Middle Eastern Chicken Salad

2 cups cooked chicken, cubed and cooled 16 kalamata olives, pitted and sliced 8 greek olives, sliced (recommended: use feta-stuffed olives) 1 small cucumber or 2 mini cucumbers, diced 2 cups nonfat plain Greek yogurt 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 1/2 tsp zahtar (or za’atar) spice juice of 1 lemon 1/2 tsp dried minced onion…

Pre-cooking Chicken

Several of my recipes call for “cooked chicken,” and how annoying is it to have all of the other ingredients ready, but have raw chicken instead of cooked?! It can sabotage your whole meal! Cooking chicken ahead of time can be one of the easiest tasks you do. With the amount of cooking that I…

Spiced Butternut Soup

  Crockpot time: 4-6 hours // Serves 6 1 butternut squash, roasted and pureed, OR 2 cans pureed 100% butternut squash or 100% pumpkin (if you can’t find canned butternut) 1 small sweet onion, diced small (or white cooking onion) 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 cup chicken broth 2 tsp curry powder 1 tsp salt…

Taco Soup

16 oz ground turkey 1 small onion, diced 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 cans black beans, drained 1 1/2 cups frozen corn 2 cans diced tomatoes with chilis 1 can red enchilada sauce 1 packet low-sodium taco seasoning 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth 4 oz spinach, torn or cut into bite-size pieces Cook turkey,…

Roasted BLT Cauliflower

Prep time: 20 min / Cook time: 40 min 1 head cauliflower, rinsed and cut into florets (approx 5-6 cups) 2 Roma tomatoes, diced, with seeds and pulpy inside scooped out and discarded 1/4 cup diced red onion 2 garlic cloves 1 tbsp olive oil 1 cup Greek yogurt 1/4 cup bacon bits 1/4 cup…

Quinoa Chili

Ingredients: 2 cans (14.5 oz) fire roasted tomatoes 1 can (16 oz or less) tomato sauce 1 can (16 oz or less) black beans, drained 1 can (16 oz or less) cannellini or navy beans, drained 1 can (4.5 oz) diced green chiles 2 cups vegetable broth (or 2 cups hot water with 2 veggie…

Greek Cucumber Salad

1 regular cucumber, sliced and quartered (or half of an English cucumber) 12 kalamata olives, halved 6 large greek olives stuffed with feta, sliced 12 mild banana pepper rings, diced 1-2 roasted red peppers, diced 1/4 red onion diced small (or less, depending on preference) 1/4 cup reduced fat feta cheese crumbles 12 small cheese…

Pumpkin Chicken Chili

1 1/2 cups cooked chicken, cubed 1 can pumpkin puree 1 can fire roasted tomatoes 1 can great northern beans, rinsed and drained 1/2 to 1 cup chicken stock 1/2 med onion diced (optional: sautee onion before adding to crockpot) 1 1/2 tsp chili powder 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1/2 tsp smoked paprika 1/2 tsp…

Vegeta-ful Soup

Ingredients: 1 Tbsp olive oil 1 medium yellow onion, diced 4 garlic cloves, minced 2-3 large carrots, peeled and chopped (approx 2 cups) 2-3 celery stalks, chopped (approx 2 cups) 2 cups green beans, trimmed and chopped 2 14-oz cans petite diced tomatoes 1 14-oz can garbanzo beans/chickpeas, drained 4 cups vegetable stock 1 1/2…

Tropical Salsa Chicken

1/2 pineapple, cubed (I prefer fresh) 4 chicken breasts, cut into 2″ strips or cubes 2 cups fresh salsa 1/4 cup chili lime hot sauce (I prefer the Cholula brand) (optional) 1 cup fresh vegetables (green beans, broccoli, bell peppers, etc) Mix chicken, vegetables, salsa, and hot sauce in crock pot. Top with pineapple chunks….

Chicken Alfredo Soup

Healthy Alfredo Sauce: 1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets (approx 5-6 cups) 4 cups water 2 vegetable bouillon cubes Boil water with bouillon in a med sauce pan; add cauliflower and cook until fork-tender. 1 med onion, chopped (approx 1/2 cup) 3-4 garlic cloves, minced 1 Tbsp olive oil Saute onion and garlic in…

Curry Chicken Butternut Soup

1/2 med onion, diced 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 Tbsp fresh garlic, minced or grated. 1 lb chicken tenderloins, cut into cubes 1/2 butternut, cubed (approx 2 cups of cubes) 1 stalk green onion, diced, approx 2 Tbsp 2 Tbsp curry powder 1/2 tsp cumin 1/4 tsp coriander sprinkle of cayenne sprinkle of red pepper…