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Taco Breakfast Egg Muffins

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Makes 5 servings

Per serving

1 Lean

3 Condiments

12 ounces raw 85-94% lean ground beef

½ Tablespoons taco seasoning

¾ Cup salsa

6 eggs

4 egg whites

1 Cup reduced fat shredded Mexican cheese

 

Instructions 

1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and GENEROUSLY spray a muffin pan with cooking spray. 

2. In a large frying pan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. 

3. Add in the ground beef and cook, breaking up, until no longer pink. Add in the taco seasoning and stir until well mixed. 

4. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the salsa. Set aside. 

5. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and egg whites with a pinch of salt and pepper. 

6. Using a ladle, divide the eggs between 12 muffin cavities. 

7. Divide the beef mixture between the cavities, which is about 2 Tbsp per cavity. 

8. Finally, top each muffin cavity with 1 lightly heaping Tbsp of the cheese. 

9. Bake until the eggs are set and lightly golden brown, about 20-23 minutes. 

10. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes and them remove to a wire rack to finish cooling. 

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Thai Chicken Pizza

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1 lean, 3 greens, 2.5 condiments, 1 snack

Ingredients
For the Crust:
1 cup raw Cauliflower, grated or 100 grams (2 Greens)
1/4 cup Egg Beaters (1/8 Lean)
1/4 cup 2% Reduced Fat Mozzarella Cheese, shredded (2/8 Lean)
Peanut Sauce:
2 tbsp PB2 or powdered peanut butter (1 Snack)
2 tbsp Walden Farms Sesame Ginger Dressing (1 Condiment)
Toppings:
1 tsp Teriyaki Sauce (1 Condiment)
1 tsp Low Sodium Soy Sauce (1/2 Condiment)
5 oz raw Chicken to yield 2.25 oz Chicken (3/8 Lean)
1/4 cup 2% Reduced Fat Mozzarella Cheese (2/8 Lean)
1/4 cup or 26 grams Bean Sprouts (1/2 Green)
2 tbsp Red Pepper or 18.6 grams, thinly sliced (1/4 Green)
2 tbsp Green Onions or 12.5 grams, thinly sliced (1/4 Green)
1 tbsp Cilantro, chopped (Optional)
Directions:
Marinade raw chicken in teriyaki and soy sauce overnight. Discard marinade. Grill or cook chicken until done. Chop into small pieces. Make sure you are getting 2.25 oz cooked chicken. Set aside.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet and spray lightly with cooking spray. Combine grated cauliflower, egg beaters, and 1/4 cup cheese until mixed completely. Spoon mixture on prepared pan with parchment paper. Use the back of a spoon to thin out the mixture and form a circle about the size of a dinner plate without the rim. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Flip the pizza crust over. Bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes.
Combine PB2 and Walden Farms Sesame Ginger Dressing. Add the chicken and stir until blended. Spread the chicken mixture over the top of cooked pizza crust. Top with veggies. Sprinkle 1/4 cup cheese over the top. Broil until cheese is melted about 5 minutes.

Loaded Cauliflower Steaks

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Loaded Cauliflower Steaks

Makes 5 servings
Each serving provides:
2/3 lean
2 condiments
3 green

INGREDIENTS
7 ½ cups cauliflower (approx. two heads)
½ teaspoon garlic
½ teaspoon paprika
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
2 1/3 cups reduced-fat cheddar cheese
2 ¾ teaspoons ranch dressing
8 slices turkey bacon
2 tablespoons chives
Olive Oil Spray

DIRECTIONS
Remove and discard the leaves from each cauliflower head, then trim the stem so that the cauliflower can lay flat on cutting board. (Leave the core intact!) Cut each cauliflower into thick “steaks” about 3/4″ thick. Reserve any loose florets to cook with the steaks. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, garlic powder, and paprika. Season mixture with salt and pepper. Heat a grill or a grill pan to medium. Brush one side of each steak with the olive oil mixture and place the brushed side down on a grill. Brush the top sides with the olive oil mixture and cook until tender and charred in spots, about 8 minutes per side. Top each cauliflower with cheese and cook until melted. Toss extra florets in the olive oil mixture and grill, turning often, until charred and tender, about 6 minutes. Drizzle cauliflower with ranch then sprinkle cooked bacon and chives on top.

