Healthy Green Goddess Dressing / Dip

 

Healthy Green Goddess Dressing / Dip

Green Goddess Dressing / Dip is packed with flavor from fresh herbs. Traditionally made with mayonnaise, this healthy Green Goddess dressing instead uses a base of Greek yogurt, avocado, and olive oil, adding a boost of protein and healthy fats while still being luxuriously creamy. It’s also vegetarian, using capers instead of traditional anchovies for a briny, salty punch, and even has some kale thrown in there! Best of all? It only takes about 5 minutes to blitz together in your food processor!

If you’re like me, you have a ton of herbs growing right now. Herbs are something I always feel I HAVE to grow every year – they’re so easy to grow, and add so much flavor to so many dishes! And I love the money saving and environmentally friendly aspect of growing them myself.

But even if you don’t have an herb garden, this recipe is flexible, so you can use any store bought herbs you want.

This Green Goddess Dressing is so healthy for you, with a base of Greek yogurt, adding protein and probiotics, olive oil and avocado, for some healthy fats, and even some kale for a nutritious boost.

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Greek Stuffed Peppers (Gemista)

 

Greek Stuffed Peppers (Gemista)

If you’ve never had Greek Stuffed Peppers (or Gemista / Yemista), you’re in for a treat! These inexpensive beef and rice stuffed peppers are packed with flavor from onions, herbs, and tomato, with plenty of olive oil. Blanching the peppers before stuffing them ensures that they’re soft, with no overpowering pepper flavor and a homogenous texture throughout. This is a wonderful make-ahead dinner (that just happens to be gluten and dairy free!).

This is my family’s recipe (with some liberties taken to make them easier) and once you try these stuffed peppers, you’ll have a hard time going back to any others. My husband, a self-proclaimed stuffed pepper hater, can’t get enough of these. Neither can my kids. Neither can I. So much yum.

Not only is the stuffing absolutely delicious (and can be used for all sorts of things!), but these peppers are light years better than other stuffed pepper recipes because of how soft the bell peppers are.

Other stuffed pepper recipes stuff raw peppers and heat in the oven until warmed up, but the peppers don’t cook enough.

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Caprese Sandwiches

 

Caprese Sandwiches

These Caprese Sandwiches are stacked with thick slices fresh mozzarella cheese, juicy ripe tomatoes, and fresh basil leaves, then drizzled with balsamic glaze. Toasting the bread and drizzling it with olive oil, then rubbing a garlic clove on it while it’s still warm, adds a subtle flavor that puts this simple sandwich over the top! This is the perfect no-cook summer dinner or lunch idea when it’s way too hot to cook and it takes five minutes to throw together.

There’s not much better than the combination of fresh mozzarella, juicy ripe summer tomatoes, and fresh basil. The Holy Trinity of summertime. And when you throw these classic ingredients in between two slices of good bread with some olive oil, garlic, and balsamic glaze? *chef’s kiss*

Best of all? You don’t have to cook anything and it only takes five minutes!

Ingredients for Caprese Sandwiches

  • Bread – Almost any kind will do, but I love a good Italian bread or crusty sourdough. See below for more ideas.
  • Fresh Mozzarella
  • Tomatoes – the riper the better – if you don’t have good in season tomatoes, try Campari tomatoes (available at most grocery stores).

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Olive Oil Zucchini Bread

 

Olive Oil Zucchini Bread

Olive Oil Zucchini Bread is SUPER moist, made healthier with more than two cups of zucchini, Greek yogurt, and part whole wheat flour. Using oil in Zucchini bread helps keep it moist for days left on the counter and creates a great texture and flavor. This is a great way to use up any zucchini (or summer squash) you have in your garden, and it’s the perfect way to have veggies, whole grains, and healthy fats for breakfast! You’ll love this delicious Mediterranean twist on a classic.

Baking with olive oil is one of my favorite things. You’d be surprised by how the earthy flavor of the oil pairs really well with some more traditionally sweet things. I use it to bake a super moist banana bread, and even in cakes.

When I went away for the weekend and came back to a literal mountain of zucchini in my garden, I knew what must be done. Olive oil zucchini bread! And with so much zucchini, I wanted to pack as much into the bread as I could without making the batter too watery.

