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Asian Chicken and California Prunes Lettuce Wraps

Aww, snap!  Now THIS is a wrap! 🙂 This meal is one of our all time faves! This creation hit the pan after we had spent time visiting our besties in our hometown city in Maryland and then headed “downtown” to Washington DC, where we had one of the most delicious appetizers. EVER.   Yup, an oh so delish Asian style chicken lettuce wrap app 😉 that couldn’t have been more crispy, crunchy, sweet and salty –(and juicy!) and downright delicious– inspired us to make this rendition of it.  We knew it was so good that we had to make it into a full meal! After all, eating that appetizer portion simply left us wanting to order more and to make it our full main-meal! And thus, these wraps we’re reinvented and born in our kitchen!

And of course, as registered dietitian nutritionists, as we whipped these yumsters up, we had more than just flavor in mind–we had your (and our!) waistline and health.  And we’re so excited to say we packed in major nutrients —antioxidants and fiber and just 280 calories per serving- with 23 grams of satisfying protein!

Psstt….if you’re looking for another kind of wrap, check out these healthy “wraps” -also waist-line friendly numbers “wrapped” in a taco!:

Gluten-Free Tilapia Tacos with Zucchini Tortillas

Mediterranean Fish Tacos

Avocado & Lentil Vegan Tacos

Spicy Tuna Tacos

Salmon Tacos

The great news is that you can make this yourself, or order to your doorstep if you’d like, which is totally cool by us! 😉  And we get it if you choose to order it!  After all, as much as we love spending time in the kitchen making home-cooked meals, sometimes we’re in the mood for a delicious, healthy meal without having to go to the grocery store or measure out all of the ingredients. Many of our clients have told us that they’d like that same thing – to be able to enjoy all of our phenomenal recipes without a thing to do except assemble the ingredients! That’s why we love Chef’d, the awesome home meal delivery service that drops off everything you need for delicious dinners right at your doorstep!

We’ve launched 3 meals in partnership with Chef’d and California Prunes, and we’re so excited for you to be able to eat these tasty, nutrient-packed meals any night of the week! California Prunes are one of our favorite ingredients for healthy meals – they’re sweet, juicy, high in fiber, packed with antioxidants, and they make these lettuce wraps absolutely amazing!

We love the sweet-savory flavors found in lots of Asian dishes, but that often comes alongside lots of sugary ingredients. That’s where California Prunes come in – California Prunes are full of sweet flavor, but each naturally sweet serving has 3 grams of filling fiber and antioxidants called polyphenols, which help keep your heart, brain, and immune system healthy. They pack a powerful punch of flavor in the chicken mixture, which is so easy to whip up and stuff into lettuce leaves for a nutritious dinner!

Check out the recipe below, or order this dish as a Chef’d meal kit here!

