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Black Bean Patties

  Black Bean Patties

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…aka Black Bean Love Cakes. 🙂 That’s right, we’re in love with these lil’ cakes and can’t wait for you to fall head over taste bud after them too. We’re not quite sure why it is that eating food in the shape of a patty or a muffin just makes it that much more fun. But it does—and when we were growing up when our mom would make her Black Bean patties, we loved eating the little cakes—and we loved our contribution to helping her make them—shaping them into the patties, even as small kids we remember loving this assignment she’s give us. And now we’ve cooked up a tasty and super-satisfying Black Bean Patty version, inspired by our mom’s!

Psst… looking for a few more recipes inspired by our wholesome, cook-it-from-scratch mom? Check these out!

One-Pot Quinoa Chickpea & Avocado Bowl

Coconut Quinoa Chicken Nuggets

One-Pot Black Bean Quinoa Chili with Avocado

Quinoa Breakfast Nibbles

Choco-nilla Oats & Quinoa Swirl

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If you’re looking to have a few more meals that are great for Meatless Monday, this patty will hook you up. This clean and delicious alternative to a greasy burger leaves you fully fueled and satisfied, and provides an excellent sources of fiber to stabilize your blood sugar and nutrients like magnesium and potassium to help to relax your muscles and lower your blood pressure. You can top these patties with avocado and salsa for a Mexican twist, or eat them on a whole grain bun for more of a hands-on burger feel! Pair them up with a nice salad or steamed veggies and if you eat it bun-less, add some healthy carbs like these Roasted Tarragon Sweet Potato Fries. Grab a plate, and a patty and dig in! 😉

 

 

 

blackbean5Black Bean Patties (aka Black Bean Love Cakes 😉 ):

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste

 

  • 15oz black beans, rinsed and drained
  • ¾ cup cooked brown rice

 

  • ½ cup corn
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 4 ounce low fat swiss cheese, for melting on top

 

Directions

  1. Heat 1 tsp olive oil in a large soup pot.
  2. Saute the onion, bell pepper and garlic in the olive oil, until translucent.
  3. cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper and stir to mix thoroughly.Cook for 2 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
  4. Add beans and rice, cooking for five more minutes over medium , stirring frequently.
  5. Remove pot from heat and empty rice and bean mixture into a bowl, stir in the corn, and let cool.
  6. Once cooled, add cilantro and mash the contents of the bowl until a near paste-like consistency is made.
  7. Divide into four portions and shape into a patty. Refrigerate patties for 15 minutes.
  8. Add 1 tsp olive oil to saute pan and heat over medium heat.
  9. Place each patty on the pan, and cook 4-5 minutes on each side until both sides have browned and place slice of cheese on top each patty and allow to melt.

 

Nutrition Information per serving (1 patty): 196 Calories, 5g Fat, 14g Protein, 21g Carbohydrates, 267mg Sodium, 7.5g Fiber

Black Bean Patties
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 15oz black beans, rinsed and drained
  • ¾ cup cooked brown rice
  • ½ cup corn
  • ¼ cup cilantro
  • 4 oz low fat swiss cheese, for melting on top
Instructions
  1. Heat 1 tsp olive oil in a large soup pot.
  2. Saute the onion, bell pepper and garlic in the olive oil, until translucent.
  3. cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper and stir to mix thoroughly.Cook for 2 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
  4. Add beans and rice, cooking for five more minutes over medium , stirring frequently.
  5. Remove pot from heat and empty rice and bean mixture into a bowl, stir in the corn, and let cool.
  6. Once cooled, add cilantro and mash the contents of the bowl until a near paste-like consistency is made.
  7. Divide into four portions and shape into a patty. Refrigerate patties for 15 minutes.
  8. Add 1 tsp olive oil to saute pan and heat over medium heat.
  9. Place each patty on the pan, and cook 4-5 minutes on each side until both sides have browned and place slice of cheese on top each patty and allow to melt.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 patties Calories: 196 Fat: 5 g Carbohydrates: 21 g Sodium: 267 mg Fiber: 7.5 g Protein: 14 g

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Gluten-Free Tilapia Tacos with Zucchini Tortillas

In college we went on a zucchini kick.  It wasn’t necessarily intentional—we just liked zucchini and it turned up in nearly every dinner dish we made, adding a deliciously slightly sweet flavor and a bit of a meaty texture.  Burritos, pasta, wraps, sandwiches, it was there.  Now, as registered dietitians, we appreciate zucchini even more, knowing it is a nutrient-powerhouse, thanks to its’ fiber, phytonutrients, vitamin C and eye protective nutrients (lutein, zeaxanthin and beta-cryptoxanthin).   So the other night when we made a new gluten free taco dish, old reliable happened to be in the house and we just had to add it- -putting a new twist on tacos.