Healthy Hamburger in a Bowl

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Serves 2

1 lean – 1 Green – 1 Condiment – 1 Healthy Fat, Per Serving

Ingredients:

12.5 oz lean ground beef

1 tsp garlic powder

salt and pepper to taste

Brown and crumble beef in skillet

4 cups lettuce (iceburg shown)

4 tblsp shredded cheddar

2 dill pickles sliced

1/2 cup sliced cucumbers

1/2 cup grape tomatoes

4 tblsp Wishbone Light Thousand Island Dressing

Add crumbled beef to prepared salad and enjoy 🙂

 

 

 

 

Cauliflower Creamed Spinach

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Cauliflower Creamed Spinach

Makes 4 servings
Per serving
¼ Lean protein
2 ½ Greens
2 ¼ condiments
½ fat
 
5 oz baby spinach
4 cups cauliflower florets
¼ cup chopped onion
1/8 tsp cloves
½ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
1 Tbs butter
2 Tbs half and half
1 cup part-skim mozzarella
 
Instructions
 
Turn on broiler.
Bring a medium pot of water to the boil. Once it boils rapidly, add the cauliflower florets and boil for 10 minutes.
When the cauliflower is cooked, use a slotted spoon to scoop the florets into a food processor. Blitz the cauliflower until smooth with the cream and butter. Season with salt and pepper.
While the cauliflower boils, saute the onion in a little bit of butter until soft and and then add the spinach, nutmeg and cloves and cook until wilted.
Now mix the cauliflower, spinach/onion and cheese together, adjust seasoning if needed, and scoop into a cast iron pan or small baking dish.
Slide under the broiler until the cheese is golden brown.

Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken

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Grilled Cilantro-Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa
Yield: 4 servings
Per serving
1 Leaner protein
1 vegetable
3 condiments
1 fat
Ingredients
Chicken
• 4 (9 oz) raw chicken boneless skinless chicken breast halves
• 1 Tbsp lime zest
• 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
• 4 teaspoons oil
• 2 packets Splenda or Stevia
• 1/3 cup chopped cilantro, plus more for serving
• 3 cloves garlic, minced
• ½ tsp Salt
• ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
Salsa
• 3 ounces avocados (ripe but semi-firm), diced
• 1 ½ cup Roma tomatoes, chopped
• 1/2 cup chopped green onion, rinsed under cool water to remove harsh bite
• 1 clove garlic, minced
• 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
Directions
• Place chicken on a cutting board, cover with a sheet of plastic wrap and pound thicker parts of chicken to an even thickness. Transfer chicken to a gallon size resealable plastic bag.
• In a small mixing bowl whisk together lime zest, lime juice, olive oil, splenda, cilantro, 3 cloves minced garlic and season with 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper. Pour marinade mixture over chicken in bag. Seal bag while pressing air out, then rub marinade over chicken. Allow to rest in refrigerator 2 – 4 hours (rotating bag to opposite side and moving chicken around halfway through if possible to ensure it’s evenly marinating).
• Preheat a grill over medium-high heat (to about 425 – 450 degrees). Brush grill grates lightly with oil then grill chicken until center registers 160 – 165 degrees on an instant read thermometer, about 4 minutes per side. Remove and let rest 5 minutes.
• Meanwhile, in a medium mixing bowl toss together avocado, tomato, onion, garlic and lime and season with salt and pepper to taste. Spoon over chicken and sprinkle with chopped cilantro. Serve warm.

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

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Cheesy Cauliflower Biscuits

Turkey Meatloaf

Mashed Fauxtatoes

Mockaroni & Cheese

Parmesan Crusted Delicata Squash

Crustless Pumpkin Pie

*All recipes are compliant with the Optimal Weight 5&1 Plan

Cheesy Cauliflower Biscuits

Adapted from http://www.cookinglight.com/cooking-101/cheesy-cauliflower-biscuits

This recipe makes 4 servings

Each serving provides about 1/2 lean, 2 green, and 1.25 condiments

INGREDIENTS:

4 cups cauliflower

3 tsp minced garlic

½ cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt

½ cup reduced-fat cheese

2 eggs

2 egg whites

¼ tsp salt

½ tsp pepper

DIRECTIONS:

Make Mashed Cauliflower Preheat the oven to 400°F. Steam cauliflower for about 10-12 minutes or until very tender, then transfer to a food processor. Add minced garlic and pulse several times until smooth and creamy.

Transfer mashed cauliflower into a large mixing bowl. Add in two whole eggs, cheddar cheese, Nonfat Greek yogurt, salt and pepper and mix together.

In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until stiff. Then, slowly fold the egg whites into the cauliflower mixture.

Coat a mini muffin pan with cooking spray of your choice. Then fill the cups to the top with the cauliflower mixture. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.

Remove from the pan, and set on a cooling rack.

NOTE: for best results, use MINI muffin pans. Larger pans leave the muffins a little soggy.