We hope you love it like we do, admittedly, we’re OBSESSED with it! 🙂

Asian Chicken and California Prunes Lettuce Wraps
 
Lettuce wraps are our go-to quick dinner for busy weeknights. Just sauté chicken breast with Asian-inspired seasonings and wrap in lettuce - it’s that simple! They’re protein-packed and wrapping with lettuce and topping with extra veggies means you’re getting plenty of veggies in a way that even kids will love. Chopped California prunes add a rich sweetness to the filling that’s similar to the flavor of traditional hoisin or plum sauce, but without all the additional sugar and sodium. The sesame green beans on the side add even more savory, satisfying flavor and veggies to round out the meal!
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Asian
Ingredients
  • ½ inch fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 green onions
  • 6 oz green beans
  • ½ Persian cucumber
  • 1 radish
  • 3oz California prunes
  • 2 cooked chicken breasts
  • 1 lime
  • 1½ tsp seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp teriyaki sauce
  • ½ tsp tamari sauce
  • 3 tsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 1½ tsp sesame oil
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 head butter lettuce
Instructions
  1. STEP ONE
  2. Peel and finely chop the ginger.
  3. Thinly slice the garlic cloves and green onions.
  4. Cut the ends off of the green beans and discard ends.
  5. Cut the radish and HALF the cucumber into thin matchsticks.
  6. Chop the prunes into 1⁄4-inch diced pieces, add to a medium bowl. Shred the chicken into 2-inch pieces and add to the bowl with the prunes.
  7. Cut the lime in half.
  8. In a small bowl, combine the rice wine vinegar, teriyaki sauce, tamari sauce, the juice from HALF of the lime, and 1½ tsp sesame seeds.
  9. STEP TWO
  10. Heat 1 teaspoon of sesame oil in a medium sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add HALF of the green onions and HALF of the ginger and sauté for 1 minute.
  11. Add the diced prunes and chicken mixture and cook for 2 minutes.
  12. Add the teriyaki and tamari mixture, and sauté until liquid is evaporated.
  13. Remove the mixture from heat; set aside for plating.
  14. Carefully wipe the sauté pan clean and return to medium-high heat.
  15. STEP THREE
  16. Add remaining sesame oil and increase heat to high.
  17. When hot, add the green beans and a pinch of salt.
  18. Cook for 2 minutes, turning and moving beans so they cook quickly and evenly.
  19. Add remaining ginger, and 1 tablespoon of water and cook for 2 minutes.
  20. Stir in garlic and red pepper flakes and cook for 1 minute or until beans are crisp-tender. Stir in remaining sesame seeds.
  21. Keeping the leaves whole, separate the lettuce leaves.
  22. STEP FOUR
  23. Divide the lettuce leaves evenly between two plates.
  24. Fill each leaf with the chicken mixture and garnish with the cucumbers, radishes, and remaining green onions.
  25. Serve the lettuce wraps with the green beans.
  26. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ⅓ of recipe Calories: 280 Fat: 7 mg Saturated fat: 0.5 mg Carbohydrates: 34 g Sugar: 8 g Sodium: 670 mg Fiber: 6 g Protein: 23 g Cholesterol: 55 mg

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

Spicy Shrimp Diablo

Woohoo!  A package arrived for each of these veggie-loving twins containing ingredients that were super-fresh, pre-measured and ready to whip into a delicious meal! And these registered dietitian nutritionists and personal trainers we’re pretty psyched about the nutritional value to boot!

Sure, we’re obsessed with cooking our own creations of our veggie-packed meals that include good tasty flavors like ginger, turmeric and lemon—but there’s nothing like whipping up something new without even shopping for the ingredients—and knowing they’re fresh.  Chef’d, an awesome meal delivery system (stay tuned-we’ll be teaming up with California prunes and making some yummy creations for Chef’d—and we’re super excited about it and we feel honored, especially after sampling some of their meals and seeing how fresh and delicious they are!) sent us their awesome Spicy Shrimp Diablo.

Growing up, shrimp wasn’t something that our mom cooked very often, in fact, we typically only ate it at parties and celebrations, so to this day, eating shrimp always feels festive and like a treat. Plus, this felt like an extra special treat since the meal was delivered with pre-portioned ingredients (as all of Chef’d meals are), so it was so easy to make.  In fact, it was so easy and delicious that it inspired us to create a simple shrimp dish based on theirs!  So we’re so excited to share our Spicy Shrimp Diablo with you!

 

A few other recipes you may enjoy:

Lime Shrimp with Coconut Rice

Pasta with Shrimp, Asparagus, Tomatoes and Herbs

Surf & Turf Tostadas,

Mediterranean Fish Tacos

Shrimp Cocktail Shooters

If you’re a fan of plump shrimp simmered in a spicy tomato sauce with some veggies, you’ll appreciate this as much as we do!  While some versions of this meal are loaded with fat and calories from butter and cream, not ours!

