Easy Weeknight Meals with Kevin’s Sauces

If you are looking for easy and delicious weeknight meals I have two perfect recipes for you. Taco bowls with ground beef and a Thai coconut sauce with chicken & veggies. Both meals are so tasty anyone will enjoy them. They are also Keto and Paleo friendly which is a plus.

Easy Weeknight Meals with Kevin's Sauces

Last week I wrote about Kevin’s Sauces which quickly became a regular in our kitchen. I normally do not like packaged sauces but Kevin’s sauces are so good and are very comparable to what you can get in some restaurants. As an advocate for clean eating, I am happy to support a company whose mission is to empower the busiest people to eat clean without sacrificing flavor. 

Thai coconut sauce with chicken and veggies

Easy Weeknight Meals with Kevin's Sauces

Thai coconut sauce with chicken and veggies

This Thai inspired dish is so comforting and absolutely delicious. Kevin’s Thai Coconut sauce is made with yummy ingredients like coconut milk, lemongrass, ginger and spices. I added Juicy chicken thighs, green beans, carrots seasonal ingredients like kabocha squash.  The combination worked really well with all of the different flavors complementing each other. My husband likes his food very spicy so I added some chili flakes for heat and served it with cauliflower rice. 

How to make easy Thai coconut sauce with chicken and veggies 
  1. Season chicken with salt and pepper
  2. Add olive oil to a hot pan and cook chicken till lightly browned and almost cooked through; about 10 mins. 
  3. Add freshly minced onion, garlic and ginger to chicken and cook for another 2 minutes
  4. Add kabocha squash, carrots and Kevin’s That Coconut Sauce. 
  5. Reduce heat and simmer for about 15 mins
  6. Add green beans and simmer another 5 minutes. 

Recipe Notes: Serve with cauliflower rice if following a keto or paleo diet. This dish goes really well with jasmine rice as well. If you like it a little spicy add some chili flakes. 

Taco bowls with ground beef

On busy weeknights you can’t go wrong with Taco bowls. They are quick, easy and packed with fresh and healthy ingredients. I used Kevin’s Classic Taco Sauce to give the ground beef the delicious classic taco taste that we all love. The sauce includes flavors from roasted poblano chilies, garlic, onion, tomato and spices. 

The beauty of taco bowls is you can use any of your favorite ingredients. I used cauliflower rice instead regular rice. I topped it with sliced red bell peppers, red onions, cherry tomatoes, diced Persian cucumber, avocado, romaine lettuce and cilantro. The possibilities are endless and this is a good dish to make if you are trying to use up veggies in your fridge.  

How to Make Taco bowls with ground beef
  1. Season ground beef with salt and pepper. 
  2. Add grape seed oil to a hot pan; add the ground beef and cook for about 5 minutes. 
  3. Reduce heat, add Kevin’s Classic Taco Sauce and simmer for 2 minutes. 
  4. Place cauliflower rice in a bowl, top with the ground beef and veggies including romaine lettuce, red onions, avocado, tomatoes, cilantro, cucumber and avocado. 

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Vegetarian Cauliflower and Chickpea Tikka Masala

After eating mostly Thanksgiving leftovers recently I had a craving for lighter meals and to get back to lighter eating. This Vegetarian cauliflower and chickpea Tikka Masala is exactly what the doctor ordered. Full of flavor and packed with delicious goodness. 

Kevin's Natural Foods Tikka Masala Sauce

We can all agree, there are days we need quick and easy ways to get dinner on the table. On those days, I reach for Kevin’s Natural Foods ready made sauces.

I made this vegetarian cauliflower and chickpea Tikka Masala using Kevin’s Tikka Masala Sauce. This sauce saved me from having to cook the Tikka Masala sauce from scratch plus it’s absolutely delicious! Kevin’s Natural Foods produces some of the best sauces and have become a staple in our pantry. They have a wide range of delicious Keto and Paleo friendly sauces made with natural ingredients. I always feel guilt free when I use their sauces.

Kevin’s Tikka Masala Sauce is a delicious blend of tomato curry made with coconut milk, ginger, and Indian spices. It is usually used with chicken but it’s versatile enoigh to be used in veggie dishes. I decided to try it with cauliflower and chickpeas. I certainly did not regret this decision!

