Simple Parmesan Broiled Fish (10-minutes from start to finish!)

I was going to call this Simple Cheesy Fish Dish – you know – because it rhymed and was cute. But then I was like, “What a weird and not-very-appetizing name. Let’s change it to Simple Parmesan Broiled Fish. People will want to make it if it has a better name.”

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I sure hope you all appreciate all the thought and trouble I go to in preparing these recipes and laboring to come up with their names. There is no end to all the decisions I have to make around here.

But in actual news, and what you really need to know about this recipe is how easy it is. You broil the fish. While it is broiling, you mix up a few ingredients to spread over the top. You spread it on. You broil it all a little longer. In ten minutes the fish is completely done and ready to serve.

Ten minutes. Maybe I should have called this Ten-Minute Fish Dish. But seriously, though.

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Simple Parmesan Broiled Fish
 
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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds fish, any kind (cod, tilapia, halibut, flounder, salmon)
  • ¾ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • ⅓ cup melted butter
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise (I use Hain Safflower mayo)
  • 3 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 Tablespoons dried minced onion
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • Splash of hot sauce (we like Cholula)
Instructions
  1. Lay fish pieces in a buttered 9x13 inch baking dish.
  2. Broil for 8-10 minutes in the oven.
  3. In the meantime, mix the remaining ingredients in a bowl.
  4. Removed broiled fish from the oven and spread on the cheese mixture.
  5. Broil for an additional 2 minutes.

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This fish has incredible flavor! We have also found that the sauce tastes great with the steamed veggies we eat with this meal. There’s just something about cheese and butter and mayo all together that makes a great sauce. So if the sauce from your fish runs over your plate into your veggies – be grateful. The entire meal will taste better this way!

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Simple Cheesy Baked Chicken

This Cheesy Baked Chicken recipe is unbelievably simple!

I was skeptical at first. I thought it might turn out boring or dull, dry or flavorless. Turns out, the flavor is perfect, the chicken is juicy, and then there’s the cheese. Cheese makes everything better.

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In keeping with the Simple Recipes theme we have going on here, this recipe can be made with about five minutes of effort. While the chicken is baking, you can quickly make some veggie side dishes. We first enjoyed this chicken with fried sweet potatoes, tossed salad, and buttered peas. It was crazy easy and so, so delicous.

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Simple Cheesy Baked Chicken
 
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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds boneless chicken thighs or breasts
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (cheddar or Colby jack recommended)
Instructions
  1. Place chicken in a baking dish.
  2. Drizzle olive oil over the chicken and sprinkle with garlic powder and salt.
  3. Bake, uncovered, in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle cheese over the chicken and bake for 10 minutes more or until cheese has melted.

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Allow me to put in a word again for using boneless chicken thighs instead of boneless chicken breasts. The thighs have more fat in them, so they are always juicier and more flavorful. I’ve found the price for thighs to be about the same, if not better than what I’ve found for breasts. I’m also enjoying the fact that I continue to find a natural brand of chicken marked down for quick sale at the store. I know it’s not the best of the best when it comes to chicken, but it is at least better than the worst. (You like my logic, there?) I grab all the marked down packages I find, often getting 2-pound packages for about $3.00, and freeze them for when I need them. What a huge money saver!

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Simple Sweet and Sour Baked Chicken Legs

Everybody come get yourselves some Sweet and Sour Baked Chicken Legs.

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A meal like this is one of my favorite to prepare. It goes something like this:

  1. Plop some chicken in a dish.
  2. Mix up 5 ingredients to spread over chicken.
  3. Put the chicken in the oven and walk away.
  4. Just before dinnertime, throw frozen veggies in a pot to steam.
  5. Get out salad stuff.
  6. Ring the cow bell.

If you don’t have a cow bell, I guess you can still make this chicken.

Ringing the cow bell (to alert the men in the field that dinner was ready) was one of my favorite things to do at Grandma’s house. I’ve decided that I need one for my house. My men aren’t out in the field, but they are often wearing headphones. Perhaps they could hear a cow bell better than they hear my sweet (but wimpy) voice calling them for dinner?

Either way, check out how easy this new recipe is:

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Simple Sweet and Sour Baked Chicken Legs
 
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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 3 pounds chicken legs (other pieces work fine too but may require more baking time)
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Lay chicken legs in a 9x13 inch baking dish.
  2. Mix honey, soy sauce, ketchup, and garlic in a small saucepan. Heat briefly to melt honey and to make sure ingredients are well combined.
  3. Spread mixture over chicken legs.
  4. Cover and bake in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes. Turn chicken over in the sauce, cover, and cook for 15 minutes more.

Be sure the soy sauce is gluten free if this is a need for you!

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You will love this simple main dish!

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Easy Crustless Skillet Pizza

My profound conclusion after eating grain-free for three weeks is this:

No matter who we are, we could all stand to eat fewer grains. But no one should have to give up pizza.

Pizza is what I’ve missed the most, which is funny since I don’t typically eat much pizza anyway. I’ve given up on trying to figure this out.

