pumpkin Protein Pancakes

This recipe yields 3 pancakes which will serve one so multiply the ingredients as needed. I enjoyed my pumpkin protein pancakes with a 90 calorie Pumpkin Spiced Latte that I found on Natalie Hodson’s blog.

Pumpkin pancakes in skillet

The key to perfect protein pancakes is allowing the batter to set for 5 minutes before you pour batter into hot skillet. I always spray a large skillet with cooking spray after I blend my batter and allow the skillet to heat up on medium heat while I let my batter set for a few minutes. I flip my pancakes when I start to see bubbles form, this usually takes 2-3 minutes.

Pumpkin Protein Pancakes

Pumpkin Protein Pancakes

Total time: 15 minutes

Yields: 3 pancakes (1 serving)

Ingredients:

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1/4 cup 100% pumpkin pure
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1/8 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a magic bullet or blender and blend until batter is smooth. Let batter set for 5 minutes.
  2. Spray a large skillet with non-stick spray and heat on medium.
  3. After the batter is set and your pan is hot, pour batter onto pan (makes 3 pancakes) and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side. Pancakes are ready to flip when bubbles appear.
  4. Top pancakes with maple syrup and enjoy!