I served the cauliflower and chickpea Tikka Masala with cilantro lime rice. Compared to other watery sauces, Kevin’s Tikka Masala sauce is thick and hugs the veggies for rich flavor with every bite. The hubby who is not usually big on vegetarian meals even went for seconds, which is always a good sign. 

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Vegetarian Cauliflower and Chickpea Tikka Masala Recipe
Vegetarian Cauliflower and Chickpea Tikka Masala
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 15.5 oz can chickpeas rinsed and drained
  • 1 7 oz packet Kevin's Natural Foods Tikka Masala sauce
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 large yellow onion diced
  • 1/2 large green bell pepper diced
  • 1/2 cup carrot diced
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic minced
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger minced
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro chopped
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 15.5 oz can chickpeas rinsed and drained
  • 1 7 oz packet Kevin's Natural Foods Tikka Masala sauce
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 large yellow onion diced
  • 1/2 large green bell pepper diced
  • 1/2 cup carrot diced
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic minced
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger minced
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro chopped
Vegetarian Cauliflower and Chickpea Tikka Masala
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375° F. Cut cauliflower head into smaller pieces. Season with salt, pepper and curry powder. Drizzle with olive oil and and roast in the oven for 15 minutes.
  2. While cauliflower is cooking, mince garlic and ginger then dice onion, carrots, green pepper into very small pieces. Sauté onion mix for about 5 minutes till onion is translucent and slightly browned on the edges.
  3. Add Tikka masala sauce to onion mix, add vegetable broth, chickpeas and roasted cauliflower. Add chopped cilantro stalks, simmer on medium to low heat for at least 15 minutes or until vegetable broth has evaporated. Top with cilantro leaves and serve.
Recipe Notes

This dish goes very well with Basmati rice and can also be served with naan bread. You can also substitute the cauliflower and chickpeas with chicken or pork. 

This recipe is my submission for the  #kevinsrecipechallenge and the product was given to me for free. All opinions and content in this post are completely mine alone. 

Nantucket Cobb salad Recipe

This post is sponsored by Newman’s Own. All opinions and content are mine alone.

One of the best things about living in New England is being near the scenic coast and lots of fresh seafood. One dish that always reminds me of the beautiful Nantucket Island is this delicious Nantucket Cobb salad with fresh lobster meat. This Keto-friendly salad is packed with greens and topped with tomatoes, boiled eggs, bacon, cucumber, red onions with lobster and cranberries for that New England twist. This salad is fully loaded, delicious and perfect for a filling lunch or dinner.

Nantucket Cobb salad Recipe

Nantucket Cobb salad Recipe

A salad is not complete without a dressing and I love the new Newman’s Own Avocado Oil & Extra Virgin Olive Oil Greek Salad Dressing for this recipe. It is flavorful and complements this Nantucket Cobb salad so well. I am so glad to have found this salad dressing especially because it is not filled with sugar compared to most store-bought dressings. It’s like winning the salad dressing jackpot if you are somebody that needs the convenience of a store-bought dressing without sacrificing quality and taste.

If you are not a big fan of Greek dressing, the New Newman’s Own Avocado Oil and Extra Virgin Olive Oil dressings come in Ranch and Caesar flavors as well. The Ranch dressing also works well with this salad. The new Newman’s Own dressings are dairy-free, *sugar-free, gluten-free, and are also soy and canola free which can be hard to find. For those on Keto and Paleo diets, you will be happy to know the dressings are Keto and Paleo Certified. You can find these dressings at select retailers in the New England region including Hannaford Supermarket, Stop & Shop, Big Y World Class Market, Shaws and more.

*Not a low-calorie food. See nutrition panel for fat & saturated fat content

How to make a Nantucket Cobb Salad

Nantucket Cobb salad Recipe ingredients

Making salad is very easy- anyone can do it. Here are some helpful tips when making this Nantucket Cobb Salad (also applies to other salads with a mix of cooked and uncooked ingredients):

