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Mini Gluten Free Chicken Parmesans

Lisa Eberly

Happy Monday everyone! 

I'm not really into "cheat" days or "Cheat" meals -- the whole idea implies that eating healthy is like a hard exam or an unpleasant task that every now and then you get a break from. Not really what I'm into...

However, every now and then Patryk and I will indulge a little more than usual. Always whole foods (for the most part), but a little bit heavier than were used to. This weekend was definitely one of those. I cooked a lasagna on Friday night, then we had a classic slumber party on Saturday night with some friends. We made mini french bread pizzas, a crepe bar (with 4 different kinds of homemade whipped cream!), red vines and popcorn, M&Ms, fresh baked cookies, and MORE. 

Let's just say -- the house was a gold mine of sweets and carbs all weekend. 

But, even in meals and weekends of heavier eating, it's important to find a middle ground between the 'unhealthy' and the 'healthy' -- meaning, try not to classify one or the other, but make healthy foods taste delicious or make unhealthy foods a little healthier. 

This recipe is one of my favorite unhealthy/healthy hybrids. Classic Chicken Parmesan is typically SO heavy and huge, but this twist makes the portion sizes smaller. Also, the breading is lighter than usual and gluten free, and there's much less cheese on these. However, they still taste the same (if not better) than classic Chicken Parmesan! 

Mini Gluten Free Chicken Parmesan
(serves 2)  

1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into thin strips
2 cups of panko crumbs or crushed Rice Krispies
2 large eggs
Sea salt and fresh black pepper to taste
3/4 cup marinara sauce
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. 
2. In large shallow bowl, add 2 cups of panko crumbs.
 3. In medium shallow bowl, beat the two eggs. 
4. Rinse and pat dry the chicken. Season the cut chicken strips on both sides with salt and pepper. 
5. Lightly coat the chicken strips with the panko. Shake off excess. 
6. Dip the chicken strips into the egg mixture and allow all the excess egg to drip off the chicken.
 7. Then lay the chicken strips into the crumbs for one last coating. 
8. Place all the coated chicken strips on the lined sheetpan. 
9. Bake the chicken for 15 minutes. Turn the chicken to cook on the other side for 8 more minutes. 
10. Take strips out and spoon a thin layer of marinara onto each, followed by a sprinkling of mozzarella cheese. Place back in the oven and cook for 2-4 more minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and cheese is melted.

Photos by the fabulous  Mariya Moore

Photos by the fabulous Mariya Moore

Easy Homemade Pumpkin Ravioli

Lisa Eberly

The weather in Seattle recently has been quite moody so the vibe of Nourish's photos for Thanksgiving will follow suit! 

So let's chat about these raviolis. *Stomach growls.* 

These little pumpkin goodies are so friggin' delicious -- our photographer took some home and her hubby - who I guess didn't like pumpkin stuff - devoured them. 

I made these for a little dinner party we threw and they were the hit of the dinner. Such a hit that I ended up making them for Patryk and I later in the week. And then a little later. Okay, and then just for myself one day at lunch.

They're that easy and quick to make. Seriously, my lunch batch only took me like 8 minutes! 

This makes them the perfect dish for Thanksgiving, as they don't take time away from cooking other things. Or, you can bring them to a Thanksgiving dinner you're attending and they might even steal the attention away fro the turkey. Jus sayin'. 

BONUS - they're pumpkin. This is great for two reasons: 1) pumpkin is healthier and has less calories than cheese, so even though these are ravioli, they're really not that unhealthy for you. 2) pumpkin is delicious. 

Pumpkin Ravioli 


1 cup of canned pumpkin
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
Fresh basil or sage, chopped (around 10 leaves)
24 wonton wrappers
Salt and pepper to taste


1. Mix pumpkin, Parmesan, around 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and a dash of black pepper in a bowl. 
2. Spoon about a 1/2 tablespoon pumpkin mixture into the center of each wonton wrapper (see photos for reference). 
3. Moisten edges of dough with water (I used a brush, made it super fast and easy!) and pinch opposite sides together to form a triangle. DOn't forget to seal the edges tightly!
4. Place ravioli into a large saucepan of boiling water and cook around 6-7 minutes, drain carefully. (They're delicate!) 
5. Sauce: Pour 1/2 cup of broth and 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter in a large pan and bring to a boil. Add ravioli, tossing to coat. 
6. Sprinkle with basil or sage, and maybe some more Parmesan!

