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Kale and Red Pepper Fried Rice

Jasmine rice is fried in toasted sesame seed oil along with freshly chopped onion, kale and diced sweet red pepper. A perfect, healthy meal ready in less than 20 minutes!

Fried Rice with Kale and Roasted Red Pepper...a quick, easy dinner ready in less than 20 minutes!

Technology makes me want to throw things against the wall.

One might think that since I am a blogger, I get it. One would be wrong. One would be super duper wrong.

Fried Rice with Kale and Roasted Red Pepper...a quick, easy dinner ready in less than 20 minutes!

On Tuesday and well into Wednesday my site crashed. Like big time. If you’re a regular reader (I hope you are!) you probably noticed, and just in case you were planning on making one of my recipes for dinner on Tuesday and I ruined it I am so super sorry! I didn’t mean to, I swear!

Somewhere up in the clouds Maebells just got lost for a while. Luckily, it is back up and running now. But it did make me realize how very much I do enjoy this little virtual friendship we have here. I like you guys, like a whole lot, so it kind of threw me off my game to suddenly not be able to share things with you. Super fabulous things like this crazy easy Kale and Red Pepper Fried Rice!

Fried Rice with Kale and Roasted Red Pepper...a quick, easy dinner ready in less than 20 minutes!

Last weekend I wanted something for lunch that was healthy and filling but I wasn’t feeling a salad. Fried rice totally fit the bill (when does fried rice not fit the bill?!) instead of going the normal peas and carrots route I opted for freshly sliced kale and little red sweet peppers. The result was a totally fantastic grown up version of fried rice.

Fried Rice with Kale and Roasted Red Pepper...a quick, easy dinner ready in less than 20 minutes!

This is a great vegetarian meal by itself, or you could throw in shrimp or chicken for a tasty change up. Then of course, if you want to go all out you can make it with this Kung Pao Chicken for the ultimate Asian inspired feast!

Kale and Red Pepper Fried Rice
Recipe type: Main Dish, Side Dish
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Serves: 4
 
Jasmine rice is fried in toasted sesame seed oil along with freshly chopped kale and diced sweet red pepper. A perfect, healthy meal ready in less than 20 minutes!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups cooked jasmine rice (very dry, works best if it is a couple days old)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2½ tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2½ cups chopped kale
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup sweet red pepper or bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • ⅛ cup reduced sodium soy sauce
Instructions
  1. Heat a large skillet or wok to medium high heat.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in skillet and add minced garlic. Stir garlic approximately 30 seconds or until fragrant.
  3. Add rice to skillet and do not stir, let it cook approximately 1-2 minutes until it begins to lightly brown.
  4. Stir rice, add red pepper and onion, let it cook another minute. Rice should be lightly browned at this point.
  5. Add kale, stirring as you go, kale will shrink up a lot as it cooks, about 30 seconds.
  6. Push rice to one side of the skillet and add the last ½ tablespoon of oil to skillet. Crack egg directly into skillet and scramble it.
  7. Mix egg into fried rice and add soy sauce.

 

Pina Colada Soft Serve

It is hot.
Like hot hot hot.

Piña Colada Soft Serve...no ice cream maker needed! Just 30 seconds and five simple ingredients!

Sunday afternoon I went to run a few errands and ended up cutting the day short because it was totally miserable outside. Make up was melting right off my face, and my car felt like it was a million degrees every time I turned it on. No thank you. I would rather do all my shopping online than deal with a heat index of 104!
I walked right into the house ready to make a smoothie but ended up making this Pina Colada Soft Serve by mistake.
Talk about a happy accident.

Piña Colada Soft Serve...no ice cream maker needed! Just 30 seconds and five simple ingredients!

This has the perfect soft serve consistency and it was loaded with pineapple and coconut flavor. Just the refreshing mid afternoon pick me up I needed! I topped the soft serve with toasted coconut which added a whole lot of flavor and a little bit of crunch.

Piña Colada Soft Serve...no ice cream maker needed! Just 30 seconds and five simple ingredients!

This makes the perfect snack size for two people or one super hungry person who needs to cool off! (um, yeah I ate both bowls)

What are you waiting for? You’re only five ingredients and 30 seconds away from tropical bliss!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Pina Colada Soft Serve
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup frozen pineapple
  • ½ cup frozen cool whip (I used fat free)
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons coconut
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • ½ teaspoon coconut extract (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in blender and blend for 20-30 seconds. You may enjoy it immediately or put it back in freezer to firm up to a harder ice cream consistency.
  2. If you wish to add toasted coconut just set your broiler to low and sprinkle about ⅛-1/4 cup of shredded coconut on a baking sheet. Let it set under the broiler for 30 seconds-1 minute or until lightly toasted. Watch closely! Let it cool before adding to soft serve

 

 

 

Chili Garlic Salmon and Broccoli Bowls

Chili Garlic Salmon and Broccoli Bowls

Last week we had something Asian inspired almost every single day. I have no idea what has gotten into us, but we are on a major kick. We had Lo Mein, Kung Pao Chicken, Fried Rice and these insanely delicious Chili Garlic Salmon and Broccoli Bowls.

