Healthy Soft Tacos in 20 Minutes!

Do any of you have a hectic lifestyle leaving you with minimal time for preparing a healthy dinner? Well if you are anything like me, the faster the better when it comes to dinner! I know most of us live such crazy busy lives, there is just no time to waste in the kitchen every night! I will make it my duty to post as many HEALTHY MEALS UNDER 30 MINUTES as possible, because I understand this is a huge element to success in your weight loss/fitness journey. Here is just one of these yummy meals under 30 minutes: Gather all ingredients, a cutting board, a sharp knife, 2 pans, and a large spoon/spatula. Clean, de-vein/gut, and dice 2 bell peppers and jalapeños. Place the peppers into a saucepan with 1/2 tsp. olive oil, 3 tbsp. water, 1/4 tsp. black pepper, and 3/4 tsp. chili pepper. Mix well and sauté the peppers on medium to high heat for 5-8 minutes until soft and slightly brown. All of the liquid should have evaporated when ready. While you are sautéing the pepper mixture, spray another pan with cooking spray and add 1 lb extra lean ground beef. Flatten and spread the raw beef on the bottom of the pan and cook on medium to high heat, stirring ever few minutes. Cook until the beef starts to brown and this typically takes about 5-7 minutes. Once the beef begins turning brown, add 3/4 packet of low sodium taco seasoning mix to the beef (I have used all brands and they are all tasty). You will need to add 3/4 cup salsa to the beef...

Healthy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

How many of you love casseroles, but hate the fact that you are consuming tons of calories from saturated fat and unnecessary carbohydrates? If you want my revamped healthy version of the chicken and broccoli casserole, just follow the steps below! Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Gather all ingredients, 2 pans, a cutting board, a knife, a large spoon, and a baking dish. Cut the chicken fat off of the chicken breasts and dice the chicken into bite size pieces. Rinse and mince the onion and celery to your desired size. In my opinion, the smaller, the better! Rinse and cut the broccoli stems off of the florets, keeping mostly florets for the dish. Coat 1 pan with 1 tsp. of olive oil and add the minced celery and onion. Sauté the onion and celery on medium to high heat for about 7 minutes or so, and cook until slightly brown. In another pan, add 1 tsp. olive oil and 1 tbsp. of parkay spray butter. You will need to mix the 2 together with your fingers and make sure to spread over the entire pan. If you do not want to use spray butter, substitute for another tsp. of olive oil. Add the diced chicken into the second pan and cook on medium heat for at least 12-15 minutes. Make sure to flip the diced chicken every few minutes in order to fully cook all pieces. I typically turn the heat up for the last few minutes in order to brown the chicken. After the celery and onion combo is soft and slightly brown, add all other “Healthy Casserole Sauce” ingredients into the...

Healthy Mini Cheeseburger Bites

I know it may seem un-American of me…but I have never had a cheeseburger! No lie, even as a child, I never had the desire to try one! I was thinking of what to make for dinner last night and had all the fixings for burgers…so I thought I would give it a go! I do not recommend just any burger/cheeseburger because of the high fat and calories, but if you use extra lean ground beef and low fat ingredients, you are free to enjoy without guilt! I not only made these cheeseburgers low fat, but low carb as well! Sprouted 100% Whole Grain Ezekiel Bread is Low Glycemic Bread that I highly suggest adding to your Grocery List. These healthy cheeseburgers only required 20 minutes to make, did not require a grill for cooking, are low fat and low carb, and taste delicious! Gather all ingredients, a large pan, a medium bowl, a knife, and a cutting board. Put the extra lean ground beef into a medium bowl along with the other “Main Hamburger” Ingredients. Mix the ground beef and spices well with your hands to ensure all spices are blended throughout the extra lean ground beef. Spray a large pan with cooking spray and form 6 mini hamburger patties with your hands. Try to make these the same size if at all possible. Place into the pan and cook on medium heat for 5-7 minutes or until the bottom is brown. Flip the healthy hamburger patties once the bottom is brown. Cook for about 2-3 minutes, and then add the cheese on the top of each hamburger. Make sure to...

