Chicken & Bell Pepper Saute' with Lemony Kale Quinoa

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Chicken & Bell Pepper Sauté with Lemony Kale Quinoa

Ingredients:

1tbsp olive oil

1 pound boneless chicken breasts- cut into 1” pieces

½ tsp black pepper

¼ tsp sea salt

1 Orange Bell Pepper – sliced

1 Red Bell Pepper- sliced

1 tbsp chopped fresh oregano

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 ½ cups chopped tomato

¼ cup unsalted chicken stock

1 ½ oz pitted green olives- sliced

1oz feta cheese crumbled

Directions:

1 Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Sprinkle chicken with black pepper and salt. Add chicken to pan; cook 7 minutes or until done. Remove chicken from pan. Add bell pepper, oregano, and garlic to pan; sauté 2 minutes. Stir in chicken, tomato, and stock; cook 1 minute. Sprinkle with olives and feta.

Servings 4

Calories 219 Fat 9.7g Protein 26g Carb 6g Fiber 1g Sodium 523mg

 

Lemony Kale Quinoa

Ingredients:

1 cup Quinoa

1 ¼ cup water

2 tsp smart balance butter

¼ tsp sea salt

2 cups of stemmed Kale

1 teaspoon of Lemon grind

2 tsp of fresh lemon juice

Directions:

1.       Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add 1 cup of rinsed Quinoa. Cook 4 min or until toasted; stirring frequently.

2.       Add 1 ¼ cups water, 2 teaspoons butter, and ¼  teaspoons of sea salt; bring to a boil

3.       Cover; cook 13 min or until liquid is absorbed and quinoa is tender.

4.       Combine quinoa mixture, 2 cups of stemmed chopped kale, 1 tsp grated lemon rind, and 2 tsp fresh lemon juice in a medium bowl; toss to coat.

 

Stuffed Peppers

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This is a family friendly recipe with just the right combination of high protein and complex carbohydrates.

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Ingredients:

  • 4 bell peppers, halved and seeded
  • ¼ cup of water
  • 2 cups of yellow rice cooked
  • 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1lb of ground turkey, browned and drained


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Directions:

  1.  Arrange peppers in a 9x13 glass baking dish, cut-side down. Pour ¼ cup water in bottom of dish.
  2. Cover dish tightly with foil and bake in preheated oven at 425 for 20 minutes. Do not turn oven off!
  3. Drain peppers on paper towels and place peppers back in dish, cut-side up.
  4. Stir in 1 ½ cup of cheese and ground turkey into prepared rice.
  5. Fill the peppers with rice mix and sprinkle remaining cheese on tops of peppers.
  6.  Bake uncovered for 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

Sloppy Joe’s

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This is a healthy meal and the kids are going to love it! Lots of flavor and low on calories!

Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ pounds of ground turkey
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ½ cup chopped green bell pepper
  • ½ cup chopped tomato
  • 1 cup no-salt added ketchup
  • 7 tablespoon barbecue sauce
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon celery seed
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 8 hamburger buns
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Directions:

Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat; cook and stir turkey, onion, bell pepper, and tomato until turkey is crumbly and longer pink, about 5 min. Stir in ketchup, barbeque sauce, mustard, vinegar, celery seed, black pepper, and red pepper flakes. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 min, stirring occasionally. Serve and enjoy!

Cuban Picadillo

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • 1 white onion (yellow, finely chopped about 1 cup)
  • 1 red bell pepper (cored and seeded finely chopped about 34 cup)
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 4 cloves clove garlic (finely chopped about 4 teaspoons)
  • 2 tsps ground cumin
  • 2 tsps dried oregano
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper                             
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 11/2 lbs ground turkey
  • 1 cup canned tomatoes (diced)
  • 2 tbsps worcestershire sauce
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 8 oz of red potatoes peeled and cubed

 

Directions:

1. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add onion and bell pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Add tomato paste, garlic, cumin, oregano, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, and bay leaves and cook until fragrant and tomato paste darkens in color, about 2 minutes. Add wine and cook until reduced to 1/4 cup, about 5 minutes.

2. Add meat and cook, stirring and breaking up chunks, until no longer pink, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, raisins, and potatoes. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook until potatoes are tender, about 12 minutes.

3. Remove cover and season to taste with salt and pepper. Remove and discard bay leaves. Serve with yellow rice and black beans.

Egg White Muffins

Everyone is short on time in the morning, busy lives with work and getting kids off to school. This is a recipe that is simple, can be prepared the night before and the whole family will love them. Easy to throw in the microwave to heat up and eat in the car if you are running late.

This recipe makes 12 egg muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1 large carton of all whites- egg whites 
  • 1 bellpepper
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 cups of spinach
  • 1 tbsp of black pepper
  • 1 tsp of sea salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 - Spray a muffin pan with spray oil - Add in your veggies to each cup - 1/3 cup of egg whites per each muffin - Sprinkle your salt & pepper on each one - Place in the oven for 20-25 min or until you no longer see liquid - Enjoy!

 

Sweet Potato Hash Browns

Sweet Potato Hash Browns- Great For Breakfast!

