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Oven-Baked Mediterranean Chicken

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Mediterranean Chicken served on a bed of cauliflower rice

Olive Olives.

( I love Olives)

I also love food and it has recently come to my attention that my relationship with food is …..

complicated.

I’m torn between feeding my soul and eating for fuel.

This recipe, however, does both.

Oven-Baked Mediterranean Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 1/2 cup Green olives
  • 15 oz (1 can) diced tomatoes
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tbls capers
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped dried dates
  • 1/4 chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • salt/pepper
  • fresh mint for garnishing

Directions

  1.  In a pre-heated and pre-oiled pan, sear chicken on each sides for 2-3 minutes per side.
  2. While the chicken thighs are browning, slice 1 lemon into 1/2 in. dials and arrange at the bottom of a foiled 9 x 15 pyrex baking dish.
  3. Place chicken thighs on top of lemon slices
  4. Pour chicken broth over the thighs and evenly distribute diced tomatoes, green onions, garlic, and dates in baking dish
  5. Top off each chicken piece with remaining spices.
  6. Cover with foil and bake at 375° for approximately 45 minutes.
  7. Garnish with Mint leaves

 

 

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Spicy Kale & Turkey Stuffed Sweet Potato

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What’s clean, healthy, and totally delicious?

Spicy Kale & Turkey Stuffed Sweet Potato , that’s what.

I like to play around with the add-ins but  this particular combination never fails to satisfy me.

Ingredients

  • Sweet Potato
  • 2 handfuls of kale
  • 1.3 lbs lean ground turkey
  • Shredded Carrots
  • 2 tbls Tapatio
  • Sliced black Olives
  • Sliced Mushrooms
  • 1/2 small onion diced
  • 1 small jalapeno
  • salt/pepper
  • 2 cloves of garlic

Directions:

  1. Wash and scrub your sweet potatoes, pat dry
  2. Poke holes with a fork all around your sweet potato
  3. Wrap in foil and pop them into your oven at 400 F for 45 minutes

meanwhile…..

  1. In in a pre-heated and pre-oiled pan add in garlic, jalapenos, onions, and mushrooms. Stir occasionally until onions are slightly see through over medium high heat
  2. Plop in your ground turkey, break it up with your spatula, add appropriate spices and cook until brown
  3. Add in tapatio or your choice of hot sauce and olives
  4. Simmer for 2 minutes
  5. Add in Kale, cover and continue simmering for 2-4 minutes
  6. Add in shredded carrots

Once your sweet potatoes are done cooking in the oven, take one and slice it in half.

Stuff appropriately and enjoy.

There’s no particular potato:stuffing ratio, just do whatever the fork you want. Sometimes I “stuff” my sweet potato so much that it becomes more of a “sweet potato covered in spicy kale and turkey”. NO SHAME.

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Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

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I usually don’t toot my own horn, but

TOOT TOOT

If this isn’t the best  forking batch of banana chocolate chip muffins ever made then I don’t know how to cook or squat properly.

Which if you don’t know me, is a huge claim to make.

I first had homemade banana chocolate chip muffins in middle school. I had a friend whose mom made these every week and would freeze them to store.  Every Friday we would head over after school and heat them up to eat on our way to Starbucks (our hangout spot of the year). This was also back when Chocolate Chip Fraps were considered the next best thing next to Laguna Beach and The Pussy Cat Dolls. Fortunately, unlike those pop culture tid bits, these muffins were here to stay. Since that time however, I’ve taken it upon myself to tweak this recipe several times.

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins v. 5

Ingredients

  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 medium overly ripe bananas
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup of bread flour (if you don’t have this, 2 cups of whole wheat flour will do just fine)
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips (I find that mini chocolate chips guarantee chocolate in every bite)
  • 1 cup of greek yogurt or Sour Cream (REQUIRED)

Directions

  1. In a fairly large bowl cream butter and sugar until smooth (which is just a fancy way of saying “mix”)
  2. Add eggs,
  3. Blend or mash your bananas and add it into your big bowl
  4. Add in vanilla extract, flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon
  5. Mix for 2-3 minutes
  6. Add in Greek Yogurt/ Sour Cream  and chocolate chips
  7. Mix until smooth
  8. line muffin pan and fill each muffin tin half way (approx 2 tbls)
  9. Bake at 350 for approximately 22-25 minutes
  10. Remove immediately and let cool on plate, cooling rack or anything besides inside the tin.
  11. Arrange appropriately, open instagram, snap a photo, add a filter, hash tag #theultimatefword and then enjoy with a tall glass of milk

4 Bean Turkey Chili

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Fiber-licious

Lean ground turkey is almost as versatile as chicken boobies.

Almost.

I cooked this chili up one week when I was just too sick of plain ground turkey. I think I went through a 4- week phase where I had plain ground turkey EVERYDAY.

Every forking day.

In my opinion Mrs. Dash spices can only take you so far and for all of you who can eat the same thing day after day, I applaud you.  In order to stay on track and keep my sanity I decided to do some research and this is what I came up with.

4-Bean Turkey Chili

Ingredients:

  •  1.3 lbs lean ground turkey (Trader Joes sells theirs for 2.99/lb)
  • 1 small onion, finely diced (or chopped, I just prefer not to see my onions)
  • 2 cloves of garlic chopped
  • salt/pepper
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes with chillies
  • 1 can of tomato sauce
  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • 1 can of three bean blend (red,black,and white)
  • 8 oz brewed coffee
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp ground oregano
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • Cooking oil

(Optional toppings)

  • light cheddar cheese
  • corn bread
  • sour cream or fat-free Greek yogurt
  • diced red onion

Directions:

Crock-pot version

  1. Add onions and a pinch of salt to a pre-heated and pre-oiled skillet . Cook on medium heat for approx 2-3 minutes
  2. Add ground turkey, chunk with spatula, and cook until browned
  3. Drain skillet of excess liquids
  4. In a crockpot combine the rest of the ingredients.
  5. Give it a stir
  6. Set on high for 6-8 hours
  7. Walk away, work out, foam roll, and study for your LSAT. (in that order)
  8. Top it off with greek yogurt, cilantro, red onions, and/or cheddar cheese

Stove-top version

  1. Add onions and a pinch of salt to a pre-heated and pre-oiled skillet . Cook on medium heat for approx 2-3 minutes
  2. Add ground turkey, chunk with spatula, and cook until browned
  3. Drain skillet of excess liquids
  4. In a pot add the rest of the ingredients
  5. Give it a stir and bring it to a boil
  6. Immediately turn the stove top to low and simmer for 45-60 minutes with lid.
  7. Stir occasionally
  8. Serve warm and top it off with Greek yogurt, cilantro, red onions, and/or cheddar cheese

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