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Chicken Burrito Skillet with RiceSelect

This post is sponsored by RiceSelect, however, I am sharing all of my own thoughts. All opinions are my own.

This post is sponsored by RiceSelect, however, I am sharing all of my own thoughts. All opinions are my own.

Things have been hectic over here between moving, settling in, and a busy work schedule! It’s been hard to find the time and energy to cook as much, especially after a long day. That’s why easy, one-pan meals have become a life saver. Throw it all in a pan followed by a minimal and easy clean up? Yes please! My favorite has been this chicken burrito skillet. I’ve literally been making it at least once a week.

Flavorful and packed with protein, this meal is sure to please the entire family. Trust me, you’ll have everyone licking their plates. And it’s made with great-quality, real food ingredients, the star of the show being RiceSelect’s Texmati Rice. Like all RiceSelect products, it’s all-natural and clean of preservatives, chemicals, and added substances as well as non-GMO verified. RiceSelect is made from the finest ingredients and uses exacting standards and rigorous attention to detail, resulting in the flavor, quality, and texture that you crave. You will see the RiceSelect difference before you even taste it!

Naturally, RiceSelect Texmati was the perfect base for my burrito skillet. Add in some protein, delicious seasonings, and fresh veggies, and we have ourselves a meal! So let’s get to it.

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Here’s what you’ll need:
-2 tbsp avocado oil
-1 lb chicken breasts, cut into 1” cubes
-1 small yellow onion, chopped
-2 tbsp taco seasoning
-15.5 oz can black beans, strained and rinsed
-1/2 cup RiceSelect Texmati Rice 
-1 cup water
-1/2 cup salsa
-3/4 cup shredded Mexican cheese, separated
-1 tomato, chopped
-1 cup lettuce, chopped
-1/2 avocado, cubed
-Salt and pepper
-Chopped fresh cilantro as desired

Instructions:

  1. Add the avocado oil to a large pan over medium high heat. 

  2. Add in the chicken and cook for 3 mins.

  3. Mix in the chopped onion, taco seasoning, black beans, rice, and water, and bring to a boil.

  4. Cover and cook for 10-12 minutes until the water is absorbed into the rice.

  5. Mix in the salsa, ½ cup of shredded cheese, and salt and pepper to taste.

  6. Top the mixture with the remaining cheese, lettuce, tomato, avocado, and cilantro.

  7. Serve and enjoy!

Easy peasy, and the cleanup is just as simple! It really doesn’t get much better than that. Let me know what you think in the comments below, and make sure to check out RiceSelect’s amazing line of products. You can get them delivered right to you via Amazon here. 

Winter Veggie Baked Ziti from Whole Foods Market

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The holiday season is very much upon us, and that has me in the mood for all of the holiday party dishes! Naturally, I headed to my local Whole Foods to pick up some fresh and seasonal products to make a dish that I'll be serving at my holiday dinner this year, a winter veggie baked ziti. They had everything I needed from organic pasta to sauce to seasonal fresh veggies and cheese. Plus you can even order online at the Whole Foods Market E-Store! We all know how hectic the holiday season can be, so WFM is making it as easy as possible.

For this dish, I decided to go with some of my favorite seasonal veggies - brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kale, and mushrooms. They all remind me of this time of year and would make for the perfect healthier baked ziti dish. Mix in some pasta, sauce, and cheese, and you have yourself a a veggie-packed meal that even the kids will love! It really is the perfect easy-to-make main course for any holiday gathering.

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Here's What You'll Need:

-1/2 head cauliflower cut into florets
-1 bundle brussels sprouts (~20-25), halved
-8 oz baby bella mushrooms (~10-15)
-2 cups kale, chopped
-3 cloves garlic, minced
-1 lb box ziti
-25 oz jar marinara sauce
-1.5 cups shredded mozzarella
-1 cup ricotta
-1 egg
-2 tbsp and 1 tsp avocado oil, separated
-3/4 tsp dried oregano, separated
-3/4 tsp dried basil, separated
-Sea salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

1) Toss the brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and mushrooms with 2 tbsp avocado oil, 1/4 tsp oregano, 1/4 tsp basil, sea salt, and pepper, spread the veggies on a baking sheet, and roast in a preheated 425 degree oven for 25 minutes. Once done, decrease the temperature to 375. 
2) While the veggies are roasting, cook the pasta according to the instructions on the box.
3) In a large pan on the stove top, heat up 1 tsp avocado oil over medium high heat. Add in the 3 cloves of minced garlic and 2 cups of kale. Cover and cook for about 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
4) Reserve 1 cup of marinara sauce from the 25 oz jar.
5) In a large bowl, thoroughly mix together the cooked pasta, roasted veggies, sauteed garlic and kale, 1 cup shredded mozzarella, 1 cup ricotta, marinara sauce (minus the 1 cup), egg, 1/2 tsp basil, 1/2 tsp oregano, sea salt, and black pepper.
6) Pour the mixture into a large, greased baking dish. 
7) Top the mixture with the reserved cup of marinara sauce and 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella. 
8) Bake the dish in the preheated 375 degree oven fro 30-40 minutes until fully cooked through. 
9) Serve, and enjoy!
 

