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I made this recipe on Wednesday night. I was going to post it on Thursday. However, I had my very first migraine! It was debilitating! I was down for the count from 1am until about 7pm. I was able to muster up the strength to take the boys outside so they could get their wiggles out. But the thought of sitting in front of a computer screen was even more nauseating. Yesterday I was just busy with the kiddos. Here were are on Saturday morning. Recently I have been getting cravings for asparagus. It must be what happens when you get into your 30’s! HA! I have been incorporating it into dishes here and there. Thankfully my family is enjoying it as well.

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Lemony Parm Chicken and Asparagus 

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • drizzle of olive oil to taste
  • 2 Tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • sea salt to taste
  • fresh black pepper to taste
  • 1 bunch of asparagus
  • handfuls of spinach, chopped
  • 3/4 oz container of chives
  • parmesan cheese, to taste.
  • Brown/red rice, to serve over, optional

Heat the garlic in the pan with the olive oil. Once fragrant, add the chicken. Begin to cook chicken through. Add the vinegar, lemon juice, thyme, sea salt, and black pepper. Cook until you no longer see pink. Meanwhile, cut the asparagus into smaller pieces. Once the chicken is no longer pink, add the asparagus. Cook uncovered for a few minutes. Cover, and continue to cook until the chicken is cooked through and the asparagus is tender. Remove cover, add the chopped spinach and chives. Turn heat down. Let spinach wilt. Turn off heat and serve over rice.

I finally have a new recipe to share! I have made a few new dishes since my last recipe post. Some have flopped. Some have just been eh, ok. Nothing to write home about. Some have been in a mad rush to get dinner on the table. I didn’t pay attention to what measurements I was using nor did I take the time to write down anything I threw together. Last night I did take the time.

It is that time of year where we use our grill multiple times a week. I love the smell of food on the grill. My mouth waters at the aromas.

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Grilled Chicken and Veggies with a Greek Seasoning Sauce

For the chicken:

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • sea salt to taste
  • pepper to taste

Slice the chicken thinly. Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper on both sides. Cook through on grill. This will vary depending on your grill. I have to always keep my burner on low and it still cooks things rather quickly, so I have to watch the food.

For the veggies:

Assorted veggies of your choice. For this dinner I used

  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 2 zucchini
  • 1/2 sweet onion
  • 1 container white mushrooms
  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar

Cut up the veggies and add to a large bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Mix well. Pour onto a grill pan on your grill. Flip frequently. Until veggies are tender and some pieces start to brown.

Greek Seasoning Sauce

  • 1 clove garlic, pressed
  • drizzle olive oil
  • 1/2 Tbsp Greek Seasoning
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

Heat the garlic and olive oil in a pan. Add the lemon juice, Greek seasoning, and balsamic vinegar. Simmer the sauce until the chicken is ready. Keep it on a low heat.

Once chicken and veggies are done put the veggies in a bowl or on a plate. Place the chicken on a separate plate. Coarsely chop the chicken into pieces. Add to a bowl. Pour the sauce over the chicken and mix well. Serve the chicken and veggies over a whole wheat pita.

AH! This past week has been crazy! So much has happened. I really did not come up with any new recipes until last night. I was supposed to grill some chicken. I had a new poultry rub idea ready to go. The potatoes were in the oven. Alexander suddenly decided he was starving and exhausted even though he had recently eaten. Babies, I tell ya! I had to halt my food prep and go nurse a sweet little almost 7 month old to sleep for a nappy nap. The potatoes were already cooking. I had to switch it up once I was done because I was short on time now. Pan chicken is always a quick dish for me to whip up. I thought of this on the fly. I was inspired by the snow peas we purchased. This is the very first time I have cooked with snow peas. I hate regular peas. They make me gag. I have tried and I just cannot enjoy the flavor of them. Snow peas taste a bit different though, so I decided to try them again. I really enjoyed this dish. It was light and fresh and very spring like! It looks like snow peas may become a more frequent veggie in our home. Jackson also enjoyed them. He said “Yum. They’re kind of like green beans!” Truth!

