Zucchini Cakes

Wow-these are seriously yummy!!  You think you are eating crab cakes but you’re not! I made enough for 3 different batches. I will freeze 2 of the batches and form into patties when I decide to thaw and eat. I dipped them into some plain Greek yogurt too which was delicious! Let’s break it down with pictures as far as what you will need and what to do, enjoy!! A

In a food processer place roughly chopped and peeled zucchini and onion until finely shredded.

1 med Spanish Shredded onion and 1 large or 2 to 4 small Zucchini-straining with tbsp. salt for 30 min
1 med Spanish onion shredded and 1 very large or 3 to 4 small zucchini shredded-straining with tbsp. salt for 30 min.
Pick what seasonings you want. I will break these into 3 different versions. 1. old bay and cayenne pepper 2. garlic powder and pepper 3. oregano and paprika
Pick what seasonings you want to use. I will break this batch into 3 different versions. 1. old bay and cayenne pepper 2. garlic powder and blk pepper 3. oregano and paprika.
Take the zucchini and onion mixture and scoop out 1 1/2 c each into 3 separate bowls. Add one beaten egg, seasoning and 1/2 c Panko breadcrumbs to each batch.
Take the zucchini and onion mixture and scoop out 1 1/2 c each into 3 separate bowls. Add one beaten egg, seasoning and 1/2 c Panko breadcrumbs to each batch.
Mix each batch with a spoon and form into patties. Brown in skillet for 2 to 3 min on each side on med heat using canola oil spray.
Mix each batch with a spoon and form into patties. Brown in skillet for 2 to 3 min on each side on med heat using canola oil spray.

Spinach Chicken Wraps

SPINACH CHICKEN WRAPS:

spinach chicken wraps 2Take a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken  (Giant Eagle $4.99) and shred the breast after removing it from the skin or cook whole chicken or just breast then cool and shred with 2 forks and set aside.

To the chicken add 2 heaping tablespoons of plain Greek yogurt, 1/2 c chopped onion, 1/2 c chopped apple, season with black pepper, cayenne pepper and lemon juice to your liking and mix together.

Place 2 handfuls of fresh chopped spinach leaves on top of spinach tortillas (I used Mission brand in garden spinach herb)  and scoop chicken on top.  Wrap it up and eat! These would be great to make ahead for easy grab and go from the fridge for lunch the next day AND don’t forget about the kids-they would love these too!

———-> Other options to chop and add to chicken salad mixture: celery, carrots, peppers, grapes, berries, tomatoes, asparagus, green beans.

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strawberry spinach chicken wrap

Enjoy!! xoxo-A

Mustard chicken, roasted butternut squash and blue cheese salad

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Mustard chicken, butternut squash and blue cheese salad!!!

(Inspired by two fellow blogger’s recipes!)

Chicken-cook ½ lb chicken breast or tenders in skillet with:

2 tsp lime juice and pineapple juice, dash salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, garlic powder and 2 tsp honey or spicy mustard

Roast 2 c cubed butternut squash in pan with dash salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and parsley on 350 for 40 to 45 min

Assemble the following for the “salad”: 2 c chopped Iceberg lettuce, 1 c arugula, 1 chopped tomato, ¼ c crumbled blue cheese and ¼ c chopped red onions

Dressing: I used Chef Tim’s sweet balsamic vinaigrette (it is so good!!)

I also did this on a day that I worked from 6 am to 1 pm then again from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm….so during the afternoon I made the chicken and stored it in the fridge. I prepared the squash and then my boyfriend put it in the oven at 7:15 so when I came home at 8 pm all I had to do was put the lettuce and veggies together then add the squash and chicken. The squash had cooled down a little bit but was still warm (not hot). I microwaved the chicken for 45 sec just so it wasn’t cold but again not hot.

Timing and Teamwork made this happen with little effort and it was so good!!! Even if you get home late you can still eat healthy-just takes a little planning!

Makes 2 adult sized dinner salads!