And although we’re registered dietitian nutritionist who appreciate wholesome carbs (you better believe you read that right 😉 !), we don’t mind that this scrumptious taco swaps them for a just as satisfying, lower calorie surprise!  Instead of the traditional white or wheat tortilla say hello to this gluten-free zucchini taco shell that is stuffed with yummy, kickin’ flavors like cayenne-seasoned tilapia, red cabbage, tomatoes, and cilantro! Packed with protein, this dish is super satisfying!

 

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Psst… looking for more healthy recipes? Please feel free to search this site! And here are a few to try…

 Turkey Stir-fry Fiesta

Lentil Vegetable Soup

One-Pot Black Bean Quinoa Chili with Avocados 

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Gluten-Free Tilapia Tacos with Zucchini Tortillas

Makes two tacos

Ingredients

For the zucchini tortillas:

1 cup zucchini, shredded

1 egg (we use Eggland’s Best because they use an all vegetarian hen feed and their eggs have 25% less saturated fat and 5X the vitamin D of other eggs)

1 tsp. oregano, fresh, chopped

1 tsp. fresh, chopped basil

6 Tbsp. gluten free flour

 

For the filling:

3 ounces tilapia (approx. 1 medium filet)

Dash red cayenne pepper (adjust for personal preference of spiciness)

1/4 cup cabbage, shredded

1/4cup tomato, diced

4 heaping spoonfuls plain Greek yogurt (about ½ cup)

Sprinkle cilantro

1 lime, squeezed for juice

 

Directions

For tortillas

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and set aside a baking sheet covered in wax paper.
  2. Squeeze out excess juice from the shredded zucchini with your hands and discard juice.
  3. Mix zucchini, egg, oregano and basil in a bowl.
  4. Using a spoon, mix in flour, adding a few tablespoons at a time until all mixed in.
  5. On a cutting board, sprinkle flour and divide the zucchini mixture in half.
  6. Flatten each part of zucchini mixture to a thin, round tortilla shape that is no thicker than 0.2mm thick.
  7. Place the two tortillas on covered baking sheet and place in oven.
  8. Bake for about 20 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
  9. Set aside on a baking rack after they are done.

 

For the filling:

  1. Thaw out fish if frozen.
  2. Spray a skillet with cooking spray and turn on stove to medium heat.
  3. Cook the fish in the skillet. Add a dash of cayenne pepper while the fish is cooking (careful, it may make you sneeze/cough if you get too close!)
  4. After the fish is done cooking, cut the lime in half and squeeze juice over the meat.
  5. Add approximate measurements of toppings such as the fish, cabbage, tomatoes, Greek yogurt, lime juice, and cilantro. (the nutrition facts are for those measurements but you can add more or less to account for your own personal tastes/cravings!!).
  6. Dig in and enjoy!

Nutrition facts (for one taco)

Calories: 198, carbs: 23g, fat: 6g, saturated fat: 1g, protein: 21g, sodium: 100mg, fiber: 2g

Nutrition facts (for two tacos)

396 Calories, 45 g carbs, 12g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 42 g protein, 200 mg sodium, 4 g fiber

 

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The Nutrition Twins work with Eggland’s Best to help people get more nutrients from their food.

