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  1. Healthy Sloppy Joe’s!

    August 27, 2012 by Kristin

    Ingredients
    1 1/2 pounds ground turkey meat
    1 onion, chopped
    1 red bell pepper, chopped
    1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
    1 cup water (or if you don’t have tomato paste, substitute the water and tomato paste with about 1 1/2 cups of tomato sauce
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    1 tablespoon chili powder
    1 teaspoon paprika
    1 teaspoon ground cumin
    1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
    1 teaspoon dried oregano
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

    Directions
    In a large skillet over medium-high heat, saute the ground turkey for 5 minutes. Add the onion and red bell pepper; saute for 5 more minutes, or until onion is tender. Drain the meat.
    Mix in tomato paste and water, stirring until paste is dissolved. Stir in garlic, chili powder, paprika, cumin, vinegar, brown sugar, oregano, salt and pepper. Continue to heat for 5 to 10 minutes, or until mixture is thick and stewy.

    I recommend tasting your sloppy joe’s as you cook so you can make it taste just the way you like it! :)

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  2. Healthy Southwestern Egg Rolls (they’re baked not fried..shhhh)

    August 8, 2012 by Kristin

     

    • 1 skinless, boneless chicken breast
    • 2 tablespoons minced green onion
    • 2 tablespoons minced red bell pepper
    • 1/2 cup frozen corn kernels
    • 1/4 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
    • 1 cup of freshly chopped spinach
    • 1/2 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
    • 1 pinch ground cayenne pepper
    • 5 whole wheat tortillas

    1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Cut the chicken into small pieces so it can fit into the tortilla when you are done.  Cook the chicken in a pan for about 7 minutes or until done. Remove chicken.

    2. Now cook the onion, pepper, corn, beans, spinach, parsley, cumin, chili powder, and cayenne pepper all together. Cook for about 2 minutes.

    3. Now add the chicken back to the pan and cook all ingredients for about 2-3 minutes.

    4. Remove pan from the burner.

    5. Place about 2-4 tablespoons of the mixture in the tortillas and wrap them tightly.

    6. Place them on a greased baking sheet ( I used a cooking spray) and spray the tops of them lighting with a cooking spray.  This will help them to be crunchy.

    7. Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until the edges are brown.

    Honestly, I was so surprised how these turned out.  My husband and my father-in-law both approved.  In the words of my father-in-law, “Those were damn good, sweetheart.”  I also had a scoop of fat free sour cream and salsa on the side.

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  3. Great Way to Start Your Day!

    August 1, 2012 by Kristin

    This has to be one of my favorite breakfasts, an egg on top of a 100 calorie veggie patty and 1/2 of a 100 calorie bun, so its really only 50 calories.  Total calories of this meal: 220!  Its filling and satisfying.

    I recommend buying veggie patties from Whole Foods.  This brand has a half serving of veggies, lots of fiber and protein, and low in calories.

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  4. Be An Action Figure…

    July 5, 2012 by Kristin

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  5. Spicy Avocado Chicken

    June 18, 2012 by Kristin

    So I was looking in my fridge and I had 2 avocados, an onion, and chicken breast.  I came up with spicy avocado chicken.  I used some spices from the spice cabinet to make it a little tangy.

    Ingredients:

    • chicken breasts
    • Mexican chili powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon of salt and pepper
    • 1 avocado
    • 1/2 onion
    • 1 tablespoon of chopped cilantro
    • 1 tablespoon of lime juice
    • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
    • pinch of sugar
    1. Use the salt and pepper and chili powder to season the chicken breasts.
    2. Cook the chicken in a skillet in medium heat and use coconut oil instead of olive oil.  Cook the chicken until it is cooked all the way through.
    3. While the chicken is cooking, mince the onion and avocado, and mix with olive oil, cilantro, lime juice, and sugar.  Spoon the mixture onto the cooked chicken and serve!

    I guess my theme for dinner tonight was green :)

     

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  6. Healthy Tuscan Chicken

    June 11, 2012 by Kristin

    • 2 chicken breasts, pounded to 1/4″ thickness
    • Salt and pepper
    • 1 tsp coconut oil
    • 1 clove garlic, crushed
    • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
    • 2 tbsp diced roasted red pepper
    • 1 whole red pepper diced
    • 4 cups baby spinach leaves
    • 1 cups of mushrooms
    • 2 tbsp grated parmesan

    Directions

    1.Season the chicken on each side with a pinch of salt and pepper, and sear it in a skillet over medium-high heat for 3 to 4 minutes a side. Remove from the skillet and set aside.
    2. Add the oil, garlic, rosemary, both types of red pepper, mushrooms, and spinach to the skillet. Cook, turning frequently, until the spinach wilts (1 to 2 minutes). Spoon 1 tablespoon of parmesan on each chicken breast.
    In the picture, I also have broccoli that I cooked by steaming and a brown rice quinoa mix.

