Garlic Shrimp Spaghetti Squash

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Makes 4 servings
Per serving: 1 Leanest protein, 1.5 Greens, 3 condiments, 1 fat

Ingredients

2 lbs raw peeled shrimp

2 cloves garlic

1/2 cup low fat plain greek yogurt

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

¼ cup parmesan cheese

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/4 tsp pepper

2 teaspoons lemon juice

¼ cup chopped parsley (optional)

3 cups cooked spaghetti squash (approx 1 large)

1 Tbsp + 1 tsp olive oil

Instructions

1.    Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Carefully slice spaghetti squash down the middle and remove seeds with a spoon. Coat both halves of spaghetti squash with olive oil, sea salt and pepper. Place on baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and bake for 40 minutes or until fully cooked. Allow to cool for 10 minutes or simply poke holes into squash all around (at least twice on each side) place in microwave an cook on high checking and turning every 4 minutes to keep the squash from bursting.  Cook until soft.  Remove and let cool about 5 minutes then slice and scoop seeds out. 

2.    Spray a medium sized pot with cooking spray and saute garlic until slightly brown on medium heat. Add almond milk and Greek yogurt to the pot and gently whisk to combine. Once sauce begins to boil slightly, add Parmesan cheese and reduce heat to low. Mix periodically until cheese has fully melted then remove pot from heat.

3.    Spray large saucepan with cooking spray and add shrimp. Season with garlic powder, sea salt, black pepper, lemon juice and cook for approximately 5 minutes on both sides until shrimp is pink. Add Greek yogurt Alfredo and spaghetti squash to saucepan and toss to combine. Enjoy!

Slightly revised from itscheatdayeveryday.com
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Lasagna Stuffed Meatloaf

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Lasagna Stuffed Meatloaf

Slightly revised from cupcakesandkalechips.com

Serves 8

Per serving: 1 lean, ½ green, 2 ½ condiments, and ½ optional snack

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 3 eggs, divided
  • 3 Tablespoons minced fresh parsley, divided
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 2 lbs 90-94% lean ground beef
  • 4 packets OPTAVIA Multigrain crackers, crushed into breadcrumb-like pieces (a food processor works well for this)
  • 1/4 cup onion, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 2 cups, about 8 oz reduced-fat mozzarella cheese, shredded, divided
  • 1 cup of your favorite, no sugar-added, tomato sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a bowl, combine ricotta cheese, ¼ cup parmesan cheese, 1 egg, 1 Tablespoon parsley, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Set aside.
  3. In a bowl, combine ground beef, crackers, 2 Tablespoons parsley, onion, garlic, pepper, 1/2 teaspoon salt, Italian seasoning, and 2 lightly beaten eggs. Gently combine with your hands until blended, but try not to overwork the meat.
  4. On a piece of plastic wrap or wax paper, press the meat mixture into a 10×12-inch rectangle.
  5. Set aside 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle the remaining 1 cup mozzarella cheese evenly over the ground beef about two inches from one of the short edges and an inch from the three remaining edges. Spread the ricotta cheese mixture evenly over mozzarella.
  6. Starting from the short egde with the cheese closest to it, roll up like a jelly roll, towards the end with the cheese two inches from the edge, lifting the wax paper or plastic wrap as you roll. Seal the end completely, and place seam-side down into a 9×13-inch baking pan. Press together any cracks,
  7. Place pan in the oven and bake for 45 minutes. Remove pan from oven, pour the sauce over the meatloaf, and sprinkle with the reserved mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
  8. Return meatloaf to oven 15-20 minutes, or until no pink remains. Place under the broiler for 2-3 minutes, or until the cheese is browned and bubbly.
  9. Remove from oven and allow to stand 10 minutes. Slice and serve.

Pimento Cheese Roasted Chicken Breast

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Pimento Cheese Roasted Chicken Breast

Makes 5 servings
Per serving
1 Leaner protein
2 condiments

Ingredients
• 5 boneless chicken breasts, or cutlets that are 4 ounces each
• 2 cups shredded low fat cheddar
• ¼ cup low fat plain Greek Yogurt
• ½ teaspoon garlic powder
• 1/2 tsp Salt
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
• ½ cup diced roasted peppers from a jar – buy the whole ones, as they can be drained and patted dry before dicing
Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. To ensure your chicken is tender, place a breast half on a cutting board, center a piece of wax paper or plastic wrap over it and give it a couple of whacks to the thick end using the flat side of a meat mallet or bottom of a small heavy saucepan. This creates a more even thickness that retains juiciness as you won’t be overcooking the thin side.
3. Arrange chicken in a shallow baking dish, season with salt and pepper. Roast until chicken tests for 150 degrees using an instant read meat thermometer, 12 to 14 minutes for whole breasts, 8 to 10 for cutlets.
4. Make pimento cheese by blending cheese, yogurt, garlic powder, ½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper, and pimentos in a small bowl until creamy and well combined.
5. Remove chicken from oven turn on broiler to highest setting. Using two spoons top each chicken breast with a small portion of the Pimento Cheese