I cannot stress how easy this meal was. From beginning to end this was done in about 15 minutes. It actually took longer for the rice to be ready than the main course. It all starts with a quick easy sauce made from chili garlic sauce, sesame oil, garlic, and soy sauce. Chop some fresh Broccoli into small bite sized pieces and your halfway done!

Chili Garlic Salmon and Broccoli Bowls

I used fresh salmon fillets that had the skin on, which used to major gross me out but I have kind of learned to deal with at this point. The easiest way to remove the skin is to cook the salmon with the skin on. Here is how I do it. Heat a skillet to medium heat and pour about a tablespoon of olive oil. Then add lemon slices to your skillet. This is your nice little citrus buffer that prevents the salmon from sticking. Lay the salmon skin side down right on top of the lemon slices and let it cook for about 5 minutes.

Chili Garlic Salmon and Broccoli Bowls

Flip the salmon and using tongs, carefully peel the skin off. Gross gross gross. Throw it away as soon as you can. Let the other side cook for 5 more minutes. At this point I usually carefully remove the lemon slices with tongs because I like the outside of the fish to get a little crisp (you don’t have to remove the lemons, it is totally up to you)

So now you have some lovely, half cooked, unseasoned salmon fillets in your pan. :) Time to add the sauce! Pour the chili garlic sauce right over the top and add the broccoli. Cover and let cook for 3 minutes.

Chili Garlic Salmon and Broccoli Bowls

I served this over jasmine rice and I found the best way to do it is to lay the salmon right on tip of the rice, add some broccoli and then pour the additional sauce from the pan over your fish so you can control exactly how flavorful you want it to be. I wanted mine super saucy, but Mr. Maebell liked his without extra sauce.

Chili Garlic Salmon and Broccoli Bowls

There you have it! An easy, healthy, quick meal that doesn’t require a boat load of ingredients or leaves you with a kitchen full of dishes. Don’t you wish all recipes were that easy?!

Chili Garlic Salmon and Broccoli Bowls
Recipe type: Main Dish
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Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • 2 salmon fillets
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ cup reduced sodium soy sauce (La choy is gluten free)
  • 1½ tablespoon chili garlic sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seed oil
  • ½ teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 cup jasmine rice
  • 2 cups water
Instructions
  1. In a small sauce pan with a lid bring the 2 cups of water to a boil.
  2. Add the rice, stir and reduce heat to low. Cover and let simmer until all liquid is absorbed, approximately 15 minutes.
  3. Heat a large skillet to medium heat.
  4. Heat one tablespoon of olive oil and carefully add two rows of lemon slices. Lay the salmon skin side down and let cook covered for five minutes.
  5. Remove lid and carefully flip salmon, cover and let cook another five minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, combine the soy sauce, chili garlic sauce, sesame oil, and garlic in a small bowl. Set aside.
  7. At this point you can remove the lemon slices from the pan if you wish. Reduce the heat to low and pour in the sauce and the broccoli, cover and let cook for 3 minutes.
  8. To assemble bowls add rice, salmon, broccoli, and spoon out additional sauce from the pan if you wish.

Chili Garlic Salmon and Broccoli Bowls

 

 

Caprese Galette with Balsamic Vinegar Reduction

Caprese Galette with Balsamic Vinegar Reduction

Don’t you let that fancy name scare you away! You won’t believe how simple this recipe is! This recipe caused me to frantically rearrange my whole blogging schedule for the week. It is so darn good, I had to tell you about it right away!

I bought some big beautiful tomatoes and a giant bunch of basil from the farmers market this weekend so for an easy, light lunch yesterday I decided to do something Caprese inspired. I had been kicking the idea of a galette around for a few weeks but hadn’t got around to make it yet. I knew this would be the perfect opportunity.

Caprese Galette with Balsamic Vinegar Reduction

This is so easy to throw together. A simple pie crust is rolled out, topped with thick slices of fresh mozzarella and tomato. Fold your edges over and bake for 20 minutes. Top with an easy Balsamic Vinegar reduction and chopped basil. That is it!

Caprese Galette with Balsamic Vinegar Reduction

This is, hands down, my favorite way that I have had tomatoes all summer. I could seriously eat the whole thing. I do think the Balsamic Reduction adds a very nice touch, but I don’t think it is totally necessary if you want to skip that step. Fresh tomatoes and mozzarella make an incredible combo on their own, so either way works great.

