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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Clean Eating Taco Salad

Surprise, surprise! Here is another taco dish, but this time in the form of a salad. I've been on a kick lately and I can't help it!! This is a guilt free taco salad. It is perfect for lunch or for a light dinner! I don't really have any measurements for this recipe just because you can put on this salad whatever you would like. These were the ingredients that I already had in my fridge so I went for it!
  • ground turkey
  • lettuce
  • salsa
  • cucumber
  • avocado
  • black beans
  • corn
  • tomato
  • spices: cumin, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper
  •  Brown ground turkey in a pan and drain fat.
  • Add spices to your liking (i like to use a lot of cumin to give it some mexican flavor)
  • Assemble salad with the ground turkey and your favorite toppings. Use salsa for dressing.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Healthy Tacos

I always love talking to new readers about my blog. Today's post is dedicated to my newest reader (Hi Ericka!). We had an entire convo this morning about pico de gallo. Thanks for inspiring me to put up this post today!
This post is especially important to me because I L-O-V-E tacos, and I take tacos VERY seriously. Taco Tuesday is by FAR my favorite day of the week. I would only post a recipe for tacos if it met my standards. These tacos are awesome because they are super healthy for you (Disclaimer: they are healthy to my standards hahah. I'm not a nutritionist by any means. See my post on bacon wrapped tater tots for a reference hahah). I made some great subsitutions to this recipe to make these tacos healthier but still taste amazeballs!! Instead of a taco shell, I used a fiber one wrap (which is only 80 calories) and cut the wrap into 4 taco shells. Then, I used ground turkey instead of ground beef and plain chobani instead of sour cream. Top it off with pico de gallo and some hot sauce and you've got some delish tacos!!

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • chopped onion 
  • chopped pepper
  • taco seasoning packet (Note: I used McCormick mild taco seasoning...try to find one that is low sodium)
  • fiber one wraps
  • your favorite toppings: pico de gallo, hot sauce, chobani, cheese, lettuce, jalapenos, olives

  • Spray a pan with nonstick cooking spray and saute peppers and onions.
  • Once cooked, place the peppers and onions on a separate plate.
  • Spray pan again with nonstick cooking spray, and brown the ground turkey.
  • After draining the excess fat from the pan, add the peppers and onions to the cooked ground turkey meat.
  • Stir in taco seasoning mix and water (follow the directions on your seasoning packet).
  • Cup up the fiber one wrap into taco shells (I cut the wrap like a pizza, one wrap making 4 shells)
  • Add taco meat and your favorite toppings to each shell.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Wakeup Breakfast Smoothie

Most Sunday mornings I like to start the morning off right with a healthy breakfast. After all the takeout that I consumed this past Friday and Saturday, my body was especially ready for some healthy goodness this morning.
This is one of those smoothies that you will look forward to drinking. It tastes super yummy and makes you energized for the rest of your day. I originally got the recipe from Dr. Oz's 3-Day Detox Cleanse. If you are interested in checking out the entire cleanse, you can go to Dr. Oz's website here.

Ingredients: (for one smoothie)
  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 cup spinach
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tbsp flax seed
  • 2 squeezes of lemon
  • Blend all ingredients together. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Vodka Strawberry Lemonade

Over the next couple weeks, I'll be posting some cocktail recipes to get you ready for Valentine's Day. Each drink has a theme for however you're feeling this Feb 14th. Today's drink is a sweet vodka strawberry lemonade. It's perfect for those who are feeling sweet and flirty. Keep this recipe on file for the summer too! It will definitely make the perfect summer drink.
  • 1-1/2 oz vodka
  • 3 oz organic lemonade
  • chopped strawberries
  • 1/2 oz agave nectar
  • asti spumante
  • Fill a glass with chopped strawberries and ice.
  • In a cocktail shaker, mix vodka, lemonade, and agave nectar. 
  • Add lemonade mixture to glass. 
  • Top with asti spumante.  

Sunday, January 12, 2014

The Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

Sometimes taking a step back and perfecting the basics makes all the difference. This recipe will help you achieve the perfect yellow yoke for a hard boiled egg. It will help you avoid that grey/greenish ring that can appear around the outside.

Hard boiled eggs are yummy to eat on their own, perfect on a salad, or can be used for egg salad or deviled eggs!

I like to sprinkle some paprika on hard boiled eggs for some color.
  • Place eggs in a sauce pan in a single layer.
  • Add cold water to cover eggs by about an inch.
  • Heat on high heat to boil.
  • Remove from burner
  • Cover pan.
  • Let eggs sit in water for 12 minutes (for large eggs)
  • Drain, and serve warm, or place in iced water (or in the fridge) to cool. 

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken

Happy 2014! I hope you had a great holiday. I definitely did! It's crazy how sometimes vacation can get so busy, but I've been having a great time! Here is the perfect recipe for everyone who is heading back to work and school after a little vacation. This is a fast and easy weeknight meal. It's also a healthier version of the typical fried sesame chicken. You can serve this chicken on almost anything: a salad, rice, noodles, or on a hamburger bun. Edamame or green beans would make a great side.

Source: Family Fresh Meals

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • Sesame seeds
  • Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Place chicken in slow cooker.
  • Combine the honey, soy sauce, onion, ketchup, olive oil, garlic, and red pepper flakes in a bowl. Pour over chicken. 
  • Cook on low for 4 hours, or high for 2 hours. 
  • Remove chicken from slow cooker, leaving the sauce behind. 
  • Dissolve the cornstarch in 3 tablespoons of water, and pour into slow cooker. Cook the sauce for 10 minutes so it can thicken.
  • As the sauce cooks, shred the chicken. 
  • Return the chicken to the pot and coat with sauce. 
  • Serve chicken over rice, noodles, or on a sandwich. 
  • Sprinkle chicken with sesame seeds.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

Any yet again...another 2 weeks go by without a new post. So much for posting regularly. You can thank Sarah for this post who kindly mentioned that she was sick of signing into the blog and seeing brown sugar glazed kielbasa. In response to peer pressure, I decided to take a break from outlining and studying to get this new post up. 
This is a regular at our house especially since the cold weather has started. It's a super easy recipe. I can put all the ingredients in the slow cooker before class and come home to a ready meal. Another plus is that it usually lasts us two plus nights (making it a great recipe for those crazy busy weeks). I make this recipe with ground turkey to make it a healthy meal. It doesn't lack in flavor at all by doing so...even ask the boyfriend who is pro-beef.

  • McCormick Slow Cooker Chili Seasoning Mix (found in the spice aisle)
  • 2 1bs of turkey
  • 2 (14-1/2 oz) cans of diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 large pepper, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • your favorite toppings: shredded cheese, sour cream, chips
  • Ground turkey in a large skillet, drain fat
  • Place all ingredients in slow cooker. Stir until well mixed
  • Cook 8 hours on low, or 4 hours on high.
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