Spicy Shrimp Diablo

This scrumptious and satisfying meal is only 260 calories with 31 grams of protein and 6 g fiber.  If you’d to add a wholesome, fiber-filled carbohydrate, serve each portion over a half cup cooked whole-grain pasta. The entire meal will be only 360 calories.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

1 tsp butter

1 can, 14 ounces diced tomatoes

2 medium stalks celery (7-1/2 – 8” long)

1/2 jalapeño pepper, cut into ¼ inch pieces

8 ounces crimini mushrooms

1 large green bell pepper

small bunch basil—about ¾-1 cup, loosely packed

Small bunch fresh thyme

8 ounces large shrimp (about 14 shrimp)

Lemon

2 tbsp. Whipping Cream

6 ounce baby spinach

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

 

Directions:

  1. Cut the celery stalks into 1/4 inch diced pieces set aside. Then remove the stems from the green bell pepper and cut in half; remove the pith and seeds. Dice the pepper into ¼- inch pieces. Set aside. Remove the stems from the mushrooms and throw away. Slice the mushrooms into ¼-inch pieces, set aside.
  2. Take the thyme and basil leaves off the stems, discard the stems and chop the leaves (roughly chop the basil leaves) and set aside.
  3. Using paper towels, pat the shrimp to dry them. Set aside.
  4. Using a large skillet, add 1 teaspoon butter and heat over medium – high heat. Once butter melts, add celery and green bell pepper and sauté for about 3-1/2 minutes or until soft.
  5. Add ¼ cup water, the mushrooms and one-half the can of diced tomatoes and lower the heat to medium. Simmer for about 5 minutes or until the sauce starts to slightly thicken.
  6. Add the shrimp, lemon juice, the cream and the jalapeño to the mixture. Cover the pan and simmer until the shrimp are no longer opaque and are pink, roughly 4-1/2 minutes.
  7. Add the basil, thyme and spinach. Add salt and pepper. Divide between two bowls and enjoy.

Nutrition Facts per serving: 260 Calories, 17 g carbohydrate, 9 g fat, 31 g protein,  5 g, saturated fat, 6 g fiber, 590 mg sodium

 

 

Spicy Shrimp Diablo
 
1 tsp butter 1 can, 14 ounces diced tomatoes 2 medium stalks celery (7-1/2 – 8” long) ½ jalapeño pepper, cut into ¼ inch pieces 8 ounces crimini mushrooms 1 large green bell pepper small bunch basil—about ¾-1 cup, loosely packed Small bunch fresh thyme 8 ounces large shrimp (about 14 shrimp) Lemon 2 tbsp. Whipping Cream 6 ounce baby spinach ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon pepper
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1 can, 14 ounces diced tomatoes
  • 2 medium stalks celery (7-1/2 – 8” long)
  • ½ jalapeño pepper, cut into ¼ inch pieces
  • 8 ounces crimini mushrooms
  • 1 large green bell pepper
  • small bunch basil—about ¾-1 cup, loosely packed
  • Small bunch fresh thyme
  • 8 ounces large shrimp (about 14 shrimp)
  • Lemon
  • 2 tbsp. Whipping Cream
  • 6 ounce baby spinach
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
Instructions
  1. Cut the celery stalks into ¼ inch diced pieces set aside. Then remove the stems from the green bell pepper and cut in half; remove the pith and seeds. Dice the pepper into ¼- inch pieces. Set aside. Remove the stems from the mushrooms and throw away. Slice the mushrooms into ¼-inch pieces, set aside.
  2. Take the thyme and basil leaves off the stems, discard the stems and chop the leaves (roughly chop the basil leaves) and set aside.
  3. Using paper towels, pat the shrimp to dry them. Set aside.
  4. Using a large skillet, add 1 teaspoon butter and heat over medium – high heat. Once butter melts, add celery and green bell pepper and sauté for about 3-1/2 minutes or until soft.
  5. Add ¼ cup water, the mushrooms and one-half the can of diced tomatoes and lower the heat to medium. Simmer for about 5 minutes or until the sauce starts to slightly thicken.
  6. Add the shrimp, lemon juice, the cream and the jalapeño to the mixture. Cover the pan and simmer until the shrimp are no longer opaque and are pink, roughly 4-1/2 minutes.
  7. Add the basil, thyme and spinach. Add salt and pepper. Divide between two bowls and enjoy.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 serving Calories: 260 Fat: 9 g Saturated fat: 5 g Carbohydrates: 17 g Sodium: 590 mg Fiber: 6 g Protein: 31 g

