Quick & Healthy Pasta Stir Fry

This recipe started out as an attempt to make a new, simple salad using some of my favorite ingredients. However,  I wasn’t loving how it turned out – not that it was bad, but it just wasn’t great  – and so I decided to turn it into the heart of a pasta stir fy… 

 Ingredients (for 2):

  • 1 small can cannelini beans
  • 10-12 artichoke hearts (whole or cut in half)
  • 2-3 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1/2 small onion chopped
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar or red vinegar

I combined the above ingredients the night before and refrigerated it until last night when I simply added it to the following:

  • cooked pasta  (enough for 2)
  • 2 tbsp capers
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • a splash (about 4 tbsp) of tomato sauce
  • sprinkle of cayenne pepper/red pepper flakes
  • salt & fresh pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients and sauté on medium heat for approximately 10 minutes (or until salad ingredients are hot and everything has combined nicely)
  2. Enjoy!

So you can prep the “salad” portion beforehand or combine everything in one shot — either way, it’s a really quick and healthy meal.

 Happy Friday! :)

Highly Underrated Beet Greens

Love spinach and swiss chard? If your answer is “yes”, then you will definitely be a fan of beet greens. For anyone who isn’t exactly sure what I’m referring to, it’s exactly what you would expect – the green leaves attached to beets. Have you been throwing them away? Don’t! Buying a bunch of beets can become a double dose of veggies. Beet greens are delicious and highly delicious. Have you tried them yet?  Here is my favorite way to make them…

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled & chopped
  • 1 bunch beet greens
  • 1 tablespoon Bragg Liquid Aminos or sea salt to taste
  • a sprinkle of fresh lemon juice (optional)

How to:

  1. Heat olive oil in a skillet
  2. Add garlic, greens, liquid aminos/salt
  3. Stir frequently until greens are wilted down (only takes a few minutes)
  4. Sprinkle lemon juice for a little zing
  5. Enjoy!

Serves 1 – 2 servings (depending on how much you love your greens ;))

Photo Credit: the daily green

Quick Black Bean Soup

I have always loved black bean soup and most of the time I get it out, but every so often I like to make this quick recipe. Of course, it’s not exactly the same, but it’s still very tasty, very filling and also very healthy (lots of protein and fiber). I like my black bean soup really thick, but if you don’t then just add a cup or so of water/veggie stock/chicken stock. Hope you enjoy!

Ingredients (Serves 2):

  • 1 medium onion, chopped (I recommend saving a little for garnish)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed (or more cloves if you love garlic like I do)
  • 3-4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cans (15 oz each) black beans
  • 1 tomato, chopped OR 1 can (15 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • sea salt & black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro (optional)

Directions:

  1. Chop onions and mince/press garlic
  2. Saute onions, garlic, salt, pepper & spices in olive oil over low-medium heat until onions are tender
  3. Add black beans and tomato to the pot, cover, and let simmer on low heat for about 20 minutes
  4. Garnish with fresh cilantro and/or chopped onion
  5. Enjoy!

(unfortunately, I didn’t have any fresh cilantro, but the chopped onion is great too)

p.s. In general, forgive me if I don’t give enough specifics with my recipes. I am just so big on not following recipes EXACTLY (except when it comes to baking) that I know I probably leave some key info out at times. Please ask away if anything is unclear! :)

Turkey Chili with a twist

TURKEY & VEGETABLE CHILI VERDE

Prep and Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 medium cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 4oz can diced green chili
  • 1 15 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 tb + 4 cups chicken broth
  • 4 cups finely chopped kale
  • 1 15 oz can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tbs chopped fresh oregano
  • 3 tbs chopped fresh cilantro
  • salt and black pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Chop garlic and onion and let sit for at least 5 minutes to enhance their health-promoting benefits.
  2. Heat 1 tb broth in a medium soup pot.  Sauté onion in broth for 5 minutes over medium heat stirring frequently. Add garlic and ground turkey with just a pinch of salt and pepper. Continue to sauté, breaking up turkey for another 5 minutes.
  3. Add diced tomatoes, chili, and broth to turkey mixture and bring to a boil on high heat. Stir in chopped kale, reduce heat to medium and simmer for another 10 minutes.
  4. Add beans, simmer for another couple of minutes and add herbs, salt and pepper.
  5. Enjoy!

Serves 4

 

From The World’s Healthiest Foods website *full nutritional information here