Simple Grilled Chicken Salad!

I used to be the queen of grilled chicken salads then I just stopped making them. But, today I was craving greens and something healthy. I made this super easy grilled chicken salad.I just grilled up some chicken with olive oil and seasonings, and put it on a bed of greens with tomatoes, mushrooms, and feta cheese with dressing. It was delicious! You can easily prepare this in advance. Just grill up enough chicken for a couple days and have your veggies cut. It is healthy, easy and yummy!

 

Healthy and Delicious

Healthy and Delicious

My Simple Breakfast

I aim to keep mornings simple. This is a breakfast I have a couple days of week, that is easy, delicious and pretty filling. This works for me, especially during the school year, when I need some quick energy. You can also prepare this the night before and just add a few crackers in the morning.

Delicious Linguini and Shrimp! A Quick Lunch You’ll Love

I’m always looking for a quick lunch! I actually made this for dinner a couple weeks back for my friend Christina and loved it, so I decided to make it for lunch and share it with you today! It is so simple!

Ingredients:

  • Shrimp- I suggest using the bigger shrimp, which I did when I made it for dinner. Today I used the smaller ones, because they didn’t have the large rock shrimp I usually buy. Use however many you want.
  • Linguini
  • Garlic-2-3 cloves
  • Olive Oil- enough to cook the garlic and shrimp in
  • Butter-to taste and optional
  • Seasonings- sea salt, herb de provence, ground pepper, and 21 season salute by Trader Joes

First I put some butter, olive oil and garlic in a pan, you can use just olive oil. When that’s heated I added my chopped up garlic and cooked until translucent. Then I added the shrimp and seasonings.

 
 
While this is cooking I have the linguini cooking to al dente and then I drain and add the linguini in the pan.
 
  

I add additional seasoning and a little bit more olive oil, not too much. I stir it around and cook it for  about 5-7 minutes.

 
I ate it with a plains salad and it was delicious!


Yummy Berry Smoothie Recipe!

We got the smoothies with breakfast every morning!

In  San Francisco, we splurged on breakfast in the hotel. Now, normally I wouldn’t do this since we all know how expensive it is to eat in hotel restaurants but this breakfast was so good, the waiters so nice that I didn’t mind shelling out the cash. With breakfast every morning they gave you these miniature smoothies that were delicious! I asked how they made them and made a mental note to take a bit of Hotel Pier 2620 home with me!Try this recipe it is so good!

Berrie Smoothie
1/2 cup of blueberries
1/2 cup of raspberries
1/2 cup of blackberries
2 cups of plain yogurt
2 Tablespoons of Honey
(you may want to add a little sugar but I guess that defeats the healthy part)

That’s it!! Just combine it in a blender, blend and you have a fantastic drink you and your kids will love!

10 Minute Lunch! Butternut Squash Pasta and Spinach

I love quick lunches and this one only takes about 10-12 minutes at the most to completely prepare!

Ingredients:
Butternut Squash Pasta
Olive Oil
Tuscany Seasoning and Garlic Rosemary Seasoning
Spinach
Garbanzo Beans

Boil water in a saucepan, once it is boiling pour in your Butternut Squash Pasta. I got mine from Target it is the Marketplace brand but there are some great frozen pastas out there so look around. Give it about 4-5 minutes at the most. Drain the water. Then add Olive Oil and the seasonings.

On the side I just threw together some spinach and garbanzo beans and a little sesame ginger dressing.

Delicious!!!

A Little Chicken Noodle Soup to Warm the Soul! Super Easy Recipe!

I’m not a soup lover, but tonight I wanted something warm, healthy and yummy so I decided to make some chicken noodle soup. I haven’t made this in a couple years so I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, but it was GREAT! Try this recipe if you are looking for a quick warm meal.

Here’s the Very Easy Recipe:

Ingredients
One Box of Swanson’s Chicken Broth
-One Package of Wide Egg Noodles
-1 or 2 long carrots
-2 or 3 pieces of celery
– A little bit of onion
-Chicken

I chopped up some chicken and cooked it in a little bit of olive oil and seasoned it lightly. While that was cooking I chopped up the carrots and celery and a little bit of onion. I poured the Swanson Chicken Broth into a large pot and added the carrots, celery, and onion. I also added grounded pepper, some rosemary garlic salt and French herbs. You can add whatever seasonings you like.

