Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Easy Weeknight Dinners

I am always searching for easy, nutritious weeknight dinners.  We've found a set of two back-to-back dinners that we love - Blackened Chicken with Avocado Cream and Ginger Lime Chicken Bites both served with riced cauliflower.

I will buy 4 chicken breasts from The Organic Butcher and use two for each meal.  On the first night, I will prepare the riced cauliflower (recipe below).  Both the blackened chicken and ginger lime chicken bites are quick and easy so it's a toss up of which to prepare the first night.

Riced Cauliflower

1 head of cauliflower
2 Tbsp coconut oil
S&P to taste
Dash garlic (fresh chopped, garlic powder, or garlic salt)
1 Tbsp chopped cilantro

- Chop the cauliflower into a food processor and pulse until the pieces are the size of couscous to rice
- Place the coconut oil in a skillet over medium heat
- Add all remaining ingredients to the hot skillet and cook for about 4 minutes 

Blackened Chicken

I was inspired by the Blackened Chicken recipe from Sarcastic Cooking.  It takes about 15 minutes from start to finish.  I have changed up a few things.  Here's how I make it:

2 chicken breasts
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cayenne
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp cumin
2 tsp of oil to fry (coconut oil, butter, or lard)

- Mix all seasonings and rub onto chicken
- Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat
- Add chicken breasts and cook approximately 5 minutes on each side covered

For the Avocado Cream, mix 1/2 an avocado with 1 tbsp of full fat plain yogurt.

I like to serve slices of chicken on top of the riced cauliflower topped with the avocado cream.  Delish!





 Ginger Lime Chicken Bites

I found this recipe through Pinterest from The Healthy Gluten Free Life.  I actually make this recipe exactly as written except I only use 2 chicken breasts instead of 3.  I like it a little more saucy so that the riced cauliflower has a chance to soak up some of the sauce.  I love adding a few more green onions and sesame seeds on top.  This recipe also takes about 15 minutes start to finish.

What are some of your favorite, fast, nutritious weeknight dinners?