For more Thanksgiving deliciousness, see our...

Enjoy! For more Thanksgiving deliciousness, see our....

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Photos by Mariya Moore

5-Minute Homemade Pesto

Lisa Eberly

Pesto is seriously TOO easy to make. It is super delicious and really simple -- a great go-to to switch up tomato sauce or to add to a chicken breast. I always keep a fresh stock of it in the fridge for a quick throw-together dinner! 

5-minute Homemade Pesto


2 cups fresh basil leaves (packed)
1/4 cup pine nuts
2 cloves garlic
2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Himalayan pink salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


Toss all ingredients into a food processor, Vitamix, or NutriBullet and blend until combined! 

Seriously. It's that easy. Tastes super delicious on: zucchini noodles, chicken breast, whole wheat or brown rice pasta, toast, mixed veggies, crackers, and pretty much anything. 

This recipe is also super easy to switch up. Sometimes I'll do half basil and half kale, or maybe no garlic, or maybe red pepper flakes for an extra kick! Make it your own! :) 

15-minute Healthy Butternut Squash Risotto

Lisa Eberly

Holiday recipes are here! This recipe is one of my favorites for Thanksgiving and other wonderful holiday dinners with friends. It is also amazing to make a big batch of and keep for lunches through the week. It's SO filling, delicious, winter-y, and...wait for it...healthy! 

It's also a fantastic recipe to 'trick' your friends and family into thinking that you've been slaving away in the kitchen all day, when in reality, it takes about 15 minutes -- max. 

Healthy 15-minute Butternut Squash Risotto


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 butternut squash (about 1-1.5 lbs) OR pre-cubed butternut squash!
1 cup microwaveable brown rice (I use Trader Joe's)
1 shallot
2 teaspoons fresh ginger (peeled & minced)
1 14-oz can of low-sodium chicken broth (or vegetable broth to make this vegetarian)
1 tablespoon whole-fat ricotta cheese
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese (grated)
Salt & Pepper to taste
4-5 leaves of basil and more Parmesan cheese for garnish


1. Cook the squash. -- If whole, slice squash in half lengthwise. Scoop out seeds and darker orange flesh around seeds. Place the squash halves cut sides down in a Pyrex in the microwave. Cook on high 12 minutes or until cooked through. Scoop flesh into medium bowl and mash. While waiting for squash to cook, move on to steps 2 & 3. 

2. Microwave rice according to package directions.

3. Heat the olive oil in a large, deep pan over medium heat. Mince and add the shallot and ginger; cook, stirring, until the shallot begins to brown slightly (2-4 minutes). Add in the rice and stir.

4. Over medium heat, stir in squash and broth, 1/4-1/2 cup at a time. First add some squash, stir until combined and absorbed, then add some broth, stir until combined and absorbed. Repeat this until desired consistency and amount of squash. Remove from heat and stir in Parmesan, ricotta cheese, salt, and pepper. Serve in bowls; garnish with Parmesan and chopped fresh basil.

If you make this recipe, be sure to share it and tag us for a special holiday gift! :) 

The Most Amazing Healthy Homemade Caesar Salad

Lisa Eberly


So this recipe is my go-to when it comes to salad. It's super easy to make a little fancier, simpler, more filling, less filling, etc. I like having variability in recipes so that you're not stuck to the exact measurements and way of doing it. This recipe gives you opportunity to explore ways you like this salad! 

Even salad's toughest critics like Caesar salad. But, the trouble with Caesar salad is that it's usually packed with fat and calories. Good news -- NOT MINE! :) Everything made from scratch and not time consuming or difficult -- despite people thinking you've been slaving away in the kitchen for hours! 