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Snow Pea Lime Chicken

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp orange blossom vinegar
  • 3 limes
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp ground mustard
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1 orange pepper, diced
  • 3 carrots julienned
  • 1/2 lb snow peas
  • 3 green onions, chopped

Juice two of the limes. Set the 3rd one aside for later.

Combine the chicken, lime juice, olive oil, vinegar, white pepper, thyme, ground mustard, and sea salt in a large pan. Begin to cook. Once the chicken no longer looks pink add the orange peppers. Cook until they soften. Once the have softened, add the carrots and snow peas. Cook until chicken is cooked through. Meanwhile juice the 3rd lime. Once chicken is cooked, turn off heat and add the remaining lime juice and green onions.

I haven’t had a new recipe up since last week. Easter was on Sunday and I have two boys who have been sharing germs. My older one was sick at the end of last week and the baby started it on Sunday evening. With a 101 degree fever! He is still not feeling well. My poor little man. I also tried to get this up before 7am and that didn’t work out with him being sick. Then my 4 year old started in the Kindergarten Prep classroom at his school today. Big day!

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The baby had a Dr appointment immediately after that. Then he has been fussy (because he has a cold virus AND a stomach virus!!!) and my kitchen was filthy and needed a good once over. Now I am quick finishing this up while he tries to settle (unsuccessfully) for a nap. Poor sweet sick babe!

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I was wearing him while trying to get this meal started last night. He just wanted momma snuggles right around 4:30ish. Then he wasn’t settled in the wrap. Because he doesn’t feel well. Eventually I was able to get him to feel settled and dinner was under way. But it was already almost 5:30. This was a nice quick recipe I whipped up on the fly. It turned out nice and fresh and yummy tasting.

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White Balsamic Chicken with Tomatoes

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp White Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 Lemon, juiced
  • 1 clove garlic, pressed/minced
  • 1 tsp Mediterranean basil
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 vine rip tomato, sliced thinly
  • 2 small zucchini
  • Fresh mozzarella, to taste, and sliced thinly
  • Volcano Rice 

Prepare rice according to package.

Preheat ove to 385

Combine olive oil, white balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, basil, garlic, and sea salt in a small bowl. Whisk to combine. Set aside.

Slice chicken breast into thinner pieces lengthwise. I did this because I was on a time crunch for dinner. They cook a little faster. If you have time to cook them longer, you don’t have to thin them out.

Place in a square baking dish. Pour the olive oil combo over the chicken. Place tomato slices over chicken. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes. Time will increase if you did not thin out chicken.

Meanwhile, use a spiralizer on the zucchini. After the chicken as cooked for 20 minutes, add the zoodles around the edges of the chicken and then some on top of the tomatoes. Cook for another 5-7 minutes until the zucchini begins to look tender.

Add the mozzarella on top of the chicken breasts and cook for another 5-7 minutes. So the cheese gets nice and melted.

Serve over the volcano rice! Drizzle a little extra vinegar over your bowl if desired.

I wanted to make something with chicken and veggies. I also wanted to use a new vinegar I recently purchased. I haven’t had a chance to use it yet. My 4 year old really wanted pasta. This creation came from those three factors. I then started thinking about how gorgeous all the blood oranges I bought are. I am just in love with their color. They are truly beautiful.

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Blood Orange Chicken

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into pieces
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 blood oranges. One juiced. One cut into pieces and set aside.
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 Tbsp O Ginger Rice Vinegar
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp fresh black pepper
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 3 small carrots, julienned
  • 1 zucchini, julienned
  • Crushed red pepper (optional)

Heat the coconut oil in a large pan. Add the minced garlic. Cook for 1-2 minutes. Add the chicken pieces, blood orange juice, lime juice, ginger rice vinegar, coriander, sea salt, and pepper. Cook chicken through. Add the honey and blood orange pieces. Cook for 1-2 minutes. Add the carrots and zucchini. Cook until the veggies are tender but still bright.

I served it over whole wheat spaghetti, but brown rice would be another great option. You can also sprinkle a little red pepper flakes over your bowl if you wanted a little kick.

