Sweet potato turkey chili

sweet potato turkey chili

Ingredients:

1 lb ground turkey

1 15 oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes

3 med peeled/cubed sweet potatoes

1/2 cup diced red onion

1 small diced zucchini

1 cup diced peppers (any or all colors)

2 cups diced mushrooms

1 1/2 cups water

1 tbsp. butter

juice of one lime

Seasonings:

cumin

coriander

cinnamon

salt

pepper

red pepper flakes

Badia complete seasoning

(or any chili seasoning you make or like to use)

How to make:

Cook ground turkey in skillet while boiling sweet potatoes in large pot for 5 min on stove

When turkey is done, drain and add in canned fire roasted tomatoes and sweet potatoes to skillet and let cook on med/low heat

Meanwhile in the pot that you want to make the chili in place tbsp. of butter on med heat and add in peppers, onions, zucchini and mushrooms and let them cook down for about 10 min

Season the meat mixture with all seasonings and lime juice and continue to cook for a few more minutes

Add the meat mixture to the pot with the veggies along with the 1 1/2 cups water

Cover and let simmer for 30 min to an hour on med/low (I am sure you could also do this in a crockpot)

Add additional seasonings to taste

Top with a tsp of Greek yogurt and avocado slice if you wish

Share with your family and friends or save it all for yourself!

I will be eating mine tonight and tomorrow for sure after my workouts and I will be sharing with a friend too!

Makes at least 6 servings

Happy day! A

 

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Sweet Potato Salad

simple and quick sweet potato salad

TAKE 3 MED SIZED WASHED WITH SKIN ON WHOLE SWEET POTATOES AND CUT INTO LARGE ROUND SLICES LIKE IN THE PICTURE (keep the skin on-lots of nutrition in them) THEN BOIL IN POT FOR 10 MIN.

WHILE POTATOES ARE BOILING:

CHOP 2 CELERY RIBS AND 1 QUARTER OF A MED ONION OF YOUR CHOICE

IN BOWL ADD CELERY, ONION, 2 HEAPING TBSP OF PLAIN 0% GREEK YOGURT AND 1 HEAPING TBSP SPICY BROWN MUSTARD

WHEN POTATOES ARE DONE, DRAIN AND RUN COOL WATER OVER THEM.

ADD THEM TO THE BOWL AND SPRINKLE WITH SALT, PEPPER AND FRESH PARSLEY OR DILL.

MIX GENTLY TO COAT THE POTATOES AND CHILL IN THE FRIDGE.

**CAN ALSO ADD HARD BOILED EGGS IF YOU WANT-I SUGGEST  2 OR 3**

ALL DONE!!

BRING IT TO YOUR SUMMER PARTIES OR JUST MAKE AS A SIDE DISH FOR DINNER WHENEVER! I MADE A BATCH AND HAVE BEEN EATING IT FOR BREAKFAST, SNACK, LUNCH AND DINNER ALL WEEK! IT’S PRETTY MUCH DELICIOUS AND GOES WITH EVERYTHING!

ENJOY!

A

 

Sweet Potato, Mango & Coffee Smoothie

sweet pot mango coffee collage

Ok……this is a GREAT one!!!

If you like a coffee frap from Starbucks you will love making this one from home!!

If you are not a coffee lover then of course you can leave out the coffee!

This is what I used to create it:

1 scoop chocolate protein powder

1 c shredded sweet potato

(I had this in the fridge ready to go because I used some during dinner one night this week)

1 tsp. chia seeds or flax seeds

1 packet Starbucks VIA instant coffee pack

(no pictured as I decided to throw it in at the end-because why not???)

1 half banana

3 tsp. oats

1 c unsweetened almond milk

1 c frozen mango

1 c water

5 ice cubes

Sprinkle in half to 3/4 tsp. ginger and same with cinnamon

Blend very well and enjoy!!

Be sure to check out the other smoothies I created this week including strawberry & lime, Green means GO and a little bit of everything!

xo-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!!!!

 

 

Twice baked sweet potatoes

twice baked sweet potatoes

twice bakedbaked sweet potato filling

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Sweet Potato Fries

sweet pot friesSweet Potato fries! So simple and a tasty and healthy alternative!!!  I like them better than regular fries!

1.Peel and cut your potatoes into strips

2.Drizzle olive oil over them and sprinkle very lightly with salt, pepper and parsley

3.With hands give them a rumble around  to coat with oil and seasonings

4.Bake in oven for 40 min at 350-turning halfway through

Enjoy!!

xoxo-A

Healthy balanced meal-smashed black beans topping roasted sweet potatoes with asparagus, mushrooms and chicken

3 oz chicken, handful of mushrooms, steamed asparagus made only with lemon juice and balsamic vinegar, roasted sweet potatoes brushed with olive oil, cinnamon and black pepper then topped with smashed black beans.

Let me tell you some of the awesome health benefits of this meal! Not only does it include roughly 1 part good fat, 3 parts carbs and 2 parts protein but it is packed with  vitamin D, high in fiber, vitamin A and C-these antioxidants also work as anti-inflammatories, and can reduce the symptoms of arthritis and asthma. Sweet potatoes are also a good source of copper, manganese, potassium, iron and vitamin B6. They also contain thiamin, riboflavin and niacin. I cannot say enough awesome things about sweet potatoes!!! The black beans are packed with vitamins,  minerals, fiber and omega 3 and 6 fatty acids! Then there is the asparagus-deliciously made with only lemon juice and balsamic vinegar. Asparagus has hardly any calories, no fat, no cholesterol and no sodium….it may make your pee smell but the folate-good for heart health, the fiber and the inulin-good for digestive health is well worth the trade off!!! This meal makes me smile big! It tastes so good and is so ridiculously good for you!

Enjoy!!!

xoxoxo-A