Gluten-Free Tilapia Tacos with Zucchini Tortillas
 
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Serves: 2 tacos
Ingredients
  • For the zucchini tortillas:
  • 1 cup zucchini, shredded
  • 1 egg (we use Eggland's Best because they use an all vegetarian hen feed and their eggs have 25% less saturated fat and 5X the vitamin D of other eggs)
  • 1 tsp. oregano, fresh, chopped
  • 1 tsp. fresh, chopped basil
  • 6 Tbsp. gluten free flour
  • For the filling:
  • 3 ounces tilapia (approx. 1 medium filet)
  • Dash red cayenne pepper (adjust for personal preference of spiciness)
  • ¼ cup cabbage, shredded
  • ¼cup tomato, diced
  • 4 heaping spoonfuls plain Greek yogurt (about ½ cup)
  • Sprinkle cilantro
  • 1 lime, squeezed for juice
Instructions
  1. Thaw out fish if frozen.
  2. Spray a skillet with cooking spray and turn on stove to medium heat.
  3. Cook the fish in the skillet. Add a dash of cayenne pepper while the fish is cooking (careful, it may make you sneeze/cough if you get too close!)
  4. After the fish is done cooking, cut the lime in half and squeeze juice over the meat.
  5. Add approximate measurements of toppings such as the fish, cabbage, tomatoes, Greek yogurt, lime juice, and cilantro. (the nutrition facts are for those measurements but you can add more or less to account for your own personal tastes/cravings!!).
  6. Dig in and enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 tacos Calories: 396 Fat: 12 g Saturated fat: 2 g Carbohydrates: 45 g Sodium: 200 mg Fiber: 4 g Protein: 42 g

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Chickpea Blondies (Gluten-free, grain-free)

We often describe our parents, who raised us in a loving, healthy, cook-it-from-scratch, granola-making, wholesome home, as being basically hippies, minus the drugs. 😉 Long before it was considered cool to eat and buy locally grown food or to belong to a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), our mom was all over it.  Before people were avoiding pesticides, our mom was on the case.  And when the current plant-based movement didn’t even exist and before it was considered cool to worry about sustainability, and saving the planet, our mom was serving us yummy spaghetti and lentil-“meatballs”– and bean “burgers” and vegetarian split pea soup had a regular spot on the weekly dinner menu too.  Our mom was simply out to keep us—and the planet healthy.  And you could see it all over her granola and chickpea covered apron.  🙂

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Our mom was eating conscientiously before it was chic.  She didn’t realize that she was savvy and ahead of her time, creating most of our family meals out pulses–the delicious, protein-packed, sustainable foods you know as dried peas, beans, lentils and chickpeas—unaware that years later, 2016 would be named International Year of Pulses (IYP) by the United Nations.

Now, as registered dietitian nutritionists, the coolest thing for us is that everything is coming full circle since we grew up with pulses and already love them and toot their horn (couldn’t resist! 😉) and our mom had taught us what the UN is currently acknowledging about pulses.  We get to deliver the amazing message about pulses and encourage you to enjoy them more often and take the pulse pledge.

To take the pledge you’ll simply commit to eating pulses once a week for 10 weeks and join a global food movement!

Here’s why you’ll love it! Eating dry peas, lentils, beans and chickpeas helps reduce your carbon footprint – and it’s great for your health. Every 1/2 cup of cooked pulses delivers 9 grams of protein.

Pulses are:

  • nutritious (packed with protein, fiber, iron, potassium, antioxidants, and more!)
  • versatile and tasty (ummm… our yummy spaghetti and “meat”balls were made of lentils! our succulent “burgers” we made from beans—and just wait ‘till you check out the delectable sweet recipe below)
  • affordable (ah, yes….our mom didn’t let us forget that dad was a phD student with 3 kids to feed, so we were taught at an early age that pulses are one of the most cost effective proteins in the world)
  • sustainable (growing up, as proud owners of a “compost heap” in the wooded section of our suburban back yard, we were taught a thing or two about how pulses enrich the soil where they grow, reducing the need for chemical fertilizers. Plus, they can grow in harsh environments and have a low carbon footprint and hardly require any irrigation (they’re water-efficient).

 

And just in case you we’re wondering what pulses do for our crazy sweet tooth that we work hard to keep in check—we’ve got this scrumptious golden nugget below.  It’s a throwback to the Blondies our mom used to bake. Only these are even healthier and tastier, if you can believe it! We can’t!  And the protein and the fiber in the pulses help to keep you satiated.  Regardless, it’s hard not to eat the whole batch…they’re that good!