On Saturday I came across a new balsamic vinegar. I was so excited. It is a fig balsamic vinegar. I have recently fallen in love with figs. Although my mom informs me I loved them as a child. So let’s just say I have recently rediscovered my love of figs. Since I am always looking for new and fun ways to prepare my meals, this was a great find.

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They have other oil and vinegar products as well. I grabbed a few. I am sure they will be making their way into my upcoming posts. This one though is mighty tasty. It even smells heavenly. I hope you enjoy this chicken dish as much as I did!

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Fig Balsamic Walnut Chicken

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into pieces
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp finely diced shallot
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 Tbsp Fig Balsamic Vinegar 
  • 2 tsp fresh chopped thyme
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 small lemon, juiced
  • 2 vine ripe tomatoes, diced
  • several handfuls arugula, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • Parmesan cheese. For topping. (optional)

Heat the shallot in the olive oil until it is fragrant and softened. Add garlic and cook for another minute. Add chicken, stir well. Add the fig balsamic vinegar, fresh thyme, lemon juice, and sea salt. Stir chicken well. Allow chicken to cook for another few minutes. Until you can no longer see any pink. Add the tomatoes. Continue to cook until chicken is entirely cooked through and tomatoes have softened. Add the walnuts, and stir well again. Combining everything. Cook for another minute or two. Then turn off heat, add arugula, mix, and allowed arugula to wilt slightly. Serve and sprinkle with a small amount of parmesan cheese, if desired.

I served it with potato bites. I made my Lemony Potato Bites but I added 2 tsps of dried Herbes de Provence. Just to switch it up a little.

Have I ever mentioned that I love rice? Ha! Forbidden rice is my favorite rice. I discovered it at a restaurant a couple years ago while we were away for the weekend celebrating our wedding anniversary. I then HAD to find it for my own kitchen. I use Lotus Foods Forbidden Rice. As usual, this dish comes with lots of veggies. I had a hankering for something with ginger. It was just sitting there looking lovely at Whole Foods, so I grabbed a knob of it. Then I combined all of these flavors for this light and spicy dish.
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Sesame Ginger Chicken with Broccoli and Carrots

  • 1 clove garlic, pressed/minced
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tsp fresh minced ginger
  • 2 tsp coriander
  •  1tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp white ground pepper
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 small limes juiced (or one large lime juiced)
  • 1/2 tbsp honey
  • Broccoli. I used 3 small heads of broccoli
  • Carrots, julienned. I used 4 small/medium carrots.
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • 1/4 c fresh coarsely chopped basil
  • Red pepper flakes optional and to taste. I recommend them!
  • Forbidden black rice, prepared

Cut chicken into chunks. Heat the sesame oil and garlic for 1-2 minutes. Add chicken, ginger, coriander, cumin, cardamom, white pepper, sea salt, vinegar, lime juice, and honey. Cook chicken through. Add the broccoli, carrots, and sesame seeds. I covered with a lid to help steam the veggies a bit.

Once the veggies are cooked to your liking add the basil and stir to combine. Serve over the black rice. Sprinkle each dish with red pepper flakes. This is optional but I really loved the kick it had. I sprinkled about 1/4 tsp on my bowl. I skipped it for my little guy. He isn’t so into spicy foods yet. Kid taste buds and all.

Note: I tend to cook my broccoli a little longer so that it is easier to digest. I LOVE broccoli but sometimes it doesn’t agree with me. I have found that if I make sure it is cooked through I have an easier time digesting it. Last night was no exception. I know there is debate over eating cruciferous veggies raw or steamed. As of late, the tide has been turning toward it still being very nutritional to eat them cooked. My take on it is, I want to eat them, but I simply cannot tolerate them raw. I would rather lose some nutrients than be unable to consume them at all.

There are times where I just get a craving for rosemary. There is something about the scent and flavor of rosemary that I just have to have sometimes. This week was one of those times. If you are looking for a meal that is very light and fresh tasting this is it.

