Dinner for breakfast? Always.


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Good morning beauties. I woke up this morning feeling lovely. Today is a rowing day for me so that’s def going down this am!

Have you ever woke up and just wanted something that isn‚Äôt your typical breakfast? There I was slicing strawberries and bananas up and I just was not in the mood! So what did I do? Saut√©d up some broccoli with ponzu sauce garlic ginger etc. I added fresh avocado ūü•Ď and black sesame on top. As far as eating healthy (80/20 approach for me) I don‚Äôt care if you eat fruit salad or stir fry for breakfast. Just eat something with some color.

All my love,

Grace

ūüėÉ see you guys later!

Food Prep for the week!


I made 1 pound of 97% fat free ground turkey with Mrs. Dash no salt garlic flavor. This will be for salads and whatever.8:25prep1

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I also made 97% fat free turkey sausage links for breakfast. The recipe is easy. One pound of ground turkey, a ton of sage, some sea salt, onion powder, chili powder, and pepper. I never measure. Just make sure you put a lot of sage! Ps- links are hard to make and come out lumpy shaped. I will stick to little patties next time ūüôā8:25prep3

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I got 2.25 lbs of chicken grilled with the no salt garlic Mrs. Dash. This will be for salads, dinner protein, or a snack. 8:25prep5

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Tons of tri colored peppers for salads and snacks.

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Onions for salads.

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1 batch of cooked freekeh for salads or quick carb. So good!

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For breakfast I made my friend Cathy’s oatmeal muffins. I used oats, banana, zucchini, coconut, cashews, and a few dark chocolate chips. Perfection! The recipe made 12 muffins so that is basically breakfast all week for two people! Going to pair the muffin with a turkey sausage link for the perfect breakfast.

It makes life so much easier prepping. I feel in control and excited to have a week of healthy eats!

 

 

 

Grilled Eggplant Pizzas.


Heat oven to 375. You need eggplant, extra virgin olive oil, whatever toppings you like, and your favorite cheese.

eggplant1 Cut eggplant into slices lengthwise. Coat both sides with a bit of extra virgin olive oil. For seasoning I used Mrs. Dash garlic blend. Use whatever you like.

eggplant2 Cut toppings for pizzas. I chose spinach, tomato, and mushrooms.

eggplant3¬†Get your grill nice and hot. Throw it on. Flip after a few minutes and cook until soft. If you don’t have a grill skip the step! You can make it in your oven.eggplant4¬†Grilled eggplant mmm!

eggplant5¬†Time to assemble your pizzas. Add toppings and cheese. If you didn’t grill the eggplant, just add the toppings to the raw eggplant. You could use a bit of sauce if you like as the base also.

eggplant6Bake until cheese and toppings are melted. About 10 minutes. If eggplant needs to be cooked through, bake for 20-25 minutes.

Enjoy!

Healthy Guilty Pleasure Recipes. French Fries, Pizza, Mac and Cheese, Nutella oh my!


A guest post by Jen!

Hey guys, I’m back! I’ve put together even more recipes to satisfy your daily cravings except instead these are guilty pleasures turned healthy.  Working at a medical and cosmetic practice is tough! We specialize in breast reconstructive surgery and breast augmentations in Kansas City so we always want to look our best even if I just want to devour an entire cheesecake. Everyone is always wondering how I stay healthy and (somewhat) slim but bring fries and mac and cheese to work! Well here is my secret: tweaking recipes and finding recipes that allow me to have what I want but a better form of it. Then I make a bunch so it’s accessible right at the tip of my fingers and even bring it into work for lunch. So that mac and cheese and delicious French fries can really be yours forever without worrying about chemicals and extra fat that your body just does not need!

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FRENCH FRIES! 

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† The healthy way, which is even easier than the non-healthy way!

