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Moroccan Spiced Shrimp Skewers with Toasted Chickpeas, and California Prunes & Quinoa Salad

You’ve probably figured out by reading our blog that we love our home cooked meals. After all, our website wouldn’t be packed with thousands of recipes if we didn’t!  As registered dietitian nutritionists and personal trainers, we love the flavor we create and how good we feel while we eat them—and how great we feel after—completely satisfied, yet light and energized.  And there’s an added sense of happiness and satisfaction knowing that our recipes meet our nutritious, waistline friendly standards and we know exactly what is going in them. What’s probably not so obvious is that as much as we love cooking, there are many times when we’d rather not bother with the meal prep that is required.  Yup, sometimes, we’d like our yummy, wholesome meals without having to do a thing except assemble the ingredients.  In fact, many of our clients have asked for just that, our meals in delivery kits dropped off right at their doorstep. And that’s why we’re so excited to share with you the launch of 3 of our meals that you can fully enjoy in the comfort of your own home, knowing that they meet all of our nutrition criteria to keep you fueled, beach-ready and completely satisfied.

We’ve teamed up with Chef’d, the awesome home meal delivery service known for delivering fresh, pre-portioned ingredients to make amazing recipes right to your door (you never even need to sign up for a subscription!) and with California Prunes, the sweet, antioxidant-packed fruit we grew up loving, to create these scrumptious meals that will make your taste buds sing and your waistline look like you’ve danced the night away.

An added bonus-

Prunes (We used California prunes because we find them to be the sweetest and juiciest):

Our mom always kept a jar of stewed prunes in the fridge when we we’re growing up and anytime we were craving something sweet, we’d reach for them.  They’re the best way to bust a sugar craving!  Who knew we were also getting these benefits:

  • Research shows that eating 5-6 prunes a day may help support healthy bones and help maintain good digestive health.
  • Prunes are packed with antioxidants called polyphenols, which help keep many parts of your body healthy– ranging from your heart to your eyes to your memory and your immune system.
  •  California Prune growers provide the highest quality prunes in the world.
  • A serving has 3 grams of fiber and contains no fat, sodium or cholesterol at just 100 calories.

Without further ado, here’s one of our three recipes…you could make it at home from scratch, but better yet, you can have all these ingredients, prepped and pre-portioned and delivered from Chef’d straight to your door!  Order yours here!

Moroccan Spiced Shrimp Skewers with Toasted Chickpeas, and California Prunes & Quinoa Salad
 