  1. Prepare the cooked ingredients first. You want to start with cooking the bacon and eggs first before assembling the salad. Cook the bacon in the oven under the broil setting for about 8-10 minutes until it is slightly crispy. While the bacon is cooking boil the eggs for at least 10 minutes to get hard boiled eggs. If you prefer your eggs soft boiled with a gooey center, boil the water first, add the eggs and cook for 4 minutes and then turn off the heat and leave the eggs in the hot water for another 3 minutes
  2. Cool the cooked ingredients. Make sure to remove eggs from the pot and allow to cool before cutting. If you are making soft boiled eggs, make sure to add the eggs in a bowl with ice cold water to stop the cooking process. Drain excess fat from the bacon and allow to cool. I use pre-cooked lobster meat from the store but if you are cooking your lobster make sure you keep it cool in the refrigerator until ready to serve. 
  3. Prepare veggies and assemble ingredients. Wash and dry the lettuce and watercress before using. Cut the boiled eggs into quarters and the bacon into small pieces. Layer the greens first in a large salad bowl and top with the rest of the salad ingredients. 

Nantucket Cobb salad with lobster

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Nantucket Cobb salad Recipe
Nantucket Cobb salad Recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 1/2 medium head Romaine Lettuce leaves chopped
  • 2 cups fresh watercress
  • 1/2 head Boston lettuce leaves chopped
  • 1 cup cooked lobster meat
  • 6 slices low sodium bacon
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 4 hard boiled eggs
  • 2 small Persian cucumbers halved and sliced
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles optional
  • 1/2 small red onion thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup Newman's Own Avocado Oil and Extra Virgin Olive Oil Greek Dressing
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 1/2 medium head Romaine Lettuce leaves chopped
  • 2 cups fresh watercress
  • 1/2 head Boston lettuce leaves chopped
  • 1 cup cooked lobster meat
  • 6 slices low sodium bacon
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 4 hard boiled eggs
  • 2 small Persian cucumbers halved and sliced
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles optional
  • 1/2 small red onion thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup Newman's Own Avocado Oil and Extra Virgin Olive Oil Greek Dressing
Nantucket Cobb salad Recipe
Instructions
  1. Cook the bacon in the oven on the broil setting for about 8-10 minutes until it is slightly crispy. While bacon is cooking, boil eggs for about 10 minutes and rest in cold water when cooked. After eggs and bacon have cooled, cut eggs into wedges and chop bacon into small pieces.
  2. In a large salad bowl, toss the lettuce leaves and watercress together then nicely layer at the bottom of the bowl. Arrange the remaining ingredients beautifully over the lettuce mix and drizzle with Newman's Own Avocado & Extra Virgin Olive Oil Greek dressing to finish.
Recipe Notes

Add avocado and bell peppers for an even more filling salad.

Super Simple BLT Wedge Salad Recipe

Tired of the same old salad? How about making this easy and delicious BLT wedge salad. Something about eating a salad with a fork and knife is fun and it looks so pretty on the plate if you are hosting a dinner party. This wedge salad is basically made by cutting a lettuce head into wedges and topping it with bacon, tomato and ranch dressing. So simple yet so good!

BLT Wedge Salad Recipe

What you need for a perfect Wedge BLT Wedge Salad

Iceberg Lettuce: The first thing to consider when making a wedge salad is the lettuce type. Although Iceberg lettuce lost it’s popularity after Romaine became mainstream, it is still the best choice for a wedge salad. The round shape makes it easy to create wedges and the compact leaves also help with maintaining the wedge shape. Iceberg lettuce also has a lovely crisp taste that goes perfectly well with the creaminess of the ranch dressing. 

Good Quality Ranch Dressing: You can use any dressing but a ranch dressing is the absolute best for this saladIf you don’t have the time you can always use a store bought dressing however a homemade ranch dressing just takes this salad up a notch. I like to make my ranch dressing with Hood Sour Cream because of its great quality. Using fresh ingredients including chives, dill and garlic further elevate the taste of the dressing. 

Tomatoes: Cherry tomatoes are sweet and super flavorful which makes them a great choice for a BLT wedge salad. If you don’t have cherry tomatoes you could use diced Roma tomatoes which do not have too many seeds and liquid. 

Bacon: What is a BLT salad without the bacon. They say bacon makes everything better and I agree because it certainly makes this wedge salad better.  We love the Whole Foods brand reduced sodium bacon for this but any type of bacon will work. My tip is to broil your favorite bacon in the oven to get rid of most of the fat.

BLT Wedge Salad Recipe Bacon

BLT Wedge Salad Recipe Sour Cream

Those are the 4 main things you need for a BLT Wedge salad but you can add other ingredients as you wish. I like to add sweetcorn kernels and cucumber to this salad for more color. No matter what you add to it, you can’t go wrong with this salad.  

