Joanna Anastasia


Strawberry chicken protein salad

Strawberry chicken protein salad

So let me tell you one thing about this strawberry chicken protein salad: its delicious. Oh, and filling too. Also, its my family’s new favourite. Even my kids get exited when I say it’s a salad for dinner type of evening now! Because when you mix fresh spinach with garden veggies, strawberries, nuts and grilled chicken breast, then I assure you its pure perfection!

You can either use a freshly grilled chicken, or you can use leftover one, hot or warm, it’s delicious either way. And as for the dressing this salad would be delicious with a lemon poppy-seed dressing or simple olive oil and balsamic vinegar mix. However I went for my favourite maple syrup dressing!

What you’ll need:

For the salad:

2 1/2 cup fresh spinach leaves
1 cup cut tomatoes
1 cup cut cucumbers
1 avocado
1 cup cut strawberries
1/2 cup almonds and pistachios mix
1 grilled chicken breast cut in stripes

For the dressing:

1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard

In a bowl layer spinach, with tomatoes, cucumbers, avocado and strawberries. Add chicken and sprinkle with nuts. Pour the dressing once it’s ready to serve.

Strawberry chicken protein salad

Tip: if you’re having problems convincing your kids to eat salads, invite them to help you with preparation. Toddlers can wash the greens, while preschoolers and older kids can help you cut and mix. It always works with my girls!


Creamy, cheesy garlic & herb pasta

This creamy, cheesy garlic and herb pasta, is the best pasta recipe ever! The one that you'll want to make over and over again!

If I had to choose just one pasta recipe to make, that would be this Creamy, cheesy
garlic & herb pasta! It’s just so good! Really cheesy and creamy, with a strong garlic note, and a whole bunch of herb freshness! And, my secret ingredient: fennel!

Yes, fennel, once cooked, adds sweetness and taste to this pasta, and makes you feel like you’re actually serving some veggies on the table!

It’s a great simple meal, full of flavour and perfect for cold winter days. Or any day when you need a bowl of something wonderfully yummy and comforting.
And kids love it. Now, do you need any more reasons to give it a try?

Creamy pasta

What you’ll need:

Olive oil
1 fennel
1 can diced tomatoes
2/3 cup whipped cream cheese
1/2 cup cheddar
Salt & pepper

4 garlic cloves

1 cup fresh parsley

Cooked linguine for 4 people

Slice fennel, and cook it on olive oil until tender. Add diced tomatoes, salt and pepper, and let it simmer for around 15 minutes. Using a hand mixer, mix up until smooth. Turn the heat to low, and add cream cheese and cheddar cheese. Now add freshly crushed garlic, and let it simmer for a couple of minutes, until the cheese is completely incorporated to the sauce. Add pasta, mix it all together and serve.

At the very last-minute add fresh parsley: you want it to stay crunchy!

This is the one and only pasta recipe that you'll want to make over and over again: it's so good! Creamy, cheesy garlic & herb pasta!

Now, if you’re a cheese lover, you might want to add some more shredded cheddar on top. Either way, enjoy your delicious dinner!

This creamy, cheesy garlic & herb pasta is so amazing !

And what are your favourite easy pasta recipes?