Spicy Mexican Slaw with Lime and Cilantro

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Spicy Mexican Slaw with Lime and Cilantro

 slightly adapted from kaylinskitchen.com

Makes 6 servings

Per serving

2 vegetables

2 condiments

1 fat serving

 

Ingredients:

4 cups thinly sliced green cabbage

2 cups thinly sliced red cabbage

(You can use all green or all red cabbage.)

2 green onions, thinly sliced

1/2 cup chopped cilantro

Dressing Ingredients:

6 T reduced fat mayonnaise

3 T fresh lime juice; more or less to taste

1/2 teaspoon Green Tabasco sauce

½ teaspoon Vege-Sal

Instructions:

In small bowl or measuring cup, whisk together, mayo, lime juice, and hot sauce. (Start with less than the full amount of lime juice and hot sauce and keep adding until you have the desired blend of sour/hot flavor.)

Thinly slice cabbage, using a mandoline slicer if you have one. Slice green onions, and wash, dry and chop cilantro. (I use a Mini salad spinner  to wash herbs and spin them dry.) Combine cabbage, green onions and cilantro in large salad bowl.

Use a wooden spoon to mix dressing into cabbage mixture. Season to taste with salt and serve immediately, or chill for a few hours.

This salad will keep well overnight in the refrigerator, but the lime juice will cause the red cabbage to bleed color and turn the salad slightly pink. If you’re making extra you might want to use all green cabbage, although I didn’t mind the pink color at all when I ate the leftovers! Another good strategy if you’re not cooking for many people is to chop the cabbage and green onion and mix the dressing for the full amount and store in the fridge, then chop cilantro and stir salad together in smaller amounts as you’re going to eat it.

Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein

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Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein

 Serves 3
Per Serving: 1 green – 3 condiments -.5 healthy fat  

Ingredients

  • 1 large spaghetti squash (2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce or bragg’s liquid aminos
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 packet sugar alternative (Monkfuit, Stevia, Splenda)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tblsp onion, diced
  • 1 cup celery, sliced diagonally
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage (add carrots if you are in maintenance)

Directions

Cut a spaghetti squash in half length wise and scoop out seeds. Lay skin side up in a 13 x 9 pyrex and pour 1/2 inch of water in the bottom of the pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 30-40 minutes, until flesh is very tender. Once done, scoop out flesh with a fork so it breaks apart into strings, set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, garlic, sugar alternative, ginger and white pepper; set aside.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add onion and celery, and cook, stirring often, until tender, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in cabbage until heated through, about 1 minute.

Stir in spaghetti squash and soy sauce mixture until well combined, about 2 minutes.

Serve immediately.

 

Cream Cheese Clouds

Cream Cheese Clouds Cheesecake Bites

CREAM CHEESE CLOUDS 

8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2-3/4 cup granular Splenda or equivalent liquid Splenda *
1/2 teaspoon vanilla or other flavoring

Beat everything with an electric mixer until fluffy. Drop by bite-size spoonfuls onto a wax paper-lined baking sheet. Freeze until firm, at least 1 hour. Store in the freezer and eat frozen.

Makes 24 clouds

1 Cloud = 2/3 Healthy Fat & 1 condiment

Spaghetti Squash Enchilada Bowls

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Spaghetti Squash Enchilada Bowls

 Slightly adapted from skinnytaste.com

Makes 4 servings

Per serving

¼ protein serving

1 ¾ vegetables

3 condiments

½ fat serving

 

Ingredients:

  •             2 small spaghetti squash – use 4 cups cooked squash
  •              2 teaspoons olive oil         
  •              1/8th tsp kosher salt
  •              ½ tsp black pepper
  •              1 1/3 cups homemade enchilada sauce
  •              1 cup part-skim shredded Mexican cheese blend
  •              chopped cilantro and scallions for garnish

For the enchilada sauce:

  •             2 garlic cloves, minced
  •             1-2 tbsp chipotle chilies in adobo sauce 
  •             1-1/2 cups canned low sodium petite diced tomato
  •             1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder
  •             1/2 tsp ground cumin
  •             3/4 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
  •             ¼ tsp salt
  •             ½ tsp pepper

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400F degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or two if they don’t fit). Cut the squash in half lengthwise, and use a spoon to scrape out the seeds and soft yellow strands. Brush the inside of the squash with 2 teaspoons of olive oil and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Place the squash facedown on the baking sheet and bake for 45-50 minutes or until the flesh easily pierces with a fork.

 Once the squash is cool enough to handle, use a fork to scrape the inside so the strands appear. Spoon enough of the enchilada sauce mixture inside each squash bowl until almost full.

 Top evenly with the cheese and transfer them to the oven and bake another 15 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the sauce is hot. Remove from the oven, sprinkle with cilantro and scallions and serve immediately!