 

ENJOY!!!

XOXO-A

 

 

 

Stuffed peppers with rice and spicy tomato sauce

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Stuffed peppers with jasmine rice and spicy tomato sauce!

Meat mixture:

3/4 lb ground turkey

2 chopped shallots

1/4 c chopped celery

1/4 c chopped carrot

1/4 c chopped red onion

2 tsp Dijon mustard

1 egg-beaten

1/2 c whole grain breadcrumbs

Season with: oregano, red pepper flakes, cumin,  parsley, garlic powder, pepper, pinch of salt

 

Peppers:

Wash and cut off the tops. Empty the middle of the peppers out and fill with the meat mixture. Bake for 45 min on 350 degrees. Add a sprinkle of cheese for the last 5 min.

Rice and sauce:

Cook the rice according to the directions. Take 4 to 5 chopped stem tomatoes and boil them with a tsp of olive oil in a skillet until cooked out and a sauce is formed. Add a pinch of salt, pepper and garlic to the sauce. Last add 4 to 6 tsp of hot sauce or sriracha to the tomato sauce.

Place your pepper on top of your rice and pour the sauce over the whole thing. This recipe makes 4 delicious and clean stuffed peppers!

Enjoy!! xoxoxo-A

Mexican Chicken Bake

Mexican chicken bake

Buckle up! This is a good one and  figure friendly too!!! This would also be great with ground turkey instead of chicken!

Step one:

Take 3/4 lb chicken breast and cut into cubes. Cook over med heat for 10 min in skillet adding the following:

1/4c  lime juice

1/4 c lemon juice

1/4 c chicken stock-low sodium

Season with cilantro, pepper, red pepper flakes, cinnamon, garlic powder-all to your liking. (I used about 1 tsp of each)

Step two:

Boil whole grain penne pasta just under the suggested time on the package-I used 3 to 3 1/2 cups dry (this will give you about 5 servings in the dish)

Step three:

Combine in baking dish the following:

8 oz container of lite sour cream

1/2 c chopped onion

1/2 c peach/mango salsa (or whatever salsa you like)

1/2 c chopped pepper (whatever you like)

1/2 c skim milk

5 to 6 oz corn

***If you like it spicy add Sriracha and or hot sauce at this point too!

***You can add other garnishing like diced green onion or fresh parsley or cilantro on top-I just didn’t have any on hand!

Step four:

Combine ALL ingredients together and mix well in baking dish. Top with 1/2 c shredded cheese of your liking.

Bake at 385 degrees for 30 min. Serving size should be 1 1/2 cups. Great to make for dinner and have for leftovers the day or even two!

Enjoy!

A

Baked Sweet Potatoes with Pineapple & Coconut Almond Chicken Tenders

Baked sweet potatoes with pineapple and coconut almond chicken tendersBaked Sweet Potatoes

2 large yams or sweet potatoes-peeled and sliced or cubed

8 oz chopped pineapple

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tbsp butter

1/3 c orange juice

Toss together in baking dish and bake covered in 385 degree oven for 45 to 55 min (yes, it’s that easy!)

Coconut Almond Chicken

Take 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk or coconut almond milk and whisk together with 1 tbsp plain Greek yogurt in a shallow dish and set aside. In another shallow dish take 1/4 c millet flour, flaxseed meal or almond meal and mix together with 1/2 c panko or whole grain bread crumbs, 1/2 c unsweetened coconut flakes and 1/4 c finely chopped almonds.

Take 1.5 lbs chicken or turkey breast and cut into tenders. Dip each tender in the milk/yogurt and then in the flour/coconut/breadcrumb mix.

Place on baking sheet and bake at 385 for 35 to 40 min flipping over halfway through.

***FIT Tip***chose your ingredients wisely- Millet flour vs white flour, unsweetened coconut vs. sweetened, Greek yogurt vs. regular yogurt. Better ingredients=a better you!!!

Choose better ingredients!!!!
Choose better ingredients!!!!