Ingredients:

  • 5 Large Roasting Potatoes
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Then Peel and Wash the potatoes to prepare for slicing.
  3. Begin slicing, I like to use a mandolin to get perfect sizes for even baking, if you don’t have one just use your knife and be sure to cut the french fries even in size. Your potatoes will cook best when even, thin and long.
  4. (OPTIONAL) Once sliced, place the potatoes in a bowl and cover with salted water and soak for 30 minutes. I like to soak the potatoes to release some of the starch, it also helps crisp up the fries in the oven.
  5. After the¬†30 minutes¬†elapsed ‚Äď it is time we dry the¬†potatoes. This is a crucial because if the potatoes are not completely dry, they will not crisp up as¬†nicely¬†and the¬†moisture¬†will cause them to steam in the oven.
  6. Lay the potatoes on a baking pan, season them with salt and pepper and brush some olive oil on the tops of them. Once in the oven, ensure that you turn them periodically to have even browning. Bake for about 45 minutes or until golden brown.

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Mac and Cheese

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬†Yes, I said mac and cheese! Just a tad healthier, of course.

Ingredients:

  • 1 box of pasta, either bow tie, macaroni, etc. Any small noodle works
  • 2 1/2 cups of fat free or 1% milk (plus extra if needed)
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 cup of shredded low-fat smoked mozzarella
  • 1 cup of shredded low-fat cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup extra smoked mozzarella cheese for topping, plus about 2 tablespoons of parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons of Italian bread crumbs (or plain bread crumbs with Italian seasoning added)
  • 1 head of broccoli, trimmed, washed, and chopped into bite size pieces
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 2 chicken breasts, cooked and cut into bite size pieces (left over chicken works great in this recipe)
  • about 1/2 cup of roasted red peppers, diced
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large soup pot, bring water to a boil over medium high heat. Add pasta and cook for about 10 minutes until the pasta is al dente (soft, but still has texture to it).
  2. While the pasta is boiling, heat another saucepan and heat a frying pan. In the saucepan at low heat, add milk but do not boil! Once the milk is warm, add butter and cheese and stir until smooth. If the sauce is really thick, add extra milk.
  3. In the frying pan, sauté tomatoes, roasted red peppers, and broccoli in a little bit of olive oil. Add the precooked chicken and allow to warm up.
  4. When the pasta is cooked, drain and place back into the large soup pot. Add cheese sauce, and chicken veggies. Stir to combine.
  5. Grease a large baking dish with nonstick spray. Pour noodles and cheese into the baking dish.
  6.  In a small bowl, combine the extra mozzarella and parmesan cheeses with the bread crumbs. Sprinkle evenly on top.
  7. Bake for about 20-30 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown on top.

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Pizza!

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Mmhmm you can have your mac and cheese and your pizza too!

Ingredients:

  • Cornmeal for sprinkling
  • 1tsp olive oil
  • 2¬†large red onions, halved and thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
  • 3 cloves garlic¬†¬†
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1¬†whole grain pizza dough or gluten-free pizza dough (trader joe‚Äôs has a delicious variety)
  • 20¬†pitted, oil-cured black olives, coarsely chopped
  • 2 oz thinly sliced prosciutto, torn into small pieces
  • 1 ¬ľ cups reduced-fat sour cream

Instructions:

