30 Minute Protein Pasta (GF)

Time: 30 min

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb Ground Beef or Turkey
  • 1 box Banza Pasta
  • 1 Jar Tomato Basil Marinara
  • 1 cup diced spinach
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • shredded Parmesan cheese

Steps:

In large pot over high heat, bring water to a boil. Add pasta and boil for 8 minutes.

In a saute pan or cast iron pan over medium heat, heat olive oil and minced garlic. Add the ground meat and cook until browned. Add the diced spinach and stir for 2 minutes.

Reduce to low and stir in the marinara sauce until small bubbles appear on the surface.

Combine and enjoy!

15 Minute Bison Tacos

This is a great way to use up some leftovers in your fridge, especially if you are like me and you almost always have some taco ingredients on hand.

Time: 15ish minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound bison (can also use beef or turkey)
  • 2 jalapeños, diced
  • 2 Tbsp avocado oil
  • 4 Tbsp taco seasoning (I usually season to taste)
  • Dash of salt and pepper
  • 1 cup spinach, chopped
  • 2 cups cole slaw mix
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 4 flour tortillas
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • Cilantro

Directions:

I use my cast iron pan for this one because i think it browns the meat a lot better, if you don’t have one they are usually pretty cheap at Costco or Amazon.

Over medium heat, heat the avocado oil. Add the diced jalapenos and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the bison meat and break apart. Add the taco seasoning and cook until meat starts to brown. Toss in the chopped spinach, cover and let it cook for 1-2 minutes before stirring together.

In a separate bowl toss the cole slaw with lime juice and let sit.

Build your tacos how you like: topping with cheese, salsa, avocado, cilantro, lime juice, and Cholula

BBQ Chicken Bowl

A super easy throw together dinner for a busy day (which is what it was for me this week)

Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 lb. skinless, boneless chicken thighs
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/4 c. barbecue sauce, plus more for topping
  • 1 c. brown rice dry
  • 1.75 cups broth
  • 1 avocado, sliced (optional)
  • 2 cups tri-colored cole slaw mix
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, thinly sliced (remove seeds for less heat)
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • Dash of pepper
  • Chopped fresh cilantro, for topping

Directions

Combine the chicken, garlic, onion, 1/2 teaspoon salt, a few grinds of pepper and 1/4 cup water in a 6-quart Instant Pot. Pour in the barbecue sauce.

Put on and lock the lid, making sure the steam valve is in the sealing position. Set the pot to pressure-cook on high for 15 minutes. When the time is up, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes. Carefully turn the steam valve to the venting position and release the remaining pressure. Unlock and remove the lid, being careful of any remaining steam.

Transfer the chicken to a large bowl and shred with two forks. Set the Instant Pot to sauté on high and cook the sauce until thickened, about 10 minutes. Add the sauce to the chicken and toss.

Meanwhile, bring 1.75 cups broth with the rice to a boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce the heat to low; simmer until the brown rice is tender and the water is absorbed, about 20 minutes.

While both of those cook, add the shredded carrot, cole slaw, and jalapeno to a bowl. Whisk the apple cider vinegar, sugar, oil, salt, pepper together. Pour over the shredded slaw and mix to coat.

Build bowls and top with cilantro and avocado as desired.

Sheet Pan Sticky Sweet and Sour Chicken

Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless chicken breasts, cut into 2 inch cubes
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, or gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 pinch each kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 2 bell peppers, sliced
  • 2 shallots, quartered
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or sesame oil
  • 1 cup sweet Thai chili sauce
  • 1/3 cup liquid aminos
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
  • 1 jalapeño, sliced, and seeded if desired
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1 cup white rice
  • 1.5 cups water

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 475° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or grease with oil.

Place a little oil in a pot and heat over medium high, add 1 cup rice and 1.5 cups water and bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer until all water is cooked out.

Add the chicken, egg, and a pinch of pepper to a bowl. Toss to combine. Add the flour and ginger to another bowl. Dredge the chicken in batches through the flour, tossing to coat. Place the chicken on one side of the prepared baking sheet. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons oil. Add the broccoli, peppers, and shallots to the other side of the pan and toss with 2 tablespoons oil. Bake 15 minutes.

Reduce the oven temp to 400° F.

Meanwhile, combine the sweet Thai chili sauce, soy sauce, apple juice, rice vinegar, ketchup, peanut butter, jalapeño, and garlic in a medium saucepan. Set over medium-high heat and bring the sauce to a boil. Boil 5-8 minutes, until the sauce thickens and reduces by about 1/3. Remove from the heat.

Pour half the sauce over the chicken, tossing to combine. Toss the vegetables. Return everything to the oven for 3 minutes, until the sauce coats the chicken. Watch closely, the sauce can burn easily.

Serve the chicken and the remaining sauce over bowls of rice. Serve the vegetables on the side.

Chicken Flautas (Not Deep Fried)

Makes: 8

Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • Chicken Verde
    • 2 organic chicken breasts, trimmed + tenderized and halved
    • 2 tbsp avocado oil
    • 1 jar salsa verde
    • 1 lime
    • 1/2 cup freshly chopped cilantro
    • salt, pepper, red chili flakes, to taste
  • Flautas
    • Whole Wheat Tortillas
    • 1 can Refried beans or Pinto Beans, mashed and cooked
    • 4 Tbsp avocado oil
  • Peppers and Onions
    • 1 large bell pepper, sliced thin
    • 1/2 red onion, sliced thin
    • 1/4 tsp cumin
    • 1/4 tsp pink salt/sea salt
    • 1 avocado (for topping)

Directions

Instructions

Shredded Chicken Verde

  1. In a medium pot, heat 2 tbsp avocado oil on medium heat, then add chicken breast to brown on either side (about 2 min). You can also use an instapot for the chicken if you have one.
  2. Pour in entire jar of salsa verde, stir chicken, then cover with lid to let cook on medium-low heat for 12-15 minutes.
  3. Once chicken is tender, remove from heat and transfer only the chicken to a plate. Shred with two forks.
  4. Pour shredded chicken back into the pot, stir in cilantro, fresh lime juice, and seasonings. Set aside.

