Deconstructed Cabbage Rolls

Cabbage Rolls are one of my most favorite meals. Unfortunately, I may be the only one in this house who feels this way, which is OK; we’re not all going to like the same thing. I also think cabbage rolls can be a preferred meal and so when I do cook them, I usually cook them in bulk and have them as leftovers when my husband is out of town. 

Deconstructed Cabbage Rolls are great if you don’t love rolling cabbage or want something quick on the skillet. It’s just a few chops and you’re simmering on-top of the oven for the remainder of the time. Plus it’s suuuuper flavorful and being that we’re tip-toeing into the fall season, this recipe would fit great in your weekly menu. 

 

Deconstructed Cabbage Rolls
Serves 6
A super easy alternative to one of your favorite fall time recipes.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 pound lean ground beef
  2. medium onion, chopped
  3. 1 garlic clove, minced
  4. 1 small cabbage, chopped
  5. 2 cans (14.5-ounce) diced tomatoes
  6. 1 can (8 oz) tomato paste
  7. ½ cup water
  8. salt and pepper, for seasoning
Instructions
  1. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat. Next add ground beef and onion and allow to cook until meat is no longer pink. Throw in garlic clove and let saute for 1 minute.
  2. Slowly add cabbage, diced tomatoes, tomato paste and water to skillet. Combine by stirring until everything is blended well. Bring to a boil. Lower heat to simmer and allow to cook for 20-30 minutes, depending on how cooked-through cabbage is.
  3. Enjoy!
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Roasted Italian Sausage and Veggies

Another “veggies most” recipe was just cooked this evening and it’s a flavorful one! I had it marked on the menu for later in the week but after coming home from an afternoon spent at the pool, some sautéed vegetables with a little bit of protein sounded good. 

This is a one pan meal, which means you aren’t shuffling between pans and dishes back and forth. Everything goes onto one pan and stays there until it’s divided amongst plates. If you’re short on prep-time, I highly suggest cutting your vegetables either the night before or morning of. Although, if your knife skills are up there – this should be a piece of cake for you! 

Roasted Italian Sausage and Veggies
Serves 6
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr
Vegetables
  1. 2 cups carrots, thinly sliced
  2. 2 cups red potatoes, quartered cut
  3. 1 head broccoli
  4. 1 red bell pepper, diced
  5. 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  6. 1 medium zucchini, halved and quartered cut
Seasoning
  1. 4½ TB olive oil
  2. ½ TB dried basil
  3. ½ TB dried oregano
  4. ½ TB dried parsley
  5. ½ TB garlic powder
  6. ½ tsp onion powder
  7. ½ tsp dried thyme
  8. 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
  9. 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Using parchment paper, cover a large sheet pan and set aside.
  2. Chop vegetables accordingly and then add with sausage to sheet pan. Set aside.
  3. In a small mixing bowl add all seasoning ingredients. Mix until well combined and pour overtop vegetables and sausage. Use a large spoon or spatula to toss vegetables, sausage and seasoning to evenly coat as much as possible.
  4. Add to oven for 15 minutes. Remove momentarily to toss again and add back. Bake an additional 15 minutes.
  5. Can be served over cauliflower rice, long grain rice or just enjoyed as itself.
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Ginger and Orange Chicken with Vegetables Stir-fry

That may be look like any ordinary helping of white rice under this bed of vegetables, but it’s not. It’s steamed cauliflower rice. While the taste is similar the portions are most definitely not! You can have twice the large heaping helping you’d like because there’s really no size restrictions when it comes to vegetables.

Generally when you see a combination such as this recipe, the word “orange” is in front of the word “ginger.” However, the taste of ginger outweighs orange here and so I orderly corrected it. Ginger can be the star this time.

 

