Scramble fry hamburger until cooked. Remove any remaining grease. Stir in pasta sauce and diced tomatoes with the juice. Add salt, pepper, garlic powder and Italian spice. Stir well then remove from heat.
In a separate bowl combine cottage cheese, eggs, and Parmesan cheese.
Spread a cup or so of meat sauce on the bottom of your crock pot, top with noodles broken into pieces to fit. Layer the remaining ingredients in the following order on top of the noodles in the bottom of your crock pot;
cottage cheese mixture
broken lasagna noodles
repeat - ensuring the last layer is meat sauce
Place lid on your crock pot and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours or until noodles are tender.
Sprinkle top of lasagna with remaining 1 cup mozzarella cheese. Cover and let stand about 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Cut into pieces.
Combine bread crumbs, onion and salt together. Add ½ cup water and blend well. Crumble in ground beef and the beaten egg. Mix very well. I used my hands to incorporate the ingredients fully. Make about 18-20 meatballs the size of a ping pong ball.
Brown meatballs in a large skillet. Make sure all sides have been browned well and thoroughly cooked. Once browned on all sides, remove and set aside.
In the same skillet, sautee the bell peppers and celery. Should take about 5 minutes for them to soften up without losing all the crunch.
Add the remaining water with the pineapple juice, apple cider vinegar, pineapple chunks, and brown sugar to the peppers and celery. Stir to mix well.
Take corn starch and mix with small amount of water, just enough to not be a paste. Add this to the veggies in skillet and continue to cook on low for about 3 more minutes.
Carefully place meatballs back into skillet. Gently stir to get the sauce over the meatballs. If you stir too much you risk them breaking apart. So just toss gently.
1 cup warm water (110 to 115 degrees - should be able to stick your pinky finger in the water and hold it there without it burning), divided
1 teaspoon granulated Swerve, Truvia or Stevia
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 cups almond flour + ½ cup almond flour
2 cups sliced mushrooms
4 skinless chicken breasts, cubed
1 whole tomato, diced
1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, grated
Cornmeal (about 4 Tablespoons)
In a medium-sized bowl, dissolve the yeast in ¼ cup warm water. Add the Swerve and allow to stand for 5 minutes.
Fry up (or boil) the cubed chicken until no longer pink inside. Drain if need be, and set aside. Grate up your cheese, slice up your mushrooms, and dice your tomato.
To the yeast mixture, add the oil, salt, remaining water and two cups of the flour. Mix it with a wooden spoon until almost all of the flour has been worked into a ball. Turn onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic - 4 to 5 minutes.
Roll dough out into the shape & size of your pan. Allow it to rest for a minute. Drizzle 1 Tablespoon olive oil onto the pan and make sure you grease the pan well (including the sides) -- if necessary, use an extra Tablespoon of the olive oil. Sprinkle the cornmeal evenly into the pan. Preheat oven to 450F degrees.
Now take the rolled out dough and place it into the pan (shape with hands if necessary). It can go up the sides a little bit. Now, drizzle up to 2 Tablespoons of olive oil onto the dough and spread it around with either your hands or with a piece of waxed paper, making sure to cover the entire dough. Sprinkle the Italian seasoning lightly all over the dough, I usually use about 5 pinches of the seasoning.
Evenly spread the cooked chicken pieces all over the dough, along with the mushroom slices (and you can always add in your own toppings here - onions, etc.). Slide the pan into your preheated oven and bake for 12 minutes. Remove and add the tomatoes and cheese. Return to oven and bake for an additional 5 to 7 minutes, until cheese is melted and edges of dough are a light golden brown.
Remove from oven, slide onto cutting board and cut into slices. Enjoy!!
Butterfly the chicken by running a sharp knife horizontally through the thickest part of each breast. Place one hand on top of the breast to stabilize while holding the knife parallel to the work surface while cutting. Do not cut all the way through. Open the breast so both halves can lie flat.
Season the exposed surface with salt and pepper, then add ¼ of the goat cheese, crumbled bacon, and sliced basil leaves to each breast. Fold the breasts in half so the cheese mixture is surrounded by chicken breast on the bottom, back and top. Secure with long wooden toothpicks, if desired.
Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a large oven-safe skillet. Once hot, add the stuffed chicken breasts to the pan to sear. Once browned on the bottom, carefully turn each breast over and repeat on the other side. Season top and bottom with salt and pepper, if desired, during this process.
Place skillet in preheated oven and cook until an instant read thermometer reads 165 degrees when inserted, approximately 25-30 minutes. Remove from the oven and cover until ready to serve.
A few minutes before removing the chicken from the oven, start making the balsamic glaze. Heat balsamic vinegar in a small sauce pan over medium-high heat. Stir while heating until the vinegar is reduced to about ⅓ of its original volume. It will form a thick, syrupy consistency when it is ready.
