Chicken Zucchini Poppers

Chicken Zucchini Poppers

You will LOVE this recipe! It’s easy to prepare. Quick to get on the table and may be served for lunch or dinner! These Zucchini Poppers are also a great way to get picky eaters to eat more veggies. 

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  1. Start by grating zucchini, (leave peel on) then squeeze out any excess water using a paper towel or kitchen towel.
  2. Toss grated zucchini and all other ingredients together in a medium bowl, mixing until combined.
  3. To bake in the oven: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet pan with foil, and spray with cooking spray. Use a small ice cream scoop or a heaping tablespoon to scoop mixture into balls. Bake for 22-27 minutes, or until centers are cooked through. Remove pan from the oven, lightly spray with cooking spray, and place pan under the oven broiler for an additional 3-5 minutes or until balls are browned on top.
  4. To cook on the stovetop: Spray a medium pan with nonstick cooking spray, and heat over medium heat. Use a small ice cream scoop or a heaping tablespoon to scoop mixture into balls. Place balls in pan, cooking for about 5-6 minutes on the first side. Flip and cook an additional 4-5 minutes on the other side, or until golden brown and the centers are cooked through.
  5. Serve with guacamole, ketchup, or your favorite dipping sauce if desired.
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Lemon Parmesan Chicken & Zucchini Skillet Dinner

Lemon Parmesan Chicken & Zucchini Skillet Dinner

I LOVE one-pan meals! This one is loaded with fresh ingredients and flavor!! All you need is about 20 minutes and one skillet, so quick and easy!  AND, clean up is a breeze!! Bonus: It’s low-fat, low-carb, AND high in protein!!

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  1. In a small bowl, prepare seasoning mixture and set aside.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and spray with cooking spray. Add chicken and cook 2-3 minutes, or until lightly golden brown on one side. (You will know it is time to flip when the sides/edges facing the pan start to turn white.) Flip and cook on opposite side until chicken is golden brown.
  3. Add half of the seasoning mixture and one tablespoon of lemon juice to the skillet of chicken. Toss the chicken in the mixture, and continue to cook until chicken is cooked through, approximately an additional 1-2 minutes. (Center of larger pieces should register 165 degrees). Transfer to a plate.
  4. Add the zucchini and squash to the same skillet and cook over medium-high heat. Season with the rest of the seasoning mixture, two tablespoons of water, and two tablespoons of lemon juice.
  5. Cook, tossing occasionally until just tender, about 4 minutes. (Note: If pan doesn’t seem big enough to cook the zucchini easily, you could always cook 1/2 at a time. Also, if you desire your zucchini to be more tender and you find it is burning, add 2-4 more tablespoons of water.)
  6. Return chicken to pan with zucchini and squash. Garnish with one tablespoon of lemon zest and parmesan cheese and toss together. Sprinkle with additional parmesan and parsley if desired.
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Banana Bread Muffins

Banana Bread Muffins

I love all things muffins! Muffin recipes are fast to prepare. They are grab and go and freezer-friendly!  These banana bread protein muffins taste just like a piece of banana bread and will make your house smell amazing as they bake! Made without any flour or sugar, they are high in protein, so they’ll keep you feeling fueled and satisfied!

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray, or line with parchment paper muffin liners.
  2. Place all of the dry ingredients in a blender, and blend until mixture is smooth.
  3. Add wet ingredients and continue to blend or stir until combined.
  4. Divide mixture evenly between 12 muffin tins.
  5. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
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Substitutions:
3/4 cup egg whites for the eggs
Unsweetened applesauce for the yogurt
1/2 cup sweetener of choice that measures like sugar for the baking stevia

Almond Flour Banana Pancakes

Almond Flour Banana Pancakes

These pancakes are the best!!! AND they are a great use for ripe bananas, which EVERYONE has lying around taking up space and drawing pests, right?

They are grain-free and dairy-free…YAY…AND packed with protein to start your day off right.

You can also make up a batch, freeze them.  Then, simply pop them in the microwave, top with some sugar-free maple syrup and off you go!!!

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  1. In a blender or food processor, blend banana and 1 egg until there are no large lumps in the banana.
  2. Then, place in medium size bowl and add in the other 2 eggs. Whisk until combined.
  3. Add almond flour and baking powder and mix until smooth.
  4. Heat a frying pan to medium heat and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  5. Using a 1/4 measuring cup, scoop batter onto pan. Let cook for around 2 to 3 minutes per side.
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Dark Chocolate Walnut Butter

Dark Chocolate Walnut Butter

This nut butter is fantastic paired with bananas on toasted Ezekiel bread, or blended into a smoothie.  You can also use it as a dip for fruit, or as frosting for sugar-free cupcakes or brownies. Of course, you can always just lick it straight off the spoon…um, yeah!
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  1. Place walnuts in food processor or blender. Pulse until mixture looks like bread crumbs.
  2. Slowly add oil until mixture becomes smooth.
  3. Add cinnamon, cacao powder, sugar-free maple syrup, and sea salt and blend until smooth and creamy (about 2-3 minutes).
  4. Place in jar and store in fridge.
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Chocolate-Dipped Toasted Coconut Macaroons

Chocolate-Dipped Toasted Coconut Macaroons

These macaroons are crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside, footed with a perfect layer of dark chocolate, and so deliciously snackable and somewhat addicting, that portion control is paramount! They are also top of the list on our Fueled & Fit EDGE 90-Day Challenge because they are low-fat, low-carb and low-sugar! So, when you are craving something a little sweet OR needing something to take to a potluck–THIS is one of your go-to desserts or snacks!

