Chicken, Comfort Dish, Complete Meal, Easy & Quick, Healthy

Chicken, Potato and Asparagus Bake

This recipe is my new favorite chicken recipe.  It’s so simple and yet is a well rounded dinner.  It’s has a protein, a starch and a veggie.  I’m always looking for that go to, easy week night meal.  Well here it is.

I made this recipe and I immediately knew it would be something I’d make again and again.  This recipe can be made with both chicken breasts or chicken thighs.  I choice a boneless and skinless chicken thigh because it’s much juicer and it was something I had on hand.  Chicken breasts can also be used, you just need to adjust the cooking times.

I added asparagus and mini potatoes but feel free to adjust to whatever vegetable you have in your pantry.  Check it out!

Chicken, Potato and Asparagus Bake

Ingredients:
8 chicken thighs, boneless and skinless
1 bunch asparagus, chopped in 1 inch pieces
15-20 mini potatoes, sliced in half or whole
2-3 T Olive oil
1 t garlic powder
1 t onion powder
1 t paprika
1 t chili powder
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste

Directions: Preheat oven 375.  Heat a medium cast iron skillet or regular skillet on medium high heat.  Season chicken thighs on both sides with garlic and onion powder, paprika, chili powder and salt and pepper.

Add 1/2 T of olive oil to the pan and let heat 1 minute.  Brown chicken on both sides.  Brown all chicken and set aside.

In a medium bowl add the asparagus and potatoes and coat with remaining olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper and garlic and onion powder.

Add the chicken to the bottom of a large baking pan.  Add the chopped asparagus and potatoes on top of the chicken.

Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes until vegetables are fork tender and chicken is cooked through. Remove from oven, season potatoes and asparagus with salt and pepper and serve.

Notes:  The chicken cook times may vary.  Adjust accordingly.  Cut the potatoes in half to cook them quicker.  If you use larger potatoes they may need to be quartered.  Chicken breasts will take a bit longer to cook especially depending on the size of the breast.  Browning chicken first isn’t a mandatory step but it’s definitely one that will enhance the flavors.

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Appetizers, Easy & Quick, Party Foods, Starters

Herbed Goat Cheese Wonton Bites

Let’s talk about goat cheese! I’ll be honest, for years I use to avoid it. I just never thought about using in in dishes or cooking with it. A few years back I had a friend that turned me onto it and ever since I’ve been hooked. I don’t buy it often but when I do, I love to incorporate into different dishes. I now put ontop of pizza, in pasta, with eggs and also make cute little appetizers like these.

This is a simple dish. It may take a bit of time just stuffing the wrappers but this is perfect for an appetizer and the goat cheese mixure can be made ahead of time to cut down on time.

Herbed Goat Cheese Wonton Bites

Ingredients:
24 Wonton wrapper
8 oz goat cheese
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
2 t dried or fresh oregano
2 t dried or fresh parsley
2 t dried or fresh thyme
1 garlic clove
1 shallot
2 T olive oil
1/2 t crushed red pepper
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
Olive oil spray
1/4 cup sriracha or chili sauce, for dipping

Directions: Preheat the oven to 350°. In a food processor add in goat cheese, garlic clove, shallot and spices. Pulse slowly while drizzling in olive oil. Pulse until creamy. If mixture becomes too think, add more oil slowly. Taste and add more seasoning as needed.

Add a spoonful of goat cheese to the middle of the wonton wrapper. Fold the edges in and place in a mini muffin tin. Complete with all remaining wonton wrappers.

Spray Olive oil over the wonton wrappers. (This will help brown the wontons.)

Bake in oven 12 minutes then remove from oven and cover loosely with aluminium foil. Add back in the oven and cook for another 6-7 minutes. Using the foil will help make sure the top of the wonton wrappers don’t burn while cooking the bottoms.

Make sure to keep an eye on these as they can burn quickly. Serve warm with sriracha or chili sauce.

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Bacon, Easy & Quick, Healthy, Salad, Seafood

Shrimp & Bacon BBQ Ranch Salad

I’m about 2 weeks into doing Weight Watchers and I’m finally realizing that dinner doesn’t have to be a production every single night. I have a habit of over thinking a meal and then getting frustrated or discouraged. I always feel like every meal should have a a protein, a vegetable and a starch. That must be my culinary professors in my head telling me that.

So, I’m learning it’s ok to have eggs for dinner or a quick thrown together salad or something simple. With doing Weight Watchers I feel it’s easier as I can really eat anything I want.

I put this salad together this for dinner that was full of protein and very delicious. It really was super simple.

Shrimp & Bacon BBQ Ranch Salad

Servings: 2

Ingredients:
20 medium shrimp, cleaned and cooked and slightly warm
1 small avocado
½ cup no salt black beans, rinsed and drained
½ cup corn, fresh or frozen
1 small red onion, diced
¼ cup shredded cheese
4 slices bacon, cooked and rough chopped
6- 8 cups romaine lettuce, cleaned and chopped
2 oz bbq sauce
2 oz ranch dressing

Directions: In a small bowl mix together bbq sauce and ranch dressing. Add lettuce to a large bowl. Add in corn, black beans, onions, cheese and dressing and mix well. Separate into individual bowls and top with even amount of shrimp, bacon and avocado. Enjoy!