This simple dish is packed with flavor thanks to all the Moroccan-inspired spices! Smoked paprika, cumin, and a hint of cinnamon spice up the shrimp skewers, which are so quick to cook. The quinoa salad still takes on traditional flavors thanks to the combination of spices, dried fruit, parsley, and lemon, but we added a few fun twists! Traditional Moroccan cuisine uses a lot of couscous and dates, but we swapped those ingredients out for gluten-free, high-protein quinoa and fiber rich California prunes. This dish is filling, flavorful, and unbelievably easy - perfect for any weeknight! EQUIPMENT: -- Rimmed sheet pan -- Small sauce pot with lid -- Medium bowl -- Strainer -- 2 Small bowls -- aluminum foil --4 bamboo skewers
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • INGREDIENTS:
  • Olive oil (in a spray container)
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • 1 shallot
  • 1½ oz Matchstick carrots
  • 1 oz Red quinoa
  • 2 oz White quinoa
  • 2 tsp Smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp Ground cumin
  • ½t sp Ground cinnamon
  • 12 Jumbo shrimp
  • 1 Lemon
  • 2 oz California prunes
  • ¼ can Chickpeas
  • ½ oz Fresh parsley
  • ¼ oz Fresh basil
  • ¼ oz Fresh cilantro
  • 1 Garlic clove
Instructions
  1. STEP ONE
  2. Preheat the broiler to high.
  3. Line a rimmed sheet pan with foil.
  4. Finely chop the shallot and chop the carrots into ⅛-inch pieces.
  5. In a small sauce pot with lid, heat 1 teaspoons of olive oil for 1 minute. Add the shallot and carrots and cook for 2 minutes. Add the quinoa and stir for 1 minute. Add 1 cup of water and ONLY 1 teaspoon of paprika, 1 teaspoon of cumin, and ¼ teaspoon cinnamon. Stir and bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  6. Pat dry shrimp with paper towels.
  7. Cut the lemon in half. Add the juice of HALF a lemon to a medium bowl, discarding any seeds.
  8. Rinse and pat dry produce prior to use.
  9. STEP TWO
  10. Recommendations for salt and pepper are optional. Please season to taste.
  11. Add remaining paprika, cumin, and cinnamon, and a pinch each of salt and pepper to the medium bowl. Stir to make a loose paste. Add the shrimp; toss well.
  12. Cut the prunes into¼-inch pieces; set aside.
  13. Drain ONLY half the can of chickpeas and pat dry with paper towels. Store remaining chickpeas in a separate container for personal use.
  14. Remove and discard stems from parsley. Finely chop the leaves and place HALF of the leaves in a small bowl. Set aside remaining leaves for step 3.
  15. Remove and discard the stems from the basil and cilantro. Finely chop the herbs and add to the bowl. Add garlic, juice of remaining lemon, discarding any seeds, and 1 teaspoons of olive oil and a pinch each salt and pepper. Mix well to combine.
  16. STEP THREE
  17. In a small bowl, combine the drained chickpeas, 1 teaspoon olive oil and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Place chickpeas onto the prepared baking sheet and broil for 4 to 5 minutes until lightly browned. Set aside for plating.
  18. Thread 3 shrimp each per skewer and wrap the ends of each skewer with a small piece of foil. Place on the same sheet pan and broil for 4 to 5 minutes. Stir prunes and remaining parsley into the quinoa.
  19. (FDA recommends cooking shrimp to a minimum 145°F)
  20. STEP FOUR
  21. Divide the quinoa between two plates.
  22. Top with the toasted chickpeas and lay the shrimp skewers on top.
  23. Serve with the herb sauce on the side.
  24. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 servings Calories: 460 Fat: 9 g Sodium: 290 mg Protein: 32 g

We are honored to have partnered with Chef’d and California prunes to create these meals!

Sheet Pan Roasted Salmon with Kale and Golden Beets

We especially love the New Year! Why you ask? As registered dietitians and gals who love our veggies (and yes, our sweets too! 🙂 ), we find that our clients- and most of you- are working to get more veggies in your life and you come to us asking for help to make your goal a reality. Yahoo! This is like Christmas all over again for us, but in January! No need to ask these veggie-obsessed twins twice! 😉 We live for sharing easy, delicious ways to get more of ‘em!  We witness the power of veggies on a daily basis–they help to get (and keep) waistlines trim while packing in nutrients and disease-fighting antioxidants, anti-inflammatories and fiber, keeping your digestive tract healthy and promoting a flat-belly by flushing out waste from the colon.

 

 

 

If you’re goal is weight-loss and a flat belly say hello to your secret weapon… veggies (oh yeah!).  They fill you up with so few calories and crowd out more calorie-dense items, making weight loss much easier! And we’re always encouraging our clients to get as many as they can, at every meal. When it comes to getting or staying healthy and fighting diseases including cancer, heart disease and diabetes and helping your skin to look its’ best, veggies are a powerhouse (after all, that’s what compelled us to write our latest book,  The Nutrition Twins’ Veggie Cure!—so that we could help everyone find easy solutions to get more veggies in their life!).

 

 

Our clients tell us that even when they’re working hard to eat veggies, one of their biggest struggles is finding time to wash and prep them when they’re tired or in a hurry or don’t have time or energy on a busy weeknight…

SCORE!! An awesome solution…

 

So when Mann’s reached out with us to work with them and spread the word about their new Veggie Slaw Blends, we jumped at the opportunity. We mean really, is there anything better than delicious, ready-to-go, crisp and crunchy nutrient-packed veggies blends that you can simply throw in a salad, burrito, wrap, or include in any meal you’re making? We don’t think so! 😉 As Mann’s says “We created the perfect veggie blends so that you don’t have to” and boy, they weren’t kidding! It’s so nice to have the veggie combos prepared and ready and Mann’s has several different blends! Honestly, we didn’t know which variety to start creating with since they all are so delicious, but we went for the Kale Beet Blend first – and that’s how we created this Sheet Pan Roasted Salmon with Kale and Golden Beets. We’re super excited to share it with you and can’t wait for you to make veggie your resolution a reality.

