"Fried" Chicken

"Fried" Chicken

I absolutely love using my Air Fryer. It really, truly makes things tastes fried, even though there is no oil in the fryer. Craziness. I have always liked fried chicken… I used to love this one fried chicken Kid Cuisine freezer dinner as a kid. My parents would get us those whenever we had a babysitter. This is a lot healthier though, haha. But it tastes JUST as good, if not better. The Old Bay makes this chicken super tasty. And then your partner can make “old bae” jokes. So fun.

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"Awesome" Pasta

My husband and I call this “Awesome” Pasta because it’s soo good! It’s something I used to make in college and one of the first dishes I ever cooked for Sawyer when we were first dating! I based it off a dish I used to have at an Italian restaurant back at home. I love it because it’s budget-friendly and easy to make. You can also meal prep a bunch for the week or even freeze parts of it for a freezer dump meal. I personally love it because it’s 80 Day Obsession friendly and makes an awesome pre-workout or post-workout meal When I do this, I often make it over brown rice instead of whole wheat pasta. I can’t wait to hear what you do with it!

 
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
 Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

Approx. 1 1/2 cups of dry whole wheat pasta (I was trying Banza chickpea penne here)
2 mild Italian sausage patties
1 cup of grape tomatoes
2 cups fresh spinach (chopped) or 1 cup frozen spinach
OPTIONAL: 2/3 cup crumbled goat cheese (not pictured)

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil and prepare 2 servings of pasta according to the directions on the package.

  2. As the pasta cooks, slice your grape tomatoes in half. I did not do this in these photos, but it really is much better. Otherwise, they’re kind of like hot little explosions after cooking.

  3. Heat a large pan on the stove top. When it’s hot, place your sausage patties on it. Break the patties up as they cook. The Pampered Chef Mix N Chop is perfect for this!

  4. After about 10 minutes, when the sausage is no longer pink and is cooked through, remove the ground sausage from the pan.

  5. Add your sliced grape tomatoes and fresh chopped spinach to the pan and sautée for about 5 minutes. If you’re using frozen chopped spinach, follow the directions on the package to heat and just sautée the tomatoes alone in the pan.

  6. Drain the pasta and add everything you’ve prepared into a large bowl. Mix together the pasta, tomatoes, spinach, and sausage. Divide evenly into two servings.

  7. OPTIONAL: Top each serving with 1/3 cup of crumbled goat cheese!

Makes approx. 2 servings - I will often make huge batches of this to meal prep for the week. We have also made the “filling” before (the spinach, tomatoes, and sausage) in large quantities and have frozen it for future meals. We just make the pasta, heat up the “filling”, and voila!

Portion Fix Containers: 1 yellow, 1 red, 1 green, & 1 tsp. (& 1 blue if using got cheese)

Jalapeño Tuna Cakes

Jalapeño Tuna Cakes

These Jalapeño Tuna Cakes are so good! They are pretty quick and cheap to make, just like my popular Dill Tuna Cakes. You probably have a bunch of the ingredients in your pantry already! This is also something you can meal prep and reheat for lunches all week. My biggest tip for these is to make sure there is enough binder (egg & flour/almond meal) and not too much extra liquid from the tuna and Greek yogurt, otherwise they fall apart in the pan and you just get a jalapeño tuna skillet, which is still good! Just not the shape you were going for. Give these a try!

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So I definitely have a bunch of salmon recipes right now, but that's because salmon is such a great part of a healthy diet! Salmon contains Omega-3, an essential fatty acid that cannot be synthesized by the human body and must be obtained by food. Fatty acids like Omega-3 are thought to contribute to healthy brain function, the heart, joints and general wellbeing. This recipe is fast, inexpensive, and delicious - give it a try for a quick, healthy weeknight meal!

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Balsamic Chicken Pasta

This is a recipe that I like to make when we have company over because it always looks so nice. You may wish to add the red pepper flakes at the end, if you're not sure whether your guests like a little heat! There are a lot of variations you can do on this recipe to meet your health goals, too. I'd recommend omitting the pasta and cheese! It's still soo good that way.

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