Mango Green Smoothie

Hungry for a snack but don’t want to munch on a salad? Green smoothies are great!! They are quick and easy to make with minimal clean-up. They have spinach with contains vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants. Here is a recipe with some mango added. You can use fresh or frozen mango. I prefer to use frozen simply for the convenience of not having to peel and slice mangoes. I don’t like the slime either! Hope you enjoy this as much as I do. For smoothies, I think it’s very handy to use my Magic Bullet. If you are making more than one at a time, a Blender is better.

Mango Green Smoohthie:

  1.  1 C Spinach
  2.  1/4 C Vanilla Greek Yogurt
  3.  2 T Ground Flax Seed
  4.  1 T Honey
  5.  1/2 C Mango
  6. Milk

Add all ingredient into a blend. Mix until smooth. Enjoy!

If you prefer strawberries, here is a recipe for a Strawberry Green Smoothie.

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Mango Green Smoothie
A green smoothie with added mango.
Course Smoothies
Prep Time 5 Minutes
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Course Smoothies
Prep Time 5 Minutes
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Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients into blender.
  2. Mix until smoothie.
Recipe Notes

Use milk of your choice. Add more milk for a thinner smoothie.

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Turkey Sausage and Rice Skillet

Here’s a recipe for a wonderfully easy skillet meal. In my recipe I used turkey sausage and brown rice for a healthier option. The best part, that that it’s made in one dish to provide easy clean-up!

 

Cook rice as directed. In skillet sauté garlic, onions, and peppers. Add sausage and sprinkle with seasonings. Once sausage is browned, add chicken stock, tomato paste, and rice. Cook until heated through. Enjoy! Optional add-in ideas- carrots, zucchini, or beans.

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Turkey Sausage and Rice Skillet
Sausage and rice.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 30 Minutes
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 30 Minutes
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Instructions
  1. Cook rice as directed.
  2. In skillet, add butter and saute garlic, onions, and green peppers. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Slice turkey into coins and add to skillet. Cook until sausage starts to brown.
  4. Add chicken stock, tomato paste, and rice, heat through.
Recipe Notes

A sprinkle of cayenne pepper can be added for a little spice!

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Veggie Fritters

If your looking for a low carb recipe for a side dish, here is one for Veggie Fritters. Instead of using potatoes in the traditional recipe, this one uses squash and carrots. For this recipe, it works easiest with a food processor but you can also use a hand grater.

 

Veggie Fritters:

  • 2 c Carrots
  • 2 c Zucchini
  • 2 cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 medium Onion
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 T EVOO
  • 2/3 c Flour
  • Salt and Pepper

 

Using a food processor, shred carrot, zucchini, and onion. Add garlic, flour, eggs, oil, and sprinkle desired amount of salt and pepper. Stir by hand. Form into patties and place on greased frying pan at medium heat. Fry 3-5 minutes or until brown and crispy. Enjoy. Optional: Top with sour cream and dill.

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Veggie Fritters
Loaded with carrots and zucchini.
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 10 Minutes
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Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 10 Minutes
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Instructions
  1. Using a food processor, shred carrots, zucchini, and onion. Add to a large bowl.
  2. Add garlic, eggs, olive oil, flour, and salt and pepper to the bowl.
  3. Mix by hand using a large spoon or spatula until smooth.
  4. Form into small patties approximately 3 inches in diameter and place into greased frying pan.
  5. Cook for 3-5 minutes on each side. They should be golden brown and crispy.
Recipe Notes

Top as desired: I like sour cream and dill.

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Lentil Bolognese Sauce

When you are craving noodles, there is a healthier alternative. Zucchini noodles, otherwise known as “Zoodles”, are a nice carb free opinion. So bust out your spiralizer and make some Zoodles!! Once made, just sauté them in oil. I like to add garlic in the oil prior to adding the squash.

Today I made a lentil and turkey Bolognese sauce to top my Zoodles with! Compared to the traditional recipe, my version is a little healthier and leaner.

Ingredients:

  1. 2 cups Lentils
  2. 1 pound Ground Turkey
  3. 1/2 medium Onion, diced
  4. 2 cloves Garlic
  5. 1 T EVOO
  6. 1 stalk Celery
  7. 2 Carrots
  8. 1 can of diced Tomatoes
  9. 1 4oz can of Tomato Paste
  10. 1 T Italian Seasoning
  11. Salt and pepper

First prepare lentils as directed and set aside. Brown turkey in skillet with oil, garlic, onions, carrots, and celery. Season with salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Stir in tomato paste, canned tomatoes, and lentils. Heat throughout. Top onto your Zoodles and  sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Enjoy.

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Lentil Bolognese Sauce
Made with ground turkey and lentils
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10
Cook Time 45
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10
Cook Time 45
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Instructions
  1. Boil lentils as directed and set aside.
  2. In a skillet over medium heat, saute onions and garlic in EVOO.
  3. Add turkey meat, celery, and carrots. Cook until meat is browned.
  4. While meat is browning, season with Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.
  5. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, and lentils.
  6. Heat to boiling.
  7. Pour sauce over noodles and enjoy!!
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Sauteed Zucchini

Sauteed Zucchini is a great side any time of the day. Today with some eggs!! Just sautee to desired tenderness and add desired seasoning. I like to use garlic powder or a bit of Mrs. Dash. Very quick and easy!

