Yesterday I decided that I was never going back to work because I loved being at home playing with my beautiful kids and had so much fun in the kitchen cooking this healthy meal for the family, BUT I know I would eventually go bananas staying home and miss my clients too much. I would love to be at home full time but I would miss helping people too much, sometimes we know what we need to do and the grass is not always greener on the other side, a good work-life balance is perfect for this girl. So…. I guess these home run meal post will only be once in a while!
My whole goal when cooking for the family, is to NOT hear this…. “This meal taste good for being healthy.” I hate when my crew thinks that healthy food does not taste good, there should not be a divide between clean REAL foods being bland and gross and processed fried, trans fatty, salty, sugary foods being the only foods that taste good. Healthy meals should always be yummy. This meal was one of those meals that was both healthy, tasty and I even made a unrefined dessert for gosh sakes! If you are going to be planning out your meals for the week, use one or all of these recipes!
Lime Chicken Skewers- a great find on Pinterest with a few modifications
* cut recipe in 1/2 if you are only serving 2-3 people
3/4 c soy sauce
1/4 c raw honey
2 Tbs. olive oil
Juice of 2 limes
4 cloves garlic
4 Tbs. Sriracha sauce (can be found in grocery store near the Thai sauces and spices)
red pepper flakes (optional for extra heat)
1/4 c chopped cilantro (and extra for garnishing)
2 lbs. cubed boneless skinless chicken breast
- Combine all ingredients and whisk in bowl, add cubed chicken and marinade in fridge for at least one hour.
- Skewer chicken cubes and boil the remainder of the marinade for 15 minutes
- Grill on medium heat for 6-8 minutes or until juices run clear
- Baste chicken skewers with marinade and brush.
Southwest Quinoa Casserole- this also is a modified recipe off Pinterest
* cut recipe in 1/2 if you are only serving 2-3 people, and use a 8×8 ” pan
1 onion chopped
1 poblano chili pepper or 2 jalapenos seeded and chopped
1 red bell pepper chopped and seeded
1 can organic corn
1/4 c butter
1/4 c gluten free flour
2 c unsweet coconut or almond milk
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp Hungarian paprika
1 tsp cumin
dash of chipotle chili powder
1 tsp sea salt
1 c Mexican blend shredded cheese
3 c cooked quinoa
1 can organic black beans
pre-heat oven 350, coat 9×13″ pan with oil. saute onion, peppers, and corn in skillet for 10-15 min. with olive oil. In sauce pan melt butter, flour, add spices, milk and cheese until thick. Place quinoa and black beans in bowl, add vegetables, and sauce, combine and add to 9×13″ pan and bake for 30 minutes until top is lightly brown.
OMG Almond Butter Blondies- this one I found on www.unrefinedkitchen.com I modified a few things (including putting OMG in front of the recipe title) but cannot take credit for these!
* double if you have more then 4 people eating off of this, it does not make much, we had no leftovers
1/4 c coconut oil melted
1/3 c honey
1/4 c almond butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 c almond flour/meal
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c dark chocolate chips
line a bread pan or 8×8″ pan with parchment paper
Combine all wet ingredients, then combine all dry ingredients and then combine dry to the wet ingredients.
bake at 350 for 15-20 min.
Happy Mother’s Day to all of the wonderful mother’s, step mother’s, honorary mother’s and those who are in mother roles. Spoil yourself ladies!