 

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Makes 16 servings

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1, 15-oz can chickpeas, also may be found as garbanzo beans

1/2 cup all natural peanut butter

1/3 cup honey

2 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

1/3 cup dark chocolate chips, plus 1 Tbsp, reserve for top

1 Tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes, reserve for sprinkling

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Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  1. Spritz an 8×8 pan with oil in a spray container.
  1. Rinse chickpeas and place in food processor. If using a blender, after rinsing chickpeas, remove their skin before placing in the blender by pinching the chick pea between your fingers. The skin will easily fall off and will take about five extra minutes and will ensure a very smooth blended product.
  1. Combine all ingredients except the chocolate chips and unsweetened coconut flakes in a food processor and blend until completely mixed.
  1. Fold in 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips.
  1. Spread batter evenly in pan, top with reserved 1 Tbsp of chocolate chips
  1. Bake for approximately 18 – 20 minutes. This will vary depending on your oven. You do not want to overcook these so check on them to see if they are ready sooner in your oven. They should be moist and a little brown around the edges. Insert a toothpick, if it comes out clean they are done. Cool pan on a wire rack until pan is cool to touch, sprinkle with unsweetened coconut flakes.
  1. Cut into squares. Makes 16 blondies
  1. Delicious immediately or cool in refrigerator for a delicious cold treat. If you prefer them to be more firm, simply allowing them to cool in the fridge.

 

Nutrition Facts Per 1 Serving: 123 Calories, 6 g Fat, 2 g Saturated Fat, 0 mg Cholesterol, 35 mg Sodium, 15 g Carbohydrate, 2 g Fiber, 8 g Sugar, 3 g Protein

 

The Nutrition Twins work with the Pulse Councils to help people to eat more healthfully and encourage them to take the Pulse Pledge.

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Chickpea Blondies (Vegan, gluten-free, grain-free)
 
Nutrition Facts Per 1 Serving: 123 Calories, 6 g Fat, 2 g Saturated Fat, 0 mg Cholesterol, 35 mg Sodium, 15 g Carbohydrate, 2 g Fiber, 8 g Sugar, 3 g Protein
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Ingredients
  • 1, 15-oz can chickpeas, also may be found as garbanzo beans
  • ½ cup all natural peanut butter
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ⅓ cup dark chocolate chips, plus 1 Tbsp, reserve for top
  • 1 Tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes, reserve for sprinkling
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spritz an 8x8 pan with oil in a spray container.
  3. Rinse chickpeas and place in food processor. If using a blender, after rinsing chickpeas, remove their skin before placing in the blender by pinching the chick pea between your fingers. The skin will easily fall off and will take about five extra minutes and will ensure a very smooth blended product.
  4. Combine all ingredients except the chocolate chips and unsweetened coconut flakes in a food processor and blend until completely mixed.
  5. Fold in ⅓ cup dark chocolate chips.
  6. Spread batter evenly in pan, top with reserved 1 Tbsp of chocolate chips
  7. Bake for approximately 18 – 20 minutes. This will vary depending on your oven. You do not want to overcook these so check on them to see if they are ready sooner in your oven. They should be moist and a little brown around the edges. Insert a toothpick, if it comes out clean they are done. Cool pan on a wire rack until pan is cool to touch, sprinkle with unsweetened coconut flakes.
  8. Cut into squares. Makes 16 blondies
  9. Delicious immediately or cool in refrigerator for a delicious cold treat. If you prefer them to be more firm, simply allowing them to cool in the fridge.

Alphabet Pesto Veggie Omelet–with vitamins from A to Zinc

One thing that amuses us the most is seeing how stunned people are to learn that as registered dietitians nutritionists and personal trainers, we’re gals who love great tasting food. It’s as if people assume that simply because we help people to lead healthier lifestyles, including eating nutritious food and green veggies, that we must adore eating cardboard and that our idea of a party is indulging in rice cakes! Ha! Not exactly! In fact, for these twins, that couldn’t be further from the truth! And for the record, we’ve never been much fans of plain rice cakes and probably ate them all of the one time we tried them! 😉

So when people find out how much we appreciate delish food, they’re always curious to know what kind of eating plan we follow. We focus on eating wholesome food and making flavor the queen and we’re always trying to squeeze the most nutrients into our meals.  So now you understand why when we whipped up this omelet that contains all the important nutrients form A-Z, we certainly couldn’t keep it to ourselves! This omelet is a perfect example of how we like to eat—a flavorful burst that just happens to include all vitamins and minerals all the way from A to Zinc.Pesto_Veggie_Omelet_6_cropAlphabet Pesto Veggie Omelet | Nutrition Twins

Well, first, brace yourself and check out the taste bud extravaganza from the combo of flavors bursting from this breakfast omelet.

  • LLA (aka Lyssie’s Love Affair) with each basil, kale, lemon juice, and nutritional yeast already sent her taste buds to heaven and adding chives, and Brazil nuts bring everything together to make a zesty and refreshing pesto that really makes this omelet something special.

