Tropical Coconut Crusted Chicken Salad

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This is an awesome recipe full of protein and it will appeal to those of you who are coconut lovers too. Enjoy!

Recipe and image credit belong to Joyful Healthy Eats

Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 25 mins
Total time: 35 mins

Serves: 4

Ingredients

Coconut Chicken:
1 lb. chicken tenders
¾ cup raw almonds
⅓ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
¼ cup white whole wheat flour
1 whole egg
1 egg white
1 teaspoon lime zest

Tropical Salad:
2 heads of green leaf lettuce, diced
1 mango
1 cup diced pineapple
1 avocado, sliced
4 mini red peppers, sliced
3 green onions, sliced
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro

Honey Dijon Dressing:
4 tablespoons of honey
4 tablespoons of dijon mustard

Get the full recipe and instructions here!

High Protein Recipe: Thai Turkey Meatballs

turkey-meatballsAnother deliciously healthy high protein recipe. This one takes the yummy-ness of meatballs with Thai flavors that are gonna to impress you for sure! Enjoy.

Recipe and image credit belong to The Fitchen

Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 25 mins
Total time: 35 mins

Ingredients

Meatballs:
2 pounds ground turkey
1 bunch green onions, chopped
2 inch chunk of fresh ginger, minced
2 Tablespoons cilantro, chopped
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tablespoons green curry paste*
1 Tablespoon lemongrass paste*
juice of 1 lime
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon fish sauce*
1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar*
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
2 Tablespoons olive oil

Sauce:
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 cup green onions, chopped
5 cloves garlic, minced
½ Tablespoon red chili flakes*
½ teaspoon curry powder
2 Tablespoons white wine vinegar
1½ cups coconut milk, whole canned
1 teaspoon sea salt

Get the full recipe and instructions here.

High Protein Recipe: Spicy Red Lentil Curry

Red-Lentil-CurryHere’s an “insanely delicious” recipe that takes just 30-minutes to get on the table. It’s protein-rich and super saucy. It’s great with quinoa or even brown rice. Enjoy!

Recipe and image credit belong to Minimalist Baker

Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 25 mins
Total time: 30 mins

Ingredients:
2 Tbsp (30 ml) coconut oil
3 cloves garlic, minced (1 1/2 Tbsp or 9 g)
1 tsp minced ginger
1/2 cup (64 g) diced carrots
3 Tbsp (60 g) red curry paste (ensure vegan friendly)
1 6-ounce (170 g) can tomato paste
2 cups (480 ml) low sodium vegetable broth
1 cup (240 ml) water
2/3 cup (128 g) dry red lentils, thoroughly rinsed in cold water + drained
1-2 Tbsp (12-24 g) coconut sugar (or maple syrup)
1/2 tsp ground turmeric, plus more to taste
optional: 1/3 cup (80 ml) light coconut milk

*Optional (per serving)
Cooked brown rice or quinoa
Pita or naan
Pickled red onion
Fresh chopped cilantro

Get the full recipe and instructions here!

High Protein Recipe: Spicy Chipotle Turkey Burritos

spicy-chipotle-turkey-burritosHere’s a recipe that is not just high protein, it’s also filling and delicious! You can make it with ground turkey or go veggie. Either way, you’re in for a treat. Enjoy!

Recipe and image credit to Pinch of Yum

Serves: 15 burritos

INGREDIENTS:

Filing Part One (Turkey):
1 tablespoons oil
½ onion, minced
3 lbs. ground turkey
2 tablespoon EACH chili powder and cumin
3-5 individual chipotle peppers (canned in adobo sauce), minced
2 teaspoons salt

Filling Part Two (Vegetables):
1 tablespoon oil
½ onion, minced
1 tablespoon EACH chili powder and cumin
4-5 cups chopped veggies like carrots, zucchini, sweet potatoes, bell peppers, etc. (see notes for specifics)
1 cup chicken broth (more as needed)
1 14-ounce can pinto or black beans
2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese
1½ cups plain Greek yogurt
For Serving:
15 10-inch tortillas
avocado, hot sauce, cilantro, etc. for serving

Get the full recipe instructions here!

