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Creamy Chicken Broccoli Quinoa Casserole

If you are looking for an easy to prepare, totally yummy, family friendly dinner, look no further! You will LOVE this Creamy Chicken Broccoli Quinoa Casserole… comfort food at it’s very best!Creamy Chicken Broccoli Quinoa Casserole

I found the recipe online and made it for our family recently.  We really enjoyed it (and the leftovers, too!).  I’ve been experimenting with several quinoa recipes over the past couple years, like a Mediterranean Quinoa Salad, an Quinoa Enchilada Casserole (meatless), and even a Shrimp, Quinoa & Veggie Bowl, and have decided I really love this “superfood”. This casserole recipe is fairly simple to prepare… here’s how!

Start by placing chicken broth and half cup of milk in a saucepan; bring this to a low boil. In a separate cup, combine the remaining half cup milk with flour, salt, pepper, Parmesan cheese and poultry seasoning. Stir well, to remove lumps. Add this to the boiling milk mixture in saucepan. Whisk ingredients together until it thickens and forms a smooth sauce.

Cooking broth and milk for creamy casserole sauce

Pour the sauce into a large mixing bowl.  Add 1 cup of water, crumbled bacon and uncooked quinoa, and mix to combine ingredients. Pour mixture into a well-greased (bottom and sides)  13 x 9 inch baking dish.

Adding bacon and quinoa to creamy sauce

Creamy quinoa sauce placed in a casserole dish

Slice the chicken breasts into thin strips. Lay the chicken strips over the surface of the quinoa sauce. Lightly sprinkle chicken with seasoning salt and additional Parmesan cheese. Place casserole in a preheated 400° oven. Bake for 30 minutes, uncovered.

Chicken strips added to quinoa casserole

While casserole is baking, prepare the broccoli. Place the broccoli florets in a pan of boiling water for 1 minute. Remove broccoli after 1 minute, drain, then immediately cool it down by running it under cold water (by doing this step, it will ensure the broccoli remains a bright green color when baked).  Drain and set aside.

Cooking broccoli in pan

After casserole has cooked for 30 minutes, remove from oven. Give it a good stir. Place casserole back into the oven for 15 additional minutes until it is thick and creamy. Add broccoli florets; stir to combine and distribute broccoli throughout casserole. You want the sauce to be thick, smooth and creamy, so if you need to add a tiny bit of water to achieve this, do it at this time.

Garnish the top of the casserole with grated Gruyere cheese. Place casserole back into oven for about 5 minutes, to melt the cheese.

Broccoli and cheese added to dish

When done, remove casserole, let it cool for just a minute or two, then dish it up and serve!

Baked chicken broccoli quinoa out of oven

Baked chicken broccoli with quinoa casserole in white bowlHot serving of quinoa chicken casserole in white bowl

The casserole is delicious and it’s an entire meal in one dish! The leftovers are wonderful heated up in the microwave, as well!  The chicken is cooked perfectly in this dish, and the casseole is full of flavor from the bacon, creamy quinoa sauce and the cheese! It’s soooo good!  Hope you will consider trying this recipe!

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Recipe Adapted From: Lindsay, at https://pinchofyum.com/creamy-chicken-quinoa-broccoli-casserole/

Creamy Chicken Broccoli Quinoa Casserole
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins
 
Category: Entree
Servings: 6 servings
Calories Per Serving: 350 kcal
Author: JB at The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups chicken broth , reduced sodium
  • 1 cup milk 1%
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese , grated
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 cups water , divided
  • 1 cup quinoa , uncooked
  • 1/4 cup bacon , cooked, crumbled
  • 2 teaspoons seasoning salt
  • 1 pound chicken breasts , boneless, skinless
  • 3 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese , grated
  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup Gruyere cheese , shredded
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Spray or grease a 9x13 baking dish generously on bottom and sides.
  2. Place chicken broth 1/2 cup milk in a saucepan; bring this to a low boil. In a separate cup, combine remaining milk with flour, salt, pepper, Parmesan cheese and poultry seasoning. Stir well, to remove lumps. Whisk this into boiling milk mixture. Whisk until it thickens and forms a smooth sauce. Pour sauce into a large mixing bowl. Add 1 cup of water, crumbled bacon and uncooked quinoa; mix well.Pour mixture into prepared baking dish.
  3. Slice chicken into thin strips. Lay strips over the surface of the quinoa sauce. Lightly sprinkle pieces of chicken with seasoning salt and Parmesan cheese. Place casserole in 400° oven. Bake for 30 minutes, uncovered.
  4. While casserole is baking, prepare broccoli. Place broccoli florets in a pan of boiling water for 1 minute. Remove, drain, then immediately run it under cold water (this will ensure the broccoli remains a bright green color when baked). Drain and set aside.
  5. After casserole has cooked for 30 minutes, remove from oven. Give it a good stir. Place casserole back into the oven for 15 additional minutes until it is thick and creamy. Add broccoli florets; stir to combine and distribute broccoli throughout casserole. You want the sauce to be thick, smooth and creamy, so if you need to add a tiny bit of extra water to achieve this, do it at this time (optional).
  6. Garnish the top of the casserole with grated Gruyere cheese. Place casserole back into oven for about 5 minutes, to melt the cheese. Remove from oven, serve and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Creamy Chicken Broccoli Quinoa Casserole
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 350 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 69mg 23%
Sodium 1339mg 56%
Potassium 719mg 21%
Total Carbohydrates 31g 10%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 2g
Protein 29g 58%
Vitamin A 10.7%
Vitamin C 56.9%
Calcium 28.5%
Iron 15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

If you enjoy quinoa (nature’s little superfood), chances are you will really enjoy this Mediterranean Quinoa Salad, which is bursting with the traditional Greek flavors of kalamata olives, feta cheese, roasted red peppers, with a simple seasoned dressing. It tastes WONDERFUL!Mediterranean Quinoa Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks! You'll enjoy this Mediterranean Quinoa Salad, with traditional Greek flavors of kalamata olives, feta cheese, roasted red peppers, and a simple dressing!

