One Pot Chicken and Eggplant

One Pot Chicken and Eggplant

Sorry I have not posted in a while. My website was hacked, so we are still working on getting everything straight and regrouped. My daughter, Leigh, said, “Who would want to hack a food/travel blog?” That is a really good question. Anyway, if you follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, you will know I have been in Jackson Hole, Missouri and Atlanta in the past week and a half. All of this travel makes want easy, healthy dinner options such as this One Pot Chicken and Eggplant recipe which my family loved! Serve it over fresh spinach, pasta, rice quinoa for a one dish meal. I love that you cook the eggplant and make the sauce and then puree it–this is a great way to get your kids to eat more eggplant. Enjoy this for an easy weeknight or weekend main dish. Serve with a salad and dinner is done!

Chicken Caprese: Spring is in the Air

Spring is around the corner, so it’s time for my favorite ingredients: tomatoes, basil and fresh mozzarella. This recipe for Chicken Caprese is a 30 minute twist on your typical “Caprese” salad. Feel free to sauté the chicken if you don’t have time to grill (or if it’s still to chilly outside). My 3 kids really loved this one! My youngest son, Zachary, loves fresh mozzarella, and it’s a a great way to get him to eat fresh tomatoes and basil.  My best tip is to buy the highest quality mozzarella you can find. Enjoy this during spring and summer as a simple weeknight or weekend chicken main dish.

Quinoa Chicken Fried Rice Recipe

My oldest son, Alec, has been begging me to make homemade fried rice for a while. I decided to twist the basic recipe and make it with quinoa instead of rice. This Quinoa Chicken Fried Rice recipe is a hit for something new and different for your weeknight table, especially if you’re looking for something gluten-free, healthy and hearty. Feel free to substitute rice for the quinoa if you wish, but I love that quinoa is a gluten-free, nutty grain that is a complete protein which is high in fiber, low in calories and is high in iron, magnesium and calcium.

Gluten-Free Main Dish: Balsamic Chicken with Pine Nuts

I am so excited about sharing this simple, healthy main dish. In under 30 minutes, this recipe for Balsamic Chicken Cutlets makes a great healthy weeknight or weekend entree. This recipe is perfect if you’re following a gluten-free, Paleo or low carb diet. Pine nuts are a great source of protein, dietary fiber, magnesium and iron, and they add great flavor and crunch to this easy recipe.

Lightened Up Chicken Tetrazzini

Lately, I’ve had so many requests for an easy, healthy fall weeknight dinner recipe that kids will love too. This recipe for Lightened Up Chicken Tetrazzini is one that really sticks out in my mind. I purchase a rotisserie chicken for the chopped, cooked chicken which makes my life easier. I also used light cream cheese, low sodium chicken broth and whole wheat noodles to make this dish healthier. The panko breadcrumb topping is probably my favorite part, giving it a toasty crunch and pretty golden color. This is a great make-ahead recipe or wonderful to take to someone who is ill or just had a baby. Feel free to make this recipe ahead of time and freeze. To thaw, place in the refrigerator overnight and let stand at room temperature 30 minutes before baking as directed.

Healthy Tailgating Recipe: Panko Roasted Drumsticks

As I mentioned last week, football is just kind of big around here during football season. Each week, we rotate going to friends’ houses to watch the game or head to the games (if we are lucky enough). I have such a great time coming up with creative ways to make tailgating (and game watching) a little healthier, so everyone  doesn’t feel so stuffed (and guilty) when the games are over. These Panko Roasted Drumsticks are definitely one of my new popular crowd pleasers. They appeal to adults as well as kids, and they are so simple to make. Your guests won’t believe that this recipe is a “lightened up” version of one of their favorite party foods.

Easy, Healthy Appetizer or Main-dish Recipe: Pork Lettuce Wraps

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This recipe was featured on NBC 13 Daytime Alabama for I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter this week. My kids love lettuce wraps so this is perfect to serve at my house and only 3.5 grams of fat. It’s also very economical, only $6.93 for the recipe or $1.73 per serving. Feel free to substitute steak, chicken or shrimp for the pork in this recipe.

Grilled Chicken Salad with Cilantro-Dijon Vinaigrette

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Summertime is the perfect time of year for Grilled Chicken Salads for dinner. This recipe idea comes from a restaurant in Birmingham I love, The Cantina. They make an awesome Cilantro Vinaigrette. My version is slightly different with a touch of coarse-grain mustard and sugar.  It is also fabulous with shrimp or fish.

Light, Simple and Budget Friendly: Chicken with Olives and Tomatoes

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I love cooking in a skillet, especially a grill pan such as this. It’s so easy and quick, and dinner comes together in under 25 minutes. Using chicken cutlets works great in this recipe because they cook so quickly. If you can’t find chicken cutlets at your local store, just slice a boneless chicken breast so it is half the size in thickness. I love this fresh combination of the chicken with grape tomatoes, olives and fresh basil and parsley. It’s perfect this time of year, and my kids love it too. See me preparing this recipe on “Talk of Town” on News Channel 5 in Nashville, this Thursday at 11:30 a.m.

Appetizer or Entree: Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders

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Since most kids and adults love chicken fingers, I thought I would try my hand at developing a low-fat yet delicious recipe that kids and adults would enjoy. This recipe is a cinch. It’s only 4 ingredients and takes less than 25 minutes to prepare. Make extra honey-mustard dipping sauce by stirring together Dijon mustard and honey. I love using panko breadcrumbs in this recipe, and they are so easy to find even in the grocery stores. Just check where breadcrumbs are sold. Enjoy as an appetizer or entree when you need something fast and tasty.