  1. Heat grill to medium. Alternately, place a pizza stone on middle oven rack, turn oven to 500¬įF, and heat stone for 20 minutes (or use a baking sheet sprinkled with cornmeal; preheat oven but not sheet to 500¬įF). If grilling or using a stone, generously sprinkle a wooden pizza peel or baking sheet with cornmeal.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and rosemary; sauté for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to low, add garlic, and continue cooking, stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes, or until onions are soft and caramelized. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. On a lightly floured clean surface, roll dough (read instructions on dough package first, some suggest letting the dough sit prior to handling)¬† to form a 14-inch circle. If grilling pizza, transfer to prepared peel or sheet, then gently lift and slide dough onto grill grates (don’t worry, dough won’t slide through the grates). Dough will immediately stiffen and begin to brown; cook 2 minutes. Turnover and cook until bottom side stiffens but doesn’t brown, about 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer crust back to peel or sheet (with the more-cooked side facing up) to add toppings. If baking pizza, slide dough onto heated pizza stone or onto baking sheet and cook 5 minutes. Remove stone or sheet from oven to add toppings.
  4. Scatter onions and olives over pizza. If grilling, slide pizza back onto grill and cook 6 minutes more. If baking, cook pizza 10 minutes more, or until edges are golden.
  5. Next, scatter prosciutto over onions and olives and grill or bake for 2 to 3 minutes more. Transfer grilled pizza to peel or sheet, or remove pizza from oven. Dab small spoonfuls of sour cream all over pizza, spreading them slightly with the back of a spoon. When sour cream begins to melt, cut pizza into 8 slices and serve.

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Nutella!

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Who doesn‚Äôt love Nutella? Well now you can make your own without all that extra stuff your body seriously does not need.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon Coconut Oil
  • ¬†2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 cup, whole Hazelnuts or Filberts Nuts
  • 3 tbsp Cocoa Powder (Unsweetened)
  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • 0.3 cup Almond Milk

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Roast your hazelnuts for 10 minutes on a baking sheet in the oven.
  3. Take out and let cool down and rub the nuts together in a towel to remove the skins.¬†Some skins will remain on the hazelnuts, but that’s no problem.
  4. Put the nuts into a food processor and blend until smooth.¬†Add the remaining ingredients and blend again. If your food processor/ high speed blender is very good, you may won’t need any milk (but can add for taste)
  5. Fini! Feel free to add more of any ingredients to get that special taste just for you!

Hello, My name is Jen and I am a twenty-something blogger who loves to write about all things women, health, DIY, crafts, my cats and food! I have my own personal blog Little Furry Musings. 

Quick Veggie Tacos.


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I wanted something light for dinner so I whipped up these veggie tacos. They literally took 5 minutes to make. I just chopped a few mushrooms, sliced a tomato, some onion, some avocado, some cilantro, and carrots and stuffed them into some big organic romaine leaves. I added some garbanzo beans for protein. So light and perfect for summer. I drizzled a bit of hot taco sauce on top for that extra kick!

Cheesy Cauliflower Rice.


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There is really not ONE way to make this dish. I make it different every single time. Here is a general idea of how to create it yourself. You can use whatever ingredients you want.

What you need for sure-

1 head of cauliflower, 1-2 cloves of garlic, water OR vegetable/chicken stock.DSC00619 DSC00614

I personally just use water to boil my cauliflower in. Stock adds sodium, and I really don’t notice a difference when I use just plain water.

Bring a huge pot of liquid to a boil.

Take off the outer leaves from the cauliflower. Wash well. Cut cauliflower into smaller sections. If there are a few black spots don’t panic. Just trim them off. Leave out the tougher stem pieces from the middle. I just cut that away.DSC00616 DSC00617

Add cauliflower pieces to boiling water. Add 2 cloves of smashed garlic into water as well.DSC00620

Let cook for 10 minutes or so until soft. Not mushy soft. Soft.

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Add to a bowl and begin to “rice”. I use this thing-DSC00622

If you don’t have a masher, just use a fork.

You want the cauliflower to break down so that it looks like rice.DSC00626

Now here is where the cheesy part comes in. I usually add 1 serving of a soft cheese like light cream cheese or laughing cow. On top of that I will add in 1 serving of whatever other cheese I have. This cauliflower will make 3-4 servings, so you aren’t getting a ton of fat grams by doing this. Today I am using light cream cheese + swiss cheese. Mix everything together. As far as seasonings go, I always add a ton of garlic power + a bit of sea salt + pepper. You can really add whatever seasoning you want. My favorite tip is to add in a bit of Franks buffalo sauce to make it buffalo cauliflower rice! DSC00627

Play around. Add whatever you like or don’t like. I could eat this stuff all day! You could add cheddar cheese and bacon bits for loaded cauliflower rice, or add pesto and mozzarella for italian cauliflower rice. Get creative!¬†DSC00630 DSC00628

Brushetta Topping with a twist.