I’ve been enjoying cooking with quinoa recently. Did you know that quinoa is believed to have originated in the northwest part of South America? Cooked quinoa provides healthy nutrients similar to what is typically found in rice and wheat, contains proteins and fiber, and is gluten-free. It is commonly referred to as a superfood, and is so easy to prepare!

To make this delicious dish, you will first need to cook the quinoa (according to package instructions) in lightly salted boiling water until done and fluffy! Set it aside until it has cooled down to room temperature.

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

While the quinoa is cooking, make the salad dressing. Add the ingredients (olive oil, red wine vinegar, oregano, salt and pepper) to a small bowl and mix well using a fork, until fully combined. Set dressing aside until ready to top the salad.

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Place all the salad ingredients into a large mixing or serving bowl.  Isn’t it colorful? The salad has quinoa, roasted red peppers, corn, cilantro, red onion, feta cheese and kalamata olives.

Give the salad dressing a quick stir and pour over the salad ingredients.  Gently mix it all together so the dressing coats everything well.

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Once the salad has been mixed, it’s ready to serve! See how easy that was? And it REALLY tastes great!

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

This is a fantastic side dish for a variety of meals… I served it with pan-seared creole salmon, and a small spinach salad, and it tasted wonderful!  This would also be a tasty light lunch, as well, and just for the record, the leftovers were just as good the next day!

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

If you enjoy quinoa, you might also enjoy my recipes for Southwest Quinoa Salad, Quinoa Enchilada Casserole (meatless), or a delicious Shrimp, Quinoa & Veggie Bowl.

Hope you will consider trying this recipe, and as always, I hope you will enjoy it! May God bless you and surround you with His love today and always!

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Source: https://cooktoria.com/recipe/mediterranean-quinoa-salad/

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

This simple Quinoa Salad is filled with Mediterranean flavors! Easy to prepare, this is a fantastic tasting salad or side dish to serve for lunch or dinner!

Category: Salad/Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories Per Serving: 295 kcal
Ingredients
For Salad:
  • 1/2 cup quinoa , uncooked
  • 1 cup kalamata olives , pitted, sliced
  • 1 cup corn kernels , fresh or canned
  • 1 cup roasted red peppers , sliced
  • 2/3 cup feta cheese , fat free
  • 1/2 cup red onion , diced
  • 1/2 cup cilantro , chopped
For Salad Dressing:
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil , extra virgin
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper , to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook quinoa in lightly salted water according to package instructions (approx 12-15 minutes).  When done, drain, then set aside to let quinoa cool.

  2. Mix salad dressing ingredients together in a small bowl until fully blended.

  3. Place all salad ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Pour salad dressing over the top. Mix all ingredients gently until dressing has been incorporated into salad. Serve, and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 295 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 1507mg 63%
Potassium 267mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 24g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 2g
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 11.5%
Vitamin C 21.2%
Calcium 16.5%
Iron 10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Chicken Taco Salad Bowl

Did you know it’s easy to make a delicious Chicken Taco Salad Bowl, and who doesn’t like them served in an edible tortilla shell?  Why go out to your local Mexican food restaurant when you can enjoy this yummy, filling salad for lunch or dinner from the comfort of your own home?
Chicken Taco Salad Bowl / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Make delicious Chicken Taco Salads in an edible tortilla bowl shell! Why go out when you can enjoy this yummy, filling Mexican salad from the comfort of home?

Taco salads are simple to create, and the edible tortilla bowls are very easy to make.  I use metal tortilla bowl forms that I bought on Amazon several years ago (I think they were about $10 dollars for 2 – (no I am not receiving compensation for mentioning this, just thought you might be interested to see what I used). They have been worth every single penny, and I’ve used them so many times I’ve lost count!

The metal forms are sprayed with non-stick spray and the tortillas are lightly pressed into the mold, then baked for 5 minutes. That’s it! It’s really simple (and you can store them in an airtight container for 2 days, so you can easily make them ahead of time)!

Tortilla Bowl Metal Forms

**NOTE: If you don’t have access to tortilla bowl pans, you can still bake tortilla bowls without them. Spray medium sized oven safe bowls with cooking spray.  Press a “burrito-sized” tortilla into the bowl (creasing the edges to fit, if needed). Bake for 10-15 minutes in a preheated 375 degree oven, or until light brown and crispy. Remove from oven. Let cool for a few minutes, then carefully remove crisp tortilla from bowl.

When I make taco salads I typically use shredded pork, ground beef or shredded cooked chicken. This time I used 2 cooked/shredded chicken breasts and added a little bit of onion.  I use my own taco seasoning mix to season the meat, but you can also use 1/2 an envelope of taco seasoning (and follow the instructions on package), to season it.

Chicken cooking in pan

Spread warm refried beans across the bottom of the baked tortilla shell.  I usually try to use non-fat beans to cut down on calories. After that I add lots of shredded lettuce, chopped cilantro, then top it with the seasoned shredded chicken/onion mixture.

Refried beans in tortilla bowl

Seasoned chicken in tortilla taco bowl

Top the salad off with a nice chunky salsa, chopped tomatoes, grated cheddar cheese, a dollop of sour cream or non-fat plain yogurt, and a few additional sprigs of cilantro (and any other garnishes you enjoy, such as guacamole, avocado slices or sliced black olives).

Chicken taco salad bowl completed

Here are the two chicken taco salad bowls I made for my husband and I.  They look festive, and the bowl are completely EDIBLE!  This is one of our favorite dinners, because it fills you up, tastes fantastic, and because we truly LOVE any kind of Mexican food! Another big plus is that we don’t have to go out to a restaurant, but can enjoy it from the comfort of our own home!

Two chicken taco salads on plates

Go ahead… pull up a chair, grab a fork and have a bite!  I just KNOW you will enjoy this meal!  And by all means… add any other ingredients you wish, to creatively make this salad your own! At times I’ve added avocado slices, or guacamole, sliced olives, and even chopped green chilies to our salad… all are tasty additions!

Chicken taco salad in tortilla bowl with cilantro

Sure hope you will try these delicious salads. As much as I enjoy going OUT for Mexican food and scarfing tortilla chips and salsa, sometimes it is simply easier, more convenient and much less expensive to just make these tasty salads at home! Have a great day!