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  • The pesto pairs sweet potatoes and TLC (aka Tammy’s Love of Choice)- brightly colored sweet bell peppers and tomato to take the flavor one step further.

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Clearly, if you’re looking for a healthy breakfast that’s sure to impress, this is it!

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Check out the rock star ingredients and how you’ll get your nutrients from A to Zinc:

Here is the breakdown:

  • Vitamin A (Hello good vision, healthy bones, tissues & skin): sweet potatoes, kale
  • The B Vitamins (B1, B2, B6, B12) (hello energy! These help your body make energy from the food you eat): eggs, sweet potatoes, kale, bell peppers, nutritional yeast
  • Biotin (Top ‘o the mornin’ to you energy! It helps to make energy from your food and helps your hair and nails grow): eggs
  • Vitamin C (Hola strong immune system! Plus, it’s needed for protein metabolism and iron absorption): sweet potatoes, kale basil, tomatoes, bell peppers
  • Calcium (Welcome, strong bones, and muscle contractions &relaxation): kale
  • Copper (Needed for iron metabolism and to make red blood cells!): kale, basil, nutritional yeast
  • Chromium (Hello blood sugar regulation and “well—working” insulin, this helps kiss diabetes goodbye!): nutritional yeast
  • Vitamin D (Rock it, strong teeth and bones, goodbye disease): eggs (we used Eggland’s Best eggs because they have 5 times the vitamin D compared to ordinary eggs.
  • Vitamin E (We love this powerful antioxidant that protects sells against damage and disease): sweet potatoes, bell peppers, Brazil nuts and eggs (we used Eggland’s Best because they have 10 times more vitamin E compared to ordinary eggs).
  • Folic Acid/Folate (Bonjour healthy babies! Plays a major role in cell creation and preventing birth defects; may reduce risk of cancer & heart disease): tomatoes, kale, bell peppers, nutritional yeast
  • Iodine (Slow thyroid from lack of iodine? Not you! thyroid hormone; helps with nerve & muscle function): eggs
  • Vitamin K (Superstar for blood clotting; prevents hip fractures too!) tomatoes, kale, bell peppers, basil
  • Magnesium (Bring on this massage–helps chemical reactions in the body; promotes relaxation, strong bones & teeth and muscle contraction, blood clotting, and regulation of blood pressure): nutritional yeast
  • Manganese (Superstar in forming bones; metabolizing amino acids, carbohydrates and cholesterol): kale, basil, nutritional yeast
  • Niacin (Buh bye nap time, hello energy! Turns food into energy, essential for healthy skin, blood cells, brain, and nervous system): nutritional yeast
  • Omega-3s (Heart health, eye and brain health are it’s claim to health fame). We used Eggland’s Best eggs because they have double the omegas compared to other eggs.
  • Phosphorus (Part of DNA! Hello healthy bones and teeth; helps convert food into energy): eggs
  • Potassium (Muscle cramps from exercise? Not you! Potassium steadies heartbeat and nerve impulses. Needed for muscle contractions and fluid balance):sweet potatoes, tomatoes, bell peppers
  • Selenium (We love this superstar antioxidant that protects the body from harm and helps regulate thyroid hormone): eggs, Brazil nuts
  • Zinc (As fresh as a baby’s rear, thanks zinc for new cells, healthy immune system, taste, smell, and wound healing 🙂 ): eggs, nutritional yeast

All that goodness in one….

Alphabet Pesto Veggie Omelet | Nutrition TwinsPesto Veggie Omelet

We love eating this omelet with a small side of oatmeal (one-half cup), fresh fruit, or whole-wheat toast. It’s the perfect thing to serve on a relaxing weekend morning, so you can really sit back and enjoy it!

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup basil leaves, gently washed and patted dry
  • ½ cup kale, cleaned and destemmed
  • 2 brazil nuts
  • 2 tsp nutritional yeast*
  • 2 tsp chives
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp salt, divided
  • Olive oil in a spray container
  • ½ cup sweet potatoes, chopped into small pieces
  • ¼ cup of cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • ¼ cup bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 eggs (We use Eggland’s Best because they have 25% less saturated fat compared to other eggs—plus the extra nutrients mentioned above!).

