I am obsessed with the meals in this Week’s Dinner Plan! The Loaded Eggplant took us awhile to perfect, but it was so worth it! This week’s menu is a delicious assortment of low-carb, easy meals that you will want to make again and again!
New to the meal plans? You can find them all, equipped with *free* printable shopping lists, in our easy Meal Plan Tab on the blog! If you’ve been loving them, we’d love to hear your favorites so far!
Try one of my chicken salad recipes on page 152 in a lettuce wrap for a great travel-friendly lunch! The Pesto Chicken Salad is my favorite chicken salad variation for Summer, but you can’t go wrong with the classic as well!
Finding a great on-the-go lunch that is both adult and kid-friendly is a hard task, but these DIY Lunch Pinwheels are just that! One-hundred percent customizable, easy to make-ahead, and a way to bring everyone around the table to make a meal together!
Although these pinwheels are perfect for school or work lunches, I cannot wait to make this DIY Pinwheel Spread for Football entertaining! I am excited to partner with Dietz & Watson for their Choose The Table campaign because I truly love the concept of more social and less media! Though my job has me on, almost all that time, I treasure the moments where I can shut off! Gathering around the table for a meal, to make lunch, to make a snack, and just chat and have some Face-time is truly so important!
Lay out all of the ingredients and have your family members and/or friends create their own pinwheels! The perfect party pleaser for those picky eaters out there!
I love how creative you can get with these pinwheels. Make a BLT pinwheel with turkey, or a Caprese BLT with pesto, or even an ultimate roasted veggie wrap pinwheel with all of your favorite Summer fixings… the options are endless!
I was so excited to find that Dietz & Watson has an organic line of turkey breast and chicken breast, plus DELICIOUS mustards! They even have organic, minimal ingredient beef hot dogs! Perfect options to grab in the grocery store.
4 leaves romaine lettuce or collard greens, stemmed shaved
1/2 cup hummus
1/2 cup pesto
1/2 cup Dietz & Watson whole-grain mustard
1 pound organic turkey breast
1 pound sliced pepperoni
1 pound sliced salami
1 pound shredded rotisserie chicken
Sliced chicken breasts
Tomatoes, sliced thin
Cucumbers, sliced thin
Spinach, more as needed
1 avocado, thinly sliced
1 red onion, sliced thin
1 eggplant, sliced into rounds and grilled
1 zucchini or yellow squash, sliced into rounds and grilled
Cheese, sliced or shredded
Sliced pickled pepperocini
Black beans, drained and rinsed
Roasted red peppers, sliced
Sundried Tomatoes, sliced
Place lettuce leaves, collard leaves, or tortillas of choice on a flat surface.
Spoon 1 to 2 tablespoons of your spread of choice onto the middle of your wrap.
Add a few slices of meat and/or veggies on top of the spread in a straight line along the stem of the lettuce wrap or the long side of the tortilla.
Lift the side of the tortilla closest to you and roll, using your fingers to make sure none of the filling falls out. If making a lettuce wrap, the stem should span the length of the whole roll. Before closing the roll, place a teaspoon of spread on the edge of the wrap. This will help the wrap stay together. Roll as tightly as possible for best results.
Using a sharp knife, cut the wrap into 1-inch pieces.
Place in the refrigerator until ready to serve!
*You can use a toothpick to help the pinwheels stay together if they start to fall apart!
Choose The Table Dinner
I had the amazing pleasure of dining with Chef Michael Schlow for the #choosethetable event at Doretta Tavern in Boston! I’ve always known it to be true that food really does bring people together, so I truly love this campaign which encourages others to gather around the table with family and friends to reclaim some extra moments of quality time together! More social, less media, my friends!
He brought out the delicious meat sauce, sans pasta for me, and he made even the cheesecake especially gluten-free for me! I’m not usually a cheesecake fan and this was insane!
Boston friends: Go enter to win your very own exclusively curated, private dinner at Doretta Tavern with Chef Michael Schlow on 9/12!
This post is sponsored by Dietz & Watson. All thoughts and opinions are always 100% my own! I love the integrity of their products and think you’ll love them too. Thank you for continuing to support LCK and the brands I work with!
This Pecan Popcorn Chicken makes for the perfect kid-friendly snack! Looking for flavorful, crispy, tender, and juicy popcorn chicken? This recipe is for you! Made in partnership with the American Pecan Council!
When I think of popcorn chicken, I think of KFC. Though I would certainly not eat that now, I wanted this popcorn chicken recipe to be reminiscent of the crunchy, crispy exterior, with a tender, juicy center! This recipe is just that!
