Guilt free breakfast on the go, or a midday work snack to help avoid temptation!
Eggs / Egg white/ Egg beaters
Fresh Veggies of your choice (spinach, pepper, onion, etc.)
Cooked meat (turkey sausage, turkey bacon, etc.)
PAM nonstick spray
Use nonstick spray on muffin tin. Add veggies and lean meat (chopped small) to each muffin tin, top with raw egg. Sprinkle on a little shredded cheese and bake @ 350 for 20-25 mins. Reheat in the micro for 30 seconds and enjoy!!
Spiralize zoodles, and set them to the side; or cook your pasta according to package instructions, reserve 2 tbsp pasta water.
In a blender, add avocado, garlic, EVOO, lime juice, salt, pepper, jalapeno (remove seeds), green onion & 1-2 tbsp. water. Blend until smooth. Add more water if you like thinner sauce. Toss zoodles/pasta in sauce until covered, toss in cilantro, and simmer on medium high heat until warmed all the way through.
This goes great with shrimp or Cajun salmon (as pictured)!
I purchased a $10 spiralizer online with many doubts…. would it
work? Will I like zucchini “noodles”? Will I really be fooled into thinking I am eating pasta? Well, the results are in, and I am now OBSESSED with my spiralizer and ZOODLES!!!
I typically spiralize 3-4 small/medium zucchini. I initially went and
bought the biggest fattest zucchini I could find, thinking they would make more zoodles quicker, but I figured out fast that I’d then have to trim down the girth of the zucchini to fit in this tiny spiralizer. Don’t make that mistake like me. Anyways, wash your zucchini and spiralize away! Within minutes you will have a healthy bowl of zoodles to toss in pesto, alfredo, marinara, etc!
Toss the zoodles in a frying pan with pesto on medium/high heat for a few minutes. Once zoodles are coated in pesto and heated up you’re ready to eat! (Literally, just minutes!) We like to add ground turkey & parmesan on top, or my favorite combo, a side of steak! Yum!!! (The pesto recipe is posted in a previous post!)
Also makes for great cold salads with some spiralized carrot and anything else your little heart desires!
This is a delicious spin on chili! It’s rich, a little sweet, and super flavorful. This is a great dish to make and enjoy effortlessly all week long. It also satisfies that comfort food craving.
1lb ground turkey
1 large onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
salt and pepper
3 cups chicken broth (plus extra for reheating)
28 oz can crushed tomatoes
Small can diced tomatoes (optional)
15 oz can baked beans (I like sweet baked beans)
1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
1 large sweet potato (about 1lb,) peeled and chopped small
2 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes
Toppings: shredded cheese, onion, avocado etc.
Add ground turkey and onion to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season liberally with salt and pepper then cook until no longer pink, breaking turkey up as it cooks. Add garlic and cook a little longer, then put in a 6 quart crock pot. Add remaining ingredients, except toppings, into crock pot then cook on high for 3 hours, or low for 5-6 hours, or until sweet potatoes are tender. Serve with toppings. You can add more chicken broth when reheating.
4 cups spinach 2 cups basil 2 cloves garlic 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1/3 cup olive oil
Place the spinach, basil, garlic, lemon juice, parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper in a food processor, blender…or if you’re like me, the baby bullet. Blend for 30 seconds (in a perfect world), or as long as needed to grind up all the greens. Turn off the blender and scrape the concoction off the sides to make sure everything is evenly mixing. Then turn the blender back on and slowly stream in the olive oil, continue to blend until smooth & creamy.
This flavor packed galicy pesto goes great with zoodles, pasta, veggies, chicken, fish, etc. Store the pesto in a jar or container with a tight fitting lid in the fridge for up to 2 weeks…or eat it all in just a few days like my family! You can also freeze it in small portions to defrost as you need it!
I am absolutely in love, possibly slightly obsessed, with this easy 5 ingredient Honey Sriracha Shredded Chicken. The crock pot does all the work, and you get to enjoy this spicy-sweet perfectly cooked shredded chicken breast. Let’s begin…
4 chicken breasts (4oz each)
1/3 cup tamari (or coconut aminos or soy sauce)
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup sriracha
3 minced garlic cloves
Place cleaned whole chicken breasts in your crock pot (slow cooker). Then spread minced garlic over top– don’t worry, as it cooks the flavor will mix with all the juices and spread around. Set crock-pot to high heat and cook for 2.5-3 hours, or until the chicken is fully cooked and easily shredded. Drain liquid from cooked chicken (save if you can make use of garlicy chicken stock). Then, shred chicken with 2 forks. Make sauce by mixing together soy sauce/coconut aminos/tamari, honey, and sriracha. Pour on top of shredded chicken and mix evenly. If you like super spicy, add more sriracha sauce. If you like “saucy” just make a larger batch, it’s easy since it’s equal parts 1:1:1.