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Chicken Taco Salad Bowl
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 
Make your own delicious Chicken Taco Salads in an edible crisp tortilla bowl!
Category: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 2 servings
Calories Per Serving: 348 kcal
Author: JB at The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 burrito sized flour tortillas , baked into bowl shape and crisp (See NOTES below)
  • 2 cooked and shredded chicken breasts
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped onions
  • 1/2 package taco seasoning (plus water per pkg. instructions)
  • 1 can refried beans (I used non-fat)
  • Iceberg lettuce , chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons cilantro , chopped, divided
  • Salsa (as desired)
  • 1 medium tomato , chopped, divided
  • 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese , grated, divided
  • Dollop of light sour cream (as desired)
  • Additional sprigs of cilantro
  • OPTIONAL GARNISH: guacamole , sliced avocados, sliced black olives, chopped green chilies
Instructions
  1. Bake tortilla bowls until crisp. Set aside. NOTE: If using metal tortilla bowl forms, spray pan with non-stick spray. Press tortilla into pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 5 minutes or until light brown and crispy. If you don't have access to the tortilla bowl forms, you can still bake tortilla bowls without them. Spray medium sized oven safe bowls with cooking spray. Press a "burrito-sized" tortilla into the bowl (creasing edges to fit, if needed). Bake 10-15 minutes in a 375 degree oven, or until light brown and crispy. Remove from oven. Let cool, then carefully remove crisp tortilla from bowl.
  2. Cook shredded chicken, onion and taco seasoning per package instructions. Set aside.
  3. To build salads, divide and layer ingredients into tortilla bowls: Refried beans, Shredded lettuce, cilantro, and seasoned shredded chicken, salsa, chopped tomato, grated cheddar cheese.
  4. Garnish with a dollop of sour cream and additional cilantro, if desired. Additional garnishes can include guacamole, avocado slices, sliced black olives or chopped green chilies. Serve, and enjoy this delicious Mexican salad.
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Taco Salad Bowl
Amount Per Serving
Calories 348 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 101mg 34%
Sodium 539mg 22%
Potassium 637mg 18%
Total Carbohydrates 19g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 3g
Protein 34g 68%
Vitamin A 17.1%
Vitamin C 12.8%
Calcium 24.7%
Iron 9.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Grilled Patty Melt

Do you enjoy a good Patty Melt? I sure do – YUM!  Sometimes when we go out for hamburgers, I opt for a grilled patty melt, because I love the simplicity of this sandwich and I LOVE the taste! Did you know it’s EASY to make them from the comfort of your own home?Grilled Patty Melt / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Make classic grilled patty melts from the comfort of home! Seasoned beef, rye bread, caramelized onions, and gooey cheese create a delicious grilled sandwich!
Seriously… I love grilled onions, I love cheese and I love burgers, so how could I not enjoy this simple classic grilled sandwich which features all of those ingredients, and is a popular menu item at diners and Mom and Pop restaurants around the country?

Now, please note that I didn’t say they are the HEALTHIEST meal option, but I do believe life (including food choices) is all about balance.  Every now and then, a grilled patty melt with perfectly caramelized onions and gooey cheese on buttered rye bread makes me deliriously HAPPY. I enjoy eating it, every single bite… THEN I go for a 237 mile walk to work off the calories… Ha Ha!

Patty melts are easy to make.  They do take a little bit of prep time, because you need to caramelize and brown the sliced onions really well! Onions are sliced thin, then cooked low and slow in a little butter for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally. If you are a multi-tasker, you can grill the patties at the same time. You can also prepare the onions ahead of time, if you want (which saves time later on when everyone is ravenous and starving…).

Grilled Patty Melt / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Lightly season the ground beef with salt, pepper, a touch of garlic powder and some Worchestershire sauce, then shape the meat into patties.  I make them slightly oblong to fit better on a piece of Rye bread (the “traditional” bread used to make this sandwich).

Patties are grilled on both sides on medium-high heat until they reach the desired doneness (I am a medium-well gal, myself). I cooked the meat on an indoor cast iron grill, but they are just as easily cooked on a BBQ grill. Make sure the grill or pan you use is very hot before adding the meat. This helps to create a crusty “sear” on the outside.

Grilled Patty Melt / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Once ready to cook the sandwich, I spread butter on one side of each slice of bread (like making a grilled cheese sandwich).  I placed the cooked meat patty onto the non-buttered side, then piled it high with caramelized onions.

NOTE: If you want a LOT of cheese, place a piece of Swiss cheese on the bread before placing the patty on, then add another one to the top. I wanted just a small amount of cheese, so I put it only on top of the onions.

Grilled Patty Melt / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Grilled Patty Melt / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Place another slice of bread on top of the cheese (buttered side out).  If you wish to add Thousand Island dressing (a lot of restaurants serve it with this), spread it onto the unbuttered side of the top slice of bread. (I like mine without it).  Cook the patty melt as you would a grilled cheese sandwich.

Once the bottom slice of bread is golden brown and toasty, carefully flip the sandwich to the other side, and continue cooking until golden brown, cheese has melted, and sandwich is heated through.

Grilled Patty Melt / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Once done, carefully slice the patty melt in half, and serve with additional Thousand Island dressing or ketchup for dunking! And, if you want MORE calories (cough, cough), add some fries! French fries are VEGETABLES, right?

Grilled Patty Melt / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Make classic grilled patty melts from the comfort of home! Seasoned beef, rye bread, caramelized onions, and gooey cheese create a delicious grilled sandwich!

That’s it! See how easy it is to make this classic sandwich?  Now you can make this delicious dish in the comfort of your own home!  The secret is getting the onions cooked just right, along with crispy rye bread, a well-seared beef patty, and ooey gooey melted cheese! This simple meal always make me happy!

I hope you will consider making these yummy sandwiches for lunch or dinner for friends or family! Have a fantastic day!

