Slender Chicken Quesadillas

Chicken Quesadillas

¡Hola!

Last night I feasted on a delicious chicken quesadilla that had whole grain, veggies, and lean protein. With Greek yogurt instead of sour cream and no cheese, it’s sure to keep you slender! If you’re really craving cheese, just add a little; don’t go overboard!

Normally, a quesadilla would include flour tortillas loaded with cheese and topped with sour cream – not exactly the healthiest dinner idea. But I’ve slenderized it for you! You can still indulge in a tasty meal without any guilt.

This is a quick and easy recipe, so if you don’t have a lot of time or energy, no worries!

I have a quesadilla maker, but you could easily make these on the stove. Here’s how:

Ingredients:

(for one quesadilla)

  • Olive oil
  • 1 boneless skinless chicken breast
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 2 whole wheat tortilla shells
  • 1/2 cup peppers & onions (can be frozen or fresh)
  • Plain nonfat Greek yogurt, salsa, guacamole (optional)
  • Cheese (optional, only if you must have it)

Directions:

  1. Lightly oil a pan with olive oil and warm it over medium heat.
  2. Grill chicken breast until fully cooked (temperature reaches 165°F)
  3. Salt and pepper chicken breast to taste.
  4. Cut up chicken into bite-sized pieces or shred it if possible.
  5. If using a quesadilla maker, plug it in and get it warm. If using a pan on the stove, get the pan warmed up. Do NOT use any oil. You don’t want soggy tortillas.
  6. Put down one tortilla shell and evenly spread the chicken, peppers, and onions. Put the other tortilla shell on top.

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    Frozen peppers and onions don’t have to be warmed up ahead of time. They will thaw and heat as the tortillas brown.

  7. Again, if using the quesadilla maker, just follow the directions for it (you won’t need to flip it). If using the stove, let each side of the quesadila brown up (you’ll have to flip it at least once to see how it’s browning).
  8. Once the tortillas are nice and toasted, set the quesadilla on a plate and let it cool a few minutes before cutting.
  9. Top with Greek yogurt, guacamole, or salsa.

This is by far my favorite dinner recipe, as well as my boyfriend’s. It’s just so quick, easy, and delicious. And the best part is, it’s healthy too!!

¡Adios!

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Time for Something New: Recipe Makeovers!

Hello Readers!!

I know it’s been forever since I’ve posted! I’ve been so busy.. I know, excuses excuses, right? Well, I’m trying to make more time for blogging because I really don’t want to quit! I want to keep writing and sharing with all of you.

Lately, it’s been hard for me to find the time to experiment and make new recipes. So, I think it’s time for something new! I’m going to start doing some easy recipe makeovers for you!

I’m currently working two jobs, and my boyfriend works full time. We rarely have time to sit down and have a nice meal together, so lots of our recipes have to be quick, cheap, and easy to make. Well, unfortunately, quick, cheap, and easy foods are usually highly processed frozen meals, boxed mixes, or other unhealthy foods. I’ve been trying my best to make our meals healthy while still keeping them cheap, quick, and easy.

Most of my recipe makeovers just swap a few not-so-healthy ingredients for healthier ones. These makeovers aren’t really my recipes; rather, they are someone else’s, and I’ve just made a few substitutions. I haven’t done a recipe makeover in a few days, but I’ll post each time we have a made-over meal.

If you have any ideas for recipes I can makeover, let me know in the comments below! I’m always looking for new ideas; even Pinterest leaves me wanting more!

Thanks for reading 🙂

Healthy Yogurt Parfait Equation

Hi Readers!

I know it’s been a while since my last post… I know it’s no excuse, but I’ve been so busy moving to a new city, finding a new job, and being a grown up! Finally, I have some time to blog a little and try some new recipes. Here’s a cute little chart I made to help you make delicious yogurt parfaits.

Let me know in the comments if you have any other foods you like to add to your yogurt. I’m always looking for new ideas! Enjoy 🙂

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Cheesy Garlic Broccoli Quinoa Poppers

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I know what you’re thinking: there’s no way something with cheese can actually be healthy, and there’s no way something this delicious can be good for you. But guess what!! It’s possible! This recipe has whole grain, complete protein, vegetables, and delicious cheese!

I’ve been working on this recipe for a while, playing around with it in my head, trying to figure out what combinations would work best together, and I finally created my masterpiece! You might remember my zucchini poppers recipe. This one is kind of similar, but way better! (In my opinion, anyway.) I present to you… CHEESY GARLIC BROCCOLI QUINOA POPPERS!

