Ground chicken + veggies = Healthy meals

Spring is almost here , despite the snow we just received here in CT.  That means lighter healthier meals. Load up on veggies!

Zucchini noodles & chicken meatballs

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This is one of my favorite go too meals. Its tasty & you can eat a lot of noodles without feeling guilty or bloated afterwards.

Just get a spiralizer & go to town on zucchini. I usually add a little bit of water or chicken broth plus the zucchini noodles in a pan and warm them up and let them get to my desired firmness.

Next the meatballs. I make them with chicken or turkey and use whatever veggies I have in the fridge. I almost always put spinach.

  • ground chicken or turkey
  • spinach
  • parmesan cheese
  • garlic
  • salt
  • pepper
  • onion

Mix together , form into balls, & put on a baking sheet and cook until done.

Once they are done I take jarred sauce, place in a pan and add the meatballs to the sauce. Heat until sauce is hot.

Add it to you zucchini noodles and eat it all up!

Chicken & veggie patties

ChickenVeggiePattiesSomething similar just bigger & flatter.

  • Ground chicken or turkey
  • bell peppers ( used yellow this time)
  • spinach
  • garlic
  • onion
  • salt
  • pepper
  • mushrooms

Mix together, form patties, place on a baking sheet and cook in the oven until done.

I made broccoli and baked fries as sides. Delish!

I don’t eat bread to often so no bun but sometimes do use a romaine lettuce leaf.

 

 

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Easy & healthy dinner ideas

Lentil black bean soup
Lentil Black bean soup
This soup is perfect for Fall. Its healthy,delicious, & filling.
• 15oz can black beans
• 2 carrots diced
• onion, medium diced
• 2 garlic cloves
• 1 cup lentils
• 2 sweet potatoes, baked
• 28 oz can diced tomatoes
• 4 cups vegetable broth
• 1/2 tsp black pepper• 1/2 tsp cumin• 1 tsp chili powder• 1/2 tsp salt• 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
•1 tbsp coconut oil ( or olive oil)
•lime juice

Add oil to pot. Add garlic sautee for 1 minute.
Add onion & carrots. Sautee until onions are tender. ( 5 minutes)
Add the rest of the ingredients to the pot & bring to a boil
Reduce heat, cover until carrots & lentils are tender. about 30 minutes.
Diced up your sweet potatoes
Put in bowl, add some sweet potatoes
*optional* Squeeze some lime juice on top

Mini Turkey meatloaves with a baked sweet potato & broccoli

 

Turkey meatloaf

I make these different each time. I decided to make smaller ones. I also make these into burgers. Though my recipe is different each time , depending what I have in the fridge.
ground turkey •onion•mushrooms•garlic•spinach • red pepper • grated zucchini •grated carrot• Mrs dash Italian seasoning •coconut oil

Diced/Mince veggies,
Mix all ingredients together
Form into burger, mini loaves, or make a big loaf.
Bake 350F until done.

If you make turkey meatloaf or burgers and they are dry for you the grated zucchini is great for keeping the turkey meatloaf/burgers moist.

Steam up some broccoli
Bake sweet potato, when done cut in half.
Sprinkle chili powder ,pepper, salt.
Put back in over in the broiler for a few minutes.

Chicken & tomatoes over zucchini pasta

chicken dinner

Season chicken with salt & pepper.
Cook chicken in pan with chicken broth. Just enough to cover the pan. You can add more if needed.

When done I like removing the chicken to cut into bite size pieces. I like using chicken tenders because they cook faster. I also do this after cooking because , then I don’t have to deal with raw chicken.

When you remove the chicken, place diced plum tomatoes into the pan, add more chicken broth if needed.

Add diced chicken back into pan, stir. I added a little bit more of chicken broth and parmesan cheese so I had a sauce.

Use your spiralizer to make zucchini noodles. If you don’t have one yet get it!! I love zucchini noodles. You can have them raw or I like putting them in a little bit of water just to make them a little tender.

Add zucchini noodle to pan, stir.

Plate & enjoy. You can add feta , mozzarella, or more parmesan cheese.

I enjoy all of these meals because you feel good eating them and they are really good.

Taco meat over zucchini noodles

I was feeling like tacos but didn’t want wraps, shells, scoop with tortilla chips, or as a salad.

Then I threw this together.

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What you need:
1-2 zucchini
Ground turkey
Taco seasoning
Tomato
Black beans
Avocado

Cook meat as directed
Add diced tomato and black beans

Make zucchini noodles with spiralizer
In pot put a little bit of water , put zucchini noodles in until tender.

I topped with diced avocado.

If you want a little crunch crush up some tortilla chips on top.
Feel free to add some cheese too.
Add your favorite toppings 🙂