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Here’s an easy and delicious healthy meal idea: Artichoke and Lemon Chicken. I used ghee to make this recipe Whole 30 compliant, but you can use butter, coconut oil, olive oil, etc. or whatever you prefer. Just start it on the stovetop in a cast-iron skillet and move the whole thing to the oven to finish.

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WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 4 Tbs. cooking fat (butter, coconut oil, ghee, etc), divided into two Tbs. each
  • Half of one onion, sliced
  • 2 cups canned artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
  • 1/2 tsp. dill
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 2 lbs. uncooked chicken breasts
  • sea salt and black pepper, to taste

WHAT YOU DO:

Preheat oven to 375°F.

In a cast-iron skillet over medium heat, melt 2 Tbs. of the cooking fat. Add onions and sauté until translucent. Add artichoke hearts, dill, and lemon juice. Stir gently to combine.

Place the chicken on top of the ingredients in the skillet, then top each piece of chicken with a small pat of the remaining 2 Tbs. of cooking fat.

Put the entire skillet into the oven and bake for 45 minutes (or until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F).

recipe adapted from Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo

 

 

Italian Zucchini UNpasta Salad

The zucchinis in our garden are growing like, well, zucchinis in August, ha. I love using my spiral cutter to turn them into noodles AKA zoodles. This recipe is simple, delicious, and is a great make-ahead option since the more it marinates in the dressing the more intense the flavors become. It has all the usual ingredients of an Italian pasta salad — red onions, black olives, oregano, basil, salami, olive oil, red wine vinegar, cheese — minus the pasta! It’s a great recipe to keep on hand for summer potlucks because it is sure to be a crowdpleaser.

Italian Pasta Salad without the pasta - Spiralized Zucchini noodles
This recipe is adapted from the cookbook Inspiralized by Ali Maffucci, and she uses a fancy big ol’ spiral cutter called “The Inspiralizer.” However I just use a basic GEFU Spirelli Spiral Slicer. No matter how you slice it (pun intended) spiral cut zucchinis are an awesome low-carb alternative to pasta.

Alrighty then. Here’s the recipe…

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 2 medium zucchinis, spiral cut into “noodles”
  • 1 can (14 oz.) quartered artichoke hearts, drained and patted dry
  • 1 c. cherry tomatoes, halved (I used a combination of red and orange)
  • 5 oz. mozzarella cheese, cubed
  • 3/4 c. sliced salami
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1/2 c. sliced black olives
  • 3 Tbs. red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • fresh basil, minced, to taste (I used 4 large leaves)
  • Parsley, chopped, to taste
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • salt & pepper, to taste

WHAT YOU DO:

In a large bowl combine zucchini, artichokes, tomatoes, mozzarella, salami, onion, and olives.

In a separate bowl, whisk these together to make the dressing: vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice, oregano, parsley, basil, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.

Pour the dressing on top of the salad ingredients and toss to combine. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour, until the dressing starts to soften the zucchini. Serve chilled.

 

 

I recently adapted a salad recipe from a Mediterranean Diet Cookbook called the “Mediterranean Detox Salad.” The name does not sound appetizing to me, but it turned out to be delicious. Here’s what I ended up with…

salad

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 English Cucumber
  • 2 Tbs. lemon juice
  • 2 Tbs. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 can artichoke hears (packed in water), sliced
  • 6 cups Romaine lettuce
  • 1/2 c. feta cheese, crumbled
  • 6 cherry tomatoes
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. dillweed
  • Garlic powder, to taste

WHAT YOU DO:

Slice cucumber in half lengthwise and then crosswise into 1/4-inch thick slices.

Set aside half of the cucumber slices.

With a food processor, process the other half of the cucumber, plus 2 Tbsp. lemon juice.

Add EVOO, dillweed, garlic powder, and pepper to processor and pulse.

In a bowl, put artichoke hearts, Romaine lettuce, feta, and cucumber slices. Mix salad and toss with dressing. Top with tomatoes and a sprinkle of dillweed.

feta artichoke portobello strips with tomatoes, dill, onions & lemon juice

For a healthy lunch, I recently sautéed some veggies in EVOO and topped them with feta, dill and lemon juice. This makes a really big portion, with two servings being only 5 Weight Watchers Plus points each!