To serve, place a stuffed chicken breast on each plate and drizzle with balsamic glaze. Pairs well with a mixed green salad or roasted vegetables.
These tasty Whole30-compliant chicken drumsticks get a touch of sweetness from the coconut aminos in the marinade.
2 lbs. chicken drumsticks
½ c. balsamic vinegar
3 T. extra virgin olive oil
3 T. coconut aminos
½ c. organic chicken stock
½ t. crushed red pepper flakes
3 cloves fresh garlic, minced
Salt and pepper, to taste
3 green onions, sliced
Pat chicken drumsticks dry with a paper towel and place in a large, sealable plastic bag. Set aside.
In a medium glass or other non-reactive bowl, whisk the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, coconut aminos, chicken stock, red pepper flakes, and minced garlic together. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.
Pour one half of the balsamic marinade over chicken and seal bag tightly. Turn bag over until chicken is coated. Place bag in refrigerator for a minimum of 30 minutes to overnight. Reserve remaining marinade to use later.
When ready to prepare, preheat oven to 400° and line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Remove drumsticks from plastic bag and arrange on lined baking sheet in a single layer without overcrowding. Discard remaining marinade inside bag.
Place baking sheet in preheated oven for 30 minutes, then remove chicken from oven and turn each drumstick. After turning, brush the tops of each drumstick with remaining marinade and return to oven. Bake for another 20-25 minutes or until the chicken is well done and the outside has caramelized.
Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes. Transfer drumsticks to a serving dish and sprinkle with sliced green onions before serving
Angel Hair Parm and Herb Pasta (cooked as per directions on box) *or see below
Sautee asparagus and brussel sprouts until tender, add shrimp, S&P, chicken stock and garlic and cook until shrimp is pink and cooked through and chicken stock is mostly cooked out.Mix in the chopped parsley
Meghan used the box angel hair pasta in the parm sauce. (if you can't find this, you can do your own - see below)
*Use regular angel hair pasta. Cook the noodles as instructed, add 1 cup of heavy whipping cream and ¾ cup of shredded parm cheese. Once cooked through add the shrimp and veggie mixture.
Generous splash of sherry vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
2 Tbsp dark soy sauce
3 Tbsp honey
1 lemon, finely sliced (ideally with a mandolin)
Handful of flat leaf parsley, chopped (optional)
Season the chicken joints with salt and pepper. Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan. (maybe add a tablespoon of real butter too)
Brown the chicken pieces (in batches if necessary), together with the garlic and thyme sprigs, over a high heat for two to three minutes on each side until golden brown.
Return all the chicken to the pan, add the sherry vinegar and bubble until reduced by half. Drizzle over the soy sauce and honey and shake the pan to combine the juices.
Pour in a good splash of hot water(I added a splash of wine instead) and add the lemon slices. Let the liquid bubble and reduce down until syrupy, which will take about 10 minutes or so. By now the chicken should be cooked through.
Transfer the chicken to a platter, spoon over the liquor and sprinkle with chopped parsley if using. Serve with green beans.
Sandwiches in our house come in all sizes and with varying ingredients. The Veg Sandwich almost always has hummus and avocado…although today we were out of those so this is what I did.
Toasted Sesame Ezekiel bread (I find this at Whole Foods)
1 teaspoon mayo (I use Veganaise) spread on one piece of bread
2 wedges laughing cow cheese spread on one piece of bread
5-6 pieces artichoke hearts
2 pieces romaine lettuce cut with a drizzle of E.V.O.O.
Hot salsa (can use Giardinera)
2 Clausen pickles cut thin
sea salt to taste
I added grilled asparagus.
16 oz. frozen broccoli, thawed, cooked and drained
½ cup dry bread crumbs
2 tbps. melted butter
Coat a casserole dish with cooking spray. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Cook noodles and broccoli.
Cook cut up chicken, transfer to large bowl when no longer pink.
Add mushrooms, and red pepper to skillet and cook until tender. Transfer to bowl with chicken when done.
Stir in soup, sour cream, and broth. Gently stir in noodles and broccoli.
Spoon entire mixture into casserole dish.
Mix bread crumbs and melted butter, sprinkle over chicken mixture.
Bake, uncovered for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 25 minutes.
1. Coat a casserole dish with cooking spray. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Cook noodles and broccoli.
3. Cook cut up chicken, transfer to large bowl when no longer pink.
4. Add mushrooms, and red pepper to skillet and cook until tender. Transfer to bowl with chicken when done.
5. Stir in soup, sour cream, and broth. Gently stir in noodles and broccoli.
6. Spoon entire mixture into casserole dish.
7. Mix bread crumbs and melted butter, sprinkle over chicken mixture.
8. Bake, uncovered for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 25 minutes.