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

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.

Clean Meatloaf Muffins with Garlic Mashed Potato Topping

There is nothing like home cooked meatloaf for dinner. I found myself craving meatloaf yesterday so I decided to combine two of my favorites in one dish, garlic mashed potatoes and meatloaf, it was a success! The end result was a delicious comfort meal that was still healthy and clean. It was simple and quick to prepare. Cooking the meatloaf in muffin tins speeds up the cooking process and also helps with portion control.

Clean Meatloaf Muffins with Garlic Mashed Potato Topping

Total time: 45 minutes

Yields: 6 servings (2 muffins each)

Ingredients:

Garlic Mashed Potatoes:

  • 4 medium organic red potatoes
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp Parmesan cheese
  • dash of salt

Meatloaf Muffins:

  • 1.25 lb lean ground beef (preferably grass fed)
  • 1/4 cup gluten free bread crumbs (I used Glutino)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • dash salt and pepper

Other ingredients:

  • reduced sugar ketchup
  • cooking spray

 

Directions:

Garlic Mashed Potatoes:

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add a dash of salt to water. Clean and slice potatoes into cubes, leave skin on. Add potatoes to boiling water and boil for 20 or until soft.
  2. Strain cooked potatoes. Return potatoes to pot and add all remaining ingredients. Mash potatoes thoroughly and mix all ingredients in well.
  3. Set potatoes aside until needed.

Meatloaf Muffins:

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Coat 12 cup muffin tin with cooking spray.
  2. Combine ground beef with ingredients, mix well. Press 1/4 cup of mixture into each tin.
  3. Top meatloaf mixture with 1 tsp of reduced sugar ketchup and top with 1 – 2 tbsp of garlic mashed potatoes.
  4. Add muffins to preheated oven and cook for 15-20 minutes or until meat is cooked.
  5. Remove and let cool for 5 minutes. Serve with a side salad or vegetable of choice. Enjoy!

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.  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!

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! 🙂

Skirt Steak Burrito Bowl

During the week I try to keep my meals quick and simple. After a long work day and going to the gym the last thing I want to do is be in the kitchen cooking dinner for a while. I whipped up this tasty burrito bowl last night, it was the perfect week night dinner for my boyfriend and I .

This dish reminds me of Chipotle’s Burrito Bowls (one of my favorites), however, Chipotle’s menu items can have a lot of sodium and extra oils. If you’re looking for an easy and healthy dinner give a Skirt Steak Burrito Bowl a try!

 

Skirt Steak Burrito Bowl

Total time: 15-20 minutes

Yields: 3-4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb skirt steak, cubed
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 can of black beans, reduced sodium
  • 2 cups brown rice, cooked or boil in a bag
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp Mrs. Dash Southwestern Chipotle seasoning
  • 1 tsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 tbsp cilantro, chopped

 

Directions:

  1. Add olive oil to a large skillet and heat on medium. Season beans with garlic powder and onion  powder, begin to heat in a medium skillet. Begin cooking rice or heating cooked rice.
  2. Add chopped steak to hot skillet, season with Mrs. Dash and lime juice. Cook steak until desired doneness.
  3. Add chopped cilantro to cooked rice and stir well.
  4. Add rice, black beans, and steak to a bowl. Top with desired toppings; plain greek yogurt, cheese, avocado, hot sauce, salsa, etc.
  5. Eat up and enjoy!