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Chicken, Vegetable, and Gnocchi Soup

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Prep time: 15 minutes                 Cook Time: 25 minutes          Total time: 40 minutes 

Yields: 9 servings (serving size 1.5 cup) 

Ingredients: 

2 pounds chicken breast tenders, cubed

17.6 oz package of Gnocchi 

8 cups low sodium chicken broth 

1 bundle of spinach, washed  

16 oz bag sliced carrots

6 cloves of Garlic, chopped 

1 white onion

2 tbsp. Olive oil    

Salt

Directions: 

1 package Gnocchi 

1 pound chicken 

 Add chopped onions, garlic, and 8 ounce sliced carrots into large stock pot. Add 2 tbsp. olive oil and turn heat to medium. Saute for about 5 minutes or until the onions are translucent.  Next add in 8 cups low sodium chicken broth and 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil. 

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While waiting for the soup to boil season the chicken with salt and pepper. Heat 1-2 tbsp olive oil in saute pan over medium heat. Add the chicken to the skillet and cook for ~4 minutes then stir and flip to the other side and cook for an additional ~4 minutes or until chicken is cooked thoroughly (internal temperature reaches 165 degrees). 

Add the cooked chicken and its cooking juices to the boiling soup.  Gently add in the gnocchi and spinach. Once gnocchi floats the soup is complete. 

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Garlic and Soy Baked Fish

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Serving size: 1 fish Fillet 

Serving per recipe: 2

Prep time: 5 minutes 

Cook time: 10 minutes 

Total Recipe time: 15 minutes

Ingredients: 

2- 4 oz fish fillets (cod, catfish, tilapia, snapper all work well)

4 tsp. reduced sodium soy sauce 

4 tsp. canola oil

4 cloves garlic, chopped 

Salt and pepper to taste 

Preparation: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Using aluminum foil create two rectangular pouches with edges. Place one fillet in each pouch and top with 2 tsp oil and 2 tsp soy sauce. Then top with garlic and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Cook ~ 10 minutes or until the fish becomes opaque and flaky. 

Garlic Basil Golden Beet Spirals

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 Prepared with golden beet spirals as a noodle or pasta replacement and seasoned with garlic, basil, and parmesean cheese you won't even miss your traditional noodles. 

Prepared with golden beet spirals as a noodle or pasta replacement and seasoned with garlic, basil, and parmesean cheese you won't even miss your traditional noodles. 

If zucchini noodles are zoodles then these golden boodles are a must try. I admit I was skeptical at first because golden beets are not my favorite, but I have a weakness for any veggie spiraled or noodled and had to try them. I was beyond impressed with their cooked texture and how well they absorbed the ingredients flavors. Golden beets are packed with nutrients including potassium, fiber, and iron as well as  rich in lycopene and flavonoids. Along with being a powerhouse in the nutrient category beet spirals are a gluten free, diary free, and low calorie alternative to traditional pasta. 

Serving Size: 2 

Total cook time: 10 minutes 

Ingredients:

1 -10.7 ounce Box Golden beet spirals or hand prepared spiraled golden beets 

3 tbsp. olive oil 

4 cloves of garlic, chopped 

1 tbsp. dried basil 

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese 

1/2 tsp salt

Pinch of black pepper 

 Add the golden beet spirals to the skillet coating with the olive oil. Another great benefit to the golden beet spirals is they cook in minutes making it simple to prepare a meal in under 10 minutes. 

Add the golden beet spirals to the skillet coating with the olive oil. Another great benefit to the golden beet spirals is they cook in minutes making it simple to prepare a meal in under 10 minutes. 

Preparation:

In a large skillet heat 2 tbsp. olive oil over medium heat. Add chopped garlic and cook for several minutes until fragrant. Add beet spirals toss in olive oil to coat all spirals. Add basil, salt, and pepper and allow to cook for 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and mix in Parmesan cheese. Serves wonderful immediately, but also reheats well for flavorful leftovers. 

*Tip: For an entree or pasta dish split into 2 servings. For a side the recipe can be split into 4 servings*  

 

Shredded turkey and black bean soup

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 This shredded turkey and black bean soup is a perfect change of pace for those turkey leftovers! 

This shredded turkey and black bean soup is a perfect change of pace for those turkey leftovers! 

