Dijon Chicken & Mushrooms

Fantastic!!!!! This recipe I actually saw on pinterest and just had to try it... I did change a few things though. I took out the pasta to make it gluten free and low carb, added more mushrooms, added more slivered almonds, and made it with sauteed garlic green beans. Soooooo tasty... my husband was raving about this dish all night!!!  

4 skinless boneless chicken breasts
4 cloves minced garlic
4 oz white wine
3 TBS dijon mustard
2 cups heavy cream
2 cup white mushrooms
1-1/2 cup slivered almond, toasted
salt & pepper

Servings 4
~ Heat coconut oil in large frying pan over medium heat. Add chicken, garlic, salt and pepper. Fry chicken until completely cooked
~ Remove chicken from pan when finished. Set aside and keep warm
~ In same pan, add wine and let simmer until it reduces by half  (about 1-2 minutes)
~ Add Whipping cream, dijon mustard, salt & pepper. Simmer until sauce thickens (3-5 minutes)
~ Add mushrooms and then return chicken to pan. simmer for additional 2 minutes.
~ Serve on individual plates and sprinkle with Almonds

** this dish is even fantastic the next day for lunch... after all the flavors have been marinading over night! Yum!!!!

Inspired by Rock Recipes

Taco Stuffed Peppers

I've been really cleaning up my diet lately from corn and most grains... this was a fantastic alternative to taco shells!! So tasty and even the hubby loved them!!

4 red or green peppers
1 lb ground beef OR ground turkey
taco seasoning (GF)
grated cheese

grated cheese
tomatoes, chopped
onion, chopped
black olives, sliced
sour cream

**Tip - The reason I say "GRATED" cheese vs the packaged shredded cheese is because packaged shredded cheese has added man-made ingredients so that the cheese doesn't stick together. Notice that when you grate cheese it sticks together... yep, its suppose to. So here's one step closer to a clean kitchen... start grating your cheese instead of buying packaged shredded cheese!!

Preheat oven 450 / servings 4
~ Slice (lengthwise) and clean peppers (remove stem)
~ In a large coated (spray or coconut oil) frying pan, cook meat over medium-high heat until no longer pink
~ Add taco seasoning to meat and let cook for another minute or two
~ Spoon meat mixture evenly into the 8 halves (peppers). sprinkle some grated cheese on top and place on coated baking sheet
~ Bake uncovered for 10-12 minutes... until peppers are tender. Remove from oven
~ Top with desired toppings and serve

** Also good with black beans and corn added to the meat mixture right before you add the taco seasoning. I did not add these only because of my diet... limiting my corn and carb intake! But very delicious to add!

Egg Drop Soup... Protein Protein Protein

Love this soup cause its so flavorful, filling, healthy, low carb, and loaded with protein!! Love eating this after a good workout!! I'm usually NOT a fan of tofu but in this dish I make an exception, cause its delicious!!! I use to eat Egg Drop Soup as a little girl in my favorite Chinese restaurant and it was my absolute favorite... This one has a very very similar taste and much healthier! Brings back memories!! 

4 cups chicken broth
1/4 tsp dried ginger
2 TBS chives, sliced
4oz bamboo shoots, chopped
3oz white mushrooms. chopped
6oz tofu (firm), chopped (OR shredded chicken)
1 cup fresh baby spinach
3 eggs
1/4 cup tamari

** Tip - I've noticed a lot of chicken broths have sugar (usually cane sugar) in them... make sure to READ LABELS and pick one without added sugar!

~Heat in a medium sauce pan chicken broth, chives, and ginger to a boil
~ Add bamboo shoots, mushrooms and tofu. Cook over medium heat for 5 min
~ Whisk eggs and  with a fork fold eggs into boiling broth
~ Add spinach and tamari. cook 2 minutes. Finished!!

Cheesy Quinoa - Mac & Cheese

Time to throw out the overly processed, gluten filled Mac & Cheese and introduce your family to another cheesy dish... A healthy one!!! Trying to get your kids to eat more veggies? Cheesy Quinoa is an easy way to sneak some veggies into their diet... and they'll love it!!

1 cup uncooked Quinoa, rinsed & drained
2 cups chicken broth
Broccoli - or veggie of choice
1/2 tsp minced garlic - or 1 clove, minced
1 large egg
3/4 cup milk
1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese (or 2 cups for extra cheesy)
salt & pepper 

Toppings (optional):
Sour Cream
Hot Sauce

Preheat oven 350 / servings 4
~ Fully cook quinoa as package instructs (use chicken stock instead of water)
~ Chop veggies and lightly saute for about 5 minutes. Add garlic and saute a little longer
~ In mixing bowl whisk together cheese, milk and egg. Add salt & pepper. Then fold in quinoa and veggies until fully mixed.
~ Transfer to a greased baking dish and bake for 30 minutes

Clean Ice Cream

Perfect for kids and a great treat for YOU!!! My husband is obsessed with ice cream and I use to feel deprived a little when he would eat it in front of me... But now I just keep bags of frozen bananas in the freezer and there ready when I need a treat! Berries on top add the perfect sweetness!! Since our 2 year old can't have sugar... this is a perfect treat for her!!
So Moms, if you want to avoid the sugar filled ice creams along with the energy highs and then emotional meltdowns that regular sugar causes... just switch that junk out for a clean treat like this!! Top it with their favorite topping and they may never even notice!! 
oh yeah, and its SUPER EASY!!!

2 bananas

Toppings of choice:
nuts / granola

Servings 2
~ Slice banana's in 1/2 inch slices
~ Place banana slices in zip lock bag and put in freezer, until frozen.
~Blend frozen bananas in a  food processor or blender until smooth or desired consistency
~ Scoop into bowl and top with desired toppings.