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Cook Time 45 Minutes
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Prep Time 20 Minutes
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  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F.
  2. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and evenly spread the shredded coconut over the sheets.
  3. Bake for approximately 15 minutes, removing and stirring every 5 minutes.
  4. Separate 4 egg whites into a bowl and add the pinch of salt.
  5. Beat the eggs on high until almost stiff peaks are formed.
  6. Slowly add in the heated honey about 1 tsp at a time, beating simultaneously.
  7. Once all the honey is added, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks are formed. {Note: stiff peaks are marked by when you shake the beaters and the peaks of egg white foam do not move or wiggle.}
  8. Fold in the cooled and toasted unsweetened coconut with a large spatula.
  9. Line the baking sheets with more parchment paper.
  10. Using a gallon-sized Ziploc bag, spoon the egg white/coconut mixture into the bag filling towards one corner. Cut the corner of the bag off. {Note: an actual pastry bag works, too.} Squeeze about 1 tablespoon dollops onto the baking sheet.
  11. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes, or until the outside is golden brown.
  12. Remove from the oven and let cool while you prepare the chocolate.
  13. Melt the chocolate chips on a double boiler. {Boil some water in a small sauce pan and place a large glass bowl on top of the pot. Add the chocolate chips to the glass bowl and stir constantly until evenly melted, then remove from the heat.}
  14. When the cookies are cooled, dip the bottom into chocolate and set on parchment paper.
  15. Set the chocolate by placing the cookies in the refrigerator. This should take about 30 minutes.
  16. Plate and enjoy!
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Lily's Dark Chocolate Baking Chips are sweetened with Stevia and can be found at HEB, Whole Foods, etc.

Veggie Egg Muffins

Veggie Egg Muffins

These muffins are made with clean ingredients, they are easy to make, and perfect for a grab-and-go morning! This recipe is included in the Fueled & Fit EDGE 90-Day Challenge Program PREP DAY because of those attributes. This recipe is also low-carb, low-fat, and gives you a boost of protein to start out your morning. If you don’t like spinach or mushrooms, simply change those veggies out for ones you DO like.

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Saute onion and garlic until they become tender (about 3 minutes).
  3. Add mushrooms to skillet and continue cooking until they begin to shrink (about 2 to 3 minutes).
  4. Toss in the spinach, season with salt and pepper, and continue to cook for another 2 or 3 minutes, or until spinach is wilted.
  5. Crack the eggs into a medium-size bowl, add the veggies to the egg mixture.
  6. Stir together and pour into a greased muffin tin.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
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How to Cook Spaghetti Squash and Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Recipe

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash and Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Recipe

Spaghetti Squash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOW TO COOK SPAGHETTI SQUASH

 

 

 

 

Remove the seeds first and disgard. (You can also clean them and cook just as you would pumpkin seeds!)

Using a fork, loosen the ’spaghetti’ strands from the inside of the squash, scraping them into a bowl or onto a plate.

You can then store them for later use in a recipe calling for pasta (see below.)

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Spaghetti Squash Lasagna
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  1. In a large skillet sprayed with cooking spray, sauté the chopped onion and spinach together over medium high heat. Cook until onion is translucent and spinach is completely thawed. Remove from pan and set aside.
  2. To the same skillet, add ground turkey (or chicken or beef), seasonings, and spaghetti sauce, cooking over medium high heat until meat is completely cooked through (no longer pink). Remove from heat.
  3. Add spinach and meat mixture together.
  4. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix together cottage cheese, parmesan cheese, and egg whites. Whisk until well combined.
  5. Prepare to assemble lasagna with spaghetti squash noodles, cottage cheese mixture, and ground meat mixture each in a separate bowl.
  6. Begin by layering half of the spaghetti squash in the baking pan. Follow with half of the cottage cheese mixture. Followed by half of the ground meat mixture.
  7. Repeat each layer one more time, ending with the ground meat layer.
  8. Top with the shredded mozzarella cheese.
  9. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until cheese is lightly golden brown. Remove from the oven and let sit for about 10 minutes before cutting into 8 equal size lasagna portions.
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Low Carb Smoothie

Low Carb Smoothie

This is a great low-carb smoothie. Use this as a go-to recipe for the EDGE meal plans for breakfast-on-the-go. Coconut milk contains a beneficial fat called lauric acid, a medium-chain fatty acid that’s easily absorbed and used by the body for energy. Chia seeds (soaked in 3 tablespoons of water for 10 minutes), contain essential fatty acids, plus vitamins A, B, E and D and minerals including iron, magnesium, niacin and thiamine. The nut butter adds some healthy fat, plus needed creaminess and texture.  (I recommend that you avoid peanut butter.) The cacao nibs will actually improve muscle structure and enhance nerve function due to their nutritional content. Of course, we’ve all heard about the benefits of avocado and coconut oil and all their “healthy fats.”  They also give this smoothie a delicious, creamy texture.  Finally, top it off with some cinnamon, which is great for blood sugar, and you are ready to go!

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  1. Add contents into a high-powered blender, blending until well-combined.
  2. Top with cacao nibs and cinnamon.
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BLT Turkey Lettuce Wraps

BLT Turkey Lettuce Wraps

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  1. Wash and dry lettuce leaves well. Lay out four large lettuce leaves and layer on 1 slice of turkey on each. Spread 1 tablespoon of hummus on each piece of turkey. Layer on a second slice of turkey, followed by the bacon, and a few slices of the avocado and tomato.
  2. Season each lettuce wrap lightly with salt and pepper if desired. Fold the bottom up, the sides in, and roll like a burrito. Slice each wrap in half, if desired.
Recipe Notes

You could swap the turkey out with shredded chicken or lean ham.
You might want to sprinkle the avocado with lemon juice to keep it from browning.

 

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