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total cook time: 50 minutes

Ingredients:

2 cups chicken stock or turkey stock

2 cups cooked shredded turkey

15 oz. (1 can) low sodium black beans, drained and lightly rinsed

16 oz. no added salt tomato sauce

1 tomato, chopped

1 onion, chopped

4 cloves garlic, chopped

1 cup carrots, chopped

2 tbsp. olive oil

1 1/2 tsp. cumin

1 tsp. chili powder

1 tsp. salt

Directions:

In a large saucepan on medium heat sauté the onions, garlic, and carrots in the olive oil. Cook for ~ 5 minutes or until the onions are translucent and become fragrant. Add the chicken stock, tomato sauce, tomato, cumin, chili powder, and salt. Toss in the cooked turkey and beans. Stir well to combine all ingredients. Bring to a simmer, cover, and cook for 35 minutes. Ladle into bowls and enjoy!   

Beans & Greens Soup with Ham

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This Beans & Greens soup with Ham is a great meal to prepare in bulk and enjoy as the weather cools. The soup features pinto beans, collard greens, and mustard greens, turnip greens all filled with flavor from the ham bone. 

Makes 7 - 2 cup servings 

Prep Time: Overnight bean soak 8 hours + 15 minute prep. 

Cook Time: 5 hours (can be completed stove top or crock pot)

INGREDIENTS:

1 Bag Pinto beans

1 large onion, chopped 

1 Ham Bone

1 Bay leaf 

2-3 tsp. salt

1 tsp pepper (or to taste)

8 oz Bag Combo Greens (collard, mustard, and turnip) or any combo of these greens per your preference

 10 cups water 

Directions:

Soak beans overnight or with quick soak method. Before each method sort and rinse beans.  For the quick soak: Boil ~ 8-10 cups of water then add beans. Allow beans to boil for ~ 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let soak for 1 hour. Drain beans and rinse under fresh water. For overnight method: Add the beans to ~8-10 cups of water and allow to soak overnight. In the morning drain water and rinse beans. Soaked beans are now ready to be prepared*

In a large pot add soaked beans, ham bone, onions, bay leaf, salt, pepper, and water. Bring to boil then reduce heat to low and allow to cook stirring periodically.  Cook the soup on a low heat for 4 hours before adding the greens for the last hour of cooking. The soup is done once it cooks for a total 5 hours. When the soup is complete remove the ham bone. Allow to cool then remove the excess meat from the bone and add to the soup.

 If freezing, separate into single serve portions to cool quicker. Once cooled seal in air tight containers or freezer bags, date, label, and place in freezer.

* Short on time the recipe also works perfect in a crock pot*  

 

Freezer Friendly Bean Burritos

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 Filled with flavorful slow cooked black beans, melted cheese, and roasted broccoli these freezer friendly burritos are a must add recipe to add to your meal prep rotation! 

Filled with flavorful slow cooked black beans, melted cheese, and roasted broccoli these freezer friendly burritos are a must add recipe to add to your meal prep rotation! 

I am a huge fan of freezer friendly meals. I mean honestly who doesn't love having home cooked meals ready and waiting after a long day?!? Working with families with inflammatory bowel disease one of the biggest challenges are finding recipes that respect food tolerances and dietary restrictions that the WHOLE family can enjoy.  Being a mom with Ulcerative Colitis I definitely relate to this challenge.  It is difficult to prepare multiple meals for multiple family members based on food preferences and dietary modifications. That is one of the many reasons I love this recipe. Since the burritos are single severe each family member can modify the foods they prefer or tolerate in their burritos and have them prepared and labeled for an easy weeknight meal that simple needs to be microwaved. When it comes to burritos the combos for ingredients are endless so feel free to be creative when you prepare your own. This recipe takes you through preparing homemade beans, but canned low sodium beans can be substituted to save time. Additional ingredients that work well include chicken, rice, and a variety of vegetables. 

FREEZER FRIENDLY BEAN, CHEESE, AND ROASTED BROCCOLI BURRITOS

Prep time (not including soaking): 15 minutes for beans + 20 minutes for burrito building 

Cook time: 4-5 hours 

Serving size: 15 burritos (5 cups of beans)

INGREDIENTS:

Beans:

3 cups water 

5 cups low sodium chicken broth or homemade chicken stock 

16 oz bag black beans, *quick soaked or overnight soaked*

5 cloves of garlic, sliced 

2 onions, chopped 

1 tsp. salt 

1 tsp. cumin 

1/2 cup cut cilantro leaves, chopped (not packed)

Roasted Broccoli

3 3/4 cups broccoli, chopped

1-2 tbsp. olive oil 

Salt and pepper  

Additional Ingredients:

2 cups cheddar, Monterrey Jack blend or diary free cheese  

15 tortillas 

Freezer Prep Materials: 

Wax Paper, 12 - 12 x12 inch pieces 

Foil, 12 - 12 x 12 inch pieces 

Permanent marker 

1-2 freezer bags 

Directions: 

*Soak beans overnight or with quick soak method. Before each method sort and rinse beans.  For the quick soak: Boil ~ 8-10 cups of water then add beans. Allow beans to boil for ~ 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let soak for 1 hour. Drain beans and rinse under fresh water. For overnight method: Add the beans to ~8-10 cups of water and allow to soak overnight. In the morning drain water and rinse beans. Soaked beans are now ready to be prepared* 

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Take the soaked beans and add them along with the water, chicken broth, garlic, onions, salt, cumin, and cilantro to the cooking pot. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and allow to cook for 5 hours. Beans will thicken as they cook.  Beans can be served whole or mashed for more of a "refried" appearance. 

