pasta with garlic free stovetop tomato sauce

i have always been one to add more – even double – when a recipe calls for garlic. so why am i even considering a life without garlic? our little one currently has a garlic allergy — unfortunately it is the worst of … Continue reading pasta with garlic free stovetop tomato sauce

tuscan chicken pasta

since i wanted to use up ingredients in the fridge, this recipe was perfect. pasta with beans, chicken and veggies. i lowered the chicken from 3 breasts to 1. then i bumped up the veggies, using up the remaining onion and mushrooms. yay!

Ingredients

  • 3 oz whole wheat pasta, penne or your favorite shaped pasta
  • 1 chicken breast, pounded to 1/4″ thickness
  • sea salt and pepper
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) cannellini beans, rinsed
  • 1/4 cup diced fresh or roasted red pepper
  • 1/8 onion, thinly sliced
  • 5 cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 6 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 1/2 jalapeño, diced, optional
  • 3 teaspoon grated parmesan, optional

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spinach & turkey wrap

another simple lunch recipe is a spinach and turkey wrap. pile on the veggies and turkey on a tortilla or crepe and wrap. it’s so yummy!

the original recipes has the spinach and mushrooms cooked but you can also eat them fresh like i did. i also threw in a few more vegetables, including bell pepper and onion. lightly toast it to melt cheese or don’t – that’s up to you! either way, it’s healthy, delicious and easy to make!

Ingredients

  • 2 premade crêpes – or –
    2 whole wheat flour tortilla wrap
  • 2 oz fresh cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 oz fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 colored bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 thin slice of onion
  • 2 (1-oz) slices lean turkey breast
  • 2 tablespoons shredded low-fat Monterey Jack cheese or your favorite low fat cheese – dairy or non dairy options
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme (optional)

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chicken spinach parm

japanese way of making breaded meat is a three step dipping process: pat with flour, dip in egg and then coat with panko crumbs. Women’s Health way is just one step: coat with bread crumb mixture. they both work and have similar results in taste.

here is a simplified chicken parm recipe with spinach. i finished it as quickly as i made it. enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 2 tablespoons italian seasoned bread crumbs – or –
    2 tablespoons whole wheat bread crumbs + 1 tsp italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons grated parmesan, optional
  • 1-2 cups low sodium marinara sauce
  • 6 small clove garlic, crushed
  • 6 handfuls baby spinach leaves
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste

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pasta with chicken marengo

i have probably thrown together a pasta dish with chicken, mushroom and spinach in tomato sauce before but this recipe shows how additional spices and ingredients can surprise your taste buds.

i wouldn’t have imagined adding thyme, orange juice and orange zest to a pasta dish but it definitely ups your flavor palette without adding much cooking time.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces whole wheat fusilli, penne or your favorite pasta shape
  • 6 ounces or 1/3 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2″ cubes
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 can (15 ounces) crushed tomatoes in puree
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1/2 cup dry-packed sun-dried tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 6 ounces organic baby spinach
  • sea salt, to taste
  • crushed red pepper, to taste

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seasoned dry tofu salad

seasoned dry tofu is pretty yummy. it’s also a great substitute for your meat or protein because it’s chewy and dense. you probably can’t find them in a regular supermarket but they are pretty easy to find in an asian grocery store.

my gf introduced me to this salad dressing: Annie’s Organic Asian Sesame dressing and it is delish! together with dry tofu, veggies and a little flaxseed, it creates a yummy and healthy salad.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounce seasoned dry tofu
  • 1 small color bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1-1/2 cups organic baby spinach – or –
    1-1/2 cups green leafy vegetablet
  • 1 medium carrot, shredded
  • 1 persian cucumber, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons dressing ~try Annie’s Organic Asian Sesame dressing
  • 1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil*
  • 1 tablespoon dry seaweed flakes, optional

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steamed snapper with pesto

cooking a meal with aluminum foil is such an easy and delicious method. fish and veggies … i also added enoki mushrooms, which is perfect for this dish.

it is such a nice lovely fish dish. give it a try!

Ingredients

  • 6 cups baby spinach
  • 1/2 color bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 3 ounces enoki mushrooms
  • 2 snapper fillets (4-6 ounces each)
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons pesto *contains nuts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

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