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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Chicken and Black Bean Tostada

I love a good tostada! Anytime I can get crispy, melty cheese under the broiler...sign me up!

The first step is not really a recipe but a method of making the shredded chicken. Put chicken breasts in a slow cooker, cover completely with water, and cook on low for 6 - 8 hours or on high for 4 hours. The liquid should be clear (not cloudy) and the chicken should literally fall apart. 

I make this about once a week and always have shredded chicken on hand. Also, strain the liquid in the slow cooker and you have chicken broth for soup recipes. Use within 2 days or freeze for later use. 

For the recipe

3 oz cooked shredded chicken
65 gr organic black beans
1/4 c mild green enchilada sauce (I used canned from Target)
1/2 Flat Out flatbread Light Original (can use any flavor)
20 gr shredded cheddar cheese

Combine chicken, beans, and sauce and cook on the stove to take some of the moisture out. Preheat broiler to 350 degrees. 

Top 1/2 a Flat Out flatbread and top with shredded cheese. 

Melt cheese under broiler for about 10 min. 

Serves 1

Cal 334
Protein 35
Carb 23 
Fiber 10
Fat 9
Chol 86

Homemade Breakfast Sandwich

I don't always eat breakfast, but when I do...

I'd rather eat what I know. 

While I have had my fair share of McD's over the years, I have not been in 2015 at all. This is really a great accomplishment since I live between 2 different locations. Convenience at it's finest. 

I realized that I have not posted my Maple Breakfast Patties recipe yet so I will have to link to that later. 

Homemade Breakfast Sandwich

Serves 1

1/2 Flat Out flatbread (I used Light original but any flavor is acceptable)
1 extra large egg
1 liquid egg white
1 Finlandia Reduced Fat Cheddar slice
2 Maple Breakfast Patties

I use my little bullet blender for fast and consistent blending for my eggs. Use a small frying pan and let it cook in one piece. Flip or use a cover to cook the top side. Place the egg on half a flat out, add cheese, and add the heated breakfast patties. 

Note: If you do not want to make them from scratch, try AmyLu's chicken breakfast patties. The nutrition info will change so record accordingly. 

Once you see the breakfast patty recipe, you will see how easy it is and want to make them for yourself!

Serves 1

Cal 298
Protein 34
Carb 13 
Fiber 5
Fat 14
Chol 260

Compare to McD's
Cal 480
Protein 13
Carb 36 
Fiber 2
Fat 31
Chol 45 (that can't even be right! Is it not a real egg and sausage?)

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Moroccan Spring Fling!

Well, hello spring like temps. I've missed you. 

Today was 36 but sunny with a real feel of 46. Lovin' the sunshine today. 

Last night I had dinner with some friends and we went to a Persian restaurant. It was so good. Today's flavors are inspired from the Mediterranean region. 

Kefta Meatballs 

1lb Lean ground beef (Kirkland lean 91/9)
1/2 sweet onion approx 120gr
2 garlic cloves
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1 tsp dried mint leaves

Evenly divide into 16 meatballs. Shape either round or slightly flattened. Spray pan. Brown on both sides. Turn down heat to lowest setting and cover for about 5-7 minutes to steam cook the beef. Remove lid and reduce all the condensation. Some onion will fall out of the meatballs. Mixed with the meat drippings, it was delicious to add to the green beans. 

Add a vegetable of choice. I chose a can of cut green beans for an additional 55 cals. 

As pictured...
Serves 1 (6 meatballs and green beans)

Cal 354
Protein 39
Carb 22 
Fiber 6
Fat 15
Chol 105

Per meatball...

Cal 50
Protein 6
Carb 1 
Fiber 0
Fat 3
Chol 18

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

My Go-To Snacks

So you're a snacker... Me too! I really look forward to snack time at night. Especially if I did my strength training at the gym. My night snack depends on my remaining calories for the day. Here is a list of my Go-To snacks to squelch that sweet craving without ruining my hard work!