Directions:

  1. For pesto: In a food processor (or blender**)add basil, kale, Brazil nuts, nutritional yeast, chives, lemon juice, and ⅛ tsp of salt. Pulse the ingredients until evenly ground. With the machine running, slowly add 1-2 tsp of water into the center and blend until smooth. Makes just enough for this recipe. **Note: If you don’t have a food processor, use a blender. You may need to add a a .drop or two of water or more and stop occasionally to push the contents off the side of the blender and remix.
  2. Spritz olive oil to lightly cover an 8 inch pan and heat over medium heat. Once hot, add the sweet potatoes and sprinkle with a pinch of salt (about ⅛ tsp). Allow to cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. The potatoes should be browned and slightly softened.
  3. Meanwhile, as the veggies are cooking, whisk the 4 eggs plus a splash of water and ⅛ tsp salt briskly for about 30 seconds in a bowl.
  4. Once the potatoes are browned, add the cherry tomatoes and bell pepper with another pinch of salt (about ⅛ tsp) to the sweet potato and allow to cook for about 5 more minutes, or until the vegetables are soft. Set aside in a bowl.
  5. After removing veggies, reduce the heat to medium low and spritz the pan with the olive oil. Pour the eggs into the pan and swirl around to evenly distribute. Allow the eggs to cook slowly for about 2 minutes without stirring until the edges start to dry and the bottom starts to set.
  6. Once the omelet starts to set, gently lift up the edges with a spatula and tilt the pan towards that side to help some of the uncooked runny egg go to the bottom. Cover the pan and slightly reduce the heat. Allow to cook about 2-4 minutes until the top is shiny, but no longer runny. Dollop the pesto on one half then sprinkle the same half with the sweet potatoes, tomatoes, bell pepper.
  7. Loosen the edges of the side without any topping and carefully fold it over to cover the toppings. Because of the oil, this should be very easy.
  8. Allow to cook 1 more minute, slice in half and serve immediately.
  9. To round out the meal, serve with a small bowl of fresh fruit, a half cup of cooked oatmeal, or whole-wheat toast.
Notes
* Nutritional yeast (not to be confused with Brewer’s yeast) is deactivated yeast. It has a nutty/cheesy flavor so it makes as a great condiment to be sprinkled on food, and a perfect non-dairy cheese replacement.. It’s packed with B vitamins and other nutrients.
Nutrition Facts per serving (half entire omelet): 210 Calories, Fat: 12 g Carbohydrates: 11 g Sugar: 3 g  Sodium: 444 mg  Fiber: 3 g  Protein: 15 g   Cholesterol: 370 mg

Alphabet Pesto Veggie Omelet--with vitamins from A to Zinc
 
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Recipe type: breakfast, brunch
Cuisine: gluten free, eggs, vitamins, nutrient-rich
Serves: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • ½ cup basil leaves, gently washed and patted dry
  • ½ cup kale, cleaned and destemmed
  • 2 brazil nuts
  • 2 tsp nutritional yeast*
  • 2 tsp chives
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp salt, divided
  • Olive oil in a spray container
  • ½ cup sweet potatoes, chopped into small pieces
  • ¼ cup of cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • ¼ cup bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 eggs (We use Eggland’s Best because they have 25% less saturated fat compared to other eggs—plus the extra nutrients mentioned above!).
Instructions
  1. For pesto: In a food processor (or blender**)add basil, kale, Brazil nuts, nutritional yeast, chives, lemon juice, and ⅛ tsp of salt. Pulse the ingredients until evenly ground. With the machine running, slowly add 1-2 tsp of water into the center and blend until smooth. Makes just enough for this recipe. **Note: If you don’t have a food processor, use a blender. You may need to add a a .drop or two of water or more and stop occasionally to push the contents off the side of the blender and remix.
  2. Spritz olive oil to lightly cover an 8 inch pan and heat over medium heat. Once hot, add the sweet potatoes and sprinkle with a pinch of salt (about ⅛ tsp). Allow to cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. The potatoes should be browned and slightly softened.
  3. Meanwhile, as the veggies are cooking, whisk the 4 eggs plus a splash of water and ⅛ tsp salt briskly for about 30 seconds in a bowl.
  4. Once the potatoes are browned, add the cherry tomatoes and bell pepper with another pinch of salt (about ⅛ tsp) to the sweet potato and allow to cook for about 5 more minutes, or until the vegetables are soft. Set aside in a bowl.
  5. After removing veggies, reduce the heat to medium low and spritz the pan with the olive oil. Pour the eggs into the pan and swirl around to evenly distribute. Allow the eggs to cook slowly for about 2 minutes without stirring until the edges start to dry and the bottom starts to set.
  6. Once the omelet starts to set, gently lift up the edges with a spatula and tilt the pan towards that side to help some of the uncooked runny egg go to the bottom. Cover the pan and slightly reduce the heat. Allow to cook about 2-4 minutes until the top is shiny, but no longer runny. Dollop the pesto on one half then sprinkle the same half with the sweet potatoes, tomatoes, bell pepper.
  7. Loosen the edges of the side without any topping and carefully fold it over to cover the toppings. Because of the oil, this should be very easy.
  8. Allow to cook 1 more minute, slice in half and serve immediately.
  9. To round out the meal, serve with a small bowl of fresh fruit, a half cup of cooked oatmeal, or whole-wheat toast.
Notes
* Nutritional yeast (not to be confused with Brewer’s yeast) is deactivated yeast. It has a nutty/cheesy flavor so it makes as a great condiment to be sprinkled on food, and a perfect non-dairy cheese replacement.. It’s packed with B vitamins and other nutrients.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 half omelet Calories: 210 Fat: 12 g Carbohydrates: 11 g Sugar: 3 g Sodium: 444 mg Fiber: 3 g Protein: 15 g Cholesterol: 370 mg

