Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Artisan Bistro

While I was at Henry's the other day, I came across this meal in the frozen section. It looked good, was dairy free and seemed like a quick fix if I was hungry one night and didn't want to go out or cook. Brandon isn't coming tonight, so I had to figure out what I wanted for dinner.. I opened the freezer and voila!

It was excellent, quick to make and portioned properly! Made by The Artisan Bistro. They also have The Artisan Bistro Direct, which you can order and have a bunch of them shipped to and even search selectively if you have a certain allergy. I definitely look forward to trying the different meals that they offer! Well priced too!

Chipotle-Glazed Roast Chicken with Sweet Potatoes

Well, I begged Brandon to come and help me deliver some stuff I sold, so I bribed him with dinner. I knew it had to be good, but I wanted to try something different, so I googled on my iPhone and found this recipe from Fitness Magazine.

5 small sweet potatoes (I used from Trader Joe's bag), peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
4 chipotle chilies in adobo sauce, minced
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons cider vinegar
1 1/4 teaspoons salt, plus additional to taste
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, rinsed and patted dry
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a medium bowl, toss the sweet potatoes in the olive oil and scatter on the bottom of a roasting pan. Roast for 15 minutes. 
2. In a small bowl, mix together the chilies, garlic, honey, vinegar, salt, cumin, and cinnamon to make a paste. Rub the paste evenly over each breast. 
3. Place the chicken breasts on top of the sweet potatoes and roast until the chicken is just cooked through, about 30 to 40 minutes.

I could barely get a picture before I was dying to try it! It was surprisingly amazing!! The chipotle chilies in adobo sauce add quite the flavor!

Each serving is 306 calories, 4g fat, 43g carbs, and 29g protein.

Lemon Pepper Halibut

I made a REALLY good spur of the moment dinner for Brandon and I the other night.. He loved it! Super simple too..

Season halibut with lemon pepper seasoning and black pepper. I put the halibut filets in foil and cooked it on my George Foreman for 10 minutes. While that was cooking, I had already started my Harvest Grains mix by Trader Joe's in water on the stove with garlic salt and black pepper in the water. Once it soaked up all of the water, it was an AMAZING flavor on the grains. I also made garlic green beans by boiling them in water, then straining them, coating with extra virgin olive oil and seasoning with black pepper and garlic salt. 20 minute meal TOPS. Brandon approved.

This came out to: 283 calories, 2g fat, 36g carbs and 30g protein.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Spaghetti Squash

One of my FAVORITE things to eat is spaghetti squash.. It's like having spaghetti without all the carbs of regular spaghetti (even if it's whole grain). Since spaghetti squash is in season right now with the fall, I picked up one last week and just made it tonight:

1. Cut spaghetti squash in half with a knife. Then, using a spoon, dig out the pulp and seeds from the center.

2. Oil a baking sheet with olive oil, and put squash halves with the cut side down. Put in offer at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. You should be able to pierce the squash easily with a knife.

3. Once the spaghetti squash is done, let it cool for about 10 minutes. During this time, I made the spaghetti sauce with Bertolli's olive oil & garlic with some whole pitted black olives, garlic powder, black pepper, oregano leaves and basil. I simmered it on the stove until it was hot.

4. Once your sauce is heated up, grab the spaghetti squash and start from the top pulling down to bring the spaghetti "strings" out of the squash.. Do this until the squash is bare, and your bowl is full!

5. Dish out the spaghetti, add sauce of top and enjoy! I'll definitely be saving mine for dinner tomorrow, and probably lunch the next day! I also had a side of whole grain bread on the side, since the spaghetti is low carb!

My dinner with a spaghetti squash and sauce came out to 141 calories, 4.9g fat, 22g carbs (7 from the squash, 14 from the sauce), and 5.2g protein. Obviously, if I wanted, I could add ground turkey or lean beef to add some protein, but it's #meatlessmonday!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Making Dinner Easy

I've compiled a bunch of photos that were already on my cell phone to show meals that I make often.. and they're SO easy!

Top Sirloin, Israeli Couscous and Garlic Green Beans

Filet Mignon,Garlic Green Beans and Spinach

Top Sirloin with Asparagus

Salmon, Green Beans and Brown Rice

Chicken, Zucchini and Trader Joe's Harvest Grains

Chicken, Couscous and Garlic Green Beans

Filet Mignon, Couscous and Garlic Green Beans

Chicken, Brown Rice and Chopped Broccoli & Asapargus

Filet Mignon, Asparagus and Brown Rice

Top Sirloin and Zucchini

Chicken, Green Beans and Trader Joe's Harvest Grains

Steak, Spinach, Trader Joe's Harvest Grains and Olive Bread

Chicken, Trader Joe's Harvest Grains and Chopped Broccoli

Halibut, Asparagus and Brown Rice

I try to portion control everything with measuring cups, especially my grain/rice. If I make chicken or steak, I always make an extra to put in my breakfast the next morning, or have for lunch the next day! 