Garden Fresh Green Bean Salad

Garden fresh green bean salad

Garden-Fresh Green Bean Salad

 

6 servings

Per serving

1.5 vegetables

1.5 condiments

1 fat                   

1/6 optional snack

 

 

Ingredients:

1 pound french or regular FRESH green beans, ends trimmed

1/2 cup non-fat feta cheese crumbles

1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half

3 Tbsp chopped red onion

1/4 cup slivered almonds (optional)

2 Tbsp olive, or avocado oil

2 Tbsp red wine vinegar

2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil

1 large clove garlic, minced

½ teaspoon Freshly ground black pepper

¼ teaspoon Sea salt

 

Instructions:
Boil a large stock pot of lightly sea salted water. Add the green beans and boil until tender crisp, 2 minutes. Immediately place beans in ice water bath. Drain well, pat dry and place the beans in a large bowl. Combine with the feta cheese(if using), tomatoes and red onions.

Toast the almonds in a small skillet, 2 minutes.
Whisk the olive oil, red wine vinegar, basil, garlic and a little salt and pepper. Pour the dressing over the green beans and sprinkle with almonds. Let marinate in the refrigerator for about 1 hour before serving cold.

 

Cauliflower Ranch Chips

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Cauliflower Ranch Chips

Makes 7 servings
Per serving: 3 condiments, ¼ vegetable serving

Ingredients:
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 cup grated raw cauliflower
½ tsp parsley
½ tsp basil
½ tsp dill
½ tsp chives
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp onion powder
½ tsp pepper

Directions:
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Add all ingredients to a bowl. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place about 1 TBSP of mixture on prepared baking sheets, about 1 inch apart. Bake at 450 for 5-7 minutes. Remove and turn cauliflower chips over. Bake for another 5-7 minutes.

 

Sausage Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers

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Sausage Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers

Makes 1 lean serving, 1 green serving and 1 healthy fat

Ingredients:

  • 3 Whole jalapeños
  • 3 oz. shredded low fat cheese
  • 3 Morning Star Farms Veggie Sausage Links
  • 2 Wedges Laughing Cow Lite Cheese (Original or Queso)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425.  Cut jalapeños in half lengthwise and remove seeds and ribs.  Cook veggie sausage links as directed on package then crumble into a small bowl.  Add cheeses to sausage crumbles and mix until well combined.  Fill each jalapeño with 1/6 of the mixture.  Cook on a baking sheet about 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and tops are browned.

 

Brocamole

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Brocamole

Makes 2 servings, each serving counts as 1 green, 2 healthy fats and 3 condiments

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 avocado (peeled and pitted)
  • 1/2 head broccoli (fresh)
  • 1 tbsp red onion (minced)
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/2 tbsp hot pepper sauce
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro (chopped)

Directions:

Steam or boil broccoli until soft, let cool completely.  Mash the avocado and add remaining ingredients.  Stir until well combined.  Use peppers, cucumbers or celery for dipping.

 

Cheesy Cauliflower Biscuits

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Cheesy Cauliflower Biscuits

Makes 2 servings:
1 complete Lean & Green, ½ Healthy Fat,

3 Condiments/serving

294 grams or 3 cups, cooked cauliflower (3 greens)
2 tsp. garlic cloves, minced (1 Condiment)
6 Black Olives (.5 Healthy Fat)
2 eggs + 2 egg whites – divided (4/5 Leaner)
4 oz. moderate-fat cheddar cheese, shredded (1 Lean)
1/3 cup low-fat Greek yogurt (1/5 Lean)
¾ tsp kosher salt (1.5 Condiment)
½ tsp black pepper (1/2 Condiment)

Procedure:
1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.

2. Steam cauliflower for about 10-12 minutes or until very tender, then transfer to a food
processor. Add minced garlic and olives. Pulse several times until smooth and creamy.

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

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

5. 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.

Makes: 24 small biscuits. (2 servings)

Roasted Spaghetti Squash Hash Browns

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Roasted Spaghetti Squash Hash Browns

Slightly adapted from Cookin’ Cowgirl
Makes 3 servings
Per serving: 2 vegetables, 3 condiments

Ingredients
3 cups roasted spaghetti squash
6 thin slices yellow onion
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
¼ tsp garlic salt
1/8 tsp freshly ground nutmeg (or pepper)

Directions: Roasted Spaghetti Squash
spaghetti squash
olive oil spray
salt
pepper or nutmeg
baking sheet
foil for easy clean up
Start out by washing squash and preheating oven to 400 degrees. Slice squash in half and remove the seeds. Lightly spray or brush the inside with olive oil. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper or nutmeg. Cover a baking sheet with foil and place squash cut side down. Roast for 50 minutes, turning pan once. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Use a fork to get the strands out.

Directions for Hash Browns
Heat a large, non-stick skillet to medium-high heat. Start off by sautéing the onions for a few minutes, until they begin to turn translucent. Then, add the spaghetti squash threads to the pan. Add cayenne, garlic salt and nutmeg and stir. Continue to cook until the squash starts to crisp up and turn golden brown. Serve hot.

*Note: if you use olive oil, 1 tsp is a healthy fat. Be sure to count this with a leaner or leanest.