By removing some of the water from the grated zucchini before stirring it into the batter, and topping the loaf with a little more, you can use up to 2 ½ cups of grated zucchini in the loaf.

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How to make Homemade Croutons (from whole wheat, white, or any leftover bread)

 

How to make Homemade Croutons (from whole wheat, white, or any leftover bread)

Ever wonder how to make your own homemade croutons? It’s so easy! Just grab some bread – whole wheat, whole grain, white, rosemary, brioche… any will do – cube it up, toss with oil and seasonings, and bake. These homemade croutons come out crispy crunchy every time and last for days!

OK guys making your own croutons is officially the easiest thing ever. Plus, they’re made with three ingredients you very likely have in your house right now at this very moment. It’s such a great way to use up any leftover bread you have.

Plus, they’re tastier and MUCH cheaper than store-bought!

Another great thing about these is you can make homemade whole wheat croutons by using whole wheat bread, which is a great way to add a little more nutrition into your life.

And you can make this with fresh bread OR hard, stale bread.

Ingredients for Homemade Croutons

  • Cubed Bread
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Optional: Other seasonings of choice, like garlic powder, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, etc.

How to make Homemade Croutons

  1. Cut some bread into cubes.

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Pan-Seared Salmon Bites with Honey Sesame Soy Sauce

 

Pan-Seared Salmon Bites with Honey Sesame Soy Sauce

Salmon bites is an easy 5-ingredient, 10-minute recipe, featuring cubed salmon marinated in a simple honey sesame soy sauce and pan-seared to crispy perfection! Since marinating is optional, you can whip this up at a moment’s notice, and you’ll want to put the marinade on everything.

Salmon is one of my favorite proteins to cook. It’s loaded with nutrition, including good-for-you omega 3s and Vitamin D, and it’s easily accessible at any grocery store.

It’s not super expensive, but it’s not super cheap either. So I love cubing the salmon into bite-size pieces to make salmon bites. Somehow, cooking smaller pieces seems to make it go further. Maybe it’s because each little salmon nugget is so satisfying, wrapped in tons of flavor from the sauce and seared to crispy perfection. It also means you can buy any kind that’s cheap, because you don’t need huge beautiful thick fillets for this, which are usually more expensive.

The marinade is the same that I use for searing ahi tuna – a simple mixture of soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, and honey. These salmon bites are perfect served in a salmon bowl, with cooked rice and some sautéed veggies.

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20 Cheap Dinner Recipe Ideas

 

20 Cheap Dinner Recipe Ideas

Food costs are often a barrier to eating well at home, so here are some cheap dinner recipe ideas that are perfect if you find yourself short on cash. It’s not hard to eat well on a budget, if you get the right ingredients!

Many people are struggling with grocery bills right now, but this is not a new problem. Trying to eat well on a budget can feel challenging, so I hope this list helps give you some fresh ideas.

Here, you’ll find recipes that are under $2.50 a serving (less than $10 for a recipe that serves four). These are complete and balanced dinner recipes – those that include protein, and/or healthy carbs and veggies. So often, I find recommendations for inexpensive recipes that don’t include protein – for example, only noodles with a light sauce – or are only one part of a meal like chicken thighs, not including a side. These ideas are full dinner ideas, with all the nutrition you need to have you feeling full and satisfied!

All of these recipes use inexpensive ingredients, though external links may not account for current prices (June 2022 at time of posting).

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How to Cut / Cube a Watermelon

 

How to Cut / Cube a Watermelon

Ever wonder how to cut a watermelon into cubes? There are a lot of techniques out there for cutting watermelon, but this is the one I always come back to! I find it to be the easiest, the least messy, and the best way to cut a watermelon into perfect cubes. You can eat the cubes on their own, or use them in any recipe that calls for cubed watermelon.

Watermelon is something I look forward to every summer. It’s so good for you, and so deliciously sweet! It’s packed with water (hence the name) so it’s very hydrating on a hot day. There are numerous other health benefits of watermelon – it’s packed with vitamins and minerals. When I was pregnant, I ate it to help with nausea.

Fun fact: did you know watermelon was domesticated in Egypt starting around 2000 B.C.E.?

