Healthy Mexican “Fried” Quinoa

If you love Mexican Fried Rice, you will love this recipe! By replacing the rice with quinoa, and substituting the fattening ingredients with low fat ingredients, this Mexican “Fried” Quinoa is the perfect healthy side for any Mexican Dish! Measure 1/2 cup of dry (uncooked) quinoa and place in a sauce pan. Add 1 cup water and then bring water to a boil. As soon as the water starts to boil, cover with a lid and cook on low (simmer) for 20 minutes. Place the cooked quinoa into a shallow pan, with all other ingredients and mix well. Cook on medium heat for at least 5 minutes, stirring often. Serve with any Mexican...

Healthy Parmesan Zucchini Fries

If you have not tried zucchini “fries” or “chips”, you are missing out! I have made this recipe in both “chip” shape and “fry” shape, and they both are fantastic! Gather all ingredients, a cookie sheet, a knife, a whisk (or fork), a medium bowl, and a large Ziploc baggie. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Clean the zucchini and slice the zucchini  into long thin pieces. Mix the egg whites, spray butter, and black pepper in a bowl by beating them together with a fork or a whisk. Pour the panko bread crumbs and the grated parmesan cheese into the large Ziploc baggie. Make sure to mix these two ingredients well. Place the bag close to the “egg wash” bowl. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray and make sure this is near the panko crumbs/parmesan cheese baggie as well. Take each zucchini slice, one by one, and coat with the egg wash. Next, place in the baggie and make sure to coat the entire zucchini with the parmesan breadcrumbs. Place the coated zucchini fries on the prepared cookie sheet and continue this process until all zucchini fries are coated. Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes on 375 degree. After 20 minutes, remove from the oven and flip each zucchini fry. Place back into the oven for an additional 20 minutes and remove from the oven when you have reached desired “brownness.” ENJOY!!!!...

Skinny Broccoli, Egg, and Cheese Bites

I know we all have very busy schedules and limited time for cooking. It seem this lack of time has led to bad food choices just because we reach for the quick fix. I created this recipe for those of you whom love breakfast food and have limited time. My suggestion is to make these yummy little omelet bites on a Sunday night, and you will be covered for breakfast and/or snacks for at least 3 days! Remember, it is all about preparation, whether it be making these or any other low glycemic recipe. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and cook 1 1/2 cups of quinoa. If you are not sure how to cook quinoa, first rinse the quinoa. Next, add 3 cups of water to the 1 1/2 cups quinoa and bring to a boil in a saucepan. Once you bring the quinoa/water mixture to a boil, cover with a lid and simmer on low for 20 minutes. Remove lid when the quinoa is done, and remove from the heat. While the quinoa is cooking, rinse and chop the broccoli into small pieces. Add the chopped broccoli and 1 cup of water to a large pan and cook on medium to high heat until all of the water is gone. This typically takes about 10 minutes and I like to brown the broccoli slightly. Browning the broccoli gives it a great flavor in my opinion! While the broccoli and quinoa are cooking, add eggs, egg whites, cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, spray butter, black pepper, and red pepper flakes to a large bowl. Whisk the egg mixture for at least 2...

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....

Cheesy Cauliflower Breadsticks

I made cauliflower pizza bites last year for a party I hosted, and have been wanting to try cauliflower in a breadstick recipe. Although this recipe took me a little longer than I expected, IT WAS WORTH IT!!! If you are looking for an awesome low carb breadstick recipe, look no further!!!!!! Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Cut the florets off of a head of cauliflower and make sure to wash them before putting them into a food processor. You made need to processor the cauliflower in two sessions unless you have a large processor. You should make sure to grind up the cauliflower into a rice like texture. Make sure you do not miss any large clumps! If you do not own a food processor, click HERE to view some deals on Amazon! After you have minced up the cauliflower, place it in a prepared baking dish (spray with cooking spray) and cook in the oven for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, remove the dish from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Turn the heat up to 450 degrees. Place the cauliflower in a large kitchen towel and squeeze as much water out as you can. You should extract around 1 1/4 cup of liquid from one head of cauliflower. This step may take you about 3 minutes. Pour the liquid down the drain. Gather the remaining ingredients, a medium bowl, a spoon, parchment paper, and a cookie sheet. Place the dry cauliflower into the bowl with all other ingredients except the spray butter and 3/4 cup of shredded cheese. You will use 1/2 cup of shredded cheese in the cauliflower dough, and then you will sprinkle the remaining 3/4...