Ingredients:

(For 18-20 1-inch balls)

  • 1 cup cooked OR 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 cup canned/cooked navy beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup finely-chopped fresh broccoli florets
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 4 ounces cheddar cheese, cut into 20 small cubes

Directions:

  1. If not already cooked, place quinoa and 1 cup of water into a small pot. Bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer for 10 to 15 minutes until all the water is absorbed by the quinoa. Remove from heat, and let it cool.
  2. While quinoa is cooking and cooling, mash beans in a medium-sized mixing bowl.
  3. Then, add broccoli, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt to the beans and mix thoroughly. Add quinoa.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a baking sheet. Now it’s time to start rolling balls.
  5. Take one cheese cube at a time, and form the bean/quinoa mixture around it, forming it into a ball shape. I found it easiest to compact the mixture around the cheese, rather than trying to actually roll it in my hands.
  6. Place each ball on the cookie sheet. They can be very close together, but don’t let them touch.
  7. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until the poppers feel crispy on top.
  8. Let cool for about 5 minutes, and serve while warm.

These are so good! I could have eaten the entire pan of them in 10 minutes. A couple of my poppers oozed cheese toward the end of the baking time, but they still tasted great. Just be sure to cover the entire cheese cube with the bean/quinoa mixture to prevent this from happening.

I hope you enjoy! And keep in mind, these might be even better with different kinds of cheese, so let me know if you use anything besides cheddar. What’s your favorite kind of cheese??

Clean Sour Cream & Onion Potato Chips Recipe

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Healthy potato chips!? Yes, it’s possible!! Thanks to my amazing boyfriend, I got a food dehydrator for Christmas. He got me a Waring Pro Food Dehydrator, and I’ve been trying recipes with it for about a month now. This is the first chip recipe I’ve tried, and it actually worked pretty well!

I found this Sour Cream & Onion Chips recipe from Emily at JoyfulAbode.com, and adapted it slightly to make it perfect for clean eating. Thank you so much, Emily! Her blog has tons of recipes, so be sure to check it out!

This recipe made a pretty large batch. I got five trays of chips in my dehydrator, and I even had leftover potato paste. I ate it like mashed potatoes, and it was so delicious!

Ingredients:

  • 2 large russet potatoes
  • 1/2 cup 2% (reduced fat) plain greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 Tbs. dried parsley
  • 2 Tbs. onion powder
  • 1 Tbs. salt (more or less to taste)

You will also need:

  • Food dehydrator
  • Nonstick dehydrator mats or PARCHMENT paper cut to size (Do NOT use waxed paper; it will stick to the chips)

Directions:

  1. Cook the potatoes any way you like. I poked mine several times with a fork and microwaved them for about 12 minutes.
  2. Let the potatoes cool enough to peel them, and remove the skin. (I would like to try this again, but leave the skin on to add more fiber, but I’m not sure how it would work.)
  3. Cut or break the potatoes into chunks and combine all ingredients in a food processor. If you have a small food processor (like I do), you might have to do separate batches. I had to do three small batches and then stir it all together by hand in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Puree all the ingredients until it turns into a potato paste. If it’s too thick, add a little more water.
  5. Using a spoon or rubber spatula, spread the potato paste onto the nonstick mats or parchment paper. Spread it pretty thin, but don’t make any holes. It is pretty hard to spread it thin enough without making it see-through, so next time I make these I will spread it a little thicker.
  6. Dehydrate your chips at 145° or medium setting until they are crispy and dry. Mine took about 8 hours total. Every couple hours, check them and rearrange the order of the trays (the bottom trays tend to dry out faster). After about 6 hours, I flipped the big sheets of chips so the wet side was up. The thicker your chips are, the longer it will take for them to dry completely.
  7. Once all the sheets are dry and crispy, break the big chips into smaller pieces.
  8. Store in an air-tight container. (Emily says they will keep for a couple days, but they taste best fresh)

Enjoy!! These don’t taste like store-bought chips, but they do taste good! Remember, your chips don’t have any nasty preservatives, additives, monosodium glutamate (MSG), or artificial flavors. These are all natural, healthy, and perfect for clean eating!

I plan on trying different chip flavors in the future. What kind should I try next? Let me know in the comments!

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Clean Eating Super Bowl Snack Ideas!

The Super Bowl is less than a week away! You know what that means: lot’s of greasy food, beer, junk food, funny commercials, and an entertaining halftime show (hopefully). I usually only watch the game to see the commercials, and of course, I love pigging out on some junk food.

It’s totally fine to treat yourself for this special occasion, but at least try to eat something healthy while you watch the game. Eat a few veggies or a fruit bowl. Have a handful of nuts. Grab some olives and a pickle. Balance out the good with the bad, so your body doesn’t get mad at you for feeding it too much garbage.

I’m not sure how many of you readers will tune in for the big game, but I’ve compiled a collection of my clean eating recipes that will be sure to please your football crowd!

“Fried” pickles with southwest dipping sauce

Fried Pickles

Zucchini poppers with marinara sauce

zucchini poppers

Sweet potato fries

sweet potato fries

Baked tortilla chips

Clean tortilla chips

Black bean and corn salsa

Black Bean Salsa

Guacamole

Guacamole

Frozen peanut butter cocoa balls

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Rice Krispies treats

rice krispies treats

Black bean brownies

brownies

Veggie-Loaded Turkey Chili

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How do you celebrate while you watch the Super Bowl? Do you watch for the commercials, the halftime show, or the game itself?