Flautas

  1. Heat 3-4 tbsp avocado oil in a large skillet on medium-low heat.
  2. Heat tortillas over an open flame until slightly charred (or in a skillet with no oil, either side).
  3. On a flat surface or cutting board, fold in a good amount of shredded chicken + 1-2 spoonfuls refried beans, if using, and roll up right.
  4. Gently transfer to skillet, fold side down, to fry/brown. Flip every 3-5 minutes, or when browned/crisped. Continue for your remaining tortillas.

Peppers + Onions

  1. Meanwhile, in a separate skillet, sauté your peppers + onions with seasonings. Cover with lid and cook on medium-high heat until onions are caramelized & starting to char, about 10-12 min. Toss occasionally with tongs.

Time To Build

  1. Add avocado + more fresh cilantro and serve

‘Instapot’ Chicken Taco Soup

I finally caved and got a pressure cooker, which is now made trendy being called an “Instapot”, so I thought I would share my first recipe.

Time: 30 minutes

Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups less sodium chicken broth
  • 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1-2 tsp chipotle chili in adobo sauce, or more to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish
  • 15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 8 oz can diced green chilies
  • 14.5 oz can petite diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 3 skinless chicken breasts, 16 oz total
  • Optional: 2 cups cooked brown rice

Toppings

  • 3/4 cup shredded part skim cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 4 oz 1 small haas avocado, diced

Directions

  • Press saute on the Instant Pot. Add onion and garlic and sauté until soft, 3-4 minutes. Slowly add the chicken broth, tomato sauce and chipotle adobo sauce and cilantro.
  • Add the drained beans, diced tomatoes, corn, cumin, oregano and stir. Add the chicken breasts; cover and cook on high pressure for 20 minutes. Quick or natural release.
  • Remove chicken and shred with two forks. Add chicken back into the soup, adjust salt and cumin to taste.
  • For higher a carb, make brown rice to serve with
  • Serve in bowls and top with cheese, avocado, scallions and cilantro. Also great with sour cream or crushed tortilla chips. Enjoy!

Bison Blue Cheese Burger

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 4 pretzel buns (or whole wheat)
  • 1 Pound Bison Meat
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
  • Salt/Pepper
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 cup sprouts
  • 4 slices white onion
  • 4 Tbsp Chipotle Mayo
  • 4 Tbsp Ketchup
  • 4 slices tomato

Directions:

Heat the Grill.

Mix the bison in a bowl with the blue cheese, salt, and pepper. Form 4 patties. Reduce grill heat to medium. Grill on each side for 4 minutes. On a piece of tin foil, BBQ the onions on the side (spray the tin foil with cooking spray).

Meanwhile, slice the avocado, tomato, and the pretzel buns. Spread the Mayo on the pretzel buns. When the patties are almost done, place the buns on the grill until edges start to char and buns are warm.

Assemble. Enjoy!

Greek Lamb Meatballs

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground lamb, ground beef, or chicken
  • 1 yellow onion, grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or grated
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1 cup hummus (see recipe to make your own)
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice tossed with 1 tsp turmeric for serving
  • Persian cucumbers, arugula, tomatoes, and tzatziki/yogurt sauce for serving

Tatziki Ingredients:

  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp mint
  • 1/2 lemon juice and zest
  • 1/4 tsp salt and pepper
  • 2 Tbsp shredded cucumber

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment.

Add the lamb, onion, garlic, lemon zest, cumin, oregano, cayenne, and a pinch each of salt and pepper to a bowl. Coat your hands with a bit of olive oil, and roll the meat into 2 tablespoon size balls (will make 10-12 meatballs), placing them on the prepared baking sheet. Transfer to the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the meatballs are crisp or cooked through on the inside.

3. Meanwhile, make the tzatziki sauce. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until smooth. Let sit to meld the flavors.

4. To serve, spread the hummus and tzatziki sauce on plates. Add the rice, meatballs, cucumber, tomatoes, and greens. Drizzle olive oil and lemon juice lightly over top of everything. Enjoy! 

Irish Soda Bread

Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon coarse sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  • In large bowl whisk together your flour, baking soda and salt. Add in your buttermilk and stir until it just comes together. Add raisins and mix a little more.
  • Turn out onto lightly floured surface and knead until it forms a smooth ball. Dust the outside with flour and place on an un-greased baking sheet. Use a sharp knife to slash a 1 inch deep cross on top of the loaf. 
  • Bake in oven for 35 minutes or until golden brown. 

St. Patrick’s Day – A Day Late Crock-pot Corned Beef and Cabbage

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs lean corned beef brisket, fat trimmed a little
  • 1 cup pearl onions
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 medium parsnips, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 small head cabbage, cut into 6 wedges
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp whole peppercorns

Directions:

In a 5-6 qt crock pot, place brisket, carrots, parsnips, pearl onions, salt, peppercorns and 3 cups of water. Cover and cook on high 4 hours. Add cabbage, cook on high 1 hour 20 minutes more.

Serve with Soda Bread and salad of choice. *See Soda Bread Recipe