Banana Mint "Ice Cream" with Chocolate Chips

This recipe is all over Pinterest so I lay no claim to it - but it was too delicious not to share with you guys. Great for adults and kids too!

Ingredients:
2 frozen bananas
1/2 cup of fresh mint
1-2 tablespoons of semi-sweet chocolate chips (to your liking)


Directions:
Freeze bananas then cut them into pieces before you toss them into a food processor. Pulse 10-15x then toss in the mint and chips and mix!

That's it! Enjoy the heck out of it. Chico didn't feel like any when I made it so I ate it myself...ya snooze you loose buddy!

Cheesy Tuna Spaghetti Squash Casserole

My new favorite dinner! I am a huge fan of making things that keep in the fridge well so that I can grab something healthy and delicious. If I don't have healthy options available I will make bad choices - this is a fact. I hope you all enjoy this as much as we did!

Ingredients: 

  • Two Cans of Tuna
  • 3 cups spaghetti squash, cooked (6 Greens)
  • 1 tablespoon light butter, melted (1 Healthy Fat)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder (1 Condiment)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste (2 Condiments)
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper, to taste  (1/4 Condiment)
  • 1 tbsp grated Kraft Parmesan cheese (1 Condiment)
  • 3/4 cup 2% Fage Total Greek yogurt  (1/2 Lean)
  • 3 oz. reduced fat cheddar, shredded and divided (3/4 Lean)
  • 1/4 tsp dried basil (1/2 Condiment)

Directions:

Poke holes on all sides of the spaghetti squash with a metal skewer or a fork. 

Place a paper towel in microwave and place squash on top of paper towel. Microwave in increments of 3 minutes until flesh starts to get soft. I had a medium sized squash and microwaved for about 10 minutes. Let cool. Cut squash in half, lengthwise. Scoop the seeds and the middle strands out with a spoon and discard. Next, scrape the inside of the squash with a fork all the way to the skin. You should get strands that resemble spaghetti. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine melted butter, salt, pepper, Parmesan cheese with the yogurt and 2 oz. of shredded cheddar cheese. Stir in spaghetti squash until combined. Pour spaghetti squash mixture into an 8 inch casserole dish. Top with tuna. Sprinkle the remaining ounce of cheese and dried basil over the top. Put in oven and bake for 30 minutes. The casserole is ready when the top is a light golden brown, which makes for a crunchy crust! Serve immediately.

Cabbage Spring Rolls

So Adam and I are always looking for interesting ways to spice up healthy eating while still appealing to our taste buds. We happened upon a recipe for spring rolls that used cabbage for the outer layer and they turned out awesome. The recipe called for shrimp but Adam was stuck on using some ground turkey that we had in the fridge. I can't really complain since he pretty much made them. :)

Spring Rolls:
24 medium shrimp peeled and deveined (about 1 lb) boiled for 7-10 min, let cool in fridge. We used one package of extra lean ground turkey.
1 head of cabbage blanched and peeled (blanch for 2 min tops)
1/2 head of lettuce chopped
1 cucumber sliced
2 cups of bean sprouts
fresh mint chopped
fresh basil chopped
1 bunch of green onion
shirataki noodles drained (we used tofu noodles but there's also yam if you don't want added protein).

Peanut Sauce:
1 tbsp Pb2 mixed with water
1/2 tsp fish sauce (we will use oyster next time - i thought the fish sauce was kinda foul).
1/2 tsp chili paste
1/4 minced peanuts (we skipped)

Spicy Sauce: 
1 tbsp fish sauce
1/2 tsp chili paste
1 clove garlic minced

DIRECTIONS:
Cut the large white vein out of the cabbage. Start from one side to the other, in this order place green onion, 2 piece cucumber, lettuce, noodles, mint, basil, bean sprouts, shrimp (or whatever protein). Roll from one side to the other, tucking in as much as you can. 

Stuffed Peppers.

via Instagram Last nights dinner - stuffed bell peppers. It was so yum and so easy. Made some Israeli couscous and cooked up some ground turkey with mushrooms and olives, added the couscous to the mixture with tomato sauce. Cut off the top of bell peppers, scooped mixture inside and baked for 30 min at 350. Chico loved it too which is always a plus to not have to make different meals for everyone!!

Breadless Breadsticks!

20131203-205946.jpgI made these awesome "breadsticks" tonight with dinner and it was so easy I thought I would share with you. 

Ingredients:

Cauliflower, Egg Beaters, Reduced Fat Mozzarella

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350. 

Mix 1 cup of grated raw cauliflower with 1/4 cup of egg beaters and half a cup of mozzarella in a bowl. Line a 9 x13 loaf pan with parchment and lightly spray with Pam. Pour mixture into pan about 1 -1/2 inch deep. (It is okay if the mixture does not cover the entire pan). Bake at 350 for 30 min or until set. Lift the edges of the parchment and place bread with parchment on to cookie sheet. Carefully use a spatula to lift the edges of the dough off the parchment and flip the dough. Bake for an additional 15 minutes at 450 degrees. Take out of oven and with a pizza cutter, slice strips through set dough. Separate slightly. Sprinkle with garlic salt, Italian seasonings and 1 oz or 1/4 cup 2% reduced fat mozzarella or three cheese blend. Continue baking at 450 degrees for about 10 more minutes until cheese is melted. 

We had it with soup but you can have it with marinara sauce too!