Chicken with Creamy Mushrooms

Happy Monday readers!

Did y'all have a good weekend?

Mine was so nice. Bryce and I had absolutely nothing on the agenda and barely left the house all weekend. We had a fire going and spent lots of time on the couch reading and watching movies. I am hoping that 2015 has more weekends like these in store! I love the hustle and bustle of a packed weekend, but I equally love time to just "veg out."

Last Monday night I posted the picture below and got several recipe requests:

As I mentioned in my resolutions post, I am trying to get back on the healthy eating/meal planning train and this meal was a great start! While the creamy mushrooms are not the lightest option, I am all about indulging a little when putting together a healthy meal. I have shared the recipe for the mushrooms below and I will explain the rest of the meal at the end!

Creamy Mushrooms (adapted from this recipe)
2 tbs unsalted butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups mushrooms
1/3 cup half and half
salt, pepper, Italian herb seasoning
2 tbs grated parmesan
~2 tbs balsamic vinegar

-Melt butter in skillet over medium heat. Sautee garlic and mushrooms, stirring occasionally, until   tender and browned (~5-6 min).

-Stir in half and half, season, and bring to a boil.

-Reduce heat and let simmer until slightly reduced and thickened (~5-6 min)

-Stir in parmesan and balsamic vinegar (Balsamic was not a part of the original recipe, but I felt it needed an additional kick of flavor. When adding, I did not measure, so am just guess with the 2 tbs listed. I would add until you get the flavor you like!).

-Serve immediately and enjoy!

I served this over grilled chicken thighs (marinated in olive oil, salt,and pepper) and quinoa with a side of blackened asparagus.

And now a bit more about quinoa. The first time Bryce and I tried it, we hated it and it was quite some time before we cooked with it again. Since giving it another try, we really love it and it is a great alternative to pasta or rice as a starch. That being said, if you're not a quinoa person, I have a few tips for you to give it another try. The first being, try sprouted quinoa. In my experience, it is a bit more flavorful and is also said to be more nutritious. Also, when cooking, use stock or broth rather than water: The end result is a bit creamier, and also, more flavorful. Finally, be sure to spice it up. I always add plenty of butter, garlic, salt and pepper. While, this may make it a bit less healthy, it is still better than eating rice or pasta with the same fixings!

What have you been cooking lately?

Any healthy recipes I should try?

Are you a fan of quinoa?

Have a great day!


  1. It's quite possible that I might copy this recipe tonight! A loves mushrooms and I love quinoa so it sounds like the perfect combination.

  2. I actually really like quinoa! I sautee a bunch of veggies in EVOO and then add chicken stock and quinoa and cook it that way.
    I just got the spiralilzer and made zucchini noodles. LOVED it, and do did the BF.

  3. I love lazy weekends! We love quinoa. We sub it for rice in all our cooking because of the arsenic found in rice (and it has more protein). I usually make it plain but I'll have to try this. Sometimes if I feel fancy I toast it first which makes it nuttier.

  4. This sounds delicious!! I haven't given quinoa a try yet but I'm sure I will soon. I hear so many great things about it!

  5. This sounds great! I am definitely a fan of quinoa when others make it- but I haven't tried to do it myself. A great way to keep that healthy aspect within your meals is to steam your veggies. Super easy and yummy!

  6. The mushrooms sound delish! Love that you had to give quinoa another shot too because I was not a fan at first either!

  7. It sounds like a great recipe! We've been having lots of shrimp tacos lately; I think my husband and I are both just dreaming of summer. I'm going to make a tuna and quinoa recipe in the next few days. It's from the Cinch diet book, but it's actually really good!

  8. I have made quinoa before and also wasn't a fan. I will have to try it with broth! Thanks for posting!

  9. This looks so indulgent without too much guilt! I've done something similar with the mushrooms over pork tenderloin before too.


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