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Sauteed Zucchini
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  1. Wash and cut zucchini into slices and then in half
  2. Add butter to skillet at medium-medium high heat
  3. Add zucchini and cook to desired tenderness
  4. Season with Mrs. Dash
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Strawberry Green Smoothie

Smoothie Time!! Easy way to get you greens. Smoothies are one of my favorites.

Strawberry Green Smoothie

  1.  1 C Spinach
  2.  1/4 C Vanilla Greek Yogurt
  3.  2 T Ground Flax Seed
  4.  1 T Honey
  5.  1/2 C Strawberries
  6. Milk

Combine above ingredients in blender. Add milk for desired thickness. Enjoy!!

 

Also check out this recipe for:  Mango Green Smoothie

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Strawberry Green Smoothie
A green smoothie with strawberries!
Course Smoothies
Prep Time 5 Minutes
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Course Smoothies
Prep Time 5 Minutes
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Instructions
  1. Add all ingredient into blender
  2. Blend until smooth
Recipe Notes

Add less milk for a thicker smoothie.

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Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti Squash.

A great alternative to noodles!! Just cut it half, remove seeds, and place in dish with a 1/2 inch of water. Bake for 40 minutes at 350 degrees or until tender. Use fork to pull squash into noodle like stings. Top with butter, garlic powder, and parsley. Optional: Add tomato sauce, Parmesan cheese, & meatballs! Enjoy! 🍅🍅🍅

 

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Spaghetti Squash
A great alternative to noodles, spaghetti squash is a great low carb option!
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 40 Minutes
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 40 Minutes
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Instructions
  1. Pre-Heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cut squash in half and remove seeds. Place cut side down in a large casserole dish and add water until it is 1/2 deep of water.
  3. Place in oven and cook for 40 minutes. Top of squash will be brown and squash will be fork tender.
  4. Use a fork and scrape sides of squash to form "noodles". Mix in butter, 1/2 T in each half of squash.
  5. Sprinkle squash with garlic powder and parsley.
Recipe Notes

Optional toppings: Tomato sauce, meatballs, Parmesan cheese, etc...

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Spinach Pancakes

Hi, I’m trying out a new recipe. I have been looking for some yummy ways to add more vegetables into my diet. Unless I have a salad for lunch, most days I tend to only have veggies with my dinner. So here’s a recipe I found to add some at during breakfast!! What a great way to start your day by adding some greens! I found a pancake recipe made with Greek yogurt that is sugar free and free of butter or oil.

 

Spinach Pancakes:

  1.  2 C Greek yogurt (vanilla)
  2. 1/2 C Milk
  3. 2 C Spinach
  4. 2 T Honey
  5. 2 Eggs
  6. 1 1/2 C Flour
  7. 1 tsp Baking powder
  8. 1 tsp Baking soda

Add all ingredients into a blender or food processor. Blend. Cook. Top with butter, fruit, or yogurt. Enjoy!! Makes about 16 3 inch vanilla flavored pancakes. 

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Spinach Pancakes
Vanilla pancakes with added spinach
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 20 Minutes
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Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 20 Minutes
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Instructions
  1. Add all ingredient into food processor
  2. Run processor until mix is smooth
  3. Add batter until pre-heated pan or skillet. Flip when bubbles present. Cook until lightly brown.
  4. Add desired toppings and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Makes about 16 3" pancakes.

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Veggie Chili

Veggie Chili

Add vegetables to traditional Chili to make Veggie Chili! A healthier spin of the classic recipes is super quick and easy. You could keep the ground beef or decide to leave it out. The vegetables add bulk and fiber. This is also low in carbohydrates.

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Veggie Chili
Chili with added vegetables.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 45 Minutes
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 45 Minutes
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  1. In a dutch oven, add ground beef, onion, and green pepper. Brown meat and cook until onions tender
  2. While meat is browning, add seasonings listed above
  3. Add Rotel, chili beans, and tomatoes. Heat until boiling
  4. Add zucchini and cook until desired tenderness
  5. Serve into bowls and add toppings!
Recipe Notes

You can also add other veggies such as carrots, mushrooms, etc. Adjust cooking times and cook until tender. Ground turkey can be substituted for the beef if desired for healthier option or omit for vegetarian version.

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Strawberry Yogurt Parfait

What great pre-workout fuel. Yogurt parfait with strawberries.

  1. 1/2 Cup greek yogurt
  2. 1/4 Cup oats
  3. 4-6 strawberries sliced or quartered
  4. Mix and enjoy!! 🍓🍓🍓🍓
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Strawberry Yogurt Parfait
A quick and easy snack
Course Snacks
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Course Snacks
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Instructions
  1. Add yogurt and oats into small bowl. Stir and set aside
  2. Wash strawberries and remove stem. Cut into small pieces
  3. Add strawberries to yogurt. Stir
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