(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)
- 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
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!
As alway, let me know what you think! If you post it on social media, make sure to tag me at @lovelearninghealth
- My husband and I love hot sauce so we naturally put some in
- 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
- Feel free to add any veggie to this dish! The original recipe I got this idea from (The Beachbody Blog) had mushrooms and zucchini.
For a little more than a month, my boyfriend and I have been eating a Paleo lifestyle for about 90% of the time. I love knowing that I am putting healthy food into my body. I’m so busy and eat out a lot so plans that require counting calories, measuring food, etc, do not work for me. I work at a school with a dining hall and teachers are expected to eat in it, so its almost impossible to be accurately measuring and counting calories and/or macros which is why I love the Paleo lifestyle.
I also have been having a lot of fun finding all new ways to cook and hope you enjoy trying some of these recipes as well!
This Easter, I made a 9 pound ham for my boyfriend and I, knowing we’d have a lot of leftovers so I decided to make a cauliflower fried rice with ham. Looking forward to your comments and reviews!
- Diced Ham –> I didn’t measure how much I used, but basically filled the bottom of the wok with the ham. I do wish I added more though. We had left over ham, but ham steak would work as well.
- 1 head of cauliflower
- 1 – 2 tbsp sesame oil (I used enough to cover all the veggies)
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- Small red onion – diced
- 1 cup carrots – diced
- Any other veggies you want! I added broccoli to mine
- 3 – 5 scallions – sliced
- 3 – 5 tbsp of Liquid Aminos or similar (I did not measure and just covered the food, which ended up being too salty)
- Olive oil or similar
- Cut the cauliflower and use a food processor to make cauliflower rice. Set aside. If you don’t have a food processor (and I don’t), I recommend getting Pampered Chef’s handheld blender! Works wonders and so much smaller and cheaper!
- Heat oil in a large pan or wok. Add onions, scallions, and veggies. Then add the sesame oil. Depending how many veggies you use, you may want to add more or less of the sesame oil. Cook for 5 minutes or until veggies are tender.
- Add two eggs and cook all together, stirring frequently, until eggs are cooked
- Add cauliflower rice and ham. Mix all together.
- Add liquid aminos and stir all together and then cook for 8 – 10 minutes until everything is warm stirring occasionally