Mexicanish Chicken Dinner

Just a quick post as a follow up to my Mexicanish Eggs.  This recipe uses the same beans and pepper-onion stirfry I made for the breakfast version, with some sliced avocado and simply cooked chicken breasts.  Utilizing the same staples I make on the weekend throughout the week keeps making healthy meals all week a breeze.  Sunday meal prep for the win!

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Italian Wedding Mason Jar Soup

With the weather getting colder, it’s nice to get to enjoy the warmer, heartier meals like soups and stews that you don’t always feel up to in the summer.  This quick, clean-eating take on Italian wedding soup is about to change the game.  There is basically no prep involved and you get a delicious, portable, protein and veggie packed lunch.  

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Curried Chicken Waldorf Salad

You may have noticed that a lot of my recent recipes have been vegetarian.  I definitely am leaning towards a Blue Zone / China Study – approved diet these days, but these diets do have room for meat, and I still do eat it.  I’ve been getting requests for more meat recipes and I do not want to disappoint!  

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Quinoa Kale Salad with Fresh Raspberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

This has been a great summer for salads in Kaleigh’s Kitchen.  Nothing inspires me to make new recipes like cooking for friends and family, and this amazing salad is no exception.  I was making a salad for a family get together (that’s my gorgeous cousin Kelly in the main photo!), and wanted to keep the flavours vibrant and summery, while still packing a nutritional punch with lots of kale.  As I had a punnet of raspberries, I decided to try my hand at a homemade raspberry vinaigrette.  It did not disappoint!

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Confetti Salad with Creamy Green Dressing

With summer in full swing, all I want for lunch and dinner (and, if we’re being honest, breakfast) is cool, crunchy raw vegetable salads.  This confetti salad takes the conventional wisdom of adding color to your plate to heart.  Purple cabbage, red and yellow peppers, fresh corn, carrots, celery, cucumbers — we’ve almost got a rainbow on our hands.  It’s just as delicious as it is beautiful, and the green dressing is so creamy, perfectly offsetting the crisp vegetables.  

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Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai

I go through “food phases” where I want to eat the same ingredients over and over and everyone around me gets sick of them but I don’t.  Right now, it’s spaghetti squash.  Making spaghetti and meatballs with it is a classic choice for a reason, but spaghetti squash is so versatile that the possibilities are really endless.  Since my other current food obsession is almond butter, I had a very sad jar of neglected natural peanut butter in my fridge that was begging to be used up.  Enter spaghetti squash pad thai.
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Kale Salad with Nectarine, Almonds & Feta

I’m on a major kale kick.  Partially for you (recipe testing), partially for me (I’m a self-confessed salad glutton).  This simple salad takes advantage of the amazing nectarines that are filling the supermarket shelves, and balances their flavour with a sweet and creamy tahini dressing, almonds and feta.  You know you want this.

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Spiralized Asian Salad with Peanut-Ginger Dressing

The spiralizer craze hit just before I went to away to Ireland for med school 6 years ago.  I didn’t want to accumulate too much stuff overseas and I was so busy working when I was home in the summers that I didn’t think I’d use it enough.  I held off buying one and made due with a julienne peeler to make my “courgetti,” but my spiralizer-envy was sparked again when the Hemsley sisters repopularized spiralizing with “The Art of Eating Well” in 2014.  My mom gave me one for my birthday a few weeks ago (she knows me) and when I finally turned that handle earlier this week, I was hooked!

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Veggies + Hummus Salad

Most people I know love hummus.  Some people I know like hummus.  No one I know dislikes hummus (amiright?!).  It’s a dip, it’s a spread, it’s a…. salad dressing?  I’ve been adding a big spoonful of hummus to my salads for a while now, but I thought recently why not just thin it out and make the hummus the dressing?  Eureka. 

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