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Breakfast, they say it’s the most important meal of the day. Apparently the thinking goes that if you start the day off with a healthy meal you’ll be more likely to keep making healthy choices the rest of the day. I agree with that line of thinking, so I came up with this Mixed Berry Smoothie Bowl. Beautiful isn’t it?

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Why a Smoothie Bowl?

Smoothie bowls aren’t that different than a smoothie served in a glass, but serving in a bowl allows you to add toppings like the ones I use here: fruit, coconut, and granola, making your morning smoothie a little more substantial and filling…not to mention pretty.

Breakfast in Less Than Five Minutes!

Simply add ingredients to the blender, and while it does it’s job you can slice a banana and a few berries, grab the granola and voila! A healthy breakfast in a snap.

Place two cups milk (almond or cow) into blender, add dates and berries, blend until smooth. If you need to thin out smoothie, add up to a 1/2 cup more milk. Pour into bowls and top with granola, shredded coconut, and berries! Serve and enjoy!

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When we visit our cabin in Sundance, Utah, we often eat at a little farm to table restaurant nearby. They serve an amazing Herbed Chicken Breast with Carrot Purée and Brown Butter that we just love. When we return home we always crave that meal. So I recreated it, and you my lucky friends get to reap the rewards!(This post contains affiliate links off which I may make a commission. Your price remains the same.)

The Chicken:

Brined for 30 minutes, smothered in herbs and then cooked with the skin on, this chicken breast is anything but dry and tasteless. Browned in a skillet and then oven finished, so you have that fabulous combination of crispy skin and tender meat. This meal is casual enough for everyday and special enough for romantic celebrations.

THREE KEYS TO MAKING A PERFECTLY TENDER CHICKEN BREAST:

Bone in, skin on! The bone and the skin make for the most flavorful, tender chicken breast.

Brine: Don’t be intimidated! It’s as simple as soaking the chicken in salt water for 30 minutes.

Start on the cooktop, finish in the oven. Tender inside, crispy outside. And there you have it! How easy is that?

The Carrot Purée and Brown Butter:

There is nothing better than taking a forkful of this savory herbed chicken and swirling it around in that bed of sweet carrot purée and browned butter. If you have never tasted brown butter, it has a caramelized nutty flavor that basically makes this meal a little piece of heaven.

Heat oven safe pan on cooktop on med /high heat for two minutes. Add olive oil. When oil is hot add chicken, skin side down to pan, cooking until golden brown, lowering heat if necessary (about five minutes)

Turn chicken skin side up, sprinkle with thyme and transfer pan to oven and cook for 20-30 minutes depending on the size of chicken breast.

While chicken breasts are cooking, make carrots and brown butter:

Place a medium size sauce pan on cooktop on high heat, add broth. Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer. Add carrots and cook until soft and much of the broth has evaporated (about 8 minutes) NOTE:if the carrots are soft but you feel like there is too much broth left in the pan, pour broth into a small bowl and use only if needed to thin our puree

Pour into carrots and what's left of broth into processor or blender, add 2 tablespoons butter, a pinch of sea salt and pepper and blend until smooth. Place back in pan and keep warm while you make brown butter:

Place a very small pan on medium heat, add 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter. Simmer butter, stirring frequently for about five minutes. Be patient. Butter will bubble, then become frothy and finally the center will erupt with a golden color. Immediately turn off heat and stir. Your butter is now browned!

When chicken breasts are done, plate food: Divide carrots evenly onto four plates, top with chicken, drizzle with brown butter and garnish with parsley and a few remaining sprigs of thyme. Eat up!

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Tacos. I can’t think of anyone who doesn’t love them. And these Easy Garlic Lime Chicken Tacos with Lime Crema are as easy to make as they are to love!(This post contains affiliate links off which I may make a commission. Your price remains the same.)

The Tortillas:

No need to dirty a pan, we simply cook the freshest corn tortillas we can find right on the burner flame! Not only does it warm them up but it gives them those lovely charred edges.

The Chicken:

Because we here at The Organic Kitchen like to make life easier, we offer this recipe using rotisserie chicken. But if you love to roast your own, you can double the recipe for our spicy lime chickenand use that, either way, you are going to toss that tender chicken in fresh lime juice, garlic and jalapeño for a fabulous taco filling!

The Add Ons and Lime Crema:

Because this chicken is so flavorful, we keep the toppings fairly simple: avocado, Cotija cheese, and tomatoes. The final flavor flourish is the lime crema! Sour cream, mixed with lime juice and zest…yup, that’s it. So easy but adds a touch of creamy lime to each taco!