Turkey Meatloaf

Adapted from Medifast Lean And Green Recipes

This recipe makes 4 servings

Each serving contains 1 Lean, 3 Green, 3 Condiments, and 1 Healthy fat

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup diced leeks

1/2 cup diced celery

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 tsp olive oil

1 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp dried parsley

1/2 tsp dried thyme

1/4 tsp salt

1 1/2 lbs 95-97% lean ground turkey

1 cup petite diced tomatoes

2 tbsp yellow mustard

1 tbps Worcestershire sauce

1/4 tsp pepper

2 eggs

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Saute the leeks, celery, and garlic in olive oil along with the oregano, parsley, thyme, and salt. Remove from heat and place in a large mixing bowl.

Add uncooked beef, tomatoes, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, pepper, and eggs to the bowl and mix well.

Lightly grease a pan and pour mixture into the pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until done. (internal temperature of 160 degrees).

NOTE: You can pour mixture into muffin pans to make individual meatloaf muffins, and top with piped Mashed Fauxtatoes (see recipe below)

Karen’s Mashed Fauxtatoes

Recipe by Karen Ragsdale

Makes 1 serving

Each serving consists of 3 Green, 2 Condiments, and 1 Healthy Fat

INGREDIENTS:

1.5 cups Cauliflower

Chicken Broth

1 tbsp low fat cream cheese

2 tbsp Sour Supreme (a low-fat non-dairy tofu-based sour cream substitute)

5 sprays No Calorie Butter Spray

Salt

Pepper

DIRECTIONS:

Boil 1.5 cups cauliflower in 85% chicken broth/15% water mixture

Cook until you can easily spear the cauliflower with a fork.

Drain the cauliflower — very thoroughly!

Add 1 tbsp low fat cream cheese, 2 tbsp Sour Supreme, 5 sprays of Butter spray, and dashes of salt and pepper to taste.

Use a blender (we prefer immersion blender) to mash the califlower thoroughly

Eat and enjoy with your protein!

Mockaroni & Cheese

Source: http://printablelighterrecipes.blogspot.com/2011/02/mockaroni-and-cheese-take-3.html

Makes 1 serving

Each serving contains 1 Green and 2.5 condiments

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2 cups chopped cauliflower, cooked

1/2 cup 1% cottage cheese

2.6 oz 2% Reduced Fat Cheese, shredded

1/4 tsp ground mustard

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp onion powder

1/8 tsp salt

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350.

Spray a casserole dish with non stick spray.

Mix all ingredients in a blender, except cauliflower.

Pour blended mixture over cauliflower and stir until cauliflower is completely coated.

Pour into prepared casserole dish. Bake for 35 minutes.

NOTE: Drain the cauliflower completely and thoroughly! Consider adding 1 egg white to help make it less watery.

Parmesan Crusted Delicata Squash

Adapted from: https://www.washingtonpost.com/recipes/parmesan-crusted-delicata-squash/12506/?utm_term=.c66e259d422c

Makes 3 servings

Each serving provides: 3 Green, 2 Healthy Fats, & 2 Condiments

INGREDIENTS:

4 cups delicata squash

½ cup scallions

2 tablespoons olive oil

¼ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon pepper

¼ cup parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a 12-by-17-inch rimmed baking sheet with heavy-duty aluminum foil. Grease the foil with nonstick cooking oil spray.

Arrange the squash and scalion slices on the baking sheet. Drizzle the oil over them, then season them with salt and pepper to taste, mixing the squash and onion gently with your hands to coat evenly. Rearrange so the slices are loosely, evenly layered. Roast for 35 to 40 minutes, until they are soft but not falling apart. (If you are using two smaller pans, keep a close eye on the slices, which might cook faster if they spread in a single layer in those pans.)

Sprinkle the cheese evenly over the roasted squash and onion, then roast for 5 minutes so the cheese melts/softens.

Use a spatula to transfer to a platter or individual plates; serve warm or at room temperature.

Crustless Pumpkin Pie

Source: http://www.sandyskitchenadventures.com/2015/10/baked-kabocha-or-crustless-pumpkin-pie.html

Makes 4 Servings

Each serving contains 1 Green, 1 Condiment and 1 Snack (optional) per Serving

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups roasted kabocha squash

1/4 cup unsweetened cashew or almond milk

2 egg whites

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1/2 tsp maple or vanilla extract

1 packet NuStevia

28 Walnut halves

DIRECTIONS:

Prepare kabocha:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking pan with non-stick foil. If the skin is too tough to cut, place kabocha in the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes. Cut the squash in half.

