Taco Salad

April 28, 2011 at 11:01 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I know everyone’s busy with finals coming up, so I made something QUICK but also healthy today.

What you’ll need:

  • Ground chicken (or turkey)
  • 1 tablespoon EVOO
  • shredded lettuce
  • low-fat shredded cheese (I used cheddar)
  • Salsa (optional- I actually didn’t use it this time, but if you want some sort of sauce use this instead of sour cream)
  • Diced onion
  • red pepper flakes (optional)

What to do:

Cook your meat in EVOO.  Once brown, add red pepper flakes and the onions and cook a little longer.  Make a salad with lettuce, cheese and salsa, add the meat on top and you’re done!  Told ya it was fast and easy.

Weekly Wellness:  I’m working on spending less money this week, and the next, and next…  Since I don’t have a job while at school, my funds can run pretty low by the end of the year, so I’m going to try these last two weeks to spend the minimal amount of money possible!

Stuffed Peppers

April 21, 2011 at 11:25 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

What you’ll need:

  • 5 peppers, I used red and green
  • Brown rice
  • Diced onion
  • Ground chicken or turkey
  • 6 oz. tomato paste
  • Low-fat cheese (optional)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, diced

What to do:

Preheat your oven to 375 F.  Cook rice according to package, I used this: Cook your meat in a little EVOO until brown, add onions and garlic.  Turn off heat, add the tomato paste and mix the rice into everything.  Cut the tops off your peppers and take out the insides.  Cut the bottoms a little so they will stand.  Fill peppers halfway up, add cheese then fill to the top.  Replace lids and cook for 30 minutes.

Enjoy!

Weekly Wellness:  I had a fruit cup from Einstein Bagels for breakfast today.

Turkey Sausage and Penne

April 14, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

What you’ll need:

  • Turkey sausage
  • Penne
  • Tomato-basil sauce (I used this)
  • low-fat mozzarella cheese (optional)
  • garlic powder
  • oregano
  • diced onion

What to do:

Cook your pasta according to the package.  Slice your turkey sausage link diagonally; cook in saucepan with onions.  Add as much tomato sauce, garlic and oregano as you’d like to the pan.  When the pasta is done, mix the turkey sausage and all the sauce with the pasta, sprinkle with cheese and you’re done!

I ate mine with a salad with fat-free Italian dressing.

Enjoy!

Emily

Tuna Casserole

April 12, 2011 at 9:31 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Today I made a tuna casserole, hoping it’ll last throughout the week!  I found this recipe on a great food blog, PinchMySalt!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 can tuna
  • 6 oz. egg noodles
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup fat-free milk
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • Bread crumbs (I made my own by breaking down 3 slices in a blender and cooking them with some butter over a saucepan)

What to do:

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Cook the noodles according to the package, then cook the peas according to the bag.  Combine all the ingredients (except the bread crumbs) and mix into a bowl.  Pour into a glass baking dish and top with bread crumbs.  Cook in oven for 30 minutes.

Enjoy!

Emily

Barbeque Chicken

March 31, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Okay so this isn’t your typical barbeque chicken recipe, but trust me- its better!  I got pretty sick of chicken tenderloins, but I still wanted to eat healthy so I decided to make something a little different.

What you’ll need:

  • Ground chicken (or turkey)
  • Onion
  • Barbeque sauce (I love this)
  • ketchup
  • turkey bacon
  • parsley
  • red pepper flakes (if you like it hot!)

What to do:

Cook your ground meat in a pan over medium-high eat.  In another pan, cook your chopped turkey bacon ( 2 or 3 pieces) in a little olive oil.  Once thats cooked, add it into the ground meat.  Next add your chopped onions and parsley.  Once the meat is mostly cooked through, add as much barbeque sauce, ketchup and pepper as you’d like.  I also add red pepper chile flakes for heat.

I ate mine with whole wheat angel hair pasta and brocoli, and when that runs out I’ll eat it with a salad.

 

Weekly Wellness:  With a busy week, its hard for me to fit in the full 7 – 9 hours of sleep.  But, I’m trying my best to get at least 7 hours!  I know the next day I’m definitely happy I did.

Emily

Restaurants Required to Provide Calories

March 31, 2011 at 11:18 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Hey everyone, I’m sure you’ve heard of the new bill requiring restaurants that have more than 20 locations to list the nutritional information on their menus and drive-in menus.

In a story written by Sonu Wasu and Don Hatcher on wdtn.com, this new legislation was said to be heavily endorsed by the National Restaurant Association.

And not only do restaurants and fast food chains now have to list calories, all items in vending machines also have to provide nutritional information.

