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Category: Dinner Ideas

Thai Chicken Salad

We are a little all over the place this month recipe wise. But, honestly this is how we meal plan.  We decide what sounds good for the week, what flavors, what protein options we want to work with, and then we plan it out.  This dish was created when my husband and I were just really craving something cold and crunchy for dinner.   For awhile I was real against feeding my body a chicken salad, I think I got so burnt out, after years of thinking they were what I “should” be eating.  After a long break, I am working on incorporating them back into my life, in a more intuitive way.  Plus, this is not your typical chicken salad, it has tons of flavor and is anything but boring.  The Napa cabbage has a great texture and works well in this dish. Plus, the dressing is made with simple ingredients and tastes delicious.  Does a salad for dinner night have you thinking your toddlers won’t enjoy?  No worries, we just deconstructed this one and our daughter was a big fan.  I gave her some shredded chicken…

Albondigas- Traditional Mexican Meatball Soup

A while ago I snagged my mom’s recipe box, and I found some gems.  Including my nana’s recipe for albondigas.  So good, and I had never made it!!  It was like finding gold.  Not to my surprise, the recipe was just a estimated list of ingredients and a few directions.  My nana’s recipes are really just made from the heart, she doesn’t have many written down, she just cooks by feel.  She is an amazing cook.  Some time ago, my mom would watch her in the kitchen and ask her what and how much of each ingredient she would use for these recipes.  I have made some adjustments to this one.   Albondigas or meatball soup has many variations.  But it is typically a broth based soup with onions, spices and rice.  Sometimes the meatballs themselves have rice mixed in them, but my nana used oats.  I added some additional vegetables and am using precooked brown rice, which made this once intimidating recipe one that could be made any night of the week.  I got the coolest recipe book for…

Roasted Acorn Squash and Cashew Dressing

I have been sitting on this cashew dressing for a while now.  I wanted to try tahini dressing instead, but honestly it was so bitter and I think I am just partial to the cashew flavor.  So it is finally ready to be shared.  I have paired it with acorn squash this week, which is a good vehicle for the dressing and the quinoa and pomegranate seeds in the salad just give it good texture.  It keeps well too and tastes good cold. The dressing itself is good on so many things, and can be left a little thick for a sauce, we like it on potatoes.  It can also be thinned out for the dressing, which is how we are using it today.  I also made it into a smaller batch for this recipe, because even I can’t go through a pint of cashew sauce in one week! I love that cashews have so many applications.  They are nutrient dense and really lend well to thickening foods, making sauces, cashew milk, as cashew butter (obviously) and for snacking! This  sauce is made almost entirely in the blender which…

Roasted Broccoli & Cheese Risotto

More rice this week, except this time we are making risotto, and in a much easier way.  Usually risotto requires a little babysitting, this version is more forgiving.   We are also adding roasted broccoli and some sharp cheddar cheese, but given it is a basic rice dish, you can really make it whatever you want.  I like adding mushrooms or asparagus as a variation, oh and roasted butternut squash would also be amazing.   Some get intimidated by risotto, but not to worry you got this!  The texture is creamy (thank you starch) and when you shake the plate the rice should lightly spread but not run all over the plate.  Serve along side any protein of your choice or you could just have as is.  It feels a little fancy too, which is a nice touch for any holiday meal.  We are almost ready for Christmas around here, few last touches and I think we will be all set and ready to enjoy the family time.  I remember when I first started as a dietitian, I also worked Christmas day, so I am very thankful to have the time off now…

Mom’s Spanish Rice {A small batch}

This week was filled with making cookies, drinking cocoa and office holiday parties!!  It is always fun to share in some festive time and family traditions.  This recipe is another one from our family recipe box, the kind of recipe that has really never been written down.   My mom has made this since before I can remember.  It is a very traditional dish in our culture.  It is also beautifully simple, making it a go to week night side dish.  Spanish rice is the perfect addition to tacos or enchiladas, just to name a couple.   This week at work also got me thinking about the holidays and nutrition.  So many of my clients have some concerns and guilt around their eating this time of year.  I can understand that healing your relationship with food can be difficult any time, but the holidays bring out more stress for some and emotions around food in general.  I was recently apart of a great project by a fellow non-diet dietitian, she made an ebook that highlights some great advice about how to approach your mindset around food this holiday season.  I…