Gluten Free, Dairy free, High Protein, kitchen Tips, Poultry

Grilled Chicken- easy weekend prep

img_5446My College student son is home for the summer and we had a challenge to each other to jump on the health train and do a summer workout challenge.  Part of the challenge was giving up sugars and carbs and eating more healthy protein and whole grains.  I have found with his appetite I need to have easy healthy proteins to throw on a salad or heat up with wild rice was the best. I love grilling a mess of chicken breast and then having them in the fridge for recipes.  Here is my easy grilled herb chicken breast.

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I like to get a the jumbo package of organic chicken breast and fillet each breast into two portions.  It cooks faster and seems to come out more juicy.

The big packs of chicken I will cook up half and then single wrap the other Breasts to put in the freezer for future use,

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I marinade in olive oil, herb de Provence seasoning, garlic seasoning and lemon pepper.  allow it to marinate at room temp for 30 minutes.

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then grille to 165 degrees. approximately 10 minutes each side on a hot  med high heat gas grille.

 

Then store in a airtight container in the fridge.  we seem to go thru these in less than a couple of days.  so good cold, or chopped in a salad.  Makes taco night a breeze when getting home from a long day at work.  Enjoy the shortcut.

breakfast, Entrees, Garden, Gluten Free, Dairy free, kitchen Tips, Traditions, Vegetable, Vegetarian

Morning Skillet Potatoes

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I am all about easy and fast these days.  Not just because if time but with us all cooking so much more-  we want to be useful with what we have as well as healthy and tasty.  My FAVORITE is baked potato night at home.  We do a big assembly line of toppings and you make your own.  I always bake two extra potatoes just in case there is company.  But we all know it’s for the easy morning skillet you can make with the left over spuds.  Simple-Fast and add a dippy egg on top and you have breakfast bliss. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • Two good sized bakers potatoes-cooked
  • Mixed bell peppers Green, yellow, red chopped
  • Small sweet onion cleaned and chopped
  • 2 cloves chopped garlic fresh- heaping tsp Jarred
  • seasoned garlic salt to taste
  • two Tablespoons of Canola Oil
  • Black pepper
  • parsley garnish optional

Chop potatoes and place into a prepped heated to a sizzle(add salt to oil heating) hot deep skillet or cast iron with oil.

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Chop peppers and onions on top of potatoes and press down to start a bottom crust. Flat spatula flip as bottom browns about 3-4 minutes.  don’t let it burn- but should be good and crispy in 12 minutes.

Easy short cut- I like to have chopped peppers in easy grab bags in the freezer. Frozen peppers work great in this skillet.

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Serve as a yummy side to the star of the plate with a glorious runny egg on top.  Enjoy.

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Gluten Free, Dairy free, Poultry, Salads, Traditions

Protein Packed Wild Rice Salad

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This is a yummy option for my Gluten Free and Dairy free friends.  Since the massive time at home during the safe  this is a great option to enjoy hot or cold.  It seasons and save wonderfully in the fridge for a quick snack.  I also have incorporated the TVP(Textured Vegetable Protein) to add that extra punch.  Its a yummy bowl at it best.  Can be eaten as a meal or a fabulous side dish to any BBQ. Remove Chicken and its Vegan! Enjoy.

  • 2 cups wild rice cooked
  • Chicken Breast (grilled and chopped)
  • 1 Cup TVP rehydrated
  • 1/2 cup each chopped veggies
    • sweet onion
    • red pepper
    • cucumber
    • peeled celery
    • cherry tomatoes quartered
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup FF olive oil Italian dressing(alternative olive oil and balsamic vinegar to taste)
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 tsp sweet basil chopped

The versatile salad you can add or remove pretty much anything you like. Feta Cheese is good in this for the cheese lovers. I have fresh blueberries but strawberries or chopped green apple is yummy as well. Mix all together in a big bowl and allow to season for at least 30 minutes before serving. The TVP add a nice Harty chew to this salad.

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Gluten Free, Dairy free, Traditions, Vegetable, Vegetarian

Protein Alternative

I have been getting request for Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy free, high protein, healthy options. Not that my cooking isn’t healthy but us southern cooks do gravitate to real butter and heavy cream at times. so I decided to do some research and start coming up with some original options in these categories. I discovered a great protein alternative called TVP(Textured vegetable protein). Bobs Red Mill makes a very affordable product that I found to be very tasty. It has a unique chewy texture that when rehydrated and mixed in with sauces, chili, soups, salads.  Check out my Protein Packed Wild Rice Recipe.

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