Foodie Friday – Cleansing Squash Soup

This simple, cleansing squash soup recipe is an amazing recipe to rely on this holiday season for two reasons... First, it's the perfect light meal to eat before you go out to your holiday party. You’ll make better food choices and will have less room for the fattening foods when you’ve already filled up on this guilt-free soup. Secondly, this soup makes a wonderful day-after-the-big-party meal, when you want to keep things low-calorie, simple and cleansing. It freezes well, so make lots and save some for later. Servings: 6  Here’s what you need... Nonstick cooking spray 1 red onion, chopped 6 cups vegan vegetable broth 3 green zucchini, chopped 3 yellow zucchini, chopped dash of salt and pepper 12 oz frozen butternut squash, defrosted 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk juice from 1/2 a lemon dab of plain Greek yogurt Spray the bottom of your soup pot with nonstick spray, and sauté the onion until soft. Add the broth, zucchini, salt and pepper and cook … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday – Hearty Chicken Casserole

Casseroles like this are a lifesaver on busy weeknights, and unlike most casserole recipes, this one is dairy, grain and gluten free. The tender, hearty veggies and chicken are mixed with tomatoes and basil then topped with a sprinkle of toasted ground nuts and nutritional yeast. You get to enjoy delicious flavor while filling up on protein, veggies and fiber that powers your body and energizes your day. Servings: 8  Here's what you need... 1 teaspoon coconut oil 3 Tablespoons pine nuts 3 Tablespoons pecans, chopped 3 Tablespoons nutritional yeast dash of sea salt 2 teaspoons olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 yellow onion, chopped 2 bell peppers, chopped 2 eggplants, chopped 2 cups roasted chicken, cubed 1 (28oz) can crushed tomatoes 3 Tablespoons fresh basil, chopped 1/4 cup white wine 1/2 cup Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a casserole dish with coconut oil. In a small skillet, place the coconut oil over medium heat. Add … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday – Cinnamon Baked Apple Chips

Most packaged dried fruits contain added cane sugar, but here's a recipe for baked apple chips that uses only a touch of wholesome sweeteners and a sprinkle of cinnamon. No need for a dehydrator either, these tasty chips are made in the oven! Enjoy this as a delicious dessert or pack a bagful for an on-the-go snack. Servings: 5 Here's what you need: 6 apples (try Pink Lady or Honeycrisp) 6 cups fruit-only juice (try pear juice) 2 cinnamon sticks Ground cinnamon Sea salt Coconut Crystals Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Core and then thinly slice 6 apples (skins are fine!) Boil the apples for 5 minutes in a pot with the fruit juice and cinnamon sticks. Remove from the juice, pat dry and arrange the apple slices on a cooling rack placed on a rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle with cinnamon, sea salt and coconut crystals. Place in the preheated oven for 1 to 2 hours. Remove from heat once crispy. Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals: 114 calories, 0g fat, … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday – Cinnamon Ground Turkey Lettuce Wraps with Quick Apple Chutney

Dinners like this will help you quickly reach your fat loss goal. The shredded cauliflower, rice and onions in this recipe make an amazing substitution for grain-based pilaf. With the addition of lean, ground turkey and lettuce this comfort-food tasting meal is actually quite lean and green.Servings: 6 Here's what you need: 12 large Romaine lettuce leaves For the Cinnamon Ground Turkey Rice: 1 Tablespoon olive oil 2 carrots, shredded 1/2 yellow onion, minced dash of sea salt 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 lb ground, organic turkey 1 head cauliflower, shredded (To shred: cut into florets and run through a food processor with the grating attachment) 1/3 cup golden raisins 1 cup chicken broth dash of freshly ground pepper For the Quick Apple Chutney: 1 Tablespoon coconut oil 1/2 yellow onion, minced 2 green apples, chopped 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 Tablespoon coconut crystals 1/2 cup apple juice or apple cider sprinkle of sea … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday – Fluffy Egg White Bisquits

Here's a great recipe for low carb biscuits. It's gluten free and uses flax meal and egg whites to create a soft, fluffy texture. When striving towards a fat loss goal it's important to limit the amount of bread that you eat, due to all the simple carbs. This recipe is a great way to enjoy some bread while still maintaining your clean diet. Servings: 20 Here's what you need... 2 cups blanched almond flour 2 cups flax meal 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 Tablespoons raw honey, melted 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted 8 egg whites Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a baking sheet. In a medium bowl combine the almond flour, flax meal and baking soda. Mix well and set aside. Using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Mix the honey and oil into the flax mixture, then quickly fold in the egg whites. Be careful not to over mix the egg whites, so the fluffiness remains. Use an ice cream scooper to drop mounds of the batter on prepared … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday – Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Wraps