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  7. Stay focused!

    June 8, 2012 by Kristin

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  8. Healthy Eggplant Parmesan

    June 5, 2012 by Kristin

    I absolutely love eggplant parmesan.  What I don’t like about it is it’s fat content.  So last night I decided to try and make this dish a bit healthier.  According to my husband, it was awesome. I didn’t fry the eggplant, I baked it instead.  I also didn’t heavily bread it or use too much cheese.

    • 2 eggplants
    • 3 egg whites
    • 1 tablespoon of water
    • 2 cups of breadcrumbs
    • ¼ cup of parmesan cheese
    • ½ teaspoon of salt and pepper
    • 3 basil leaves sliced
    • 1 can of your favorite tomato sauce
    • 1 package of graded part-skim mozzarella cheese
    1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat baking sheet or casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
    2. Cut eggplants crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Whisk egg whites and water in a shallow dish until frothy. Combine breadcrumbs, 1/4 cup of the Parmesan, salt and pepper, and basil in another shallow dish. Dip the eggplant slices into the egg-white mixture, then coat with the breadcrumb mixture on both sides. Arrange the eggplant slices in a single layer on the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 10-15 minutes, turn the eggplant slices over, and bake until crisp and golden, about 15 minutes longer. Then, take them out.
    3. On another baking dish or casserole dish, spread about 1/2 cup of the sauce in the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Arrange half of the eggplant slices over the sauce, overlapping slightly. Spoon the remaining sauce over the eggplant and sprinkle with half of the mozzarella cheese. If you skip the cheese and don’t use any, this dish can be even healthier! Bake, uncovered, until the sauce bubbles and the top is golden, 15 to 20 minutes.

     

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  9. Great Healthy Breakfast Choices

    June 1, 2012 by Kristin




    We don’t always have time to pack our meals or sit and eat breakfast. I woke up late the other day and had no time to prepare and then, sit and eat my breakfast. I had to grab breakfast on the go! So I decided to do some research and see which breakfast chain restaurants have the best tasting and healthiest breakfast meal.

    1. Starbucks: At Starbucks, I love how they put the calories right on the packaging of their food. It’s great and convenient! Some of their food doesn’t directly say the calorie amount, but you can look it up on the internet, your phone (they have a cool app), or on a pamphlet that they have right next to the register. I suggest getting their Spinach & Feta Breakfast Wrap. It has about 280 calories, 10 grams of protein, and 9 grams of fat. Another great choice is their Chicken Sausage Breakfast Wrap with 300 calories; it is still a good option. Starbucks also has oatmeal, which only has 140 calories and it tastes pretty good too! I absolutely love Starbuck’s breakfast!

    2. Dunkin Donuts: Beware when going here and don’t be tempted to get a doughnut! When coming here, look for items that contain eggs whites and NO CHEESSE (which can increase your meal’s calories).The Egg on an English Muffin sandwich comes in at 320 calories, 15 g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 14 g protein, 1 g fiber, and 820 mg of sodium. The protein will help will keep you going strong through the morning.

    3. McDonald’s: Not my favorite place, but if you are in a jam, order their Egg McMuffin. It only has 300 calories, but it does have over 800 mg of sodium.

    4. Burger King: The Egg and Cheese Croissan’wich has 320 calories, 16 g fat, and 7 g of saturated fat. The sodium content may be a tough fit for restricted diets at 690 mg. Eleven grams of protein will help keep you feeling full until lunch.

    5. Subway: Their Egg White & Cheese Sandwich is a great choice at Subway with 150 calories, 3.5 g fat, 1.5 g saturated fat, 12 g protein, 480 mg sodium, and 5 g fiber. It comes on a light wheat English muffin for a healthy high-protein, high-fiber, portable meal.

    So there you have it, you can eat healthy on the run! Just be smart with your choices. Stay away from bagels and other temptations and you will be a healthy girl in no time.

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  10. Healthy Tomato Spinach Chicken

    May 9, 2012 by Kristin

    Ingredients

    • 8 skinless chicken breast tenderloin
    • 1 package of cherry tomatoes
    • 2 sun-dried tomatoes
    • 2 tablespoon of white wine vinegar
    • 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
    • 1/2 onion
    • 2 tablespoons of garlic
    • one bag of spinach
    • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil

    Cooking

    1. Take the cherry tomatoes, onion, sun-dried tomatoes, chicken broth, and garlic and mix with a food processor until the mixture is chunky but well mixed.  Set it aside.

    2. Cook the chicken to completion by using the coconut oil in a pan.

    3. When the chicken is done, take your tomato mixture and pour on the chicken.  Then add the package of spinach and cook for about 2-3 minutes or until the spinach is soft.

    4. Enjoy!

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