High Protein Recipe: Vegetarian Lettuce Wraps [PF Changs Modification]

Vegetarian-Lettuce-WrapsHere’s a recipe for vegetarian lettuce wraps from WellPlated.com. It combines tofu and mushrooms to create a taste so similar to the famous PF Changs lettuce wraps you won’t believe. And it’s healthier too! Enjoy.

Recipe and Image credit got to WellPlated.com

YIELD: Serves 4

PREP TIME: 10 minutes

COOK TIME: 15 minutes

TOTAL TIME: 25 minutes

Ingredients:
3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
3 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 teaspoons canola or grapeseed oil
1 (12 to 14-ounce) package extra firm tofu (do not use silken)
8 ounces baby bella (cremini) mushrooms, finely chopped
1 (8-ounce) can water chestnuts, drained and finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (omit if sensitive to spice)
4 green onions, finely sliced, divided
8 large inner leaves romaine lettuce (from a romaine heart) or butter lettuce leaves
Optional for serving: Grated carrots, additional red pepper flakes

Click here for full recipe instructions!

Tasty Tuesday: Shrimp and Avocado Salad with Miso Dressing

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This is a Paleo recipe with shrimp and avocado – need I say more? Ok 🙂 The miso dressing is so unique with all of its ginger, garlic, and lime. Enjoy!

Credit: PinchofYum.com

Serves: 4

INGREDIENTS

For the salad:
1 teaspoon minced garlic
½ pound raw shrimp, tails removed
½ tablespoon butter
½ teaspoon chili powder
¼ teaspoon cayenne
1½ cups sliced avocados (2 small)
1 cucumber
4 cups chopped spinach or baby kale
fresh chopped cilantro for topping
peanuts for topping

For the dressing:
1 1-inch piece of fresh peeled ginger
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons lime juice (more to taste)
2 tablespoons agave nectar
1½ tablespoons white miso (it’s like a paste – you can buy it at many regular grocery stores)
½ teaspoon minced garlic
¼ teaspoon salt

Get Recipe Instructions Here

Tasty Tuesday: Paleo Cajun Burger

paleocajunburgerSometimes you’ve just got to have a burger. I get it, trust me. Now there are so many burger options out there but this one if Cajun style and it’s Paleo too. Pair it with a nice green salad or better yet – some sweet potato fries and you’re golden. Enjoy!

Credit: AgainstAllGrain.com

SERVES: 4
PREP TIME: 10 mins
COOK TIME: 10-12 mins
TOTAL TIME: 20 mins

INGREDIENTS:

Spice Mix
1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon of cayenne powder
½ teaspoon of dried thyme leaves [Read more…]

Tasty Tuesday: Paleo Broccoli Salad with Cashew Cream

brocoli-saladThis is a Paleo recipe that isn’t just healthy, it’s delicious. It’s broccoli Salad with a curried cashew cream dressing that’s going to satisfy that cashew craving in a whole new way (I am the only one that’s head over heels in love with cashews right now? YUM!). It’s a quick and easy side dish that’s sure to please everyone at your table. Enjoy!

Credit: WholeYum.com

Ingredients:

For the dressing:
3/4 Cup Roasted, Salted Cashews (105 g)
5 1/2 Tbsp Water
1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
4 tsp Yellow curry powder
2 1/2 tsps Light Agave
1/2 tsp Salt
Pinch of pepper

For the salad:
4 Cups Broccoli, cut into bite-sized pieces
1/4 Cup Red onion, diced
1/2 Cup Cilantro, Roughly chopped
2 Pieces Cooked Turkey Bacon (or regular bacon), Chopped
1/4 Cup Dried Cranberries, roughly chopped
2 Tbsp Sunflower seeds
2 Tbsp Roasted, salted Cashews. roughly chopped

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Tasty Tuesday: Paleo Cajun Garlic Shrimp Noodle Bowls

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Here’s another delicious Paleo recipe that is just beyond amazing. I mean shrimp and garlic are old flames and they tango so beautifully together but when you add the cajun seasoning for that kick and zucchini noodles as the base, well it’s something you have to experience for yourself. Enjoy!

