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Spinach Artichoke Turkey Burgers

Spinach Artichoke Turkey Burgers

The sun is shining, the coats are put away and the grill is lit, because it’s almost summer and that means grilling season is here!

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Healthy Swaps with Healthy Choice

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Healthy Swaps with Healthy Choice

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What Healthy Means To Me with Healthy Choice

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Healthy Choices with Chef Jackie

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit the Healthy Choice headquarters and find out just what healthy means to them. I met with Chef Jackie who is part of a team that creates all of the Healthy Choice meals you’ll find in your grocers freezer section.

We talked about how Healthy Choice considers people with dietary restrictions and different health concerns when creating their meals, just as I do at home when creating recipes for the blog.

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Blood Orange Baked Salmon & Carrots

Chipotle pepper, honey and blood oranges create a delicious glaze for this healthy and gluten free baked salmon recipe with rainbow carrots!

Blood Orange Baked Salmon Recipe

I love my friend Carla for many reasons, she’s loud, fun and loves food, just like me 😉

Oh and she comes with one major friendship bonus, she has a blood orange tree in her front yard!

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Turkey Chili Spaghetti Squash

Turkey Chili Spaghetti Squash Recipe

Tomorrow is the first day of fall and I couldn’t be more excited for the delicious flavors of the new season!

Two of my favorite things to make during fall are chili and squash, so I’ve combined them both in this tasty & healthy new recipe!

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Energy Boosting Berry Banana Smoothie

Energy Boosting Berry Banana Smoothie Recipe

I know that the winter months can be tough, it’s cold and dark in the mornings, making it much more difficult to wake up.  Well, that’s why I’m here today to bring you an energy boosting smoothie to start your day!

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Beet Hummus

Beet Hummus

A few years back I watched a segment on all of the health benefits of purple foods. I then proceeded to go on a total “Purple Food Kick”.

It’s crazy how many purple foods are out there when you look, purple potatoes, carrots, cauliflower, and of course beets!

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Greek Quinoa Salad

This greek quinoa salad is filled with flavor, healthy ingredients and tons of protein without any meat, and it’s gluten free!

Gluten Free Greek Quinoa Salad

While I draw inspiration from many places when developing new recipes for the blog, one of my go-to stops is the “most popular” and “most pinned” recipes on WhitneyBond.com.

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Avocado Scallop Ceviche

Avocado Scallop Ceviche

After the amazingness of my Bacon Pistachio Scallops last weekend, I went on a scallop frenzy. It was all I wanted to eat for the next three days! One of the creations that I came up with while on my “Scallop Bender” was a delicious Avocado Scallop Ceviche Recipe.

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Spiralized Jicama & Avocado Salad

Jicama Avocado Salad



When I first purchased my Spiralizer, I went to the grocery store, perusing the produce section for anything and everything I could potentially spiralizer. One of the items that I found was jicama. 

Jicama, also known as a “Mexican Yam” is a vegetable traditionally from Mexico and Central America.  It’s a slightly sweet, starchy vegetable that resembles the consistency of a pear or apple.  It’s high in dietary fiber and Vitamin C making it a healthy addition to your diet!

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Heart Healthy Oatmeal Berry Granola Bars

Berry Almond Granola Bars

Last week my friends at San Diego 6 News asked me to host a segment on “Heart Healthy Dishes”.  I knew I wanted to make my healthy and delicious Sweet Potato Black Bean Quinoa Burgers, loaded with heart healthy ingredients, but I also wanted to throw a couple of new recipes in the mix!

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Italian Turkey Sweet Potato Casserole

Italian Turkey Sweet Potato Casserole



I am so excited to share my first recipe using my brand new spiralizer!

