Mediterranean Pesto Pasta with Chicken, Veggies & Chickpeas

Mediterranean Pesto Pasta with Chicken, Veggies & Chickpeas

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Mediterranean Pesto Pasta with Chicken, Veggies & Chickpeas


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  • Author: Amy MS, RD, LDN
  • Total Time: 25 minutes

Description

Mediterranean Pesto Pasta is fresh, vibrant and satisfying! This dish is infinitely adaptable with your favorite veggies or in-season produce.


Ingredients

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  • 1 lb Whole Wheat Penne Pasta
  • 1 lb Chicken Breast, cut into 1 1/2 inch dice
  • 2 Medium Zucchini
  • 2 Bell Peppers (Orange, Red or Yellow)
  • 1 pint Cherry Tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 15 oz Can Chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 4 Tbsp Spinach Pesto

Instructions

  1. Make your pesto and then set aside to cook the rest of the dish.
  2. Cook your pasta according to the box directions.
  3. While the pasta cooks, cook your chicken and veggies
  4. Heat a large skillet (cast iron pan if you have it!) over medium high heat, add 1 tbsp of olive oil
  5. When your pan is hot, add the chicken. Cook for 8-10 minutes until nicely browned and cooked through. Place cooked chicken on a plate and set aside.
  6. While the chicken cooks, prep your veggies. Rinse your veggies and get ready to chop!
  7. Dice the vegetables into 1 1/2 inch pieces
    1. Zucchini: Slice in half length-wise, then dice into half moon shape
    2. Bell Pepper: Cut around the pepper and remove the core, then slice into strips, then dice
    3. Cherry Tomatoes: Slice in half lengthwise
  8. Add another tablespoon of olive oil to the skillet and adjust skillet heat to medium. Add the chickpeas to the skillet.
  9. Next add the zucchini and bell pepper to your pan. Cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally and turning over the veggies to cook evenly on each side.
  10. Now its time to put the dish together!
  11. In a large bowl, add the 3-4 tablespoons of pesto to the bottom. Next, add the pasta, chicken and veggies, including the cherry tomatoes you chopped earlier. Top with another tablespoon of pesto. Using a large spoon, mix the dish together, taking care to not mash your veg!
  12. Taste the pasta and add additional pesto per your preference.
  13. Serve immediately and enjoy a taste of a Mediterranean Summer!
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Dinner, Mediterranean
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/6
  • Calories: 460
  • Sugar: 7g
  • Sodium: 625mg
  • Fat: 14g
  • Carbohydrates: 77g
  • Fiber: 39g
  • Protein: 40g
  • Cholesterol: 74mg
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Turmeric Pickled Onions

Turmeric Pickled Onions

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Turmeric Pickled Onions


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  • Author: Amy MS, RD, LDN

Description

Packed with anti-inflammatory benefits and delicious flavor, Turmeric Pickled Onions are a great topping for any meal!


Ingredients

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  • 1 Large Sweet Onion
  • 1 cup Distilled White Vinegar
  • 1/2 cups Water
  • 1 tbsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric

Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients into a mason jar or a glass container with a lid.
  2. Allow to marinate for at least 12 hours, ideally 24 hours.
  3. Serve on top of fajitas, tacos, sandwiches, salads, so many ways!

 

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Pesto Garlic Knots

Pesto Garlic Knots

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Pesto Garlic Knots


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  • Author: Amy MS, RD, LDN
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x

Description

Pesto Garlic Knots are delicious bites packed with spinach pesto, garlic and cheese. Perfect as an appetizer or side dish!


Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. Start by making the Whole Wheat Pizza Dough and Spinach Pesto.
  2. Roll the pizza dough into a square, roughly 12×12 inches.
  3. Using a spatula, spread the pesto onto the dough, leaving about a 1/2 inch border around all sides.
  4. Evenly sprinkle the mozzarella over the pesto.
  5. Next, take the top half of the dough and fold down to meet the bottom. You are basically folding the dough in half here. (Check out the video for a play-by-play!)
  6. Then, using a knife or bench scraper, cut the dough horizontally into 6 sections. You should have 6 rectangles at this point.
  7. Now, take one of your rectangles and vertically cut two slits into the dough, keeping the top portion intact. Continue with remaining rectangles.
  8. Next it’s time to braid! Take one of your rectangles and fold the left dough portion over the middle section then repeat with the left side. Continue braiding until you reach the end of the dough. Then, pinch the bottom of the dough to seal. Now take the end you sealed and roll it up towards the other end. You will now have a braided pesto knot! Continue with the rest of the rectangles.
  9. Place the knots into a 9×9 baking dish and brush with a little olive oil.
  10. Place into the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool slightly and serve with marinara sauce. Enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Appetizer, Dinner
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Italian

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 216
  • Sodium: 406mg
  • Fat: 7g
  • Carbohydrates: 33g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 8g
  • Cholesterol: 6mg
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Greek Chickpea Salad in a Jar

Greek Chickpea Salad in a Jar

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Greek Chickpea Salad in a Jar


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  • Author: Amy MS, RD, LDN
  • Total Time: 8 minutes
  • Yield: 2 Salads 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Chickpea Greek Salad is the easiest and tastiest plant-based meal prep!


