Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burritos

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August means back-to-school for many families. If you’re concerned about packing healthy lunches for you and your kids, bonappetit.com has a tremendous selection of ideas to spice up your lunches but cut calories. Check out this recipe for Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burritos. Consider adding jalapeño to give it a little extra kick!

(Makes 2 servings)

Ingredients:

  • 1 small sweet potato, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
  • ¼ avocado
  • ¼ cup full-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 cup cooked black beans, rinsed, drained
  • ½ cup grated white cheddar cheese
  • 2 10″ whole wheat tortillas

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°. Toss sweet potato, oil, coriander, and cumin on a rimmed baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper. Roast potatoes, tossing halfway through, until golden brown and tender, 20–25 minutes.
  1. Scoop flesh from avocado into a small bowl and mash with a fork until mostly smooth. Stir in yogurt and lime juice until well combined; season with salt.
  1. Spread ½ cup sweet potato, ¼ cup beans, and ¼ cup cheese down center of each tortilla. Top with avocado mixture. Fold sides of tortilla over filling, then roll up to enclose.

Do Ahead: Sweet potato can be roasted 2 days ahead. Let cool, cover, and chill.

Healthy Avocado Chicken Salad

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Chicken salad is often a favorite quick and easy meal, but it can be high in calories and fat. This recipe from familyfreshmeals.com uses avocado and Greek yogurt to add some vegetables and reduce the calories of this go-to summertime favorite. Enjoy!

Prep time: 2 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Serves: 4­-6

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups shredded chicken
  • 1 avocado
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp fresh cilantro
  • ¼ cup mayo
  • ¼ cup plain Greek Yogurt Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate for at least 20­30 minutes to let all those yummy flavors blend together.
  2. 2. Serve on your favorite bread, crackers, pita pocket or on a bed of lettuce.

 

A Salad a Day

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Salads are a go-to healthy lunch for many of us. They can be an easy way to add protein, fruits, and vegetables to your diet. We all know though that salads can get boring! Here’s some recipe combinations from the blog barefeetinthekitchen.com so you can eat a salad every day and like it!

Vegetable options:

Ingredients

(any combination of the below ingredients will keep nicely for several days in the refrigerator)

  • chopped greens: (a mix of romaine, spring mix, spinach, arugula, or butter lettuce )
  • tomatoes: sliced or chopped
  • cucumber: sliced or chopped
  • corn: canned, frozen, or fresh
  • bell peppers: sliced thin or chopped small
  • red onions: sliced thin
  • green onions: sliced thin

Protein options:

  • ground beef or ground turkey: cooked and seasoned generously with Mexican spices or taco seasoning
  • taco meat with black beans and corn
  • pulled pork or carnitas: shredded and chopped bite-size
  • cooked or roasted chicken: shredded or diced
  • ham: diced
  • hard boiled eggs: chopped
  • canned tuna fish: drained well
  • cooked shrimp or fish
  • beans: black, kidney, or pinto beans

Topping options:

  • cheese: shredded, diced, or crumbled
  • avocado: sliced or diced
  • fruits: diced apples or pears, orange slices, fresh berries
  • plenty of crunch: croutons, tortilla chips, or Fritos
  • fresh lime
  • salt and pepper
  • salad dressing of your choice: Italian, Poppyseed, White Balsamic Vinaigrette, Ranch

Instructions:

Prep the vegetables and place in serving size containers. Add a paper towel to each box to help the produce last longer. Place in the refrigerator until ready to eat.

When ready to eat:

Warm the protein of your choice and chop bite-size, if needed. Add the protein to the pre-made salad greens and vegetables. Add the toppings of your choice. Squeeze lime generously over the salad, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Or toss with your favorite salad dressing. Enjoy!

Try topping your salads with these combinations:

Carnitas (or pulled pork), avocado, cotija cheese, lime, salt, and pepper

Grilled chicken, bacon, hard-boiled egg, cheddar cheese, ranch dressing

Chicken, berries, feta cheese, almonds or walnuts, poppyseed dressing

Tuna fish, strawberries, avocado, lime, salt, and pepper

Chicken or bacon, red grapes, shaved parmesan cheese, candied walnuts, white balsamic dressing

Taco meat, beans, corn, avocado, shredded Mexican cheese blend, lime, salt, pepper

* Don’t forget to add plenty of crunch to each salad!