Caprese Galette with Balsamic Vinegar Reduction

Just a couple tips: I made a homemade pie crust for this, but store bought pie crust or puff pastry would work beautifully if you don’t have to worry about making it gluten free.

There will likely be some moisture when you remove this from the oven. That is okay, just carefully drain it off. If you use low moisture mozzarella that will help with this.

5.0 from 1 reviews
Caprese Galette with Balsamic Vinegar Reduction
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • For the crust:
  • 1 cup flour (I used gluten free Bisquick)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup solid coconut oil
  • 4-6 tablespoons ice cold water*
  • For the Filling:
  • 1 ball low moisture fresh mozzarella
  • 2 fresh tomatoes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • For the Topping:
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 handful freshly chopped basil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. In a mixing bowl or using a stand mixer combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and coconut oil until the mixture is course. Add in water one tablespoon at a time while mixer is running until you get a nice soft, moldable consistency.
  3. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray or line with parchment paper and spread out the pie crust with your hands. Just form a large circle, it doesn't have to be perfect.
  4. Top with sliced mozzarella and sliced tomatoes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Carefully fold over the edges of the dough.
  6. Bake 20 minutes.
  7. To make the balsamic reduction:
  8. Heat a small skillet to medium high heat. Add balsamic vinegar and bring it to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium low and let mixture simmer approximately 20 minutes or until the vinegar has reduced by half. Remove vinegar from heat and let cool.
  9. To assemble: After the Galette has cooked 20 minutes remove from oven. If there is any moisture in your pan carefully drain it off. Let cool on a wire rack. When ready to serve top with balsamic reduction and freshly chopped basil.
  10. *I needed 6 tablespoons, but I was using gluten free flour. If you are using a different kind of flour you may not need as much liquid.

 

Honey Vanilla Almond Granola

One of my favorite breakfast or snack options is a fruit and yogurt parfait. I love them, they absolutely never get old. Cold, creamy yogurt mixed with fresh fruit and crunchy granola. Yum! What’s not to love?!

Honey Vanilla Almond Granola, healthy and delicious!!

But until now I didn’t have the perfect parfait granola. Something sweet, crunchy, but not overpowering. I love my Peanut Butter & Jelly Granola and I am obsessed with this Mocha Granola, but neither one are quite what I am looking for with fruit and yogurt. So, I did some experimenting. I made several batches and played around with flavors like cinnamon raisin and maple walnut, just to name a few. None of them hit the spot.

Honey Vanilla Almond Granola, healthy and delicious!

Eventually I decided on Honey Vanilla Almond Granola. This smelled amazing when it was cooking, but as soon as I tasted it I knew we had a winner. This totally knocked my socks off! The honey and vanilla really shine through and compliment the almonds perfectly! I enjoyed this with a couple different flavors and fruits, but my favorite was vanilla yogurt and freshly chopped peaches piled high with granola loaded on top. Perfection!

Honey Vanilla Almond Granola, healthy and delicious!

Honey Vanilla Almond Granola
Recipe type: Breakfast
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Serves: 6+
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 2½ cups Old Fashioned Oats (I used Bobs Red Mill GF oats)
  • 1¼ cups almonds*
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. In a microwave proof bowl combine the oil and honey. Heat for 45 seconds at a time until the oil is melted.
  3. Add vanilla, stir well to be sure it is combined.
  4. Pour in oats and almonds stir until everything looks moist and covered in the honey mixture.
  5. Spray a large cookie sheet with cooking spray, dump the oat mixture on the pan and make sure it is spread evenly.
  6. Bake 10 minutes, remove from oven and stir everything well. Bake 10 more minutes. Remove and let cool completely before storing.
  7. *Regular almonds work great, but Blue Diamond Honey Vanilla Almonds are fantastic in this.

 

Greek Salad Wraps with Roasted Red Peppers

Greek Wraps with Roasted Red Peppers

My lunch is painfully plain. It is the same every single day. I have a Greek salad, or at least what I call a Greek salad. Baby spinach, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, feta, olives and dressing. I like it, I really do. Those are some of my favorite flavors, but lets face it, everyone needs a little variety every now and then!

Since those basic salad ingredients are staples in my house I decided to change it up a bit. Instead of a boring old salad in a bowl I threw it in a wrap, added some goat cheese and roasted red peppers. Turns out, it was just the mix up I needed. It was healthy, refreshing, and full of flavor! It was also very filling! I ate this for dinner one night and almost couldn’t finish the whole thing, almost. ;)

Greek Wraps with Roasted Red Peppers, healthy and delicious!