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Fresh Tomato Salsa

Growing up, every night, like clock work, at 6:00 pm, you could find our Mom whipping up one of her nourishing, home-cooked meals. We rarely went out to dinner except occasionally, for a treat.

We distinctly remember after our piano competition when we were 11 years old, we were allowed to pick the restaurant of our choice.  We picked Chi-Chi’s, a Mexican restaurant. We loved the crispy chips that they served before the meals and the amazing salsa for dipping—our mouths still water for it! We always ordered the taco salad and poured the salsa all over it.  (We also were crazy about the fried ice cream that came out with sparklers! Who wouldn’t be? 🙂 ).  And when Chi-Chi’s started selling their salsa at the grocery store, the great news blew our 11-year old-minds–we couldn’t believe we could actually get the stuff without dining out and we begged our Mom to buy it so we could have it at our disposal.

Now, as registered dietitians, we appreciate a good salsa even more as it’s a great way to keep calories down when compared to traditional creamy veggie dip and we always suggest making this swap to our clients who want to lose weight!) and we make our own salsa, but we always try to recreate that flavor we love from Chi-Chi’s!

Fresh Tomato Salsa from The Nutrition Twins

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We’re obsessed with this salsa and we couldn’t wait to share the recipe with you!  Sweet tomatoes, crispy bell peppers, tart lime juice, and a touch of heat from jalepenos makes for the perfect sweet, savory and spicy combo.  Yep, it’s the perfect salad topper, chip or veggie dip and it’s delish over most proteins, and we confess—it’s so good that you may even catch us eating it with a spoon on  its own!

 

Fresh Tomato Salsa from The Nutrition Twins

 

Plus, it’s packed with vitamins.  The peppers, tomatoes and lime juice all add boost of vitamin C to help keep your immunity up, while also laying the foundation for healthy, beautiful skin (vitamin C plays an important role in collagen formation)—so hello, soft, supple and youthful skin!

And the olive oil acts as a nutrient booster and helps absorb the beta carotene from the tomatoes and peppers. This means that the olive oil enhances beta carotene’s sun protective (beta carotene acts as a natural sunblock!) and anti-inflammatory qualities, helping to keep you even healthier!

Fresh Tomato Salsa from The Nutrition TwinsFresh Tomato Salsa

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered

1 cup red bell pepper, chopped

1 jalepeno, seeds removed, finely chopped

1 Tbsp lime juice

1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

¼ tsp salt

1/8 tsp black pepper

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.

Stir to combine, and enjoy!

Store in the fridge for 3-4 days.

