I apologize for the lack in posts lately. DH's car gave us a LOT of trouble last week and $1250 later, it is almost all better. Sigh.
We've had some good eats lately, I tell you what.
Cajun Jambalaya, Clean Eating Magazine
- 1/2 lb raw shrimp, 26/30 size, peeled and deveined, tail on
- 4 oz boneless, skinless chicken breast, diced into 1 inch pieces
- 1 all natural low sodium turkey sausage (I used two Jennie O's links), sliced
- 1/2 medium white onion, diced
- 1 med green bell pepper, stem and seeds removed and discarded, diced
- 1 rib celery, diced
- 1 1/2 medium vine-ripe tomatoes, cored and diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 1/2 tbsp salt-free Cajun seasoning
- 1 cup all-natural instant brown rice
- 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
- Sea Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
- Olive Oil cooking spray
- Preheat oven to 400* F
- In a large mixing bowl, toss together all ingredients except cooking spray, mixing well until combined.
- Prepare 2 foil pouches. Spray each piece of foil with cooking spray. Divide mixture evenly between both pieces of foil and seal.
- Place pouches on a baking tray and slide onto middle rack of preheated oven for 25 minutes or until rice and proteins are fully cooked.
- Carefully open pouch and pour mixture into a large bowl to serve immediately.
Modifications: I don't actually own Cajun seasoning, so I made my own. I also added some red pepper flakes and used rice that was already cooked in my rice maker. My shrimp were not peeled, because unpeeled shrimp are cheaper.
The Verdict: I loved this dish! I thought it was delicious! I think DH enjoyed it too.
Sweet and Sour Chicken, Clean Eating Magazine
- 1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce
- 2 tbsp raw honey
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp fresh ginger, grated
- 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (or more...)
- 1/4 cup pineapple juice (I added)
- 1 1/4 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, chopped into 1 inch pieces
- 1 medium red bell pepper, cut into 1 inch chunks
- 1 medium green bell pepper, cut into 1 inch chunks
- 1 small yellow onion, chopped
- 1/2 fresh pineapple, cut into 1 inch cubes (I omitted)
- 12 sprigs fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice
- In a small bowl, combine the first 6 ingredients. Place the chicken in a large shallow dish. Pour mixture over chicken, tossing gently. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or overnight.
- Heat a large nonstick skillet (or wok) over medium-high heat. Add chicken and marinade and saute for 5 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Add bell peppers and onion and cook for 5 minutes or until vegetables are slightly tender. Add pineapple (if using) and cook for 2 more minutes. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve immediately over rice for a complete meal, if desired.
Verdict: I LOVED THIS DISH. DH was okay with it. He wanted more sweet taste and a little more spice. When I make it again, I will add more spice for sure. I'll also experiment with other veggies, like broccoli, water chestnuts, et cetera.
I made another dish from Clean Eating Magazine this week, but it was a fail. Big time. It ranked in the bottom three meals ever. The worst was moussaka, next is the Tuna Nicoise Stovetop Casserole. I made cabbage wraps. The filling was good, which is why I'm glad I reserved some of that for lunches this week, because it made a good little burrito today; especially when paired with my homemade baked tortilla chips and Tom Leonard's FIRE salsa (I love the spice!).
In other news: I've been running TWICE since the last post!
Last Thursday I did four five minute runs broken up by 2 minute walk breaks. It went pretty well. Today I did a five minute run, two eight minute runs, and another five minute run broken up with 2 minute walk breaks. I did 2.75 miles in 32 minutes, which is pretty decent.I haven't had any knee pain yet, which is really nice, but I have been having pain around my rib cage where the shelf bra and sports bra end. Perhaps they are too tight, but it really hurts after a while. We'll see what happens. I hope everyone's having a lovely day and that you enjoy these recipes!!