Mediterranean stuffed Chicken Breasts!

Mediterranean stuffed Chicken Breasts!

Mediterranean stuffed Chicken Breasts!

Serves 2

Marinade:
4tbsp plain greek yogurt
1tsp olive oil
Zest/juice from half a lemon
1tsp oregano
1tsp minced garlic
1/2tsp paprika
1/4tsp black pepper
1/4tsp red pepper flakes
Dash of cumin & cinnamon

Chicken:
2 (6oz) raw chicken breasts pounded flat
1oz feta cheese
1/2 zucchini
1/4 red bell pepper
2 sun dried tomatoes in oil
4 kalamata olives
Salt/Pepper
Flat leaf parsley

In a small bowl mix together all of the marinade ingredients and set aside.

Place chicken breasts between 2 pieces of plastic wrap and pound flat. Season both sides of chicken with salt & fresh ground pepper. Place chicken breasts in a zip lock bag with the marinade, turn to coat and refrigerate overnight or at least 4 hours.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut zucchini, red pepper & sun dried tomatoes into strips. Toss the zucchini & red pepper with a little olive oil and salt/pepper. Quarter the olives. Lay chicken breasts flat add cheese, olives, tomatoes and then the vegetables and fold up each side of chicken. Secure the top shut with tooth picks. Bake for 20-22 minutes on a foil lined baking sheet or until chicken is cooked through. Top with some chopped flat leaf parsley.

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Honey & Harissa Baked Salmon with Brussel Sprouts!

Honey & Harissa Baked Salmon with Brussel Sprouts!

Honey & Harissa Baked Salmon with Brussel Sprouts!

Ingredients:

Salmon:
5oz raw salmon fillet
1tbsp of honey
1tsp of mild or spicy Mina Harissa
1/8tsp olive oil
Salt/pepper

Brussel Sprouts:
5oz Brussel sprouts
1/2tsp olive oil
Salt/pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place the brussel sprouts in a small bowl with 1/2tsp of olive oil and stir until well coated. Next lightly season them with salt & pepper. Mix together the honey & harissa in another small bowl – reserve a small amount of the honey sauce to use when serving salmon. Season salmon with a little salt/pepper and 1/8tsp of olive oil. Using a pastry brush, lightly coat the salmon with some of the honey sauce and bake with the brussel sprouts on a foiled like baking sheet for 15 minutes, basting the salmon with more sauce every 5 minutes. Use the reserved amount of glaze to top salmon with once it has been plated.

Chinese Chicken Spring Rolls with a spicy Peanut Sauce for dipping!

Chinese Chicken Spring Rolls with a spicy Peanut Sauce for dipping!

Chinese Chicken Spring Rolls with a spicy Peanut Sauce for dipping!

Chicken w/marinade:
4oz raw chicken breast
1tbsp soy sauce
1tbsp water
1tbsp Better Body Foods agave nectar
1tsp sesame oil
1/4tsp minced garlic
Fresh ground pepper

Peanut Sauce:
2tbsp Better Body Foods PB Fit powdered peanut butter
1tbsp soy sauce
1.5tbsp water
1tsp Better Body Foods agave nectar
1/4tsp sriracha
1/8tsp sesame oil
1/8tsp garlic powder

1 piece of rice paper
1 slice of red cabbage – chopped
1 slice of green cabbage – chopped
Shredded carrots

Mix together all of the chicken marinade ingredients in a small bowl and set aside. Season the chicken with some fresh ground pepper and place in a zip lock bag. Pour the marinade into the bag, turn to coat and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bake chicken on a foil lined baking sheet for 15-20 minutes depending on breast thickness. While chicken is cooking mix together all of the peanut sauce ingredients. Once chicken is done, allow to slightly cool and then cut into strips. Dip the rice paper in some warm water for about 5-10 seconds and place on a plate. Next layer the chicken with the cabbage & carrots. Carefully roll up the spring roll and cut in half.

This is the QUICKEST & EASIEST homemade BBQ Chicken Pizza you will ever make!

This is the QUICKEST & EASIEST homemade BBQ Chicken Pizza you will ever make!

This is the QUICKEST & EASIEST homemade BBQ Chicken Pizza you will ever make!

14oz refrigerated whole wheat pizza dough
4oz of breast meat from a store bought rotisserie chicken
4tbsp BBQ sauce – DIVIDED
1oz reduced fat shredded mozzarella cheese
1oz shredded Gouda
1-2 thin slices of red onion
1tsp olive oil
Fresh ground pepper
Flour (for working surface)
Fresh Cilantro for topping

