To celebrate the beginning of spring, this week I’ll be featuring dinner recipes that are not only quick & easy, but also incorporate lots of fresh foods and flavor. Tonight I’m kicking things off with Spinach & Chicken Stir Fry with Raspberries!
This is the BEST, you guys! Garlicky quinoa is the bed for chicken and spinach stir fried in sweet, pomegranate vinaigrette, topped with sweet raspberries & tangy cheese.
Total feel good food. :)
- Chicken broth
- Baby Spinach
- Pomegranate vinaigrette
- Canola oil
- 1/2 red onion
- 2 chicken breasts, sliced
- Spices: salt, pepper, garlic powder
- Frozen-then-thawed raspberries
Start by stir frying 2 chicken breasts cut into strips and seasoned with salt, pepper and garlic powder with 1/2 sliced red onion in 1 teaspoon canola oil on high.
When the chicken is cooked all the way through, add 1/4 cup Pomegranate Vinaigrette. You could use whatever fruity vinaigrette you have on hand – raspberry, etc.
This Simply Dressed Pomegranate Vinaigrette is simply amazing though! ;)
Next add 1 whole bag of baby spinach.
Use tongs to turn the spinach and let it wilt, which only takes a minute or so.
Cook up some quinoa in chicken broth and a dash of garlic powder in a saucepan next door, then top with the chicken stir fry, raspberries and chevre! :D
Spinach & Chicken Stir Fry with Raspberries
1/2 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
1 cup chicken broth
dash garlic powder
1 teaspoon canola oil
2 chicken breasts, sliced
salt & pepper
1/2 small red onion, sliced thin
1 bag (6oz) baby spinach
1/4 cup bottled pomegranate vinaigrette (or other fruity salad dressing)
1/2 cup fresh or frozen-then-thawed raspberries
2 Tablespoons chevre or feta cheese
- Combine quinoa, chicken broth and a dash of garlic powder in a saucepan. Bring to a boil then cover and turn the heat down to medium-low. Simmer until quinoa is tender and all the broth has been absorbed, about 12 minutes.
- Meanwhile, heat canola oil in a large skillet over high heat. Season chicken slices with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Add chicken and onion to the skillet and stir fry until chicken is cooked all the way through.
- Add salad dressing and baby spinach to the skillet and toss until spinach is wilted, about 1 minute. Divide quinoa among plates, then top with the chicken stir fry, raspberries and cheese.
Warm, fresh and bursting with flavor. This is a feast for the eyes and stomach!
Doesn’t hurt that it takes less than 15 minutes to make, either. You’ve got to try it! :)
In other news, it’s my favorite day of the year!
That is, the first work day after daylight savings time begins. :) Instead of racing to the gym after work then home to make dinner and blog before the sun goes down (I always feel like my day is over as soon as it’s dark) the 3+ extra hours of sunlight in the afternoon encourages me slow everything down a bit, and take more time to enjoy my evenings.
The extra hours of sunshine also make it feel like spring is officially here. I can’t help but get excited about the bright green flower buds that are starting to pop up in the garden, and the prospect of opening up the house and getting spring cleaning underway.
More than cleaning out the cobwebs and scrubbing the base boards though, spring always feels like a new beginning to me. A time to assess what’s going on in my life, and identify areas where I can make some improvements, or just do little things to make sure the season gets started on the right foot. In case you feel the same way, here are 10 Ways to Spring Clean Your Life!
1. Organize your finances
Spring is the perfect time to organize and refresh your finances. If you haven’t nailed down a budgeting system that works for you, take a look at a spreadsheet I use to track income and expenses in real time over the course of the month.
Click here to view the spreadsheet, then click File –> Download As –> Excel to download and personalize. (The numbers and categories are completely made up.)
2. Declutter your home
Don’t get me wrong, getting the house squeaky-clean each spring feels great, but decluttering it feels even better. Try going room-by-room over the next couple of weeks, and getting rid of the items that you no longer need, are broken, and/or haven’t been used in years.
Be honest with yourself too. How many unmatched socks does one really need to effectively dust one’s home? Is the busted printer that’s been sitting in the garage for 3 years going to spontaneously fix itself? Will you ever wear those tiny tank tops you used to wear in college again? Three, no, and hell no.
3. Donate your unused stuff
Take all the stuff you identified as no longer necessary for survival during decluttering, and donate it if you can. Giving to organizations like Goodwill not only feels great, but it also does a lot of good. Don’t forget to keep a receipt of everything you donate to deduct come tax time next year.
4. Get a haircut
Make an appointment for a haircut or trim. Getting rid of split and dead ends, or sporting a new ‘do, is always a great way to kickoff the new season.
5. Clean out your makeup bag
Clean out your makeup bag and trash any old or broken cosmetics. Here’s a great chart for how long cosmetics are good for but, when in doubt – throw it out!
6. Disinfect your work space
Scrubbing your home in the spring is essential, but don’t forget about your workspace. Many people spend more time sitting at their desk than at home (raises hand,) so be sure to give your work area a thorough cleaning sometime soon. (Don’t forget the keyboard!)
7. Assess your workout gear
Assess your stash of spring and summer workout gear and decide if you need to purchase any new pieces for the upcoming warmer weather. Stock up on low-cost essentials like socks and sports bras, and toss or donate old tops and bottoms.
8. Clean out your inbox
Go through your inbox email-by-email and delete and/or categorize anything that doesn’t need to be in there. Unsubscribe from daily/weekly newsletters/communications you no longer wish to receive.
9. Volunteer your time
Nothing feels better than selflessly volunteering your time for no other reason than to help others. Get spring off on the right foot by gathering some friends or family members and volunteering somewhere!
10. Eat better now
There’s never a better time to start eating better than now. RIGHT NOW! No waiting ’til tomorrow, the weekend, or next month – start incorporating healthy, fresh foods into your diet, and stop unhealthy eating habits today (note to self: put down the Beer Chips.)
Well, off to enjoy the last (couple of) hours of sunshine! Hope you have a great night!
How do you “Spring Clean Your Life” every year?