Clean Eating & Simple Dinner Ideas

It’s that time again when I finally hook up my digital camera and share what I’ve been having for dinner these days. I’ve been pretty busy and loving simple recipes that are easy to calculate the calories since I’m writing down everything I eat for 10 days.

I don’t have recipes because I usually do not follow any and I think these are simple enough. Last week, I combined left over quinoa and roasted brussels sprouts (350F with olive oil, salt, pepper and crushed garlic for 30 minutes). I wanted more green so I added freshly steamed broccoli and Parmesan cheese on top.

I paired it with “Bruschetta Chicken” with is just pan-fried chicken with jarred Trader Joe’s Bruschetta topping. The traditional tomato basil topping is addicting and can create a flavorful dish in 15 minutes. I flattened the chicken before I put it in a hot pan greased with a little EVOO. Cook uncovered for about 8 minutes on each side or is no longer pink in the middle.

I found cauliflower on sale last week and bought it again this week because roomie and I enjoyed it so much. I preheat the oven to 450F, chop up the cauliflower and toss with 1 TBSP of EVOO, chopped garlic, salt and pepper. Cook for 30-40 minutes or until golden and crispy, flip half way through. This week, I paired it with quinoa and Chilli Garlic Tilapia from Trader Joe’s which remarkably was in fact in the “My Fitness Pal” app!

I paired the leftover cauliflower with “summer grill” marinated chicken I roasted in the oven. I have no idea what the spices were and it came pre-marinated from a local farm store near my accountant. To round out the meal, I created a creamy rice dish with The Laughing Cow Cream Cheese Spread in Classic Cheese in 1/3 less fat and a couple of tablespoons of left over pizza sauce. Brown rice is incredibly boring and bland to me.

After dinner, if I want something sweet I have been making banana soft serve. To make it, I combine frozen bananas, almond milk, a 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla or chocolate protein powder. For crunch, I’ve added coconut, walnuts and sometimes raisins. It tastes like soft serve ice cream, is satisfying and large volume for not many calories.

Recent obsessions apparently are frozen bananas and roasted cauliflower. What are you making these days?

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