Notes: Feel free to mix all these ingredients together and serve it up. I always like to make sure the main proteins or higher fat/calories items are equally distributed to both bowls especially when county calories or points. In this case, that would be the shrimp, bacon and avocado. Use any bbq sauce you’d like, mine had a slight kick and it gave a nice flavor profile. If you don’t have cooked shrimp, feel free to use raw and just cook them up. That’s exactly what I did.

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Breakfast, Easy & Quick, Healthy

5 Ingredient Healthy Bagels

You may be hearing about these easy healthy bagels.  They are made with very few ingredients and low in calories, fat and smart points.  I decided to make them last week and made again yesterday.  I’ve done it 2 different ways and I wanted to share with you what I did.  You will see so many variations out there of this recipe. This is just what I did.

I loved them so much I could probably eat them every single day.  So delicious and makes me feel guilt free as they are healthier and only 3 smart points per bagel.

5 Ingredient Healthy Bagels

Ingredient:
1 cup Greek yogurt, nonfat and unsweetened
1 cup flour (if self-rising flour, omit the salt and baking powder)
¾ t of salt
1 ½ t of baking powder
1 egg, beaten

Toppings, optional:
Everything bagel seasoning
Sesame or poppy seeds
Cinnamon & sugar (Will add more points/calories)
Cheese (Will add more points/calories)

Directions: Preheat oven to 400°.  In a bowl mix together the Greek yogurt and the flour.  Mix well until if forms a dough.  Knead the dough a few minutes.  Add flour to a flat surface and roll dough into a ball and cut into 4 equal pieces. Roll each piece of dough into a rope and pinch both ends together to create a bagel shape.   Place on parchment paper and brush with beaten egg then top with desired toppings.  Bake in oven 20-23 minutes until golden brown.  Let cool prior to eating. Then Enjoy!

Note: I have done the method where you boiled the bagels first then baked them. Honestly, it didn’t taste or come out any different to me.  The 2nd time I made them I baked for about 22 minutes.  Each oven is different so the time and temp may vary.  Some people cook at a lower temp for longer or a high temp for shorter.  You can also add the broiler to help crisp up the bagels.  I haven’t done this as mine have come out fine.  If you can wait to eat them, wait till they are cooled.  I’ve eaten right away both times and the insides felt slightly gummy, however they didn’t taste gummy at all.

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Comfort Dish, Easy & Quick, Kid Fun, Starters

Puff Pastry Hot Dogs

Talk about a fun appetizer or quick fun dinner.  These puff pastry hot dogs are quick to make and simply delicious.  This is sure to be a hit at any gathering.  You can cut the hot dogs in half to make smaller ones vs the full hot dogs.  Check out the recipe below.

Puff Pastry Hot Dogs

Ingredients:
8 hot dogs, any kind
1 sheet pre-made puff pastry, thawed but cold
1 egg
Sprinkle: coarse salt
Mustard for serving

Directions: Preheat oven 400. Roll out puff pastry to make it slightly bigger.  Pat dry the hot dogs.  Using a knife or a pizza cutter cut into half inch strips.  Using 2 strips of the puff pastry wrap the hot dog, slightly overlapping.  You can also just use thicker strips of the puff pastry if you’d rather.  Place on a greased baking dish.

Once all the hot dogs are wrapped place in the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes for the puff pastry to slightly chill again.

Whisk egg in small bowl.  Remove the hot dogs from the refrigerator and brush the puff pastry with the egg and sprinkle with coarse salt.  Bake in the oven 20 minutes until golden brown.  Serve immediately with a side of mustard.

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Easy & Quick, Sides

Romano Cheese Roasted Red Potatoes

These roasted red potatoes are the perfect side dish for any meal.  They are quick to make and come out delicious!  I love potatoes.  There are so many potatoes out there along with even more ways to cook them.  These are simple to make and a great add with any dish or just eat them right out of the bowl (I may or may not have done that. 🙂 )

Roasted Red Potatoes

Ingredients:
6-8 medium size red potatoes, washed and quartered
2 T olive oil (more if needed)
3 T butter, melted
1 t onion powder
1 t garlic powder
1 t dried rosemary
3 T Romano cheese, grated (optional)
Salt: to taste
Pepper: to taste

Directions: Preheat oven to 400°.  Add potatoes to a baking dish.  Melt butter in a small bowl, add in rosemary, garlic and onion powder and sprinkle of salt and pepper.  Mix well.  Drizzle oil and butter over the potatoes and bake in oven 15-20 minutes.  Mix potatoes and bake another 15-20 minutes.  Add more oil if needed.  Remove from oven and season with salt and pepper and toss with Romano cheese and enjoy.

Notes: Cooking times will vary based on ovens. If you want them crisper keep them in longer, if you just want them cooked through adjust the oven times accordingly.  Feel free to use more oil.  I do feel like it helps with the crispy exterior.

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