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Ingredients

1/4 cup canola oil

1 red onion, thinly sliced (about 2 cups)

1 green bell pepper, diced (about 2 cups)

2 pounds sweet potatoes, quartered and cut into 1/4-inch slices

1 teaspoon ground cumin

2 teaspoons sea salt

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1/2 cup green onions, chopped

Directions

Pour the oil into a large skillet and place over high heat. Add the onion and bell pepper and saute, stirring, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the potatoes, cumin, salt and red pepper flakes, lower the heat to medium-high and cook, stirring occasionally, for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the potatoes are fork tender and some are browned. The potatoes will begin to stick as they cook. Just continue to turn with a spatula. Stir in half of the green onions, top with the remainder, and serve immediately.

Vegetable Meatloaf

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This recipe is quick and easy and the whole family will love it!

It will look burnt on top but that is the mixture of Balsamic Vinegar

 & Ketchup when cooked.

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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small zucchini, finely diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, finely diced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey (90 percent lean)
  • 1 cup quick oats oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Romano or Parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Heat the oil in a large saute pan over high heat. Add the zucchini, bell peppers, garlic paste and 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes. Season with salt and pepper and cook until the vegetables are almost soft, about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Whisk the egg and fresh herbs in a large bowl. Add the turkey, quick oats oatmeal, grated cheese, 1/2 cup ketchup, 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar and the cooled vegetables; mix until just combined.

Gently press the mixture into a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan. Whisk the remaining 1/4 cup ketchup, 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar and 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes in a small bowl; brush the mixture over the entire loaf. 

Bake for 1 to 1 1/4 hours. Let rest for 10 minutes before slicing.

Ground Turkey, Black Bean andCous Cous Salad

Ground Turkey, Black Bean, & Cous Cous Salad

Ingredients:

1 cup uncooked couscous

1 lb ground turkey

1 1/4 cups low sodium chicken broth

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 teaspoon red wine vinegar

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

8 green onions, chopped

1 med yellow onion, sliced finely

1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped

1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed

2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, drained and rinsed

salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

In large skillet with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, sautée green bell pepper and onion. Once soft add in ground turkey and brown- set aside

Bring chicken broth to a boil in a 2 quart or larger sauce pan and stir in the couscous.

Cover the pot and remove from heat. Let stand for 5 minutes.

In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, vinegar and cumin. Add green onions, red pepper, cilantro, corn and beans and toss to coat.

Fluff the couscous well, breaking up any chunks. Add to the bowl with the vegetables and mix well.

Stir in ground turkey mixture

Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve at once or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Cindy's Low Fat Chicken & Vegetable Fettuccine Alfredo

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup 1% low-fat milk (skim may be used, but creates a thinner sauce)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter (made with olive oil)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
  • 3 tablespoons parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp of pepper
  • 1 tsp of sea salt
  • Whole grain Fettuccine noodles
  • 2 boneless chicken breasts (cut into strips)
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 bell pepper- cut into slices
  • 1/2 cup of thin sliced mushrooms
  • 1 squash- cut into thin slices
  • 1 tsp of basil

Directions:

Alfredo Sauce-

1

The key here is patience, add all ingredients gradually!

2

Melt butter in sauce pan on stove top with medium heat.

3

Gradually whisk in flour.

4

This will create a yellow paste.

5

Gradually add milk, whisking until incorporated and no lumps are present.

6

Continue to whisk until hot.

7

Usually 3-5 minutes.

8

The longer you cook the base (without the cheese) the thicker the sauce will be.

9

Add parmesan slowly, again whisking until incorporated.

10

Add crushed garlic and pepper.

11

Cook for 2 minutes or until cheese is melted.

12

Remove from heat.

Cook Whole Grain Fettuccine as directed, rinse and set to side

Chicken-

In a skillet- heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat.

Add in chicken and parsley

Sauté chicken until lightly browned after 5 min, toss in squash, bell pepper, and mushrooms

Sauté until vegetables become soft

Enjoy!l

Cindy's Healthy Chicken Tacos

Cindy's Easy Grilled Chicken Tacos :)

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Ingredients:

1 teaspoon pure chile powder

1 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1/4 cup water

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 pound chicken tenderloins (organic) cut into 1/2-inch pieces

1 green bell pepper—cored, seeded and cut into thin strips

1 medium onion, thinly sliced

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, plus lime wedges for serving

8 pack of whole grain black bean shells (Walmart)

Dark green spring mix (lettuce)

1/2 cup diced tomatoes

1 avocado

1 cup Mozzarella cheese

Directions:

1. In a resealable plastic bag, combine the chile powder with the salt, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, cornstarch, water and 2 tablespoons of the oil. Add the chicken, bell pepper and onion, seal and knead gently to coat. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

2.Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil in a large nonstick skillet until shimmering. Empty the contents of the bag into the skillet and cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are crisp-tender and the chicken is cooked through, about 6 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the lime juice.

3.Transfer the chicken and vegetables to a large bowl and serve with the warmed tortillas, diced tomatoes,  lettuce, cheese, salsa, guacamole,  and lime wedges.

In addition add whole grain chips for a side

Cindy's Guacamole-

Ingredients:

1 cloveof garlic

1/8  tsp sea salt

1/2 of lime- fresh squeezed

1 avocado

Directions:

Mix together in bowl with fork, chunky is better

Serve and enjoy!

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