Photo by Urbanchristiannews.com

So next time you’re craving a Big Mac, try not to look on the menu to see the 29 grams of fat staring you in the face (or belly).

I always look at restaurant’s nutritional cites before going out to eat, and now I won’t have to!  This will make going out to each so much easier and hopefully more convenient for everyone else too.

Emily

Baked Chicken Basil Pesto

March 24, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Hey everyone!  Hope your week hasn’t been as stressful as mine- and if it has, you deserve to cook yourself a delicious and healthy dinner tonight!  I made baked chicken with basil pesto- and it is seriously SO GOOD!  I found this recipe on one of my favorite food blogs, Kalyn’s Kitchen!

What you’ll need:

  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup basil pesto (I use this)
  • 2 oz. (1/2 cup) grated low-fat mozzarella cheese

First, preheat your oven to 375 F.  Now cut your chicken into strips lengthwise, making about 2 to 3 pieces per breast.  Next, spray your cooking dish with nonstick spray, and spread 1/4 cup of the basil pesto on the bottom of the pan.  Add your chicken and spread another 1/4 cup of the basil pesto on top.  Cover the dish with foil and cook for 25- 30 minutes.  Remove the chicken and foil and sprinkle with cheese.  Cook for 5 minutes, then broil for another 5 to brown the cheese (YUM).

I ate my chicken with broccoli that I cooked and tossed in basil pesto as well.  You can also add couscous to soak up all the juices from your chicken!

I definitely recommend this dish- its the best I’ve made yet!

Weekly Wellness:  Although I didn’t make it to the gym on Monday, I did on Tuesday (jogging for 45 minutes and stretching for 15), and got a run in outside on Wednesday (35 minutes).  I always try to fit in exercising- even during my busiest weeks- to reduce stress and get energy.  Now that we’ve been getting some nice weather its great to run or walk outside!

Emily

Honey Chicken Fingers

March 17, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Happy St. Patty’s Day! In respect of the holiday, I wanted to make a fun (but still healthy) meal.  I went with Toby’s Honey Chicken.

What you’ll need:

  • chicken 2 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts cut into small strips
  • 2 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tbs apricot preserves or jam
  • 4 tbs raw sesame seeds

First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Then place the sesame seeds into a frying pan over medium heat and toast for 3 to 5 minutes (until seeds are golden brown). In a small bowl, combine honey and apricot preserves.  Next, brush this honey mixture onto both sides of the chicken strips, then dredge in bread crumbs and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Lastly, line the chicken on a baking sheet coated with nonstick cooking spray. Bake for 20 minutes on each side until slightly browned.

I ate my chicken fingers over an iceburg salad with honey mustard dressing.  I use a greek yogurt dressing from Martins (it’s delicious- and healthier).

 

Weekly challenge: I don’t have a meal plan, so its easy for me to drink lots of water throughout the week (as sodas can turn into an expensive habit).  Even if you do have a meal plan, try getting water with your meal instead of soda!

Have a delicious St. Patrick’s Day and weekend!

Emily

Chicken Fajita Nachos

March 3, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

With spring break right around the corner, I needed to get rid of the perishable foods in my fridge.  So today I made chicken fajita nachos using common ingredients that you probably already have in your home!  This is a quick, easy way to make delicious nachos, enjoy!

What you’ll need:

Chicken tenderloins

1 bag shredded cheese (whatever you prefer- I go with low-fat)

1 tomato

1 red onion

2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 packet fajita mix

1 bag tortilla chips

1 head iceburg lettuce

Start cooking:

Put 1 tablespoon olive oil in sauce pan at medium-high heat, cut chicken into small pieces, place in pan.  Cook thoroughly, then remove from pan.  Add 1 tablespoon olive oil and place chopped onions into pan.  Cook until tender then add the chicken back in the pan.  Add your fajita mix (you may need to add water- look at the packet), and cook for 3 minutes longer.  I add red pepper flakes for some heat!

Now place your chips on a place and add cheese, then heat in the microwave until melted.  Add chicken, onions, lettuce and tomatoes and you’re done!  You can serve with sour cream or salsa- but remember its a lot healthier not to!

Have a delicious weekend!

Emily

Oscar party snack

February 24, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Parmesan Popcorn from everydayfoodblog.com

 

If you’re looking for something quick to cook up for your Oscar party, I’ve found a recipe for you.  How about a popcorn and parmesan snack for you and your friends to enjoy while watching Anne Hathaway and James Franco host the show.  This recipe is really easy to make, all you have to do is pop the popcorn and toss it with some olive oil and parmesan cheese (and salt and pepper of course) to get a cheesy, salty snack!

Enjoy!

Emily

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