Five Tasty ‘5’ Ingredient Meals

5 Recipes, 5 Ingredients…It doesn’t get much easier than this…

Here are five fabulous recipes that I have created for those nights when there’s merely 5 ingredients in your pantry or fridge and you simply just can’t decide what to whip up for a tasty meal.  Not to fret, my bloggie pals, read on for five easy, delicious and healthy recipes that will surely leave your taste buds happy and your wallet too!

Stuffed Pesto Peppers


Serves 6

Ingredients:

  • 6 red bell peppers
  • 2 cups beans
  • ½ cup quinoa, cooked
  • 2 cups broccoli florets, steamed and chopped
  • 4 Tbsp. basil pesto

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cook quinoa to desired doneness as directed on package. Drain.
  3. Meanwhile, remove and discard the tops, seeds and membranes of bell peppers.  Arrange peppers in a baking dish with the hollowed sides facing upwards.
  4. In a bowl, mix quinoa, beans, chopped broccoli and basil pesto; mix well.  Spoon mixture into hollowed peppers.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes or until peppers are tender.
  6. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Turkey Ball Spinach Soup

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. lean ground turkey
  • 16 oz. jar organic marinara sauce
  • 2-1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup whole grain penne
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preparation:

  1. Using hands, form small ‘balls’ with lean turkey to create turkey balls.
  2. In large pot, combine turkey balls, marinara sauce, and water. Bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat, stir in penne and spinach, and simmer for 10 minutes, until tortellini and meatballs are hot and tender.
  4. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Grilled Orange Agave Chicken


Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp. applesauce
  • 1/3 cup all-natural orange marmalade
  • 1 Tbsp. agave nectar
  • 2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Preparation:

  1. Prepare and preheat grill.
  2. In small bowl, combine all ingredients except chicken breasts and stir to combine.
  3. Prepare grill with nonstick cooking spray.
  4. Brush orange mixture on chicken and place on grill. Cook 15-20 minutes, turning occasionally and brushing frequently with marmalade mixture, until chicken is no longer pink.

Balsamic Shrimp Kabobs


Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. uncooked medium shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • 2 red bell peppers, cut into chunks
  • 2 yellow bell peppers, cut into chunks
  • 8 oz. pkg. button mushrooms, cleaned and trimmed
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

Preparation:

  1. Prepare and preheat grill.
  2. On each of 8 metal kabobs, thread shrimp, pepper chunks, and whole mushrooms, allowing a bit of space in between each ingredient.
  3. Prepare grill with nonstick cooking spray.
  4. Brush kabobs with balsamic vinegar and grill for 5 minutes or until shrimp are cooked, turning once and brushing once with balsamic vinegar.

Grilled Swordfish and Mango Salsa


Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 mangos, chopped
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 4 swordfish steaks
  • 1 Tbsp. sesame oil
  • ½ tsp. sea salt
  • ½ tsp. chili powder

Preparation:

  1. In a small glass bowl, combine mangos, salsa, and lime juice and chill in refrigerator. Meanwhile, prepare and heat grill.
  2. Spray grill rack with nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle steaks with sea salt and chili powder; place fish on grill.
  3. Cover grill and cook for 10-12 minutes or until fish is opaque and flakes easily with fork, turning once.
  4. To serve, top steaks with salsa.

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Gluten-Free Chicken Noodle Soup

There’s nothing like a bowl of chicken noodle soup on a chilly February evening.  Last night I created a delicious gluten-free, dairy-free chicken n’ buckwheat noodle soup that warmed me up from the Manhattan chill. I tossed in some navy beans and my favorite dinosaur kale along with mushrooms and ginger for an exceptionally delectable soup.

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless chicken breasts, cut into small pieces
  • 4 ounces buckwheat noodles
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. dried cilantro
  • 1/8 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. turmeric
  • 1/8 tsp. garam masala
  • 1 tsp. freshly grated ginger
  • 1 cup navy beans
  • 1 cup button mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 cups dinosaur kale, chopped
  • Dash of sea salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp. oil
  • Toppings: Organic corn tortilla chips, crushed; fresh basil, chopped; chili powder

Directions

  • Cook chicken over medium heat until fully cooked and no longer pink. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Prepare and cook buckwheat noodles according to package.  Drain and set aside.
  • In a large pot, combine water, dried herbs, spices and ginger.  Heat until water boils; add navy beans; cover and reduce to a simmer for 2 minutes.
  • Add mushrooms, kale and sea salt; cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Add buckwheat noodles, chicken and oil; mix well.
  • Transfer to serving bowls. Top with organic corn chips, fresh basil and a sprinkle of chili powder.
  • Enjoy!

Superbowl Casserole

Ready for the big game on Sunday?