Grilled Patty Melt / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Grilled Patty Melt
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
Make this classic sandwich from your own home, with rye bread, seasoned beef patty, caramelized onions and melted Swiss cheese grilled to perfection!
Category: Sandwich
Servings: 4 servings
Author: JB at The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 onions , peeled, sliced thin
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • pounds ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4-5 dashes Worchestershire sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 8 slices rye bread (can substitute sourdough)
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese (use more, if desired- can also substitute American cheese)
  • Thousand Island dressing (optional, if desired)
Instructions
  1. Trim ends off onions, peel, then slice thin. Melt 1 Tablespoon butter in skillet. Cook onions slices on medium heat for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally. When done, the caramelized onions should be softened and light brown. Set aside.
  2. Season ground beef with salt, pepper, garlic powder and Worchestershire sauce. Mix well. Shape meat into 4 slightly oblong patties (to fit shape of rye bread). Grill beef patties on grill or in skillet on medium-high heat (spray skillet with non-stick spray or use melted butter) until cooked through to your preferred done-ness. Make sure the grill or pan you use is very hot before adding the meat. This helps to create a quick, crusty "sear" on the outside. When done, set beef patties on paper towel to drain excess grease.
  3. When ready to cook sandwich, spread butter on one side of each slice of bread. Place cooked meat patty onto the non-buttered side, then piled on the caramelized onions. Top with slice of Swiss cheese. NOTE: If you want a LOT of cheese, place a piece of Swiss cheese on the bread before placing the patty on, then add another slice to the top.
  4. Place a slice of buttered bread on top of the cheese (butter side out). If you wish to add Thousand Island dressing, spread it onto the unbuttered side of the top slice of bread. Cook patty melt on low heat as you would a grilled cheese sandwich. Once the bottom is golden brown and toasty, carefully flip the sandwich (with a spatula) to the other side, and continue cooking until golden brown, cheese has melted, and sandwich is heated through. Once done, carefully slice patty melt in half, and serve with additional Thousand Island dressing or ketchup for dunking! Enjoy!

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Southwest Chicken Salad

If you enjoy flavor-filled main dish salads, you will love this Southwest Chicken Salad, with marinated grilled chicken, black beans, corn, tomatoes, and avocado, atop romaine lettuce and drizzled with a creamy, low fat, Southwestern seasoned, lime cilantro salad dressing.Southwest Chicken Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks! You'll love this Southwest-inspired salad with marinated chicken, beans, corn, tomatoes, avocados, and lettuce, topped w/ a creamy lime cilantro dressing!

I found this recipe on Pinterest, and it not only sounded HEALTHY, but DELICIOUS!  The original recipe serves 4, but I very slightly modified it to make two servings, for my husband and I to enjoy! OH MY GOODNESS… the salad is amazing… like “we ate every single bite” amazing!

I made the marinade early in the day, and let the chicken “bathe” in it for hours, to soak up great flavor! When I was ready to fix dinner, all I had to do was grill the chicken on my stove top and assemble the salad. EASY!  Here’s how to make it:

In a medium sized bowl, combine all the marinade/salad dressing ingredients EXCEPT FOR THE YOGURT! Mix together until all are well blended. Pour HALF of the marinade (set aside the other half) into a rimmed dish and add the chicken. Turn pieces over, to coat well. Cover chicken and place in refrigerator for 2 hours (or more, if time allows). Cover remaining marinade and refrigerate until ready to use.

Southwest Chicken Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Southwest Chicken Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

When ready to assemble salad for your meal, remove reserved marinade from refrigerator. Blend in the Greek yogurt, until completely incorporated and creamy.

Southwest Chicken Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Southwest Chicken Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

After chicken has fully marinated, remove it from refrigerator.  Heat a teaspoon of oil in a skillet or on a grill on medium-high heat until very hot, but not smoking.  Sear chicken on first side until bottom is golden brown and crispy, then flip and cook other side until chicken is fully done (reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees).  I used an indoor cast iron grill and it took about 10 minutes per side.

Once done, remove chicken, and let it rest, so juices can redistribute internally. After chicken rests 5 minutes, cut each piece into thin slices. Discard chicken marinade.

Southwest Chicken Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Southwest Chicken Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

When you are ready to assemble salad, fill individual bowls or plates with chopped romaine. Divide corn, beans, and cherry tomato halves between servings. Top with avocado and chicken slices (fanning them out slightly, for a decorative look). My husband wanted an entire half an avocado sliced on his salad, as you can tell from the photo below… ha ha!

Southwest Chicken Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Southwest Chicken Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Drizzle the salad with the prepared cilantro lime salad dressing. Serve, and enjoy this absolutely amazing tasting meal!  (*NOTE: I made 2 large entree sized salads for us. If making 4 salads, increase chicken to 4 pieces, and double the amount of corn, beans, cherry tomatoes, and add additional lettuce. You will not need to double the marinade).

Southwest Chicken Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Southwest Chicken Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

We absolutely LOVED this salad; we were very full and completely satisfied after eating!  The grilled chicken had great flavor, thanks  to the lime cilantro marinade, and the low fat flavor-filled dressing made this dish shine!  I sincerely hope you will consider trying this recipe… it is totally delicious, filling, and very colorful! Have a fantastic day!

Southwest Chicken Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Adapted From: Karina, at https://cafedelites.com/southwestern-chicken-salad/

Southwest Chicken Salad
Prep Time
2 hrs
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 20 mins
 
Category: Dinner
Servings: 2 main dish servings
Author: JB at The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 large chicken thighs (boneless, skinless)
For Marinade/Salad Dressing:
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice (approx. 2 large limes)
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 4 Tablespoons fresh cilantro (finely chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin (ground)
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt (THIS IS USED FOR DRESSING ONLY!!!)
For Salad:
  • 4 cups romaine lettuce (torn or chopped)
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes (cut in half)
  • 1/2 avocado , thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup canned black beans (drained, rinsed)
  • 1/2 cup canned whole kernel corn (drained, rinsed)
Instructions
  1. In a medium sized bowl, combine all marinade/salad dressing ingredients EXCEPT FOR THE YOGURT! Mix together until well blended. Pour HALF of the marinade (set aside the other half) into a rimmed shallow dish and add the chicken. Toss to coat well. Cover chicken and place in refrigerator for 2 hours (or more, if time allows). Cover remaining marinade and refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. After chicken has fully marinated, remove it from refrigerator. Heat a teaspoon of oil in a skillet or on a grill on medium-high heat until very hot, but not smoking. Cook chicken on first side until bottom is golden brown and crispy, then flip and cook other side until chicken is fully cooked throughout. (I used an indoor cast iron grill and it took about 10 minutes per side). Once done, remove chicken, and let it rest so juices can settle internally. After chicken has rested for 5 minutes, cut each piece into thin slices. Discard chicken marinade.
  3. When ready to assemble salad, remove reserved marinade from refrigerator. Blend in the Greek yogurt, until completely incorporated and creamy.
  4. To assemble salads, fill individual bowls or plates with chopped romaine. Divide corn, beans, and cherry tomato halves between servings. Place avocado and chicken slices decoratively on top of salad. Drizzle each salad with reserved creamy cilantro lime dressing. Serve, and enjoy!
Recipe Notes
*NOTE: I made 2 large salads for us. If making 4 servings, increase chicken to 4 pieces, and double the amount of corn, beans, cherry tomatoes, and add additional lettuce, as desired. (Use same amounts written for marinade/dressing).

