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Category Archives: Recipes

Meal Planning Tips and Menu Ideas

Posted on March 24, 2020 by

Now, more than ever, it’s important to plan your meals and snacks.  If you’re working from home, the kitchen & pantry are just too close for comfort! Really, the last thing you want to get out of your time in quarantine is a larger waistline.

Take the time you’re saving by not commuting and plan your next week or 2 of meals and snacks.  It’s easier than you may think.  Use this handy template or create your own on a whiteboard – whatever works for you!  CFWLS Weekly Meal Planner

Where to start?

  1. Consider how much protein you need for your day.  What is your carbohydrate cap? These are the first 2 things you need to think about.
  2. Make a list of all of the proteins and vegetables in your freezer, refrigerator & pantry. These are things you won’t need to add to your grocery list and a good start for your menu plan.
  3. Find recipes that use the primary ingredients that you have on hand. A great place to start is our Blog page or our Pinterest page. Pick out 4 or 5 to try this week. Most of them are quick & easy and use ingredients that you have on hand or are easy to find. The nutritional information is included but you may need to adjust for serving size if you’re eating less than indicated.
  4. You will want to use the perishables first so look at the proteins & veggies you found in the frig. They will be the key additions to your meals and snacks the early part of your week. I find it easiest to start with dinner (or the main meal of the day) and work from there. Pencil in those meals and you’ve begun!
  5. Fill in the remaining main meals with recipes that contain the items that you found in your freezer and add any missing ingredients to your shopping list.
  6. Breakfasts don’t have to be complicated. Protein shakes, Greek yogurt, cottage cheese and the like can be quick and satisfying options. Stay away from any starchy items in your pantry as they tend to lead you toward a slippery slope when it comes to carbs later in the day. Pencil in your week with healthy options that you have and add any missing things to your list.
  7. I leave lunches until last because it’s a great place to use the leftovers from any previous meals. Figure out what you will have left over and slip it into your lunches for the week.  Keep in mind that the end of the week dinners may slip into next week’s plan.
  8. Snacks will be used to make up the rest of your protein target.  Keep in mind that many of these sources will also have carbohydrates so choose wisely.  Here’s our handy ‘Sack Lunch and Snack Ideas Trifold‘ handout for reference.
  9. Now, before you forget, order those missing items from your local grocery store.  Online shopping has made it easy but keep in mind that the wait time right now is longer than normal. You may need to plan on picking up your items (or having them delivered) will be 2 or 3 days out and some items may be out of stock. (plan for allowances) You can refer to our Low Carb Shopping List for more ideas to keep on hand for next week.

Additional resources:
Low Carb Substitutions for Cooking & Baking
Tips on Cooking and Low-Carb Eating
Baritastic Tips – A Great Tracking Tool!
CFWLS Monthly Menu Planner – for long range planning
Kids lunch and snack handout
Menu planner – 3 weeks – these are done for you but you can switch it up a bit!

Enjoy! This can truly be a fun and rewarding experience and is a great teaching tool for family members. Get the kids involved – they catch on quickly.

Reach out to me with any questions! Dawn@CFWLS.com

Cauliflower Cheese Soup

Posted on March 13, 2020 by

Wholesome goodness – substantial enough on it’s own or serve it with a salad 😊

Ingredients
1 small head cauliflower, broken into flowerets
1 cup shredded carrot
1 stalk celery, diced fine
1 small onion, diced fine
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup water
½ cup chicken broth
1 packet protein Cheese Dip mix
½ cup half and half
½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
Bacon bits for garnish
Green onion for garnish

Directions

  1. Cook cauliflower, carrots, celery, onion & garlic in 1 cup of water until cauliflower is tender. Remove from heat and mash with potato masher.
  2. Prepare Cheese Dip mix according to directions for soup. Add to cauliflower mixture.
  3. Add chicken broth and half & half. Return to heat and bring to a simmer. Stir in ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese.
  4. Serve with bacon bits and green onion garnish (if desired).

Makes 4 servings

Nutrition Facts:
Calories                                  165
Total Fat                                   9g
Total Carbohydrates               11g
Dietary Fiber                            3g
Protein                                    11g

Print Recipe: Cauliflower Cheese Soup

Look for this new product in the store!