Thai Shrimp Stir-Fry

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Thai Shrimp Stir-Fry

Slightly Modified from cookincanuckcom
This recipe makes 2 servings
Each serving provides
1 leanest protein
2 healthy fats
3 green
3 condiments

 

2 tsp coconut oil, divided

22oz. (raw weight, peeled and cleaned) shrimp

1/8 tsp salt

3 cups zucchini

½ cup lite coconut milk

½ cup low sodium chicken broth

1 tsp Thai red curry paste

2 tsp minced garlic

1 tbsp ginger root

2 tbsp chopped cilantro

Heat 1 teaspoon coconut oil in a large nonstick skillet set over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp, season with salt, and cook until just cooked through, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Take care not to overcook. Transfer the shrimp to a plate.
Add the zucchini to skillet and cook until just tender, about 2 minutes. Transfer to the plate with the shrimp.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the coconut milk and chicken broth. Set aside.
Heat the remaining 1 teaspoon coconut oil in the skillet. Add the red curry paste, garlic and ginger. Cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.
Pour in the coconut milk mixture and cook, whisking to incorporate the curry mixture into the liquid. Cook, stirring frequently, until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes.
Add the shrimp and zucchini to the skillet. Toss to coat with the sauce and stir in the cilantro. Serve over rice or cauliflower rice.

Broccoli Taco Bowl

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Broccoli Taco Bowl

slightly revised from thebestblogrecipes.com
1 lean, 3 green and 2 condiments

4-oz lean ground hamburger
1-oz shredded cheddar cheese
1 1/4 cup broccoli, cut into bite sized pieces
1/4 cup Rotel tomatoes
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
pinch of red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons low sodium chicken stock
Instructions
Put your broccoli in a bowl with your chicken stock and cover with plastic wrap. Put in the microwave for 4 minutes, or until tender and cooked.
In a large skillet brown your hamburger and drain the grease if needed when it’s done.
Add your Rotel tomatoes, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and red pepper flakes and stir well.
When your broccoli is finished cooking then add it to your skillet and toss with the hamburger mixture.
Add everything to a bowl and top with your shredded cheddar cheese.

Mozzarella, Tomato and Basil Stuffed Chicken

Chicken stuffed w mozzarella tomato

Makes 2 servings
Per serving
1 Leaner protein
1 Green
3 condiments
1 fat

Ingredients
• 2 (4/5 ounce)chicken breasts
• 4 ounces Sliced part skim mozzarella cheese
• ½ cup Grape tomatoes; sliced in half
• ¼ cup Basil leaves
• 1 3/4 teaspoons Italian seasoning
• ¼ tsp salt
• ½ tsp pepper
• 2 teaspoons olive oil

Instructions
Place the chicken breasts on a cutting board.
Using a sharp knife, cut slits across the chicken breast about 3/4 of the way through the chicken breast being careful not to cut all the way through. Depending on the size of your chicken breast, you’re going to want around 6 to 8 slits per chicken breast. Stuff each slit with a slice of mozzarella cheese, half a grape tomato and a basil leaf. Place chicken breasts in a baking dish that has been coated with non-stick baking spray. Brush each chicken breast with olive oil.
Sprinkle each chicken breast with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 30 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 160 degrees.

**Add 1 cup of steamed green beans to create a full lean and green.

Avocado Egg Salad

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Avocado Egg Salad

Slightly revised from Kalyns Kitchen
Makes 2 servings
Per serving
1 protein
1 ½ Greens
3 condiments
1 ½ fats – no additional fat is needed

6 boiled eggs – use 2 whole eggs and 4 egg whites

1 cup 1% cottage cheese, rinsed with cold water and drained

1 cup sliced celery (inner small pieces of celery preferred)

1/2 cup sliced green onions, white and green parts (more or less to taste)

4 ½ ounces (about 1/2 of a med sized) avocado, peeled and diced

1 tsp fresh-squeezed lemon juice, for tossing with avocado 

¼ tsp salt for salting avocado 

1/4 tsp fresh-ground black pepper

 

Dressing Ingredients:

1/2 cup plain low fat greek yogurt

2 tsp Dijon mustard (or use any mustard you prefer)

2 tsp fresh-squeezed lemon juice 

1/4 tsp. dried dill weed

1/4 tsp. celery seed

Instructions: 

Use your preferred method to cook six hard-boiled eggs. Rinse eggs with cold water and let them cool.

