Thanksgiving is certainly known for being a time to gather with loved ones and give thanks for all that we have. Most families do this over a shared meal, and everyone is expected to pitch in (well, in an ideal world!). Thanksgiving is one of our top favorite holidays, because it is all about giving back and giving thanks. The only worrisome thing on our minds is how our pants will fit after we have done the gathering, and the giving of thanks.
Comfort food has its time and place, and we are not trying to take away from that! But we are here to promote a few healthy dishes that can share some space on the table with our favorite, less than healthy dishes!
We came across this recipe, tried it, and fell in love. It is so good, you don't even have to announce that it is low in carbs and low in sugars. Being from the south, we added some spice (cayenne and red pepper flakes) to kick it up a notch, and held back on that last cup of cheese. Do you bring a healthy dish to your family Thanksgiving? We would love to hear about it!
2 pounds skinless boneless chicken breasts
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 10-ounce bags frozen cauliflower rice (or 1 head of cauliflower, riced and cooked)
1 16-ounce bag frozen broccoli cuts
2 large eggs, whisked
3 cups, shredded mozzarella cheese
2 teaspoons coarse sea salt
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup shredded Italian blend cheese
Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray a large 3-quart baking dish with non-stick cooking spray or olive oil. Set aside.Slice chicken breasts in half horizontally to make them thinner, lightly coat them in olive oil and place on a baking sheet. Liberally season with salt and pepper and bake for 20 minutes.While the chicken is baking, heat the bags of frozen cauliflower rice and broccoli according to package instructions. Discard any excess water or moisture.Remove chicken from oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Carefully chop baked chicken into bite-sized pieces. In a large bowl, add cooked cauliflower rice, broccoli, chicken, eggs, mozzarella cheese, salt, garlic powder, onion powder and butter. Toss together until fully combined.Transfer casserole mixture to the prepared baking dish and top with the remaining Italian blend cheese.Bake for 50 minutes, until the cheese on top has fully melted and started to brown slightly. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.
Recipe cred: isabeleats.com