Ziti Spinach Alfredo

Ziti Spinach Alfredo

Who knew you could substitute heavy whipping cream and butter in alfredo sauce with cauliflower?  When I mentioned it to one of my friends, she emphatically told me not to try it because she made a cauliflower alfredo recipe from Pinterest and it failed miserably.  Her husband made her promise, swear, and crosse-her-heart to never try it again.  Well, you know how I love a challenge.   I’ve had a couple recipe fails too.  The sauce wasn’t creamy enough or too thick or not flavorful enough.  However with a little tweaking and determination, by George I think she’s got it! I love LoVe LOVE making recipes taste so delicious that no one will believe how healthy it is.  This, my friends, is a keeper.  I tested it out on my husband, his brother, and close friend without telling them the ingredients.  After they cleaned their plates and dishing up seconds, I told them the sauce was cauliflower!  They didn’t believe me and neither will you.  I can’t wait to hear what you think of this creamy cauliflower alfredo sauce!     Since I want you to skip all the fails and jump straight to success with this recipe, let me share a couple things I’ve learned.  A quality, good blender is a must!  I feel like I’m a broken record now, but I really do use my Vitamix daily.  I mention it frequently in my recipes because it makes healthy living so much easier and healthy eating so much tastier.  Whether you’re Team Vitamix, Team Blendtec, or Team Ninja, it’s time to invest or you’ll continue to miss out on...
Chicken and Broccoli Pasta

Chicken and Broccoli Pasta

Chicken, broccoli, and pasta just belong together.  You can’t go wrong with combining these three ingredients.  On those busy ‘it’s 5 and I have no idea what I’m making for dinner’ days, I recommend having these ingredients on hand.  It will become one of your favorite easy go-to dinners.  It’s quick, flavorful, and healthy.  Your family will love it too.   For my gluten-free friends, I think the hardest part would be giving up pasta!  I’ve tried a few gluten-free pastas and think they’re pretty tasty.  My husband, however, does not agree.  So… you know I don’t give up easily.  My goal with anything healthy my husband dislikes is trial and error until something sticks.  I snuck Goldbaum’s Brown Rice Pasta into this dish and he cleaned his plate.  That’s code for he liked it!   For a whole wheat pasta option, I’m a fan of Garofalo pasta.  It tastes like Italy (prego… that’s Italian for ‘you’re welcome’).  It’s high quality with great texture and taste.  I can really tell a difference between this pasta and cheaper options.       Print Chicken and Broccoli Pasta Ingredients 3 Tbs olive oil 1 small sweet onion diced 1 Tbs minced garlic 2 14.5 oz canned organic diced tomatoes, 1 can drained and 1 can with juices 4 cups fresh broccoli cut into florets 1 tsp salt 1 tsp black pepper 2 Tbs Italian seasoning 3 large chicken breasts thawed and cut into 1 inch pieces 1 lbs dry whole wheat or gluten-free brown rice penne pasta prepared according to package directions 2 Tbs fresh grated Parmesan cheese Instructions In a large skillet...
Basil Chicken with Quinoa

Basil Chicken with Quinoa

My husband has not been a fan of quinoa.  I usually sneak it in with my brown rice like in my Yellow Coconut Chicken Curry so he doesn’t even know he’s eating it.  However, I don’t give up easily.  My Balsamic Quinoa Salad was my first success.  He loved it!  So, I just kept experimenting until I found another winner (meaning my husband cleaned his plate).  This juicy, grilled chicken coupled with flavorful quinoa and accents of tomato and avocado is to die for!     I’ve cooked chicken a million different ways… boiled, baked, fried, roasted, slow cooked, etc.  My most favorite is grilled.  The grill cooks chicken quickly but keeps the inside juicy and the outside a little crispy.  Oooh yum!  Since it’s hard to shovel snow off my grill during the winter, I purchased a George Foreman and use it all. the. time.  Especially with this basil chicken recipe, the grill makes its flavor pop!  I highly recommend it.       Let’s talk quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah).  It’s full of protein, fiber, amino acids, antioxidants, gluten-free, and lots and lots of nutritious yumminess.  I use truRoots Organic Quinoa and have really like the texture and taste.  I’ve tried other brands which turn out a little soggy.  Seriously, I can’t wait for you to try it in this recipe!       Print Grilled Chicken and Basil Avocado Quinoa Ingredients 10 chicken tenders thawed 1/2 cup olive oil 1 Tbs dried basil 1 tsp salt 1 tsp black pepper 1 Tbs olive oil 1 cup chopped sweet onion 1 Tbs minced garlic 3 cups organic chicken broth 1 tsp black pepper 1...
Simple Turkey Chili

Simple Turkey Chili

We all need some quick, under 30 minute dinner recipes.  Not only quick, but healthy and loved by the family.  This simple turkey chili in addition to my Baked Burritos have become one of my favorite go-to meals.  It’s the perfect comfort food full of flavor.  Definitely a hit each time.     I’m getting ready for baby #2… which means I have many sleep deprived days in my near future.  One goal I have before the baby gets here in 6 weeks (AHHH!) is to have 30 days of freezer meals prepared.  This turkey chili is on the top of that list.  It’s easy to make a double batch and throw it into some freezer containers.  I’ve been eyeing this 24 pack of freezable food containers.  I’ve also heard that using gallon freezer bags makes storing several freezer meals easier.  Any suggestions?       I have officially kissed traditional tortilla chips goodbye.  Food Should Taste Good Multigrain chips are completely addicting.  I may have bought 8 large bags recently from Costco while they were on sale.  You know I can’t resist tasty things that sneak in health and nutrition.  Don’t miss out on crumbling a few FSTG chips on top of this turkey chili.  You’re welcome. Print Simple Turkey Chili Ingredients 2 lbs ground turkey browned and drained 1 small onion diced 2 bell peppers diced 1 Tbs minced garlic 2 15 oz cans of organic tomato sauce 2 15 oz cans of organic diced tomatoes, drained 2 15 oz cans of organic red kidney beans, drained and rinsed well 1 jalapeño finely chopped (optional for additional spiciness) 2 Tbs...
Classic Spaghetti

Classic Spaghetti

My family is hooked on this chunky, full of flavor healthy spaghetti sauce.  Whether it’s for my small family of 3 or for large family gatherings of 40, this spaghetti sauce is loved by all and quickly devoured.  Don’t be surprised if you’re tempted to eat like a soup instead of spaghetti sauce.     Since this sauce is overloaded with lots of fresh vegetables, it’s essential to take a couple extra seconds and wash them.  No, I don’t mean rinse with water… I mean scrub those babies.  My most beloved wash is Fit: Fruit and Vegetable Wash.  Skeptical of veggie washes?  Check out this post where you can see the difference before and after washing.  You’ll never look back.         You’ll need at least a 6-quart slow cooker to comfortably fit all these delicious ingredients.  Also, I enjoy substituting pasta with spaghetti squash.  I know it sounds a little bizarre if you’ve never tried it.  However, it’s adds a pop of flavor which compliments this pasta sauce and also a healthy, gluten-free option.  You can either roast or steam the spaghetti squash in the oven.  It takes about an hour to prepare and bake and you can time it perfectly to be done with your sauce.     If you’re preparing this for smaller numbers, don’t worry about having leftovers!  It’s great for next day’s lunch or refrigerate and use for dinner next week or freeze it up to 3 months.  You’ll be grateful there are seconds.  Enjoy, my friends! Print Classic Spaghetti Ingredients 3 lbs lean ground beef or ground turkey browned and excess liquid drained 1 large...

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