Here’s a quick and easy recipe that will have your Superbowl fans begging for more.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup gluten-free vegetable broth
  • 1 Roma tomato, sliced
  • 1 cup organic tomato sauce
  • 1 large sweet onion, finely diced
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup sliced black olives
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. agave nectar
  • 1 cup SoyaKaas Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup SoyaKaas Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Jalapeno Cheese, shredded
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/6 tsp. ground sage
  • Dash of sea salt and pepper
  • 2 cups shredded chicken or turkey
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups organic corn or rice chips
  • 4 Tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Toppings: Greek plain yogurt, guacamole, organic salsa

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, combine vegetable broth, tomato sauce, tomato slices, onions, scallions, olives, spices, agave nectar, sea salt and pepper to form a sauce.  Set aside.
  • Spray a casserole dish with cooking spray.  Layer half of the chicken, then beans, then half of the sauce, Cheddar Cheese, Jalapeno Cheese and tortilla chips.
  • Repeat layers, ending with cheese on the top.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes or until casserole is bubbling and cooked.
  • Garnish with cilantro and top with a dollop of each: Greek plain yogurt, guacamole and salsa.
  • Enjoy the Game!

Get Those Kids Cookin’…

Ever wonder how to get your kids involved in the kitchen? Here are a few tips that I offer to my clients…whether you have young children, nieces, nephews, neighbors, family or friends…these tips are sure to get your little ones active and entertained in the kitchen.


  • Cucumber Caterpillar: Slices of cucumber held together with natural peanut butter. Place the Caterpillar on ‘greens’ to look like grass.
  • Taco or Burrito Bar: Serve brown rice, black beans, onions, hot peppers, sprouted grain or gluten free tortillas, broccoli, arugula, cauliflower, guacamole and  salsa.  Add nuts, seeds and spices in tiny serving dishes to jazz up the flavors!
  • Salad Bar: Spin your greens in a salad spinner, then dress dry greens with a lime dressings made by combining sesame oil, fresh lime juice, low-sodium tamari, cayenne pepper, agave nectar, balsamic vinegar and water.
  • Mashed Potato Parfaits- Sweet Potatoes, Parsnips and carrots mixed together…topped with raisins, cinnamon, shredded coconut and agave nectar
  • Individual Pizzas: Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.  Choose gluten free or sprouted whole grain tortillas, caramelized onions, spinach, red onion, mushrooms, kalamata olives, artichokes, fresh basil, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  Add each ingredient atop each tortilla and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Panini Party: Gluten Free or sprouted whole grain bread, SoyaKaas Gluten Free/Dairy Free cheese, tomato slices, eggplant slices, fresh basil leaves, balsamic vinegar, avocado, zucchini and squash slices.  Add all ingredients to 2 slices of bread.  Place onto a panini maker (sprayed with cooking spray); cook until cheese is melted and veggies are warm and cooked.  Dip into marinara (red) sauce.
  • Stir-Fry: Switch up your usual recipe with unique grains such as millet, quinoa or buckwheat.
  • Fruit Salad: Add exotic fruits to spice up the flavors.  Use a melon baller and serve in a wine glass to add to the allure of this meal.  Add a dollop of plain Greek yogurt atop each fruit salad serving and sprinkle with cinnamon and stevia.
  • Slaw Wraps: Cabbage, celery, carrots, bok choy, mushrooms, peppers, snap peas, bean sprouts, snow peas, green beans and Napa Slaw can easily be combined and wrapped in rice paper.  Liven up this dish by pairing it with a special sauce of grapefruit juice, ginger, balsamic vinegar, lemonade and seeds such as pumpkin and sunflower.  Toss with fresh apples or cumin roasted chick peas.  Adding berries such as blackberries, raspberries and cherries add a nice antioxidant punch to these wraps.
  • Peanut Butter Chicken Fajitas: The best way to make a good peanut sauce is by combining organic peanut butter, fresh ginger, cayenne pepper, agave nectar and low-sodium tamari/soy sauce.
  • Frozen Basil and Banana Pops: Blend together 2 cups ice, 2 cups fresh basil leaves, 1 ripe banana, 1 cup fresh mint leaves, 1 1/2 cups water, 1/2 cup agave nectar in a blender.  Blend well and pour into glasses! This is a wonderful treat for a healthy dessert!

Have fun and experiment with some of my ideas above…Getting the kids active in the kitchen is fun…and who knows, your kids may just start to ‘enjoy’ their veggies!!!

Spicy Yogurt Chicken

Continuing on with my Stonyfield yogurt recipes, last night I created a delectable yogurt chicken dish that incorporates a vast array of spices and herbs such as cloves and coriander. This is a wonderful dish to warm you up on a chilly December evening.