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Southwest Quinoa Salad

Happy New Year!  If you’re like many others, you’ve started the year with a determination to eat healthier or lose some weight! This Southwest Quinoa Salad is a delicious, healthy recipe solution for you, featuring a combination of quinoa, black beans, tomatoes, corn, bell peppers, and avocado, topped with a scrumptious cilantro lime dressing! YUM!Southwest Quinoa Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks! You'll love this healthy side or vegetarian dish featuring quinoa, tomatoes, corn, beans, peppers and avocado, topped with a flavorful cilantro lime dressing!
This is my first official blog post of 2018, and I’m so grateful to be able to share this recipe with you from our newly remodeled kitchen.  I don’t know about you, but we managed to eat quite a bit of Christmas goodies and take-out over the holidays (due to my husband and I loving sweets AND having no kitchen to cook in for the past 2 months), and have begun the year determined to make wiser choices.  Enter this quinoa salad… this flavor-filled healthy “meatless” dish is perfect as a light side dish… or a quick lunch! Here’s how to make it.

Put the uncooked quinoa in a fine mesh strainer and rinse with water (this helps clean the  quinoa). Place the rinsed quinoa, water and salt in a saucepan; bring the mixture to a boil over high heat. When it comes to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low and put a lid on the pan. Cook quinoa for approximately 17-20 minutes (or until all liquid has been absorbed). Remove pan from heat, set aside, and let quinoa cool down to room temperature.

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Place cherry tomatoes, corn, black beans, bell peppers, avocado and room temperature quinoa into a large salad bowl. Set aside. TIP: An easy tip for cubing an avocado is to cut it in half, remove pit, then use a knife to slice grid lines into avocado lengthwise, then horizontally, without cutting through peel. Once cut, slide a large spoon around the inside of the peel, and the avocado cubes should fall out!

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To make the simple cilantro lime dressing, whisk together olive oil, light sour cream, lime zest and juice, garlic powder, cumin, salt, pepper and cilantro in a small bowl . Be sure to mix well.

Southwest Quinoa Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Pour all of the dressing over salad, and stir well, to combine all ingredients thoroughly. The quinoa will absorb all the delicious Southwestern flavors from the dressing and will really make this dish shine!

Southwest Quinoa Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

I garnished the salad with a sprig of fresh cilantro, and served it as a side dish, but the salad is filling (even without meat), and would be a perfect quick vegetarian meal or “take to work” packed lunch! The salad tastes good served at room temperature OR chilled!

Southwest Quinoa Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Here’s a close up of some Southwest Quinoa Salad goodness… yum!  I love the fact that it not only tastes wonderful, but is quite colorful and good for you!

Southwest Quinoa Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

I served the salad with roasted turkey breast and steamed broccoli, for a healthy New Years Day dinner! My husband and I really enjoyed it, and it was FUN to prepare my first recipe for 2018 in our newly remodeled kitchen (after 2 months of not being able to cook in there)! Yay for our new, updated kitchen, appliances and counter tops! We still  have some work to do, but I’ve already begun cooking in my kitchen once again. CAN YOU SEE ME SMILING?

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I want to wish you again a Happy New Year from our home to yours!  The arrival of a new year brings with it an infinite number of opportunities to encourage and serve others, grow as a person, create great memories, and cook delicious meals for yourself and those you love!

Hope you will join me in rising to the occasion, and as always, thank you for visiting The Grateful Girl Cooks. I appreciate each one of you. Have a great day!

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Recipe Source: http://togetherasfamily.com/2017/05/fiesta-quinoa-salad/

Southwest Quinoa Salad
Prep Time
25 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
Category: Salad
Cuisine: Southwest
Servings: 8 side servings
Author: JB at The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For Salad:
  • cups uncooked quinoa
  • cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 can corn , drained (standard sized can)
  • 1 can black beans , drained and rinsed
  • 1 orange bell pepper , chopped (I used a combination of red, orange and green)
  • 1 avocado , peeled and cubed
For Cilantro Lime Dressing:
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup reduced fat sour cream (can substitute plain non-fat yogurt)
  • Zest and juice from 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
Instructions
  1. Put the uncooked quinoa in a fine mesh strainer and rinse with water (this helps clean quinoa). Place the rinsed quinoa, water and salt in a saucepan; bring the mixture to a boil over high heat. When it comes to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low and put a lid on the pan. Cook quinoa for approximately 17-20 minutes (or until all liquid has been absorbed). Remove pan from heat, set aside, and let quinoa cool down to room temperature.
  2. Place cherry tomatoes, corn, black beans, bell peppers, avocado and cooled quinoa into a large salad bowl.
  3. To make cilantro lime dressing, in a small bowl whisk together olive oil, light sour cream, lime zest and juice, garlic powder, cumin, salt, pepper and cilantro. Be sure to mix well. Pour all of the dressing over salad, and stir well to combine all ingredients thoroughly. Serve as a side dish or as a healthy meatless meal, and enjoy! (Store leftovers in a covered container in refrigerator).

