Mexican Pizza!

The Mexican Pizza. Hands down the best fast food item one can buy. Haven’t had one in many years but I still think about them from time to time. Luckily I found a healthier alternative!

The one item you must have is the Food for Life Brown rice tortillas. IMG_8366 I found them at Whole Foods. Not only are they great for the Mexican pizza but also for any taco!

Mexican Pizza:

Ingredients:

1. 2 Food for Life Brown Rice Tortillas

2. 1 pound ground beef

3. Taco seasoning 1/2 packet

4. 1 tbs Avocado Oil

5. Mozzarella (depends how cheesy ya want it)

6. Tomato Sauce (depends how saucy ya want it)

7. Heaping tbs Full fat Greek yogurt

 

Preparation:

Cook 1 pound 90% lean ground beef in pan. Add taco seasoning once cooked.

Heat 1 tbs avocado oil in skillet. Fry each tortilla separately until crispy. Place aside.

Put 1/2 lb ground beef on cooked tortilla and sprinkle with mozzarella. Place the other tortilla on top.

Place the tortilla with ground beef back in the skillet and cook on low until cheese is melted.

While tortilla is still hot, sprinkle mozzarella on top.

Heat about 1/4 cup tomato sauce in pan and spread on top of pizza. Cut pizza in 1/4 slices.

Finish by scooping a tbs of greek yogurt on top.

Better than Taco Bell!

 

 

Homemade Energy Bites

This is a very easy recipe to take with you during travel, at work, or if you just want to fight some sugar cravings! Try it out!

Ingredients:

2 cups uncooked Oatmeal
1 cup Peanut Butter or Other Nut Butter
2/3 cup Honey
2 cups Shredded Coconut Flakes
1 cup Ground Flaxseed
2 teaspoons Vanilla

Preparation:

Mix all ingredients together.  Roll into balls.

To freeze:  Place balls on a cookie sheet and freeze for 1-2 hours.  Remove from cookie sheet and place in an airtight zip top freezer bag(or other airtight container)

To serve:  Remove desired number of balls and thaw at room temperature for 15-30 minutes.  Can also warm for 30 seconds or so in the microwave.  Or, you can be impatient like me and eat them straight from the freezer

Low Carb Pizza

If you are a pizza lover (who the heck isn’t!?) then you’ll love this healthier alternative. Its a little on the fat side but no need to worry. Processed sugary carbs (yes bread is sugary) is what you should really run from. The obesity and diabetic epidemic isnt from fat… its from carbs. Anyways…. make your family this instead of ordering that crap from Papa Johns or wherever else.

Crust
1 (8 oz) package of Organic full fat cream cheese, room temperature
2 eggs
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese (fresh! Not the container)

Topping (get creative)
1/2 cup organic pizza sauce

1 sliced tomato (optional)
Jalapeno (optional)
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
toppings – get creative! I chose bison but you can use 16oz lean turkey, ground beef, or whatever other protein you can think of.
Garlic powder

Preheat oven to 350.

Lightly spay a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray. With a handheld mixer, mix cream cheese, eggs, pepper, garlic powder and parmesan cheese until combined. Spread into baking dish. Bake for 12-15 minutes, our until golden brown. Allow crust to cool for 10 minutes.

Spread pizza sauce on crust. Top with cheese and toppings. Sprinkle pizza with garlic powder. Bake 8-10 minutes, until cheese is melted.

Homemade Granola

Don’t settle for the processed junk that you buy pre made at the grocery store. Tons of unnecessary sugar! Try this recipe instead. Super easy and feel free to experiment and get creative with it. That’s how you learn!

Ingredients:

4 cups dried oats

1/4 cup wheat germ

1-2 tbsp ground flax

Cinnamon (just sprinkle everywhere)

Slivered almonds (nice handful)

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

Coconut flakes (sprinkle)

Coconut oil

Honey (preferably raw)

 

Preparation:

Melt a heaping tbsp of coconut oil with 1/4 cup of honey in a large pan. Once melted, add dry ingredients. Stir.

Take the mixture and spread onto a cooking sheet (no need to spray since oil is already in the mixture). Place in oven at 350 for about 12-15 min.

Feel free to add goji berries or raisins after cooked. DO not cook because they will melt and become very messy. Get creative here folks. Add whatever you want! Just make sure its healthy!!!

Enjoy as a cereal with some unsweetened coconut or almond milk. Also a great topping for some greek yogurt!