If I could eat rice every single day I would. Well, actually I kind of do, for lunch. But if I could eat it for dinner every day as well I would. I think my boys would most likely get a little sick of it. I had a craving for brown rice as well. This meal came out of those two wants.

Jackson loved this meal. He mentioned several times that it was a good dinner.

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Rosemary Chicken with Arugula and Zucchini

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts cup up into pieces
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, pressed/minced
  • 2 Tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp fresh finely chopped rosemary
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • Fresh black pepper to taste (I added about 11 twists)
  • 1 large zucchini, zoodled I use this
  • Several handfuls of arugula, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • Brown rice, cooked (optional)

In a large pan add the olive oil and garlic. Begin to cook garlic for 1-2 minutes until fragrant. Add the chicken. Coat well with olive oil and garlic. Add the white wine vinegar, rosemary, sea salt, and pepper. Cook chicken through. Once chicken is cooked add the zoodles and lemon juice. Continue to cook for several more minutes until zoodles are tender. When zoodles are done add the arugula. Mix well. Turn off the heat and just let the remaining heat wilt the arugula.

Serve over prepared brown rice.

Yesterday was St. Patrick’s Day. My feeds were filled with images of corned beef, cabbage, and potatoes. I went back and forth on what I should make for dinner. Ultimately I decided I wasn’t in the mood for corned beef. I did not really want a big heavy meal. I have had a slight cold or sinus infection this week. Nothing to knock me off my feet, but enough to be a touch annoying. Jackson does not recall having corned beef before. He has. I wasn’t really in the mood to try to convince him to try a brand new meat. Or cabbage! Sometimes he is not a big fan of change.

We went to the grocery store and I did show him what corned beef looks like. He said he wanted chicken for dinner. He didn’t have to twist my arm. I still wanted to have fun with St. Patrick’s Day though! I decided to make it about COLOR!

There are two recipes in this post. Happy St. Paddy’s Day!!! A day late, but with two recipes in hand 😉

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Lemon Honey Chicken

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 lemons juiced
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 Tbsp & 1/2 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp dijon mustard (look for one that has the least ingredients. Mine just has mustard, vinegar, sea salt)
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • Several handfuls chopped spinach

Heat olive oil and garlic in a large pan for a couple minutes. Add chicken, and begin to cook. Add lemon juice, honey, mustard, oregano, and sea salt. Bring the sauce to a nice bubble, cooking chicken through. Reduce to a simmer so the sauce reduces and gets a little thicker. Add spinach and cook until wilted. My spinach was in there a touch too long. You can add it a minute or two before serving so it stays a brighter green.

Sautéed Orange and Green Peppers

  • 1 orange pepper, diced
  • 1 green pepper diced
  • Drizzle of olive oil

Combine the peppers in a medium sized pan. Drizzle some olive oil over them. Cook until tender.

I served the chicken over the peppers and it was a nice combination!

No new recipe last night! It was make your own meal out of leftovers night. Those are fun too. Spring has been in the air. It was so gorgeous outside yesterday. The warmest it has been lately. All week has been warm but yesterday took the cake.

We have been getting outside every day. Even if it is for a short while.

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As I was sitting on that blanket with the baby last night I wanted a salad. I wanted something fresh, cold, crisp, and light for dinner. Spring and summer scream salads. For me at least. I still had my leftover Lemon Thyme Chicken. I even saved the zoodles/yoodles. I threw together some spinach, arugula, and carrots in a bowl. I cut up the cold chicken, threw that in there. Then I poured the reserved sauce and veggies over the salad. It was delish! Two healthy meals just from one night of cooking.

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To keep at it with this beautiful weather I am going for a run this morning outside. With a new pair of running shoes. Life is better in pretty weather. At least it is when you have recently had a baby and have been cooped up in sub zero temps! I am so excited about the spring and summer I can barely contain myself. I love to be outside. I love to GO places with my boys. I love to have adventures. This weather makes it so much easier. Alexander is getting older. Jackson is practically self sufficient. I expect a lot of adventure is headed our way.

Do you love easy leftover meals? 

Do you love to have adventures in gorgeous weather? What are some of your favorite spring/summertime things to do outside?