Ingredients

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Chickpea Greek Salad:

  • 1 Can, 15 oz Chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Cucumber, Peeled, Seeded and Diced
  • 1/2 cup Cherry Tomatoes, sliced in half lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup Kalamata Olives
  • 1/4 cup Banana Peppers
  • 1/2 cup Feta Cheese
  • 1 cup Mixed Greens

Greek Salad Vinaigrette:

  • 1/3 cup Red Wine or Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/3 cup Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 2 tsp Honey
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Black Pepper

Instructions

  1. Add all the Greek Vinaigrette ingredients to a small bowl or mason jar and whisk to combine.
  2. Get out two large mason jars for the salads.
  3. Add 2 tbsp Greek Salad Vinaigrette to the bottom of each of the jars.
  4. Next, add the salad ingredients. 1/2 can of the drained, rinsed chickpeas to each jar.
  5. Then half the diced cucumber, half the cherry tomatoes, half kalamata olives and half banana peppers.
  6. Top with 1/4 cup feta cheese in each jar and finally 1/2 cup of Mixed Greens on top.
  7. Put the mason jar lid on and store in the refrigerator until you are ready to dig in!
  • Prep Time: 8 minutes
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Greek

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 Salad
  • Calories: 204
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Sodium: 643mg
  • Fat: 12g
  • Carbohydrates: 17g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 8g
  • Cholesterol: 33mg
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Apple Pie Overnight Oats

Apple Pie Overnight Oats

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Apple Pie Overnight Oats

Apple Pie Overnight Oats


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  • Author: Amy MS, RD, LDN
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Apple Pie Overnight Oats have all the warm and comforting flavors of apple pie in wholesome overnight oats. The best meal prep breakfast!


Ingredients

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  • 1/2 cup Soy Milk (Unsweetened)
  • 1/4 cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1 Tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup Diced Apple

Topping:

  • 1 tsp Almond or Oat Flour
  • 1 tsp Maple Syrup
  • 1 tbsp Pecans, chopped

Instructions

  1. Add all the ingredients (except the toppings) to a mason jar or container with a lid. Stir together to fully mix.
  2. Pop a lid on the mason jar or container and place into the refrigerator overnight.
  3. The next morning, mix up the topping and add to the top of your oats. Enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 401
  • Sugar: 31g
  • Sodium: 84mg
  • Fat: 10g
  • Carbohydrates: 65g
  • Fiber: 7g
  • Protein: 16g
  • Cholesterol: 3mg
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Almond Lemon Cookies

Almond Lemon Cookies

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Almond Lemon Cookies Gluten Free

Almond Lemon Cookies


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  • Author: Amy RD, LDN
  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: 1112 cookies 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Lemon almond cookies are moist, light and gluten-free goodness!


Ingredients

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  • 1 1/2 cups Almond Flour
  • 1/3 cup Honey
  • 1/8 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Medium Sized Lemon, Zested and Juiced
  • 1 Large Egg White
  • 2 tbsp Powdered Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Slivered Almonds (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Get out a baking sheet and set aside.
  2. Place the egg white into a small bowl and beat with a fork until slightly frothy. Set aside.
  3. In a medium-sized mixing bowl add the almond flour, lemon zest, lemon juice, honey, baking soda, and egg white. Stir together with a spatula. The mixture should resemble wet sand.
  4. Using a 1 1/2 inch scoop, scoop the dough and place onto the baking sheet. Continue until all dough has been used.
  5. Sprinkle each raw cookie with a few slivered almonds and gently press the cookies with your hands to flatten them every so slightly.
  6. Place the tray into the oven and bake the cookies for 12 minutes until just golden on the edges. You do not want to over cook!
  7. After 12 minutes, allow the cookies to cool on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes.
  8. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 124
  • Sugar: 10g
  • Sodium: 20mg
  • Fat: 8g
  • Carbohydrates: 13g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
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Easy Tofu Scramble

Easy Tofu Scramble

Tofu Scramble
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Tofu Scramble

Easy Tofu Scramble


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  • Author: Amy RD, LDN
  • Total Time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: 2 Servings 1x

Description

This easy tofu scramble is packed with protein and is a great way to start your day!


Ingredients

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  • (1) Block Firm Tofu, 14 oz
  • 2 tsp Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp Nutritional Yeast
  • 3/4 tsp Ground Turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • l/4 tsp Onion Powder
  • Pinch Salt
  • Pinch Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Almond or Soy Milk, Unsweetened
  • Handful of Baby Spinach, (Optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium high heat. Add the drained tofu and crumble with a spatula or a fork right in the pan.
  2. Cook the tofu for 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently until most of the moisture is gone.
  3. Turn the pan down to medium and add the nutritional yeast, turmeric, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper and then stir into the tofu. Continue to cook another 5 minutes.
  4. Add the spinach (if using) and 1 tbsp plant-based milk and cook for 1 more minute until the spinach starts to wilt.
  5. Transfer to a plate and serve with sourdough toast, fruit and enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 260
  • Sugar: 0g
  • Sodium: 127mg
  • Fat: 14g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 4g
  • Carbohydrates: 7g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Protein: 27g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
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Nut-Free Protein Granola Bars

Nut-Free Protein Granola Bars

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Nut-Free Protein Granola Bars


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  • Author: Amy RD, LDN
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 Servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

These protein granola bars are a great snack or pre-workout boost. Plus they are nut-free!