Slow cooker recipes are a fantastic way to save time and energy while still getting a healthy, fitness-approved meal on the table. This recipe for slow cooker pulled pork wraps takes just a few minutes in the morning, then a few more minutes of prep right before you serve it. No need for carb-filled bread, eat your pulled pork wrapped in lettuce. It tastes awesome and will help you reach your goals faster. Servings: 12 Here's what you need: 1 teaspoon olive oil 1 (4lb) pork shoulder roast 1/2 cup organic chicken broth 1 cup organic, sugar-free barbeque sauce 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar 1 Tablespoon Dijon or yellow mustard 1 Tablespoon chili powder 1 large organic yellow onion, chopped 3 garlic cloves, minced 2 teaspoons dried thyme 1 green bell pepper 1 organic red bell pepper 1 organic yellow bell pepper 1 large organic yellow onion 1 head organic romaine lettuce Place the olive oil in the bottom of your slow cooker. Add the pork roast and … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday – Sesame Chicken Salad

Warm summer evenings call for light, refreshing dinners like this light Sesame Chicken Salad. Most sesame salads contain crispy noodles, but I've taken those out of this recipe, making it lower in carbs to help you towards your fitness goal. Servings: 6  Here's what you need... 1/4 cup slivered almonds 1 small organic green cabbage 1 cup pea pods, thinly sliced 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced 2 cup shredded cooked chicken For the Sesame Dressing: 6 Tablespoons olive oil 4 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar 4 Tablespoons coconut aminos, or low sodium soy sauce 1 packet Stevia 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil 1 teaspoon sesame seeds In a small skillet place the slivered almonds over medium-low heat. Stir often until golden brown. Remove from heat. Wash the cabbage and cut into long thin strands. Do the same with the pea pods and the red bell peppers - the thinner you slice the better. Mix the cabbage, bell pepper, pea pods, chicken and almond … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday – Mexican Style Cauliflower Rice

Most meals are served with some form of carbs – rice, noodles, potatoes or bread. In order to make strides toward your fitness goal, it's a good idea to eat fewer carbs at dinner. This recipe for cauliflower rice is a great way to still enjoy a side of rice without sacrificing your results by taking in too many calories and carbs. Servings: 8 Here's what you need: 1 head organic cauliflower 2 small tomatoes, chopped 1/2 an onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 Tablespoon tomato paste dash of salt and pepper dash of Tajin or red pepper flakes 1/4 cup fresh, cilantro, chopped juice from one lime Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease shallow baking pan with olive oil. Using a food processor with the grating blade, grate all of the cauliflower. Set aside. In a high speed blender, or food processor, blend the tomatoes, onion, garlic, tomato paste, salt, pepper and tajin until smooth. Mix the tomato blend evenly into the shredded cauliflower. Pour … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday – Crunchy Baked Plantain Chips

Avoid eating trigger foods by enjoying wholesome homemade versions of your favorites. When you have the urge for salty, crunchy snack foods make some of these whole food plantain chips. Cut processed and packaged snack foods completely out of your diet and you'll find that whole foods snacks like this more than satisfy your snack cravings.Servings: 6  Here's what you need: 2 large unripe plantains olive oil juice from 1/2 a lemon freshly ground sea salt Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease 2 large baking sheets with olive oil. Peel the plantains and slice thinly on a diagonal. In a medium bowl toss the plantains with some olive oil, the juice from 1/2 a lemon and a generous sprinkle of salt. Arrange in a single layer on the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 30 minutes, or until golden and crisp. Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals: 110 calories, 2g fat, 133mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, and 1g protein … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday – Easy Turkey Meatloaf

You don't need to be a chef to whip together this delicious, nutritious meal - it's quick and easy. Organic turkey is a great source of protein. Pair this meatloaf with a fresh, green salad for the perfect, fitness-approved meal. Makes: 12 Servings Here's what you need... 2 teaspoons olive oil 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 yellow onion, chopped 1 red bell pepper, chopped 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1 teaspoon dried thyme 1/2 teaspoon onion powder 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1 Tablespoon tomato paste 2 omega-3 rich eggs 2.5 pounds organic, ground turkey 1 cup natural ketchup (no sugar or corn syrup) Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly grease a small casserole pan with olive oil. Place a skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil, garlic, onions and peppers. Sauté until soft, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Add the spices, tomato paste, eggs and turkey. Mix well then transfer to the prepared pan, shaping … [Read more...]