Cheesy (Minus the Cheese) Chicken Broccoli Bake

Cheesy (Minus the Cheese) Chicken Broccoli Bake

I totally fooled my husband! I must admit, this was a fun one.  My husband usually just eats whatever is served, compliments my food, and doesn’t ask any questions.  Yesterday, after eating a bowl, having seconds, Erik asked what kind of cheese was in the bake.  When I responded that there wasn’t any, he was shocked! He thought there was cheddar! I’ve been doing a lot of reading about Nutritional Yeast. This is a super healthy ingredient used by many vegans, as a substitute for cheese.  “It is a source of protein and vitamins, especially the B-complex vitamins, and is a complete protein. It is also naturally low in fat and sodium and is free of sugardairy, and gluten.” (Source Wikipedia).  It’s nutty, creamy and cheesy flavor is delicious.  I can’t wait to find other uses for it.

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Ingredients:

2 Chicken Breast

12 Mushrooms

1 onion

2 broccollini bundles

1/2 lb of green beans

Sauce:

1 cup of nut milk (Almond Milk is my favorite)

1 cup of nutritional yeast

2 teaspoons of garlic salt

1/2 cup of sunflower seeds

Preheat your oven to 350.

1) Boil chicken in water or chicken broth for about 30 minutes until done

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2) Wash and chop all your veges.

3) Steam the broccollini and green beans for a few minutes until soft about 5 minutes

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4) saute onion, and mushrooms with some coconut oil until cooked about 5 mins

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5) throw cooked veges in your baking dish

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6) Blend all ingredients for the sauce in the blender

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7) cut up chicken into small pieces, and throw on top of the vegetables.

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8) Pour sauce over the top and put in oven for 30 minutes.

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Green Eggs Breakfast Sandwhich

Green Eggs Breakfast Sandwich

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Ingredients:

2 Organic Eggs

Parsley-Chopped

1/2 cup Spinach

Sprouted Grain English Muffin

Slice of Cheese (I only added this because I’m pregnant and needed calcium)

Mustard or organic butter

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Instructions:

1) Defrost and toast the english muffin.  Erik likes Dijon mustard on his, I put a little bit of organic butter.

2) chop your spinach and parsley and Mix in a bowl with your two eggs

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3.  Pan fry.  I cover and fry for about 5-10 minutes until fully cooked.

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4. I added cheese to mine, for more flavor, but for a healthy alternative leave this off.

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5. Spread green eggs on muffin and enjoy!

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Sprouted Lunch Wrap

Sprouted Lunch Wrap

This is my new favorite lunch.  It’s so easy to throw together in the morning, and put in the fridge, or grab on the go.  It’s also refreshing and light on a hot summer day.  This is a food babe recipe that I love.  The important part of the recipe is sprouts! Here is why.

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Ingredients:

Here’s what I added and you can put whatever you would like in it.  This happens to be a gluten free and vegan recipe.

Brown Rice Tortilla (found in the refrigerated section of the grocery store)

Avocado, sprout, onion, tomato, lettuce, shredded carrot, & pickle

You can make your own variations, for instance, you can add some kind of chicken or beans for protein, or your favorite vege’s.  Also, I’m not a huge fan of sauces, but you can use mustard as well.

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Installing a Nest..yes you can do it, I did!

Install a Nest Thermostat 

Being Pregnant, I was wondering how I could turn on the A/C upstairs without having to actually walk up there.  I remembered my husband talking about the Nest, and the research he had done.  I decided I would surprise him by getting it and installing it myself.  Yes, I watched the installation video on their website.  I could totally do this.  I went to Home Depot and bought 2.  Yikes, now this was a commitment, there was no turning back.  Here is how I did it and you can do it too!

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What will you need:

The Nest, Screwdriver, and some pliers

What to do:

1) Turn off the breaker to your furnace and A/C.  If you do not know which one turn of the entire thing for safety.

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2) Lift off your existing cover it just snaps off.  Some may have to screw off.  Make sure you have a low voltage system.  This will not work for high voltage.  High voltage usually has really thick wires, and could have these plastic caps on the wire.

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3) Take a picture of the wires so you know what it looked like before 🙂

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4) If you have a jumper cable, you can go ahead and remove it.  It is not needed for the nest.  A jumper cable is a small wire that connects two cables.  My had one on the RC and R, so I unscrewed the small screws and pulled it out.

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5) Mark your wires.  The nest came with these awesome stickers.  Only label wires that are correctly connected. If you have extra wires that are not connected, do not use them.