Carrot-Zucchini Cake with Coconut-Cream Cheese Frosting

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Are you dreading the Easter holiday because you’re afraid to ruin your diet? Don’t be! Myrecipes.com has many wonderful recipes that are great for family gatherings and who would guess your holiday dish has half the calories? Consider adding this Carrot-Zucchini Cake with Coconut-Cream Cheese Frosting to your menu. Yum!

Ingredients:

  • 9 ounces white whole-wheat flour (about 2 cups)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup grated carrot
  • 1 cup grated zucchini
  • 3/4 cup drained canned crushed pineapple in juice
  • Cooking spray
  • 4 ounces 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup flaked sweetened coconut, toasted

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Combine first 6 ingredients in a bowl. Combine sugars, oil, and eggs in a separate bowl, stirring with a whisk. Stir carrot, zucchini, and pineapple into sugar mixture. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture; stir until moistened. Spoon batter into a 13 x 9-inch metal baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 33 minutes or until done. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. Combine cream cheese and butter in a bowl; beat with a mixer until smooth. Add powdered sugar; beat just until smooth. Spread evenly over top of cake. Sprinkle with coconut flakes. Cut into 16 pieces.

Nutritional Information:

  • calories 292
  • fat 11.3 g
  • sat fat 2.9 g
  • monofat 5.4 g
  • polyfat 2.3 g
  • protein 4 g
  • carbohydrate 44 g
  • fiber 2 g
  • cholesterol 42 mg
  • iron 1 mg
  • sodium 243 mg
  • calcium 55 mg
  • sugars 33 g
  • Added Sugars 31 g

Clean Eating Chicken Chili

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Are you in need of a good, clean recipe? Try this Chicken Chili recipe we found on thebewitchinkitchen.com. It’s low in fat, packed with protein, and so delicious!

 Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1 can fire roasted tomatoes (14oz)
  • 1 can tomato paste (roughly 1/4 cup)
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 tbsp ground chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne

Instructions:

  1. Heat a large pot over medium heat and add the olive oil. Once that is heated add the ground chicken and scramble fry until it’s cooked (about 7-8 minutes). Add the onion and red bell pepper and cook for 3 minutes.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil.
  3. Cover the pot and bring it down to a simmer for 50 minutes. Check on it at the 30 minute mark to give it a good stir.

 

 

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Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Satsuma Turkey

If you haven’t already invested in a slow cooker, then you definitely need to! It’s such a time saver and there are so many different things you can make with it that I bet you never even knew you could. For example, we found this amazing recipe for sweet and spicy satsuma turkey, and it’s only 277 calories! Thanks to myrecipes.com, check it out below:

Nutritional Information

  • Calories 277
  • Calories from fat 0.0 %
  • Fat 5.7 g
  • Sat fat 1.4 g
  • Mono fat 2 g
  • Poly fat 1.6 g
  • Protein 28.6 g
  • Carbohydrate 24.7 g
  • Fiber 1.8 g
  • Cholesterol 109 mg
  • Iron 2.8 mg
  • Sodium 398 mg
  • Calcium 59 mg

Ingredients

  • 3 cups thinly sliced red onion (1 large onion)
  • 3/4 cup riesling or other slightly sweet white wine
  • 2/3 cup fresh orange juice (2 large oranges)
  • 1/3 cup orange marmalade
  • 2 teaspoons tamarind paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 3 3/4 pounds bone-in turkey thighs, skinned
  • 2 teaspoons five-spice powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 cups fresh Satsuma mandarin orange sections (about 7 oranges)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Sliced green onions (optional)

Preparation 

  1. Combine first 6 ingredients in a 5-quart oval electric slow cooker.
  2. Rinse turkey with cold water; pat dry. Sprinkle turkey with five-spice powder and salt. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add turkey; cook 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until browned. Place turkey in a single layer over onion mixture in slow cooker, overlapping slightly. Add orange sections. Cover and cook on LOW for 4 hours.
  3. Remove turkey from slow cooker. Remove bones from turkey; discard bones. Place turkey on a platter. Pour cooking liquid and orange sections into a medium saucepan, reserving 1/4 cup cooking liquid. Combine reserved cooking liquid and cornstarch in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Stir cornstarch mixture into orange mixture in saucepan. Bring to a boil; cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute or until sauce thickens.
  4. Serve sauce over turkey. Sprinkle with green onions, if desired.

Stay Warm With Some Turkey Meatball Spinach Tortellini Soup

Nothing helps warm you up better than a delicious bowl of hot soup! What’s even better is not feeling guilty after eating it.