One Pan Ginger and Orange Chicken with Vegetables Stir-fry
Serves 6
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Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
45 min
Ginger and Orange Sauce
  1. 1 cup chicken broth
  2. ½ cup orange juice
  3. 1½ tsp orange zest
  4. 2 medium garlic cloves, minced
  5. 1 TB honey
  6. 3 TB soy sauce
  7. 1½ tsp sesame oil
  8. 1 tsp grated fresh ginger
  9. ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  10. 2 TB organic cornstarch
  11. ½ tsp salt
Stir-Fry
  1. 1lb boneless and skinless chicken breasts cut into 1" pieces
  2. 2 TB extra virgin olive oil, divided
  3. ½ medium red onion, sliced
  4. 2 cups broccoli florets
  5. 1½ cups sugar snap peas
  6. 1 medium red bell pepper, sliced
  7. ½ cup carrots, sliced thin
Optional
  1. cauliflower rice
  2. green onions, sliced thin
  3. sesame seeds
Instructions
  1. In a medium sized mixing bowl, add all Ginger and Orange sauce ingredients. Whisk well to combine and set aside.
  2. Using a large skillet pan, add 1TB of oil over med-high heat. Add chicken pieces, seasoning with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook throughly; about 5-7 minutes on each side. Plate chicken and set aside.
  3. Add 1TB of oil and onion to same skillet pan. Allow onion to cook, stirring well until it appears almost translucent; about 3-5 minutes. Next add broccoli, snap peas, pepper and carrots. Stir frequently until vegetables appear to have softened.
  4. Add chicken to pan of vegetables, followed by Ginger and Orange sauce. Stir until well combined and then allow to come to a boil. Once boiling, simmer down to allow sauce to thicken.
  5. Serve over cauliflower rice or regular rice.
Adapted from https://livesimply.me/
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Honey Mustard Chicken and Bacon Salad


When the weather has turned hot, I just can’t seem to get enough of salads. Often I try to mix it up a little so it’s not the same ol’ and I’m trying a different combination of veggies or protein. I’ve been especially trying to get my vegetables in this week since starting this new nutrition program where dinner should be 75% veggies and 25% protein. This meal is right on target for that!

 

Honey Mustard Chicken and Bacon Salad
Serves 4
Marinated honey mustard chicken served over a bed of spring greens, veggies and bacon crumbles. A drizzle of homemade honey mustard dressing tops it off.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  2. ¼ cup crumbled cooked bacon, about 4 pieces
  3. 4 cups spring salad mix
  4. 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  5. ¼ cup sweet corn
  6. ¼ cup red onion, sliced
Marinade/Dressing
  1. 3 tablespoons mustard
  2. 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  3. 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  4. 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  5. 1/3 cup honey
  6. 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  7. salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. In a medium size bowl, add ingredients for the marinade/dressing. Divide half into a separate shallow dish and add chicken breasts. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours minimum. Refridgerate the other half for your dressing.
  2. Add a drizzle of olive oil to a large size skillet over med-high heat. Add chicken; searing each side for about 3-5 minues. Repeat until chicken is a golden brown and is cooked through. Remove from pan and allow to cool momentarily. When chicken is cool enough to handle, slice into pieces and set aside.
  3. Divide 4 cups of salad into 4 bowls or plates. Add bacon, tomatoes, corn and onion. Next add your chicken and drizzle the honey mustard dressing you had set aside earlier.
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Almond Crusted Chicken Superfood Salad

It’s chicken for dinner for the majority of the week, however I’m trying to cook it various ways to make it more enjoyable. Tonight I threw together what I refer to as a “Superfood Salad.” It consists of carrots, broccoli, red onion, tomatoes and strawberries over a bed of spring mix lettuce. For my dressing, an organic lite italian basil dressing. The best part though is this almond crusted chicken. It is so delicious that I wish I had another pound of chicken in the fridge so I can make some more for dinner tomorrow night!

Almond Crusted Chicken
Serves 5
These chicken tenders taste great in a salad, topped with marinara sauce on a plate of spaghetti or just by themselves dipped in honey mustard
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb chicken tenders
  2. 1 large egg
  3. 1 large egg white
  4. 3/4 cup almond meal
  5. 1 tsp chili powder
  6. ¼ tsp garlic powder
  7. ¼ tsp smoked paprika
  8. ½ himlayan salt
  9. black pepper, for taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450. Well grease a cookie sheet or large pan and set aside.
  2. Add egg and egg white into a medium size bowl. Use another medium size bowl and bring together almond meal, chili powder, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper. Mix well.
  3. First dip each chicken tender in the egg mixture, covering well. Second dip each chicken tender in almond mix, coating both sides well until completely covered. Add each strip to cookie sheet or large pan.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes or until chicken is a golden brown and cooked all the way through.
  5. Enjoy with salad, spaghetti or on it's own.
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Quick and Simple Sloppy Joes

Ground turkey and I are quickly becoming friends. No longer in sight are the days when I longed for ground beef on my tacos and hamburger buns. Instead I openly embrace any recipe that calls for ground turkey and if it doesn’t, I make the switch anyway. Afterall, it is so much more healthy for you.