Chicken Crust Pizza

Posted on March 09, 2020 by

Wow! The protein is in the crust so dress it any way you like it 😊

Ingredients
Crust:
8 ounces chicken breast, cooked and shredded fine
1 egg
1 clove garlic, minced
½ cup shredded Parmesan

Topping: (nutritional info for toppings used here)
2 Tablespoons pesto sauce
¼ cup sliced red pepper
½ cup packed baby spinach
¼ cup shredded Parmesan

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place baking stone on center rack.
  2. Cook chicken and shred or finely chop. You could use canned chicken breast as well.
  3. Mix chicken with egg, garlic and ½ cup parmesan cheese.
  4. Press chicken mixture onto parchment paper (on baking sheet or pizza peal), making it about 1/4 inch thick. Slide paper into oven and directly onto hot baking stone. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until crust starts to brown.
  5. Remove from oven and add toppings. Return and bake until hot and cheese is melted.

Makes 3 servings

Nutrition Facts:
Calories                                 253
Total Fat                                14g
Total Carbohydrates              4.5g
Dietary Fiber                            1g
Protein                                   28g

Print Recipe: Chicken Crust Pizza

Note: This recipe is easily doubled. You can add whatever toppings you like and substitute mozzarella cheese for the Parmesan as a topping. Nutrition values will vary with toppings.

Riced Cauliflower Paella

Posted on March 03, 2020 by

Smoky & satisfying – you won’t miss the rice!

Ingredients
12 oz package of frozen riced cauliflower, thawed
2 chicken breast halves, cooked & chopped
8 oz chorizo sausage, cooked & crumbled
12 oz raw shrimp, tails on
1 small onion, diced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 small tomato
1 Tbls tomato paste
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp saffron threads
4 oz chicken broth
Juice from 2 lemons (about ½ cup)

Directions

  1. Heat oil in large covered skillet and add onion & garlic – cook until softened and golden.
  2. Combine broth, tomato paste, paprika, saffron and half of the lemon juice in a bowl. Stir and set aside.
  3. Add chorizo sausage and cook until done, crumbling with spatula as it cooks.
  4. Add bell pepper and tomato, cooking 5-6 minutes until pepper is softened.
  5. Stir in riced cauliflower, chicken and broth mixture. Increase heat and bring to a low boil. Turn down heat and allow to simmer 1-2 minutes.
  6. Top with shrimp and cover. Allow to simmer 8-10 minutes or until shrimp is pink and cooked through.
  7. Plate and sprinkle with lemon juice & parsley (if desired)

Makes 6 servings

Nutrition Facts:
Calories                                 310
Total Fat                                15g
Total Carbohydrates              12g
Dietary Fiber                           4g
Protein                                   32g

Print Recipe: Riced Cauliflower Paella

Paprika Parmesan Chicken

Posted on February 19, 2020 by

A healthier twist on a traditional favorite!

Ingredients
¼ cup almond flour
½ cup grated parmesan cheese
2 tsp paprika
Salt & pepper to taste
4 skinless chicken breast halves
1 Tbls mayo

Directions

  1. Mix dry ingredients in a shallow bowl wide enough to dredge chicken breasts.
  2. Rinse chicken and pat dry. Smear each side with a little mayo.
  3. Dredge chicken through the dry mixture and pat to coat evenly.
  4. Place each piece of chicken in a baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.
  5. Bake one hour at 350 degrees or until crust is golden and juices run clear.

 

Makes 4 servings

Nutrition Facts:
Calories                                 186
Total Fat                                8g
Total Carbohydrates          2.4g
Dietary Fiber                        .6g
Protein                                  16g

Print Recipe: Paprika Parmesan Chicken

Creamy Shrimp with Mushrooms and Spinach

Posted on January 31, 2020 by

It doesn’t get much better than this!

Ingredients
1 lb raw shrimp, peeled & deveined
8 oz baby bell mushrooms
3 oz baby spinach
2 Tbls butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp dried basil
½ cup chicken broth
½ cup half & half
2 tsp arrowroot powder (or cornstarch)
Salt & pepper to taste
1/2 cup parmesan cheese

Directions
1. Toss shrimp with salt & pepper, sprinkle with basil.
2. Melt 1 Tbls butter in skillet and cook shrimp over medium heat until pink, turning to cook evenly on both sides. Remove from skillet.
3. Melt remaining butter in skillet and add garlic. Saute and add chicken broth and spinach.
4. Combine half & half with arrowroot powder and pour over wilted spinach. Stir mixture until it starts to thicken.
5. Stir in parmesan cheese and cook until cheese is melted.
6. Toss in shrimp and stir to coat.
7. Sprinkle with basil and serve.

