Tuna Stuffed Tomatoes

 

 

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Tuna stuffed glorious summer tomatoes!

Go to your local farmer’s market and pick up some of these beauties!

Tuna salad filling (you can use one of your favorites or mine):

I used 3 tsp of an asiago cheese and artichoke dip (you can use Greek yogurt or mayo-or nothing here), 2 five oz cans of white tuna, 2 tsp finely chopped of each celery & red onion. then add blk pepper, cayenne pepper & garlic powder-pinches of each! Mix together.

I used a mellon baller to hollow out the tomatoes. You just want to make sure you get the wet seeds and guts out of the tomatoes before you stuff them.

Once tomatoes are hollowed fill them with the tuna salad and then store in the fridge until ready to eat!

This made 4 med tomatoes plus about a cup of left over of tuna salad for me to eat later in the week or you could make 6 to 7 total stuffed med tomatoes.

When ready to serve top with evoo, lemon juice and fresh basil.

I hope you enjoy this one!! We had these last night with steak on the grill. Lots of protein!!!

Delish!!

A

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California Ground Turkey Salad

california ground turkey salad

Yum!!

1. Cook 1/2 lb ground turkey seasoned with chili powder, basil, cilantro, salt, pepper, garlic and a dash of cinnamon.

2. Chop 1 avocado, 1 cup cherry tomatoes or whatever kind you have, 1 cup pineapple and 1/4 cup red onion.

3. Prepare your lettuce, whatever combo or kind you want to use-I used green leaf here.

4. Add 2 tbsp. crumbled blue cheese

Dressing:

5. 1/4 c sour cream or Greek yogurt mixed with 1 tbsp. lime juice and 1 tbsp. hot sauce

Feeds 2 hungry people.

Enjoy!! xo, A

 

 

 

Pesto, Tuna & Ricotta Pita Pizza

pesto tuna ricotta pita pizza

What you will need:

5 oz. can of tuna

1/2 cup part skim ricotta cheese (could sub with plain Greek yogurt)

1 tsp pesto

1/2 tsp basil

1 tsp ground blk pepper

2 tsp lemon juice

1 tsp olive oil

1 cup total chopped cucumber and tomato

2 pita breads

What to do:

1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

2. Mix ricotta cheese, tuna, lemon juice, olive oil, pesto, pepper and basil together in small bowl

3. Place pitas on baking pan in oven for about 7 to 10 min or until slightly crispy/toasted

4. Spread tuna mixture on warm pita and top with tomato and cucumber

5. Cut into slices and enjoy!

Makes 2 “pizzas” or 2 servings

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.

spinach chicken wraps

strawberry spinach chicken wrap

Enjoy!! xoxo-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

Healthy Whole Grain Penne Pasta w/ ground lamb smothered in pesto garlic lemon sauce

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penne with lamb and pesto

What you will need:

8 oz Whole grain penne pasta

3/4 lb ground lamb-hard to find but so worth it!

1/2 c feta cheese

2 c spinach leaves

1/3 c pesto paste

1/4 lemon juice

1 cup pasta water

1/2 c skim ricotta cheese

2 tsp minced garlic

1/4 c chopped onion (white or spanish)

salt, pepper to taste

pine nuts to garnish

Optional: 1 c beef stock-mine was homemade from left over short ribs (celery, carrots, onion, basil, oregano and burgundy wine) I am pretty sure this contributed to the awesomeness but you should be fine with low sodium store-bought beef stock or without it at all. Lamb has a very powerful taste all on its own!!

Cooking Directions:

Cook lamb in skillet over med heat and drain fat

Cook pasta and set aside to cool-saving one cup of the pasta water for sauce

Add beef stock, garlic, onion, ricotta, feta, seasonings, pesto paste and  lemon juice to the lamb and mix together well

Let cook for 8 o 10 min on low to med heat then add in pasta water and pasta giving it all a good mix again

Lastly,  add spinach and pine nuts until all melted down and in together then serve

Warning!!! This smells divine from the minute you start to cook the lamb and you will want to taste it several times throughout the cooking process….its just so good!

(p.s. great for kids too! My 3 year old had 2 helpings!!)

(p.p.s remember portion control-you can eat this and not feel guilty about being what feels like  indulgent but remember to save some for lunch the next day!! )

Makes about 5 total servings and I served it with a tomato and feta salad dressed in olive oil and red wine vinegar!

Enjoy!

xoxo-A

 

Twice baked sweet potatoes

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Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes-maybe my favorite thing to eat in the whole world!

Step 1: Microwave sweet potatoes until able to cut in half and scoop out 3/4 of the inside.

Step 2: Add scooped sweet potato to 1 heaping tbsp plain Greek yogurt, 1 heaping tbsp skim ricotta cheese, 1/4 c almond milk (optional), 1/4 c black beans and 1/4 c  crumbled blue cheese to mixing bowl.

Step 3: Mix together with hand mixer until well blended and slightly fluffy then scoop mixture into hollowed out sweet potatoes.

Step 4: Bake for 15 to 20 min at 375 degrees

Other combos to try for the stuffing:

Spinach or kale, black beans, Greek yogurt and feta cheese

Ricotta cheese, tuna, red onion and Greek yogurt

Enjoy!

xoxo-A

 

 

 

Wasabi, soy and lime tuna pasta salad

 

So simple to make, so good for you and so yummy!

2 cups of your choice of noodle-I used tri colored radiatore-cook , run cold water over and set aside in bowl

2 pouches Starkist white albacore tuna in water-add to cooled pasta

1 avocado-chopped-smother in lime juice after you cut it so it can keep its green color-add to dressing then pour into pasta mix

1/4 c chopped red onion-add to pasta mix

Dressing:

2 tsp honey

4 tsp olive oil

1/2 c lime juice

2 tsp hot sauce

2 tsp wasabi mustard

2 tsp soy sauce

whisk together then add chopped avocado to dressing then add to pasta mix

salt and pepper to taste

finish off with lime zest

yields about ( 4) 1 cup servings

Enjoy!

xoxoxo-A

Baked Black Bean Pita Pockets

I love black beans! These can be made vegetarian if you like.  I added hot sausage to ours.

Ingredients:

Whole wheat pita pockets

1 can black beans

1/4 c chopped onion

1 c yellow pepper-or color of your choice

1 avocado

1/4 c shredded cheese

lime juice

olive oil

6 oz chopped meat-if you wish (chicken, pork or sausage)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and Combine all ingredients except for avocado and cheese in skillet. Heat in skillet for 12 min with lime juice and olive oil-tsp of each. Season with pepper, red pepper flakes, cilantro (and whatever spices you want)  Line the pockets thinly with smashed avocado and fill with the bean, veggie and meat mixture. Bake for 10 min then add hot sauce (if you wish) and cheese and bake for 5 more minutes.

Makes 3 servings or 6 half pockets

Total time 30 min-15 prep-15 bake

Enjoy!
xoxoxo-A

 

White bean, wheat berries, tomato & mozzarella salad

Ingredients:

Mozzarella pearls

Chicken cubed lightly seasoned-salt, pepper, red pepperflakes and parsley

Chopped tomato

Wheat berries-cook according to pkg and cool

Chopped celery

Chopped onion

Mixed together with olive oil and red wine vinegar

Tips: chill the wheat berries and chicken in the fridge after they cook before adding them to the mixture.

It’s even better hours later after all of the flavors have had a chance to marry together!

Enjoy-A