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Crunchy Edamame Snacks

Posted on March 04, 2021 by

Perfect for when you want something crunchy!

Ingredients
1 pound bag frozen edamame (in pod)
1 tbsp olive oil
Garlic salt (or other seasoning of your choice)

Directions:
1. Microwave edamame according to directions on package.
2. Shell and separate beans into bowl.
3. Drizzle with olive oil and spread onto baking sheet.
4. Sprinkle with seasoning.
5. Bake at 225 degrees for 45-50 minutes. Check and stir every 5 minutes toward the end.
6. Cool & serve.

Nutritional Info: Serving size ½ cup
Calories: 140
Fat 7g
Total Carbohydrate 12g
Fiber 9g
Protein 9g

Print Recipe: Crunchy Edamame Snacks

Easy Sheet Pan Fajitas

Posted on February 24, 2021 by

All the great taste without the mess!

Ingredients
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 tsp Taco or Fajita seasoning
1 each, red, green & yellow peppers, sliced
1 onion, sliced thin
2 Tbls olive oil
Shredded cheese, sour cream & salsa to garnish
Low carb tortillas – optional

Directions:
1. Slice chicken breasts into thin pieces and place in bowl. Sprinkle seasoning mix over pieces and toss to coat.
2. Spread chicken over foil-lined baking pan. Top with peppers and onions and drizzle with olive oil. (Add red pepper flakes for extra heat if desired).
3. Bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until browned and chicken is cooked through. Serve with low carb tortillas, salsa, cheese & sour cream.

Nutritional Info: Serves 4
(without tortilla & toppings – adjust accordingly)
Calories: 287
Fat 15.4g
Total Carbohyrate 2.6g
Fiber .6g
Protein 33.1

Print recipe: Sheet Pan Fajitas

Tarragon Chicken & ‘Rice’ Soup

Posted on October 26, 2020 by

Using riced cauliflower in your favorite soup recipes brings down the carbs while maintaining the balance of textures!

Ingredients
4 cups chicken broth
2 large chicken breast halves, cooked and diced
1 small onion, diced
1 cup chopped or shredded carrots
4 stalks celery, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbls dried tarragon
1 tsp dried basil
½ tsp fresh ground pepper
1 package frozen riced cauliflower

Directions
1. Cook your chicken breasts in the broth until done. Remove from broth and dice.
2. Return chicken to pot and add everything else but the riced cauliflower.
3. Simmer until carrots are tender and add frozen riced cauliflower. (do not cook first)
4. Simmer until tender & serve!

Makes 6 servings

Nutrition Facts:
Calories 156
Total Fat 4.6g
Total Carbohydrates 9.7g
Dietary Fiber 3.4g
Protein 19.2g

Print Recipe: Tarragon Chicken Soup

Turkey Slider Lettuce Wraps

Posted on September 04, 2020 by

These tasty little burgers make a great appetizer or small plate meal!

Ingredients
1 lb ground turkey
1 tsp lemon zest
1 tsp lime zest
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 green onions, sliced thin
1 Tbls olive oil
1 head Bibb or Butter lettuce
Slivered carrot or herbs for garnish

Directions
1. Mix ground turkey, lemon and lime zest, garlic and onions together.
2. Shape into small 1 ½-2” patties.
3. Heat olive oil in heavy skillet over medium high heat. Place patties in hot oil and cook about 2 minutes or until browned. Flip over and repeat.
4. Serve on lettuce leaves.
5. I generally have small bowls of Sriracha sauce or mustard to add if desired.

Makes 16 sliders

Nutrition Facts:
Calories 60
Total Fat 4g
Total Carbohydrates 1g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Protein 8g

Print Recipe: Turkey Slider Lettuce Wraps

Grilled Pesto Shrimp Kabobs

Posted on August 14, 2020 by

Pair shrimp kabobs with a fresh garden salad and a slice of melon!

Ingredients
1 lb jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
1 clove garlic
¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese
3 Tbls olive oil
Salt & pepper

Directions

  1. Toss basil leaves, garlic, parmesan, olive oil and seasonings together in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until blended smooth.
  2. Combine raw shrimp with pesto and allow to marinate for an hour. (I don’t always have an hour and it still tastes great)
  3. Soak 4 wooden skewers in water for 20-30 minutes. Thread shrimp onto skewers and place on metal outdoor grill pan.
  4. Cook over medium-hot grill until shrimp turn pink. Remove from heat immediately to avoid over-cooking. 6-8 minutes should be enough.
  5. Garnish with fresh basil & extra shredded parmesan if desired.