I’m admittedly pretty lazy when it comes to prepping fruits and veggies but watermelon is one of those things I’ll never buy pre-cut. Because cutting it yourself is SO easy! When you take time to cut up fruits and veggies yourself, you’re getting much more for your money, and it’s also better for the earth because it’s not sold in plastic.

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Easy Shrimp Ceviche

 

Easy Shrimp Ceviche

Shrimp Ceviche is a delicious Peruvian-inspired no-cook shrimp salad recipe served cold, perfect for a hot day as a light meal or appetizer. Ceviche is traditionally made with raw seafood, but this version cheats just a bit. Using cooked shrimp, which is readily available at any grocery store, means you don’t have to worry about letting it marinate for a long time or using expensive sushi-grade fish.

Ceviche is so refreshing, healthy, and takes mere minutes to make. It’s packed with lean protein from the shrimp, healthy veggies, and marinates in a simple citrus-based dressing.

This version has mango in it for a slightly sweet addition that’s absolutely delicious. It also uses both the juice and zest of limes, lemons, and an orange, which amps up the citrus flavor without adding more acidity. It’s the perfect easy summer recipe, especially since NO COOKING is needed!

You’ll love this version of ceviche that’s made with cooked shrimp, so you don’t have to worry about dealing with raw fish or raw shellfish. As a bonus, this also makes it faster, easier, and cheaper to whip up at a moment’s notice!

What is Ceviche?

Ceviche is a Peruvian dish traditionally made with raw fish or shellfish.

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Watermelon Feta Salad with Mint

 

Watermelon Feta Salad with Mint

All ye sweet and salty lovers, rejoice – this Watermelon and Feta Salad with fresh Mint is such a delicious, unique balance of sweet and savory flavors. And the best part? You only need THREE ingredients and FIVE minutes to throw together! This is the perfect salad for summer entertaining.

That’s right – THREE INGREDIENTS. You don’t even need any oil, salt, or pepper! You literally just lay cubed watermelon on a platter, sprinkle with feta cheese and fresh mint, and serve. It actually seems a bit silly for me to even write a post for this recipe because it’s so simple and easy. Barely a recipe.

But here you are, everything you need to know about watermelon feta salad. You’ll want to eat this every day in the spring and summer!

And what a great excuse to use some of the crazy amounts of mint I have growing right now. If you’re interested in growing your own, here’s a great resource on growing fresh mint!

Ingredients Needed

  • Cubed Watermelon
  • Crumbled Feta Cheese
  • Fresh chopped mint leaves

How to make Watermelon Feta Salad with Mint

  1. First, grab a platter.

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Sheet Pan Pizza

 

Sheet Pan Pizza

Here’s how to make Sheet Pan Pizza – an easy, fast, cheap way to make homemade pizza that the whole family will love! Everyone can add whatever toppings they want. Sheet pan pizza is the best way to make a large homemade pizza (also great for meal prep!) with very little mess or fuss – no pizza stone, no pizza paddle, just an easy homemade pizza recipe! And you only need four main ingredients and 25 minutes!

I love a good homemade pizza, but honestly, fussing with a hot pizza stone is such a pain. Trying to slide an assembled pizza onto the hot stone often ends up with me being super frustrated at things sticking or toppings falling off, all while my head is half inside a super hot oven. Not fun when your family is hangry and you just want an easy dinner!

Enter: sheet pan pizza. The crust may not be as thin and crispy as a rolled out pizza cooked on a stone. However, it is SO EASY, there is very little mess, and you can make one HUGE pizza with everyone’s favorite toppings on it. This is definitely my favorite way to make homemade pizza for these reasons!

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Mushroom and Wild Rice Pilaf

 

Mushroom and Wild Rice Pilaf

Mushroom and Wild Rice Pilaf will become your new favorite side dish! It’s packed with flavor and texture from brown butter, juicy sweet raisins, crunchy almonds, and oregano, with nutty wild rice and earthy sautéed mushrooms. You’ll love this one pot side or light main recipe all year round.

Sometimes, I love spending time on a truly amazing side dish and serving it up with something simple as a main. Side dishes have so much potential to steal the show of the meal, and this is no exception!