I love brushetta! I think that the combination of tomato, basil, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sea salt, pepper, onion, garlic, and mozzarella is the perfect dish. On top of crusty breads. On salads. On anything basically. I got inspired when I found this SkinnyTaste recipe for Grilled Chicken Brushetta.

http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/05/grilled-chicken-bruschetta.html

I went to get the ingredients. Low and behold though our local supermarket had one package of basil. Great? Wrong. Rotten! I almost chucked the entire idea until I remembered I had fresh organic cilantro in my fridge. So here comes my Cilantro Brushetta with a twist.

What I used-

  • 1 heaping tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 heaping tbsp of balsamic vinegar.
  • 1/2 cup of red onion.
  • Sea salt and cracked pepper to taste.
  • 6 small vine tomatoes.
  • 1 large clove of garlic.
  • 3 tbsp of cilantro leaves.
  • 3 oz of chopped part skim mozzarella.

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Add chopped onions, 1 heaping tbsp of extra virgin olive oil, 1 heaping tbsp of balsamic vinegar, plus sea salt and pepper to taste. Stir. Set aside.3:1

Dice tomatoes and garlic. Put into another mixing bowl. After onions have sat for a while add the onion mixture into the tomato mixture. Add cilantro,and any additional sea salt and pepper to taste. Stir well. 4:1

Let marinate for at least 10 minutes or overnight in the fridge. Makes four servings. ¬†The longer it sits the better! Don’t forget the mozzarella chunks. Add 3 oz of chopped mozzarella ¬†right before you serve so that the cheese doesn’t get soggy.5:1

Serve this on top of thinly grilled chicken, pork chops, a salad, crusty breads, or any kind of seafood. I love the replacement of the cilantro. Just proves you can use different ingredients and still have fabulous results!

A Gardein Giveaway!


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Happy Meatless Monday friends! In honor of this awesome day I have a fun giveaway for you guys! Gardein (Garden+ protein) has been generous enough to offer Grace Got Healthy readers a cool prize pack! Included is a neoprene lunch bag + 3 free product coupons. For Canada or Us residents! A 25.00 value.

Gardein is a company that makes plant-based products made from a blend of  wheat and pea proteins, soy, vegetables and organic ancient grains such as quinoa, amaranth, millet, and  khorasan wheat. Gardein is easy to digest and free of cholesterol, trans and saturated fats.Their products are low-fat and also a good source of fiber. Their soy is Non GMO.

They have about a million different kinds of products to choose from. From beefless tips, chixn strips, beefless burgers, buffalo wings, turk’y cutlets, chixn patties and I could keep going. Their website is full of great recipes to use all of these products.

http://www.gardein.com/recipes.php

I like Gardein products because they actually have flavor. I have tricked a few people with their products. Make a chili¬†with the beefless tips and they have no idea its vegetarian! It’s won a ton of awards and has even been featured on the Oprah show!

By going meatless even just a few meals a week, you are totally helping our environment! Do mother Earth a favor!

My favorite way to enjoy gardein is simple. I just heat up the chikn strips, and add them on top of a bed of greens, a bit of cheddar cheese, and some ranch dressing and extra veggies. Yum!gardein1 gardein2 gardein3 gardein4 gardein6 gardein5

To enter this giveaway is easy. Simply like their Facebook page here http://www.facebook.com/gardein?fref=ts

+ leave a comment letting them know you are from Grace Got Healthy and that you are excited to go meatless!

You could also tweet them at https://twitter.com/gardein for another chance to enter.

Winner will be announced April 29th. Good luck!

For more information on Gardein products check out their website below.

http://www.gardein.com/index.php