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Cranberry Brussels Sprout Stuffed Acorn Squash

Brussels Sprout Stuffed Acorn Squash

I made this recipe last week and couldn’t wait to share it with all of you, but between the craziness of holiday travel, parties and family activities, I’m just getting the chance to share it! Consider it a belated Christmas present from me to you 😉

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Quinoa Corn Salad with Avocado Dressing

Quinoa Grilled Corn Salad

Although summer is prime corn season, we still have about another month to enjoy the delicious vegetable and this salad is the perfect way to do so!

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Banana Date Protein Shake

Peanut Butter Date Protein Shake

Ever since I began incorporating Beaming Superfood Smoothie Blends and Proteins into my life I’ve been alternating juicing and smoothies every morning!

After trying a few different Protein Shake Recipes, I feel I’ve perfected the most delicious and protein packed shake possible!

Beaming Superfood Protein Smoothie

This shake packs over 50% of daily protein needs with 34 grams of protein! It is also vegan, making it perfect for those that need extra protein in their normal diets!

Banana Date Protein Shake Ingredients

Ingredients

Begin by adding the dates and banana to a blender, next add the remaining ingredients.

Banana Date Protein Shake Recipe

Blend 1-2 minutes or until all of the ingredients are smooth and creamy.

Banana Date Protein Shake

This protein shake is so delicious, you’ll think you’re drinking a milkshake, but luckily for you, this milkshake is vegan, gluten free and packed with essential protein, vitamins and potassium!

Banana Date Protein Shake

Don’t forget to order a bag of beaming’s soy-free, dairy-free, gluten-free protein packed powder to make your own delicious (and vegan!) Banana Date Protein Shake at home!

Banana Date Protein Shake

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: One 16 oz Shake

Banana Date Protein Shake

Ingredients

  • 3 dates (chopped)
  • 1 banana (peeled & sliced)
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 3 tbsp beaming Superfood Protein Blend
  • 2 tbsp Premium Gold Ground Flax Seed

Instructions

  1. Begin by adding the dates and banana to a blender.
  2. Next, add the remaining ingredients.
  3. Blend 1-2 minutes or until all of the ingredients are smooth and creamy.
http://whitneybond.com/2013/06/23/banana-date-protein-shake/

Metabolism Boosting Breakfast Smoothie

Metabolism Boosting Breakfast Smoothie

When the booking producer over at the San Diego 6 Morning News Show asked me to come on this week to talk about juicing and smoothies, I couldn’t wait to share some of the drinks I’ve been mixing up over in my kitchen every morning!

Healthy Breakfast Smoothie

While I’ll be juicing up some of my favorites like the Green Detox Juice and Antioxidant Immunity Juice, I also wanted to throw in a new drink made with my favorite smoothie booster, the beaming superfood blend!

This 100% natural, organic blend increases stamina, boosts energy, balances hormones and enhances mood. I don’t know about you all, but with long work hours and busy days, I could use all of the above!

Metabolism Boosting Smoothie Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 banana
  • 6 oz greek yogurt
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp beaming Superfood Smoothie Blend
  • 1 tbsp flax seed

Begin by adding the strawberries, blueberries and banana to a blender.

Metabolism Boosting Smoothie Recipe

Next add the greek yogurt, coconut water, honey, ginger, cinnamon, superfood smoothie blend and flaxseed.

Metabolism Boosting Superfood Smoothie Recipe

Blend well.

Blueberry Superfood Smoothie Recipe

Chill and serve.

Metabolism Boosting Smoothie

This smoothie not only helps speed up your metabolism, it also reduces nausea and aids in digestion.

Blueberry Superfood Smoothie

Don’t forget to tune in later this morning – June 6th – at 7:50 AM to San Diego Channel 6 Morning News where I’ll be whipping up this smoothie and more!