We enjoyed this mushroom and wild rice pilaf with simple seared salmon for dinner. But I kept going in for seconds – and thirds! – of the pilaf. This would be a great side dish for Thanksgiving or any holiday, but is delicious year round and easy enough to make for a casual weeknight dinner.

Mushrooms and brown butter are a match made in heaven (and this is a twist on one of my favorite other recipes – one pot brown butter orzo and mushrooms – made gluten-free and with a few other changes). The sweet and plump raisins and crunchy slivered almonds will have you wanting to eat this all the time – as a side, or even as a light main course!

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Chicken Marbella (Updated Silver Palate Recipe)

 

Chicken Marbella (Updated Silver Palate Recipe)

Chicken Marbella is a classic recipe from the Silver Palate Cookbook packed with sweet and salty Mediterranean flavors. Here is an updated version, made with chicken thighs, with a few other changes. The best part about Chicken Marbella is that it’s prepped and marinated the day before, so all you have to do when you’re ready to cook is bake it!

Chicken Marbella was made famous from the Silver Palate Cookbook and was popular in the early 1980s. It made a resurgence with the help of Ina Garten and other celebrity chefs, and honestly, it’s one of the best chicken recipes I’ve ever tried!

What I love about Chicken Marbella, besides the INCREDIBLE flavor, is the fact that it’s prepared ahead of time the previous day. It marinates overnight, then everything is baked when you’re ready. It’s also delicious served at room temperature, which makes it perfect for parties or picnics.

And the favor!! Sweetness from prunes and brown sugar, salty brininess from the olives and capers, tons of oregano, and white wine added before baking? Your kitchen will smell amazing and your taste buds will thank you.

Be sure to check out the video tutorial for Chicken Marbella in the recipe card below!

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Lemon Olive Oil Cake

 

Lemon Olive Oil Cake

This Lemon Olive Oil Cake is a real treat, baked with extra-virgin olive oil, which not only is a healthy fat but a delicious flavor to bake with resulting in an incredibly moist cake! The easy prep of an olive oil cake is the best part. All you need is one bowl, a whisk (no mixer required!), and a few ingredients including fresh lemon juice and zest.

I’ve been making lemon olive oil cake for years and I can’t wait to finally share it with you! It’s my go-to dessert. My cardamom spiced orange olive oil cake is a big hit around the fall and holidays, so I wanted to share another olive oil cake perfect for warmer weather or Easter dinner.

The olive oil makes this cake stay moist for days, so it’s perfect to make ahead of time. With a light, refreshing taste from the lemons, it’s a crowd-pleaser that isn’t too heavy or rich.

It’s hard to mess up an olive oil cake. There’s no butter to soften, no electric mixer required, no frosting to make (just a dusting of powdered sugar if you want), and you probably already have all the ingredients you need.

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Asian Inspired Chicken Meatballs

 

Asian Inspired Chicken Meatballs

These Asian Inspired Chicken Meatballs are packed with East Asian flavors like and ginger and scallions, coated in a sweet and sticky soy and sesame sauce! Serve over rice with a veggie on the side, toss with lo mein or fried rice, or serve with toothpicks for an easy bite-sized party appetizer.

These Asian inspired chicken meatballs are the latest in a series of chicken meatballs that my whole family have been absolutely obsessed with. Honestly I never thought chicken meatballs could be so juicy and packed full of flavor but here we are! Buffalo chicken meatballs, chicken zucchini meatballs, and now these Asian Chicken Meatballs.

With fresh green onions, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, and toasted sesame oil, the meatballs on their own are amazing. Then smother them in a sticky, sweet sauce? Even better!

Best of all? These easy chicken meatballs come together in only 30 minutes. Be sure to check out the video for this meal in the recipe card below!

Disclaimer: Asia is a large continent with many types of cuisine. These meatballs reflect some flavors typical of East Asian cuisine. For simplicity’s sake for a mostly US-based audience, I’ve called these Asian meatballs, but they make no claims of authenticity for any specific East Asian cuisine.

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Chickpea Curry with Coconut Milk and Tomato (Vegan)

 

Chickpea Curry with Coconut Milk and Tomato (Vegan)

This Chickpea Curry is such an easy, healthy weeknight dinner idea! It’s a cheap, healthy, vegan meal that comes together in a half an hour. The creamy coconut milk makes it rich and luxurious with a slightly sweet flavor, and the tomatoes and lime juice add bright acidity to round it out. Taking an extra few minutes to slightly caramelize the onions and garlic add so much flavor to this simple recipe, along with the curry powder, cinnamon, and cumin.