It’s the 3rd and final week of the 21DayFix and I’m starting it off with this simple recipe for Sloppy Joes for dinner. This doesn’t call for many ingredients, in-fact you probably already have most of them on hand. Those are the best kind of recipes! After meal-prepping all Sunday, I want something quick and easy to make for dinner the following day. 


This recipe serves 8 and is 21DayFix approved, obviously. You’ll only use 1 red and .5 purple, without the bun. Pairs great with some homemade sweet potato chips or grilled corn on the cobb. And last but not least, it tastes a little on the ‘sweet side,” so it’s kid-friendly; even for the pickiest of eaters! Enjoy.

 

Quick and Easy Sloppy Joes
Serves 8
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1lb 93% lean ground turkey
  2. Medium red bell pepper, deseeded and diced
  3. Medium green pepper, deseeded and diced
  4. 15-ounce can tomato sauce (low sugar)
  5. ½ cup ketchup
  6. 1tsp garlic powder
  7. 1tsp onion powder
  8. 8 whole wheat hamburger buns, optional
Instructions
  1. Add 1/2tsp olive oil to a large skillet, set on medium heat and add ground turkey. Cook throughly or until turkey is a light brown.
  2. Add peppers, tomato sauce, ketchup, garlic powder and onion powder. Lower heat to simmer and cover. Stir occasionally, allowing mixture to thicken. Remove from heat and serve on fresh buns or without.
Notes
  1. 21DayFix: Each serving is 1 red and .5 purple without bun.
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Slow Roasted Seasoned Tomatoes (Sauce)

A gas range is something I am still getting used to. No one quite understands the difference between an electric stove and a gas range until they actually go from having one to the other. I’ve always heard that a lot of food not only tastes different when using a gas stove (or oven), but also cooks much quicker. It’s still too early for me to validate the taste answer, but I can absolutely attest to the cooks quicker one! I learned just how quick after burning french toast.

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Since we are now officially in the new home, I can settle in more comfortably and get back into the swing of things – meaning actually cooking again; something I desperately missed both mentally and physically. I always feel so much better about myself when I know where my meals came from and who prepared them. Don’t get me wrong, eating out every once in awhile is nice but not only does it get expensive but it’s also most likely not healthy.

Tonight’s dinner was a late one due to schedules so it had to be something more on the simple side. It’s been some time since I made a marinara sauce and pasta can be both satisfying to all tastebuds and a quick clean-plater. I had most things already on hand, aside from the tomatoes which I happily walked over to Whole Foods to acquire. It’s awesome just how good even a basic marinara sauce can taste. Those tomatoes really do their job!

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Tomato? Tomahto? Marinara is a personal preference. I happen to like mine sweet so cherry tomatoes that were roasted in an oven were sure to give my marinara a sweet taste. I made sure to marinate them with some olive oil, minced garlic, sea salt, italian seasoning, oregano and fresh basil leaves before I cooked them in the oven for a couple hours. And if you don’t want to get out the whisk and crush your tomatoes after they’re done roasting; you can puree them the lazy (and super smart) cook way – in a blender! Just make sure to pulse for less than a minute if you would like to have some “chunk” pieces to your sauce.

What would you add in your marinara sauce?

Creamy Tuna Noodle

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I always purposely plan meals that I know my husband or children will not eat on days when they aren’t home so that I may enjoy them for myself. It’s totally worth it, even if cooking what could be considered a big meal for just one individual sometimes doesn’t seem like it. 

No one in this house likes tuna fish but me. Actually, I don’t think I’ve met a kid who likes tuna yet. But this is a meal that I can remember my mom making every once in awhile. Definitely not the same recipe, but the same concept is there. 

Aside from waiting for your egg noodles to cook, this entree really doesn’t take long to make. And I love the fact that instead of traditional tuna noodle recipes that use cheddar cheese, you’ll be using parmesan. It gives the meal a lighter taste to it so you aren’t left feeling heavy and full when finished. That’s always a good thing 🙂

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Creamy Tuna Noodle
Serves 4
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Total Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 6-ounces wide egg noodles
  2. 1 cup cooked sweet peas
  3. 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  4. 1 medium onion, diced
  5. ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  6. 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  7. 1¼ cups whole milk
  8. 5-ounce can solid white tuna
  9. ¼ cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Bring a large saucepan full of water to a rapid boil and then cook egg noodles accordingly.
  2. In a medium saucepan over med-high heat, add butter and stir until it has melted. Add onion, garlic and black pepper; stirring frequently until combined well. Next add milk. Continue stirring frequently and allow to cook until sauce has thickened and is bubbling. Remove from heat, adding both tuna (drained), cooked peas and parmesan cheese. Stir well.
  3. Add tuna sauce to your large bowl of drained egg noodles. Combine well until all noodles appear to be lightly covered with tuna sauce. Serve warm.
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Parmesan Chicken Casserole

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Have you ever wanted to take the same meal you enjoy immensely, but switch it up just a little bit? Same ingredients and hopefully the same taste; it’s just prepared a little differently. That’s what this casserole reminds me of. The list of items just scream Chicken Parmesan, you’re just giving it a whole new look!