Clean Up Your Thanksgiving Menu

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner! Who’s excited for some food!? I know I am! If you read my post last week, you know that I don’t plan on eating very clean on Thanksgiving. I don’t think my grandma and extended family would go for a clean eating menu for our dinner, so I’ll be eating the regular traditional menu that day.

Once I have my own family and I’m in charge of planning Thanksgiving dinner, I’ll prepare the entire menu with clean foods only! I’m sure some of you plan on doing that this year, or maybe you just want to clean up a few recipes for dinner. Either way, I’ve compiled a collection of clean eating versions of all your Thanksgiving favorites!

Some of these recipes are ones I made myself, and some are from other clean eaters around the web.  I tried to account for almost all of the traditional foods at Thanksgiving dinner, with some substitutions or recommendations on how to clean them up if the recipes aren’t totally clean already.

Green Bean Casserole 

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Thank you zee lemons for this vegan green bean casserole recipe! It is clean except for the crispy, fried onions. But how could you eat green bean casserole without them!? Be sure to use olive oil and whole wheat flour.

Mashed Potatoes

mashed cauliflowerInstead of mashed potatoes, try this garlic mashed cauliflower instead! You’ll avoid the starchy potatoes and get an extra serving of veggies instead!

Sweet Potatoes

mashed potatoesI love this mashed sweet potatoes recipe! They taste so sweet, it’s almost like eating dessert, but it’s completely clean!

Rolls

roll16This whole wheat dinner roll recipe comes from An Oregon Cottage. Be sure to use either skim, unsweetened almond, or soy milk. You could also try substituting coconut oil or olive oil for butter, but I haven’t tried it myself.

Biscuits

biscuitsThis is my fluffy whole wheat biscuit recipe! The recipe is already 100% clean, so enjoy!

Cornbread

cornbreadI don’t usually eat cornbread on Thanksgiving, but I know some people do. If you’re one of those people, be sure to check out my clean cornbread recipe since it’s so healthy!

Corn Casserole

lighter-corn-casserole_thumb_3Thank you to Chocolate Covered Katie for this lightened-up corn casserole! It’s even gluten free. Use whole grain cornmeal if you can find it. Be sure to use all natural chicken broth, skim/unsweetened almond or soy milk, honey as a sweetener, nonfat Greek yogurt instead of tofu, and coconut oil for the buttery taste.

Deviled Eggs

90564642477118316ggnz2qhlcThis clean deviled eggs recipe comes from Build Lean Eat Clean! Be sure to use Greek yogurt like they recommend.

Coleslaw

coleslaw-1I found this healthy coleslaw recipe on PBS. It’s already 100% clean!

Stuffing

img_1903Thank you to Freeze Your Way Fit for this copycat Stove Top stuffing recipe! Be sure to use whole wheat bread. I’m excited to try this one!

Pumpkin Pie

IMG_0245This clean pumpkin pie recipe comes from Blogilates. She even has a video in case you don’t feel like reading. I love me some pumpkin pie!

Pecan Pie

clean-eating-pecan-pie-v-I also love pecan pie! I love any kind of pie actually. Anyway, this clean pecan pie recipe comes from The Gracious Pantry!

Apple Crisp

picture of apple crispI don’t usually eat apple crisp on Thanksgiving, but I might this year! I love my clean apple crisp recipe, so try it out!

I hope all of you have a happy, healthy Thanksgiving! Let me know in the comments what your favorite Thanksgiving food is!

Healthy Gourmet Oatmeal Combinations

Here’s a handy chart to help you create amazing gourmet oatmeal combinations! Just mix and match, add what you want, stir in some goodies, and eat up! Oatmeal is a great breakfast. It’s quick and easy, and you can even make it the night before, keep it in the fridge overnight, and grab it in the morning as you’re walking out the door.

So print out this chart, stick it up on your fridge, and make some fancy combinations!

Comment below and let me know what combinations you came up with! I’m always looking for new ways to enjoy my oats!

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Clean Whole Wheat Apple Cinnamon Muffin Recipe

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Ingredients:

(For 12 muffins)

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 Tbs. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbs. cinnamon
  • 2 egg whites
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1 cup chopped apple

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  2. Place paper liners in 12 muffin tins, or grease them very well.
  3. Combine flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl.
  4. In a small bowl, beat egg whites and set aside.
  5. In another small bowl, combine almond milk, olive oil, vanilla, and honey until smooth.
  6. Fold egg whites into the wet mix.
  7. Add wet mix and apples to dry mix and stir until combined, but don’t over mix!
  8. Pour batter into each muffin tin, about 2/3 full.
  9. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until the muffins turn golden brown.
  10. Remove from oven and let cool a little. These taste great while warm!