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Monday
Jun022014

Low Carb Eggplant Lasagna 

If you have read this blog for any amount of time you have already figured out that I LOVE pasta. Love it. Live for it. 

But, it doesn't love me back. Just ask my waist line (or what used to be waist). So I have been cutting back on my carbs. But I miss lasagna. I miss the cheese and tomato goodness. I miss it!!!

So I decided to lasagna loaded with vegetables and sub out my noodles for eggplant. It was a hit! Even Jason liked it. (And he is far more picky than he will ever admit.)

This recipe is a little involved, but pretty easy. 

What you'll need:

1 large egg plant, cut into thin circles

1/2 pound lean ground beef or turkey (or chicken or venison etc.)

1 egg

2 garlic cloves, minced 

1 red bell pepper, cut into strips

2 cups spinach

1 container cottage cheese

2 cups mozzarella cheese ( I ran out and had to use cheddar!!)

One jar pasta sauce or this recipe for homemade

Step 1. Preheat your oven to 350. Place the thin slices of egg plant on an oiled cookie sheet and bake for about 10 minutes. You need to dry them out a little. 

Step 2. In a skillet over medium heat, warm up some olive oil (coconut oil works fine too). Cook your garlic for a little less than minute to get the rawness out. Then add in your meat and brown. Throw in your bell pepper at this point and cook until tender. 

Step 3. In a food processor combine your sauce and spinach and process until fully incorporated. This will just add some extra nutrition to your sauce. Why not??

Step 4. In a bowl combine your cottage cheese and egg and whisk together. 

Step 5. Now, using a LARGE casserole dish or baking pan, line the bottom of the dish with a layer of egg plant. Then layer your ingredients as you would in a regular lasagna, alternating eggplant, meat, sauce and cottage cheese. Then cover the entire thing with mozzarella. 

Step 6. Cover your pan in foil and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. 

What are some recipes you've experimented with recently? 

Monday
May122014

Homemade Gummy Snacks with no refined sugar

 

Can candy be healthy? Hmmmm....  I don't know. Maybe if it is made with freshly squeezed juice, protein packed gelatin and raw honey. 

I am not an overly crunchy mama. I wish I were. I am more of a semicrunch lady. But I am cutting back on my own sugar intake and my toddler's in the process. It's hard, because I love the sweet things in life. 

But last week I decided to try my hand at a little healthy treat we could both enjoy. 

I had seen a few people make homemade gummies and so I decided they might be worth a shot! I found a few recipes online, combined the ideas I liked and went for it. 

Best of all, it only took three ingredients!

What you'll need:

3 tbsp *gelatin. I said gelatin. NOT jello.

1/3 cup ** lemon juice, I used fresh squeezed. Boy was that some effort!

3-5 tbsp raw honey

You will also need a candy mold or ice tray. 

And that's it! Put all three ingredients in a saucepan over a medium heat. Stir until all the gelatin has dissolved. I poured mine into these super cute flower shaped molds I got at the Dollar Tree. So cute!

I put mine in the fridge for an hour or so and then pulled them out with my fingers. 

Ry really enjoyed the candy and asked for more. I liked it too, so this recipe was a hit. 

** You could use any juice you wanted. I tried pineapple and that worked too, although the flavor was not as strong. 

*You can buy the fancy gelatin online, or if you are wanting to experiment and not spend a lot of money try the Knox brand. I know it's not the super healthy grass fed kind, but I would hate to spend all that money and then find out my kid thought they were "yucky"

I like that these are a healthy alterative to gummy bears and other snacks. Plus they were easy to make and have no food coloring in it. 

What do you think? Have you ever made homemade treats like this before?

Wednesday
May072014

Cilantro Fish Taco in a Bowl 

As you've probably gathered, if you've read this blog for any amount of time, I really love fish tacos. I mean really love them. 

They are light and easy to make and flavorful and they make me happy. 

Last week though I was in the mood for something a little different. Why not make a taco bowl? So I used quinoa. This recipe is LOADED with protein and flavor and look at how colorful it is!

What you'll need:

2 cups cooked quinoa

Four tilapia fillets

1/2 cup chopped cilantro 

juice from 1 lime

1 tsp cumin

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 avocado 

Pico de Gallo 

In a bowl whisk together your lime juice, cumin, cilantro and garlic. Rub the mixture into your fish. Then bake at 350 for 20 minutes. 

Once your fish is thoroughly cooked, break apart into bite sized pieces. Serve over your quinoa, garnish with avocado and Pico de Gallo. 

What's cooking at your house? 

 

Tuesday
May062014

Simple vegetable frittata 

I am all about simple meals with little prep time. But I also want something that leans toward the healthy side. Read: I am tired of eating pasta. I know that's shocking for those who know me, but I need a little break in my life. 

Last week (or the week before, I lose track) I made this simple vegetable frittata. This recipe is great because it's simple, it's cheap and it's a great way to use up any leftover vegetables you have lying around. 

This is what I used:

8 eggs

2 tblsp butter

1 cup chopped bell pepper (one small bell pepper) 

1 small onion, diced 

2 garlic cloves

1 cup spinach

1 small roma tomato

1/2 cup shredded turkey

1/2 cup cheese

salt and pepper to taste

Preheat your oven to 350. 

I used my stainless steel frying pan. You're going to need something that is both oven safe and easy to use on the burner. I melted the butter and sauteed over a low heat my onions, garlic and peppers for about five minutes. 

Then I added in my spinach, tomato and turkey. In a bowl I whisked together my onions and cheese. Then I poured the eggs into my skillet over everything else. I gave it a quick stir and let it cook till the top started to bubble. 

Then I slid the entire pan into the oven for about 10 minutes, just until it was cooked all the way through. 

What simple recipes do you love for busy week nights? 


 

Monday
Apr282014

Grilled Bruschetta Chicken 

So I am on the hunt for healthy recipes that are quick and easy. And that my toddler will eat. This one seemed to fit that bill last week. It only took a few minutes to put together and then throw on the grill and even Ry liked it. 

Grilled Bruschetta Chicken. It's juicy, flavorful, healthy and delicious. And simple. Oh so simple. 

What you'll need:

2-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts

2-4 tbsp Italian seasoning

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp lemon juice

2 tomatoes, diced

Warm up your George Forman grill. (I assume you have one. If not, it's a good investment.)

In a ziplock bag combine your chicken and all your seasoning, oil and juice. Let sit while the grill heats up. 

Grill until fully cooked all the way through. Then add your tomatoes to the top and let warm. 

I served mine with a basic cucumber salad. It was a big hit. 

What healthy recipes are you cooking up at your house?