Check the recipe section for more recipes including my ultimate summer salad recipe

BLT Wedge Salad Recipe

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BLT Wedge Salad Recipe
A deliciously creamy, tangy and fresh dressing that is super easy to make
BLT Wedge Salad Recipe
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
  • 1 medium Iceberg Lettuce Head
  • 6 rashers bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1/2 cup sweetcorn
Dressing
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3 tbsp fresh dill finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup green onion finely chopped
  • 1 clove fresh garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup Fresh chives finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • salt and pepper to taste
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
  • 1 medium Iceberg Lettuce Head
  • 6 rashers bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1/2 cup sweetcorn
Dressing
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3 tbsp fresh dill finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup green onion finely chopped
  • 1 clove fresh garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup Fresh chives finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • salt and pepper to taste
BLT Wedge Salad Recipe
Instructions
  1. Mix together sour cream, mayonnaise and milk in a small bowl. Add the remaining ingredients plus lemon juice till smooth and chill in the refrigerator.
Recipe Notes

Dressing lasts for at least a week. 

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post however an image in this post was used in a separate sponsored post. All opinions and content is completely mine alone. 

Easy Homemade Cranberry Juice

One of my favorite drinks is this tasty and refreshing Homemade Cranberry Juice with a splash of orange and lemon. As you know I am all about simple recipes that anyone can make. This one is no different. 

Easy Homemade Cranberry Juice

To say this recipe is easy is an understatement. Once I learned how simple it is to make I was mad at not adding this refreshing drink to me repertoire sooner. All you need is Cranberries, Water, Sweetener (preferably honey or agave) and Citrus to get an invigorating homemade cranberry juice. I used Cape Cod Select frozen cranberries for this drink because of their great quality.

If you follow this blog you may remember the easy cranberry oatmeal squares that I made recently using frozen cranberries too. Frozen cranberries are ideal to have in the freezer because of their convenience, versatility and overall nutritional benefits. 

Easy Homemade Cranberry Juice

Why not just buy cranberry juice you may wonder. In addition to the health benefits you will get from drinking cranberry juice, there are so many reasons why you should consider making your own cranberry juice: 

Reasons why Homemade Cranberry Juice is a Great Choice
  • You can control sugar content: Reading the nutritional label on store bought cranberry juice, or any store bought juice for that matter, you’ll notice the extremely high sugar content. It is absolutely scary how much sugar they put in those juices. This alone is my main motivation of making homemade cranberry juice. 
  • Homemade Juice has no preservatives: Another thing you will notice on the nutritional content of store bought cranberry juice are the preservatives added to the drink. If a product contains ingredients that aren’t natural or difficult to pronounce I tend to avoid it.
  • Cost Saving: A cup or two of Cape Cod Select frozen cranberries yields much more juice than you’ll normally get from store bought brands.

Frozen Cape Cod Select Cranberries

Easy Homemade Cranberry Juice

Hope I’ve motivated you to trying your hand at making cranberry juice at home. Don’t be afraid to experiment and incorporate other fruits in your cranberry juice as well. I would love to hear from you in the comment section on how your cranberry juice turned out.

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Easy Homemade Cranberry Juice Recipe
Course Drink
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1.5 hours
Servings
cups
Ingredients
  • 8 cups Cape Cod Select frozen cranberries
  • 12 cups water
  • 1/4 cup Agave Nectar or half cup sugar
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
Course Drink
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1.5 hours
Servings
cups
Ingredients
  • 8 cups Cape Cod Select frozen cranberries
  • 12 cups water
  • 1/4 cup Agave Nectar or half cup sugar
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Place water and cranberries in a large pot and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 and a half hours.
  2. Strain liquid into another large container using a fine strainer. Press with a wooden spoon to extract all the cranberry liquid.
  3. Stir in Agave nectar or sugar, orange and lemon juice. If using sugar you can bring it back to a boil to dissolve it, otherwise just mix without heat if using Agave.
  4. Remove from heat, pour into a nice juice container, cover and cool in the refrigerator.
Recipe Notes

We like ours lightly sweetened however you can add more sweetener if you wish. 

This recipe is an entry to the Cape Cod Select Frozen cranberry recipe challenge. 

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