This quick & easy grilled sandwich is so tasty, it could pass for dessert! Seriously so good. And simple!
You'll need a panini press or just a George Foreman grill (I never use mine as intended!) Spray both sides of grill with coconut oil spray & heat up.
Sandwich: 2 slices Eureka bread of choice, handful of arugula (or spinach), a few slices of a fresh & juicy peach, then some goat cheese. That's it.
Place sandwich in grill/press & cook till light signals it's ready, about one minute, not even enough time to check your Instagram! I did say quick, didn't I?? Because when you're hungry, who wants to wait? Now this is my idea of "fast food"!
Enjoy with a side of pickles or carrot sticks or cucumber slices, something to increase your veggie intake ;)
Seriously, this sounds so gourmet, but it's a 10-minute meal! Now I realize a lot of trainers & fitness gurus are anti-pasta-- down with CARBS! But I say, as long as you're not eating starchy carbs all day long every day of the week, a pasta night is not going to kill you! Plus, there are fantastic options now for pasta-- whole grain, brown rice, spinach pasta. You can even make your own noodles out of squash/zucchini! I'll post another time about zoodles ;) For now, find a pasta your family will eat & that you feel good about!
Step 2: find a local farmer who makes his own walnut pesto. Buy it. Pat yourself on the back for supporting local small business & saving yourself a lot of hassle of making it yourself. Again, if you enjoy spending all day in the kitchen, by all means, make your own! I'm sure there's something on Pinterest. The grocery store may have some tasty, clean options as well.
Step 3: cook cubed chicken in pan with some olive oil. When fully cooked, add your awesome sauce. Serve over pasta of choice with a fresh side salad.
Ok, so my pic doesn't do this dinner justice, but if you are cool like me & obsessed with the beet-goat cheese combo, you will be in absolute tastebud heaven!!
First, spray a large cooking sheet with olive oil or coconut oil, and fill pan with sliced sweet potatoes (soften first in microwave to make it easier to cut) and beet slices. Spray again with oil & salt & pepper to taste. Bake in oven at 450 for 10 minutes, remove beets, then finish cooking sweet tater fries under low broil. Watch it so they don't burn!!
Grill on medium heat your fave turkey burger (homemade if you're a go-getter-- mine's Bubba brand), sprinkle with goat cheese for the last minute or two of grilling, then top with the beets you roasted.
For a "bun", I used one slice of Eureka brand bread (cut in half) instead of a regular bun, because this bread is "clean" & only 80 calories a slice but then I'm not eating it completely bun-less like a sad person on a diet! I don't require ketchup, but if you do, try to use a low-sugar organic brand, or try a yummy salad dressing as a dip!
And yes, I ate some before the pic-- seriously, I had no idea I'd even share this till I took a bite & went to heaven & realized I needed to share the love :)
Any time bananas get overripe, I toss them into a gallon-size baggie in my freezer. Once the baggie is pretty full, it's time to thaw it in the fridge & make my super gooey uber yummy moist & not-too-unhealthy banana bread!!
Sadly, I went for a walk & overbaked it a bit, but it's still tasty, I promise!
Preheat oven 350. Combine 1 c. flour, 1/2 c. coconut sugar, 2 1/2 tsp baking powder, 3/4 tsp baking soda, 1/4 tsp real salt. Then add your nasty-looking thawed black liquidy bananas (I had 7!) Blend. Add 1/2 c. melted coconut oil & 3 tbsp almond coconut milk. Beat a couple minutes.
Add 3 eggs & 1 more cup of flour (I used organic whole wheat, but gluten-free could use brown rice flour) & chocolate chips (about half a bag). Pour into two large loaf pans or four mini-loaf pans & bake 35-50 minutes. Let cool, then try not to eat all in one sitting!
There are lots of fantastic quinoa salad recipes in existence! Ever since Oprah & Dr. Oz announced the health benefits of this grain, people have gone wild over quinoa. If you haven't, you should. It's as easy to cook as rice but with way more protein! So here's my family's favorite quinoa salad-- it's zesty, fresh-tasting, perfect for a summer party or for your personal week-long indulgence, as the flavors get better each day!
2 cups quinoa- cooked to make 4 fluffy cups & chilled
1 can organic corn
1 can organic black beans, rinsed
2 avocados chopped
1 big red onion, finely chopped
a bunch of fresh cilantro
juice of one lemon
a little olive oil
salt & pepper to taste
Be patient & let the flavors combine for a day! Yummmmmy!
I know overnight oats are nothing new, but I have so many friends & clients who still haven't tried them, so here's the basic recipe for those who like it simple. I'll prep 3-4 jars at one time & store them in the fridge for either breakfast if I don't have time for my usual (that'll be another post!), or for post-workout if I'm not in the mood for my Quest bar (that has yet to happen!), or for a snack/dessert if I'm craving sweet-bakery-type food. Again, don't ask for macros, calories, or even measurements ;) I eyeball everything, but I'll include guesstimates . . . You'll dump in a jar:
1.) Dry ingredients:
As a busy mom of 3, working multiple part-time jobs & volunteering in PTA, I am all about QUICK, EASY, HEALTHY, REALISTIC meals. If it takes longer than 20 minutes or requires hard-to-find ingredients, it's likely not gonna happen! Don't ask me for macros, because that goes against my Real Life mentality-- just know I always balance carbs, protein, & healthy fats.