Healthy Alternative to Pasta


It’s Saturday so I was craving something a little more hearty before I go meet my girlfriends for some cocktails. I always have Kashi 7 Whole Grain Pilaf in my cupboard and I decided to try something a bit different with it tonight. The texture of this pilaf is a tad chewy (but the good kind) and it has a nutty flavor to it. It has 6 grams of fiber and protein per serving which is pretty hard to beat! The dish turned out super duper scrumptious and I think you will enjoy it!

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of 7 Whole Grain Pilaf
  • 1 28 oz can of diced tomatoes (I like San Marzano)
  • 10 green olives chopped up (Wegman’s has these green olives at the bar there that have no oil in them and they are absolutely amazing!)
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1/2 white onion chopped
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup white cooking wine
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons italian seasoning (put in the palm of your hand and crush in between your palms to wake up those spices)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Red chili pepper flakes to taste
  • Parmesan cheese to sprinkle¬†

Steps:

1) Start by adding two cups of water and 1 cup of the Kashi Pilaf in a medium sized pan and bring to a boil, then turn down to medium heat and cover for 25 minutes or until tender (stirring occasionally)

2) In the meantime start by adding 1 tablespoon olive oil in a medium skillet and cook over medium heat add the ground turkey and breakup and stir for about 10 min or until its cooked all the way through.

3) Add the onion and garlic and cook for a few minutes

3) Add the tomatoes, spices, wine, vinegar, olives salt and pepper and chili flakes. Cook over medium to low heat for about 25 minutes stirring occasionally.

4) Add the desired amount of pilaf with the sauce, sprinkle on some cheese and enjoy!

*Serves 2 (to serve more just add one more pack of the Pilaf)

*There will be leftover sauce

Chicken Lentil Salad


This may not look like the most appetizing meal ever but I can assure you it’s really tasty. This is the perfect dish after a workout because it has tons of protein and really fills you up! I eat a lot but this salad could easily be split into two portions. Also I didn’t use all the chicken, lentil mix just a scoop or two and I saved the rest for leftovers.

Ingredients:

  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 3 carrotts
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 dollop of garlic paste (if you don’t have this you can use a 1tsp of garlic powder)
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper (optional-i like spice)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Italian herbs
  • 1 lb organic ground chicken (save remainders for leftovers)
  • 1 can of organic lentils (save remainders for leftovers)
  • 1 cup romaine lettuce or greens of choice

Steps:

  1. Start by heating up 1 tbsp of olive oil on a medium sized skillet and add the ground chicken, season with salt and pepper, cumin, cayenne pepper and Italian herbs. Stir frequently until brown and then add the lentils mix together and set aside -let cool
  2. Peel and chop up the carrots, wash and dice the red pepper and place in a bowl with the lettuce.
  3. To make the dressing; 3tbsp olive oil, apple cider, garlic paste, salt and pepper, Italian herbs to taste and whisk together
  4. Once the meat and lentils have cooled down a bit place in the veggie bowl, add the dressing and stir- Enjoy!