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.

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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!

 

Quick, Simple and lower calorie Chicken Florentine Pizza!

Quick, Simple and lower calorie Chicken Florentine Pizza!

Quick, Simple and lower calorie Chicken Florentine Pizza!

14oz refrigerated whole wheat pizza dough
6oz of store bought rotisserie chicken or precooked chicken breast
1/2cup reduced fat ricotta cheese
1/4cup reduced fat shredded mozzarella cheese
2tbsp jarred sun dried tomatoes, drained from oil
1-2cups of fresh spinach
1 clove of garlic – minced
1tsp Italian seasoning mix
1.5tsp olive oil – divided
Flour (for working surface)

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. Add a 1/2tsp of olive oil to a preheated small sauté pan over medium heat. Once oil is hot, add in HALF of the garlic and quickly sauté until fragrant. Next add in the spinach and cook until wilted. Remove to a paper towel to drain any excess liquid.

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 mixed with the remaining minced garlic. Smear the ricotta cheese onto the dough and then top it with the shredded mozzarella. Sprinkle half of the Italian season over the cheese and then add the spinach. Top with chicken, tomatoes and the rest of the Italian seasoning mix. 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. Slice & enjoy!