Brace yourself…This meal is about to be your new bestie. The sweet roasted Kale Beet Blend is addictive and knowing you can toss this all in one pan and have an insanely delicious, satisfying and filling meal in less than 15 minutes is awesome! You may want to make it every night. Don’t let us stop you! 🙂

 

 

One Pan Roasted Salmon & Kale Beet Slaw

This super fast and easy weeknight dinner is a bursting with flavor. Toss everything in a sheet pan and in less than 15 minutes, dinner is served! Enjoy it with a side (about ½ cup) of brown rice.

Makes 2 servings

Ingredients:
1 8-oz bag Mann’s Kale Beet Blend
1 teaspoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed or minced
2 4-oz salmon filets
Juice of half a lemon
Dash of salt and pepper

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a sheet pan with foil.
2. Spread the Kale Beet Blend onto the sheet pan and add the olive oil and garlic. Toss to coat, then spread into a single layer, clearing two holes for the salmon filets.
3. Place the salmon filets on the sheet pan and squeeze the lemon juice over them.
4. Sprinkle the whole pan with a dash of salt and pepper, then bake for 12 minutes, until the salmon is cooked through.

5. Serve with a side of brown rice.
6. Enjoy!

Nutrition info per serving:
241 calories, 9.5 g fat, 1.4 g sat fat, 157.5 mg sodium, 12.5 g carbs, 5.4 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 26.3 g protein

Nutrition info per serving including ½ cup of brown rice:

305 calories, 11.5 g fat, 1.4 g sat fat, 157.5 mg sodium, 28 g carbs, 7.5 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 28.3 g protein

One Pan Roasted Salmon and Kale Beet Slaw
 
Author:
Recipe type: Easy Dinner or lunch
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 8-oz bag Mann’s Kale Beet Blend
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed or minced
  • 2 4-oz salmon filets
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Dash of salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a sheet pan with foil.
  2. Spread the Kale Beet Blend onto the sheet pan and add the olive oil and garlic. Toss to coat, then spread into a single layer, clearing two holes for the salmon filets.
  3. Place the salmon filets on the sheet pan and squeeze the lemon juice over them.
  4. Sprinkle the whole pan with a dash of salt and pepper, then bake for 12 minutes, until the salmon is cooked through.
  5. Serve with a side of brown rice.
  6. Enjoy!
  7. Nutrition info per serving:
  8. calories, 9.5 g fat, 1.4 g sat fat, 157.5 mg sodium, 12.5 g carbs, 5.4 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 26.3 g protein
  9. Nutrition info per serving including ½ cup of brown rice:
  10. calories, 11.5 g fat, 1.4 g sat fat, 157.5 mg sodium, 28 g carbs, 7.5 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 28.3 g protein

Parmesan Eggs in a Bell Pepper Ring & A Chance to Win $5,000 from Eggland’s Best

We’re creatures of habit in every sense of the word.  We’d be happy as clams eating our favorite foods every day of the week.  However, the registered dietitians in us know that in order to benefit health the most, it’s important to vary the diet (and the foodies in us are thankful for this too!) to get the most nutrients.  Despite this, we can’t resist but to eat a couple of foods that we love so much every day.  For example, Tammy is so obsessed with bell peppers that she preps them every night so she can have them ready-to-go the next day—and she even carries bags of them with her when she travels (yep, she’s one sick bird 😉 ).  And then there are eggs, sardines, yogurt and apples, that between the two of us, we eat them daily–and any excuse to marry any combination of these foods, count us in!  So with our latest easy-to-make egg breakfast/ brunch/ lunch creation, which we whipped up in honor of the latest awesome contest from Eggland’s Best, we couldn’t help but include our pepper bestie alongside another nutrient-packed fave of ours, Eggland’s Best eggs.