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One word: Chimichurri. If you don’t make it on the reg, you should. It’s a healthy, delicious way to add flavor to almost anything. In this case, filet mignon. This, my friends is The Organic Kitchen’s Chimichurri Steak, Potato and Salad Dinner Board!

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The Steak and Chimichurri:

Tender, juicy filet mignon, seared on the cooktop and finished in the oven, drizzled in fresh lime chimichurri… simply dreamy. Chimichurri originated in Argentina and is usually a simple combination of onions, garlic, olive oil, green herbs, and lemon or lime juice. Totally worth the five minutes it takes to whisk together!

The Potatoes:

Crispy roasted potatoes are our favorite. We use ‘new gold’ potatoes for this board but you could also use fingerling or even sweet potatoes. We drizzle them in olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and freshly turned black pepper and then pop them in the oven. While they roast, we prep the salad and cook the steaks. The whole meal takes about 50 minutes, from start to gloriously delicious finish!

The Salad:

Keeping it simple here: greens, apples, pecans, and your choice of feta or avocado and a light, lemon vinaigrette! What an exquisite meal!

This Meal is Adaptable!

I show this as a meal for two served on one platter, but of course you could make this incredible meal for two, four, or six and simply serve on plates!

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When it comes to romantic meals, this Easy Chicken Piccata with Baby Arugula ranks high on our list! It’s beautiful, light, lemony and best of all, simple to make.

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How To Get It Done Quickly and Easily!

To keep this meal quick and easy, we use chicken tenders dredged in in flour, sautéed in olive oil, lemon and white wine and then toss it all together with pasta and baby greens! The entire meal takes about 20 minutes to make. We love this meal any time, but it’s also perfect for celebrating anniversaries, Valentine’s day and simply double the recipe for small dinner parties!

Make This Meal Gluten or Completely Grain Free!

To make this meal gluten free we use Jovial Gluten Free Pasta! The grains are not only gluten free but are soaked for easy digestion! BUT if you want to go completely grain free we recommend Cali’flour Foodspasta! I love introducing you to interesting new healthier pasta options andCali’flour Foods has come up with a winner! This pasta is made with only two ingredients: cauliflower and lentils for a firm, al dente, grain free pasta that tastes great and has fabulous texture. I also love Cali’flour foods pizza crusts.And now they make mini flat breads too!

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When it comes to choices in appetizers, hummus is a favorite at our house. We especially love this Sun Dried Tomato Hummus. It’s fabulous and only takes five minutes to make!(This post contains affiliate links. I may make a commission off sales but your price remains the same.)

THE STORY OF HUMMUS:

Hummus is a staple food from the Mediterranean and middle east. And like all staple foods it has a history. Back in the day when people had to travel long distances on foot or animal they had to carry their food with them. It needed to be lightweight, nutrient dense and easy to make….dried chick peas, otherwise known as garbanzo beans fit the bill. When travelers arrived to their destination they could soak the dried chick peas in water, mash with olive oil, add a little lemon juice and sea salt and they had a protein packed meal loaded with energy producing healthy fats!

Sun Dried Tomato Hummus: Perfect Alone or as Part of a Platter!

This hummus can certainly stand on it’s own served with a simple assortment of veggies or pita. But I also love it as one component of my Ultimate Mediterranean Appetizer Platter. Trust me, this platter is a hit at any party.

Place drained garbanzo beans and sun dried tomatoes in the food processor. Give it a whirl.

Add lemon juice through the drizzle feature on top of the machine and process. Add olive oil. Process, add a pinch of sea salt. Check the consistency and add more olive oil a little at a time if needed. When hummus is the right consistency, taste. Add more salt of necessary.

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Sometimes a girl just gets a craving for a burger. And in my experience, the guys don’t mind going along with that craving one bit. These Jalapeño Turkey Burgers with Basil Mayo and Healthy Potato Salad are our new favorite burger and side!(This post contains affiliate links off which I may make a commission. Your price remains the same.)

The Burger: It May be Turkey, But It’s Anything But Dry!

Sometimes people are afraid of turkey burgers because they can be a bit dry. Not the case here! We like to use 85% lean turkey for this burger, so it’s nice and juicy. We add spices and fresh jalapeño to make it super flavorful. But the flavor doesn’t end there!

The Basil Mayo and Add Ons:

To create an even more delightful flavor experience, we top this burger with mayo whisked with a little fresh basil and white balsamic. Then we add traditional burger toppings like lettuce and tomato. Crazy good! Wanna Make This Burger Gluten Free?Opt for a gluten free bun or wrap in lettuce!

3/4 pound85% lean ground turkey. If your ground turkey has excess liquid, be sure to set on paper towels to remove the juices.

