Fresh Recipes for the New Year

It’s the new year and some of you may have those “resolutions” to eat healthy!!  I don’t really like the term “resolution” but would rather use the term “goal”!!  So let’s make it a goal to eat healthy and stay healthy!!  I want to share with you some of my recent favorite recipes and I whipped up in the kitchen!!  They are healthy, flavorful and packed with nutrition! My husband even liked them and he is more of a “little debbie, frozen pizza” kind of guy if you get my drift.  But not anymore, he has joined me to eat healthy!  Yay! Try some of these super fresh recipes to get you going!

Recipe #1 – Homemade Pico. This is perfect for adding to scrambled eggs, topping fish, chicken, or burgers, your salad almost any food really!  Get creative! I will be making this weekly, it really is that tasty!

1/2 can black beans rinsed and drained

1/2 can corn rinsed and drained

The juice from a whole lime

1 can rotel, half drained

2 jalapeno’s chopped, (I removed the seeds but you certainly do not have to)

Handful of chopped fresh cilantro

Pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients and store in an air-tight container, this will last for a couple weeks in the fridge! And the longer it sets, the better it tastes!!

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Recipe #2 – Cool Cucumber and Ham Sandwich. Perfect for on the go or lunch! Filling and healthy!

1 everything bagel thin (or use whatever flavor you choose)

2 tbsp. hummus (I like original, but you could use red pepper too)

Handful of spinach leaves

5-6 slices cucumber

4-5 slices black forest ham

Spread the hummus on both sides of the bagel, top with remaining ingredients and devour!

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Recipe #3 – Sauteed Fresh Vegetables

1 whole zucchini, diced

1 head of broccoli, chopped

1 cup snap peas, chopped

1 cup baby carrots, cut in thirds

1 green pepper (add a red, yellow or orange too if you have them), chopped

2 tbsp. olive oil

Mrs. Dash Original seasoning

Heat olive oil in large skillet, add all vegetables and allow to cook until tender. Keep heat on medium-high and continue stirring. Add Mrs. Dash seasoning after vegetables start to get soft and continue cooking to your desired tenderness.  I love to eat these veggies alone, but add chicken to them for more protein!

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Recipe #4 – Pasta with Pico and Chicken

1 box of whole wheat pasta

3-4 chicken breast, dices

1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half

1/4 banana peppers, diced

1 bell pepper, diced

1/2-1 cups of homemade pico (recipe above)

1 tbsp. olive oil

Cook pasta until al dente’ and drain, leaving a tad bit of pasta water.  Heat olive oil in large skillet until hot and add chicken, cook until almost done.  Add cherry tomatoes, bell pepper, banana peppers, and pico.  Continue cooking until chicken is no longer pink and all ingredients are heated though.  Add to pasta and mix.  Can top with parmesan cheese if desired!

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Hello! I was born and raised in a small Kansas town but have always loved the city and all that it has to offer! I love to travel, I love fashion, and I love to eat…and write about it! My small town life growing up has definitely shaped who I am today and as I grow older, I am starting to appreciate that more and more. When I am not writing or at my day job, I am most likely baking, running, spending time at the local farmers market, or hitting up a good happy hour! I am currently in Nursing school and will graduate in 2017, I love helping people!! I am obsessed with taking pictures that aren’t conventional and sharing them with the world. My family and friends mean the world to me and I cherish each second I spend with them. I currently have my own blog titled “Dirt Roads ~ High Heels”

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