Healthy Homemade Caesar Salad
(serves 3-4)

Our homemade salad dressing ingredients
Our homemade spicy croutons ingredients
1-2 heaping handfuls of clean, chopped kale
1 head of romaine lettuce
1-2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
1 handful of grape tomatoes, sliced
3-4 lemon slices (optional, for garnish)

Directions (to make this salad fast is all about technique and timing, so these directions include making the dressing and croutons to show how to optimize time!):
1. Boil water in a small pot. While waiting to boil, slice tomatoes in halves and chop lettuce. 
2. Once water boiling, drop egg in there to coddle for dressing. Once egg dropped, remove pot from heat and let sit for 6 minutes. 
3. While waiting, slice bread for croutons, toss in EVOO, S/P, and red pepper flakes (optional minced garlic!) -- place in oven or toaster over for recommended time. 
4. Remove egg from water and let cool. While cooling, combine all other ingredients for dressing in small bowl. Add egg once cooled. 
5. Toss letttuce, tomatoes, and cheese into a big bowl. Add dressing and croutons and toss! 

Ways to make this recipe more filling or creative: 
1. Add a protein, like grilled chicken, salmon, shrimp, or tofu. 
2. Make it southwestern style (my favorite!): add a pinch of cumin to the dressing; add black beans, roasted corn, and avocado to the lettuce; and use limes instead of lemons in dressing and garnish!
3. Add pine nuts or another favorite nut!  
4. Add herbs, like basil for a more rich, Italian flavor. 

If I'm making this salad as a main dish, I make it southwestern style and add grilled chicken. If it's a side, I do it the basic way (and sometimes add Trader Joe's frozen roasted corn!). You can really get creative and make it your own! 

If you do make this salad and 'dress' it up in your own fun way, send a picture of it to or tweet/FB/insta us a photo for a FREE Nourish Recipe Ebook! :)  

Healthy Caesar Dressing

Lisa Eberly

Caesar salad is like the disobedient child of the salad family. It's like, Okay salad, you've got one job: be healthy! Caesar is like: eh better not. 

Seriously, Caesar. You had one job. 

Really though, I friggin' love Caesar salad! It's always the most rich and filling of my salad options.

But, Caesar means one thing: a bazillion calories from a creamy, fatty dressing.  

Hi I'm Lisa and I am about to change your Caesar game. 

WHAT IF you could make a salad dressing that tasted like Caesar, was as filling as Caesar, but wasn't unhealthy and thick? 

Good news, I do it all the time and I'm going to show you how to as well.

I bet you're thinking: ughh homemade salad dressing...what is she thinking? Like I don't have a day job?! 

Yea, I got you. I should mention it takes about 7 minutes to make. 

Healthy Homemade Caesar Dressing

Juice of 3/4 of a lemon (~2 tablespoons juice!)
~1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves of garlic
1-2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce
1 egg
Dash of salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes

1. Fill a small pot half way with water and bring to a boil. Once boiling, drop the egg in and immediately turn off the heat. Leave the egg (off heat) for exactly 6 minutes (set a timer!).* 
2. While that egg is chilling' (aka coddling), combine all other ingredients in a bowl. 
3. Crack in the coddled egg* and whisk until all ingredients are blended well! Taste it and add more of something to your liking. I like to play with ingredients a bit and mix it up. If I'm feeling lemon-y, ill add a little more lemon, if I'm feeling spicy, I'll add a little more red pepper flakes. If I'm not making out with anyone later, I'll hit it with some extra garlic. Adding extra Worcestershire sauce will make it more "Caesar-y" as I call it. I don't like making strict ingredient rules. When I make this recipe at home I don't measure it -- just do everything to taste. Try tasting as you go to get the right flavor. You want it to be a little stronger than you'd like, as it will dull out when mixed into a salad. 

I usually toss this with 1/2 kale, 1/2 romaine, some grape tomatoes, parmesan cheese, and my homemade croutons (recipe coming soon!). Deeeeelish! 

*Consuming raw or undercooked eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness, especially if you have a medical condition. So, please avoid this recipe if you are at risk.