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Mexican Stuffed Pasta Shells

Mexican Stuffed Pasta Shells are a delicious twist on traditional stuffed pasta. Ground beef, cheese and onion filled shells are baked in enchilada sauce, then topped with cheese, cilantro, tomatoes, and garnished with a dollop of sour cream, for a flavor-filled dinner! Mexican Stuffed Pasta Shells / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Stuffed pasta shells with a Mexican twist! Seasoned beef, cheese and onion filled shells are baked, and topped with cheese, cilantro, tomatoes, and sour cream!
Last Spring I made Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Stuffed Shells and we really enjoyed them.  Now fast forward to about 4 months later when I started thinking about how much my husband and I absolutely LOVE Mexican food. A lightbulb went off in my head and I decided to experiment and make more stuffed shells, but this time create a recipe with a Mexican twist!  We really enjoyed them, so am sharing the details on the ol’ blog today.

These stuffed shells are really easy to prepare.  Start by cooking 1 pound of ground beef with sliced green onions in large skillet on medium heat.  Once meat is cooked, drain grease from pan (discard grease). Add one taco seasoning packet and cook according to seasoning package instructions.

Once meat has been cooked and seasoned, transfer it to a large mixing bowl and let it cool down for 4-5 minutes.  3 Tablespoons enchilada sauce and grated cheddar and jack cheeses; stir to combine. Set aside.

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Mexican Stuffed Pasta Shells / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook jumbo pasta shells according to package directions.  When pasta is done cooking, drain, then place shells in a single layer on wax paper or parchment paper.

Mexican Stuffed Pasta Shells / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Place several heaping spoonfuls of enchilada sauce on the bottom of a baking dish (enough to just barely cover the bottom of dish). Fill the cooked pasta shells with the ground beef mixture, then place into baking dish in a single layer.

Mexican Stuffed Pasta Shells / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Mexican Stuffed Pasta Shells / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Once all shells are filled and in the baking dish, spoon the rest of the enchilada sauce over the shells to cover.  Sprinkle with the remaining half of the cheddar and jack cheeses.

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Cover dish with aluminum foil and bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes total.  Remove the foil for the last 10 minutes of baking.  Sauce and cheese should be bubbly when done.  Remove dish from oven.

Mexican Stuffed Pasta Shells / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

To serve, top with additional cheese, tomato, cilantro and green onions, for a great splash of color (and added flavor)!

Mexican Stuffed Pasta Shells / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Mexican Stuffed Pasta Shells / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Place 2-3 shells onto each individual serving plate, and top each shell with a small dollop of sour cream. Serve… and enjoy!

Mexican Stuffed Pasta Shells / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Hope you will consider making these flavor-filled stuffed pasta shells for an upcoming meal.  I served them with a simple mixed green salad on the side, and they were quite filling.  Have a great day!

Mexican Stuffed Pasta Shells / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Mexican Stuffed Pasta Shells
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 
Stuffed pasta shells with a Mexican twist! Seasoned beef, cheese and onion filled shells are baked, and topped with cheese, cilantro, tomatoes, and sour cream!
Category: Entree
Servings: 6 servings
Author: JB at The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 green onions (sliced, use green stalk and white bulb)
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 3 Tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese , DIVIDED
  • 1/2 cup grated jack cheese , DIVIDED
  • 1 can red enchilada sauce (19 ounces)
  • Approx. 1/2 box jumbo pasta shells (I used 18 shells)
For Garnish (use as little or as much as you desire)
  • Chopped tomato
  • Sliced green onion
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Grated cheese
  • Sour cream
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place several large spoonfuls of enchilada sauce on the bottom of a baking dish (enough to just cover the bottom). Set aside.
  2. Cook ground beef with chopped green onions in large skillet on medium heat. When meat is cooked, drain and discard grease. Add taco seasoning packet and cook according to seasoning package instructions. Once meat has finished cooking, transfer it to a bowl, and let cool down for 4-5 minutes. Discard grease from pan. Add 3 Tablespoons enchilada sauce and HALF of the grated cheddar and jack cheeses to the meat; stir to combine. Set aside.
  3. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook jumbo pasta shells according to package directions. When pasta is done cooking, drain, then place shells in a single layer on wax paper or parchment paper. Fill cooked pasta shells with the ground beef mixture, then place into baking dish (on top of sauce) in a single layer.
  4. Once all shells are filled and in baking dish, spoon the rest of the enchilada sauce over shells to cover. Sprinkle with the remaining half of the cheddar and jack cheeses.
  5. Cover dish with aluminum foil and bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes total. Remove foil for the last 10 minutes of baking. Sauce and cheese should be bubbly when done. Remove dish from oven.
  6. To serve, garnish with additional cheese, chopped tomato, chopped cilantro, and green onions, for a great splash of color and flavor! Place 2-3 shells onto each person's plate; top each shell with a small dollop of sour cream. Serve and enjoy!

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Easy Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese

Creamy, cheesy, satisfying and delicious are words I would use to describe this family-friendly recipe for Easy Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese! Best part? This simple, filling comfort food can be on the table in 15 minutes!Easy Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Macaroni and cheese is a creamy, delicious, family-friendly comfort food - quick and easy to make on the stovetop in 15 minutes!

A friend of ours had surgery recently and I was grateful for the opportunity to take her family dinner once she returned home from the hospital.  My husband grilled some chicken and one of the side dishes I made was this easy stovetop macaroni and cheese. I really hoped her two children would enjoy this creamy, cheesy side dish!

I made a second batch for my husband and I because it tasted so GOOD (Yep… I sampled it when I made it for my friends… quality-control)!  The recipe is incredibly simple to make, and if you enjoy satisfying comfort foods, you’ll enjoy this mac and cheese. My theory is that you can never go wrong with a basic cheese sauce and pasta! Here’s how easy it is to make this simple dish in about 15 minutes!

Cook elbow macaroni (or other small shaped pasta) according to package directions.  While pasta is cooking, in a separate sauce pan, melt butter and stir in flour, salt, onion and garlic powders until well blended.

Easy Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Add milk to pan. Cook on medium-high heat, stirring (or whisking) often, until the mixture comes to a boil.  Turn heat down to low, and continue to simmer (stirring often), until the sauce has thickened. This should take about 2 minutes.