Mexican Tofu Scramble

Here is another Tofu dish for all my vegetarians out there. You all would be proud of me…I am starting to actually enjoy Tofu! This dish is for all of you Mexican food lovers, who like to stay away from animal products. Heck, even if you love meat like I do, you will still love this dish! Gather all ingredients, 2 large saucepans, a knife, and a cutting board. Wash and dice the bell peppers and jalapenos, making  sure to remove the inside pepper “veins” and seeds. Place the bell peppers and jalapenos into a large saucepan with the “Pepper Ingredients.” Do not put the Black Beans into the pepper mix just yet! Mix all of the ingredients well and let cook on medium heat for at least 10 minutes, until tender and slightly brown. I tend to cook my peppers longer in order to get a nice brown color. “Press” the Tofu in order to drain as much liquid as possible. You will be scrambling the Tofu in this dish, therefore feel free to just tear off little pieces and squeeze the liquid out by hand. Hey, whatever it takes to get the job done…I’m not judging!lol Coat the other pan with 1 tsp. of olive oil and then place the crumbled up Tofu into the pan. Cook the Tofu for a 5 minutes (on medium heat) until you begin to see the Tofu changing color. Next, add the remaining “Tofu Ingredients” to the Tofu and mix well! Continue cooking the tofu on medium to high heat for about 10 minutes, until all moisture is gone and the Tofu is to your texture and color...

Gluten Free Strawberry Cheesecake Crepes

Hey all! I have been wanting to make a crepe recipe for some time, and I was very pleased with the result. As most of you know, I typically just throw ingredients together in hopes it turns out, and this recipe was no exception! My goal was to make these as healthy as possible and gluten free as well. This recipe is super healthy and completely gluten free…and of course delicious! Gather all ingredients, a whisk, a hand mixer, 2 large mixing bowls, and 2 saucepans (one medium and one large). Mix all “crepe shell” ingredients together in a large bowl, and whisk together for at least 1 minute. Make sure all gluten free ingredients are blended together, without clumps. Spray both pans with cooking spray, and pour 1/4 of the batter into the medium pan. Make sure to rotate/tip pan in a circular motion in order for the batter to coat the entire bottom of the pan. Cook on medium heat for a few minutes (about 4-5 minutes) and then quickly flip the gluten free crepe onto the large pan. You will see tiny little bubbles in the crepe when it is ready to flip. Cook for another few minutes until the edges begin to bend/lift up.   Continue this process until all 4 shells are cooked. While the crepes are cooking, rinse and cut the strawberries into small pieces. Next, gather all filling ingredients, a hand mixer, and a mixing bowl. Blend all filling ingredients together until smooth. This may take 2-3 minutes, to reach a smooth consistency (add the strawberries in once the filling is almost smooth). You should...

Low-Carb Chicken Quesadillas

I love Mexican food, but have to say that I have never ordered quesadillas at a restaurant because I know how fattening they can be. I decided to create the healthiest version of the chicken quesadilla that I could and the end result was rather delicious!!! I used low carb/whole wheat tortillas in the recipe, but feel free to use multi-grain, Ezekiel, or any other healthy tortilla you can find. STAY AWAY FROM THE WHITE FLOUR TORTILLAS! Gather all ingredients, a large pan, a saucepan, a sharp knife, and a cutting board. Cut the fat off of the chicken breasts and then place one chicken breast in a large ziploc baggie. Pound the chicken breast to about 1/3 in in thickness. Repeat one by one until all breasts are 1/3- 1/2 in in thickness. Spray each side of the chicken breasts with 3 sprays of spray butter and then sprinkle each side of the chicken breast with black pepper and chili pepper. You will use a total of approximately 3/4 tbsp of chili pepper and 1 tsp of ground black pepper between all chicken breasts. Coat a frying pan with 1 1/2 tsp of oil (olive oil or vegetable oil) and add chicken to the pan. Cook the chicken breasts on medium heat until they are nice and brown on both sides. Make sure to flip the chicken breasts after about 5 minutes. Continue flipping every few minutes until both sides are completely brown. While the chicken breasts are cooking, cut the peppers, making sure to de-seed and “de-vein” them. Add peppers, 1 tsp of oil (vegetable oil or olive oil),...