Blueberry Protein Weight Loss Breakfast Smoothie

As registered dietitians and personal trainers we feel lucky to work with so many awesome clients.  Most want to have some fun and enjoy indulging but also know when it’s time to get back on track and tighten the reigns– and trust us, these twin sisters get it!  Yes, it’s not just our clients who at times feel like they need to undo the damage from too much–we, too have times when we just want to undo the damage that we did over the last couple of days from eating too much, drinking too much or just falling off the healthy track…and we’ve got just the morning dazzler to get your mind and body back on the fast track to slim–while losing the bloat and feeling satisfied!

Often we try to get right back on track with our Kale Recharge and Detox Smoothie or our Detoxifying Green Tea Smoothie which both work magic. We also sip our Raspberry Ginger Detox during the day. Or we go for this awesome Blueberry Protein Weight Loss Breakfast Smoothie! Aside from it being the perfect way to reboot the body (see below), this smoothie tastes yummy, so it’s ideal when your mind and taste buds aren’t feeling like they’re ready to dive in to very bland foods that many people believe are the only foods allowed when they’re trying to cleanse the body from the damage of overindulgence.  Admittedly, especially when we just get back from a vacay, our minds are still a little in la-la land 😉 and our taste buds want to be tantalized (this healthy, cleansing number does the trick!).

Although your body is equipped to detox and cleanse itself on its own, naturally, certain health-promoting foods and drinks, assist it in its process.  And this drink does just that! 

 

This smoothie is a superstar when it comes to weight loss and flushing bloat and toxins from the body!  Here’s how it works:

For weight loss:

It’s super-satisfying– with just 224 calories, it will keep you satiated with it’s 20 grams of protein.  It will power you through your morning keeping your energy levels stable so you don’t experience an energy crash that would have you craving a quick sugar pick-me-up (this means you won’t find yourself diving into the vending machine mid-morning in search of an energy boost).

More reasons to sip this blue smoothie to assist in weight loss? 😉

The blueberries! Research suggests they actually may assist in weight loss (yippee!) since they contain the phytochemical C3G that may increase production of both adiponectin (which enhances fat metabolism) and leptin (which suppresses appetite). Oh yeah!

 

For flushing bloat:

Starting the day with this nutrient and water-filled smoothie helps to flush out excess salt and the bloated and puffy feeling that comes with it. The high water in combination with the potassium from the blueberry and lemon flushes bloat by restoring normal fluid balance so you can kiss puffiness goodbye.

The blueberries are loaded with fiber, which helps to flush waste out your colon (goodbye constipation and unsightly gut bulges from it–hello flatter belly. Oh Yeah!)

 

For mopping up free radicals and toxins that age and damage your body.  Here’s why we like to drink this smoothie in the morning:

There’s no better time to flood your body with nutrients that help to rejuvenate your cells and that help your liver to do its’ job of detoxifying invaders (chemicals, smog, toxins, alcohol, etc.) that could harm the body. However, you can drink this babe any time of day and it will still work is magic.

The blueberries flood your body with anti-aging and disease-fighting phytonutrients and anti-inflammatory compounds as well as bloat-fighting potassium and water!

Lemon helps to promote the activity of a liver enzyme that converts harmful, toxic substances to less harsh chemicals (via the liver through a compound called d-limonene.). Lemon, is packed with vitamin C, which is a potent antioxidant which mops up free radicals from environmental toxins, stress, alcohol, fatty foods and other toxins and helps to prevent them from damaging your body. 

 

Blueberry Protein Weight Loss Breakfast Smoothie

Enjoy this sipster for breakfast to take the edge off hunger, prevent overeating, flush bloat and help set your mind & body on the healthy track.

