Caprese Bites

What does a health and lifestyle coach take to a bbq? What about these caprese bites? I marinated the mini bocconcini this morning, and prepared my skewers before I left for work. I’ll top with a balsamic glaze when we get there. Great for warm, summer days. Simple to prepare. Easy to eat. Light and delicious.

You can find out how to make your own caprese bites at delish.com.

Instant Pot Chicken

It is no secret that I LOVE my Instant Pot. I don’t only use it for full recipes. It is also great for proofing bread, making rice and… cooking chicken for my salads. This morning I put a cup of chicken stock into my Instant Pot, popped two chicken breasts into my vegetable steamer, seasoned with salt, pepper, and garlic powder, and then pressure cooked them for 6 minutes. I let the Instant Pot slow release for 10 minutes, and then the chicken rested for another ten.

I dressed this yummy salad with this amazing Chipotle Lime Salad Dressing from tasty.co. Don’t worry. It’s not too spicy. Just the right amount.

Butter Chickpeas

People sometimes assume that healthy eating is expensive. It doesn’t have to be. Serving meatless meals a couple of times a week can help you save money and improve your health. Meatless meals are built around plant-based proteins like beans, lentils, vegetables and whole grains. These tend to be less expensive than meat and may offer many health benefits.

  • reduced risk of diseases like cancer, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes
  • weight management
  • improved nutrition
  • reduced carbon footprint

Last night for dinner we had Butter Chickpeas from Canadian Living magazine. Yet another new recipe. I can’t help myself. It is a running joke in my family that you never get to eat the same thing twice… even if you’d like to. It was easy to prepare and very tasty. The only change I made was to blend the sauce after it reduced. I served it with brown rice (made in my Instant Pot) and a mini wholewheat naan bread.

I used no-name brand chickpeas and tomatoes, which added to my savings.

Salad Dressings

Preparing food at home is one of the easiest ways to avoid overly processed items. Salad dressings are a good place to start. For very little time and effort, you can have a tasty accompaniment for your salad greens. 

This week I made Garlic Sesame Salad Dressing from Mason Jar Salad Dressing 9 Ways at tasty.co

Because I used coconut aminos instead of soy sauce, which already have a little sweetness, I cut back on the brown sugar.

You can compare the ingredients in this dressing with those found in a popular bottled brand.

Ingredients

Ingredients: WATER, SOYBEAN OIL, SUGAR, SOY SAUCE (WATER, SOYBEANS, WHEAT, SALT), CIDER VINEGAR, SESAME OIL, WHITE VINEGAR, NATURAL FLAVOUR (CONTAINS BARLEY), SALT, SPICES, XANTHAN GUM (THICKENER), SESAME SEEDS, POTASSIUM SORBATE (MAINTAINS QUALITY), POLYSORBATE 60 (PREVENTS OIL SEPARATION), PROPYLENE GLYCOL ALGINATE (THICKENER), DRIED GARLIC, COLOUR, CALCIUM DISODIUM EDTA (MAINTAINS FLAVOUR). (B391C)

I’ve also made, and enjoyed, the Italian Salad Recipe from the same site.