Hibachi Tofu and Vegetables w/ Healthy Yum Yum Sauce

I looooooove some good Hibachi! I could eat at one of those Hibachi Steakhouses every night if they didn’t use a POUND of butter on everything they cook! No matter how good the food tastes going down, you know the end result will be feeling disgustingly full in no time! Not only do you feel like you ate a plate full of butter, but you consumed a weeks worth of sodium that leaves you thirsty for days! I need my Hibachi fix, so I created this quick and healthy meal. You can now have your Hibachi, remaining guilt free and smell free! U always leave there smelling like you took a bath in Asian grease. Now you can actually eat and venture out after dinner, instead of coming straight home to bathe and wash your clothes!Ha I have a hibachi chicken recipe and it is the most favored recipe on my blog…so why not make it with Tofu?! I have to say, Tofu is not my favorite, but I would make this dish over and over again! Lets get cooking: Gather all ingredients, a cutting board, a large knife, a medium bowl, a small plate, a wok, and a pan. Place the block of tofu on a small plate and press in order to drain as much water from the tofu as possible. I simply take my hand and push the block against the plate (as I tip the plate over the sink) and extract as much water as possible. Cut the tofu into small square pieces. Be gentle while you are cutting and use a very sharp knife...

Sweet Potato Chili Fries

Who loves chili cheese fries but hates the calories and heart burn? If you are a fan of chili and sweet potato fries, you will LOVE this recipe!!! Prepare and cook my CROCK POT CHILI in advance. If you would like to prepare this without the crock pot, simply cook in a saucepan on medium heat for at least 30 minutes. Once the chili is fully cooked or close to it, prepare my CHILI PEPPER SWEET POTATO FRIES. Place a few sweet potato fries in a deep plate, then spoon chili over the fries. Add a few more fries over and around the chili and top with a sprinkle of low fat mexican blend cheese. If you would like to spice it up, add sliced jalapenos:) For each serving, I used 1 1/2 cups of chili, 1/4 of prepared sweet potato fries, 1/4 cup cheese, and 1 jalapeno. Place the plate in the microwave for about 1 minute until the cheese is fully melted....

Chicken with a Healthy Garlic Butter Cream Sauce

I know chicken recipes can be rather boring, but this recipe is easy to make and tastes delicious! Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Gather all ingredients, a baking dish, a saucepan, a skillet/pan, a knife, and a large spoon. Cut all chicken fat off from the chicken breasts and dispose of it.Spray each breast about 3 times on each side and sprinkle each side with ground black pepper, garlic salt, and Mrs. Dash chicken seasoning. Coat a skillet/pan with 1 1/2 tsp of olive oil and add the chicken breasts to the skillet. Cook the chicken breasts on medium heat, flipping every few minutes in order to fully brown each side. I typically cook mine for about 10 minutes. While the chicken is cooking, mince the garlic and place in a saucepan with 1 tsp of olive oil. Cook on low to medium heat until the garlic is starting to brown but not fully brown. Pour the cooking wine into the saucepan with the garlic, once the garlic is slightly brown. Stir well and let simmer on medium heat for 3 minutes. Add the remaining sauce ingredients into the saucepan and stir well. Let the sauce simmer for at least 5 minutes before you pour over the chicken. When the chicken breasts are done cooking, pour about 1/3 of the sauce into the bottom of a baking dish. Place the chicken breasts over the sauce and then pour the remaining sauce over each breast. The excess sauce will drip over onto the bottom of the dish. Place the baking dish in the oven and cook on 375 degrees for...