I haven’t been very interested in finding lots of substitutes for many grain based foods and have instead focused on eating many meals that are naturally grain free (like egg and veggie scrambles, roast with veggies, grilled chicken with veggies, or loaded chef salads). That type of meal is very simple, so working three times as hard to make a grain free pizza crust didn’t appeal to me at all. But I did really want some pizza.

What’s a girl to do?

Aha! I have a Crustless Pizza Pie recipe right here on my site that is so easy my 11-year old can make it without help. But of course.

With that “problem” solved, I then had to figure out how to avoid heating up the house. Could I make this Crustless Pizza without turning on the oven on a super hot day? But of course.

Cast Iron Skillet to the rescue. (I have one like this that I use daily. You never know how long sale prices will last, but this one is 79% off right now!!!)

I began by “baking” the cream cheese layer over low heat on my stove-top. I almost got distracted and let it get too hot, but caught it just in time before it scorched. Phew.

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In the meantime, I browned hamburger meat in a small pan. I kept the pizza pie veggie-less this time, knowing we would be eating salad and veggies on the side.

After cooking the cream cheese layer for about 10 minutes, I topped it with sauce and meat, then covered it for a few minutes to heat through.

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Then I piled on the cheese, covered it for about 2 minutes so it would melt, then we dug in. It completely met my need for pizza. Who even needs crust?? Especially when there is cream cheese involved.

Easy Crustless Skillet Pizza

Easy Crustless Skillet Pizza

Easy Crustless Skillet Pizza
 
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Ingredients
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • 1½ cups shredded mozzarella, cheddar, or colby jack cheese
  • Any meat or veggie toppings you like
Instructions
  1. In a medium-sized bowl mix cream cheese, eggs, pepper, garlic powder, and parmesan cheese until creamy.
  2. Spread mixture into a 10-12 inch cast iron skillet.
  3. Cover and cook over low heat on the stove-top for about 10 minutes, checking every few minutes to be sure it isn't scorching.
  4. In the meantime, prepare pizza toppings.
  5. Spread pizza sauce over hot cream cheese layer.
  6. Top with any meat, veggies, and cheese you like.
  7. Cover and cook over low heat for 5-10 more minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted.

No matter if you are a grain-free eater or not, I encourage you to make this easy skillet pizza! This was a great meal for our entire family and easy to serve with a tossed salad, fresh fruit, and raw veggies.

My Grain-Free Journey Update

The latest visit with my doctor assures me that I’m on the road to great health and will not have to eat grain-free forever!!! In the meantime, I’m learning that eating grain-free allows a person to eat loads of vegetables and other nutrient packed foods. So even when I add the grains back in, I’m going to continue on with many of the new habits I’m learning because they are so nourishing.

I’m heading to church camp next week (packing a lot of my own food), and afterward hope to find time to share some great new (to me) nourishing food tips I’m learning!

The Sentence I Never Thought I’d Hear Myself Say

My natural doctor just took me off grains.

All grains. Not just gluten. Grains. Wheat, rice, corn, oats, and all the others.

What???

I believe (but am not entirely sure) that this will be temporary. Who even knows? Since 2012, I’ve been detoxing heavy metals, trying to get rid of migraines, and cleansing my body under the care of my doctor who strives to get to the root of our symptoms. (It has been a fun four-year party.) As a result, my body started hating sugar about three years ago. Now I’m removing grains to promote further healing.

It’s been almost two weeks that I’ve been grainless. The journey so far has gone something like this:

Day 1: Avoid grains? Fine. No biggie. I don’t eat many grains anymore anyway.

Five minutes later: Hit with the reality that I eat way more grains than I thought. Kept a good attitude.

Days 2 and 3: I’m starving. Eating round the clock. Eight meals a day. Discover that eating constantly is only fun in theory.

Day 4:  Still hungry. Food isn’t fun. I’m so mad that food isn’t fun. Now I’m mad and sad at my doctor. Except not. Except yes.

Day 5: Waffling (which is ironic seeing as I’m not eating waffles) between being grateful for so much food variety and feeling completely sorry for myself because I just want one little biscuit. And also corn chips.

Days 2-9: Grumpy. Fine. Grumpy. Fine. Grumpy.

Day 10: Turned a corner. Oh hey. My body seems to be getting used to this. I only need to eat 4-6 times a day now and the grain cravings are lessening. Cool.

Day 11: Who even cares about bread? (me. still. sometimes.) So very grateful that coffee is a bean and not a grain. So very, very thankful.

Days 12-13: Adjusting. Lettuce makes great nachos. My pants are looser. I’m not starving all the time. Spaghetti squash rocks.

Apparently, there is a normal period of time that your body, which is used to being fed grains, will beg for grains and make you think you’re hungry all the time (which you are) even though you are eating constantly (which I was). There might have been some tears. My husband is very, very nice.

So here we are.

I’m not going to make a big deal of this and I’m not going to change how I cook for my family. They’ll still get their share of whole grain bread and pancakes and rice and granola. For now, I’ll just eat the non-grainy parts of our meals.