Serves 1

Ingredients:

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

1/2 tbsp almond butter

1/2 cup unsweetend vanilla almond milk

1 scoop vanilla plant-based protein powder (we use Vega One Plant Power or Amazing Grass)*

1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice (ok, if not fresh)

water to blend

 

Directions: Blend this all together and drink! Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts: 224 Calories, 4 g fat, 19 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 10 g sugar, 20 g protein

*Note: if you don’t have protein powder, substitute with 6 ounces nonfat Greek yogurt.

Pictured below with 1 teaspoon organic coconut flakes.

Blueberry Protein Weight loss Breakfast Smoothie
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • Ingredients:
  • ½ cup frozen blueberries
  • ½ tbsp almond butter
  • ½ cup unsweetend vanilla almond milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla plant-based protein powder (we use Vega One Plant Power or Amazing Grass)*
  • ½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice (ok, if not fresh)
  • water to blend
Instructions
  1. Blend this all together and enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 224 Fat: 4 g Carbohydrates: 19 g Fiber: 4 g Protein: 20 g

Moist & Delicious Banana Pancakes

Moist & Delicious Banana Pancakes

Over the years, we’ve found that roughly half of all of our clients want something sweet at breakfast. And these twin sister, veggie loving registered dietitians and personal trainer with a big ‘ole sweet tooth, completely get it! However, what we’ve learned and what we’ve helped hundreds of clients to do is to satisfy that sweet tooth with nutrient packed, naturally sweet (no added sugar!) foods. So rather than opting for a sugary, calorie- loaded breakfast like a pastry or donut that would be heavy, create an energy high followed by a crash and start the vicious cycle of craving more sweets, instead, we help them to satisfy the sweet craving with delicious, filling foods that help them to stay satisfied—all without breaking the calorie bank! The winning combination? Nutrient packed juicy sweet fruit for energy and protein for satiety and to extend that energy boost. Buckle up butter cup, you’re about to find a new breakfast bestie! 🙂

When the cravings for pancakes, donuts, and other sweet breakfast treats come around, here is your delicious and waistline friendly answer to those indulgent doozys. It’s a healthy flapjack morning fix! These pancakes are the light, fluffy and fun flavor of the American classic. Using wholesome ingredients like rolled oats and Greek yogurt, this delicious meal kick starts your day, leaving your sweet tooth satisfied with the sweet bananas.! Although you could dust these with powdered sugar or a small amount of syrup, these are guaranteed to leave you satisfied even just topped with fresh fruit, or a small additional dollop of Greek yogurt. You’ll flip for this flaps!

Moist & Delicious Banana Pancakes

Serves 1 (Makes 6 pancakes using 1/4 cup batter each or makes 3 larger pancakes using 1/2 cup batter each.

 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup rolled oats

1/2 banana, sliced

2 large egg whites (we used EgglandsBest because they’re fresher than other eggs)_

2 Tbsp unsweetened almond milk

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 cup nonfat Greek Yogurt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp baking powder

 

Directions:

  1. Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until a thick batter is formed with a smooth.
  2. Spritz a medium-sized skillet with oil from a spray container, and bring to medium heat.

3. Once the pan is heated, using a measuring cup, measure ¼ cup of batter onto the skillet for each pancake. You’ll likely, cook these in two batches.

4. Cook until bubbles form on the top of the batter and the edges are cooked, then flip. Cook 1-2 more minutes on the opposite side then remove from heat.

5. Repeat steps until all of the batter is gone, making sure to spritz the pan with a little more oil in between each batch.

6. Serve with toppings and enjoy!

**For larger pancakes, use ½ cup measure cup for dropping the batter on the skillet! Just keep in mind the nutrition facts for each pancake will double. 🙂

 

Nutrition Information per serving (entire recipe): 292 Calories, 4 g Fat, 47g Carbohydrates, 18g Protein,7g Fiber, 186mg Sodium