I hope you enjoy this veggie-packed, healthier version of the classic! It's sure to be a crowd pleaser this holiday season. Let me know what you think in the comments below, and don't forget to check out your local Whole Foods Market or the Whole Foods Market E-store for all of your holiday food shopping needs!

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Vegan Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

I've recently become obsessed with making my own nut milks, specifically cashew milk, ever since coming across Ellie's Best nut milk bags. For some reason I was under the impression that it would be difficult, but it's SO quick and easy. I just soaked a cup of cashews in water for 2+ hours, strained and rinsed them, and tossed them in the blender with 3 cups filtered water and a pinch of sea salt on high for a minute or two. Filtered it through my nut milk bag, and BAM delicious, creamy, unsweetened cashew milk. You can use the code Stacy10 for 10% off your own Ellie's Best nut milk bag by the way!

So basically I've been going through cashew milk like crazy these days. It's so tasty, and the consistency is nice and creamy. So I thought it would be the perfect ingredient for some creamy, vegan mac and cheese. You guys know I'm veggie crazy, so I decided to add in cauliflower because it would just soak up the taste of the delicious sauce. And I decided to keep it gluten free and protein packed with some Ancient Harvest POW! Green Lentil Penne.

Here's What You'll Need:

-7 oz Ancient Harvest POW! Green Lentil Penne
-1/2 head cauliflower, cut into pieces
-1/2 cup unsweetened cashew milk
-1/4 cup nutritional yeast
-2 tsp Dijon mustard
-1 tsp lemon juice
-2 cloves garlic, minced
-1/4 tsp sea salt + extra
-1/4 tsp black pepper + extra
-1/8 tsp turmeric
-1/8 tsp chili powder (optional)
-2 tbsp avocado oil

Serves 2

Instructions:

1) Toss your cauliflower in the avocado oil with some sea salt and black pepper, and roast it in a preheated oven at 450 degrees for 15-20 minutes until it starts to brown and soften.
2) In the meantime, cook your pasta according to the directions.
3) Strain your pasta, and use the warm, empty pot to mix together the cashew milk, nutritional yeast, mustard, lemon juice, garlic, 1/4 tsp sea salt, 1/4 tsp black pepper, turmeric and chili powder.
4) Once cooked, remove your cauliflower and cut into smaller pieces.
5) Mix the cauliflower and cooked pasta into the sauce, serve, and enjoy!

Not into cauliflower? Feel free to swap it out with the veggie of your choosing! I also topped mine with a bit of red pepper flakes for some extra heat. Let me know how you play around and what you think in the comments below!

Balsamic Roasted Brussel Sprout Protein Pasta

I was walking in the super market last week when I stumbled upon Banza pasta, and if you follow me on Instagram, you've seen I'm pretty obsessed. I usually tend to avoid pasta or use spiralized veggie noodles in its place. But this pasta is actually made from chickpeas. It's packed with protein, and it's gluten free. Just looking at the nutrition information alone will make you want to try it, not to mention the taste.

So one of the many experimental dishes I made was this one. Even though the pasta is nutritionally friendly, I still like to get those veggies in there. And I like to give things a twist by avoiding the traditional marinara sauce. This time I used balsamic vinegar and parmesan.

Here's what you'll need:

-4 oz Banza rotini
-4 oz brussel sprouts
-1/2 of large tomato, cubed
-2 tsp balsamic vinegar
-1 tbsp olive oil
-2 tbsp parmesan
-black pepper and sea salt to taste

Instructions:

1) Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Cut off the bottoms of you brussel sprouts and remove damaged and excess leaves. Toss the brussel sprouts in olive oil, salt, and pepper, and bake for 30 minutes.
2) Cook the rotini according to the package instructions.
3) In two bowls, split the pasta, brussel sprouts, and tomatoes.
4) Mix the ingredients together and drizzle half of the balsamic vinegar over each bowl.
5) Top each with parmesan and additional black pepper as desired.
6) Enjoy!

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