One-Dish Mediterranean Chicken

 One-Dish Mediterranean Chicken (simple and healthy!)

THIS CHICKEN you guys. The recipe was inspired by a Mediterranean fish packet recipe - you know, the type you cook in cute little foil packets with everything in one easy-to-clean-up meal. After having added it to my meal plan for the week, I noticed I already had fish in the rotation multiple times so I grabbed some chicken at the last minute (along with a few other ingredients to make this really sing). The result was a super simple one-dish meal where all of the flavors just work. I think it might be a new weeknight staple for many of you!

 One-Dish Mediterranean Chicken Recipe

These are the main ingredients you need to get this dish going besides your usual olive oil, salt and pepper.

  • Chicken breast (it’s a blank canvas, which I love)

  • Pesto (salty and delicious)

  • Pint of grape tomatoes (the ones that are super flavorful all year around)

  • Feta cheese crumbles (for more substance and because cheese makes everything better)

  • Capers (a beautiful, briny flavor bomb)

  • Lemon juice and zest (for added brightness just before serving)

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The awesome thing about this recipe is that you could basically look at the photos and understand how to make it, no recipe required. Just layer everything together and I promise it will work! It would be great served with your favorite whole grain, alongside some potatoes, or on top pasta. Customize it by mixing up the vegetables!

 One-Dish Mediterranean Chicken

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One-Dish Mediterranean Chicken

Author: Leanne Ray, MS, RDN
Yield: 6 servings | Prep time: 10 minutes | Bake time: 30 minutes | Total time: 40 minutes

ingredients

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast

  • 1/4 cup jarred pesto

  • 2 Tbsp capers

  • 1/4 cup feta crumbles

  • 1 pint grape tomatoes

  • 1/2 lemon (zest and juice)

  • salt & pepper to taste

instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

  2. Coat a rectangular baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.

  3. Lay chicken breasts on a sturdy cutting board, cover with plastic wrap and pound to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut into 6 pieces. Season the chicken with salt and pepper then transfer to baking dish.

  4. Spoon about a teaspoon of pesto on top each piece of chicken, then spread to cover as much of each piece as possible. Next, evenly distribute the capers and feta on top each piece of chicken. Add the tomatoes to the baking dish and scatter them evenly around the bottom of the pan. Drizzle the tomatoes with a bit of olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

  5. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through (an instant read thermometer should register 165 degrees). Add the juice and zest from the lemon just before serving.

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Top Ten Most Popular Posts of 2018

I can’t believe I’m already sitting down to write another one of these posts. It seems like a month ago I was writing my top posts of 2017 and looking back on it makes me realize how far I’ve come in just one year. Yes, I get totally nerdy and over-analytical when it comes to stuff like this.

Blogging can be hard sometimes. It’s this weird balancing act of wanting to create something that resonates with readers and provides a lot of value while also writing about topics that light you up personally. Sometimes those things are not one in the same.

In reflecting over the past year I think I’m finally starting to find my groove and creating higher-quality work that feels good to me and also performs decently well. I was lucky enough to be featured in several national publications this year which means more eyes and and a wider reach. You can see a list of those publications here!

Now for the part you really want to read, my top ten blog posts of 2018 based on number of page views in Google Analytics!

 Top Ten Blog Posts of 2018 on LeanneRay.com

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This is one of three recipes on this list in which tahini is a major ingredient - does that speak to my favorite pantry staple of 2018?! This wholesome grain salad makes for a delicious light lunch (or dinner side) and I love the mix of textures and contrast of flavors.

9. Some Thoughts on Alcohol + Mocktail Ideas

Alcohol is one of my favorite topics because it’s one that many people struggle with when trying to make some healthy lifestyle changes. In this post I shared some newer research along with how I usually approach questions about alcohol fitting into a healthful eating plan. Read to the end for some non-boring mocktail ideas too!

8. How to Make Kombucha at Home

My friend and fellow-dietitian Maria wrote this guest post and it was hugely popular! Kombucha is certainly having a moment and I think many people are intrigued that you can make it at home. Have you tried it?

7. Perfect Roasted Vegetables + 5 Ways to Use Them

This might be the most practical post on the list! I’m a huge fan of roasting vegetables because they can be repurposed in so many ways (read: you aren’t eating the same thing for three nights in a row). Check out this one for some creative ideas.

6. Spiced Chickpea & Kale Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Tahini Sauce

This post actually talks about three different ideas for stuffing sweet potatoes (a favorite throw-together meal in my house) with a full recipe for the one named in the title. The texture and flavor pairing is unreal.

5. Maple Tahini Snack Balls

This might be the recipe I personally make most often from the blog. I’ve passed these out at several events in the last year because they are the perfect combination of salty and sweet, are simple to make and a nice change from your usual snacks (I love them pre-early morning workout).