Then after it was boiling I added the noodles and chicken. If you like a lot of noodles then you may want to add more than one box of chicken broth. I could have used another can for sure. Then I let it cook covered for about 20-30 minutes. Yes that is it!!

The Result =DELICIOUS!!!!!
 
 
 
This was the perfect cozy fall meal!
 

An Easy Dinner to Prepare in Advance for The Next Day… Baked Ziti!

I go into work one day a week which is Wednesday. I can’t complain and I won’t, but yes there is a but… Wednesday is always a really busy day for some reason maybe it is because I’m now used to being home during the week. So the day consists of me getting Anya to school, going into the office, picking Anya up, getting homework and dinner done by the time Anya’s dad comes to hang out with her until 7:30 then it is off to church. So, I try to prepare for Wednesday to make the day go as smoothly as possible. So tonight, I made a choice not to procrastinate! Right after ballet we came home I threw Anya in the bath, put her pjs on and let her have some downtime, while I jumped in the shower, finished the dishes, made lunch for tomorrow, got our clothes ready and put a baked ziti in the oven for dinner tomorrow. If you want a simple dinner that you can prepare the night before try this! Baked ziti is always yummy, hardy, and cheap to make. Plus you will go to sleep to some great aromas!

All you need is the following:

Ingredients
1 box of ziti
1 jar of pasta sauce
1 bag of mozzarella or mixed Italian cheeses
Some herbs (I love herbs de Provence and mixture of French herbs) basil and olive oil

Simply boil your ziti to al dente and drain it. Get a pan about the size below or if you have a big family then just double the recipe. Pour some sauce on the bottom and layer it with ziti, then add cheese some olive oil and herbs with basil and repeat until the pan is full.

Before

Place in the oven for about 45 minutes to an hour depending on how big your serving is. Then let it cool for a few minutes and put it in  the refrigerator.

After

Throw some greens in a bowl with some fresh mozzarella and tomato and cover with saran wrap. While you’re heating it up the ziti the next day throw in some rolls and your done!

Quick End of The Summer Salad!

Yum doesn’t that look good? It really is! I had to throw something together for a back to school cookout. Although, I knew we were only going to catch the last 1/2 an hour, I didn’t want to walk in empty handed. So I put together this quick end of the summer cold salad. Try it, you will love it!

Ingredients
3 cucumbers
4 tomatoes
Mozzarella
Can of black olives
Balsamic Vinegarette
Sea Salt
Herbs de Provence
French herbs

Peel the cucumbers and dice into small squares and do the same with the tomatoes mix together and set aside. Then chop up some fresh mozzarella add to mixture and add the black olives. I then mixed in the balsamic and the seasonings. Make sure you mix it well, the amount of herbs and dressing depend on your taste. That’s it!

Also I made some whole grain pasta to add to it for lunch to make it a little more substantial. This will last for a few days so serve it with the pasta mixed in or as a side.  Hope you enjoy!

Salsa Chicken! A Great Crock Pot Recipe!

Moms, with school starting back up we’re all looking for quick easy dinners. So here is a quick meal I cooked up today in the crock pot. The crock pot basically does the work for you! All you have to do is throw in the ingredients. The crock can be a life saver for all moms, but especially the single mom because it is a super time saver! Here is one of my favorite crock pot recipes… Salsa Chicken

This is so simple to make and it is really tasty!
Ingredients
Chicken Drumsticks
Drained can of black beans
Drained can of corn
Salsa
Mexican Cheese
Some Taco Mix
All you do is throw all these ingredients into the crock pot! I used 5 drumsticks but if you have a can of salsa about the size I had you can probably add about 7-8 drumsticks. I also used some of my favorite seasonings. Put the crock pot on low if you want it finished in about 7-8 hours and on high if you want it to done sooner.
The meat is extremely tender so if you have little ones, you may want to get the meat off the bone for them, so they don’t get a bone by accident. The meat literally falls of the bone so it won’t take much time.
I served it with only Spanish rice tonight since I was dining solo and had a filling lunch, but I suggest corn on the cob,  and a salad on the side along with the rice for a complete meal.
Doesn’t it look good!!