What is your favorite healthy dinner???

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Great Harvest Bread Company

As some of you know, we have made the move to Temecula.. Well, almost.. The horses are there, and we just need to move ourselves. Last weekend, on a rainy Saturday, we met with all the people from our barn at the Great Harvest Bread Company. Dare I say that it BLOWS Panera Bread OUT of the water!?!?!?!

The bread is INSANE, and the sandwiches are SO good. Everything is fresh, natural and made to order. The prices are similar, if not a little cheaper than Panera. It's also closer to the barn, so I do think that we'll be making many trips in the near future. You know how we are.. once we love something, we're OBSESSED with it!! I can't wait until we live there, and I can buy the loaves of bread. It's also right next to a Gold's Gym. That could be dangerous! The ONLY downfall is that it isn't open on Sunday... Like today... So, we opted for Panera.

Basically, if there's one around you, I recommend that you try it!

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Turkey Tacos

Ashley has been on the kick to cook the last few days, so tonight, we decided to make tacos! Of course, I didn't take a picture, but I still thought I'd share how to make healthy "acceptable" tacos.

  • Lean Ground Turkey (Seasoned with Trader Joe's Taco Seasoning)
  • Low Carb Whole Wheat Tortillas or Soft Corn Tortillas (NO flour tortillas)
  • Black Beans
  • Salsa
  • Onions
  • Cilantro
  • Avocado 
You get the idea!

This brings me to the topic of mexican food. Sometimes, people don't think that you can eat healthy at a mexican restaurant... but you can! Opt out of the chips and get a side of warm corn tortillas to dip in the salsa, I also eat salsa with a fork (yes, I've received many interesting looks, but then people just get used to it, and I get my own bowl!). No cheese or sour cream on anything. Swap refried beans for black or pinto beans. Have corn instead of flour tortillas (some restaurants have wheat). 

Healthy options consist of:

Ceviche and Shrimp Cocktail

Chicken, Steak, Shrimp or Vegetable Fajitas

Chicken or Steak Street Tacos

Any Clear Broth Chicken or Seafood Soups (No chicken tortilla)

Ground Beef Taco Salad (No cheese or sour cream)

Guacamole is not a bad choice if eaten in moderation. Avocado provides a very healthy fat that is great for your hair and  skin, and lower cholesterol levels (meaning good for your heart!).

So, next time you're at a mexican restaurant, consider these options! It isn't as difficult as everyone thinks. It's easy to make a change, and it's easy to take an unhealthy food and make it healthy so that it can still be enjoyed!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Wisdom Teeth

So, I just got my wisdom teeth out eight days ago. If you know me, you know that I'm really specific on what I eat, and the list that the oral surgeon gave me was 95% not applicable for me. So, here's how I made it through the first seven days.

Natural Apple Sauce

Egg Whites

Chicken Soup & Chicken Noodle Soup
(pretty much minus the chicken, veggies and noodles)

Panera Bread's Black Bean Soup
(no whole grain baguette, unfortunately, and not many beans!)

Protein Shakes.. All day, Everyday
I even got smart and started putting espresso in to get my coffee fix
mix in variations included: banana, pear, sunflower seed butter, All One Vitamins & Minerals, almond milk, stevia, cinnamon, and Sunwarrior Protein Powder

and that pretty much sums it up! Bland, completely liquid, but my check up today at the oral surgeon said that I'm healing AMAZINGLY.. So, I'm assuming that I've done something right. It also was not the worst pain that I've ever felt, so if you need to get your wisdom teeth out, don't be scurred, homie!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Protein Pancakes

I've been wanting to post this one for a while, but life gets away from you sometime!

  • 1/4 Cup Egg Whits
  • 1 Scoop Protein Powder (I use Sunwarrior)
  • 2 tbsp Almond Milk
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp Ground Flaxseed
Mix ingredients together, then mash half a small banana and whisk it into mix.

Next, poor into a pan that has been sprayed with olive oil cooking spray and heat on Medium. Cook the first side until you see it start to bubble, and then carefully flip over until that side is done.

Cook it like a normal pancake.

You can top with anything! I use the second half of my banana, cinnamon, and sunflower seed butter. It is SO good and filling! Even Ashley liked it.. Try it!

Final Product!

 This recipe is for 1 serving, which came in at 280 calories, 12g fat, 25g carbs (8g fiber) and 29g protein.