You can totally adjust this based on your personal preferences or what you have on hand. But I warmed an Udi’s tortilla (they are gluten free) but you can use whatever brand you prefer. I threw in some nice chunks of goat cheese, sliced baby bella mushrooms, roasted red pepper and let it all get nice and warm. Then I slid the wrap out of the skillet and added the spinach, olives, feta and cucumbers. You can add the ingredients all at once, but I didn’t want my spinach to wilt while I was warming the tortilla. Again, personal preference is key here! :)

Greek Wraps with Roasted Red Peppers

I didn’t add any dressing or spreads since all of the vegetables were so fresh and juicy and the two cheeses provide the perfect balance of creamy, melted goodness!

Just in case you’re in a salad rut like me, keep this one in mind! Salads magically become more fun when you put them in a wrap!

Greek Wraps with Roasted Red Peppers #healthy #easy

5.0 from 2 reviews
Greek Salad Wraps with Roasted Red Peppers
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Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • 1 large tortilla shell (I used Udi's gluten free)
  • ¼ cup sliced roasted red pepper (about ¼ a pepper)
  • ½ cup baby spinach
  • ¼ cup sliced baby bella mushrooms
  • ¼ cup sliced cucumber
  • 2 tablespoons goat cheese
  • 2 tablespoons feta
  • 2 tablespoons sliced olives
  • 1 tablespoon chopped green onions
Instructions
  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Lightly spray skillet. Place wrap in skillet.
  3. Lay the goat cheese, feta, sliced mushrooms, green onions, and roasted red peppers on the wrap. Let wrap cook 30 seconds - 1 minute or until wrap is lightly brown and the cheese has started to melt.
  4. Remove wrap from skillet and add spinach, cucumber, and olives.
  5. Wrap tightly and slice.
  6. This is excellent with a little hummus on the side!

Looking for other healthy quick dinner ideas? Try this Grilled Zucchini Hummus Wrap or this Spicy Avocado Spinach Quesadilla!

Grilled Zucchini Wrap

Grilled Zucchini Hummus Wrap

Spinach and Avocado Quesadilla

Spicy Spinach and Avocado Quesadillas

 

Sweet Corn Salad with Cherry Tomatoes and Lime

Grilled Sweet Corn Salad with Tomatoes and Lime

If you follow me on Instagram you know I am a total sucker for the Farmers Market. My Saturday morning ritual is to make the trip downtown, fight someone over a parking spot, circle the whole market twice, scope out what looks good, load my arms as full as I possibly can, then hitting up this little coffee shop on the corner.

I love it. It just seems like such a great way to start the weekend. There is usually a band playing from one of the upper floors of the downtown shops. It is the only time this place we live in now actually reminds me of the town I grew up in. The community, the fellowship, the good food. I love it all.

Grilled Sweet Corn Salad with Tomatoes and Lime

Last week I ended up with a load of sweet corn because I just couldn’t help myself. I knew from the start I wanted to grill it. I just didn’t know what else I wanted to do. Ultimately, I settled on corn salad because the tomatoes I had were absolutely perfect and I knew the combo would be amazing.

It definitely did not disappoint. I grilled the sweet corn, cut it off the cob and threw in some halved cherry tomatoes, a chopped bell pepper, lime juice, cumin, garlic salt, and a little pepper. I topped the salad with a little crumbling cheese and some chopped green onions and cilantro. We ate this with steak, but the leftovers were great with tortilla chips or in a quesadilla.

Grilled Sweet Corn Salad with Tomatoes and Lime

5.0 from 3 reviews
Sweet Corn Salad with Cherry Tomatoes and Lime
Recipe type: Salad
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 4 ears sweet corn
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • ½ lime, juiced
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt
  • ¼ cup chopped green onions
  • ¼ cup Queso fresco (or other mexican crumbling cheese)
Instructions
  1. Soak the unshucked ears of sweet corn in water for 20 minutes. (This will prevent the corn from burning the outside before it cooks all the way through) After the corn has soaked remove it from the water and lightly pat dry with a paper towel.
  2. Heat your grill to medium heat. Place the corn directly on the grill and let cook for 25-30 minutes, rotating every 10 minutes.
  3. Remove corn from grill and let it cool
  4. Meanwhile, chop the tomatoes and bell pepper. Place them in a large bowl.
  5. When corn has cooled enough to handle remove the husk and silk (it should easily come off). Then carefully cut the corn off the cob and place it in the bowl with the tomatoes and bell pepper.
  6. Sprinkle with cumin, pepper, and garlic salt and squeeze a lime over the top. Stir until everything is evenly coated.
  7. Top with green onions and the crumbling cheese. Garnish with cilantro if desired.