Serve with brown rice & steamed broccoli, with mashed sweet potato & asparagus, or serve chilled on a bed of fresh spinach salad.
This is a fun recipe when you’re really missing comfort food. A light, fluffy, and mildly sweet & spicy meatloaf. It pairs great with mashed cauliflower or sweet potato mash.
1/4 cup quinoa
1/2 cup water (or chicken broth for cooking quinoa)
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
2 -3 garlic cloves, minced
1 (20 ounce) package lean ground turkey
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 tablespoon sriracha (or more if you like spicy)
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
Sauce Topping (Optional):
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon water
First, cook quinoa according to package instructions, so you can set it aside to cool. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Chop onion and garlic. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the onion, cook until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Add minced garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes– Remove from heat to cool. In a large bowl, mix the turkey, cooked/cooled quinoa, onions/garlic, tomato paste, sriracha, 2 tablespoons Worcestershire, egg, salt, and pepper in a large bowl until well combined. The mixture will be very moist. Shape into a loaf on a foil lined baking sheet. Optional topping: Combine the brown sugar, 2 teaspoons Worcestershire, and 1 teaspoon water in a small bowl. Drizzle over the top of the meatloaf. Bake in the preheated oven until no longer pink in the center, about 50 minutes. Note: An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C). Let the meatloaf cool for a few minutes before slicing. Enjoy!!
Cut squash in half long ways (they are very hard so take your time! Oh, and a serrated knife works great). Spoon out the seeds and discard. There are many ways to cook a spaghetti squash, I always go with one of these two. 1) Cover baking sheet with tin-foil and non-stick spray. Place squash cut-side down and bake. 2) Use slightly deeper dish, place squash cut-side down, and add enough water to cover the bottom—this steams the squash. Bake about 40 minutes, until “fork tender,” when you can easily pierce the outside. Both methods work about the same, but I like the flavor of method #1. Once cooked, scrape the spaghetti squash flesh with a fork (from outside towards the center) creating the “spaghetti.”
In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high, add onion, garlic, jalapeno and red bell pepper. Sauté 2-3 minutes. Stir in cumin, oregano, chili powder, and salt & pepper–mix well. Stir in beans, corn, cilantro and lime juice–mix well. Add the “spaghetti”—keep outer shell if you want to “stuff” & serve. Or, if you’re eating this as a side it pairs great with lean ground turkey flavored with the same dry seasoning, garlic, onion, and red pepper.
If you want to stuff & serve, set oven to broil (high). Stuff each squash half with mixture and top with grated cheddar. Broil until cheese melts and gets brown, 1-2 minutes—don’t leave unattended long or you will make fire balls!
Sprinkle with remaining cilantro and BOOM! Time to enjoy!
Put all ingredients in a food processor or blender and mix until smooth. Use nonstick spray & cook like regular pancakes. Add favorite toppings & enjoy!! I like to top them off with pumpkin spice & 100% pure maple syrup, yum!
Here is an easy chocolaty dessert recipe I found two nights ago. I immediately made it since I happened to already have all of the ingredients. I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome and thought it was certainly worth sharing, especially to anyone trying to eat healthy, with a sweet-tooth:
Almond Milk (I use unsweetened vanilla)
Take 1/4 cup chia seeds, 3 tbs raw cocoa powder, a little less than 1 cup almond milk, a dash of cinnamon and honey, mix all ingredients in a bowl, place it in the refrigerator and let thicken. DONE! It’s that easy, enjoy!
Side notes: Rather than having to stir, I used a container with a lid and shook it until it was well mixed. I let it thicken for about 10-15 minutes in the refrigerator, tried it– Delicious! I forced myself to put the remainder back in the ‘fridge until the next day to see what it would become, and to my delight it was VERY thick & smooth! So my recommendation is to make it a few hours ahead of time so it has a chance to thicken. It’s a little heavy on the cocoa… you might want less. Since it wasn’t my recipe to begin with, I was more than happy to have an excuse to use that much cocoa :) You can read the benefits of chia seeds in a previous post of mine if you’re not sure what they are, or how AWESOME they are! Last, the recipe also called for a spoonful of coconut oil, but I skipped that part. Last, last, oddly enough, mixing this with protein powder in place of cocoa can also work for a “pudding” concoction. Enjoy!