So before we get to all of the health benefits you’ll find in this recipe, we first want to share with you a way that you can win $5,000 (you’re welcome! 🙂 ).  Yes, Eggland’s Best is at it again, they’ve created yet another fun contest (one of the many reasons why we love being paid spokespeople for them– they’re always doing the coolest things aside from having a nutritional superior egg!).

Here are the deets:

Eggland’s Best (EB) is searching for the most passionate EB fan, who also happens to have an eye for taking beautiful photos of their delicious & healthy Eggland’s Best dishes!  EB is tapping into the “foodtography” trend and inviting fans to submit their best original “foodie” photos by April 12, 2017 for a chance to win $5,000 and a year’s supply of EB eggs!

To enter, EB fans can visit egglandsbest.com/foodtography and submit two mouthwatering photos of their favorite EB dishes.  All dishes must include at least two whole Eggland’s Best eggs and can be entered into one of four categories: breakfast/brunch, appetizer, main course, or dessert.  Fans may enter once in each of the categories. 

Each semi-finalist will be awarded $1,000 and a year supply of EB eggs, and the Grand Prize winner will receive $5,000 and a year supply of EB eggs!

Is that you we see with a gorgeous photo of your delicious EB dish and a newly heavy wallet?! 🙂

 

 

Check out this recipe we whipped up in honor of Eggland’s Best super fun contest–and all of it’s health benefits!

This take on  “eggs in a basket” is one of our faves because it adds a variety of colors to our plate and a punch of flavor. If you’ve read our other blogs, it’s not a shocker that we’re gonna try to pack in veggies where we can, so this is no exception!

Here are a few of the stars of the dish:

Bell peppers pack a punch in the vitamin C department, so hello supple skin (vitamin C is needed for collagen formation) and boosted immunity.  They also are rich in phytonutrients that help to mop up free radicals and prevent them from harming the body.

Eggs are rich in protein and are great for your eyes, thanks to their lutein and zeaxanthin, which help to protect the retina.  We used Eggland’s Best eggs because they have 38% more lutein than ordinary eggs– as well as double the omegas and 5 times more vitamin D.  Plus, we love the company and work with them :).

This simple dish takes just a few moments to whip up and can even be prepped ahead of time by chopping the kale and bell pepper rings and keeping them in the fridge so you can just grab on busy days!

 

 

 

Parmesan Eggs in a Bell Pepper Ring

Serves 1

Ingredients

2 eggs (we use Eggland’s Best because they have 25% less saturated fat compared to ordinary eggs)

1 bell pepper (red, yellow, or orange)

1 tbsp. Parmesan cheese, we used shaved

1 green onion (green part only)

1 slice whole grain bread

Olive oil (in a spray bottle; spritzed)

1 cup shredded kale

Salt  to taste

Pepper to taste

Direction

  1. Slice the bell pepper to make ½” rings or larger. The larger the better because there’s less of a chance the egg will run over (if it runs over, no biggie—it’s just as delicious!)
  2. Spritz a little olive oil in your skillet and place one of the bell pepper rings in the pan for a minute.
  1. Crack the two eggs into the center of the bell pepper ring. Lightly sprinkle with salt and pepper, to your taste.
  1. Cook the eggs and bell pepper ring on one side until the eggs begin to firm up.
  1. How you proceed is up to how you like your eggs: If you like your eggs over easy/medium or fried, gently flip the egg and bell pepper ring and continue to cook until the egg is to your liking.
  1. Once you remove the bell pepper and egg, toast your bread. While it’s toasting, toss your kale into your already warmed pan with a spritz of olive oil, some salt and pepper to taste, and sauté.
  1. Place eggs and bell pepper on top of toast, sprinkle with shaved parmesan cheese & green onion.
  2. Serve with a side of sautéed kale.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:  302 Calories; 20 g carbs; 16 g fat; 5 g saturated fat; 20 g protein; 310 mg sodium; 5 g fiber

The Nutrition Twins are spokespeople for Eggland’s Best.