Once sauce has thickened, remove pan from heat. Immediately stir in the grated cheddar cheese and a couple dashes of hot pepper sauce (or more if you like the heat). Stir until cheese has completely melted.

Easy Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

When the pasta has finished cooking, drain, then immediately place hot pasta back into the pan you used to cook it.

Easy Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Pour hot, thickened cheese sauce over the hot drained pasta, and stir well to combine.

Easy Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Taste test…add additional salt (and pepper), if desired.  I added an extra handful of cheddar cheese at this point, as well (but that is completely optional… we are big cheese lovers!). Stir well to make sure pasta is fully coated with cheese sauce.

Easy Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

That’s all there is to it!  Serve the macaroni and cheese while it is hot… and enjoy a bowl of this creamy, satisfying comfort food! If you like mac and cheese, perhaps you would also be interested in a Pasta, Ham and Gruyere Cheese Casserole (baked), or a Cheesy Ham, Spinach and Macaroni Bake.

NOTE: The leftovers are really good, too. Store in an air-tight container in refrigerator. Before you reheat, you might need to add a tiny bit of milk and stir, to “re-vitalize” it!

Easy Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

I hope you can see how EASY it is to make this side dish OR main dish in no time at all!  If you cook the pasta at the same time you’re making the sauce, the whole “cheesy” meal can be ready in about 15 minutes… perfect for a main course, a side dish, or a quick lunch! I hope you will consider giving this recipe a try! Have a great day.

Easy Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 
Macaroni and cheese is a creamy, delicious, family-friendly comfort food - quick and easy to make on the stovetop in 15 minutes!
Category: Entree
Servings: 4 -6 servings
Author: JB at The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 3 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 cups low-fat milk
  • cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • couple dashes of hot pepper sauce (approx 1/8 teaspoon)
Instructions
  1. Cook elbow macaroni (or other small shaped pasta) according to package directions.
  2. While pasta is cooking, in a separate sauce pan, melt butter; stir in flour, salt, onion and garlic powders until well blended. Add milk to pan. Cook on medium-high heat, stirring (or whisking) often, until mixture comes to a boil. Turn heat down to low; continue to simmer (stirring often), until sauce has thickened. This should take about 2 minutes. Once sauce has thickened, remove pan from heat. Immediately stir in grated cheese and a couple dashes of hot pepper sauce (or more if you like the heat). Stir until cheese has completely melted.
  3. When pasta has finished cooking, drain, then immediately place pasta back into the pan you used to cook it. Pour the hot, thickened cheese sauce over the hot drained pasta, and stir well to combine. Taste test...add additional salt, if desired. I added an extra handful of cheddar cheese at this point, as well (but that is optional. Stir well to make sure pasta is fully coated with cheese sauce. Serve the macaroni and cheese while it's hot... and enjoy!
Recipe Notes
Serving size is about a cup. If you wish to make this dish lower in calories, consider substituting fat-free skim milk and low-fat cheddar cheese for the ingredients listed.

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Garlic Parmesan Pasta and Shrimp

Pan-seared shrimp and fettucine pasta are paired with a creamy garlic Parmesan sauce in this easy to prepare, absolutely DELICIOUS Italian-inspired dinner. It’s creamy, absolutely delicious… and ready in 30 minutes!
Garlic Parmesan Pasta and Shrimp / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Pan-seared shrimp and fettucine noodles are paired with a creamy garlic Parmesan sauce in this easy to prepare pasta dinner.

I found the recipe for the pasta sauce on Pinterest, and it was fairly similar to the sauce I usually make, so I decided to mak it. I added pan-seared shrimp, for a bit of protein and all around flavor! Once you’ve quickly pan-cooked the shrimp, the rest of the dish is cooked in one pan on the stove top. And guess what? It’s scrumptious! Here’s how easy it is to make this dish:

Shrimp are peeled and de-veined, seasoned lightly with salt and pepper, then pan seared on both sides in a bit of olive oil in a large skillet (on medium heat) until done (3-5 minutes). Set the shrimp aside and cover.

Garlic Parmesan Pasta and Shrimp / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Olive oil is heated on medium-high in a large skillet. The minced garlic is added to the hot oil, and cooked for about a minute, stirring often to prevent burning.  Butter, chicken broth and milk is then added and whisked together while the butter melts.

Garlic Parmesan Pasta and Shrimp / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Uncooked fettucine is then added to the sauce (I used my fresh homemade pasta, made from scratch). Salt and pepper are added; season to taste. Stir in the noodles and simmer (on medium-low heat) until the pasta has completely cooked through (this will take about 15-18 minutes for commercially prepared pasta).  Stir mixture occasionally while it cooks!

Once pasta is cooked through, add the fresh grated Parmesan cheese. Stir well, to combine.  If you find the sauce has thickened too much, simply add a touch more milk until it’s the thickness you desire.

Garlic Parmesan Pasta and Shrimp / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Add the cooked shrimp to the skillet, and cook only until shrimp are heated through.

Garlic Parmesan Pasta and Shrimp / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Sprinkle fresh or dried parsley on top of dish before serving, and serve immediately, while hot!

Garlic Parmesan Pasta and Shrimp / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Pan-seared shrimp and fettucine noodles are paired with a creamy garlic Parmesan sauce in this easy to prepare pasta dinner.

Garlic Parmesan Pasta and Shrimp / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Pan-seared shrimp and fettucine noodles are paired with a creamy garlic Parmesan sauce in this easy to prepare pasta dinner.

The sauce is very creamy, with a wonderful garlic and Parmesan flavor, and the pan-seared shrimp adds delicious flavor AND protein to this dish!  We really enjoyed it; I hope you will give this dish a try!