Thanks to skinnytaste.com, check out this healthy recipe for some turkey meatball spinach tortellini soup:

  • Servings: 6
  • Size: 1 1/2 cups
  • Calories: 271
  • Fat: 9 g
  • Carb: 26 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 20 g
  • Sugar: 3 g
  • Sodium: 1064 mg
  • Cholesterol: 89 mg

Ingredients:

For the Meatballs:

  • 10 oz 93% ground turkey
  • 2 tbsp seasoned whole wheat breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese (Parmigiano Reggiano)
  • 2 tbsp parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt

For the soup:

  • 1/2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, peeled & chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 4 (14.5 oz) cans reduced sodium chicken broth (I used Swansons)
  • 1 small Parmigiano-Reggiano rind (optional)
  • 9 oz refrigerated spinach cheese tortellini (Buitoni) fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3 cups loosely packed baby spinach
  • fresh grated Parmigiano-Reggiano for topping

Directions:

Combine the ground turkey, breadcrumbs, egg, parsley, garlic, salt and parmesan cheese. Using your (clean) hands, gently mix all the ingredients well until everything is combined. Form small meatballs, about 1 tbsp each, you’ll get about 20 to 22.

In a large nonstick pot or Dutch oven, melt the butter over medium-low heat. When melted, add the celery, onion, carrot & garlic. Cover and reduce heat to low and cook for approximately 8-10 minutes until vegetables begin to soften.

Add the chicken broth and parmesan rind and increase heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. When broth boils, season with black pepper to taste. Reduce heat to medium and gently drop in the meatballs. Cook about 4 minutes.

Add the tortellini and simmer until cooked according to package directions, about 7 minutes.

Once cooked, remove the rind, and add the baby spinach. Stir to combine and serve topped with fresh grated Parmigiano Reggiano.

Diet Friendly Stuffing Recipe

Thanksgiving is later this month and we can usually count on there being some delicious food during the celebrations! Staying on a diet can be a challenge around the holiday season but there are ways to help stay on track. One way is to incorporate some healthy recipes into the thanksgiving meal plan. Check out this low fat stuffing recipe from food.com.

Nutrition Information:

  • Serving size: 1 (118g)
  • Servings per recipe: 8

(Amount per serving):

  • Calories 178.9
  • Calories from Fat 41
  • Total Fat 4.6 g
  • Saturated Fat 1.7 g
  • Cholesterol 11.4 mg
  • Sodium 903.2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 29.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber 7.9 g
  • Sugars 4 g
  • Protein 9.9 g

Ingredients:

  • 1tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 4ounces sweet Italian turkey sausage, casings removed
  • 1 cup mushroom, chopped
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 3 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1cup celery leaves, chopped (from inner celery ribs)
  • 1lb reduced-calorie whole wheat bread, cut into 1/2-inch cubes and dried overnight (or in the oven)
  • 1cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
  • 1 1teaspoons salt
  • 12teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 1cups turkey broth or 1 12 cups chicken broth, as needed
  • 12cup egg substitue

Directions:

  1. In a big skillet, brown the sausage bits gently in half the butte, reduce heat to medium.
  2. Add chopped or minced onions, mushrooms, celery, and celery leaves.
  3. Cook, stirring often, until the onions are golden, about 8 minutes.
  4. Scrape the vegetable mixture into a big bowl; mix in the bread cubes, parsley, poultry seasoning, salt, and pepper.
  5. Gradually stir in broth combined with the egg substitute, until the stuffing is evenly moistened but not soggy.
  6. Transfer stuffing to a lightly buttered casserole dish; drizzle with additional broth and remaining melted butter as desired, cover, and bake in a preheated 350° oven for 30-45 minutes.

Cinnamon Apple Chips

Satisfy that fall apple craving with this delicious and healthy cinnamon apple chips recipe. Thanks carriesexperimentalkitchen.com for this awesome recipe!

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 4 Apples, cored and sliced ⅛” thick (I used McIntosh)
  • 1­2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • 1­2 tsp. Granulated Sugar
  • If needed, Cooking Spray

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees fahrenheit.
  2. Add the sliced apples to a large bowl; then coat the apples with the cinnamon and/or sugar.
  3. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and line the apples flat on the pan. You may need to use two pans so that they are not overlapping.
  4. Bake 2­3 hours until the chips are dry yet still soft. Allow to cool completely before placing them in an air tight container for up to 4 days (if they last that long!).

Nutrition Information:

  • Calories: 88
  • Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 23.9g
  • Sugar: 18.4g
  • Fiber: 5.4g
  • Protein: 0g