Credit: LexisCleanKitchen.com

Serves 2
Prep Time 5 min
Cook Time 15 min
Total Time 20 min

Ingredients:
3 cloves garlic, crushed
3 tbsp grass-fed butter
10-20 jumbo shrimps, detailed

 

Cajun seasoning
1 tsp paprika
Dash cayenne
1/2 tsp Himalayan sea salt
Dash red pepper flakes
1 tsp garlic granules
1 tsp onion powder

Other
2 large zucchinis, spiralized
1 red pepper, sliced
1 onion, sliced
1 tbsp grass-fed butter

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Apple Pie Bites

hungry-girl-apple-pie-bitesThis low calorie, low sugar recipe is SUPER EASY and packed with flavor and it all comes compliments of Lisa, our favorite Hungry Girl 🙂  If you love apple pie but you’ve stayed away cause you’re dedicated to your 90 Day Challenge, then this is a must try. Enjoy!

Recipe & image credit go to Hungry Girl

Makes 15 bites (5 servings)

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes

Ingredients:
15 frozen mini fillo shells
1 1/4 cups Fuji apple (or another sweet apple) chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
1 1/2 tsp. brown sugar (not packed)
Seasonings: cinnamon

Click here for the full recipe and printable directions!

Nutritional Info:
Serving size: 3 bites =
58 calories
1g fat
26mg sodium
11.5g carbs
1g fiber
4g sugars
1.5g protein
PointsPlus® value 2*

Ground Turkey and Zucchini Stuffed Peppers

stuffed-peppersHere’s a marvelously delicious recipe for stuffed peppers that you can make in your slow cooker!  The awesome thing is that you can modify this recipe based on your personal tastes. If you prefer spicy, you can add some other peppers or you swap zucchini for squash or whatever veggie you prefer. You can even switch up the brown rice with quinoa. Go crazy and enjoy 🙂

 

Ingredients:
• 4 bell peppers (choose red or yellow for a milder pepper taste)
• 3 diced Roma tomatoes
• 1/2 cup vegetable or chicken broth (low sodium)
• 1/2 lb ground turkey
• 1/2 lb ground turkey sausage
• 1 medium diced yellow onion
• 2 cloves minced garlic
• 1 diced zucchini
• 1 cup cooked brown rice (or quinoa)
• 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (you can opt for 2%, if preferred)

Instructions:
1. Wash your bell peppers, then cut the tops off remove the seeds.
2. Put your broth and half of the chopped tomatoes in the slow cooker and begin heating.
3. Brown the ground turkey and sausage. Once brown, add the onion, garlic, and zucchini (or other veggie, if you’re swapping). Cook for approximately 5 minutes.
4. Combine the meat/veggie mixture with the rice (or quinoa) and the remaining Roma tomatoes. This is your pepper filling.
5. Add the peppers to the slow cooker cut side up so they’re ready to fill.
6. Fill peppers with the meat and rice filling
7. Cook on low for at least 6 hours (you can cook for 8, if you prefer as well).
8. When they’re done, remove the peppers and place them on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with your mozzarella cheese broil them for a few minutes until the cheese is melted. Enjoy!

Delicious Hawaiian Veggie Burgers

hawaiian-veggie-burgerVeggie burgers are a wonderful lower calorie and low fat burger option cause they are still packed with flavor! When you infuse some Hawaiian flavor by adding pineapple and a little healthy fat with some avocado, you’ve got a delicious yet easy meal that the whole family will enjoy! Give these a try 🙂

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 4 whole wheat hamburger buns
  • 4 veggie burger patties (choose your fave)
  • 1 avocado (sliced)
  • 4 slices of pineapple
  • Your favorite BBQ sauce (choose a low sugar option, if possible)
  • 2 cups alfalfa sprouts (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Cook the patties in your preferred manner. You can grill them and then throw the pineapple on the grill too!
  2. Toast the burger buns, if desired.
  3. Add ¼ of the avocado slices on each bun
  4. Add the burger patty and pineapple.
  5. Add about two tablespoons of BBQ sauce on top.
  6. Toss on about ½ cup of alfalfa sprouts (optional).
  7. Add the other top of the bun and dig in!

