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Sun-dried Tomato Basil Pasta

As with most pasta dishes, they are a little higher in carbohydrates than some other dishes.  The key is to really watch your portions of the pasta!  This recipe is a great one to make and then portion into containers to freeze to eat for later.  You can also try some of the higher protein pasta options. Serves: 8 Total cooking time: About 30 minutes 1 Tbsp Olive Oil 2 Chicken Breasts, diced ½ tsp Salt ¼ tsp Ground Black Pepper Note: You can substitute chicken sausage for chicken breast…

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Chicken and Veggie Fried Rice

I love a good fried rice, but they can be so loaded with fats and sugars!  This recipe that tastes great, but is also pretty healthy.  It is a new twist on an old ethnic favorite which has more veggie than usual! Cooking and Prep time, about 40 minutes Makes 6 (pretty large) servings Ingredients: 3 whole carrots, peeled and chopped ½ onion finely diced 1 cup chopped green beans 1 yellow squash, chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 cup corn kernels 2 cups chicken breast, cooked and diced 3…

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Sweet Potato Fry Bowl

Have you heard of SUPERFOODS?  This recipe is loaded with 8 SUPERFOODS!  But more importantly, I think, is that it tastes amazing! What are they?  They are foods that are packed with tons of nutrients including vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants.  Antioxidants are these wonderful compounds that protect your body against all kinds of toxins and can prevent or slow down aging, chronic diseases, and cancers!  Who knew food this good for you could taste so amazing??? The superfoods in this recipe are in bold. 6 Servings Ingredients: 3 Medium…

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Easy Home Made Fajitas

Currently I would call myself a purist when talking about food.  I am trying to eat less processed and more natural foods, and cooking from scratch a little more.  I love my food to have a lot of flavor, but most pre-made seasonings have a lot of fillers and preservatives in them to give them a longer shelf life.  So I thought I should try to make my own, and it is pretty delicious!  This recipe makes about 3 recipes at a time so I don’t have to make it…

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Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs

My Great Grandma had great Italian roots and she liked everything super spicy!  My dad called these the “3 glasses of milk meatballs” because she would make them so spicy.  You don’t have to make them spicy.  My kids (7 and 3 years old) don’t love spicy, and so we keep these mild.  The cayenne pepper is really not necessary as they have excellent flavor without it, but if you like a little spice, go for it.  Add 1/8 tsp for a little spice and 1/2 tsp for a lot…

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Classic Green Chile Stew

Every year when the temperature drops, I start thinking soups and stews.  They are such a great way to get a complete meal in one pot!  For this one, you can let it cook low and slow in a slow cooker, or you can cook in on the stovetop.  This stew is easy (about 20 minutes of prep time–depending on how fast you chop)!  Prep veggies ahead of time to save time. This stew is high protein, gluten free, and can be made easily for a large crowd Makes 4…

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Teriyaki Chicken and Vegetables

Teriyaki Chicken and Vegetables This recipe is fast!  Start to finish you are done in about 30 minutes.  It is full of fresh veggies and good protein. Serves 6 Sauce: ¼ cup soy sauce 1/3 cup fresh OJ 3 Tbsp honey 1 tsp grated ginger 1 tsp oil Siracha seasoning (optional, add for a little kick) 1 Tbsp corn starch   Ingredients to Stir Fry: 1 Tbsp oil or cooking spray 1 Pound Chicken Thighs, skinned and deboned 1 Onion 2 Bell Peppers 2 Cloves Garlic, minced 1 Whole Zucchini…

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Sweet and Spicy Fish Tacos

Sweet and spicy flavors make these tacos extra special.  You can easily make them gluten-free, and you can adjust the “spiciness” of the recipe for the kiddos if you need to.  Fast, easy, and delicious is ALWAYS what I am looking for in a recipe! Serves 6 Total cooking time: about 30 minutes 1 pound White fish, cod or sole work well Salt and pepper to taste ½ cup Panko breadcrumbs (use gluten free cracker crumbs as a substitute) 1 tsp Cumin 1 tsp Coriander 1 tsp Chili powder Lime…

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Home Made Baked From Scratch Pizza

  The whole family will love this made from scratch pizza.  Easy and much more nutritious than the store bought stuff! Make it a meal with 2 slices and a salad! Makes 10 Slices Crust: ¾ cup Whole Wheat Flour ¾ cup AP Flour 1 package Fast Acting Yeast ¼ tsp Salt ¼ tsp Sugar 2/3 cup Hot Water 2 tsp Olive Oil Sauce: 3 oz Tomato Paste 4 oz Tomato Sauce ½ tsp Sugar ¼ tsp Salt ¼ tsp Black Pepper ½ tsp Oregano ½ tsp Garlic Powder 1…

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Tortilla Crusted Tilapia with Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Fruit

  This meal is a nutrition rock star!  This super easy meal is gluten-free, high in protein and fiber, and most importantly, it is seriously delicious.  Even the kids will love it! Total Nutrition per SERVING including Tilapia, Brussel Sprouts, and Fruit: 335 Calories, 12 g Total Fat, 23 g Total Carbohydrates, 6 g Fiber, 40 g Protein Prep Time: 10 Minutes, Bake Time: 15 Minutes Serves 4 4 Tilapia fillets (about 1.5 pounds) 15 Tortilla Chips (about 1 oz) ¼ cup Cilantro, chopped ½ tsp Salt ½ tsp Garlic…

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