Metabolism Boosting Breakfast Smoothie

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: One 24 oz Smoothie

Metabolism Boosting Breakfast Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 banana
  • 6 oz greek yogurt
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp beaming Superfood Smoothie Blend
  • 1 tbsp Premium Gold Ground Flax Seed

Instructions

  1. Begin by adding the strawberries, blueberries and banana to a blender.
  2. Next add the greek yogurt, coconut water, honey, ginger, cinnamon, superfood smoothie blend and flaxseed.
  3. Blend well.
  4. Chill and serve.
http://whitneybond.com/2013/06/06/metabolism-boosting-breakfast-smoothie/

Green Detox Juice

Green Juice

This green detox juice is perfect for detoxing after a long weekend… such as Memorial Day… which just so happens to be this weekend!

After kicking back a few cold ones and some delicious BBQ, this juice will clear your skin and make you feel like a brand new person!

Green Detox Juice

The kale and lemons give skin an amazing glow, while the ginger is perfect for helping with digestion and the apples, well as the old saying goes, an apple a day keeps the doctor away 😉

Detox Juice Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 6 apples (fuji or granny smith work best)
  • 1 bunch kale (app. 2 cups chopped)
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp size knob of ginger

Begin by slicing the apples.  If you have one of these handy-dandy apple corer-slicers, then this step is super easy!

Juicing Apples

Next, begin by juicing half of the apples, followed by the kale and ginger, then the rest of the apples, followed by the lemon.

Green Juice Recipe

Make sure to use a crisp apple, if the apple is too soft it will come out more like applesauce.  In this recipe mine were on the verge of too soft.  I’ve found that my favorite apples to use in this recipe are green granny smiths.

Green Apple Juice

Have a great weekend and happy juicing 🙂  Don’t forget to check out our Healthy Celery Pear Juice, Vitamin Boost Juice and Antioxidant Immunity Juice for even more healthy and delicious juice recipes!

Tomato Basil Bruschetta Baskets

Dairy Free Tomato Basil Bruschetta Fillo Baskets

For the third and final dish of my low-sodium series for the San Diego 6 Morning Show, I chose to make my famous tomato basil bruschetta recipe. I skipped the cheese and replaced the baguette it’s traditionally served on for fillo baskets!

Tomato Basil Bruschetta Recipe

One small slice of a baguette can cost you almost 400 mg of sodium, where as one fillo basket has only 10 mg, talk about a super swap!

Tomato Basil Bruschetta Basket Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 4 roma tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1/2 red onion (chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 15 fillo baskets

Combine the first 7 ingredients in a small bowl.

Tomato Basil Bruschetta

Spoon the bruschetta into the fillo baskets and serve.

Yes, it’s really that easy!

Tomato Basil Bruschetta Fillo Baskets

I love using fillo baskets for everything from these delicious Black Bean and Chorizo Appetizers to scrumptious Mini Dessert Cannoli’s!

They are healthy, vegan and perfect for parties!

Tomato Basil Bruschetta Fillo Baskets

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian (and vegan!)

♦ Gluten Free Option: Replace the fillo baskets with strips of red bell pepper to make this recipe gluten-free.

Tomato Basil Bruschetta Baskets

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 15 baskets

Tomato Basil Bruschetta Baskets

Ingredients

  • 4 roma tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1/2 red onion (chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp Enzo Basil Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 15 fillo baskets

Instructions

  1. Combine the first 7 ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Spoon the bruschetta into the fillo baskets and serve.
http://whitneybond.com/2013/04/25/tomato-basil-bruschetta-baskets/

Gluten Free Carrot Date Muffins

Gluten Free Carrot Date Muffins

A muffin with no sugar, no butter and no gluten, sounds too healthy to be good, right?

Wrong!  I substituted natures own sweeteners, dates and honey for sugar, then switched out the butter for super flavorful Enzo Meyer Lemon Olive Oil.  For the gluten free flour I used Premium Gold’s blend of heart healthy whole grain and flax seed flours.

Carrot Date Muffin Recipe

The funny thing is, this whole “healthy muffin” originated from me being a total hippie and wanting to use the carrot pulp from my Carrot Orange Strawberry juice I made the morning before!