This chickpea curry may be vegan, but even meat lovers will love it for its heartiness and flavor. There are so many reasons to eat more plants and many people have been opting to eat a plant-based diet for a few reasons – health, environmental, and cost.

Chickpeas are a healthy, CHEAP plant-based protein that are a crowd pleaser. My kids ate this up so fast! The flavors in this chickpea curry work so well together, with the unique spice blend that includes cinnamon, and slightly caramelized onions and garlic that lend sweetness to the whole thing.

And I love that the bulk of this recipe uses pantry ingredients – a can of chickpeas, a can of diced tomatoes, a can of coconut milk, and rice for serving if you want.

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Green Chicken Enchilada Casserole

 

Green Chicken Enchilada Casserole

This Green Chicken Enchilada Casserole has grated zucchini in it for a boost of nutritious veggies, and you only need 5 ingredients for the whole thing! Enchilada casseroles are great because the tortillas are layered, rather than rolled, so it’s super quick and easy to assemble. It’s perfect to make ahead of time to bake later, too. You’re going to love this flavor-packed, easy chicken recipe!

Using already cooked chicken (like rotisserie, or leftover roast chicken) and store-bought jarred green salsa makes easy work out of this 5-ingredient enchilada casserole recipe.

Zucchini is added to this chicken enchilada casserole recipe not only for added nutrition from hidden veggies, but for its beautiful green color and melt-in-your-mouth texture. You’ll want to remove as much water from the zucchini as possible before assembling – I’ll go over how to do that in this post. It’s a cinch!

Be sure to check out the video for this recipe as well, in the recipe card at the bottom. Let’s get to it!

Ingredients and Substitutions

  • Corn Tortillas – flour will also work, but I prefer corn for the flavor and that it’s a whole grain (and it’s more traditional for enchiladas).

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The Best Homemade Refried Beans

 

The Best Homemade Refried Beans

These are the BEST refried beans ever! Once you make homemade refried beans with bacon and onion, you’ll never go back to the canned stuff again. Best of all? It only takes 15 minutes and 6 ingredients to whip up. They’re packed with rich, savory, smoky flavor and can be used as a side for a Mexican-inspired meal, on tacos, on nachos, as a dip… or however you usually use refried beans!

These truly are the best refried beans ever. They’re bursting with flavor- smoky, spicy, simple, fresh, and decadent. And while these are made with bacon and bacon grease for extra decadence, you can easily make them vegetarian or vegan if you prefer.

Homemade refried beans are best when eaten hot and right away, but you can also make these and save them for later.

In this post I’ll explain how to make the BEST refried beans ever, and be sure to check out the video! This is such a yummy, hearty side dish that’s packed with plant-based protein. You’re going to love it.

Ingredients and Substitutions

  • Pinto Beans – I used canned, but you can cook them from dried beforehand if you prefer.

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Chicken and Zucchini Meatballs

 

Chicken and Zucchini Meatballs

These Chicken and Zucchini Meatballs are packed with lean protein and healthy veggies, but don’t let that fool you. These are some of the juiciest, most flavor-packed meatballs you’ll ever have! You can serve them with pasta, with a dipping sauce, as an appetizer, on a sub, or any other way you’d serve meatballs. Plus they only take 30 minutes to make and they’re freezer-friendly.

This was one of those experiments that I didn’t have very high expectations for. I mean, how can a chicken and veggie meatball really compare to a traditional beef and pork meatball?

But I was surprised and delighted by the outcome, and I think you will be too. My husband proclaimed that these are his favorite meatballs, and I have to say, I may agree. I’ll always have a place in my heart for the real thing, but these chicken zucchini meatballs are so delicious, AND healthy, that I’ll use them as my default meatball from now on!

As a bonus? My kids LOVED them. They’re a great way to hide veggies, and zucchini has that perfect melt-in-your-mouth texture when cooked the right way.

In this post I’ll show you how to make these easy chicken meatballs, as well as dry out the zucchini so the meatballs stay together well and aren’t too liquidy.

