Blog Feature: Iowa Girl Eats

30 Jan

Many of our recipe ideas originally come from a variety of different websites. Some are via Pinterest, or Instagram, or even from another food blog site. Recently we tried two different recipes from a food blog site and loved them both! Although we altered them to fit what ingredients/supplies we had on hand, the finished product was almost identical to the original recipe. That’s why we wanted to link this post to because she has so many great recipes and ideas we love! Her blog URL is http://iowagirleats.com

The first recipe we tried was: Orange Chicken Skillet with Winter Fruit Salsa

Our alterations included baking the chicken breasts seasoned with salt, pepper, and fat free balsamic vinaigrette in the oven at 350 degrees for 40 minutes instead of pan frying it. You just place the chicken in a pan and cover with foil to keep the chicken moist. Meanwhile, we made a salsa for on top.

Our ingredients for the salsa included:
1 medium orange
1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
1 kiwi

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In her recipe she also uses orange juice but we left this out because we did not have any in the house! We also added fresh steamed kale into the recipe. To make the kale, you simply wash it with water and place in in a microwave safe container covered with a paper towel and cook for 1 minute.

To cook the long grain brown rice we added 3/4 cup of water to 1/2 cup uncooked rice. Once it came to a boil we reduced the heat and let it simmer covered for 20 minutes. Afterwards, you let it sit covered for AT LEAST 10 additional minutes. Then all it needs is a little fluffing with a fork and it’s ready to be served.

We have tried to find the perfect way to cook rice for quite a while and both vouch that this is the best way we know. It took a few failed attempts in the microwave to realize how easy it is to cook it on the stove top. But if you have an even easier way, let us know!

Assembly:
1. scoop the brown rice onto two places
2. lay the sautéed kale over the rice
3. place the cooked chicken breast on top
4. scoop the fresh fruit salsa onto each plate
5. ENJOY! it’s a sweet, refreshing take on a classic dinner staple

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The second recipe we tried was Make Ahead Fruit and Yogurt Parfaits

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We followed this recipe to a t, just using the ingredients we had on hand.

Ingredients:
6 oz of greek yogurt (any flavor, we opted for pineapple by Chobani)
1/3 cup old fashioned oats
1 teaspoon chia seeds
2 tablespoons of milk of choice
any fruit toppings you want: strawberries, bananas, blueberries, blackberries, etc.

Directions:
In a bowl combine greek yogurt, old fashioned oats, chia seeds, and milk of choice. Place half of the mixture into a mason jar or other container. Then add half of your fruit toppings. Add additional half of the mixture into the bowl and then add the rest of the fruit toppings.

These can be stored in the fridge for a few days!!! This is the great thing about this recipe. You can make a bunch at one time and then grab them on the go throughout the week. See? It’s so simple to eat healthy. This yogurt parfait is so filling too. We opted for hemp plus granola on top, but don’t add that in until right before you eat it. That way it’s fresh and does not get mushy in the fridge. Let us know what you think if you make the recipe yourselves. We love to hear feedback!

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Notice our new “LOVE OATMEAL” spoons?! It’s a late birthday present from Kayla. Best sister ever award!

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