Spiced Roasted Chickpeas

We are looking for Healthy Side dishes throughout the holidays! This dish is packed with Fiber, Low in Fat, and Low in Carbs

Healthy Cooking: Chickpeas
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Ingredients:

  • 2 15 ounce cans of organic chickpeas- Rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of coriander
  • 1 teaspoon of chili powder
  • Sea salt and ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  2. In a medium bowl toss the chickpeas with the olive oil, cumin, coriander, chile powder, salt, and pepper
  3. Spread the chick peas on a cookie sheet
  4. Roast for 30 min or until slightly golden

Black Bean Soup with Turkey Bacon

Black Bean Soup

I have a large dinner party this past weekend and this soup was a huge success!

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Ingredients

  • 10 slices Turkey bacon, finely chopped
  • 2 medium onions, chopped (about 2 1/2 cups)
  • 6 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups canned chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 4 (15 1/2-ounce) cans black beans, drained but not rinsed
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • Thinly sliced scallions, for garnish
  • Greek Yogurt, for garnish
  • Mozzerella Cheese, for garnish

Directions

Put the bacon into a large heavy pot and place it over medium heat. Cook until it starts to give up its fat, about 4 minutes. Stir in the onions and cook, stirring, until they start to turn translucent, about 4 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook until you can smell it, about 1 minute. Add the broth, tomatoes, ketchup, Worcestershire, and chili powder. Stir in the beans, turn the heat to high and bring to a boil. Adjust the heat so the soup is bubbling gently and cook 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Meanwhile, pick off all the thick stems from the cilantro. Wash it and shake dry. Chop the cilantro coarsely and stir it into the soup when it has been simmering 10 minutes. cook until the soup is thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the lime juice. Serve with the garnishes.

Grilled Chicken over a Wheat Spaghetti Alfredo topped with Bell Peppers & Tomatoes

Cindy's Grilled Chicken Alfredo over whole grain spaghetti  topped with Bell Peppers & Tomatoes

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Ingredients:

  • 4 Thin Sliced Chicken Breasts
  • 1 tablespoon of Cumin
  • 1 tablespoon of Chili Powder
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon of black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon of sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon of Italian Seasoning
  • 3 tablespoon of smart balance butter spread (Seperated)
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 2 Roma Tomatoes
  • 1 package of Whole grain Spaghetti noodles
  • 1/2 cup of fat free cream cheese
  • 1/2 tablespoon of corn starch or wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup of skim milk

Directions:

  1. In a skillet, melt 1 tablespoon butter spread, Grill chicken and peppers in a skillet until no longer pink
  2. Sprinkle Cumin, Italian Seasoning & Chili Powder on chicken
  3. Boil your pasta as directed on box
  4. In a medium sauce pan over low-medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons of smart balance butter and add garlic
  5. Add in skim milk, corn starch, and fat free cream cheese- turn down to simmer-low 
  6. Add in salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder
  7. Stir often until even consistency and do not let sauce boil.
  8. Place your noodles on the plate, top with Alfredo sauce, side of chicken and top with cooked peppers and fresh sliced Roma tomatoes 

Spanish Style Grilled Chicken Flat Bread Pizza

Spanish Style Grilled Chicken & Sun dried Tomatoes

 Flat Bread Pizza

This recipe is a crowd pleaser, its fast and easy!

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Ingredients:

2 skinless boneless chicken breasts

3 Flat Out Flat Breads- Sun Dried Tomato Flavor is the one I used for this recipe

1/2 cup of ranch style dressing (recipe to follow)

2 cups of Sharp Cheddar Cheese

1 cup of Sun Dried tomatoes

1/4 cup of green onion

1 teaspoon of cumin

1 teaspoon of paprika

1 teaspoon of sea salt

1 teaspoon of chili powder

1 teaspoon of black pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil
  2. Place chicken in skillet over med- high heat. Topping with Cumin, Paprika, Salt, Pepper, and chili powder
  3. Cook until no long pink, on a cutting board, shred into tiny pieces
  4. Spread homemade ranch dressing over flat breads, Place tomatoes, chicken, green onions on top. Top with Cheddar cheese and more sun dried tomatoes
  5. Bake in oven until cheese is melted and bubbly, usually  5-7 minutes

On a cutting board, cut into squares, enjoy!!!!

Ranch dressing recipe:

1/2 cup of plain Greek yogurt

1/3 cup of real mayo- olive oil blend

1/3-1/2  cup of  almond milk (depending on how thick you want it)

1/2 tsp of garlic powder

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp of sea salt

1/2 tsp of pepper

1/2 tsp of chopped green onions

1 tsp of parsley flakes (dried or fresh)

1/2 tsp dill (dried or fresh)

Mix together and refrigerate

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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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Ground Turkey Nachos

  • Ground Turkey Nachos
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  • 6 -8 servings
  • Ingredients:
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 1 (14 ounce) can black beans (rinsed)
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) package whole grain tortilla chips
  • 2 cups shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 ripe tomato, diced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper
  • My dry fajita seasoning-
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne chipotle powder
  • 1 tablespoon of corn starch
  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk together- is equivalent to one pre made packet 
  • Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, begin to brown the ground turkey.
  • Stir in garlic, pepper, 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, and 1 tablespoon chives. Stir in 1 tablespoon hot sauce.
  • When the turkey is browned, stir in fajita seasoning mix.
  • Pour the beans into a microwave safe bowl, and heat in the microwave until softened.
  • Stir in 1 tablespoon chives and 1 tablespoon hot sauce.
  • Spread the whole grain tortilla chips across the bottom of a baking sheet. Spoon the beans mixture over the chips.
  • Then spread the turkey mixture across the top.
  • Sprinkle cheese and remaining 1 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes over the top.
  • Top with Diced tomatoes and fresh jalapeño slices
  • Bake in preheated oven until cheese is melted, about 12-15 minutes
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 12 min
  • Total time: 27 minutes See More