Tax season and better weather is on the horizon. Don't get into a rut of stress and bad eating habits get in the way of a healthy lifestyle! This week, we have a lot of variety in our recipes. We hope you enjoy!

Pad Thai Salad

http://www.thelondoner.me/2015/01/pad-thai-salad-low-carb.html

Ingredients

  • 1 Cucumber
  • 2 Large carrots
  • 2 Spring onions
  • 1 Handful of fresh coriander
  • 1 Handful of fresh mint
  • 1 Handful of peanuts (roughly chopped/smashed)
  • A couple of handfuls of shredded chicken/beef/duck/prawn/tofu/boiled eggs/whatever you fancy!

Dressing:

  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 3tbsp Sesame oil
  • 3tbsp Soy sauce
  • 1tbsp Fish sauce
  • 1tbsp chilli flakes
  • 1tsbp honey
  • 1 Clove of garlic

Directions

  1. Start by turning your carrots and cucumber into noodles/ribbons. Pop them into a large bowl.
  2. Use a pair of scissors to snip the spring onions over the top.
  3. Add your protein
  4. Snip over your coriander
  5. And your mint.
  6. Now make mix all the ingredients for the  dressing and pour over top
  7. Sprinkle peanuts over top and enjoy

Skinny Bell Pepper Nacho Boats

http://skinnyms.com/skinny-bell-pepper-nachos-recipe/

Yields: 18 boats | Serving: 2 boats | Calories: 145 | Total Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 293mg | Carbohydrates: 4g | Fiber: 1g | Sugars: 2g | Protein: 13g | SmartPoints: 4 |

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 3/4 cup salsa, no sugar added
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese, reduced-fat
  • 3 bell peppers

Directions

  1. Remove seeds, core, and membrane from bell peppers then slice each one into 6 verticle pieces where they dip down. Set sliced bell peppers aside.
  2. Cook ground turkey over medium-high heat, breaking up as it cooks. Cook until the turkey loses its pink color and is cooked through. Drain off any fat.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  4. Combine cooked turkey with spices and salsa. Evenly distribute mixture into the bell pepper boats, top with cheese. Bake on a parchment lined baking sheet for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and peppers are hot.
  5. NOTE: If you prefer much softer bell peppers, add a few tablespoons water to the bottom of a large casserole dish, add filled nachos, cover tightly with foil and bake 15 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven and add additional toppings, If desired.

Slow Cooker Jambalaya

http://www.lecremedelacrumb.com/slow-cooker-jambalaya/

Ingredients

  • 1 package andouille sausage
  • ½ pound uncooked shrimp (peeled and de-veined)
  • 1 large boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded to even thickness
  • 3 bell peppers (one each of green, red, and yellow or orange), diced
  • 1 white or yellow onion, diced
  • 2-3 jalapeños (see note), seeds and stems removed
  • 1½ cups uncooked white rice
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 30-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons store-bought or homemade cajun seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper, or to taste

Directions

  1. Slice sausage into sections (about ¼ inch thick slices). Remove tails from shrimp if they are still on. Chop chicken into 1-inch pieces.
  2. Add sausage, chicken, bell peppers, jalapeños, chicken broth, tomatoes, minced garlic, cajun seasoning, and salt and pepper to greased slow cooker and stir to combine. Cover and cook for 3-4 hours on low. Stir in rice and cook another 1-2 hours until rice is fully cooked and tender
  3. About 20 minutes before serving, uncover slow cooker, stir in shrimp, re-cover and cook for another 15-20 minutes. Stir contents of slow cooker, sprinkle with chopped cilantro or parsley if desired, and serve hot.

Blueberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

http://www.theglowingfridge.com/blueberry-oatmeal-breakfast-bars/#_a5y_p=5515823

Ingredients

Base Layer

  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 1/4 cup brown rice syrup (or maple syrup/agave nectar)
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tablespoon unrefined coconut oil (not melted)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups gluten free rolled oats
  • 1 scoop plant based protein powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Topping

  • 1/2 cup gluten free rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons brown rice syrup (or maple syrup/agave nectar)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 1/2 lemon)
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 cup crushed almonds (or any kind of nut)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9x9in square pan with parchment paper and lightly grease with nonstick spray or coconut oil.
  2. In a mixing bowl, using a hand mixer, mix the banana, brown rice syrup, applesauce, coconut oil and vanilla extract until smooth. Mix in the oats, protein powder, cinnamon and salt until well combined. Mixture will be wet. Transfer the base layer into the square pan. Smooth it out with a spatula and press down evenly. Bake for 9-11 minutes.
  3. In the same mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients for the topping layer until well combined. Remove the pan from oven.
  4. Pour topping layer over and spread it out evenly, pressing it down into the base layer with a spatula. Bake for an additional 15 minutes. Allow the bars to cool and set for 15-20 minutes before slicing the squares. Store in refrigerator.

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

http://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/slow-cooker-white-chicken-chili/fb66fdd3-9c7f-4cda-a498-752b73a0cf91?esrc=18534&utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tdkeywordtest&pp=0

Ingredients

  • 1 can (15 oz) white or great northern beans
  • 1 1/2 pounds uncooked chicken breast
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 cans (11 oz) canned corn with peppers
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 32 ounces chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (10 oz) diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1 can (4.5 oz) Old El Paso™ Green Chiles
  • Shredded mexican cheese, optional, for garnish
  • Tortilla chips, optional, for garnish

Directions

  1. Cut chicken in to bite-sized pieces and place in a slow cooker.
  2. Rinse and drain beans, add to slow cooker.
  3. Add all other ingredients except cream cheese and optional garnish ingredients. DO NOT drain corn or chilies.
  4. Simmer in slow cooker for 5 hours on low or 3 hours on high.
  5. Microwave cream cheese for 60 seconds to melt. Add to slow cooker and stir well.
  6. Serve with your favorite garnishes such as: shredded cheese, sour cream, chopped tomatoes, green onions, or tortilla chips.

Shopping List

  • 1 package andouille sausage
  • ½ pound uncooked shrimp (peeled and de-veined)
  • 1 1/2 pounds uncooked chicken breast
  • 1 large boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded to even thickness
  • shredded chicken
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 3 bell peppers (one each of green, red, and yellow or orange), diced
  • 3 bell peppers
  • 1 white or yellow onion, diced
  • 2-3 jalapeños (see note), seeds and stems removed
  • 1 can (15 oz) white or great northern beans
  • 2 cans (11 oz) canned corn with peppers
  • 1 can (10 oz) diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1 30-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can (4.5 oz) Old El Paso™ Green Chiles
  • 1½ cups uncooked white rice
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth, 32 ounces chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons store-bought or homemade cajun seasoning
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 2 Large carrots
  • 2 Spring onions
  • 1 Handful of fresh coriander
  • 1 Handful of fresh mint
  • 1 Handful of peanuts (roughly chopped/smashed)
  • 3/4 cup salsa, no sugar added
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese, reduced-fat
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 1/4 cup brown rice syrup (or maple syrup/agave nectar)
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 cups gluten free rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup gluten free rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons brown rice syrup (or maple syrup/agave nectar)
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 cup crushed almonds (or any kind of nut)
  • 1 scoop plant based protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon unrefined coconut oil (not melted)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 1/2 lemon)
  • 3tbsp Sesame oil
  • 3tbsp Soy sauce
  • 1tbsp Fish sauce
  • 1tbsp chilli flakes
  • 1tsbp honey
  • 1 Clove of garlic
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
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