While eggs cook and cool, put 1 cup cottage cheese into a fine-mesh strainer and rinse with very cold water. Let the cottage cheese drain well. Whisk together the mayo, Dijon, lemon juice, dried dill weed, and celery seed to make the dressing. Slice the green onions and celery.

When eggs are cooled, peel and cut each egg in quarters lengthwise and then slice into pieces. Peel the avocado and dice into pieces. Put diced avocado into a bowl that’s large enough to hold the salad and toss with 1 T lemon juice and generous amount of salt. Add the chopped egg, drained cottage cheese, sliced celery, and sliced green onion. 

Stir salad ingredients together gently to combine. Then add dressing and stir (again gently) until all the ingredients are coated with dressing. Start with some of the dressing and add more until the salad is as wet as you prefer. Season salad to taste with salt and fresh-ground black pepper.

The salad can be chilled or served right away. 

Southwest Spaghetti Squash

Southwest Spaghetti Squash

Southwest Spaghetti Squash

Serves 4 with 1 lean, 3 greens, 2 condiments

1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped yellow bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped red onion
Sauté with a little bit of butter Pam, then add 2lbs ground turkey, brown and add chef Paul’s fajita magic seasoning. After the meat is cooked I stir in 5 cups baked spaghetti squash, then top with sliced green onions.

To bake the spaghetti squash:

Small 25-35 minutes
Medium 30-40 minutes
Large 45-55 minutes

~Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
~Trim off stem and cut squash in half length wise (try to cut evenly).
~Scrape out seeds with a spoon and discard.
~Place flesh side down on a baking sheet and bake as directed above.
~Check squash by sticking a fork through the top (should go in easily with light resistance). Flesh should change from opaque to translucent, and start cracking or pulling away from sides.
~Bake additional 5-15 minutes as needed. Don’t overcook or will become mushy.
~Remove squash and place flesh side up to cool.
~Allow to cool completely before scraping strands out with a fork.

Reuben Sandwich Kebobs

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Slightly Revised from mariamindbodyhealth.com

Makes 4 servings

Per Serving

1 Lean protein

1 ¼ Greens

2 ¼ condiments

¼ Optional Snack

•             2 cups butter lettuce, cut into 1 inch squares

•             14 ounces roast beef or corned beef, shaved thin

•             1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

•             8 ¼ inch thick slices of dill pickles

•             1 cup cubed low fat Swiss cheese

•             DRESSING:

•             ¼ cup low fat plain greek yogurt

•             ¼ cup no sugar added tomato sauce

•             3 tablespoons diced dill pickles

•             1 tablespoons swerve confectioner’s sugar

Instructions

1.       Make the dressing by placing the greek yogurt, tomato sauce, dill pickles and sweetener in a bowl. Combine until smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning; adding salt or sweetener.

2.       Cut the lettuce into 1 inch squares and thread onto wooden skewers. Fold the corned beef slice into 1 by 1 inch square and thread it onto the skewer. Thread on a dill pickle slice, cube of cheese and a ½ a tomato. Repeat layers. Repeat with remaining skewers. Place on a serving platter and serve with a bowl of dressing for dipping. Store extras in airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Shrimp and Crab

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Shrimp and Crab Creole 

Serves 2: One serving provides: 1 lean, 3 green, and 3 condiments. 
Ingredients:
10 oz Crabmeat
10 oz Shrimp, peeled, deveined (raw)
1 cup Cooked Tomatoes, canned (I prefer Fire Roasted)
1 cup Raw Okra
1/4 cup Peppers, Green
1/4 cup Peppers, Red
1/2 cup Tomato Juice, low-sodium
3/4 cup Water
1/4 cup Chopped Onion
2 sprays Non-stick Cooking Spray
1 tsp Cajun Seasoning
1/2 tsp Hot Sauce
Preparation:
1. Prep the ingredients: Chop the green pepper, red pepper, and onion. Peel and devine shrimp if necessary.
2. Bring a large pot to medium heat and add 2-3 quick sprays of non-stick cooking spray.
3. Add bell peppers and onion. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
4. Add tomatoes and low-sodium tomato juice.
5. Stir well until mixture begins to bubble.
6. Add okra, cajun seasoning, and hot sauce.
7. Stir and bring to a boil.
8. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
9. Add shrimp. Continue to simmer until shrimp is pearly and opaque, 3-4 minutes.
10. Add crab meat and 3/4 cup water.
11. Increase heat to medium for the mixture to return to a boil.
12. Remove pot from heat, cover, and let thicken for 5 minutes. Allow to cool and enjoy!