I had spotted this recipe while browsing my Pinterest feed quite some time ago and was intrigued. I’m not quite sure who came up with this fun recipe, as I quickly jotted the ingredients down and added it to my list of potential meals. I can see how this can be either a family favorite or something you bring to a potluck party at work.

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Unlike the original recipe for Chicken Parmesan, you’re using creating a base for bake (breadcrumbs) last instead of coating the chicken in it before adding the marinara sauce and cheese. It gives it a crispier outer shell, while enjoying a more moist italian taste when you bite in. I recommend using rotisserie chicken if you’ve got it, but any leftover shredded chicken will do.

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I allowed my casserole to bake for 25 minutes, but that can always vary depending on your oven. If your breadcrumb topping has begun to take on a golden brown shade, there’s a good chance it’s ready.

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Chicken Parmesan Casserole
Serves 6
Craving something hot and easy to prepare? This Chicken Parm Casserole is a great bake for when you've got leftover chicken and an extra jar of marinara sauce.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 2-4 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
  2. 28-ounce jar marinara sauce
  3. 1½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  4. ½ fresh parmesan cheese
  5. 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  6. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  7. 2 tablespoons italian seasoning
  8. 1 tablespoon oregano
  9. salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Use cooking spray to well coat an 8x8 casserole pan. Add chicken to bottom followed by marinara sauce. Mix well, evenly spreading throughout the pan. Cover with mozzarella cheese and parmesan.
  3. Add panko bread crumbs, olive oil, italian seasoning and oregano to a medium size mixing bowl. Stir well and add a pinch of both salt and pepper. Spread bread crumb mix over-top cheese layer, covering well.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes.
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Taco Tuesday: Stuffed Potato-Style

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I have no problem whatsoever dedicating a night each week to tacos. And for the most part traditional style tacos always hit the spot, but I like to switch it up every once in awhile. So why not combine a taco with something else I love to eat: a potato! I originally wanted to test this on a sweet potato, but we only had russet potatoes in the refrigerator and I wanted to avoid a trip to the grocery store for at least one day. Does anyone else feel like they’re at the grocery so much they may as well have stock in it? 

Did you know that potatoes are the number one vegetable crop in the United States? That’s crazy! It probably helps that the low-calorie veggie is loaded with potassium and Vitamin C; both essential things needed in our daily dietary. In my book, that makes it A-OK to stuff them with some extra stuff; especially if it’s additional healthy things like ground turkey, beans and corn.

Stuffed Taco Potatoes
Serves 4
This is a recipe for taco styled potatoes that are chockful of all your favorite mexican toppings. Great to use for any Taco Tuesday or Mexican-themed meal.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr 10 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr 10 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 russet potatoes
  2. 1lb ground turkey
  3. 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  4. 8-ounces low-fat refried beans
  5. 1 cup fresh sweet corn kernels
  6. 1 medium onion, chopped
  7. ½ cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Scrub potatoes well, pat dry with a paper towel and add to oven rack to bake for 1 hour. While doing so, line a baking sheet with foil and lightly spray with cooking spray.
  2. While potatoes are cooking, brown ground turkey and onion in a skillet over med-high heat. Drain excess grease in a strainer and return turkey mix to skillet. Add taco seasoning, corn and refried beans; stirring well to combine. Lower heat to low and allow to cook for an additional 5 minutes, stirring often.
  3. When potatoes have finished cooking, remove from oven and allow to slightly cool down before cutting in half. Scoop the inside out, leaving a thin layer at bottom of potato. Spray potato inside and outside with cooking spray. Place each individually on baking sheet, upside down, and bake for 5 minutes.
  4. After potato skins seem crispier, add turkey mix. Top with a tablespoon of salsa and sprinkle cheddar cheese. Add to oven and allow to cook for 3-5 minutes, or until cheese has melted.
  5. Serve with additional garnishes like sour cream, green onions, bacon.
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