If you know me very well, you’ll probably enjoy this giggle:

After the first four days of eating meat and vegetables and meat and vegetables and meat, I actually said this sentence to Matt,

“I’m just so tired of meat!!”

Me. I said this. I’m the carnivorous girl who has always loved and craved meat. The moment the words were out of my mouth, Matt looked at me with a smirk and I said, “Who even just said that?!”

Weirdy weirdness. I was having a moment. I was out of my head, and also I was hungry for pizza.

But now look at me. I am just fine. I am so happy to snack on a spoonful of peanut butter. Who even needs grains? Not me. This is the only snack I could ever want.

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This grain free time (probably) won’t be forever, and I’m so grateful to be on the road to great health. Also? As if I hadn’t already learned that cutting back on breads and desserts leaves a lot of room more more nutrition-packed foods (like vegetables), I’m really finding that now. Yay! My body is receiving so much nourishment!!

Now your job is to leave yummy grain/sugar free food ideas in the comment section.

P.S. I fudge (again, the irony) and eat a little fruit even though it has natural sugar. Also, I can have dairy. Praise God for cream cheese. Amen.

Are Paleo, Gluten Free, Grain Free Diets a Fad? Healthy or Not Healthy? My Thoughts…

I decided it would make perfect sense for me to post about My Favorite Whole Wheat Recipes, and then follow it up the next day with a post about avoiding wheat and/or grains altogether. I like keeping you on your toes.

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Seeing as the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle includes an entire section on Special Diets, I thought this might be a good time to address my thoughts on eating a gluten free, grain free, or paleo diet. Let’s chat, shall we?

A few weeks ago, I got this email from Deb:

I am just wondering what you think about all the gluten free, etc. rage? Some of my friends truly have celiac, but most just seem to be trying this as more of a fad, way to lose weight, etc. Don’t you think that the reason that they feel better is because they give up processed junk and sugar, not so much because of the actual gluten?

We just had a missionary stay with us from Australia, she is originally from Taiwan and has lived in Kenya as well. She says that Americans are the only ones who take supplements and vitamins and have all these food allergies. She thinks it is ridiculous to eat at McDonalds, then buy vitamins. She stayed with us 2 weeks and it was very interesting, even if she was out and about, she would NOT get fast food, she would go to the grocery and buy fresh meat and vegetables and come home and cook it, even though it costs more and was more time consuming. Also, a lot of my friends that are on these EXTREME diets cheat half the time anyway, so what is the point?  

Ah yes. I too have watched people go from eating a basic diet of donuts, chips, fast food, and skittles – to eating a low fat or low-carb diet. They lose weight, feel better, and swear that the key is to cut out carbs, grains, gluten, eggs, beef, or butter.

Hey, hey, hey. Them’s fightin’ words to this girl. Nobody better be blaming my butter or beef on their poor health! Especially when we’re talking about the kind that comes from cows who are raised in a healthy environment. But enough about my beloved bovines. What is the healthiest way for all of us to eat?

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I hate to disappoint you, but I do not believe that there is a one-size-fits-all diet.  I believe real food, in balance, based on what your body can tolerate and thrive on is the right diet for you. Learn to listen to your body, and nourish it.

I love my beef, and in fact, I believe I personally need quite a bit of (grass fed, if possible) red meat in my diet in order to maintain a healthy level of iron in my body. You might not need much or any beef. You may not need much of any variety of meat. Okay by me – that means more cow for this girl. Learn to listen to your body, and nourish it.

While some can’t tolerate grains or gluten, I can. I can’t eat them in large amounts, and in fact, I believe most of us should cut back on the grains just to make more room in our diet for fruits and vegetables Learn to listen to your body, and nourish it.

Here are my Paleo, Gluten Free, and Grain Free thoughts in a nutshell:

  • When you give up processed foods and instead eat more wholesome, nourishing foods, you will feel better and look better.  This has very little to do with the fact that the food might be gluten free, paleo, or grain free.
  • If you truly are allergic to a certain food or if a food makes you sick, by all means, you should not eat it.  You might want to check into NAET though. It is possible to re-program our bodies so that they no longer reject certain foods as allergens. My boys and I have experienced this, and it works. Where we used to have food allergies, we no longer do, praise God!
  • A Gluten Free label does not automatically make a food healthy.
  • Cutting down on grains is beneficial, especially if the majority of what you eat is grainy. Our bodies need a better balance, and grains can be difficult to digest. Bready foods should not be our main nourishment focus.
  • If we’re cutting down our grains, we should not replace them with loads of almond flour and coconut flour. I believe these flours are fantastic additions to our diets, and wonderful to use in baking – especially if your body can not tolerate grains. But to eat them by the pound every day? Well, what happened to balance?

Paleo, Gluten Free, and Grain Free diets can be healthy and beneficial. But if you’re focused on cutting out foods for the wrong reasons, and not focused on overall body nourishment – you’re right back where you started.

Share with me what you have found is best for you and your family when it comes to eating gluten and grains. Do you eat them? What grains are your favorites?