Most people swap out beef for turkey when they’re trying to eat healthy because it’s a much leaner meat. One day my mother made a turkey meatloaf that we were all sure was going to suck because beef is the only way to go, right? It was amazing and we actually told her to never make a regular meat loaf ever again. The other night she was running late so I cooked dinner and of course altered her recipe. Sautéed red peppers, onion, and garlic, whole wheat bread crumbs, a little parmesan cheese… there might have been more but honestly I was just winging it so start there then season the way you think you should lol! Then just a little spinach in garlic and oil, cauliflower mash, and corn for those who dare not venture into the spinach world.
I kept hearing nothing but good things about chia seeds so we finally decided to integrate them into our diet by altering a dish we already know and love. We added chia seeds to some whole wheat bread crumbs for our chicken cutlets and made some cauliflower mashed “potatoes” with no potatoes of course and just some simple corn and peas on the side. I have to say it was a very enjoyable meal for me. The cauliflower mash isn’t for everyone my father hates it, my sister tolerates it, but my mother and I actually like it. It’s no mashed potatoes but we’ve gotten the texture pretty close and it’s still yummy! I say this meal was a success!
Remember when I said to stay tuned because I’d be switching it up for dinner? This was that dinner. It was baked chicken in a tomato and pineapple mixture, cauliflower “rice”, and “refried” red beans. Now let me address all the quotation marks. First off the beans, when I was younger my mother always used to puree our beans and call it refried beans so that we would eat all of the bean instead of just asking for the “juice” over our rice. It worked. Today we still do this and it gets my dad and my boyfriend to actually eat their beans! Second is the cauliflower “rice. I had seen a few posts about this on several blogs and decided to give it a try. All you have to do is cut off the florets in small chunks and throw it in the food processor with whatever seasoning you prefer and blend till it’s in rice sized bits, then you cook it up in some coconut oil until it’s tender with a little bite left so it doesn’t completely fall apart. I have to say I didn’t enjoy it and was incredibly jealous of my father who was the only one eating real rice that meal. The chicken and beans were great but the cauliflower in no way compares to rice! I’ve used cauliflower to substitute in place of mashed potatoes and although it’s not much like potatoes it gets the job done and is tasty. This was just upsetting and made me feel like I was on a sad diet. I’ll probably never do it again, but to each their own. I would have rather used a little brown rice or quinoa for this dish, then I would have been eating healthy and happy! Other than that the chicken was great and a must try!