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A Truly Delicious Green Smoothie

 

A Truly Delicious Green Smoothie

This green smoothie is truly delicious – I promise, you’ll actually look forward to eating it and your body will thank you for it! This green smoothie is packed with spinach and even cucumber, but balanced with the two things bitter greens need most: fat and sugar. Bananas, pineapple, apple, and mango add vital sweetness and tons of nutrition, and a little avocado adds a vibrant green color as well as healthy fats.

Since splurging on a Vitamix blender, I can’t seem to stop making smoothies. And these green smoothies are my favorite kind to make – I’ve been having one in the morning every day for the past couple weeks and I can’t tell you how energetic and healthy it makes me feel! The boost of energy is similar to having a cup of coffee.

My secret to the BEST green smoothie ever: fat and sugar. Bitter green veggies NEED them. It’s why I roast brussels sprouts with bacon and maple syrup, and why I massage kale salad with a sweet maple and olive oil vinaigrette. Fat and sugar balance out the bitter flavor of green veggies. And when you’re enjoying a smoothie, bitter is the last thing you want!

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English Muffin Tuna Melts

 

English Muffin Tuna Melts

A classic tuna melt on halved English muffins is such a delicious, fast, easy, and cheap dinner option for those evenings you don’t want to cook. You probably already have everything you need for it!

This tuna melt recipe features classic tuna salad, with a mayonnaise base, celery, and my two favorite add-ins: green onions and sweet relish. You can use any tuna salad mix you like.

For this recipe, the English muffins are sliced and placed in the oven while it preheats, resulting in a nice toasty crispy base for the tuna that holds up and never gets soggy.

This is also a great way to use up any bread you have lying around, and those cheese remnants taking up space in your fridge. Anything goes here!

So grab some English muffins (or any bread you like), a can of tuna, and some cheese and let’s get to it!

Ingredients and Substitutions

  • Canned tuna – I recommend solid white albacore packed in water. If you use a tuna packed in oil, you’ll want to use much less mayo.
  • English muffins – I used Thomas’s, but there are plenty of healthy, whole grain options widely available like Dave’s Killer Bread and Ezekiel.

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Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

 

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs are the perfect poppable, snackable, dippable, add-to-salad-able, delicious bites you need in your life! Simple chicken meatballs are baked then tossed with homemade buffalo sauce. It’s a healthier alternative to traditional wings, fun to make – and less messy to eat, too.

I’m such a sucker for anything buffalo, but traditional wings come at a cost. Wings are already pretty fatty on their own, and if you order buffalo wings in a restaurant, they’re likely breaded, deep fried, and THEN tossed in a butter-laden buffalo sauce.

These meatballs, on the other hand, are made with lean ground chicken, baked, and tossed with a buffalo sauce that’s a little lighter on the butter (without skimping on flavor). They’re perfect for serving on game day as an appetizer with blue cheese dressing for dipping, or throwing in a salad.

Let’s learn how to make these awesome, juicy chicken meatballs (which are great on their own, too!), as well as how to make homemade buffalo sauce with ketchup added for extra flavor and thickness while taking the butter down a notch.

Ingredients and Substitutions

  • Ground chicken – or turkey
  • Breadcrumbs – homemade breadcrumbs, panko, or regular are fine, as long as they are unseasoned.

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Avgolemono Soup (Greek chicken soup with lemon and egg)

 

Avgolemono Soup (Greek chicken soup with lemon and egg)

Avgolemono Soup (Greek Chicken Soup with Lemon and Egg) is, for sure, without question, the best soup in the world. Avgolemono sauce is stirred into a basic chicken and rice soup, which is a luxurious sauce made of emulsified eggs, lemon juice, and hot broth. The result gives the soup a rich and creamy texture without any added dairy, plus it’s packed with nutrients like protein and vitamin C!

Avgolemono is everything you’d ever want out of a soup. It’s simple and light, yet hearty and satisfying. It has a luxurious creamy texture, but there’s no milk or cream anywhere. That’s just the Avgolemono sauce- eggs mixed with lemon juice and thoroughly emulsified and tempered with hot broth, then added into the soup. It also adds a really interesting foamy texture to the top of the soup – look closely at the photo above. See the tiny bubbles? Think gin fizz. Absolutely delightful.