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6) Unscrew the rest of the wires, and pull out.  Carefully remove the cover plate.

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7) Take this time to patch any holes, and paint.  I couldn’t find the matching paint, so I used the big cover plate, but I will go back and take this off later.

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8) Install the plate and base of the nest.  Make sure it’s level, and use the two screws to attach to the wall.  No anchors needed, it’s pretty light.

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9) Use some pliers, to straightened out the ends.

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10) Attach the wires.  Push down on the button and put the wire in until it clicks, and let go.  voila!

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11) Snap on the cover

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11) Turn your circuit breaker back on! Follow instructions on the screen to set it up, and register at nest.com.  Download the app on your phone, and you can manage from anywhere.

Easy as can be.  I’m so proud of myself.

Panko Chicken Nuggets

Homemade Panko Chicken Nuggets

I was looking for a healthy recipe that felt like I was being bad.  I starting making these a couple years ago, and my husband absolutely loves them! I threw them on a salad, but you could do whichever sides you want.

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Ingredients:

2 slices of chicken breast

2 large eggs

Almond Meal/Flour (You can use regular flour, but we use almond flour in our house for a healthy alternative)

Panko breadcrumbs

Salt/pepper/spices of choice (I use garlic powder, oregano and paprika)

Coconut Oil for pan frying

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1.  Prepare three shallow bowls: One with just eggs scrambled, One with Almond Flour along with spices, and the third with Panko breadcrumbs.

2.  Take your chicken breast and slice into thin slices.  You can also pound the chicken if the pieces are too thick.

3.  Dip each piece in the flour first, then in egg mixture, and finish with coating in the breadcrumb mix.  Repeat with all the chicken strips.

4.  Heat pan with coconut oil, and cook chicken slices for about 5 minutes each side.  You can also bake them for 12-15 minutes at 350.

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Enjoy!

Taco Salad

Taco Salad 

This recipe is thanks to my friend Jenny Avon.  It’s her recipe with my twist.  I love this salad, as it’s easy to throw together, and is an actual full meal.  Try it and let me know your thoughts!

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Ingredients (Serves 2):

1/2 lb of ground turkey

Homemade Taco Seasoning: (Garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, cumin, celery seed, oregeno, cayenne, and a bay leaf)

Red Kidney Beans

Organic Corn Tortilla Chips

Organic Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Veges of Choice, here is what I put in:

Onion, Tomatoes, Cabbage, Lettuce, Avocado

Coconut oil for frying

Organic Thousand Island Dressing

Palo Alto Firefighters Pepper Sauce

1.  Cook Ground turkey with a little bit of coconut oil.  I just throw all the seasonings in with this and cook thoroughly.

2.  I cut up all the vegetables I’m throwing in the salad, and put in a big bowl.  Throw in some shredded Cheese, and crumble a little bit of corn tortilla chips.

3.  Rinse the red kidney beans, and toss in.

4.  Add ground Turkey and mix.

5.  to make the dressing, use half of the thousand island dressing, and a few splashes of the pepper sauce depending on how spicy you like it.

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DIY Headboard

DIY Headboard 

My mother in law found this headboard idea on HGTV. Here is the link to the specific instructions.  Please pay attention to the instructions as they are for a queen size bed.  We made a California king size one, so we added another row to one side.  Although, I did not go as high so I eliminated a row at the top. This headboard turned out beautifully! It was definitely worth the time and effort.  I had help from my in-laws and husband.

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1.  The first thing I did was buy and cut the foam.  I thought it was easiest to buy chair foam instead of a roll of foam.  With my coupons at Joann’s, I actually think it was a lot cheaper.  These are what I bought.  Then, I cut them down to 12×12 squares. I bought the regular density, not the firm ones.

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2. I spent some money on good quality fabric.  I special ordered this from Joann’s, as well.  I bought 4 yards.  It took about 2 weeks to get it in the mail.

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With the help of my husband we measured 16×16 squares of the fabric, and cut them out.

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3.  I went to ace, and bought the plywood, and asked them to cut it down to 12×12 squares for me.

4.  Then it was time to assemble them.  This was the hardest part.  We used a regular staple gun for the straight edges, and then a stapler attached to a air compressor for the corners because the fabric was so thick.

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Then came putting the pieces together.  We found it easier to put this on a six foot table.  We assembled the first row.  Then, the second row and combined them.   We did this step again, then put the four together.

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we added extra boards and extra screws to hold it together.  We added two french pleats, because it was pretty heavy.  Voila! attach to the wall and that’s it.