Monday, February 13, 2017

A Middle-Eastern Feast - Ground Beef with Hummus, Tabbouleh Salad, and Pita

I love Middle Eastern food - the spices warm you up from inside out and this meal is a super quick one to pull together.

I know that most people use couscous for their Tabbouleh, but my new favorite grain is barley, so that;s what I used.  In particular, I prefer Snappy Grains as they have created the only quick-cooking barley on the market.

For the Tabbouleh recipe, check out their website here.  They have a ton of ways you can use this barley, and it's so good for you!!  Just a side note - I always add feta to mine, although in their recipe they say it's optional (but when is cheese ever optional??)

For the ground beef and hummus, I used a recipe I saw on You Gotta Eat Here (best show ever!!) - you can find it here - thanks Dr. Laffa!!

Toast up some pitas, and your meal is ready to go!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Balsamic Honey Chicken Legs With Parmesan Spaghetti Squash

Chicken legs are so quick and easy, and so versatile - they carry flavors well and really, anything goes.  I threw together these balsamic honey legs in a pinch, and added the perfect low carb side dish, spaghetti squash!

For the chicken legs, I seasoned them with seasoning salt and pepper, and roasted them in the oven at 350 for about 40 minutes.  I also had my (whole) squash in there, after being in the microwave for 5 minutes to soften it up a bit.  While those babies were cooking, I made the sauce for my chicken.  I brought 2 cups of chicken stock to a boil, and added 1/2 a cup each of balsamic vinegar and honey.  I let that simmer on low until the chicken was done, and the sauce had thickened.

Once the squash was done, I took it out of the oven, cut it in half, scraped the seeds out, and scraped the flesh into a hot pan.  I added shredded parmesan, and tossed everything together, then at the last minute I added some cherry tomatoes.  I added salt and pepper, and voila!

For the chicken, once taken out of the oven, pour the sauce over top and serve with the squash.  Easy, healthy and delicious!

Oh and there is also baked plantain in the pic - we had some leftovers from another dinner.  Send me a message if you'd like to know how to make them, but they are super simple and you can find many easy ways of preparing them online.