What is Avgolemono Sauce?

Roughly translated, Avgolemono means “The nectar of the gods.” Just kidding. It means egg-lemon sauce (avgo=egg; lemono=lemon). In this case, it’s stirred into chicken and rice soup.

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Egg Roll in a Bowl

 

Egg Roll in a Bowl

The Egg Roll in a Bowl recipe is here to save you and your dinner! It’s everything you love about an egg roll, made in one skillet in only about 20 minutes. Aromatics are sautéed with ground pork (or other meat or meat substitute), cabbage, and carrots in a simple umami-packed sauce for a one-pot meal the whole family will love!

It’s easy to make this egg roll in a bowl paleo/whole30 compliant, or even vegetarian/vegan by using a ground meat substitute like beyond meat. It’s low carb and keto, if you’re into that kind of thing, as well as easily adaptable to be gluten-free.

But what I love most about this recipe is how EASY it is and how delicious it tastes! It’s everything you love about egg rolls from your favorite Chinese restaurant, but without the wrapping and frying. Let’s get to it!

Ingredients and Substitutions

  • Ground Pork – pork is commonly used in egg rolls and works well here, but you can use another ground meat of choice, like beef, turkey, chicken, or a plant-based substitute like beyond meat.
  • Green onions
  • Fresh ginger – ginger powder can be used in a pinch
  • Fresh garlic – garlic powder can be used in a pinch
  • Shredded cabbage – you can just get a bag of coleslaw mix if you prefer not to shred by hand!

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Mango Salsa

 

Mango salsa recipe in a bowl.With juicy fruit and a touch of peppery heat, this easy mango salsa recipe makes an impressive appetizer or dip in just 10 minutes! Get The Recipe Mango Salsa

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Three Bean Salad

 

Three bean salad recipe in a bowl with ingredients on the sides.This easy 3 bean salad recipe tastes fresh, stores well, and needs no cooking -- perfect for picnic and potlucks! Learn how to make a three bean salad in just 20 minutes. Get The Recipe Three Bean Salad

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Hunan Beef

 

Hunan beef in a bowl with broccoli, cauliflower rice, and chopsticks.This takeout-style Hunan beef recipe takes less than 15 minutes to make, with healthy ingredients! It makes a quick, easy weeknight dinner. Get The Recipe Hunan Beef

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Shrimp Ceviche Recipe

 

Shrimp ceviche in a bowl.Ceviche shrimp are so easy and elegant. Learn how to make a shrimp ceviche recipe with fresh, zesty ingredients, and raw OR cooked shrimp! Get The Recipe Shrimp Ceviche Recipe

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The Best Low Carb Keto Chicken Salad

 

Keto chicken salad close up.An easy keto chicken salad recipe packed with herbs and flavor! Learn how to make healthy low carb chicken salad in just 10 minutes. Get The Recipe The Best Low Carb Keto Chicken Salad

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Low Carb Keto Cheese Taco Shells

 

Keto cheese taco shells.Learn how to make cheese taco shells perfectly every time, along with lots of tips for quick, easy, CRISPY low carb keto taco shells. Get The Recipe Low Carb Keto Cheese Taco Shells

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Sugar-Free Keto No Bake Cookies

 

No bake keto cookies arranged on a plate.These sugar-free keto no bake cookies taste rich, sweet, fudgy, and crunchy, with just 5 ingredients and 10 minutes prep time! Get The Recipe Sugar-Free Keto No Bake Cookies

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Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

 

Quinoa salad recipe close up in a bowl.Make the best Mediterranean quinoa salad recipe in minutes! Quinoa chickpea salad with feta makes a delicious, simple side dish. Get The Recipe Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

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Pina Colada Recipe

 

Pina colada recipe close up.This homemade pina colada recipe takes just 5 minutes! Learn how to make a frozen skinny pina colada drink with easy ingredients and no sugar. Get The Recipe Pina Colada Recipe

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Caprese Salad

 

Caprese salad recipe laid out on a plate.This easy Caprese salad recipe with dressing combines simple, fresh ingredients to create an incredible summery side dish. Ready in 5 minutes! Get The Recipe Caprese Salad

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