Carrot Date Muffin Recipe

Yes, I’ve been juicing every morning instead of drinking coffee!  No coffee?  What?  I know, I didn’t think it was possible to live without coffee in the morning (especially the first 2 days after going cold turkey on caffeine!)  But, fast forward 10 days and I’m going strong!

I’ve given myself a 30 day challenge to replace coffee with juicing.  Look for a post in a couple of weeks with the results of my challenge, and in the meantime follow me on Instagram: Whitney Bond or Twitter: @Whitney_Bond to see what I’m juicing up this week!

Now back to those muffins!

Gluten Free Carrot Date Muffin Ingredients

Ingredients

Begin by combining the carrots and dates in a small bowl.  Next add the olive oil and honey.

Carrot Date Muffin Batter

Next add the eggs and mix everything together well.

Carrot Date Muffin Batter

In a large bowl combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg, then add the carrot date mixture to the dry ingredients.

Carrot Date Muffin Batter

Mix together well.

Carrot Date Muffin Batter

Spoon the muffin batter into 9 baking cups lined inside a muffin pan.

Gluten Free Carrot Date Muffins

Bake at 375° for 15-20 minutes.

Gluten Free Date Muffins

Gluten Free Lemon Date Muffins

They’re like little bursts of sunshine deliciousness!

Gluten Free Meyer Lemon Date Muffins

There’s so much flavor in every bite, from the tangy Meyer lemon, to the sweet dates, to the spicy cinnamon and a little carrot crunch!

Carrot Date Muffins

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free.

Gluten Free Carrot Date Muffins

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 9 muffins

Gluten Free Carrot Date Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 cup carrots (shredded or carrot pulp left after juicing)
  • 1 cup dates (pitted and chopped)
  • 1/4 cup Enzo Meyer Lemon Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups Premium Gold Gluten Free Flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Begin by combining the carrots and dates in a small bowl.
  2. Next add the olive oil and honey.
  3. Next add the eggs and mix everything together well.
  4. In a large bowl combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg, then add the carrot date mixture to the dry ingredients.
  5. Mix together well.
  6. Spoon the muffin batter into 9 baking cups lined inside a muffin pan.
  7. Bake at 375° for 15-20 minutes.
http://whitneybond.com/2013/04/23/gluten-free-carrot-date-muffins/

Candy Corn Fruit Skewers

Candy Corn Fruit Skewers

In this simple, yet super fun recipe fresh pineapple, mandarin oranges and mini marshmallows are skewered to resemble the fun fall treat, Candy Corn!

Candy Corn Fruit Skewers

Serve them with a delicious fruit dip at a Halloween party or fall get-together!

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 pineapple (cubed)
  • 1 can (11 oz) mandarin oranges
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tbsp honey

Skewer the pineapple, oranges and marshmallows.  Mix the yogurt and honey together in a small bowl for dipping.

Candy Corn Fruit Skewers

A healthy alternative to all the candy and cookies that the fall holidays bring!

Candy Corn Fruit Skewers

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free.

Candy Corn Fruit Skewers

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: app. 2 dozen skewers

Candy Corn Fruit Skewers

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 pineapple (cubed)
  • 1 can (11 oz) mandarin oranges
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tbsp honey

Instructions

  1. Skewer the pineapple, oranges and marshmallows.
  2. Mix the yogurt and honey together in a small bowl for dipping.
http://whitneybond.com/2012/10/31/whats-for-dessert-candy-corn-fruit-skewers/

3 Healthy Swaps for Your Favorite Dishes

Everyone loves pizza, mac and cheese and fried chicken, what no one loves is an ever-expanding waistline and clothes that start to get a little snug! Never fear, I’m here to help keep the foods you love without that whole waistline situation!

I’ve highlighted three of my recipes which are healthy swaps for your favorite foods that will save you fat, calories, sodium and carbohydrates, delivering the foods you love without the waistline you hate!

Pizza

Substituting phyllo dough for the crust and replacing the cheese and pepperoni with delicious fresh roasted vegetables will save you over 1000 calories!