WHAT YOU NEED:

1 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

3 portobello mushrooms, cleaned, stems & gills removed, cut into strips

1/2 white onion, chopped

3/4 c. canned artichoke hearts (packed in water), chopped

1/2 tsp. minced garlic

2 Campari tomatoes, sliced

1 Tbs. lemon juice

2 tsp. dried dillweed

1/4 c. crumbled feta cheese

WHAT YOU DO:

Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, garlic, onions, and artichoke hearts. Sauté for 5-10 minutes, until cooked through. At the very end, add tomatoes, lemon juice, and dill. Dish onto a plate. Before serving, top with feta and garnish with more dill.

Estimated Nutrition Info – Amount Per Serving:
Calories 165.5
Total Fat 11.1 g
Carbohydrate 13.5 g
Dietary Fiber 4.6 g
Protein 6.6 g

feta artichoke pesto

Inspired by Mediterranean food ingredients I made a chilled pasta dish with whole-grain penne, feta, pesto, and fresh veggies.

It’s perfect for healthy eating!

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 2 oz. whole-grain Barilla penne pasta, cooked and cooled (2 oz. uncooked ends up being approx 3/4 c.-1 c. cooked)
  • 1 Tbs. pesto (here’s my 5-ingredient pesto recipe)
  • 1/4 c. artichokes canned in water, chopped into large pieces
  • 2 Tbs. chopped red onion
  • 1/4 c. crumbled feta cheese
  • 3 grape tomatoes
  • pepper, to taste

WHAT YOU DO:

Mix the penne and pesto together until combined. Top with artichokes, onion, feta, and tomatoes. Serve chilled.

Greek Salad

Greek Salad (Photo credit: Katherine Martinelli)

I recently created some new recipes inspired by the Mediterranean Diet, and included them while tracking my Weight Watchers points.

I incorporated lots of fresh ingredients, ditching the processed foods, and included heart-healthy fats and oils.

The best part is they are quick and easy, and share lots of the same ingredients, so I could shop once and make lots of different variations with the same foods. 

Here’s what I came up with (photos to come)…

Artichoke Shrimp & Pasta Toss – 8 Weight Watchers Plus Points

Shrimp and Artichoke Salad – 6 Weight Watchers Plus Points

Spinach Salad with Feta Crumbles – 7 Weight Watchers Plus Points

Shrimp & Pesto Pasta Toss – 9 Weight Watchers Plus Points

I recently created some new recipes inspired by the Mediterranean Diet, and included them while tracking my Weight Watchers points.

I incorporated lots of fresh ingredients, ditching the processed foods, and included heart-healthy fats and oils.

The best part is they are quick and easy, and share lots of the same ingredients, so I could shop once and make lots of different variations with the same foods.

Here’s one I came up with (still working on the photos):

Mediterranean Artichoke Shrimp & Pasta Toss

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 11 medium/large frozen pre-cooked shrimp, thawed
  • 2 oz. whole-grain penne pasta, cooked and cooled
  • Artichoke hearts, canned in water (to taste)
  • 5 grape tomatoes
  • 5 black olives

WHAT YOU DO:

While thawing shrimp in cold running water according to package directions, combine the remaining ingredients.

Toss in thawed shrimp and enjoy.

Entire serving: 8 Weight Watchers Plus Points

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I recently created some new recipes inspired by the Mediterranean Diet, and included them while tracking my Weight Watchers points.

I incorporated lots of fresh ingredients, ditching the processed foods, and included heart-healthy fats and oils.

The best part is they are quick and easy, and share lots of the same ingredients, so I could shop once and make lots of different variations with the same foods.

Here’s one I came up with (still working on the photos):

Mediterranean Shrimp and Artichoke Salad

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 11 medium/large frozen pre-cooked shrimp, thawed
  • artichoke hearts, canned in water (to taste)
  • baby spinach
  • 1 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbs. lemon juice (more or less to taste)
  • fresh ground black pepper (to taste)

WHAT YOU DO:

While thawing shrimp in cold running water according to package directions, make a bed of baby spinach on your serving dish. Add the olive oil, lemon juice, and black pepper and toss. Top with thawed shrimp and enjoy.

Entire serving: 6 Weight Watchers Plus Points

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