 

Healthy Coconut Chicken

Plain chicken gets boring. I get it…. TRUST ME! So I came up with a healthy way to flavor up that chicken of yours. And what better way than adding a healthy fat like coconut! You may be thinking… “but coconut has too much fat, will I get fat?” The answer is no. Coconut has healthy fat (Medium-chain triglycerides) that the body likes to use for energy rather than storing it. According to Dr. Jonny Bowden (one of the rare Docs that understand the importance of nutrition) stated in one of his blogs, “A long-term, multidisciplinary study was set up to examine the health of the people living in the small, idyllic coconut-eating islands of Tokelau and Pukapuka. What researchers found was astonishing. Despite eating a “high-fat” diet (35 to 60 percent of the islanders’ calories were from fat, mostly saturated fat from coconuts), the Pukapuka and Tokelau islanders were virtually free of atherosclerosis, heart disease, and colon cancer. Digestive problems were rare. The islanders were lean and healthy. There were no signs of kidney disease; high blood cholesterol was unknown.” The proof is in the coconut! Ok enough science, lets get to the recipe! Coconut oil and coconut milk will be our powerhouse fat for this recipe.

Ingredients:

1. Chicken(Organic please)

2. 1 cup coconut milk (organic please)

3. 1-2 whole eggs (organic please)

4. Coconut oil (organic please) Just FYI… don’t listen to that recent NY Times article about how organic isn’t healthier. Would you like hormones in your food? Then buy organic.

5. Bread crumbs (think healthy here, no white bread) What I do is blend up some healthy whole grain bread in a blender. There are also quinoa flakes, and they sell whole grain bread crumbs too. But making your own in the blender is my first choice.

Directions:

Mix in a bowl the coconut milk and eggs. You can always add more milk if you are cooking a lot. This is a rough estimate and doesn’t need to be exact.

In a separate bowl, pour in dry bread crumbs.

For each chicken breast you will dip into the coconut milk and eggs then roll in bread crumbs until breast is covered. You then put onto a skillet that is lined with coconut oil (again the amount doesn’t really matter, add more if you need to. Don’t be scared of healthy fat!) Cook each side for about 7 min depending on breast size.

Its that easy! Serve with vegetables or a salad with either olive oil and balsamic for dressing. You may also add some apple cider vinegar (another powerhouse ingredient).

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Hope you enjoy!

 

 

9 Healthy Taco Salad

This is one of my favorite recipes for dinner. Its quick and easy too! Hope you enjoy….

 

Ingredients:

1 lb lean turkey or lean ground beef

1 15oz can of black beans (drained and rinsed)

1 can low sodium tomato sauce

1-teaspoon olive oil

½ onion chopped

1-3 cloves of garlic

Lettuce

Tomatoes

1 oz of light cheese

2 tbsp salsa

Preparation:

1. Heat oil in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic to cook. Stir for about 2 minutes. Add turkey or ground beef, stir often and crumble with spatula until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add tomato sauce, stir. Add black beans and stir for about 2-3 minutes.

2. To serve: Add lettuce to plate. Top with the turkey or ground beef. Sprinkle cheese, tomatoes, and salsa. Enjoy!

 

Turkey Meatballs

Whenever someone has a get together or party there always seems to be nothing but JUNK! All carbs no protein! Why is this? Well I have news…. it doesn’t have to be that way! Next time you have a get together don’t be that unhealthy person with all the JUNK! Instead, try this recipe. Great for parties and they taste delicious.

Ingredients:

1 lb. lean ground turkey (or ground chicken)
1 egg white
1 cup cooked quinoa (this is instead of breadcrumbs and it’s really good)
1 tbsp. tomato paste
1 small onion diced (you can saute them too.)
1 tsp. garlic powder or 1 clove garlic minced
1 tsp. italian seasoning (herbs of your choice)  example:basil, oregano, thyme…..
3 tbsp. grated parmesan cheese (it’s a lower fat cheese)

Preparation:

Saute onions on med. heat in 1 tbsp. olive oil for approx. 5 min. (optional)  Combine all other ingredients and add sauteed onion to mixture.  Roll into 1 inch meatballs. Place on baking sheet and bake in 375 degree oven for 15-20 minutes or until cooked through. Time will depend on how big you make the meatballs.

Serve with low sodium tomato sauce or marinara sauce.

Enjoy!