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Nutritional information for one Medium Deep Dish Pepperoni Pizza from Pizza Hut:

  • Calories: 2000
  • Fat: 96 grams
  • Sodium: 4,720 mg*
  • Carbohydrates: 208 grams

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Nutritional information for one Phyllo Dough Pizza with Roasted Vegetables:

  • Calories: 829
  • Fat: 44 grams (**42 of which come from olive oil)
  • Sodium: 368 mg
  • Carbohydrates: 97 grams

*The recommended daily intake of sodium for an adult on a 2,000 calorie diet is 2400 mg.  Eat half a pizza, you’re at your limit!

**Over 70% of the fat in olive oil is monounsaturated, which is known as “good fat” and actually helps lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease.

Mac and Cheese

Substituting spaghetti squash for macaroni noodles and a white cheese sauce for calorie heavy yellow cheeses, flour and butter that make up most macaroni and cheese sauces, will save you a whopping 39 grams of fat, as well as over 1000 calories!

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Nutritional information for one Macaroni and Cheese Side Dish at The Cheesecake Factory:

  • Calories: 1309
  • Fat: 51 grams
  • Sodium: 768 mg
  • Carbohydrates: 92 grams

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Nutritional information for one serving (1 cup) Spaghetti Squash with White Cheese Sauce:

  • Calories: 275
  • Fat: 12 grams
  • Sodium: 335 mg
  • Carbohydrates: 10 grams

Fried Chicken

Simply baking breaded chicken instead of frying it will give you the same flavor and texture with 75% less fat and one-third of the sodium!

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Nutritional information for one serving (6 oz) KFC Popcorn Chicken:

  • Calories: 560
  • Fat: 37 grams
  • Saturated Fat: 8 grams
  • Sodium: 1480 mg

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Nutritional information for one serving (6 oz) Baked Poppy Seed Popcorn Chicken:

  • Calories: 469
  • Fat: 9 grams
  • Saturated Fat: 5 grams
  • Sodium: 450 mg

Federal law passed in 2011 requires any restaurant chain with 20 or more locations to provide nutritional information on each item served, so before you cruise through that drive through or call in that pizza, do your research and make a healthier choice today!

Homemade Baked Sweet Potato Tots

Homemade Sweet Potato Tots

What do you serve with a super healthy Sweet Potato Quinoa Burger that will compliment the burger without ruining its health benefits?  Homemade, gluten-free, baked sweet potato tots, of course!

A large serving of tater tots at a fast food chain packs:

  • 580 calories
  • 31 grams fat
  • 1450 mg sodium
  • No fiber
  • No vitamins

An equivalent serving of these delicious Sweet Potato Tots has:

  • 212 calories
  • ZERO grams fat
  • 434 mg sodium
  • 6 grams fiber
  • 689% vitamin a
  • 47% vitamin c

Simply said, this is one starchy side dish you can feel good about eating!

Watch this step-by-step video for how to make the delicious tots and get the printable recipe below!

Sweet Potato Tater Tot Ingredients

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients (makes 2 dozen tots)

  • 1 lb sweet potatoes
  • 1/4 cup brown rice flour
  • 1 tsp kosher salt

Begin by boiling a large pot of water. Add the whole potatoes to the water with skins on. Boil for 20 minutes. Remove from the water and allow to cool.

Once cool enough to handle, shred the potatoes using a box grater.

*As you begin shredding the potatoes the skins will peel off. Snack on them while you prepare the tots or simply discard them.

Grated Sweet Potatoes

Add the grated sweet potatoes to a large bowl with the flour and salt. Combine well.

Sweet Potato Tater Tot Mixture

Now we get to my favorite part, putting the tots together. Actually my favorite part is eating them, but this part ranks up there simply because I lovingly named this process the “roll and squish”.

Roll…

How to make Sweet Potato Tater Tots

… and squish!

Sweet Potato Tots

And this is how you get perfectly shaped tater tots!

