Thursday, June 28, 2012

Fast Food Part 1

Let's face it most of us find meal planning to be overwhelming.  Especially when it comes to meals that are easy to make and healthy.  With that in mind here is part one of what I'm dubbing the "Fast Food" series of meal plans.  Recipes that I've either found, or come up with, that are easy to make, reasonably to very healthy, affordable, and only take about 30 minutes to make.  (That's considering that I'm a fairly slow cook. :)

This series is dedicated to gluten free, and optional dairy free, recipes that anyone can enjoy.  :)

Chicken, Quinoa and Peppers                           

1 cup organic Quinoa (pronounced "keen-wah"), prepared with chicken broth, according to package 
2 cup chicken broth
1 1/2 lbs. of chicken (I like organic thighs, and they're cheaper)
4 Tbls Olive Oil
1/4- 1/2 cup chopped frozen or fresh onion
1 red pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
1 yellow or orange pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
5 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced (or to save time 5 spoon fulls of prechopped garlic)
20 leaves fresh sweet basil, julienned
Grated parmessan (optional)
Salt and Pepper to taste

Cut chicken into one-inch pieces.  Put oil in a large skillet and heat to a medium heat.  Add chicken and saute until golden brown.  Add onions, bell peppers; saute for 1-2 more minutes; add garlic and saute until peppers become slightly limp, but still bright, about 1-2 minutes; season with salt and pepper.  Remove the pan from heat; add basil and quinoa.  Toss until basil wilts; garnish with parmessan cheese (optional).
Serves 4-6
Recipe from the Trader Joe's box of Organic Quinoa

Easy Baked Mexican Zitti                                                               

1 16 oz. bag of corn noodles (or wheat)
1 jar organic spaghetti sauce
1 cup motzarella cheese shredded (optional)
1/4 cup grated parmessan cheese (optional)

Cook the noodles according to package directions.  Drain the noodles, leaving just a little bit of water in the bottom (as it helps the sauce adhear to the noodles).  While the noodles are still hot mix the spaghetti sauce in with the noodles.  Put back on the stove top on warm for a few minutes if needed.  Top with the cheeses and enjoy!

For a simple vegetable side dish... saute 1/2 cup chopped onion (I use frozen to save time) in butter on a low to medium heat.  When the onion starts to look a little clear, add 1-2 spoonfuls of prechopped garlic.  Saute a few more minutes.  Add 1 zuchinni that's been quartered and sliced.  Continue to saute until soft.  Then enjoy!

Peruvian Chicken 

This recipe is so delicious and easy!  Our whole family loves it!
Click here for the recipe.

Enjoy making these quick meals, and look for more meal plans coming soon!

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