Nutrition Information per serving (about 1/2 cup servings):

Calories: 47 Fat:  4 g Cholesterol:  0 mg Sodium:  149 mg Potassium:  62 mg Carbohydrates: 4 g Fiber: 1 g Sugar:  1 g Protein:  1 g

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A fresh and easy tomato salsa full of vitamins and nutrients. It's perfect with your favorite dipper!
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Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 cup red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 jalepeno, seeds removed, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp black pepper
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Stir to combine, and enjoy!
  3. Store in the fridge for 3-4 days.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ¼ of recipe Calories: 47 Fat: 4 g Carbohydrates: 4 g Sugar: 1 g Sodium: 149 mg Fiber: 1 g Protein: 1 g Cholesterol: 0 mg

Fresh Tomato Salsa from The Nutrition Twins

Strawberry Banana Chia Pudding

About a year ago, we were preparing chia pudding on set for one of our TV appearances and we poured the chia seeds out of the container and into a bowl and added a little bit of almond milk.  A few minutes later, the food stylist who had purchased the chia seeds for our nutrition segment came over to us and was in a panic—she thought that the chia seeds disappeared.  She had never seen how chia seeds swell when you add liquid and at first she looked horrified by unidentifiable the gelatinous mixture in front of her, but when we explained that what she was looking at was the chia seeds and their benefits her face quickly changed as she became fascinated with the mighty little seeds, and with good reason.!  As registered dietitians, a lot of our clients ask about chia and wonder why we recommend it.

Strawberry Banana chia Pudding | The Nutrition Twins

So, why is chia so cool?

For starters, they absorb about 10 times their weight in water (wowzers!), so they turn into a thick gel-like texture, which is perfect for pudding making—not to mention, this is also perfect for helping you to feel satisfied.  Think…that same thing happens in your stomach—the seeds swell and fill you up!

They’re also rich in Omega 3 fatty acids– and also in fiber and protein which is the magical combination when it comes to providing satiety.  And chia seeds are packed with antioxidants to prevent cell damage from free-radicals that can lead to diseases like cancer.

Strawberry Banana chia Pudding | The Nutrition Twins

In honor of our love of chia seeds as well as our cravings for a little something sweet, we created this Strawberry Banana Chia Pudding.  This pudding is hits the spot–it’s deliciously sweet and packs in nutrients.  Add a hard-boiled egg and you have the perfect grab and go breakfast!

Strawberry Banana chia Pudding | The Nutrition Twins

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This strawberry banana chia pudding is so simple to make.  Toss all of the ingredients into a food processor or blender, allow to chill overnight, top with a few banana slices, more berries or enjoy the pudding toppingless and voila!  If you’re like us and sometimes want a touch of something sweet after dinner, take a few bites of this! We keep it in our fridge and take a few bites if we get a sweet craving—it works like a charm!

Strawberry Banana chia Pudding | The Nutrition TwinsStrawberry Banana Chia Pudding

Makes 3 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe bananas, peeled
  • 2 cups fresh or thawed (if frozen) strawberries
  • 2 Tbsp almond milk
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup (or sweeten to taste)
  • 1 Tbsp flax meal
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon

Directions:

  • Put the bananas, strawberries, and almond milk in a food processor and mix until combined. If you don’t have a food processor, you can use a blender and blend until smooth. Add the maple syrup and adjust sweetness if desired.
  • Add the chia seeds, flax meal and cinnamon and pulse until combined.
  • Place the chia pudding into 3 or 4 serving dishes and chill for at least 2 hours or overnight before serving.  Garnish with more berries and a few banana slices.

Nutrition Information per serving

  • Calories 170, Total Fat 3.5 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium 9 mg, Potassium 506 mg, Carbohydrates 33 g, Fiber 8.3 g, Sugar 19 g, Protein 4 g

Strawberry Banana Chia Pudding
 
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Recipe type: breakfast, dessert, gluten free, dairy free, grain free, vegan
Serves: 3 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 ripe bananas, peeled
  • 2 cups fresh or thawed (if frozen) strawberries
  • 2 Tbsp almond milk
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup (or sweeten to taste)
  • 1 Tbsp flax meal
  • ⅛ tsp ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Put the bananas, strawberries, and almond milk in a food processor and mix until combined. If you don’t have a food processor, you can use a blender and blend until smooth. Add the maple syrup and adjust sweetness if desired.
  2. Add the chia seeds, flax meal and cinnamon and pulse until combined.
  3. Place the chia pudding into 3 or 4 serving dishes and chill for at least 2 hours or overnight before serving. Garnish with more berries and a few banana slices.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 170 Fat: 3.5 g Carbohydrates: 33 g Sugar: 19 g Sodium: 9 mg Fiber: 8.3 g Protein: 4 g Cholesterol: 0 mg

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