Ingredients

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  • 1 1/2 cups Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1/4 cup Oat Flour
  • 1/3 cup Protein Powder
  • 2 tbsp Flaxseed + 2 tbsp water
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp Mini Chocolate Chips
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 cup Honey
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a 10×4″ pan (bread/loaf pan) with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the flaxseed and water. Allow the flaxseed to soak up the water while you mix the remaining ingredients.
  3. To a large mixing bowl add the oats, oat flour, protein powder, and salt. Mix together with a wooden spoon or spatula.
  4. To a microwave safe bowl, add the coconut oil and heat on 20 second internals until melted. Then add the honey and vanilla extract and stir to mix. Then add the flaxseed water mixture and stir together.
  5. Next, pour the coconut oil mixture into the oat mixture and stir together. Add the mini chocolate chips and stir again. The mixture should resemble wet sand.
  6. Using a spatula, scoop the mixture into your prepared pan, spreading it evenly throughout the pan. Then, using your hands, the spatula or the bottom of a measuring cup press the dough firmly and evenly into the pan.
  7. Place into the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes until slightly browned on top.
  8. Allow the pan to cool on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes. Remove the parchment paper from the pan and allow the granola bars to cool on the wire rack for another 15 minutes until fully cooled.
  9. Using a knife, cut the bars into 8 servings. Enjoy!
  10. Optional Topping:
    1. In a microwave safe bowl add 1 tbsp chocolate chips and 1/2 tsp coconut oil. Microwave on 20 second intervals until melted.
    2. Using a spoon, drizzle the melted chocolate across the tops of the bars. Allow to cool for the chocolate to set.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Snack, Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 Bar
  • Calories: 207
  • Sugar: 13g
  • Sodium: 83mg
  • Fat: 10g
  • Saturated Fat: 7g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 2g
  • Carbohydrates: 26g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 6g
  • Cholesterol: 3mg
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Black Bean & Sweet Potato Enchiladas

Black Bean & Sweet Potato Enchiladas

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Black Bean & Sweet Potato Enchiladas

Black Bean & Sweet Potato Enchiladas


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  • Author: Amy RD, LDN
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 12 Enchiladas 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

These enchiladas are sure to be your next weeknight favorite dinner! Black Bean & Roasted Sweet Potato Enchiladas are packed with flavor and fiber in each bite.


Ingredients

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Roasted Sweet Potatoes:

  • 1 Large Sweet Potato, peeled and small diced to 1/2″ inch
  • 2 tsp Olive Oil
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1/4 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Smoked Paprika

Enchiladas:

  • 2 cans, 15 oz Black Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, diced
  • 2 Scallions, diced
  • 1 cup Cheddar Cheese, Grated
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1012 Flour Tortillas, about 8-inches in diameter

Instructions

Roasted Sweet Potatoes:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400° F. Get out a large sheet tray and set aside.
  2. Place your diced sweet potato on the sheet tray, then add spices and mix together with clean hands or a spatula.
  3. Pop the sweet potato sheet tray into the oven and roast for 20-25 minutes until nicely browned, stirring halfway.

Enchiladas:

  1. Prepare a 9×13 baking dish by coating it in nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. While the sweet potato roasts, mix up the enchilada filling. Into a large bowl add all the filling ingredients, black beans, bell pepper, scallions, grated cheese, chili powder, cumin, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder and salt. Give the mixture a stir with a spoon or spatula.
  3. After the sweet potato has roasted and cooled slightly, add to the black bean mixture and give the filling mixture one more mix with your spoon.
  4. Next roll up the enchiladas. Place one tortilla on your work surface, add 1/2 cup of enchilada filling to one end of the tortilla, then carefully, lift up the end of the tortilla to fold it over the filling and then roll it up and place into your baking dish. Continue with the remaining filling and tortillas.
  5. Turn your oven down to 350 F and bake the enchiladas for 25-30 minutes until they just start to brown and crisp at the edges.
  6. Top with your favorite toppings such as a dollop of Greek Yogurt, salsa, guacamole and a dash of hot sauce. Enjoy!

Notes

  1. Nutrition facts are for 2 enchiladas, without toppings.
  • Prep Time: 25 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 Enchiladas
  • Calories: 160
  • Sugar: 8g
  • Sodium: 485mg
  • Fat: 11g
  • Carbohydrates: 21g
  • Fiber: 12g
  • Protein: 7g
  • Cholesterol: 9mg
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Carrot Cake Quick Bread

Carrot Cake Quick Bread

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