4. How Much Protein Do You Really Need?

There’s a lot of information floating around about protein, so I wanted to set the record straight on how much most people actually need along with what foods you can eat to meet that need. This was a great kick-off to my protein at breakfast challenge back in September.

3. The Easiest Mason Jar Sangria

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1. Breakfast-Worthy Apple Crisp

Oh, the apple crisp! This is my {super delicious} take on apple crisp that is lower in added sugar and higher in fiber from oats, whole wheat flour, walnuts and flax. Because of these add-ins I refer to it as “breakfast-worthy” because I use this as more of a snack than a dessert. You should too! Give it a try and let me know what you think.

As always, thanks for reading and I hope you keep coming back for more! I want to keep making the blog bigger and better in 2019 and I can’t do it without you. Have something in specific you want me to cover? Let me know in the comments and I will do my best to make it happen!

My 2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Foodies

Once again I’m back to share some gift ideas for the foodies in your life! Looking back on last year’s guide I realize I’m a little behind schedule on this — I published my 2017 Healthyish Gift Guide a whole week earlier. If you’re anything like me and haven’t even started your holiday shopping yet, I know you will still find this helpful so here we are.

I would still recommend every item on my list from last year, so feel free to start there. I wanted to make sure there were no repeats, so I rounded up 10 new things that would make an excellent gift for the food-lover in your life (read: anyone who loves to try new things, loves cooking, and considers exploration of the local restaurant to be a major hobby 🙋).

It was important to me to also provide options for budgets all across the board so trust me when I say there is something for everyone. Here we go!

 Gift Guide for Foodies 2018

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat. I’ve shared about how much I love both this cookbook and the Netflix series. The book would be the perfect gift for someone who loves learning about the science of food and cooking. As a bonus, the illustrations throughout the book are super unique and beautiful!

Milk Frother. This is a simple tool that allows you to whip up a fancy-ish coffee or tea drink in less than two minutes. I use mine to make tea lattes in the afternoon, or to froth up some eggnog for coffee around the holidays. The one I linked is similar to mine and even has a travel case. Need I say more?

PB Love Co Nut Butters. PB Love Co is one of my favorite new food product finds of 2018! This is a Denver-local company and they make fantastic nut butters — just the right amount of added sweetness and the perfect texture. For the fellow nut butter lovers in your life, send a three-pack that includes the classic peanut, salty peanut, and cinnamon almond flavors.

Pretty Cloth Napkins. I may have a bit of food blogger bias because I love using pretty napkins in my photos, but who wouldn’t love to have a set of these for entertaining? It’s a great way to add a little flare to your table setting.

Salt & Straw Ice Cream. OMG hands-down the best ice cream I’ve ever had! I’ve been to the original S&S in Portland, plus one of their new locations in San Diego and the flavors are always so creative and delicious. If you have someone in your life that’s ice cream obsessed like me, you might consider sending them a sample pack. It would also make for an easy but special dessert if your giftee is hosting anything in the coming months.

A Healthy Buzz Weekend. In case you haven’t heard, my best friend and I are hosting a women’s health & wellness retreat in the Spring of 2019! This would make a fantastic gift for anyone who could use a weekend recharge plus guided movement, feel-good food and just an all-around great time. I’ll be leading cooking demonstrations and we are going to plan some awesome meals (all of which are included in the registration fee). We are also running a Black Friday deal and if you refer someone (or gift it!) you’ll get $99 + a surprise piece of Healthy Buzz swag.

If You Can Read This Socks. I bought these socks for a few different wine-lover friends last year (okay, I also bought a pair for myself) and they were a hit! I love stuff like this because I would never buy it for myself, but think it’s fun to sneak them on once in awhile and see if anyone notices the message on the bottom.

The Bon Appetit Gift Box. On last year’s gift guide I included a subscription to Bon Appetit magazine because I am totally obsessed with everything they create. It’s the one food magazine that I get, and I read it from front to back within days of receiving it each month. This year they are doing something different and offering a full on holiday gift box! It includes a one-year subscription, but also some other things like a tote bag, a cookie scoop with three recipes, a Stasher bag (these are so popular!) and two Skor bars. I thought this was such a fun way to gift a subscription.

Kale T-Shirt. I never get tired of seeing these shirts! I got a food pun shirt for my birthday and love it.

Wood & Marble Square Platter. This GORGEOUS marble and wood platter from C&B would make the perfect serving tray for a snack board over the holidays or any time. It’s pretty enough to keep on your countertop and totally Instagram-worthy too!

And also just as a reminder, some of these are affiliate links which means I earn some extra cash (at no difference in price for you) if you purchase any of them. Happy shopping!

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 2018 Gift Guide for Foodies