Garlic Parmesan Pasta and Shrimp / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Pasta recipe adapted from: http://damndelicious.net/2014/10/11/one-pot-garlic-parmesan-pasta

Garlic Parmesan Pasta and Shrimp
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
Pan-seared shrimp and fettucine noodles are paired with a creamy garlic Parmesan sauce in this easy to prepare pasta dinner.
Category: Entree
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 servings
Author: JB at The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For Shrimp:
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound large shrimp , peeled, de-veined (lightly seasoned with salt/pepper)
For Pasta and Sauce:
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic , minced
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup milk (or more, if needed to thin out sauce later)
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • Salt/Pepper , to taste
  • 8 ounces uncooked fettucine pasta
  • 1/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
  • Chopped fresh or dried parsley flakes (approx. 1 T. for garnish, if desired)
Instructions
  1. Heat 1 Tablespoon olive oil in large skillet on medium heat. When oil is hot, add shrimp. Cook on both sides until done (approx 4-5 minutes total time). Transfer shrimp from skillet when done. Cover/keep warm.
  2. To make pasta sauce, heat olive oil on medium-high in a large skillet. Add minced garlic to hot oil; cook for about a minute, stirring often to prevent burning. Add butter, chicken broth and milk; whisk together while butter melts. Season sauce with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Stir in the UNCOOKED noodles and simmer (on medium-low heat) until the pasta has completely cooked through (this will take about 15-18 minutes for commercially prepared pasta). Stir mixture occasionally while it cooks!
  4. Once pasta is cooked through, add fresh grated Parmesan cheese. Stir well, to combine. If you find the sauce has thickened too much, simply add a touch more milk until it's the thickness you desire. Add the cooked shrimp to the skillet, stir to combine, and cook only until shrimp are heated through. Garnish hot pasta with a sprinkle of fresh or dried parsley before serving, and serve hot!

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Hoisin Sriracha Chicken

Hoisin Sriracha Chicken is a wonderfully simple poultry dish featuring a marinade of Chinese and Thai sauces, takes about 20 minutes to cook, and is absolutely delicious!Hoisin Sriracha Chicken / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Chicken thighs get an Asian-inspired twist from a Hoisin, Sriracha and Honey marinade, then are cooked until done. Easy, sweet, slightly spicy and delicious!

I found this chicken recipe on Pinterest and it sounded quite good, so I decided to try it! YUM!  Hoisin sauce, honey, soy sauce, and Sriracha sauce, garlic and ginger form the base for a slightly sweet, slightly spicy marinade for plump chicken thighs.  Once marinated for 15 minutes, chicken is pan-cooked until done. That’s it! See how easy this recipe is? And wow, it sure tastes GOOD! Here’s how to make this simple, Asian flavor-inspired dish:

Bone-in and skin on chicken thighs were used for this recipe, but you are welcome to use boneless, skinless if you want. I usually remove the skin from chicken, but found that in this particular recipe, the skin crisps up very nicely and added to the flavor!  If using boneless thighs, the cooking time might be a bit less, so keep that in mind while cooking the chicken!

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Marinade is mixed up, chicken is covered with sauce, and marinates (or “takes a bath”) in it for 15 minutes.

Oil is heated on MEDIUM heat in a large skillet. Once oil is very hot, the chicken is removed from marinade (**MAKE SURE TO SAVE THE MARINADE), and added to the hot skillet with the skin side facing down.  Cook chicken on both sides, and make sure the skin side gets browned very well.

Hoisin Sriracha Chicken / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Once both sides of the chicken have been browned, turn the heat on stove down to LOW. Pour the reserved marinade back into your skillet. Spoon sauce over chicken thighs, and continue to cook.  As chicken cooks, the sauce will slightly reduce in volume and thicken up  a bit.

Hoisin Sriracha Chicken / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Cook until chicken is fully cooked through or reaches an internal temp. of 165° F.  If using bone-in thighs, cooking time will be approximately 25 minutes total… slightly less if no bone. Occasionally spoon sauce over each piece of chicken during the cooking process.

Hoisin Sriracha Chicken / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Once chicken is done, remove from heat, and transfer chicken to individual serving dishes.  Sprinkle with white sesame seeds, if desired. Serve, and enjoy the wonderful Asian-inspired flavors in this Hoisin Sriracha Chicken dish!

Hoisin Sriracha Chicken / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Hoisin Sriracha Chicken / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

I really hope you will consider making this chicken dish… it was easy to make and was REALLY tasty!  If you’re interested, you might also want to check out my blog post on how to make Homemade Hoisin Sauce (it’s easy, also!). I used it in this recipe!

I’ve also added the Weight Watcher Smart Points per serving in the Notes section of the printable recipe below, for those following their nutrition plan. We really did enjoy this meal!  Hope you and your family do, too! Have a wonderful day.

Hoisin Sriracha Chicken / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Source:  http://rasamalaysia.com/hoisin-sriracha-chicken/

Hoisin Sriracha Chicken
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
Chicken thighs get an Asian-inspired twist from a Hoisin, Sriracha and Honey marinade, then are cooked until done. Easy, sweet, slightly spicy and totally delicious!
Category: Entree
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 4 servings
Author: JB at The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 4 large chicken thighs , with bone in and skin on (optional-see note)
  • Tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Sriracha sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger (peeled, minced)
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 Tablespoon oil
  • White sesame seeds for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Mix hoisin, soy, sriracha, honey, garlic, ginger and salt in a medium bowl; stir to fully combine ingredients. Add chicken to marinade and turn to fully cover; let chicken marinate for 15 minutes.
  2. Heat oil on MEDIUM heat in a large skillet. Once oil is very hot, remove chicken from marinade (**MAKE SURE TO SAVE THE MARINADE), and add to hot skillet with the skin side facing down. Cook chicken on both sides; make sure the skin side gets browned very well.
  3. Once both sides of the chicken have been browned, turn the heat down to LOW. Pour the reserved marinade into skillet. Spoon sauce over chicken thighs, and continue to cook. As chicken cooks, the sauce will slightly reduce in volume and thicken up a bit. Cook until chicken is fully cooked through, or reaches an internal temperature of 165° F. If using bone-in thighs, cooking time will be approximately 25 minutes total... slightly less if no bone. Occasionally spoon a bit of sauce over each piece of chicken during the cooking process.
  4. Once chicken is done, remove pan from heat, and transfer chicken to individual serving plates. Garnish chicken with white sesame seeds, if desired. Serve, and enjoy!
Recipe Notes
Boneless, skinless thighs may be substituted. Cooking time will be slightly less. Cook to internal temperature of 165 degrees (approx. 20 minutes).
Weight Watchers? Bone in with skin = 11 Smart Points per serving. Boneless skinless = 7 Smart Points

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