Hibachi Vegetables

I am obsessed with hibachi style food! It has such a great flavor and I have finally figured out the exact ingredient combo to make you feel like you are eating at a Japanese Steakhouse…with A LOT less calories and fat! I suggest making this hibachi vegetable side along with my hibachi chicken and don’t forget a side of my healthy yum yum sauce (recipe is with the chicken recipe)! Just thinking about this meal makes my mouth water! We have to get started here so I can go make it for dinner!!! Gather all ingredients. Wash and cut the zucchini into small pieces, your choice of shape. Add the zucchini, bamboo shoots, water chestnuts, 3 tbsp of spray butter, and 3 tbsp low sodium soy sauce into a wok. Add 1 tbsp of chili paste if you would like some heat to your dish. Mix all vegetables well and cook on medium to high heat, stirring every few minutes. Add the bean sprouts into the wok once the liquid is almost evaporated. Mix well and cook until the liquid has fully evaporated in order to start browning the vegetables (usually about 10 minutes). As long as you stir every few seconds, you will not “burn” the vegetables… but you definitely want to fully brown them to get the true hibachi flavor. At this point, add the remaining spray butter and low sodium soy sauce to the wok and mix well. You should have the temperature on medium at this point and continue cooking as long as you would like in order to reach your desired “brownness.” Serve with my hibachi chicken and...

Quinoa Pizza Bites

I hosted a party this past weekend and decided to try a few new recipes. I have made mini pizza bites in the past for my guests, but I decided to make a gluten free option this time. Quinoa pizza bites came to mind, because it is not only gluten free quinoa recipe, but it is delicious! I decided to make 3 different types of quinoa pizza bites, and I had excellent reviews for all 3! The base of the recipe is the same, and you can feel free to jazz up your bites with any toppings you would like. Gluten Free Quinoa Recipes   Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a mini muffin pan with a decent amount of cooking spray. If you do not own a mini muffin pan, CLICK HERE! Gather all ingredients. Dice up the pizza toppings into small pieces and set aside. If you are using ingredients such as banana peppers, make sure to pat them dry before using them, otherwise they will make the pizza bites soggy. In a large bowl, mix all other ingredients together, making sure that you mix very well. Add the toppings to the bowl and mix well. I typically use these brands of parmesan cheese and sauce: Now, you will need to scoop a large spoon full of the quinoa pizza bite dough into each mini muffin pan spot. You will need to use your fingers or a spoon to pack the “dough” down in each spot and fill to the top. I typically have to use 2 muffin pans, because I usually have enough for 30 mini bites. I usually...

Carmelized Brussel Sprouts

Well if you didn’t listen to your mother when you were were younger…YOU BETTER EAT YOUR BRUSSEL SPROUTS!!!  I understand there is nothing exciting about sprouts, but I promise this SIMPLE recipe will make your taste buds dance:) Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Put fresh, whole brussel sprouts in a large bowl. Mix in olive oil, spray butter, and McCormick Montreal Steak seasoning (I use the spicy version bc I am addicted to spice)! Mix well. Either spray pam on a cookie sheet or line with aluminum foil. Pour the sprouts onto the sheet so they are evenly distributed. Bake in the oven for a minimum of 35 minutes, “flipping/moving around” half-way through. Cook longer if you desire a softer sprout. Take out of the oven and spray with a little more spray butter before serving. ENJOY!  ...

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