1tablespoonminced jalapeño

3/4 teaspoonsmoked paprika

1teaspoononion powder

1/2 teaspoonpowdered garlic

1/2 teaspoonsea salt

1/2 teaspoonblack pepper

The Toppings:

1/3 cupgood quality mayo

2teaspoonswhite balsamic (or sherry vinegar)

3basil leaves, chopped

2buns (or iceberg lettuce for wrap)

2sliceswhite cheddar cheese

4tomato slices

baby or iceberg lettuce

Instructions

Burgers:

You can use a pan on the cooktop or a grill to cook these burgers. If using a grill to cook burgers, clean, spray and preheat to 400 degrees

Place turkey in a bowl, add spices and minced jalapeño. Mix with hands until well combined, form into two patties and set aside

Whisk together mayo, vinegar and chopped basil, set aside

Slice tomatoes

If using a grill place burgers on grill cooking for 12 minutes (or until cooked through) flipping halfway through cooking time. If using a grill pan on the cooktop, heat grill pan on medium high heat. When pan is hot add a little olive oil and cook burgers for 12 minutes, flipping halfway through cooking time. Make sure burgers are cooked through.

When burgers are done add cheese until melted, then place lettuce and tomato on bottom bun, add burger and top with basil mayo and top bun. Of course you can also wrap in lettuce if going protein style:)

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I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I am about the arrival of spring! I am sure many of you feel the same way after this unusually harsh and long winter. Let’s kick spring into high gear with this Spring Roll Spaghetti Bowl with Grain Free Option!(This post contains affiliate links off which I may make a commission. Your price remains the same.)

Isn’t This Just So Pretty!?

Just as healthy as it is beautiful, this pasta dish is loaded with veggies, greens and fresh herbs! To put this pasta salad over the top we drizzle it with a delicious sweet and spicy asian almond butter dressing made with hints of ginger and sriracha!

The Pasta Choices: Including a Delicious Grain Free Option!

When it comes to pasta, to each their own. You can use your favorite traditional spaghetti, or gluten free spaghetti, but for this version I went completely grain free using Cali’flour Foodspasta! I love introducing you to interesting new healthier pasta options and Cali’flour Foods has come up with a winner! This pasta is made with only two ingredients: cauliflower and lentils for a firm, al dente, grain free pasta that tastes great and has fabulous texture. I also love Cali’flour foods pizza crusts. And now they make mini flat breads too!

The Perfect Vegetarian Bowl Recipe or BBQ Side Dish!

This recipe makes the perfect meatless Monday vegetarian dinner or beautiful side dish to any protein. It also makes a beautiful presentation on any BBQ or picnic table. Of course, you could just toss in some warm rotisserie chicken or grilled shrimp! Whatever floats your bloat.

When pasta is cooked, strain in a colander, do not rinse. In a large bowl toss noodles with carrots, cucumbers, scallions, shallot, herb leaves and half the dressing. Serve in bowls over mixed greens, with additional dressing to taste. Garnish with additional options if desired. Serve!

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There is just something fun about an upside down cake. Maybe it’s the unexpected pop of color, or that anticipation of sliding that top layer out of the cake pan, wondering if it actually worked (it always does btw). Whatever it is there is nothing more fun than eating it! This Triple Layer Orange Upside Down Cake is mini but it sure packs a visual as well as a flavorful citrus punch.(This post contains affiliate links off which I may make a commission. Your price remains the same)

The Cake:

Three mini layers separated by orange cream cheese frosting and topped with exquisite thinly sliced oranges sparkling with organic sugar! We used blood oranges for that deep, lovely color, but you can use small juice oranges if preferred or if blood oranges are out of season.

Honestly, This Little Cake is Almost Too Pretty to Eat!

But somehow I am sure you will manage. I know we did. But what we love most about this little cake is that you can indulge and then it’s gone. So the indulgence doesn’t turn into a four day cake binge. Don’t act like that’s never happened in your life.

Making It Gluten Free and Just As Good!

Not all gluten free flours are created equal. We recommend Jovial Gluten Free Pastry Flour for GF baking! Jovial soaks their grains for easier digestion and their gluten free flour blend just can’t be beat for baking.

