Clean Quinoa Chicken Parmesan

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup quinoa (dry)
  • 1 Tbsp dried Italian seasoning
  • 4 small boneless, skinless chicken breasts, (evenly sized)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup almond flour or whole wheat flour
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup all natural shredded mozzarella cheese (optional)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
  • 1 cup low-sugar organic marinara sauce
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, julienned
  • Sprinkle of red pepper flakes (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees f.
  2. Lightly oil a baking sheet or coat with nonstick spray. (I used avocado oil or olive oil spray)
  3. In a large saucepan, cook quinoa according to package instructions.
  4. Stir Italian seasoning into cooked quinoa, set aside.
  5. Season chicken with garlic powder, sea salt, and pepper, to taste.
  6. Working in small batches, dredge chicken first in flour, dip into eggs, then dredge in quinoa mixture, pressing slightly to coat each breast.
  7. Place chicken onto the prepared baking sheet. Place in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown, and cooked through.
  8. Top with cheeses (optional) and marinara. Place into oven and bake until cheeses have melted, about 3-4 additional minutes.
  9. Serve immediately over spiralized zucchini noodles (I toss my zucchini in a hot skillet with a touch of olive oil, sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, for about 3 minutes before serving)
  10. Garnish with fresh basil and red pepper flakes for a little kick!

CLEAN LIVING

It is hard to say at what point in my life I recognized the importance of living a “clean” lifestyle. Implementing these beliefs, takes time, is focused on balance, coined by the phrase: “Progress Not Perfection

fullsizeoutput_3d48Clean eating, clean products, and environmentally conscious companies and consumers are hot topics today, but the question remains…

Is the price tag associated with these items really worth it and what is the return on your investment?

Everything being a matter of choice, it is important to understand what it is you are making a choice about. I like to compare it to the car you drive. It truly doesn’t matter if your choice in vehicles is a brand new car you just drove off the lot, or an antique you refurbished and are afraid to take out of your garage — its hard to disagree that both need clean fuel. No water, no dirt, just good clean fuel. When we talk about our food source, our environment and our lifestyles – the concept is relatively the same.

What do additives, dyes, preservatives and chemicals do to our bodies?

Everybody responds different to the presence of these substances. Some individuals do not react at all to them or, are in aware that they do, while others might have a severe allergy. For many of us however, our bodies recognize these substances as “foreign”– things that shouldn’t be there. We often don’t know how GOOD our bodies were truly meant to feel.

What does the body do in response to the substance?

It fights it off. This is different for everyone. The “fight it off” phase is the body sending signals to get rid of the substance, resulting in different phases of inflammation and excretion. This can be in the presence of a rash, a stuffy nose, itchy eyes, an upset stomach, fatigue and even presenting as behavior issues and mental clarity and/or depression.

Ready to feel better? 

Choose to start one step at a time. What is of the most importance to you? Make small changes.

Clean eating. Start by simply making conscious choices about what you are currently eating. Be aware of the preservatives, additives, and artificial ingredients. Try planning a trip to your local farmers market or co-op. Doing this not only guides you in making healthier choices but you are supporting you local community. I like to call this, from farm to table. Do you find yourself frequently on the run? Many convenience store and restaurants are becoming more consumer friendly and offering a variety of healthy food choices.

A Clean home. Afraid to go all in? Try eliminating one chemical at a time. So not to waste money, when the bottle of your current cleaner is gone, replace it with its non-toxic, environmentally friendly counterpart. Need suggestions? I would be happy to share what we use in our home!

A clean mind. Planning ahead. Time management. Scheduling. When you have a clean/organized environment, you have a clean mind. Clutter creates chaos and stress. Less truly is more!

Change you statement of “I don’t have time” to “It’s not important”. 

This simple alteration puts priorities in perspective. #Happyliving