Cooking with Modern Table Meals

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I love having quick meal options for those days when I get home from work, too tired to barely change let alone cook dinner. Cue Modern Table Meals. Not only are their meal kits full of flavor, but they’re made with real ingredients and take minimal effort to make from start to finish. After trying every meal kit that my local grocery stores and Target have to offer, I think my favorite by far has to be the Parmesan Pesto. I’m also a BIG fan of their new mac and cheese boxes. The cool thing about the kits is that they’re SO customizable. Each kit comes with GF pasta, veggies, and a sauce pack that you mix with water and oil. You can easily add whatever protein you want and extra veggies to really bulk up the kits and get the most out of your meal; I love adding chicken or shrimp and some type of green veggie to mine and will sometimes portion it out for lunches throughout the week.

Let’s Break It Down
All Modern Table Meals products are free from artificial ingredients, contain complete proteins (blends of lentil, rice, and pea), are gluten free and vegetarian and are non-GMO.

Let’s Get Into It

  • 1 Parmesan Pesto Lentil Pasta Meal Kit (available online or at Target)
  • 2 chicken breasts, cut into 1″ pieces
  • 1/2tsp. garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1-2 cups veggie of choice (I like broccoli or spinach best with this kit)
  • Shaved Parmesan
  • Red Pepper Flakes (optional for garnish)

Directions:
Follow package instructions for meal kit. Tip: to prevent the pasta from getting gummy, rinse under cold water before adding to boiling water; this helps to rinse off some of the extra starch on the noodles.

While the noodles are cooking, heat a pan over medium heat and drizzle with oil of choice. Season chicken breasts with garlic powder, salt, and pepper, coating evenly and cook for 5-6 minutes until done. (You can also sauté your veggies with the chicken so they are done at the same time).

Once noodles are done and sauce pack has been added, add the chicken and veggies and stir to combine. Top with a sprinkle of red pepper flakes and shaved parmesan.

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GF Pepita and Herb Crusted Tilapia

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Mother Nature has some attachment issues to winter but I think spring has finally sprung here in the Midwest. The temp usually likes to linger in the mid 50’s around March/April but this weekend we finally hit, and surprisingly stayed, in the 70’s and I could not be more excited. I say this at the start of every new season, but I really do adore spring. The colors, the freshness, the changing menus and wardrobe, I love it all.

Last week I had my first appointment with a naturopath and in an effort to sort out a few health issues, we agreed that it was best for me to cut out most gluten and grains. I’ve done two rounds of Whole30 so this wasn’t really startling or scary for me to do. Luckily I had a few recipes up my sleeve that I was more than ready to adjust to fit my new lifestyle.

To make the crust for this tilapia, all I did was grind up some pepitas and Simple Mills crackers, tossed in some parsley and seasonings, added some garlic, then threw it on the fish before I popped it in the oven and finally topped it off with some parmesan because why not. This tilapia is not only easy and quick to make, but the pumpkin seeds help to give the dish an extra nutritional boost.

Let’s break it down:
Pumpkin seeds are a great source of magnesium; just two tablespoons contains a quarter of the daily recommended amount. Responsible for over 300 enzymatic reactions in the body, magnesium is essential for muscle function and aids in the metabolism of food and synthesis of protein and fatty acids. Increasing magnesium intake not only benefits the heart, but can even decrease the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.*

Let’s get into it:

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 400° and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Grind the pumpkin seeds and crackers in a food processor. Pour mixture into a small bowl and add parsley, salt, pepper, and onion powder. Mix and set aside.

Drizzle avocado oil on each tilapia filet and rub to coat both sides, then season with salt and pepper. Add 1/4 tsp. crushed garlic to each tilapia filet then generously top with crumb mixture. Lightly spray the tops of each filet with avocado oil spray.

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Bake for 15 minutes or until cooked through. Once fish is cooked, remove from oven and top each filet with 1/2 tsp. parmesan cheese. Change oven setting to broil and place fish back in oven for 1 minute; keep an eye on it to ensure crust does not burn.

*Source: Medical News Today