Ingredients

  • 2 small onions
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon peppercorn
  • 2 tablespoons coriander seeds
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seed
  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
  • 14 ounces diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups Oikos plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/3 cup macadamia nuts, mashed
  • 1 lb chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch pieces

Directions

  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Sauté onions until they begin to caramelize.
  • Add garlic and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Add all spices.
  • Stir until well combined; let it all mix together in the skillet for a few minutes.
  • Add tomatoes and water; mix well. Reduce heat to a simmer for 15 minutes while it thickens.
  • Whisk Oikos plain Greek yogurt into the sauce; mix well.
  • When the sauce begins to simmering again, add chicken; simmer for 10 minutes or until chicken is completely cooked.
  • Serve over warm brown rice or whole wheat pasta.
  • Sprinkle with mashed macadamia nuts and fresh basil.

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Stonyfield Oikos Recipe: Orange Zest Chicken Gyros

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I have been eager to share with all of you my fabulously delicious Oikos Greek yogurt recipe for the Stonyfield Oikos contest.

I created this yummy recipe last week.  As all of you know, I am a huge fan of Oikos Greek yogurt and always have at least one container in my fridge at all times.  It’s incredibly versatile and I often use Oikos in my morning breakfast, afternoon smoothies, lunchtime tuna salads and evening marinades.

This time around, I opted for creating a fun ‘finger-food’ meal, which is perfect for lunch or dinner.  If you are a vegetarian, feel free to substitute the chicken with tofu, seitan or another alternative.


Ingredients

  • 1 lb. skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 Tbsp. Oikos Greek plain yogurt
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • Juice of 1 small orange
  • 1 medium tomato, sliced
  • 5 scallions, chopped
  • 5 pitas (without pockets)
  • 1 Tbsp. dried cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp. curry powder
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olives, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup baby portabello mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. orange zest
  • 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste

Yogurt Dressing

  • 2 (16  ounce containers) Oikos Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup shredded zucchini
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. spicy mustard
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • Dash of olive oil

Directions:

  • In a large bowl, whisk garlic, orange juice, orange zest, vinegar, oil and cilantro.  Slowly add chicken and rub to ensure coating of the marinade.  Cover and place in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  • Pour a dash of olive oil into a large skillet, cook chicken fully; toss to ensure even cooking.
  • Once chicken is fully cooked, set aside to cool and slice onto a serving platter.  Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper.
  • Place each pita in a skillet sprayed with cooking spray; heat for 10-15 seconds per side over medium heat.
  • Top each pita with chicken, tomatoes, mushrooms, olives, scallions and dressing.
  • Enjoy!

Directions for Yogurt Dressing:

  • Strain yogurt with a cheese cloth over a medium sized bowl; let sit overnight to release moisture.
  • Shred zucchini and carrots.
  • Combine yogurt, shredded zucchini, shredded carrots, vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper; mix well.
  • Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Drizzle olive oil on top before serving.

Be sure to visit the Oikos Facebook fan page at: http://www.facebook.com/oikos and the Oikos website here for more tasty Greek yogurt recipes.



Chilled Gazpacho Chili

This is a great dish for a warm August evening such as tonight…the next time you’re in the mood for the intense flavor and hearty taste of a chili but with a light, cool taste…be sure to whip up this refreshing gazpacho chili.

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Ingredients

  • Protein of choice (Ground Turkey, Chicken, Bison, Tofu, Tempeh, Seitan, etc.)
  • 1 can Eden Organic Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 Red Onion (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup Scallion (chopped)
  • 2 Cloves Garlic (chopped)
  • 1 Tbsp. Minced Garlic
  • 1 tsp. Chili Powder
  • 1/2 cup Corn
  • 1  Poblano Pepper (chopped/seeded)
  • 3 Tbsp. Tomato Paste
  • 2 Tbsp.  Ground Cumin
  • 1 can Eden Organic Kidney Beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 can Eden Organic Black Beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1/2 can Low-Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Cilantro (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 Avocado (chopped)
  • 1 Mango (peeled and sliced)
  • 8 Lime Wedges
  • Nu-Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  • Heat a large saucepan over medium heat and add chicken broth, onion, poblano pepper, garlic and protein of choice.  Cook for 10 minutes or until protein source has fully cooked; stir frequently until protein starts to crumble.  Remove from heat.
  • Stir in chili powder, cumin, tomato paste, Nu-Salt and pepper, corn and both cans of beans.  Mix well.
  • Remove from heat and let cool in the refrigerator.
  • Transfer in to serving bowls and top with cilantro, mango and avocado slices.
  • Serve with limes.
  • Enjoy!