Preheat oven to 350, place oven rack in center position. Use a paper towel to wipe the bottom and sides of mini cake pans with butter then lightly coat with flour, sprinkle bottom of one pan with 1 tablespoon of course granulated sugar (this will be the pan you place orange slices in)

Cake Prep:

Place flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl, whisk and set aside

zest 1 orange, scraping until white is exposed and then moving on to a new area, set aside, slice second orange as thinly as you can

Use a mixer to beat together butter, 2/3 cup sugar, and coconut oil

Add vanilla paste or extract, eggs (one at a time) mixing until incorporated

Add buttermilk and flour alternately and mix until smooth

Add half of the orange zest, mix well

place very thinly sliced orange slices into bottom of pan with sugar, slightly overlapping the slices (you may have leftover slices) then sprinkle the oranges with one more tablespoon sugar

Pour batter as evenly as you can into the three prepared pans

Tap pans on counter to take out any bubbles

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean

Allow to cool then remove cakes from pans before frosting

Frosting Prep:

Place butter, cream cheese, vanilla paste or extract, remaining half of orange zest into a bowl and mix on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add powdered sugar and mix until well incorporated. If needed, thin with a little buttermilk (don't make the icing too thin or layers will slide around)

To get the "semi naked" look, frost the first layer generously , adding a little more frosting around the edges of cake. Then place the second cake layer and repeat. Last place the top layer (with orange slices) on. Hopefully some frosting is being pushed out between the layers, use a spatula to spread icing around the sides of cake, adding more if desired

Slice and serve

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We moved from Southern California to Gig Harbor Washington last month. Moving (as I am sure you know) pretty much dismantles your life. Regular exercise, good sleep, and healthy eating all get thrown out the window. But I took measures to insure we have healthy dinners our first few weeks in the new house by ordering meals from Sun Basket meal delivery. And they have allowed me to share their recipe for Paprika Rubbed Chicken Breasts with Asparagus and Olive Tapenade with you!(This post contains affiliate links off which I may make a commission. Your price remains the same.)

SUN BASKET: PERFECT FOR COUPLES OR FAMILIES!

Moving may be a mess, but our diets don’t have to be! Even in the chaos, we are eating nutritious meals thanks to Sun Basket. Each Sun Basket box contains three nights of fresh, healthy, gourmet meals that are perfectly portioned!

EASY, CONVENIENT, AND LESS EXPENSIVE!

All you have to do is open up the box, pull out the ingredients, do a little slicing and dicing and 20-30 minutes later enjoy an incredibly delicious meal. Another perk, you don’t have to go to the store! And honestly, for the two of us, having Sun Basket delivery is cheaper than if we went to the store and bought everything ourselves.

18 MEALS TO CHOOSE FROM EVERY WEEK!

Sun Basket kicked off 2019 with a few fabulous changes that offer more ways to have your Sun Basket, your way. But of course they still have your favorite traditional, Paleo, and Gluten free options available too!

NEW: More recipes: Now, Sun Basket is serving up 18 recipes to choose from every week! Never get bored with eating clean.

Pescatarian: Perfect for those who want to eat a plant-focused diet with a healthy dose of wild-caught seafood. We only use seafood listed as Best Choice or Good Alternative by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program.

About This Meal:

A two-olive tapenade brings richness to smoky paprika-rubbed chicken breasts, served with one of our favorite spring vegetables, asparagus. Colorful, light and flavorful this meal will surely be a seasonal favorite!

A two-olive tapenade brings richness to smoky paprika-rubbed chicken breasts, served with one of our favorite spring vegetables, asparagus. Colorful, light and flavorful this meal will surely be a seasonal favorite! If you can't find boneless skin on chicken breasts, no worries. You'll follow the directions in bold below and cook a little longer.

Peel the shallots and cut them crosswise into ¼-inch-thick slices. Separate the slices into rings.

Snap off the woody ends from the asparagus.

In a large frying pan over medium heat, warm 1 to 2 tablespoons oil until hot but not smoking. Working in batches if needed, add the shallots and asparagus, season with salt and pepper, and cook, turning the asparagus occasionally, until the shallots start to soften and the asparagus is crisp-tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate and season to taste with salt and pepper. Add more oil between batches if needed. Wipe out the pan.

While the vegetables cook, prepare the chicken and lemon.

Prep and cook the chicken and lemon

Pat the chicken dry with a paper towel; season generously with salt and pepper and the sweet smoked paprika.

Juice half the lemon and set aside for the olive tapenade; cut the other half in half lengthwise, then crosswise into ¼-inch-thick half-moons.

In the same pan used for the asparagus, warm 1 to 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Add the chicken and the lemon slices and cook until the chicken skin is well browned and the lemon slices begin to char, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer the lemon slices to the plate with the asparagus. Turn the chicken and cook until the meat is firm and cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate. (if using bone in skin on: after browning skin and turning skin side up, place a lid on the pan and cook for 10 minutes or until breasts are cooked through)

In a medium bowl, stir together the olives, garlic, parsley, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon plus 1½ teaspoons oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

When chicken is done, remove from pan, quickly add lemon and asparagus back to pan and toss for one minute to re-warm. Transfer the asparagus and lemon slices to individual plates. Top with the chicken and olive tapenade and serve.

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