Place them on a baking sheet and into a 375° oven.

Baked Sweet Potato Tots

Bake for 30 minutes or until crisp on the outside.

Homemade Sweet Potato Tater Tots

Now it’s time to dig in!

Sweet Potato Tater Tots

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian AND vegan.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free.

Homemade Baked Sweet Potato Tots

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 24 tots

Homemade Baked Sweet Potato Tots

Ingredients

  • 1 lb sweet potatoes
  • 1/4 cup brown rice flour
  • 1 tsp kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Boil a large pot of water.
  2. Add the potatoes to the water and boil for 20 minutes.
  3. Remove from the water and allow to cool.
  4. Once cool enough to handle, peel the potatoes.
  5. Shred the peeled potatoes with a box grater.
  6. Add the grated sweet potatoes to a large bowl with the flour and salt. Combine well.
  7. Roll and squish the potatoes into tot shapes.
  8. Place them on a baking sheet and into a 375° oven for 30 minutes.
http://whitneybond.com/2012/10/12/whats-for-a-side-homemade-baked-sweet-potato-tots/

Spaghetti Squash with White Cheese Sauce

white cheese sauce, spaghetti squash, recipe, healthy, alternative to mac and cheese, basil, food, fall, easyI asked and you responded, “what generally unhealthy dish would you like to see transformed into something healthy and delicious?”  The response was unanimous, Mac and Cheese.  So today I bring you the first ever “Transformation Tuesday”  where I turn a generally unhealthy dish into something healthy and yummy. Today I transformed Traditional Mac and Cheese into Spaghetti Squash with White Cheese Sauce.

The result was a delicious, gluten-free, vegetarian dish that packs way less calories, fat, carbs and sodium than any macaroni and cheese dish you will eat at a restaurant!

The Cheesecake Factory Macaroni and Cheese SIDE DISH packs 51 grams of fat, 1309 calories, 768 milligrams of sodium and 92 grams of carbs, and that’s just the side dish to the main course!!

My dinner portion of Spaghetti Squash with White Cheese Sauce comes in at 275 calories, 12 grams of fat, 335 milligrams of sodium and 10 grams of carbs for a 1 cup serving. Even if you double the serving size to 2 cups, you will still save 759 calories and 27 grams of fat!

Just to make the picture even more clear, if you are counting Weight Watcher points, one side of macaroni and cheese at The Cheesecake Factory counts for 25 points, while my dish weighs in at only 4 points!

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 1 large spaghetti squash
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup part-skim mozzarella (shredded)
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese (shaved)
  • 1/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup soy milk
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves (to garnish)

Start by cutting the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise, remove the seeds and brush with the olive oil then sprinkle with the salt and pepper.  Place cut side down on a baking sheet and roast in the oven at 400° for 45 minutes.

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Once all of the spaghetti squash has been added to the sauce, separate into four bowls and top with the fresh basil to serve.

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♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free.

 

Mini Turkey Meatloaves

turkey, meatloaf, individual, mini meatloaves, healthy, quick, easy, food, recipes, thanksgivingWho doesn’t love Thanksgiving dinner? I know I love it and I’m pretty sure you do too.  That is why I created the (what was supposed to be) “Kicked Up 30-minute Thanksgiving dinner”, which I would now like to call the “Hour-or-so-but-still-well-worth-the-time-kicked-up-Thanksgiving dinner!”

I started off by turning the turkey portion of dinner into mini turkey meatloaves, “kicked up” by adding roasted jalapeños and Serrano chilies, a little chili powder and cumin, then topped off with a sriracha ketchup mixture. I then turned my favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner, the stuffing, into little Spicy Stuffing Cakes!

turkey, meatloaf, individual, mini meatloaves, healthy, quick, easy, food, recipes, thanksgiving, stuffing cakesThe result was so delicious I’ve already eaten the leftovers twice (and I made it yesterday!)