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Parmesan Eggs in a Bell Pepper Ring & A Chance to Win $5,000 from Eggland's Best
 
Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 302 Calories; 20 g carbs; 16 g fat; 5 g saturated fat; 20 g protein; 310 mg sodium; 5 g fiber
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 2 eggs (we use
  • Eggland’s Best because they have 25% less saturated fat compared to ordinary eggs)
  • 1 bell pepper (red, yellow, or orange)
  • 1 tbsp. Parmesan cheese, we used shaved
  • 1 green onion (green part only)
  • 1 slice whole grain bread
  • Olive oil (in a spray bottle; spritzed)
  • 1 cup shredded kale
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Slice the bell pepper to make ½” rings or larger. The larger the better because there’s less of a chance the egg will run over (if it runs over, no biggie—it’s just as delicious!)
  2. Spritz a little olive oil in your skillet and place one of the bell pepper rings in the pan for a minute.
  3. Crack the two eggs into the center of the bell pepper ring. Lightly sprinkle with salt and pepper, to your taste.
  4. Cook the eggs and bell pepper ring on one side until the eggs begin to firm up.
  5. How you proceed is up to how you like your eggs: If you like your eggs over easy/medium or fried, gently flip the egg and bell pepper ring and continue to cook until the egg is to your liking.
  6. Once you remove the bell pepper and egg, toast your bread. While it’s toasting, toss your kale into your already warmed pan with a spritz of olive oil, some salt and pepper to taste, and sauté.
  7. Place eggs and bell pepper on top of toast, sprinkle with shaved parmesan cheese & green onion.
  8. Serve with a side of sautéed kale.

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Vegan Quinoa & Kale Power Protein Bowl

Vegan-chickpea-quinoa-kale-zucchini-UPCLOSE…and the quinoa-palooza has officially begun!  🙂 These twin sister, registered dietitians and personal trainers are fans of this healthy comfort food and we’ve gotta give a girl (and a guy!) some carbs!  Yup, we’re all for healthy carbs (phew! ) like quinoa –a wholesome, high protein, high fiber, healthy carb that prevents your energy from dipping, preventing sugar cravings!  The truth is, if you have a moderate portion (about 1/2 -3/4 cup cooked of a wholesome carb (hello quinoa!)  you’ll avoid the nasty cravings for the unhealthy carbs because you’ll give your brain and muscles carbohydrates, the fuel they need, so you won’t crave energy!  That means you won’t be looking for an energy boost or a quick pick-me-up—buh bye sugar cravings!

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Not only have you been requesting lots of recipes with quinoa, (that’s why we’ve given you lil’ numbers like our:

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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…but we knew it was time to make some more since the clamoring has continued! Quinoa is warm comfort food in the winter—and makes cool, comfort food in the summer.

And since summer days beg for a cool dish,, this spiced summer bowl filled with summery greens like zucchini and kale and protein packed heroes like quinoa and chickpeas can be made ahead of time and only gets better as it waits. What more could you ask for!? Oh except that you can prepare this without the added olive oil for an even lighter meal with even fewer calories for the same great taste!

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Vegan Quinoa & Kale Power Protein Bowl

Have one delicious serving as a side to grilled fish or chicken and veggies, or make a whole meal of it by having three servings.  

Makes 5 servings (approximately 1/2 cup each)

Ingredients

Dressing: (2 tbsp added 48 calories/ serving)

1/2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1/4 tsp cumin

1/4 tsp turmeric

1/4 tsp paprika

small pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)

2 tsp minced garlic, plus ½ tsp for oil dressing (you may want to add more garlic if you’re a garlic lover!)

sea salt to taste

Salad:

½ cup quinoa, cooked (we used a mix of red and white just for fun!)