 

 

Spinach & feta stuffed chicken breast with lemon & parm baby potatoes

spinach stuffed chicken

SPINACH AND FETA STUFFED CHICKEN BREAST

WITH

LEMON AND PARMESAN BABY POTATOES

Chicken:

Pre-heat oven to 385 degrees

Suntee’ 1 tsp minced garlic, 1/4 tbsp butter, 2 c frozen spinach leaves, 2 tsp lemon juice and 1/2 c crumbled feta in pan until spinach is warm throughout.

Butterfly chicken breast and stuff half of the spinach mixture into the chicken breast. Bake for approx 40 min (your oven may vary by 5 min or so)

Potatoes:

Rough chop baby potatoes to equal 2 c worth, place in baking dish and add 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp pepper, dash of salt, sprinkle red pepper flakes to your liking, chop 1/4 tbsp butter and place in 4 corners of dish. Add 2 tsp lemon juice, 1/2 c chopped red onion and 1/4 c shredded parmesan cheese-give it a stir and bake for 45 min at  385 degrees.

Enjoy! A

Healthy Enchilada Lasagna

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So clean and healthy and the whole family will love this one!

What you will need:

12 small white corn tortillas

1/2 or 3/4 lb diced chicken breast or ground turkey (or omit meat for a vegetarian dish or add black beans)

Yellow, orange, red or green pepper-pick at least 2 of those 4

1/2 c chopped onion-which ever kind you like

1 c chopped tomatoes

1/2 c corn-frozen or fresh off the cob

2 cups salsa- I used a pineapple mango flavored for extra flavor

1 c shredded mozzarella cheese

1/2 c lime juice

1/4 tbsp unsalted butter

1/4 c hot sauce

Fresh cilantro, pepper, Badia seasoning, red pepper flakes

8 oz Creamy citrus avocado dressing that I got from Whole Foods-which was the inspiration for this entire meal

DIRECTIONS:

1.Layer 5 tortillas on the bottom of the 9 by 13 baking dish then add 1/2 of the meat and veggie mixture that you cooked in a skillet already (add the hot sauce, lime juice, butter and seasonings as  it cooked down in the skillet)

2.Next, add the tomatoes and half of the salsa, half the cheese and then half of the avocado dressing.

3.Layer 4 more tortillas and add the rest of the meat and veggie mix, then repeat step 2.

4.Layer 3 more tortillas and sprinkle remaining cheese on top

Bake uncovered at 400 degrees for 20 to 25 min.

Enjoy!! A

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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Lettuce wraps! Love this idea and there are endless combinations you can prepare! Make it fun, think outside of the box…make them your own!

I used :

1 lb cubed chicken breast

1 c corn

1/4 c each onions, celery, carrots, silvered raw unsalted almonds

Seasoning for the mixture:

lime juice, cumin, Badia complete seasoning, cilantro,  parsley, ginger, crushed red pepper, pepper, garlic, 1/4 c lite sodium soy sauce (I would have made it spicier for sure with wasabi, Sriracha  and Red Hot if my son wasn’t eating it too-he handled the above flavors great though!)

I sautéed the chicken first with all the seasonings/juice/sauce and slowly added in the veggies and then spot checked for taste and added more of whatever I thought it needed. Total cook time 20 min. Wrap in iceberg lettuce and serve-I need a little help on my wrapping skills but that will come! Enjoy!!! xoxoxo-Alettuce wrap 3

Apples with Greek yogurt dip

Greek yogurt dip

 

Greek yogurt dip with honey, cinnamon and peanut butter

1 and a half cups of plain Greek yogurt

2 tsp peanut butter

1 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp honey

Mix well and serve with red and green apples-like I did for a holiday party or with any fruit on any day as a healthy snack. I think this would also be good to spread on toast in the a.m or eat by the spoonful like I could do because I love it so much!

***Can substitute pumpkin instead of peanut butter, or use almond, apple butter or pumpkin butter instead.

 

Enjoy!!
xoxoxo-A