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  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 red onion (chopped)
  • 2 carrots (chopped)
  • 3 stalks celery (chopped)
  • 1 green bell pepper (chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 4 serrano chilies (roasted, de-seeded and chopped)
  • 2 jalapeño peppers (roasted, de-seeded and chopped)
  • 1 tsp fresh sage (chopped)
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup Rice chex (crushed)
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp Sriracha

Start by adding the chopped onions, carrots, celery and bell pepper to a skillet over medium heat with a drizzle of olive oil.

turkey, meatloaf, individual, mini meatloaves, healthy, quick, celery, onions, carrots, garlic, easy, food, recipes, thanksgivingSauté for 5-7 minutes, then add the minced garlic.  Sauté for an additional 1-2 minutes, then add the sage, chili powder, jalapeños, chilies and cumin.

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Next, remove the vegetable spice mixture from the heat and place in a large mixing bowl with the ground turkey. Add the crushed rice chex and egsg.  Use your hands (or a spoon, if you’re civilized like that) and combine the mixture.

turkey, meatloaf, individual, mini meatloaves, healthy, quick, jalapeños, carrots, celery, onions, recipesPlace the mixture into a muffin pan (or if you have one, a muffin stone, my newest kitchen obsession!)

turkey, meatloaf, individual, mini meatloaves, healthy, quick, easy, baking stone, cupcake pan, recipes, thanksgivingPlace into the oven at 350° for 20 minutes.  While in the oven, make the sauce to top them with by combining the ketchup and sriracha in a small bowl.

turkey, meatloaf, individual, mini meatloaves, healthy, sriracha, ketchup, spicy sauce, easy, food, recipes,After 20 minutes, remove the mini meatloaves from the oven and top them with the sauce…. like this…

turkey, meatloaf, individual, mini meatloaves, healthy, quick, spicy topping, food, recipes, thanksgivingOnce all the muffins have been topped with the sauciness, place them back into the oven for an additional 15-20 minutes or until the turkey is cooked through.

turkey, meatloaf, individual, mini meatloaves, healthy, quick, sriracha, spicy, recipes, thanksgivingI might have eaten one or two straight out of the pan… maybe… allegedly… probably.

turkey, meatloaf, individual, mini meatloaves, healthy, quick, easy, food, recipes, thanksgivingNew favorite dish?  Quite possibly!

turkey, meatloaf, individual, mini meatloaves, healthy, quick, easy, food, recipes, thanksgiving, saladAdd the Spicy Stuffing Cakes and make a “however-long-it-takes-because-it’s-delicious” kicked up version of Thanksgiving dinner tonight!

♣ Vegetarian Option: Use veggie crumbles instead of ground turkey to make this dish vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: Rice Chex is gluten-free, so that makes this dish gluten-free!

Jicama Slaw

For our family BBQ a couple of weeks ago I decided to change-up my Pulled Pork Sliders with a new Jicama Slaw.  It went over extremely well!  No mayonnaise or heavy dressing, just lots of fresh veggies and spices that make it a delightfully flavorful, yet light side dish!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 head red cabbage (shredded)
  • 1/2 head green cabbage (shredded)
  • 1 large jicama (peeled and julienned)
  • 1 red bell pepper (julienned)
  • 1/2 cup carrots (julienned)
  • 1/4 cup green onions (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro (chopped)
  • 1 lime (juiced)
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp celery salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin

Start by combining all of the chopped, shredded and julienned vegetables into a large bowl.

Next make the vinaigrette dressing by whisking together all of the ingredients from the juiced lime down.

Now lightly pour the dressing over the slaw. If you prefer a “less-dressed” slaw, only use part of the dressing and reserve the rest in the refrigerator to dress a salad or more slaw in the future.

Now toss together well.

And with that the new and improved BBQ side dish is ready to be served!

That extra crunch and flavor of the jicama adds something that people just eat right up!

With no mayonnaise and very little sugar, this slaw is delicious and guilt free!

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free.