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Yesterday was one of those days where nothing seems to go smoothly. It was getting late and I needed to make something quick from the ingredients already in my cabinet. Since it’s near the end of the week, my fridge was on the empty side and I wanted to throw together a delicious, yet simple meal for Thursday night. This recipe requires almost no planning and delivers an effortless and healthy meal from ingredients already hiding in your kitchen. Next time I will add grilled chicken breast and a bottle of vino. This dish is worth celebrating!

What You Will Need:

  • Gluten Free Pasta (I used Fusilli but any type will do)

  • Sun Dried Tomatoes (half jar)

  • Sunflower seeds (1/4 cup)

  • Artichokes (canned)

  • Capers (1/4 cup or less)

  • Fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano (as much as your heart desires)

Use any amount of ingredients you like, whether you are cooking for one, two or an entire group. Boil lightly salted water, add pasta and cook for 7-10 minutes (depending on type of pasta). Slice artichokes into quarters. Once pasta is al dente, strain pasta and mix additional ingredients in a large bowl. Sprinkle with Parmigiano-Reggiano and that’s it!

Buon Appetito!

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Berry {Monster} Smoothie

The berry monster smoothie is a breakfast staple for me. It’s loaded with protein and antioxidants, but low on sugar and calories. Perfect to drink pre workout for a boost of energy or enjoy for breakfast or lunch.  I’m sure some of you are wondering how can a smoothie can substitute an entire meal, but this little monster will keep you full all morning long and give your metabolism a jump start!

Key Ingredients:

Handful of frozen blackberries, raspberries and blueberries

Banana (optional)

6 oz Organic Almond Milk

Protein powder (Aria has 14g of protein per serving and only 80 calories)

Heaping handful of spinach

And Enjoy!!!

Spicy Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients:

2 organic chicken breasts or package of thighs

1 teaspoon grated peeled fresh ginger

2 garlic cloves

Fresh lime wedges

1 large bell pepper seeded and thinly sliced

1 tablespoon brown sugar

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce

1 tablespoon dark sesame oil

1 tablespoon red pepper and garlic or jalapeño pepper, finely chopped

8 leaves of Bibb lettuce

Directions:

Heat skillet over medium heat. Add sesame oil and sauté garlic. Add chicken to the skillet. Mix ginger, brown sugar, lime juice, hot peppers and fish sauce together and pour over cooking chicken. Add sliced bell pepper to chicken in the skillet (Add extra veggies if you prefer) Transfer cooked chicken and vegetables to a bowl. Place spoonfuls of chicken into a pieces of bibb lettuce and fold to eat. Squeeze fresh lime wedges over lettuce wraps for a boost of flavor.

Enjoy!