Tag: easy dinners

Healthy Chicken Cacciatore

(Gotta love the image… this is what happens when you post to Insta Stories and don’t save the photo first)

I always work to find and make healthy and quick delicious meals for the weekday! Most days I get home after 7 pm and want to be in bed before 10, so my goal is to make it quick and simple! I’ve also been working on eliminating carbs at dinner and finding alternatives!

Since my honeymoon, I’ve lost 8 pounds and am 0.4 away from wedding weight (hoping to be at wedding weight at my weigh-in Saturday). One of the biggest things that has helped me is no carbs at dinner and mostly veggies instead. Carbs give you energy so you don’t need them to sleep. Veggies on the other hand get you full and the little protein I add keeps me full until the next day!

So here is a healthy version of chicken cacciatore that can be made in 1 pot and in less than 30 minutes (and even less time if you buy precut things)

Ingredients

  • 1-2 pounds of chicken breast, cut into bite stir pieces
  • 1 tbsp oil (I used coconut oil, but olive oil works well too)
  • 1 onion, cut
  • 2 peppers, cut
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 small potato (I added this because it came in our CSA this week but totally does not need it)
  • 1 medium eggplant
  • 1 28 oz can whole tomatoes
  • Basil, salt, pepper
  • Directions
    1. Heat oil in large skillet or wok… add chicken and cook for 4-5 minutes
      Add onion, pepper, and garlic and cook for additional 3-4 minutes, or until veggies begin to soften
      Add tomatoes, optional potato, and eggplant. Season with salt and pepper and basil… I used a few pieces of fresh basil but dried would also work
      Simmer for 7-10 minutes or until eggplant is soft… Enjoy!

    Serving Options

    1. My husband and I love hot sauce so we naturally put some in
    2. The tomatoes make it a little liquidy, which I like and the broth is delicious! You can serve this over a veggie rice like cauliflower rice or brown rice if you are eating carbs at dinner
    3. Feel free to add any veggie to this dish! The original recipe I got this idea from (The Beachbody Blog) had mushrooms and zucchini.
  • As alway, let me know what you think! If you post it on social media, make sure to tag me at @lovelearninghealth
  • Chicken Fajita Bowl

    I continue to look for easy healthy and quick meals… Since I get home around 7:30 most nights, I don’t want to be cooking forever nor do I want to eat super late… This is not only quick, but it’s delicious and healthy!

    Ingredients

    • 1 pound chicken
    • Juice of one lime 
    • 1/4 cup olive oil
    • 2 tbsp cilantro (I used dried)
    • 1 tsp chili powder
    • 1 tsp oregano
    • 1/2 tsp cumin
    • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
    • 2 garlic cloves
    • 1 bell pepper
    • 1 red onion
    • Salt and pepper to taste 

    Directions

    • Preheat oven to 375 and prepare dish… I used a clear baking dish, so I sprayed in with Pam. I may use my Pampered Chef stone next time…
    • Place chicken in pan. I cut the chicken into small pieces so it would cook faster.
    • Combine remaining ingredients in a bowl (except onion and pepper). This is your seasoning.
    • Chop onion and pepper and place over chicken.
    • Cover chicken, peppers, and onions with the seasoning… 
    • Cook 30 minutes or until done!

    I served it with cauliflower rice!