Makes 4 servings

Nutrition Facts:
Calories         220
Total Fat          13g
Total Carbohydrates  1g
Dietary Fiber       0g
Protein           25g

Print Recipe: Grilled Pesto Shrimp Kabobs

Parmesan Meatloaf Minis

Posted on August 07, 2020 by

All of the flavors of Chicken Parmesan without the carbs!

Ingredients
1 lb ground turkey (or chicken)
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3 cloves garlic, minced
½ small onion, minced
1 tsp dried Italian seasoning
2 Tbls fresh basil, chopped
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 egg, beaten
1 cup marinara sauce
½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese for topping

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheet with foil.
  2. Mix together ground turkey, Parmesan, garlic, onions, Italian seasoning, basil, salt & pepper and egg.
  3. Divide into 4 equal parts and shape into mini loaves.
  4. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until cooked through.
  5. Remove from oven and spoon 2-3 Tbls of marinara sauce over each loaf and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
  6. Return pan to the oven and place under the broiler until cheese is browned & bubbly.

Makes 4 servings

Nutrition Facts:
Calories         305
Total Fat          16g
Total Carbohydrates  11g
Dietary Fiber       2g
Protein           28g

Print Recipe: Parmesan Meatloaf Minis

Chicken and Mushroom Skillet

Posted on June 29, 2020 by

Simple flavors that pack a punch!

Ingredients
4 chicken breast halves
Salt & pepper to taste
2 Tbls butter
8 oz fresh mushrooms, sliced thick
1/3 cup dry white wine (or water) 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Sprinkle each chicken breast with salt & pepper.
  3. Heat 1 Tbls butter in cast iron (or heavy skillet) over medium-high heat. Cook until browned and turn over.
  4. Add mushrooms and increase heat. Stir until mushrooms start to soften.
  5. Place skillet in preheated oven and bake for 18-20 minutes.
  6. Remove chicken from skillet and set aside. Place skillet back on burner over medium-high heat. Juices will start to crust.
  7. Add wine (or water) to skillet and stir. Allow to reduce and stir in remaining butter.
  8. Stir to coat mushrooms.
  9. Plate chicken and top with mushrooms. Serve with green veggie or salad.

Makes 4 servings

Nutrition Facts: (with wine)
Calories          176
Total Fat           8g
Total Carbohydrates  2g
Dietary Fiber       .5g
Protein           20g

Print Recipe: Chicken and Mushroom Skillet

Cucumber Noodle Salad

Posted on May 06, 2020 by

You’ll want to serve this often – so easy to toss together and it looks like you fussed!

Ingredients
1 English cucumber
1 large carrot
3 Tbls lime juice
1 tsp honey
2 tsp olive oil
2 green onions, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
¼ tsp red pepper flakes
1 handful fresh cilantro, chopped
1 Tbls peanuts, chopped small

Directions

  1. Mix lime juice, honey, olive oil, green onions, garlic, red pepper flakes & cilantro together in medium bowl.
  2. Spiralize or cut cucumber & carrots. Allow cucumber to sit on paper towel for a few minutes to absorb excess moisture.
  3. Add cucumber & carrot to dressing and toss. Top with chopped peanut & serve!

Note: I used a large spiralizer blade for the cucumbers and a small one for the carrots. Both cucumber and carrots could be cut in rounds or julienne strips.

Makes 2-3 servings

Nutrition Facts:
Calories       125
Total Fat        7g
Total Carbohydrates 16g
Dietary Fiber   3g
Protein        3g

Crustless Ham and Cheese Quiche

Posted on April 29, 2020 by

A hearty breakfast – that makes great leftovers!

Ingredients
8 ounces ham, cubed
2 cups fresh mushrooms, sliced
10-12 green or black olives, sliced
6 eggs
1 ½ cup shredded cheese (I use a Mexican blend)
¼ tsp red pepper flakes
Salt & Pepper    

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray large quiche dish with cooking spray.
  2. Dice ham and slice mushrooms & olives.
  3. Combine everything but ½ cup shredded cheese in a large bowl. Stir to . Add spinach mixture and stir to blend.
  4. Pour into prepared dish and sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  5. Bake in preheated oven until eggs have set, about 30-40 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.

 

Note: I often add spinach or sweet peppers to this – it won’t change the nutritional values much and it adds color & flavor!

Makes 6 servings

 

Nutrition Facts:
Calories         245
Total Fat          17g
Total Carbohydrates  3g
Dietary Fiber       .7g
Protein           20g

Print Recipe: crustless ham and cheese quiche

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