5 Healthy Family Weeknight Dinner

Figuring out what to make for dinner can prove to be quite a task. A very loooooong time ago, I only had to cook for myself so I rarely cooked. I remember coming home from classes in college and eating a bowl of captain crunch for dinner, boy have we come a long way. Now I have seven people depending on me to prepare dinner for them. I enjoy experimenting and trying new things in the kitchen. Well, most of the time I do, and on those nights that I just can’t get it together, we just crab some frozen Home Run Pizza and pop it in the oven.
As often as I am able, I will try to post meal ideas from what we ate throughout the week. Click on the video below for this week’s meal ideas. I hope you find this helpful. Leave me a comment below, what was your favorite dish you cooked this past week?

Be Blessed
Anika

Delicious & Filling Frittata Recipe

Yes, I know, it has been way too long since I posted a recipe on my blog.  I am passionate about eating good food…naturally and spiritually.  When I first started this blog, I intended to post recipes for both spiritual and physical success.  However,  life happened and I was not able to be as consistent as I would have liked.  If you are subscribed to my YouTube channel you know that as of late, I have started posting more food related videos.   I wanted to bring the fun over to my blog so today I want to share this delicious and filling frittata recipe.  Click here to watch this video to see how I make it.  Oh one more thing, even though my 6 year old son claims the frittata is gross, his actions at the end of the video proves otherwise.  Watch, learn and be amused!

Be Blessed,

Anika

Delicious & Filling Frittata Recipe.

Ingredients
12 eggs
1 cup of coconut milk
3 cups of cheddar cheese
1 cup of mushrooms
2 small tomatoes diced up
½ cup diced onions
1 bell pepper cut up
1 medium chopped zucchini
3 cups of spinach lightly sautéed for 1 min
5 pieces of cooked bacon (cut in small pieces)
1 cup of ground meat

Instructions
1. Cut up all vegetables , except for the spinach and sauté for approximately 10 minutes and let cool. If the vegetables are super-hot, they will end up cooking the egg batter.

2. Whisk eggs and coconut milk together.

3. Mix in cooled vegetables, cheese, tomatoes, and spinach and season final mixture with salt and pepper.

4. Grease an oven safe dish with coconut oil or cooking fat of choice.

5. Pour combined mixture in dish and cook for 30-35mins in oven at 400.

Enjoy!

 

 

Simple Riced Cauliflower and Chicken Sausage Dinner (Paleo, Gluten Free)

I love the versatility of cauliflower but did not care for the MESSY process of ricing the cauliflower for my desired recipes.  I had pretty much given up on using cauliflower for making pizza crust and flatbreads and resorted instead to using plantains.  I was so excited when I found out my local Trader Joes’ carried riced cauliflower and it is now on the grocery list every week!  Below is a simple recipe using this old favorite!  Enjoy!

 

Simple Riced Cauliflower and Chicken Sausage Dinner (Paleo, Gluten Free)

Ingredients

2 16 oz. bags of riced cauliflower

8 chicken sausages

1 14.5 oz. can of diced tomatoes

2 tablespoon ghee or fat of choice

5 diced basil leaves

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Directions

  1. Cook riced cauliflower until soft. I typically remove my cauliflower from bag and put in a glass container, add 1 TB of water and cook in the microwave for approximately 8 minutes
  1. Cook sausages using preferred cooking method (oven, grill or pan fry)
  2. Season cooked cauliflower with salt and pepper
  3. Mix in remaining  ingredients,  and serve warm.
  4. Enjoy!

 

Simple Turmeric Salmon Patties (Paleo, Whole 30, Gluten Free)

I have been on a turmeric kick lately. Known as the queen of spice, turmeric has some serious health benefits.  Your body is better able to absorb the turmeric when you consume it with black pepper.  Click here to read why. Below is a simple recipe for turmeric salmon patties. Hope you give it a try!

Turmeric Salmon Patties (Paleo, Whole 30, Gluten Free)

1 can 14.75 Wild Alaskan Pink Salmon (I used Trader Joe’s brand)

1 teaspoon organic turmeric

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 Tb coconut flour

1 egg

 

2 Tablespoon Coconut Oil for frying patties

Directions

  1. Drain liquid from salmon.
  2. Mix all ingredients together except the coconut oil
  3. Make into patties.
  4. Heat the coconut oil in a frying pan
  5.  Place patties in pan.
  6. Cook patties on each side for 3 minutes, turning gently.
  7. Enjoy!

 

 

Healthy Meal Preparation Tips

I know that preparing healthy meals can be a challenge because of all the prep work.  However, there are many things we can do beforehand to cut down on some of the time.  Please watch the attached video for some great meal preparation tips. I would love to hear your tips for meal prepping.  Please leave a comment and let me know.

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Kid Friendly Chicken Liver Recipe (Paleo, AIP, Whole30)

I completed my third week of being on the AIP.  Consuming organ meats is encouraged on this diet.  Why?  Read this article to find out. I used this recipe to make chicken liver and made a few changes.   I served the liver and sweet potatoes with sautéed greens.

 

Most (noticed I said most) of the children ate this meal.  My oldest still has a strong aversion to chicken liver and this new recipe did not cause her to change her mind.  But child number 5 after cleaning his plate and asking for seconds exclaimed, “THIS IS YUMMY!”  I was so pleased but THEN my older children burst my bubbles by reminding me that child number five eats just about anything except for “FISS” (FISH).  They couldn’t let me have my moment. Oh well. Give this recipe a try and let me know how it works for those in your family.   Sorry I don’t have any pictures.  Quite honestly it wasn’t a pretty dish but it was definitely palatable!

 

Chicken Liver and White Sweet Potatoes

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 Tbsp.extra virgin olive oil
  • 1  Onion, thinly  sliced
  • 8 oz. choppedChicken Livers
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 3 White Sweet Potatoes
  • 2 Tbsp. melted coconut oil

 

DIRECTIONS

White oven baked sweet potatoes

  1. Peel and cut potatoes into small cubes
  2. Toss sweet potatoes in coconut oil
  3. Put sweet potatoes on baking pan
  4. Bake at 400 for 30-40 minutes
  5. Put to the side until liver is cooked

 

Liver and onions

  1. Heat oil over medium heat.
  2. Add thinly sliced onions to the pan.
  3. Sauté onion over medium heat for 15 minutes.
  4. Rinse livers under cold water and pat dry.
  5. Chop livers into large chunks and add to pan with the onions.
  6. Cook liver 4 minutes per side and then turn off stove
  7. Season with salt and pepper.
  8. Add 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to the pan
  9. Add cooked cubed sweet potatoes to the pan with the liver and onions
  10. Enjoy!