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Life after being a Vegetarian

If you didn’t know I went Vegetarian for awhile (only lasted 3 months). It was a life changing 3 months until I started to feel like crap. Read my ‘I Got Hungry‘ post. Well after just 3 months of no meat, I’m doing pretty good. I feel way better that I incorporated chicken back into my diet. I occasionally stir fry up some shrimp or bake a filet. Red meat still don’t exist in my diet so turkey bacon and I became close friends. Vegetables are still a MAIN component on my dish. I sometimes eat meals with no meat. Vegetables are so versatile it’s a shame that people don’t like them. Sauté some squash, zucchini with some onions. Season with salt and pepper!? Heaven on a plate with some jasmine rice! Vegetarian life was a learning experience and a great 3 month detox. Remember to always do what’s best for you but never shy away from something new.

 

 

One Skillet Pasta

Ingredients

  • 8oz Pasta, cooked and drained
  • 2 boneless Chicken Breast
  • 1 small Onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup Mushroom, sliced
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1 Pint Heavy Cream
  • 4 Sprigs of Thyme
  • 1tbsp Parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Butter
  • Olive Oil

Instructions

  1. Cook your pasta as directed of package and set aside. Season your chicken breast how ever you want! You can't go wrong with a classic salt and pepper. Heat your skillet to medium, medium high. Add in 1tbsp of butter and a 1tbsp of olive oil.
  2. When skillet is hot add you chicken breast. Cook for 3-4 minutes each side (depending how thick your chicken breast are). Set aside in foil.
  3. Add in your mushroom (might need a little more butter or olive oil) stir around for 3-5 minutes.
  4. Add in your onions. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook 2-3 minutes. (anytime your own looks dry add butter or olive oil)
  5. Add your garlic, stir in for 1-2 minutes then add in your heavy cream and thyme. Give a good stir and let it reduce and thicken 7-10 minutes. Taste for seasoning (keep a eye on it, might over flow. adjust heat but keep a slight boil going)
  6. Once it's reduced and thicken. Turn off heat and add in parsley and parmesan. Mix in well.
  7. You can pour this over your pasta or mix pasta in sauce. Top with chicken and more parmesan! Enjoy!
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The Creamy BLT Chicken

One pot meals are magical. Personally I don’t like to make a big mess with dishes or stand in the kitchen too long. It’s days i love being in the kitchen all day but sometimes I need a one and done meal!

My boo came into town and cooked me this meal. I got on his nerves hovering over him and trying to tell him what to do lol! So I ran off with the recipe and tweaked it.

This skillet meal is so good! Bacon is involved and bacon grease! Cooking chicken or veggies in bacon grease is so magical. It steps up the flavors in so many ways! The fresh components of the spinach, onions and tomatoes. The fatty components of the bacon and heavy cream balances it out. Oh! Plus this meal makes for leftovers. Who doesn’t love good leftovers!?

I like to call this pasta meal The Creamy BLT Chicken. Enjoy!

 

 

The Creamy BLT Chicken

Ingredients

  • 5 strips bacon, chopped
  • 3 boneless chicken breast, chopped
  • 2tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup Italian blend cheese
  • 16 ounce rotini pasta, cooked

Instructions

  1. Start by preparing everything as far as chopping, dicing and cooking the pasta. So this recipe can go along swiftly!
  2. Heat your skillet to medium-high heat and crisp your bacon. About 5 minutes.
  3. Remove a few pieces of bacon and set aside. (Keep your bacon grease in skillet!) Add your chicken, seasoning and turn heat to medium. Cook about 5-7 minutes. Stirring occasionally.
  4. 3 minutes in add your onion.
  5. Stir everything real good. Chicken should be fairly cooked and onions translucent.
  6. Add your tomatoes and spinach. Cook until spinach wilt.
  7. Add your cream and reduce 6-8 minutes or until slightly thick.
  8. Turn heat OFF add your cheese. Stir then add your pasta. Mix well!
  9. Top with bacon and enjoy!
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*I like buying pre-diced tomato and onions for this recipe. Makes it hassle free. Less dishes to wash!
**I cut my bacon and chicken with kitchen shears. So simple and affective.
***I reserve some of the pasta water just in case my pasta sauce gets too thick.
****This meal is freezer friendly. Don’t add your cheese yet, if you want to freeze this meal.

Snapchat Meal

I normally Snapchat me making some food. So now I’m going to edit those videos and make small clips to share with you all on my site and IG. This here is my first of many! I will do better with editing and keeping it clean. Im trying to figure out now how to upload the video here on the site. But enjoy this simple weeknight pasta meal!

 

 

Chicken Ragu

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mushrooms
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 chicken thighs, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 2 tbsp salt + pepper
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter

Instructions

  1. Start by melting 2 tbsp butter. Adding your mushrooms, onions and salt + pepper. Cook for 3-5 minutes.
  2. Toss in your chicken add some more butter. Cook 5-7 minutes.
  3. Add your garlic, stir. Pour in your wine and scrap up the brown bits from the bottom of your pan.
  4. Add your tomato sauce, stir and simmer for 10 minutes. I added some water to loosen up the sauce.
  5. Last 5 minutes add in your spinach. Mix in well and until wilted.
  6. Serve this over pasta or rice. Top with cheese and enjoy!
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