Saturday, January 12, 2013

Healthy Taco Salad

Healthy Taco Salad
From the kitchen of Stephanie


1 cup Kale (deribbed and chopped)
1 heart of Romain (chopped)
4 oz of extra lean ground turkey
Taco Seasoning (I prefer Trader Joe' additives and great flavor)
1/2 Yellow Onion (chopped)
2 Green Onions (chopped)
1/4 cup of Light Mexican Cheese Blend (I also use Trade Joe' GMO's)
1/4 of an Avocado
Tortilla Chips (I used the Reduced Guilt Trader Joe's Tortilla Chips...great flavor)
1/2 cup Tri-color Bell Peppers (chopped)
1 lime
2 TBSP Salsa (I prefer the Homestyle Salsa Especial from Trader Joe's)

1. Cook the ground turkey with about 1-2 tsps of the taco seasoning (depends how spicy you'd like it to be) along with the onions. Literally all I did to cook this meat was use a non-stick pan, dumped the meat in with the onions, sprinkle the taco seasoning on top and I added a couple tablespoons of oil, no butter, no sprays.
2.While the meat is cooking, chop all of the veggies
3. When the meat is done, combine all ingredients together (this makes one BIG serving or two smaller servings).

(for the whole thing)
383 Calories, 8 grams of fat, 39 grams of carbs, 49 grams of protein

***The only thing I think I'd do different next time is add some pinto beans to the taco meat once it's mostly done cooking.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Oatmeal Walnut Banana Pancakes

Oatmeal Walnut Banana Pancakes
From the Kitchen of Amy Day

OK, so I pinned a banana pancake recipe on Pinterest the other day.  It was just 1 ripe banana, 2 eggs, mix them together and cook like a pancake.  They were fantastic!
Since the kids loved them so much I decided to monkey with them a little bit over the past few days, and this morning I had one for my own breakfast, and it was delicious.  Here's what I did (this made 6 large pancakes):
2 very ripe bananas, mashed
4 eggs
tsp vanilla extract
tsp cinnamon
dash of nutmeg
1/4 cup of chopped walnuts
3/4 cup rolled/old-fashioned oats (uncooked - I am sure you can use instant, but probably not steel cut unless you've cooked them first)
tbsp of bisquik (can leave out, but I like the texture better)
Mix it all together and cook as you would a pancake (I used butter for the kids, nonstick spray for myself).  Depending on what portion you eat you can figure out your nutrition info, but for one very filling pancake this morning, mine came out to just 210 calories, with 11 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber, and 350mg of potassium!  They don't need anything on them.  And it was both filling and delicious - and for my pancake fanatic children, who I will of course not give flour-based pancakes to on a daily basis, this makes all of us very happy :)  I'm going to continue experimenting with other nutritious additions I can sneak in there!