Lemon Parmesan Popcorn

lemon-parmesean-popcornPopcorn always makes a wonderful, but a lot of times popcorn is covered in butter. Butter adds a lot of flavor but it also adds a lot of calories too. Have you ever tried adding other flavors to your popcorn?

Check this one out… lemon pepper and freshly grated Parmesan cheese! YUM!!

You’ve gotta try this one 🙂

Ingredients
• 2 tsp olive oil
• 1 tsp lemon pepper
• 3 cups air popped popcorn
• 2 tbsp freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions
1. Whisk the lemon pepper and olive oil together and drizzle it over the still hot popcorn.
2. Toss the popcorn and sprinkle cheese on top.
3. Serve while still hot.

Sweet Chipotle Trail Mix

sweet-chipotle-trail-mixWhen you’re in need of a quick snack to give you some energy and keep you full until meal time, this is the perfect option! The best part is that it’s so easy to make ahead of time and package in baggies so you can have some any time.

The spicy chipotle helps to curb your appetite along with plenty of healthy fats to leave you feeling full. Just be sure to portion it out ahead of time or you’re going to be eating way too much of it before you realize what you’ve done!

Ingredients
• 1/2 cups sugar
• 2 tsp salt
• 2 tsp ground chipotle pepper
• 1 tsp ground cumin
• 1 tsp dried oregano
• 1 tsp chili powder
• 2 egg whites
• 2 cups almond slivers
• 2 cups unsalted cashews
• 2 cups pumpkin seed kernels

Instructions
1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F.
2. Add the sugar, salt, chipotle, cumin, oregano, and chili powder to a small bowl and mix well.
3. Grab a medium bowl and add the egg whites. Add in all of the almonds, cashews, and pumpkin seed kernels. Mix well to make sure they’re all coated with egg.
4. Add the seasonings, tossing the nut mixture as you do. Make sure it’s well mixed and coated.
5. Add a layer of parchment paper to your baking sheet and spread the mixture over it.
6. Bake for 15 minutes, stirring about halfway through.
7. Remove the pan and stir again. Turn off the oven and put the pan back in for another 15 minutes with the oven off.
8. Let the mix cool completely before snacking and portioning.

Paleo Sweet Potato Bacon Breakfast Skillet

sweet-potato-bacon-breakfastOh my gosh! I am not on the Paleo diet, but I have to confess that I do enjoy several of the recipes that that lifestyle offers. This one is definitely one of those recipes! I loooove sweet potatoes, and when you combine that with runny eggs and bacon… well you can imagine how delicious that combo is gonna be. Must try!

Recipe and image credit belong to AllergyFreeAlaska.com

 

Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces of bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • Additional bacon fat, lard, ghee, or coconut oil
  • 5 cups diced sweet potatoes (about a 1/2 inch dice)
  • 4 cups diced zucchini
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 6 large eggs
  • Black pepper to taste

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80 Calorie Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookies

caramel-apple-oatmeal cookiesThere comes a point where you decide that when it’s time to indulge, you want something special. You want something that’s going to be delicious and satisfy your sweet cravings. At the same time, you really don’t want to dedicate a huge chunk of your daily calories to one small snack.

I love oatmeal cookies but in this recipe they’ve leveled up to become something much more amazing. Each bite has chewy dried apples and yummy caramel bits. Best of all, each cookie is only 80 calories!

Note: This makes a LOT of cookies. Make sure you don’t eat too many at once!

