Wholesome Meals

Tomato Basil Pasta with Spicy Chicken Sausage 

Hi everyone! It’s been a while since I have done a blog post, but I’m excited to be back!😊 I thought that I would start off with something simple to come back with. This recipe is perfect for meal prep at the beginning of the week, or just a quick and easy dinner to make after a long day. Originally I found a plant based recipe similar to this on the blog Apron Strings. I decided to modify if to how my family and I like it, and I’m so happy with the results! Feel free to add or take out any ingredients that you would like.😊 Let’s get to the recipe! 

Ingredients 

  • 12 oz organic penne pasta 
  • 5 cups chicken broth 
  • 1 (15oz) can fire roasted diced tomatoes 
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil 
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning 
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped 
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • Pinch of pepper
  • 2 Trader Joe’s spicy Italian chicken sausage links, sliced 1/2 inch thick

Directions 

  • In a large pot combine all ingredients except basil, then stir
  • Cover and bring to a boil
  • Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes, stir frequently 


This recipe is inspired by the blog Apron Strings 

Thanks for reading!!! Have a wonderful day!😘

Wholesome Meals

Thai Curry Chicken Burgers 

Hi everyone! I am so happy to finally be sharing this recipe! I am really into burgers lately, I’m not to much of a meat person but these just taste so lean and clean, I’m really loving them for dinner. I feel good giving them to my hubby who is definitely a burger addict😋 They are all organic, paleo and can easily be made gluten free by using no bun at all or your favorite gluten free option. Ground chicken also gives you a less fatty burger and the sweet potato adds a creamy texture. For the Thai curry sauce I use the kind from Trader Joes but you can use any that you find at the store. The turmeric adds a nice flavor and is amazing for reducing inflammation in the body. Enjoy! 

Ingredients 

Makes 6 medium burgers 

  • 1 lb ground chicken 
  • 3 tbsp Thai red curry sauce 
  • 1 medium shredded sweet potato 
  • 3 chopped chives
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric 
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Directions 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit 
  • Spread olive oil on a cookie sheet 
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix together all of the ingredients until combined
  • Form into six patties and space evenly on the cookie sheet
  • Bake for 25 minutes
Wholesome Meals

Mini Meat Loaves 

This is a recipe that I am very excited about. You can serve it for a dinner party and no one would believe you when you tell them it’s healthy! I love this because it really does taste like a traditional meat loaf and it’s such a comfort food. This recipe makes about 6 mini loaves, I like to make it at the beginning of the week and use it as lunch for the next few days, it saves so much time… Trust me you will be so happy when you don’t have to wake up early to make lunch😉 Preparing your meals for the week really helps you to make healthy choices because everything is there and ready, you are less likely to go for Taco Bell drive though on the way home from work! 

Ingredients 

  • 2 tsp coconut oil 
  • 1 lb ground chicken or turkey 
  • 1/4 chopped sweet red onion
  • 1 shredded sweet potato 
  • 3 tbsp bareque sauce 
  • Salt and pepper to taste 
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika 
  • 1/4 tsp curry powder 

Directions 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit 
  • In a large mixing bowl, using your hands mix together the ground meat, red onion, sweet potato, barbecue sauce, salt and pepper, smoked paprika and curry powder
  • Place mini loaves on a cookie sheet greased with the coconut oil
  • Bake for 20 minutes (cut one open to make sure the middle is cooked all the way) 



Wholesome Meals

My Favorite Enchiladas!

Hi loves! I hope you’re all having a magical day! I’m so happy to be sharing this recipe with all of you. I have been making it so much lately. Generally my family isn’t as into healthy living as I am but this recipe is such a great compromise! You’re getting your classic Mexican food fix while still get lean protein from the chicken and black beans! I love it because it is so versatile, if you don’t eat meat you can leave out the chicken, you can substitute basically anything in it that you don’t like. Personally I’m not a fan of meat but my family is so I will add chicken to the majority and leave a few without for myself. Need a recipe for your super bowl party? This is perfect for any party:)

I hope you enjoy!

Ingredients

White Sauce

  • 3 tbsp kerrygold grass fed butter or coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup organic light sour cream
  • 2 tbsp organic green chilies or chopped jalapeño
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp cumin

Enchiladas

  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 cup rinsed black beans
  • 1/4 cups sliced scallions for topping
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Pinch or crushed red pepper if you like it spicy!
  • 2 cups organic shredded Mexican cheese
  • 8 gluten free tortillas



Directions

Cooking the chicken

  • Place 2-3 uncooked bonless chicken breasts in a pan and cover halfway with water
  • Turn stove on medium heat
  • Add coconut oil
  • Add 1 tsp paprika, 1tsp cumin and  salt and pepper
  • Once the chicken is fully cooked and white on the inside (5-8 min depending on how thick your chicken breast is) drain remaining water and shred chicken with a fork and knife
  • Place chicken in a bowl for later use

White sauce directions

  • Melt the butter or coconut oil on low heat, add the flour and whisk until smooth
  • Add the milk, turn heat to medium and whisk until thick
  • Add the chicken broth and sour cream and whisk
  • Add the remaining cumin, salt and pepper to taste and diced chilies
  • Turn off the heat and set aside for later

Enchiladas directions 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Add 2 spoonfuls of white sauce to a casserole dish
  • In a large mixing bowl add chicken, 1 cup cheese, black beans, remaining paprika, salt and pepper to taste, 1/2 cup white sauce, mix together
  • Disperse filling evenly between tortillas, roll them up then place touching each other in the baking dish
  • Pour remaining white sauce evenly over enchiladas
  • Add remaining cheese to the top
  • Bake 25 min
  • Add scallions to the top for garnish