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Easy Lightened Lemon Chicken

More light meals!  My husband and I are fighting the battle of the bulge with both fists these days.  We are exhausted but we want real food!  Real meals!  Now that the kids sit at the table we get to be a family and eat like one – well, that means whole foods.  I hope you like this one – we gobbled it up like crazy!

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Easy Lightened Lemon Chicken

Ingredients

  • 2 lemons
  • 2 chicken breasts, split into 4 cutlets
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 and 2 tbs olive oil (or coconut oil)
  • serve with brown rice

Instructions

  1. Place chicken breasts between wax paper and mallet (I also use a zip lock bag) to pound breasts down to 1/2 inch thick.
  2. Pat dry if they got juicy.
  3. Squeeze the juice of 1.5 lemons into a bowl - slice the rest for garnish.
  4. In a paper or plastic bag add the flour and the salt and pepper and mix.
  5. Warm the olive oil to medium.
  6. place the cutlets one at a time into the bag, shake them off and lay into the oil - cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side intil brwoned and cooked through.
  7. Place on a paper towel.
  8. If needed, add the rest of the olive oil.
  9. Once they are all cooked, place back into pan at medium low together and pour half the lemon juice over chicken.
  10. Allow the juice to settle into the chicken, flip once after 1 minute, Pour the rest.
  11. Serve immediately on warm plates with a lemon wheel garnish and fresh brown rice!
  12. I served this with a fun tomato pesto salad!
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Weekday Beef Pasta (30 minute Meal)

Hey, I am nobodies perfect wife, parent,  or cook.  As I am fond of saying “it’s the Simple Kitchen, not the James Beard House”.  I have my hands full and you likely don’t need me to tell you why.  Often, the fact that I have SOME fresh ingredients is enough for me.  Being able to get some food on the table, that I cooked, and that  will be eaten as well as used for lunches over the next day or so.  This is a HUGE hit for our family, Even the 19 month olds loved it!

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Weekday Beef Pasta (30 minute Meal)

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked pasta - I like all types! You can use whole wheat on this one if you want to get more fiber
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 finely chopped small yellow onion
  • 1 lb grass fed ground beef
  • 1 can of sliced olives
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 4 large chopped tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Garnish with Parmesan if you like

Instructions

  1. Brown and crumble the beef over medium/medium high. Partially through, add th eonion.
  2. Once the beef is the way cooked, add the garlic and turn until incorporated.
  3. Add tomatoes and cook, I like them somewhat crisp.
  4. Add Olive Oil - you can add more if you like, but if I want it to be "more juicy" I will just add a little vegetable broth. Remember the lower the fat content in your beef the less "juicy" the dish will be - compensate with more tomatoes or a bit of broth.
  5. Add olives.
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste, this is easier before the pasta is added.
  7. Add the pasta and serve! I like to garnish with Parmesan, but if you do that, back off on the salt in the last step.
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