Ingredients:

3 cups flour
3 cups rolled oats
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup unsalted butter
4 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1 1/2 cup chopped up dried apples
1 1/2 cup chopped caramel candies

Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a medium sized bowl combine the flour, rolled oats, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

3. Get a large bowl and add the butter, sugar, and brown sugar. Cream together with an electric mixer.

4. Continue beating on medium speed. Add the vanilla and egg. Next, add in the flour and oat mixture 1/2 cup at a time.

5. Once everything is well mixed, grab a rubber spatula and use it to fold in the apples and caramel.

6. Line your baking pans with parchment paper (you don’t want to just grease them because the caramel will stick). Drop the dough onto the baking pan. Each cookie should be about two tablespoons of the dough. Make sure they’re around two inches apart. Flatten each cookie slightly with a glass.

7. Bake for 9 minutes. Cool on pan for 2 minutes and then let them cool completely on a wire rack. Be very careful about eating them while they’re hot because the caramel may burn you.

ENJOY!

Dark Chocolate Mint Bites

Dark Chocolate Mint BitesHere’s a yummy dessert from DiabeticLivingOnline. It’s low in sugar but not low on taste and with the mix of mint and dark chocolate you cannot go wrong. Enjoy!

Recipe & Image credit go to DiabeticLivingOnline.com

Makes: 24 servings
Serving Size: 1 bar
Carb Grams Per Serving: 14

INGREDIENTS:
Nonstick cooking spray
1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
1/2 cup dark or semisweet chocolate pieces
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup finely crushed chocolate wafers (about 19 wafers), or bear-shape chocolate graham snack cookies (1 1/2 cups)
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon fat-free milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon shortening
3/4 cup powdered sugar
2 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchatel), softened (1/4 cup)
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
Snipped fresh mint (optional)

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NUTRITION:
Servings Per Recipe: 24
PER SERVING: 105 cal., 5 g total fat (3 g sat. fat), 6 mg chol., 58 mg sodium, 14 g carb. (1 g fiber, 9 g sugars), 1 g pro.

Slow Cooker Vegetable and Chickpea Curry

Vegetable and Chickpea CurryThis easy, healthy slow cooker recipe makes healthy eating a breeze and perfect for those summer days where turning on the oven is totally unbearable.

Recipe from Fitnessmagazine.com
Image credit: Andy Lyons

Makes: 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients
3 cups cauliflower florets
1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 cup loose-pack frozen cut green beans
1 cup sliced carrots
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 14-ounce can vegetable broth
2-3 teaspoons curry powder
1 14-ounce can light coconut milk
1/4 cup shredded fresh basil leaves
Cooked brown rice (optional)

GET FULL RECIPE INSTRUCTIONS HERE

Nutrition facts per serving:
219 calories, 8g protein, 32g carbohydrate, 7g fat (4g saturated), 9g fiber

Blueberry Icebox Pie

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Blueberry creamy deliciousness without all the fat!

Photo credit: Alexandra Grablewski
Recipe from Self.com

INGREDIENTS

Vegetable-oil cooking spray
1 1/2 cups finely ground reduced-fat graham cracker crumbs
4 teaspoons light (reduced-fat) butter, melted
2 cups fresh blueberries (or frozen and thawed)
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons powdered unflavored gelatin
8 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
8 ounces fat-free cream cheese
14 ounces fat-free sweetened condensed milk
Several fresh mint leaves

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Nutrition per serving
313 calories per serving
5.9 g fat (3.5 g saturated)
52.3 g carbs
1.8 g fiber
11.4 g protein

Skinny Chicken BaCado Casserole

Skinny-Chicken-BaCado-CasseroleThis is one of the delicious recipe’s from SkinnyMom’s July Supper Club. Amazing healthy recipes all month long and you get a new list of recipes every month! Can you say awesome?

Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 15-20 minutes
Yield: 8 servings
Serving size: 1½ cups

INGREDIENTS

14 oz box whole wheat penne pasta
5 slices turkey bacon, cooked + crumbled into pieces
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed into bite-sized pieces
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
2 large red bell peppers, diced
1 Tbsp garlic, minced
1 can Ro*Tel® Original Tomatoes and Green Chillies
1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
½ cup reduced-fat sour cream
½ tsp onion powder
2 avocados, pitted + diced

GET FULL RECIPE & INSTRUCTIONS HERE

Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 15-20 minutes
Yield: 8 servings
Serving size: 1½ cups