Spinach and Chicken

I am really good at spending too much money on food and not being able to eat it all. I love eating a variety of foods and it’s a little hard to do that when you’re only making meals for one person. I threw this together one night when I really wanted to go to the store but instead used some creativity to make this meal.

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Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Here’s what you need to make it:

  • 1 cup of cooked rice
  • 2-3 cups of cooked spinach
  • 1 cup of chicken broth
  • 2-3 cooked  or canned chicken tenders
  • Salt and pepper

I had all of these ingredients in my fridge but I hate eating leftovers so I decided to throw them all together and make this concoction. Put the rice on the bottom of your brownie pan. After you cook/steam your spinach you need to drain the water out of it. This is the most important step! Everything about your meal will be soggy if you don’t drain your spinach so drain as much of the water out as you can. Put the cooked spinach on top of the rice. Break up the canned or cooked chicken tenders and then evenly drizzle the chicken broth across the pan. Shake salt and pepper on top and put it in the oven!

Bake for about 20-30 minutes and you’re done!

Frosted Lemonade

IMG_20190312_185702_215Okay, those who have been following me for a while know that I really like lemon flavored things and pretty much all things to do with lemon. I saw this video about how to make homemade ice cream in a jar when I was craving ice cream one night so I decided to put a lemon-twist on it.

Here’s what you need to make it:

  • 1 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of lemon extract

So before I put this all in a jar I whipped all of the ingredients in a bowl for about two minutes. This mixes air into the cream so your ice cream will be a fluffy, yummy flavor! Then, I put the mixture into a jar and let it freeze for 3 hours.

That’s all it takes!

Homemade Chicken Nuggets

IMG_20181205_125614_187I personally believe that everything tastes better homemade!

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Here is what you need to make these:

  • Raw chicken
  • Vegan Butter
  • Bread crumbs (GF or non-GF)

I cut up the raw chicken into bit sized pieces with my food scissors. Then, I melted the vegan butter in a glass bowl. I put my bread crumbs in a Ziploc bag. After the chicken was completely covered in butter, I put the chicken in the Ziploc bag with the bread crumbs and shook the bag until the chicken was covered in crumbs. I took them out of the bag and put them on a cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes and enjoy!

How to Make Bread Crumbs: 

If you’re like me and never remember to buy bread crumbs, here is a quick way to make your own. Place a couple of slices of bread (I would use 3-5 slices) on a cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees. After you take the bread of of the oven, put it in a blender to make the crumbs. My blender is currently dying and it was still able to make bread crumbs, so I bet any blender could get the job done 🙂

Spaghetti Squash

IMG_20181019_090436_431I feel so healthy when I eat spaghetti squash because squash has so many vitamins!

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees.

Here’s what you need to make it:

  • Squash
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Fresh basil OR Italian seasoning (I like to add this to the spaghetti sauce)

First, cut your squash in half and gut it–which is sometimes easier said than done. After you have all the stringy guts out, then you can wrap your squash in aluminum foil and drizzle some olive oil over it. Then, put it on a cookie sheet and cook it for 1 hour!

I used a generic spaghetti sauce and I put fresh basil in the sauce for extra flavor (heated gently in a sauce pan). You can add whatever meat you like to the sauce. 

After pulling the squash out of the oven, shred the squash with a fork until it’s stringy and looks like pasta. Pour the spaghetti sauce over your squash and enjoy!

Spring Rolls

IMG_20180504_104402_648This is my favorite picnic food! It takes a little longer to make, but the satisfaction that you have made your very own delicious spring rolls makes them worth the work.

Here’s what you need to make them:

  • Thai rice noodles
  • Rice paper (I recommend the Three Ladies Brand)
  • Meat of your choice (I usually do shrimp or pork but chicken or steak would work too!)
  • Veggies of your choice (cucumbers, carrots, bell peppers)

I start off by cooking the meat. You can grill it or season it in any way. I personally like to cook the shrimp in lemon juice with some lemon pepper seasoning.

Once you have the meat cooking, boil the water for the rice noodles. It’s important to break the noodles into half their size before putting them in the water to cook otherwise they will be too long to put into the rice paper.

Then, you need to start cutting your vegetables. Make sure that you cut them EXTREMELY thin strips.

After the meat and the noodles are done, they need to cool off so they won’t burn your fingers off while you are trying to assemble them. If you chose not to use shrimp then you would need to cut your meat into think strips as well.

Then the fun part! Once everything is cooled you can start putting your spring rolls together. First off, get the rice paper wet with warm water and run the water down the front and the back side of the rice paper. Then, put it on a plate.

You have to be slightly fast at assembling your spring rolls because the rice paper will not stay soft and wet for very long.

Put the noodles down first, then the veggies, and then the meat. (The order actually doesn’t matter but that’s what I did today!)

Roll the rice paper horizontally until all the ingredients are in the spring roll. Secure the ends by folding them on top of the spring roll.

Keep doing this until you have used all of your ingredients.

And you’re done! They really are worth all the work that you put into them.

Steak Pho

IMG_20180415_140037_591One of my favorite things to do is to go to new restaurants and then try and replicate the food that I order. Steak pho is one of those things! It’s very simple and it’s delicious!

Here’s what you need to make it:

  • Beef broth
  • Steak
  • Thai Rice noodles
  • Cilantro
  • Fresh bean sprouts (optional)
  • Jalapenos

I made my beef broth from a base called “Better Than Bouillon” that I found at Costco. The instructions on how to make the broth are on the lid. I grilled my steak in a frying pan while heating up the beef broth and cooking the Thai rice noodles on the stove.  

After everything was cooking/ heated, I put it all the a bowl with cilantro on top. I did not have fresh bean sprouts so they are not featured in the photo, but I would HIGHLY recommend putting fresh bean sprouts in your steak pho.

Homemade Meatballs

IMG_20180412_172746_241One of my favorite things that my mom used to make for me when I was growing up were homemade meatballs. To this day, I have a really hard time eating the frozen ones, they are just not as good! I want to share one of the many variations of homemade meatballs that you can make.

Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees.

Here is what you need to make them:

  • 1 cup of blended GF oats
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 3 lbs. of hamburger meat
  • 2 teaspoons of oregano
  • 1 cup of sweet onion (you can use less onion if you would like)

First blend a cup of GF oats in a blender until the oats look like flour. Then, you can put all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix it with your hands. I used a cookie scooper to ball up the meat into balls and then I placed them on a cookie sheet and put them in the oven.

They need to cook for 15 minutes and then they are ready to be enjoyed!