Healthy Buffalo Chicken Tenders

I was a buffalo chicken tenders fanatic until I realized how terrible they are for you! I knew the only way to get my buffalo chicken fix and keep it healthy was to make it myself. I was playing around with different “healthy breading” options, and decided to try Special K cereal. The recipe was delicious, but then I tried it with the PROTEIN SPECIAL K….and WOW! Not only is it super crunchy and delicious, it also has added protein to make it that much healthier! I managed to make a MUCH healthier buffalo sauce as well! The recipe may look like it takes a long time, but once you get the process down, it only takes about 15 minutes of actual work on your end. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Gather all ingredients, a large bowl, cutting board, a knife, food processor (or baggie and meat tenderizer) large ziploc bag, a medium bowl, and a baking sheet. Line the baking sheet with foil or spray with pam. Put the cereal in a food processor and grind up until fine but not powder. Pour this into a large ziploc baggie. NEED A FOOD PROCESSOR? CHECK OUT MY FAVORITE BRANDS BY CLICKING HERE! Put the whole egg, egg white, 1 tbsp spray butter, and black pepper into a medium bowl and beat with a whisk or fork until well combined. Cut the fat off of the chicken breasts and then cut each breast lengthwise into 2 or 3 strips. The thinner the strips, the faster they will cook. Try to cut all strips similar sizes to ensure they cook at...

Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Boats

Spaghetti Squash is an amazing vegetable! If you have never tried it, you must immediately! This spectacular vegetable is amazing for its spaghetti-like appearance, as well as its delicious flavor! I know it may seem intimidating if you have not cooked this before, but I promise you it is easier than you think! Not only will the adults love this, but the kiddos will think it is super cool and fun to eat! Below I will teach you how to make a delicious lasagna boat, using the spaghetti squash in place of regular lasagna noodles. If you are vegetarian or simply prefer to make a veggie lasagna, just add extra veggies in place of the ground beef. For instance, either use all tomatoes or tomatoes, spinach, zucchini, etc. Gather all ingredients. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut the spaghetti squash in half (lengthwise) and scoop out the seeds and goo from the center. Dispose of the yucky stuff! Fill a backing dish with 1/4-1/2 inch of water and place the squash halves open side down in the water. Cover with foil and place in the oven for 30 minutes on 400 degrees. While the spaghetti squash is cooking, add ricotta cheese, 7 tbsp. of parmesan cheese, pepper, and mint flakes. Mix well and add a pinch of garlic salt if desired. Set aside for later use.    Next, mince 1 clove of garlic and sauté  (on medium heat) in a large pan with 1 tsp of olive oil until just starting to brown. Add one pound of extra lean ground beef to the skillet and mix the garlic into the...

Chicken and Broccoli Pasta w/ Healthy Cream Sauce

I have to admit that I am a newbie at making cream sauce recipes! The fact that most cream sauces contains tons of fat and calories has steered me away in the past. I decided to simplify the ingredients and make it as healthy as I knew how. I came up with this chicken and broccoli pasta with a creamy alfredo-like sauce to compliment. I was nervous about this one…but I have a true winner here and this will definitely be in the cooking rotation! Also, I steer away from pasta recipes for the simple fact of the high content in carbohydrates. I decided to try the quinoa pasta, and it is an A+ in my book! I will be using this in place of my whole grain pasta for sure! The only difference is the cooking time, so make sure not to overcook this pasta! NOT SURE WHERE TO FIND QUINOA PASTA? FIND IT BY CLICKING HERE! Gather all ingredients Cook the quinoa pasta (1 box) and make sure not to overcook!!! Drain, spray with  a few sprays of spray butter, and set aside. While the quinoa pasta is cooking, cut the chicken fat off of the chicken breasts and then cube the chicken into small bite-sized pieces. Put the chicken into a bowl and mix with spray butter and black pepper. Mix well with your hands to ensure all pieces are coated well. Coat a pan with 1 tsp of olive oil and then pour the chicken into the pan and make sure you spread apart so they all cook evenly. Cook the chicken on medium heat...

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