Chicken Breast over Spinach/Tomatoes

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INGREDIENTS YOU WILL NEED:

  • 2 – 3 boneless chicken breast
  • 2 TBSP tomato paste
  • Sea salt, dash
  • Pepper, dash
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 3 oz. fresh mozzarella
  • 3 cups spinach, packed
  • 1 cup of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups of marinara sauce
  • 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese, shredded

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line baking sheet with non-stick pan lining paper. This makes for easy clean-up.
  2. Prepare the chicken breast 1 of 2 ways.
    • Place your knife at one end of a chicken breast, parallel to the cutting board. Cut into the middle of the chicken breast and slice from one end to the other, almost all the way through. Open the chicken breast up so that it’s one long, thinner piece. Once “stuffed” with the remaining ingredients, the chicken breast can be closed; the upper half of the chicken breast over the top of the topped lower half.
    • The other option is to use a mallet to thin the chicken breast and then top with the remaining ingredients.
  3. Season the chicken breasts with sea salt and pepper.
  4. Spread the tomato paste on the chicken breast.
  5. Spread the ricotta on top of the tomato paste and then lay the mozzarella on top of the ricotta.Chicken Breast over Spinach - Tomatoes-pic4Chicken Breast over Spinach - Tomatoes-pic3
  6. Spread spinach and cherry tomatoes on the baking sheet.
  7. Place the chicken breasts on top of the spinach and cherry tomatoes on the baking sheet.Chicken Breast over Spinach - Tomatoes-pic2
  8. Pour the marinara over the chicken breasts.
  9. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.Chicken Breast over Spinach and Tomatoes
  10. Bake for 25-30 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.
  11. Enjoy!

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This recipe makes approximately 2 servings. 21 day fix portion for this recipe is 1 green container, 1 blue container, 1/2 purple, and 1 red container. The color coded containers are available for purchase in my fitness shop.

Chicken Breast over spinach and tomatoes

 

Crockpot-Sweet & Sour Pork

Plain and simple – this recipe is a must to add to your meal plan! This recipe reminds me of the Spicy Rice Bowl – Pick Your Meat, but with a twist on ingredients. For any pineapple lovers, you can always add a can of pineapple or freshly chopped pineapple to the ingredients.

INGREDIENTS YOU WILL NEED:

  • 1 can of tomato sauce (or homemade sauce)
  • 1/4 cup of rice vinegar
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 3 TBSP brown sugar
  • 1 TBSP soy sauce
  • 3 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 TBSP ground ginger
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1.5 pounds of pork shoulder, cubed

WHAT TO DO:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a crockpot with the pork shoulder added last. My initial plan for dinner tonight were barbeque country spare ribs. I make the ribs by placing them in a crockpot with enough water to cover the bottom; cook for 6-8 hours on low. I add barbecue sauce when served since my children prefer to dip the pork in sauce. Once the ribs were cooked, I decided to debone and cube the country spare ribs to try this sweet & sour recipe. Thus, for this recipe, I used country spare ribs instead of a pork shoulder.
  2. Cook on high for 3 to 4 hours OR on low for 6 to 8 hours.
  3. Serve over brown rice.

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Sweet and sour pork over brown rice

Wedding Soup – FIXATE

I’m always looking for healthy recipes that feed my family. You are probably on the lookout for the same ones; do not take a lot of preparation BUT taste delicious! The extra wedding soup was shared with my parents – which they let me know was excellent. A big thank you to my dad for trying the foods I cook and for being honest with how they taste!

INGREDIENTS YOU WILL NEED:

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 6 cups spinach, cut into bite size pieces (*I lightly packed the measuring cup – added close to 8 cups)
  • 20 Italian meatballs (*If smaller size meatballs – add more to the soup)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 TBSP Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

  1. Heat oil in large pot over medium heat.
  2. Add onion; cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes or until onion is translucent.
  3. Add garlic; cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute.
  4. Add broth; bring to a boil.
  5. Add spinach; reduce heat to gently boil; covered, for 10 minutes. I used more than 6 cups of spinach. You could use other greens such as Swiss Chard or Escarole.wedding-soup2
  6. Add meatballs; cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. For this recipe, I used frozen meatballs that were baked for approximately 15 minutes in the oven before adding to the soup. I baked the meatballs in the AM and made the soup in the afternoon.
  7. Combine eggs and cheese in a small bowl; mix with a fork to blend. I did add additional Parmesan cheese to the soup when served; 2 TBSP was not enough for my family!
  8. Slowly pour egg mixture into the hot soup, stirring constantly. Gently boil until egg bits are just set (as you stir), about 30 to 60 seconds.
  9. Season with salt and pepper; serve immediately or reduce heat to low to cook more until ready to serve.

Each serving would equate to 2 green and 1 red if following the color coded container system. The recipe makes enough for 6 servings.

The color coded containers and the FIXATE cookbook are available for purchase in my fitness shop.

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Chicken Noodle Soup – FIXATE

On Saturday, my daughter and I sat down together to come up with the meal plan for the week. Looking through the pictures from the FIXATE cookbook she immediately pointed to the soups. Chicken noodle soup was her choice and we decided to make it today. Perfect for a chilly day and this recipe does not take much effort to prepare, but tastes delicious – a win for this momma. We set aside approximately 10 minutes in the morning to cut up the carrots, onions, and celery. The chicken for this meal was frozen so we placed water in a pot and boiled the chicken on medium to low heat. Once cooked, the chicken was shredded with a fork. The extra shredded chicken will be used for chicken fajitas later in the week!

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INGREDIENTS YOU WILL NEED:

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 2 cups celery,  sliced (about 4 medium stalks)
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 3 cups chicken, cooked & shredded
  • 1 1/2 cups carrots, sliced (about 3 medium)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano leaves
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 1/4 cups pasta
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

  1. Heat oil in large pot over medium heat.
  2. Add onion and celery; cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes or until onion is translucent.
  3. Add broth, pasta, chicken*, carrots, oregano, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil for about 10 minutes. *I like to prepare chicken in advance for the week by boiling in water. Once chicken is cooked – shred chicken with a fork. For the chicken soup recipe, I cut up all of my vegetables and boiled the chicken in the morning. Late in the afternoon, I prepared the chicken noodle soup per the recipe.
  4. Reduce heat to low and allow to cook for another 10 minutes.
  5. Add cilantro before serving.

Each serving would equate to 2 green, 1 1/2 yellow, and 1 red if following the color coded container system. The recipe makes enough for 4 servings.

The color coded containers and the FIXATE cookbook are available for purchase in my fitness shop.

For more tips, support, recipes, meal planning, and other health and wellness assistance, please apply here by completing my get support form!

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