Lemon Caper Rosemary Roasted Chicken with Potatoes

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Yield: 6-8
Ingredients:
3-4 tablespoons olive oil
2 Tbsp cup fresh lemon juice
1 (3.5-oz.) jar capers, drained
6 garlic cloves, smashed and coarsely chopped
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
6 skinless chicken legs
4 skinless bone-in chicken thighs
2 pounds small red potatoes
3 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves
2 lemons; sliced

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 450° F. Place all ingredients in a roasting pan and add olive oil, lemon juice, capers, garlic, salt, pepper, chicken, and potatoes. With tongs or your hands (I use my hands because its easier), mix until chicken and potatoes are coated with juices and seasonings.

2. Place lemon slices and rosemary on top of chicken and potatoes, bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until chicken is done.
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Cauliflower Crust Pizza with Spinach & Sausage

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If you don’t crave pizza every now and then you’re lying…Unless you don’t live in America because there is just something about it that we all crave. Pizza as we all know isn’t the healthiest so I made this into a low-carb meal by making a cauliflower crust instead of a pizza dough. It’s almost too good to be healthy to be honest..and you can customize your own pizza to your own likings! Also, did I mention this is probably easier to make than a regular pizza?

Ingredients:
1 head of a small to medium cauliflower
1 egg
1/4 cup italian seasoned bread crumbs
1/4 cup mozarella cheese (or cheddar)
1 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp oregano (pinch with your fingers)
2 Tbsp tomato sauce
Mozzarela Cheese (I used a little less than 1/2 cup, but use as much as you desire)
Use your favorite toppings! I used a roasted garlic artichoke chicken sausage I got at Trader Joe’s.

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Cut off the florets and stem of cauliflower. Place in food processor until it looks almost powdery. Place cauliflower in a microwavable save bowl and microwave for 8 minutes. Let cool for another 2 minutes and add egg, breadbrumbs, cheeses, garlic powder, salt, pepper, basil, and oregano. Mix with a wooden spoon until combined and it has formed an almost dough consistency.

2. TIME TO BAKE! Line a baking sheet with a silicon mat or use parchment paper. Form cauliflower crust in a large round circle by pressing with your hands. If your hands are super sticky add more breadcrumbs to the dough. Bake for 15 minutes until crust is golden brown.
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3. Now for the finale! When crust is fully cooked, add your tomato sauce, cheese, and your toppings. Bake for another 5 mintues until cheese is melted and there you go! You can definitely feel good about eating this and you get an even bigger benefit by getting all the nutritous vitamins from cauliflower! It’s a win-win meal 🙂
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Skinny Cold Pesto Pasta Salad

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This pasta salad is creamy, but not to worry…it’s made with nonfat yogurt so you can consider this to be on the healthier side (kinda). This is quick, easy, and this is another dish you can add whatever you want. There are NO limits! If you don’t have penne pasta I would suggest using fussili (the swirly pasta). This dish would make a great addition to any party, BBQ or even side dish…remember, summer is right around the corner so you can start planning your party dishes!

Ingredients:
1 lb of penne pasta
1 cup plain nonfat greek yogurt
½ cup fresh homemade pesto
1 cup mozzarella cheese; cubbed
15 thin slices of  salami
6 fresh basil leaves
½ cup sun dried tomatoes; julienned cut
1/4 cup black olives; sliced
1 cup spinach; chopped (optional, for some extra greens)
Pinch of black pepper

Steps:
1. This recipe is extremely easy so get ready…bring a large pot of water to a boil with a sprinkle of salt. Boil pasta until cooked (read box directions for time). Once cooked, drain, and let cool.

2. Add cooled pasta in a large bowl and add yogurt and pesto. Stir with a wooden spoon until pasta is completely covered. Add in the rest of the ingredients and place in refrigerator for 20 minutes or until completely cold. You can also eat it whenever you would like but I prefer my pasta salad cold! Enjoy!

Over Night Peanut Butter Brownie Oatmeal

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If you haven’t heard of Quest Bars or tried Quest Bars I highly suggest you do! They are an all-natural protein bar and they are simply amazing. They come in all kinds of delicious  flavors and one of my favorites is chocolate brownie, because well…it tastes like a chocolate brownie. Why wouldn’t anyone love that?! You won’t realize what all the hype about these little bars is until you actually try them. I love putting 1/2 of a bar in my overnight oatmeal, plus you get extra protein.

Yield: 1

Ingredients:
1/4 cup oats
1/2 cup almond milk (vanilla flavored)
1 Tbsp peanut butter
1 tsp honey (for an extra sweet kick)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 Chocolate Brownie Quest Bar; chopped (or rolled into pieces)
1 Tbsp almonds
Sprinkles (optional)

Steps:
1. Mix all ingredients together and place in refrigerator overnight. Top with sprinkles in the morning and waaahlaaaa! What a healthy and delicious way to start a day without any guilt.
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Kale & Mushroom Frittata with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

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I don’t know about you but I love frittatas! My breakfast lately has been consisting of yogurt, almonds, and fruit…and I think I just about had enough of it (for now). I had a bunch of eggs that I needed to get rid of in my fridge along with a open bag of kale that was going to go bad soon. I decided to put the two together and make a frittata and I  can make this my new breakfast until I get tired of it. You can really add anything to this…. You can eat this for breakfast, brunch, or even dinner and if you are trying to use up veggies that are going to go bad soon, make sure to add it to this! This is easy, cheap, healthy, and quick…all you gotta do in the morning is heat it up and done!

Yield: 4-6

Ingredients:
1 ½ tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 bunch of kale; chopped (about 3 cups
1 basket of mushrooms (white button or crimini); sliced or chopped (about 2 cups)
½ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
6 eggs
2 Tbsp milk

Roasted Cherry Tomatoes:
1 basket of cherry tomatoes cut in hald
1 1 tsp olive oil
Sprinkle of sea salt and pepper

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place cherry tomatoes on baking dish lined with either parchment paper or a silicon mat and add olive oil, salt and pepper. With your hands or a spatula, mix until cherrys are covered with olive oil. Continue until step 2 until finished then bake for 30 minutes (Place in oven at the same time as the fritita, they will cook at the same exact time).
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2. In a medium frying pan on medium heat, drizzle olive oil and let it get warm for about 1-2 minutes. Add in kale and mushroom and let saute  for about 5 minutes until kale is wilted and mushrooms are golden brown. Add in salt, pepper, and garlic powder and let saute for another minute.

3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs and milk. With a wooden spoon mix in the kale and mushrooms until combined.

4. Lightly grease a baking dish (I used a 9×9 square baking dish) with either olive oil or cooking spray and pour in egg mixture. Bake for 30 minutes or until frittata is gold brown with a firm middle. Enjoy this frittata with roasted cherry tomatoes on top!
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