Makes 4 servings

Nutrition Facts:
Calories 276
Total Fat 13g
Total Carbohydrates 8g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Protein 32g

Print recipe: creamy shrimp with mushrooms and spinach

Easy Beef Bulgogi in Lettuce Wraps

Posted on November 19, 2019 by

Hint: Partially freezing the meat prior to cutting it will allow for a nice thin slice or ask the meat department to slice it for you.

Ingredients
1 lb flank steak
2 Tbls vegetable oil
1 small apple, shredded
½ red onion, thinly sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbls red chili paste
1 Tbls soy sauce
1 Tbls brown sugar or brown sugar substitute
1 Tbls sesame oil
4 green onions, sliced
1 jalapeno, diced
Sesame seeds for garnish
1 head Bibb or Boston lettuce
1 package riced cauliflower

Directions

  1. Slice meat and place into a gallon sized resealable bag. Add shredded apple, onion, chili paste, soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, jalapeno and all but 2 Tbls of the green onion tops (to garnish riced cauliflower). Allow meat to marinate 2-4 hours or overnight.
  2. Heat oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium high heat. Arrange meat slices in single layer and turn after browning – about 2-3 minutes. Brown on other side and then add remaining marinade mix to pan. Cook 2-3 minutes.
  3. Serve with lettuce leaves and riced cauliflower. Garnish with remaining green onion and sesame seeds.

Makes 4 servings

Nutrition Facts:
Calories                                              284
Total Fat                                              14g
Total Carbohydrates                            14g
Dietary Fiber                                         4g
Protein                                                26g

Print Recipe: Beef Bulbogi in Lettuce Wraps

Creamy Chicken Salsa Verde

Posted on November 12, 2019 by

Slow cookers work magic on this flavor packed dish!

Ingredients
3-4 (1 lb) chicken breast halves
1 jalapeno pepper, diced
1 jar (16 oz) salsa verde
Salt & pepper to taste
1 tsp cilantro
1 tsp cumin
1 cup plain Greek yogurt or sour cream
1 package frozen riced cauliflower

Directions

  1. Place chicken breast in the bottom of slow cooker. Sprinkle cilantro & cumin over chicken breasts. Pour salsa over top and sprinkle with diced jalapeno. Add salt & pepper if desired.
  2. Set slow cooker to low and allow to cook for approximately 6 hours. Shred chicken breasts and stir in yogurt or sour cream. Cover for 10 minutes before serving.
  3. Serve over bed of riced cauliflower along with your favorite green veggie!

 

Makes 4 servings

Nutrition Facts:
Calories                                               208
Total Fat                                              3.5g
Total Carbohydrates                              9g
Dietary Fiber                                         2g
Protein                                                  34g

Print Recipe: creamy salsa verde chicken

Pumpkin Sausage Soup

Posted on November 01, 2019 by

Perfect for a chilly Fall evening!

Ingredients
1 lb. pork sausage
1 medium white onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
4 cups chicken broth
1 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree
¼ cup half & half
Salt & pepper to taste

 

Directions

  1. Brown sausage with onion and garlic. Drain excess fat and set aside.
  2. In medium saucepan, whisk together chicken broth and pumpkin puree.
  3. Add sausage mixture and stir. Heat over medium high heat until hot and turn down heat to simmer. Add half & half and season to taste.
  4. Garnish with pepitas or toasted pumpkin seeds.

Makes 6 servings

Nutrition Facts:
Calories                       224
Total Fat                       12g
Total Carbohydrates       9g
Dietary Fiber                   3g
Protein                          20g

Print Recipe: Pumpkin Sausage Soup

Note: You may substitute turkey sausage for the pork.

Crustless Spinach Quiche

Posted on September 13, 2019 by

A brunch favorite filled with flavor! 

Ingredients
6 eggs
10 oz pkg frozen spinach, thawed & drained
1 medium onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbls butter
½ green olives, sliced
1 tsp red pepper flakes
2 cups shredded cheddar (I use the Mexican blend)
Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray large (9”) quiche dish with cooking spray.
  2. Saute onions & garlic in butter until softened. Stir in spinach and cook until heated through. Remove from heat.
  3. Add olives and pepper flakes.
  4. Whisk eggs and stir into spinach mixture.
  5. Stir in cheese and pour into baking dish. Sprinkle a little more cheese on top if desired.
  6. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until eggs are set and edges turn slightly brown.
  7. Remove and allow to cool before serving.

Makes 6 servings

Nutrition Facts:
Calories                       171
Total Fat                      10g
Total Carbohydrates      5g
Dietary Fiber               1.5g
Protein                         17g

Print Recipe: Spinach Crustless Quiche