Amazing Chicken & Lentil Stew

Amazing Chicken & Lentil Stew

It’s freezing in LA. OK, that is an exaggeration, but when I could see my breath IN MY CAR this morning I decided it’s OK for me to officially say it’s freezing in LA. Our apartment is very old with poorly sealed windows. That means we need to bundle up when it gets like this outside. We don’t have a fireplace, so besides putting on wool socks and turning on our 500 year old heater, eating piping hot stew is the best way to cozy up.

Did you ever think you were the kind of person who would call chicken & lentil stew amazing? I definitely didn’t. That is, until I tried this recipe from the South Beat Diet book. This stew is South Beach approved which means it’s both healthy and low in carbs. You don’t need to feel guilty for eating a gigantic portion! I’ve made this for guests and they loved it too. Now it’s your turn!

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Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies

Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies

If you are trying to eat healthy this week to combat all that stuffing and mashed potatoes then I strongly encourage you to stop reading right this second. No, seriously. Leave, now! You’ll thank me later.

The dessert you are about to see is in now way low-fat or lightened up. Actually, I bet it’s one of the most unhealthy things to ever come out of my kitchen. We had a potluck at work to celebrate Thanksgiving and I was assigned to bring a “main” dish. Well, that didn’t last long because I traded for a dessert so I could finally have an excuse to make this decadent treat.

I present you the 3 most heavenly layers to ever coexist in one pan: chocolate chip cookie, Oreo and brownie. Oh, and how could I forget fudge? This treat is so sinfully rich that even a bite sized square will make you pause and contemplate whether you should skip your next meal. Also, it makes a ton so it’s the perfect dessert to bring to a party.

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Hearty Mexican Rice Bowl

Hearty Mexican Rice Bowl

I eat eggs all the time, but I don’t usually think about incorporating them into my dinner routine. I caught this recipe on the always lovely KokoLikes.com and knew it was love at first sight. A fried egg makes everything better, doesn’t it? There are so many variations to this quick & easy mexican themed rice bowl that I can’t imagine I’ll ever make it exactly the same way twice.

In the mood for tofu instead of beef? Check out the Easy Weeknight Fiesta Bowl.

Heads up, these make pretty big bowls! We were really hungry…

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Perfect Dinner Party Appetizer: Caprese Skewers

Perfect Dinner Party Appetizer: Caprese Skewers

Is there anything better than a recipe that looks really fancy but doesn’t take long to prepare? That’s what I love about these tomato, basil and mozzarella skewers. I have deemed these the perfect dinner party appetizer. You can’t go wrong!

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Easy Indian @ Home – Curried Chicken Bowl

Easy Indian @ Home – Curried Chicken Bowl

Very few things sound better to me on a rainy day than getting takeout from an Indian restaurant and cozying up on the couch. We usually order in some sort of saag dish and chicken tikka masala from East India Grill. Can’t get enough of that place.

I read about a brand of curry paste called Patak’s on a few blogs and made a mental note to pick some up next time I saw it. I spotted a jar at Fresh & Easy so I grabbed it to see what I could whip up. Lucky for me there was a recipe right on the back of the jar that looked easy enough. Onion gets swapped out for garlic, and I decided to season the chicken with my recently bought Garam Masala. The Mild Curry Paste has a base of coriander and cumin which was delicious, but I’m really excited to try out their other pastes like Korma and Masala.
A certain someone said this dish was one of the top 5 meals to come out of our kitchen, so I’ll let you base your decision whether to make this off that review!

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Lightened Up Chicken Parm Bake

Lightened Up Chicken Parm Bake

A bakery opened up downstairs from my office. This may sound like great news; however, now this means I am tempted every single day to grab a cookie, or a piece of apple cake, or a croissant. It was much easier to resist mediocre chicken teriyaki from the questionable Japanese restaurant.

If you haven’t noticed, I love sweets. I’d much rather have cookies or cake than a burger and fries. I think it’s always been that way. Because of my sweet-thing addiction (mainly chocolate), I try to eat pretty healthy for my 3 main meals to leave extra calories for treats.

I’ve already proclaimed my love for casseroles, and this Lightened Up Chicken Parm will be added to the rotation. No, it’s probably not as as good as a traditional chicken parmesan that’s breaded and fried, but it’s pretty darn good and won’t leave you feeling like you need to run 3 miles to work off your dinner. It also takes less than 10 mins to prep!

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Rosemary Chicken With Mushrooms & Balsamic White Wine Sauce

Rosemary Chicken With Mushrooms & Balsamic White Wine Sauce

Winner winner chicken dinner! Not sure how I stumbled across this recipe but I ended up with a flavorful, juicy (and healthy) meal with leftovers for lunch. I made a few modifications — including accidentally swapping white balsamic for regular balsamic — but I’m glad I did because it was super tasty. I probably didn’t need to deglaze the pan at all since no onions were used, but the white wine and balsamic added a great and necessary touch.

Don’t be like me and end up overcooking the chicken by a few minutes because you are afraid of scary underdone chicken! It’s better to cook for a little less time if you’re not sure and just check on it. Much easier to just cook a few minutes longer. We ate this with a side of asparagus and next time I’d probably add in some brown rice or mashed sweet potatoes.

Need more healthy dinner ideas? How about this South Beach friendly Beefy Chili?

Oh, and one more note. I feel like I reached a mini blog milestone over the weekend. I finally got featured on TasteSpotting! I never thought my TS debut would be from a quick pic of a green smoothie on the way out the door (especially after uploading countless photos of brownies, cupcakes and cookies), but hey, I’ll take it!

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Healthy “Green” Smoothie

Healthy “Green” Smoothie

I am a creature of habit. I find a pair of jeans that I like, and I wear them almost every day. I find a lip gloss that I love and I keep re-buying the same tube when it runs out. The same tendencies apply to breakfast. I get in a major groove and eat the same thing every morning. My most recent phase involves a Morningstar Farms Veggie Sausage Patty (SO GOOD!) and a “green” smoothie. It might look green, and it might be super healthy, but I promise you it’s delicious and refreshing!

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Yummy Cheesecake Brownies

Yummy Cheesecake Brownies

Brownies + cheesecake = what are you waiting for and why haven’t you decided to bake these yet? I needed to whip something up pretty quickly last weekend for a kickball birthday, and these babies sure did the trick. I made one batch with chocolate chips and the other batch without. The recipe is for an 8×8 pan so I decided to make two batches – one with chocolate chips and one without. Next time I would probably just double the recipe and bake in a 9×13. That would work, right?

Hope everyone had a great Halloween!

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Zesty Roasted Broccoli & Shrimp

Zesty Roasted Broccoli & Shrimp

Wow. I’ve been a really bad blogger. My goal is to post at least once a week, and it’s definitely been longer than that. I apologize to the (10) people who visit my blog every day.

I’ve been very excited to try this recipe since it looked so fresh and delicious. It received a LOT of yummy noises from Matt so I think we’ve decided it’s a winner and definitely a repeat dinner. We swapped out the white rice for brown to make it a bit healthier.

Cooking dinner tonight reminded me how important it is to ALWAYS read your recipe all the way through before you start. 99% of the time I measure out ingredients as I go instead of measuring everything out ahead of time and having it ready. I decided to be “good” and measure out my spices tonight in a cute little dish. Well, I didn’t realize that I’d have to separate some of the spices between the shrimp and the broccoli. Oops. Moral of the the story, don’t let yourself get so hungry that you don’t take the extra 60 seconds to read your recipe before you start cooking!

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