• One-Pan Balsamic Rosemary Chicken and Butternut Squash

    As I headed out to my local farmer’s market this past weekend I was super disappointed to hear that it was the last weekend that they would have booths set up until next summer! I was so disappointed that the season had already ended because my favorite vendor there is a local organic farmer. She brings in the most beautiful garlic that you have ever seen and her tomatoes are to die for! I look forward to her stand every summer because it gives me a chance to fill up on delicious organic produce. I picked up a delicious butternut squash over the weekend from her to make this quick and easy One-Pan Balsamic Rosemary Chicken and Squash.

    I should also mention that this organic farmer told me she appears at another fall/winter farmer’s market in my town so I wouldn’t have to miss out on other season vegetables until she’s back in the summer! This made me really happy because I’ve been trying to make more of an effort lately to get more organic food into my diet. There are so many health benefits of eating organic foods:

    • Organic produce contains less pesticides – Pesticides tend to remain on the product that we eat even after it has been washed!
    • Organic milk and meat are richer in certain nutrients such as Omega-3 fatty acids
    • Organic food is often fresher – Because organic foods don’t contain preservatives to make them last longer, they are usually fresher because they come from local farms.

    I’m so happy that Litehouse offers an entire line of organic dressings that are perfect for my delicious salads and other meals. I really like to use the vinaigrette dressings as a meat marinade as I did in this recipe. This meal is perfect for 2 or if you’d like to double it up, you can feed your entire family! I love that it comes together in minutes and only uses 1 pan. I used Fresh Gourmet Organic Caesar Croutons as the topping for the roasted butternut squash. This crumbly topping gives an extra burst of flavor and crunch to the meal.

    What are some of the ways that you try to incorporate more organics into your diet?

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  • 20-Minute Chicken Caesar Pita Pockets

    I know that I probably have complained about it here and there but I seriously have been on-the-go constantly as of late. I love the fact that I travel frequently but sometimes it just tends to take a toll on my body and mindset…and on my diet. I find myself eating out more and more because I don’t feel like cooking at home and making a huge mess in the kitchen. I’ve been trying to come up with some go-to recipes that require very little mess to be made in my kitchen. My latest favorite: Chicken Caesar Pitas.

    One of my guilty pleasures is a delicious Caesar salad. I love those little salad kits that you can get in the grocery store but often find that the dressing is a bit ‘bleh’ for my taste. Often times I ditch the packet of dressing an opt for Litehouse Caesar Dressing because I honestly keep that stocked in my refrigerator. It’s much more flavorful than any other Caesar dressing that I’ve tried.

    I was eating one of these delicious salads last week when it dawned on me how delicious it would be to have all of this salad goodness packed into a pita pocket. I know that this seems like a really simple recipe but it was genius! And then I added chicken and my night was complete.

    If you’re in a dinner rut or in a rush to make dinner for your family, this meal comes together very quickly. My local grocery store also offers pre-grilled chicken breasts that make this meal even more simple. With life being so busy I try to make things as easy as possible without going out to dinner every night. Don’t get me wrong, I love someone waiting on me, unfortunately my pocket book will not allow for that lifestyle!

    If you’re as busy as I tend to be, or if you’re just looking for a new dinner idea, try out these delicious Chicken Caesar Pitas. They may sound simple but they are simply delicious!

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  • Importance of Breakfast - Feta and Herb Egg Sandwiches

    Now that the kids are back in school and the mornings get to be more and more hectic, it’s probably time to start thinking about breakfast meal prep. It’s important for kids (and adults) to eat a healthy, well-balanced breakfast to get their day started on the right track. As much as I enjoy a bowl of sugary cereal and milk, a healthier breakfast is a great way to get my mind focused and my belly full to get me to lunch. Your kids are no different. Feta and Herb Egg Sandwiches and are super quick and easy to make ahead of time, freeze and then reheat during the week.

    Before we get to the recipe, let’s talk about a few of the reasons that you should be concerned with your kids and your own breakfast. Here are some of the benefits of eating a healthy, wholesome breakfast:

    • A more nutritionally complete diet, higher in nutrients, vitamins and minerals
    • Improved concentration and performance in the classroom or the boardroom
    • More strength and endurance to engage in physical activity
    • Lower cholesterol levels

    The cholesterol might not be that important to your five-year-old but it should be important to your own health. But according to the ADA, children who eat a healthy breakfast will perform better in the classroom and on the playground. I know that when I opt for well-balanced breakfast options I tent to feel less sluggish and more aware.

    These egg sandwiches are perfect and easy to make ahead of time, package up and eat during the week. You can also easily freeze them and reheat them in the oven. Double the batch and you’ll have healthy breakfast meals for weeks! If you want to cut out a few of the calories you can opt to use 2% milk instead of half and half. You can also sprinkle as little or as much of the Feta Cheese Simple Seasons as you want!

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