These chicken nuggets, or popcorn chicken bites, are nutrient-dense, so you’ll feel GOOD about serving these! Pecans are lower in carbs and higher in fiber compared to many other nuts, and they’re among the highest in monounsaturated fats, including the beneficial oleic acid that’s found in olive oil!
Dairy-free, Grain-free, gluten-free, and paleo-friendly! Plus, that Cajun Garlic Dipping Sauce is truly AMAZING.
1 3/4 cup finely ground pecans, using food processor or pecan meal
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
Egg White Mixture
2 egg whites
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
1/2 cup arrowroot flour
1/4 cup avocado oil, pecan oil, or oil of choice, more as needed for frying
Cajun Garlic Dipping Sauce
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
3 garlic cloves minced
1/3 cup mayo
1/4 teaspoon sea salt, more to taste
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1. Mix all ingredients for the pecan mixture in a medium mixing bowl and set aside. 2. Place arrowroot flour and egg white mixture in two separate mixing bowls and set aside. 3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set next to the three mixing bowls. 4. Place chicken in the egg mixture, dredge in arrowroot flour, place back into the egg mixture and then dredge in the pecan mixture. Make sure to coat the chicken generously in the pecan mixture. 5. Heat the avocado oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Splash a drop of water in it, if it sizzles, it is ready to go! 6. Carefully, place the chicken in the hot skillet and fry for about 8-10 minutes, or until outside is golden and no pink remains. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels. 6. While chicken is cooking, place the Cajun garlic dipping sauce ingredients into a high-speed blender. Blend until just combined. Taste and adjust lemon and spices as necessary. Pour into desired serving cups and set aside until ready to eat. 7. Serve warm!
*Bake the chicken poppers instead of frying! Pre-heat oven to 400 °F. Bake for 12 minutes. Transfer chicken to the top rack of the oven and broil on high for 1-2 minutes on each side, until the outside is golden.
This post is sponsored by the American Pecan Council. All thoughts and opinions are always 100% my own! I love the integrity of their products and think you’ll love them too. Thank you for continuing to support LCK and the brands I work with!
This gluten-free BLT Pasta Salad is the perfect pasta salad to serve a crowd! If you love BLT sandwiches this is a must-make! The salty bacon, along with the sweet tomatoes, and fresh lettuce all dressed in a creamy dressing is so nourishing and flavorful. Such a great meal for any gathering! Top this with a perfectly cooked egg for added flavor and protein!
This BLT Pasta Salad is:
Creamy with an added lettuce crunch
Perfect for any BLT lover (like myself).
I love this gluten-free rice pasta (made with only brown rice as the ingredient), because it’s easier for me to digest, and nobody knows it’s gluten-free! I make this as an easy BBQ or dinner side, and it’s great for leftovers, too!
This Four Ingredient Lightened Up Piña Colada is the perfect simple and refreshing Summer drink! Simply toss all of the ingredients into a blender, buzz, and sip!
I am so excited to partner with my friends at Pacific Foods to bring you today’s recipe. I love to lighten up dishes with their coconut milk instead of using canned coconut milk! It makes the dish, or cocktail, lighter, while still being super creamy!
We had so much fun testing this recipe. We could not get over how fun and customizable this drink was! Want to turn it into popsicles? Pour it into a popsicle mold, freeze overnight and devour! Want to spice it up a bit? Add some lemon or lime juice for an extra zing!
No added sugar, dairy-free, and paleo-friendly! A cocktail WIN in my book!
This drink is GREAT without the rum as well for a cooling and flavorful Virgin Piña Colada! Simply ditch the rum to make these mocktails for the non-drinkers in your life!
Definitely, a new go-to Summer cocktail to make for weekend entertaining!
Blend on high until well combined. You should not be able to see any pinneaple pieces.
Taste and adjust ice as needed. The consistency should be very thick but smooth enough to drink!
*Triple this recipe to serve a crowd!
**You can use any Pacific Foods Coconut Milk you like. This is different than full-fat canned coconut milk!
***I like adding a pinch of sea salt, but you can omit this step!
This recipe is sponsored by Pacific Foods. I love the integrity of their products and think you’ll love them too. All opinions are always 100% my own! Want a free e-cookbook? Download the Non-Dairy Made Easy e-book here!
This week’s Dinner Plan is loaded with colorful, nourishing, and simple meals for these HOT days! From grilled peaches to veggie packed deconstructed Egg Roll Bowls, these recipes are must-makes this Summer!
If you missed the start of the plans, don’t worry, you can join in on your own month anytime! Find all of the meal plans, equipped with *free* printable shopping lists, in our easy Meal Plan Tab on the blog! If you’ve been loving them, we’d love to hear your favorites so far!