  1. Vitatops by Vitalicious - Where do I even begin with this... They are all delicious! The Deep Chocolate helps those chocolate cravings. The Banana Nut Energy Loaf tastes like banana bread! I love to nuke it from frozen for about 45 sec. The hubs loves to add 2 oz skim milk for a nice banana bread  pudding type snack. VitaTops and loaves have a calorie range from 50 - 120 depending on which one you choose. Choose any, you can't go wrong.
  2. Fruit - More specifically frozen grapes. Yeah, who knew. 100 grams of frozen grapes is about 67 calories. I find that I eat the frozen grapes slower since they are so cold, which makes the serving just the right size. The natural sugars in fruit are good to have in moderation. Everything in moderation.
  3. Skinny Pop Popcorn - 1 serving is 150 calories. Sometimes I save my calories (or burn enough) to eat 2 servings. Skinny Pop is are free of GMO's and contain no artificial ingredients. Fantastic!
  4. Silk Dark Chocolate Almond Milk - This tastes so good! 100 cals for 8 oz. it is also free of GMO's and free of dairy, soy, lactose, gluten, casein, egg, and MSG. Can't get much better than that!
  5. Orgain Organic Plant Protein Powder in Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk - Whew! That was a mouthful. Depending on how hard my strength training was, my go-to is a great protein powder. 150 cals for the protein powder and 30 cals for the almond milk. 
There is my list. You will usually find all these items in my house because I never know what I might want to snack on!

What do you snack on?

Monday, March 2, 2015

It's Lunchfest Time!

What is Lunchfest? Breakfast foods for lunch. You might be thinking, "that's what brunch is". Yeah, well I didn't make up that word so I made up something else. You're welcome. 

You could also think of lunchfest as HUGE amounts of breakfast foods for lunch. Because this little gem is a nice healthy portion. All for just over 300 calories!

Red Pepper and Maple Turkey Sausage Frittata

4 slices red pepper (width-wise)
1 extra large egg
2 (96gr) egg whites
2 oz homemade maple turkey breakfast sausage crumbles
1 oz feta cheese

Mix egg and egg whites. I like to use my wannabe bullet blender. 

Turkey sausage: I used about 1/2 a package of ground turkey from Costco. It's Butterball which 4 oz is 150 cal and 8 fat. I didn't measure this because I knew I'd weigh when I assembled the egg. I added Italian Sausage Seasoning from Penzey's. It has about 3 cals per tsp. I added until it smelled good which wasn't more than 1/2 tbs. When that was well cooked and crumbled, I added 1 Tbs of pure maple syrup. This is just a little extra flavor but not necessary. I thoroughly enjoy AmyLu's Maple Chicken Breakfast Sausage...that has not been stocked at Costco. grrrr...

Put the red pepper in the bottom of your frying pan, divide the egg misture, add the turkey. Cook until set, then add the feta, cover pan to set the egg and heat the cheese. 

Leave out the maple syrup and it's under 300 cals!

Serves 1

Cal 307
Carb 8 
Fiber 1
Fat 14
Chol 270

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A Peanut Butter Chocolate No Bake Twist!

Oh Em Gee! This was so good! I'm really excited to share with you a great little treat I had today. 

First off, fresh rolled oats are amaze-balls. My local grocery chain has this machine from The Grainery. Check out the website for all sorts of info. I'm happy I picked up this brand!

Secondly, what does that picture look like? As soon as I pulled it out of the microwave, I thought "Peanut Butter No Bake!". I was equally excited to devour this and was not disappointed. 

Peanut Butter Chocolate No Bake

1/2 C or 40gr fresh rolled oats (you can use any plains oats you prefer)
1C water
12gr PB2 with chocolate
a little no cal sweetener to taste (sugar will add more calories)

Microwave for 2 min. Make sure to use a big bowl or cup as oatmeal likes to expand. 

You can make it a little creamier with milk or any milk substitute. Try PB2 without chocolate too. 

It will be a little hot so it is more like a hot, gooey, no bake cookie. 

Serves 1

Cal 195
Protein 9
Carb 33 
Fiber 5
Fat 4
Chol 0

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Gyro Greek Salad

My fave place to go for lunch is a local chain called Fleetwood Bar & Grill. I love the Mediterranean dishes that they have and especially the Gyro Greek Salad. I found a fat free Greek Dressing at my local grocery store today so I recreated the Gyro Greek Salad at home. 

Gyro Greek Salad

2 slices of fully cooked gyro meat
2-3 cups of spring lettuce mix
85 gr chopped cucumber
85 gr chopped tomato
28 gr feta cheese
4 Tbs Greek dressing

The gyro meat came fully cooked from the grocery store but I pan fried (with a light spray of Pam) and then tore the meat to mix into the salad. 

You can also substitute 3oz chicken for an additional 30 calories. 

Serves 1

Cal 233
Protein 13
Carb 19
Fiber 5
Fat 11
Chol 37