Moist & Delicious Banana Pancakes
 
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Ingredients
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ½ banana, sliced
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup nonfat Greek Yogurt
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp baking powder
Instructions
  1. Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until a thick batter is formed with a smooth consistency.
  2. Spritz a medium-sized skillet with oil from a spray container, and bring to medium heat.
  3. Once the pan is heated, using a measuring cup, measure ¼ cup of batter onto the skillet for each pancake. You’ll likely, cook these in two batches.
  4. Cook until bubbles form on the top of the batter and the edges are cooked, then flip. Cook 1-2 more minutes on the opposite side then remove from heat.
  5. Repeat steps until all of the batter is gone, making sure to spritz the pan with a little more oil in between each batch.6. Serve with toppings and enjoy!
  6. **For larger pancakes, use ½ cup measure cup for dropping the batter on the skillet!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 6 pancakes Calories: 292 Fat: 4 g Carbohydrates: 47 g Sodium: 186 mg Fiber: 7 g Protein: 18 g

Turkey Stir Fry Fiesta

Turkey Stir-fry Fiesta

We’ve always loved stir-fries and one reason why is that they are so quick and easy—and of course, healthy!  (Maybe you’ve tried some of our stir-fries like our Broccoli Peanut Stir-fry  or our Veggie Quinoa Stir-fry!) But if you’re like many of our clients, you tend to make the same ones all of the time and feel they can get a bit boring after a while, which is why we thought of this fun, colorful dish to spice things up. By adding some powerful flavors and fresh herbs, this dish really comes to life.

Our Turkey Stir-fry Fiesta incorporates a rainbow of colors—a true sign of a phytonutrient packed meal, full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories to help prevent cell damage while boosting your immunity. And it’s really easy to make and very filling. This dish is packed with lean protein—32 grams per serving–and it’s because of this that our clients tell us this meal really keeps them satiated for hours! And we feel the same way, score! 🙂

If you want to switch it up later in the week when you have leftovers, try this dish over some brown rice or wheat pasta.   So whatcha waiting for? Join us for this fiesta!

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Turkey Stir- fry Fiesta

Makes 4 Servings

Ingredients

1 pound 99% fat free ground turkey breast

1 medium yellow onion, diced

1 red pepper, cut in strips

1 yellow pepper, cut in strips

1 orange bell pepper, cut in strips

4 green onions, chopped

1 tbsp olive oil

1 15 oz can of tomato sauce

1 15 oz can of diced tomatoes, no salt added

1/2  tsp cumin

1/4 tsp onion powder

3 cloves garlic, minced

3 tbsp parsley, stems removed, minced

pepper to taste

parmesan cheese, dash (optional)

Directions

  1. Add olive oil to a medium sized skillet. Let the olive oil heat up for about 30 seconds on medium-low heat. Add the onions and peppers to the pot. Cook vegetables for about 4-5 minutes.
  2. While the veggies are cooking, start to cook the ground turkey in a separate pan on low to medium heat for several minutes. Once most of the ground turkey has been cooked, mix it in with the vegetables.
  3. Add cumin, onion powder, diced tomatoes, and tomato sauce to the pot.  Let it simmer for 3-4 minutes. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Add the parsley just before serving.
  5. Lastly, sprinkle on some parmesan cheese and add pepper to taste.

Nutritional Information (4 Servings Total)

1 serving size

Total calories 269 calories, 5 g fat, 70 mg cholesterol, 610 mg sodium, 26 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 8 g sugar, 32 g protein

Turkey Stir Fry Fiesta
 
Our Turkey Stir-fry Fiesta incorporates a rainbow of colors—a true sign of a phytonutrient packed meal, full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories to help prevent cell damage while boosting your immunity. And it’s really easy to make and very filling. This dish is packed with lean protein—32 grams per serving!.
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 pound 99% fat free ground turkey breast
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 red pepper, cut in strips
  • 1 yellow pepper, cut in strips
  • 1 orange bell pepper, cut in strips
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 15 oz can of tomato sauce
  • 1 15 oz can of diced tomatoes, no salt added ½ tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp parsley, stems removed, minced
  • pepper to taste
  • parmesan cheese, dash (optional)
Instructions
  1. Add olive oil to a medium sized skillet. Let the olive oil heat up for about 30 seconds on medium-low heat. Add the onions and peppers to the pot. Cook vegetables for about 4-5 minutes.
  2. While the veggies are cooking, start to cook the ground turkey in a separate pan on low to medium heat for several minutes. Once most of the ground turkey has been cooked, mix it in with the vegetables.
  3. Add cumin, onion powder, diced tomatoes, and tomato sauce to the pot. Let it simmer for 3-4 minutes. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Add the parsley just before serving.
  5. Lastly, sprinkle on some parmesan cheese and add pepper to taste.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 269 Fat: 5 g Carbohydrates: 26 g Sugar: 8 g Sodium: 610 mg Fiber: 6 g Protein: 32 g Cholesterol: 70 mg