Spoon out all the seeds. You can cut or peel the skin off before baking, but I found it easier to peel after baking. Do whatever you prefer. Cut the squash into wedges. Lay the wedges on the prepared pan. Spray the wedges with non-stick cooking spray. Bake for 30 minutes. Flip the squash over. Spray with cooking spray. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until it is cooked.

Let cool.

Once cooled, peel or cut off the skin with a knife. Normally I eat the skin when roasting but for this particular recipe, I like to remove the skin for a smoother richer taste.

Measure out 2 cups of cooked squash, without the skin. Use the rest of the squash for another time.

To make pies:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray 4 ramekins with non-stick cooking spray. Add 2 cups of squash, without the skin, and the rest of the ingredients, except walnuts to the blender. Blend until smooth. Pour mixture into ramekins. Bake for 15 minutes.

Reduce heat to 350 degrees. Remove ramekins from oven and evenly distribute the walnuts on top of each ramekin. Bake for an additional 25 minutes.

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Shrimp Dip

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Shrimp Dip
Serves 8 
Per serving
¼ protein serving
1/2 Green – the vegetables for dipping will provide the rest of the Green servings
1 1/3 condiment
1 fat
 
TOTAL TIME: 25 MINUTES
PREP TIME: 25 MINUTES, PLUS TIME FOR SHRIMP TO THAW AND DRAIN AND CREAM CHEESE TO COME TO ROOM TEMPERATURE.
INGREDIENTS:
•             8 oz. low fat cream cheese, softened to room temperature
•             3/4 cup low fat plain cottage cheese that’s pureed in the food processor
•             2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
•             2 tsp. celery salt
•             2 tsp. dill weed
•             1/2 cup finely chopped green onions
•             1 ½ cup chopped red bell pepper (one large pepper, cut in pieces about 3/8 inch)
•             11 ounces frozen cooked shrimp, thawed and cut in pieces about 3/8 inch
•             fresh low-carb veggies to serve with the dip such as celery, red pepper strips, sugar snap peas, cauliflower, broccoli, jicama, etc.
DIRECTIONS:
1.            Let shrimp thaw overnight in refrigerator, then drain well. 
2.            Use food processor to blend together the cream cheese, sour cream, lemon juice, celery salt and dried dill weed. Remove from food processor and put into mixing bowl.
3.            Stir in chopped green onion and chopped bell pepper, then gently fold in shrimp.
4.            Chill dip for at least an hour before serving for best flavor.
5.            Serve with celery, red pepper strips, sugar snap peas, cauliflower, broccoli, jicama, or other on-plan veggie dippers of your choice.
 
slightly revised from kalynskitchen

Zucchini Pizza Bites

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Zucchini Pizza Bites

Slightly revised recipe from sugarfreemom.com
Makes 1 serving:
·         1 lean protein 
·         3 greens
·         3 condiments

 

Ingredients:

·         1 ½ cups shredded zucchini

·         1 egg

·         1/2 tsp. Italian Seasonings

·         1/4 tsp. salt

·         1/2 tsp. pepper

·         1/4 cup grated part-skim provolone cheese

·         1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

·         1 oz. turkey pepperoni slices

 Instructions

1.      Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2.      Spray a mini muffin pan with natural olive oil cooking spray.

3.      Place the zucchini in a clean towel and squeeze as much liquid out as you can.

4.      In a bowl mix the zucchini, egg, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper and provolone cheese. and cilantro.

5.      Evenly divide the mixture into the mini muffin pan, packed down in each cup.

6.      Evenly sprinkle mozzarella onto zucchini then top with mini pepperoni slices.

7.      Bake for 15- 18 minutes until golden brown around the edges. 

8.      Allow to cool about 10 minutes before removing. Use a knife to cut around edges to loosen from muffin pan. Enjoy warm or room temperature.

Veggie Quiche

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Veggie Quiche

Servings: 1 complete lean and green meal, 2 condiments and 1 healthy fat

Ingredients:
1 cup egg beaters (1/2 lean)
1/2 cup low moisture part skim 2 % mozzarella cheese (1/2 lean)
1/2 cup tomato, chopped (1 green)
1/2 cup broccoli, chopped (1 green)
1/2 cup zucchini, chopped (1 green)
2 Light Swiss Laughing Cow Cheese Wedge (1 healthy fat)
1/4 tsp salt (1 condiment)
1/4 tsp pepper (1/2 condiment)
1/4 tsp onion powder (1/2 condiment)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375. Spray a baking dish with Pam cooking spray. Mix ingredients all together in a bowl. Pour mixture into prepared pan. Bake 35 minutes.