1 cup canned chickpeas, drained

1 medium zucchini, cut into evenly sized, small chunks

1 cup curly kale, leaves chopped into small pieces, stems removed (measure 1 cup of chopped kale leaves)

 

This dish can be made without any oil for a lower fat meal. (See below)

 

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  1. Place olive oil in a small bowl and mix the cumin, turmeric, paprika, red pepper flakes (optional), ½ tsp minced garlic and a pinch of salt into the olive oil, set aside to marinate.
  1. Before cooking the quinoa according to the package, we toasted ours slightly for 1 minute by lightly spritzing olive oil in a spray jar in a pan to bring out more flavor. You can omit the olive oil and toast briefly, too, just stirring over the heat for 1 minute.. After toasting, cook the quinoa according to package directions.
  1. Next spritz the same pan you toasted the quinoa in with a little olive oil and sauté over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes, the 2 tsp minced garlic, chickpeas, zucchini and kale. Just until the garlic releases it aroma and the zucchini begins to sweat. Remove from heat. Season with salt to taste.
  1. Toss sautéed vegetables and chickpeas with quinoa. Let sit for a few minutes, the heat will further soften the kale.
  1. Give the oil and spice mix a stir, drizzle over the entire bowl and stir. . . Salt to taste.

This can be eaten immediately and also tastes great chilled– and if you put it covered, in the fridge for a little while to chill, the flavor’s will also mingle and increase!

 

Directions without oil.

Mix cumin, turmeric, paprika, optional red pepper flakes, ½ tsp garlic and salt together, dry.

Skip step 1 and begin with Step 2.

After Step 4, sprinkle sparingly, mixing and tasting, the dry spice mix over combined quinoa, chickpea and vegetable bowl until the flavor suits you.

 

Nutrition Facts Per Serving (With Olive Oil):

Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 106 Calories, 3 g Fat, 0 g Saturated Fat, 0 mg Cholesterol, 21 mg Sodium, 16 g Carbohydrate, 4 g Fiber, 2 g Sugar, 5 g Protein

 

Nutrition Facts Per Serving (Without Olive Oil)

Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 94 Calories, 1 g Fat, 0 g Saturated Fat, 0 mg Cholesterol, 21 mg Sodium, 16 g Carbohydrate, 4 g Fiber, 2 g Sugar, 5 g Protein

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Vegan Quinoa & Kale Power Protein Bowl
 
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Recipe type: Main
Ingredients
  • ½ Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • small pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 2 tsp minced garlic, plus ½ tsp for oil dressing (you may want to add more garlic if you’re a garlic lover!)
  • sea salt to taste
  • ½ cup quinoa, cooked (we used a mix of red and white just for fun!)
  • 1 cup canned chickpeas, drained
  • 1 medium zucchini, cut into evenly sized, small chunks
  • 1 cup curly kale, leaves chopped into small pieces, stems removed (measure 1 cup of chopped kale leaves)
Instructions
  1. Directions with oil.
  2. Place olive oil in a small bowl and mix the cumin, turmeric, paprika, red pepper flakes (optional), ½ tsp minced garlic and a pinch of salt into the olive oil, set aside to marinate.
  3. Before cooking the quinoa according to the package, we toasted ours slightly for 1 minute by lightly spritzing olive oil in a spray jar in a pan to bring out more flavor. You can omit the olive oil and toast briefly, too, just stirring over the heat for 1 minute.. After toasting, cook the quinoa according to package directions.
  4. Next spritz the same pan you toasted the quinoa in with a little olive oil and sauté over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes, the 2 tsp minced garlic, chickpeas, zucchini and kale, Just until the garlic releases it aroma and the zucchini begins to sweat. Remove from heat. Season with salt to taste.
  5. Toss sautéed vegetables and chickpeas with quinoa. Let sit for a few minutes, the heat will further soften the kale.
  6. Give the oil and spice mix a stir, drizzle over the entire bowl and stir. . . Salt to taste.
  7. This can be eaten immediately and also tastes great chilled-- and if you put it covered, in the fridge for a little while to chill, the flavor’s will also mingle and increase!
  8. Directions without oil.
  9. Mix cumin, turmeric, paprika, optional red pepper flakes, ½ tsp garlic and salt together, dry.
  10. Skip step 1 and begin with Step 2.
  11. After Step 4, sprinkle sparingly, mixing and tasting, the dry spice mix over combined quinoa, chickpea and vegetable bowl until the flavor suits you.
Notes
*Nutrition shown for recipe using oil, see blog for nutrition facts without oil.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ½ cup Calories: 106 Fat: 3 g Saturated fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 16 g Sugar: 2 g Sodium: 21 mg Fiber: 4 g Protein: 5 g Cholesterol: 0 mg

 

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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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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