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Tuna Cannellini Tomato Salad

Tuna Cannellini Tomato Salad

 

So it’s been one of those weeks, where we’re both short on time-again, ah!  And during these hectic days, we’ve also had moments when we can’t ignore those hunger pangs growling in the pit of our stomachs!  What’s a girl (or two of them?- who aren’t so much fun when they’re hungry 😉 ) to do?  Make this high protein pick–me-up can be made in a dash! With a quick trip to the pantry, this dish comes together in a matter of minutes. The trickiest part of this recipe is using the can opener. 😉 Talk about a cinch! The protein in this tasty salad from the tuna and cannellini beans works to help keep you full and these two ingredients offer a whole host of health-promoting benefits..

 

Tuna contains Omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce inflammation in the body. Tuna is also an excellent source of selenium, a powerful antioxidant that helps fight free radical damage.

 

Cannellini beans are a good source of thiamin, which is a vitamin crucial to metabolic reactions. Without thiamin, you would be running very low on energy. And of course, this “magical fruit” is full of fiber, which swells in your stomach for that fullness factor and cholesterol-lowering power.

For a truly heart healthy dish, always shop for low sodium and no-salt- added canned goods. (Standard canned goods are sneaky sources of sodium).

Pssst… if you’re looking for “lightened up” comfort foods that we’ve made them healthier and waistline-friendly—yet still scrumptious :), try our (Skinny Cauliflower Gratin or our Skinny Mac & Cheese or our Skinny Fried Rice)

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Tuna Cannellini Tomato Salad

 

This dish is the epitome of “delicious, in a flash”. Fast food never tasted so good!

 

Serves 4

 

Ingredients:

1 can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

2 cans water-packed tuna, dried and broken into chunks

8 thick slices of large tomatoes

1/4 cup parsley leaves, roughly chopped

Zest of 1 lemon (we suggest using organic when using the zest/rind)

3 Tbs lemon juice

1 Tbs olive oil

1/2 tsp black pepper

Balsamic vinegar, for finishing

 

Directions:

In a medium-sized bowl, combine lemon juice, lemon zest, olive oil, and pepper to make the dressing. Mix well. Add tuna, cannellini beans, and parsley to the bowl with dressing, and toss until combined. Plate tomato slices, and top with tuna salad. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar just before serving.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving (One Serving = 2 Tomato Slices with Topping):

182 Calories,  16 g Carbohydrate,  20 g Protein,  5 g  Fat,  5 g Fiber,   5 g Sugar, 135 mg Sodium

Tuna Cannellini Bean Salad
 
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Simple and delicious salad that is fresh, light, and flavorful
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Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans water-packed tuna, dried and broken into chunks
  • 8 thick slices of large tomatoes
  • ¼ cup parsley leaves, roughly chopped
  • Zest of 1 lemon (we suggest using organic when using the zest/rind)
  • 3 Tbs lemon juice
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • Balsamic vinegar, for finishing
Instructions
  1. In a medium-sized bowl, combine lemon juice, lemon zest, olive oil, and pepper to make the dressing. Mix well.
  2. Add tuna, cannellini beans, and parsley to the bowl with dressing, and toss until combined.
  3. Plate tomato slices, and top with tuna salad.
  4. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar just before serving.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 tomato slices with topping Calories: 182 Fat: 5 g Carbohydrates: 16 g Sugar: 5g Sodium: 135mg Fiber: 5 g Protein: 20 g