Recipe Monday

Recipe Monday: Cabbage and White Bean Soup

I had some luck with two recipes I winged this weekend. One was a crock pot pork stew-thing that could have gone pretty wrong and the other was a soup, which would have been pretty hard to screw up. Although in my wine buzz, I probably could have managed it, but I didn’t. And now I want to share it with you.

I was inspired by some so-called zero points Weight Watchers recipes I saw on pinterest, but I didn’t follow any one recipe specifically. I’ve been adding some turkey meatballs from my freezer to up the protein count. This would also be great with some boneless pork ribs thrown in.

Cabbage and White Bean Soup

Yum yum soup

Yum yum soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1/4 vidalia onion, chopped
  • 1/2 small zucchini, sliced
  • 3 cups cabbage, chopped
  • 1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes, with liquid
  • 1 14.5 oz can great northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  • Using an immersion blender, puree about half the beans with a little liquid (optional)
  • Put all ingredients (except salt and pepper) in a pot and bring to a boil
  • Simmer for about 45 minutes, until vegetables are soft
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste

Quick-glance nutrition information (from myfitnesspal app)

Servings: 4 (2 cups each) | Calories: 168 | Fat: 0.8 grams | Carbs: 32 grams | Protein: 9.2 grams

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Recipe Monday: Black Bean Salsa

I don’t know about you, but when I go to parties, I like to bring something that people will enjoy. What’s better than something that people will enjoy that is also pretty healthy for you? You get that with my Black Bean Salsa. My friends request that I bring this to events and it’s super easy to make. I stole the recipe from Whole Foods, but I’ve made it so many times that I like to think of it as my own.

Ready to be mixed!

Ready to be mixed!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups frozen corn, thawed
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion, rinsed to remove acidity
  • 2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2-3 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar (depending on your tastes)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/3-1/2 cup cilantro leaves, chopped

Directions:

  • Mix together corn, onion, pepper and beans in a large bowl.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together rice vinegar, olive oil, lime juice, salt and pepper.
  • Add dressing to large bowl and mix thoroughly.
  • Add cilantro now or wait until just before serving. Make sure you give it another good stir before mixing so that the dressing redistributes.
  • Serve with delicious and unhealthy tortilla chips.

I’ve never recalculated the nutrition info based on my version (I use a bit more beans than the Whole Foods recipe), but if you want a good basis, check out the Whole Foods version.

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Recipe Monday: Slow Cooker Turkey Stuffed Peppers

For me, there is nothing better than an easy, healthy slow cooker meal. And that’s just what these stuffed peppers are. No pre-cooking of meat necessary, which means no extra dirty pots. I usually stick leftover rice from other meals into the freezer for when I want to make these and then I don’t even have to worry about cooking the rice.

Easy ingredients

Easy ingredients

See you in my tummy soon

See you in my tummy soon

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Fit Fav Friday: No-Calorie Beverages

I’m a big water fan, but sometimes water just doesn’t cut it. When that happens, I turn to no-calorie beverages. And I’m not talking about diet soda (I don’t even want to get into how terrible soda is for you… even if I do indulge myself every so often).

When water isn’t cutting it, I reach for a nice cold seltzer or a warm cup of tea. The cold carbonation of seltzer is so satisfying when I’m thirsty and sometimes even helps when I’m craving a sweet snack. My favorite flavors are raspberry lime and pink grapefruit. Continue reading

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Recipe Monday – Sloppy Joe Hash Brown Casserole

I get excited when I find a recipe that’s both comforting and high in protein. Sometimes I just don’t want to eat big hunks of meat. So when I came across this casserole, the kid in me got super excited. It’s tasty and easy to make. I like pairing it with a side of broccoli.

Sloppy Joe Casserole

Sloppy Joe Hash Brown Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 20 oz. 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1 can sloppy joe mix
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 cup mild cheddar shredded cheese
  • 1/2 package frozen hash brown potatoes (about 15 oz.)

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Recipe Monday – Sweet Potato Chili – No Bean and Bean Style

Like many trying to eat healthier, I turn to SkinnyTaste.com for healthy recipe ideas. It’s one of the best recipe blogs out there, in my humble opinion. I recently tried the No Bean Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili recipe because sweet potatoes are on my list of foods to learn to like. Other than in fried form, of course – I’ve already got a taste for that down.

While I really enjoyed the chili made as directed by the recipe, I found myself missing the beans. So I decided to try making it again, plus kidney beans. I also threw in a green pepper for good measure (I still have a hard time getting enough vegetables in everyday). I have to say – it turned out excellent.

Colorful meals are more fun

Colorful meals are more fun

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Recipe Monday – Banana Silver Dollar “Pancakes”

Oh, Pinterest. I don’t know what I’d do without you. I’ve found many great recipes (and some not-so-great – one-pot wonder pasta recipes, I’m looking at you) in my countless hours of Pinterest browsing. Today’s recipe comes from one of my Pinterest sessions.

I tend to be an egg sandwich, English muffin with peanut butter, or oatmeal for breakfast kind of girl. But every once in a while, I want something on the sweeter side and special. So when I’ve got a craving for something different, but I still want to be healthy, this is where I turn.

I won’t even try to tell you that I feel like I’m eating pancakes when I make these Banana “Pancakes.” If you’re really craving pancakes, these won’t do it. They’re more of an omelet consistency with a mellow, sweet banana flavor. And they’re super filling! This is my favorite treat after my long run on Sundays.

Banana Silver Dollar “Pancakes”

Ingredients:

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  • 1 banana
  • 2 large eggs
  • Generous dash cinnamon
  • Optional: Sometimes I like to jazz this up with a little pumpkin butter

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