Allow pizza dough to sit in package on counter for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 425 degrees with baking sheet in the oven on the middle rack. Remove 4oz of breast meat from a store bought rotisserie chicken (this ended up being half the full breast) and shred it in a small bowl with 2 forks. Season with a little fresh ground pepper (salt if you choose) and then mix in 2tbsp of BBQ sauce – set aside.  Lightly flour a piece of parchment paper and stretch dough out to desired thickness, add more flour as necessary to keep it from sticking to hands/paper. Pierce several holes in the dough with a fork. Next using a pastry brush, cover the entire top surface of dough with 1tsp of olive oil. Using the same brush, add the remaining 2 tablespoons of BBQ sauce. Sprinkle the mozzarella/gouda cheese evenly over the dough. Top with shredded chicken and a little more fresh ground pepper. Slide parchment paper onto preheated baking sheet and bake 18-22 minutes or until crust is golden brown rotating a few times to ensure even cooking. Top with fresh cilantro after slicing.
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Sweet & Spicy Lime Chicken Skewers – Quick & Simple

Sweet & Spicy Lime Chicken Skewers - Quick & Simple

Sweet & Spicy Lime Chicken Skewers – Quick & Simple

It never ceases to AMAZE me what my 4 year old will eat. I thought for sure he would take one bite of these and say ‘too spicy mom’ but I was wrong, he LOVED them! Granted, his did not have any red pepper flakes on them but they still had the sriracha! Score 1 for mom 😉

Ingredients:

2 (6oz) chicken breasts
2tbsp soy sauce
1tbsp Better Body Foods Agave Nectar
1tsp Sriracha sauce
1tbsp fresh cilantro
1/2tsp olive oil
1/2tsp minced garlic
1 lime
Optional: Red pepper flakes

In a small bowl mix together the soy sauce, agave, sriracha, cilantro, olive oil, garlic and juice from one lime – reserve 1tbsp of marinade for basting later. Cut up the chicken into chunks and place in a zip lock bag. Pour the marinade into the bag, turn to coat and place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Thread chicken chunks onto skewers and grill 6-8 minutes per side, or until chicken is cooked through. Serve with limes wedges & red pepper flakes!

 

Low Carb Goat Cheese & Pecan stuffed Chicken Breast with strawberry salad – only 310 calories!

Low Carb Goat Cheese & Pecan stuffed Chicken Breast with strawberry salad - only 310 calories!

Low Carb Goat Cheese & Pecan stuffed Chicken Breast with strawberry salad – only 310 calories!

5oz raw chicken breast
14grams of pecans – divided
1/2oz of goat cheese
1-2 sprigs of thyme
1/4tsp lemon zest
Juice from half a lemon
Salt/Pepper
Dash of olive oil
50grams of sliced strawberries
Bowl of mixed greens

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Chop up half of the pecans and place them in a small bowl with the goat cheese, thyme leaves and lemon zest.

Put the chicken breast between two layers of plastic wrap, on a chopping board, and use a meat mallet to pound until 1/4-inch thick.

Lay the chicken breast flat, season each side with salt and pepper. Spread the cheese-pecan mixture over the breast, covering the entire surface. Carefully roll up the chicken as tightly as possible and secure with either kitchen twine or 2 toothpicks. Place on a foil lined baking sheet, squeeze the lemon juice over chicken roll and then light brush with a little olive oil. Bake for 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Mine was perfectly juicy at 20 minutes. Allow to rest a few minutes prior to slicing. Serve on top of mixed greens with sliced strawberries and remaining pecans!

Stuffed Chicken Parmesan with pesto zucchini noodles! Quick, Simple & Low Carb with only 320 calories! Ready in less than 30 minutes.

Stuffed Chicken Parmesan with pesto zucchini noodles! Quick, Simple & Low Carb with only 320 calories! Ready in less than 30 minutes.

Stuffed Chicken Parmesan with pesto zucchini noodles! Quick, Simple & Low Carb with only 320 calories! Ready in less than 30 minutes.

Marcros: 320cal/9carb/16fat/37pro

5oz raw chicken breast
2tbsp of store bought pasta sauce – any flavor (I used a garlic infused pasta sauce)
(You could make your own w/2tbsp plain tomato sauce, 1/4tsp Italian seasoning/1/8tsp minced garlic)
14grams of reduced fat shredded mozzarella cheese
5grams grated parmesan cheese
1tbsp jarred pesto sauce
5oz of zucchini – spiralized with the Paderno Spiralizer
2 fresh basil leaves – chopped
1/8tsp Italian seasoning mix
Salt/Pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a small bowl, mix together the pasta sauce, mozzarella cheese and 1 chopped basil leaf. Season the chicken with fresh ground pepper & a little salt. Cut a slit in the chicken lengthwise being careful not to cut through. Carefully stuff the chicken with the pasta sauce/cheese mixture. Top the chicken with parmesan cheese & Italian seasoning mix and bake on a foiled lined baking sheet for about 20 minutes or until cooked through. Time may vary due to thickness of chicken breast. While chicken is cooking use a spiralizer to make the zucchini noodles (my FAVORITE is the Paderno Spiralizer – worth every penny I paid for it!). When there is about 5 minutes left on the chicken heat the tbsp of pesto in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Once the pesto has warmed and become more oily, quickly sauté the noodles for about 1-2 minutes. Serve chicken topped with the remaining chopped basil leaf. Super easy with very simple ingredients you probably already have laying around!