As the beans finish cooking (~ the last 30 minutes of cook time) prepare the roasted broccoli. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place broccoli on baking sheet and toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper. After tossing spread broccoli across the baking sheet leaving space between each piece. Roast vegetables until vegetables are slightly soft with a small bit of charring. Cook time ~ 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool. 

Once beans and broccoli are cool begin burrito building. Warm tortillas slightly to prevent cracking. Add 1/3 cup beans, 1/4 cup broccoli, and 2 tbsp. cheese to each tortilla. Fold to secure filling. Wrap burrito in wax paper followed by foil for freezing. Label each burrito with date, filling, and preparation instructions with sharpie marker.  For freezer organization place all of the wrapped burritos in a freezer plastic bag to secure burritos in one place and create ease in freezer friendly meal inventory. 

When ready to enjoy remove burritos from freezer, remove foil and waxed paper, and wrap loosely in a papertowel and heat for 1-2 minutes.  

 

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Black Bean Pasta with Vegetables

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 Protein packed black bean pasta with colorful broccoli and orange bell pepper for the perfect vegetarian one pot meal!  

Protein packed black bean pasta with colorful broccoli and orange bell pepper for the perfect vegetarian one pot meal!  

I am always excited to try new foods and recently we have been hooked on black bean pasta. While I don't think it taste like traditional pasta, it has a unique taste that is wonderful! I feel this is similar to almond or soy milk, while I enjoy both I don't think they necessarily taste like traditional cows milk.  Here are some of the amazing nutritional facts on black bean pasta. First its a great gluten free alternative to traditional pasta. It is also packed with protein, high in fiber, and lower in carbohydrates than traditional pasta. On average black bean pasta per 2 ounce serving has 14 grams protein, 15 grams fiber, and 35 grams carbohydrate compared to traditional pasta with 7 grams of protein, 2 grams of fiber, and 41 grams of carbohydrates. Combined with colorful broccoli and orange bell peppers you have a perfect vegetarian one pot meal.   

Total Prep and Cook Time: 25 minutes 

Servings per Recipe: 4 

Ingredients: 

2 cups Black bean pasta 

2.5 cups broccoli, chopped (you can also use frozen broccoli) 

1 Orange bell pepper, chopped 

1.5 tbsp. olive oil + 1 tbsp olive to drizzle 

4 cloves of garlic, chopped 

1 tsp. salt 

1/4 tsp. pepper

Directions:

Fill a medium pot with water and lightly salt the water. Bring water to a boil over high heat. Once water is boiling add pasta. Gently stir the pasta intermittently and cook for 8-10 minutes (careful not to overcook). Remove pasta from heat, drain, and set aside.  Lightly rinse the pot used to cook pasta as wit will be used to cook the vegetables. Over low to medium heat saute garlic in 1.5 tbsp. olive oil and add the broccoli and orange peppers. Saute for ~4 minutes. Next add pasta to the pot. Lightly drizzle with 1 tbsp of olive oil and combine pasta and vegetables. Add salt and pepper as listed or to taste. 

*For an extra boost of flavor top with grated Parmesan cheese***

Baked Chicken Tenders

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Servings: 6

Servings size: 2 tenders

Prep time: 10 minutes. Cook time: 30 minutes. Total time: 40 minutes

1.5 pounds skinless boneless chicken breast sliced into 1/2 inch stripes or boneless skinless chicken breast tenders

2 Egg

3/4 cup whole wheat bread crumbs                            

¼ cup Parmesan cheese

1 tbsp. McCormick salt free original all-purpose seasoning or Penzey Mural of Flavor

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. pepper

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Preheat oven to 375. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with nonstick spray. In a small bowl beat the egg. In a different bowl combine breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, All-purpose seasoning, salt, and pepper. To prepare the chicken dip the chicken tender in egg then coat in breadcrumb mixture. Place on the baking sheet and repeat for the remixing chicken tenders.  Place in the preheated oven and cook for ~ 20-30 minutes (depending on thickness of tenders. Serve alone or with your favorite dipping sauce.