Zucchini Crisps

Zucchini Crisps

These zucchini crisps make a great low-carb snack or even a side-dish. Use a low-carb/sugar-free ranch dressing for a dipping sauce and you’ve got a great way to sneak in some extra veggies, without loading up on extra carbs or calories!

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Zucchini Crisps
Diet Level:2
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  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Wash and thinly slice zucchini.
  3. Brush both sides of zucchini with olive oil. Sprinkle zucchini with salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese.
  4. Place on oiled baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes or until crispy. Then cool on cooling rack.
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Salmon With Crispy Kale and Cabbage

Salmon With Crispy Kale and Cabbage

This recipe is crisp, lemony and ridiculously fast and easy to put together. It’s a one-pan meal of salmon, kale, and cabbage, so it is chocked-full of vitamins and minerals! The greens are wilted and have a slightly crisp texture to the edges that’s not unlike a kale chip. The salmon cooks through perfectly so that it’s just barely flaky, while retaining its suppleness. And that mustard and dill dressing just ties it all together. YUM!

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Salmon With Crispy Kale and Cabbage
Diet Level:5
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Cook Time 25 Minutes
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  1. Preheat oven to 450ºF.
  2. On a sheet pan, toss kale and cabbage with 1 tablespoon oil, and spread in an even layer. Season with salt and bake 6 minutes.
  3. Season salmon with salt, and add to baking sheet. Bake until salmon is cooked through, about 8-9 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, whisk together lemon zest and juice, dill, mustard, and remaining 2 tablespoons of oil. Season to taste with salt.
  5. Drizzle salmon and vegetables with dressing before serving.
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Tuna Cakes With Yogurt Sauce

Tuna Cakes With Yogurt Sauce

I love this recipe for lots of reasons! It’s one of our “SUPER STAR, EDGE MEALS” because….
It’s super budget-friendly since the base is canned tuna.
It’s low-carb, high-protein, and low-fat! So, they won’t cancel out your Fit for GOD workout!
It keeps you feeling satisfied, so no snacking necessary after you’ve had these for dinner (that high-protein content helps you out there).
It makes over 15 good-sized cakes, so you can make several meals from one batch…OR…make a double-batch and freeze some for later, so great meal prep dish!
And finally, it’s delicious!!!

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Tuna Cakes With Yogurt Sauce
Diet Level:6
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For The Tuna Cakes:
  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Empty 4 cans of tuna into a large strainer over the sink, and let them drain while you prepare the following ingredients.
  3. Sauté onions in olive oil for about 8 minutes in a sauté pan, until translucent. Set aside and let cool.
  4. While the onions are cooking, in a large mixing bowl, add Greek yogurt (or almond milk yogurt), lemon juice, salt and pepper and whisk until combined. Then add cilantro and peppers to the mixture.
  5. Add the tuna, beaten eggs, cooked onions and almond meal, and mix gently.
  6. Using a 1 1/2 inch scoop (or your hands), form the mixture into balls and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  7. If you are freezing the tuna cakes, leave them on the baking sheet and place them in the freezer. Once firm, store them in a re-sealable freezer bag until needed.
  8. To finish the cakes, bake on 425 for about 20 minutes, just until they start to crisp and become golden.
For The Spicy Lemon Yogurt Sauce:
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl, and whisk thoroughly. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.
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If you are freezing the cakes, leave them on a cookie sheet and place them in the freezer for a few hours. Once they have firmed up, you can transfer them to a resealable storage bag. When you want to cook them, place them back on a baking sheet while still frozen, and allow them to thaw in the fridge for at least 4-5 hours. Then proceed with baking per the instructions.

 

Cream of Tomato Soup

Cream of Tomato Soup

This soup will quickly become one of your go-to’s when you want something hot and homemade, so make a double batch and keep some in your freezer! It’s healthy and oh-so-tasty!!!

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Cream of Tomato Soup
Diet Level:5
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  1. Warm olive oil in large pan, add onion and garlic and saute for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add the carrots and potato and saute for about 8 minutes.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients, except the cream and basil.
  4. Bring to a boil and then cover and simmer for about 30 minutes.
  5. Blend in food processor or with a stick blender until smooth. (If using a blender, be careful when placing hot ingredients in it.)
  6. Add the cream and basil and reheat, but do not bring to boil.
  7. Serve with a sprinkle of fresh basil and drizzle of cashew cream on top.
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Roasted Broccoli

Roasted Broccoli

This recipe is a super-star and EDGE VEGGIE! It is so simple and so delicious! If you’re looking for a yummy, easy veggie side-dish that you can get on the dinner table quickly…search no more…THIS IS IT!

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Roasted Broccoli
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  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Add sliced broccoli to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  3. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and olive oil, then toss gently.
  4. Roast for 10 minutes, add the sliced garlic to the pan, and return to the oven.
  5. Bake 6 more minutes, then sprinkle with parmesan cheese (optional if going dairy-free) and bake for 2 more minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven, dust with lemon zest and serve.
Recipe Notes

You can also use frozen broccoli to make this recipe quicker and easier. Just slice up your broccoli as above and preheat your pan when you preheat your oven!

 

Chicken Broccoli Casserole

Chicken Broccoli Casserole

This recipe is one of my “Fueled & Fit EDGE MEALS.”  So named because they give you an EDGE when you begin your 40-Day F&F Challenge.

EDGE MEALS:

Are quick and easy to prepare
Are family-friendly
Contain easy to locate and inexpensive ingredients
Can be plugged in for either lunch or dinner (or for leftovers)
Are low-carb, low-fat, and high-protein
Contain lots of vitamins and minerals for an extra-punch of energy


Speaking of vitamins and minerals, below are a few of the benefits of tart cherries:

  • Tart Cherries are super-rich in antioxidants. They have about the same antioxidant capacity of blueberries.  And when they’re dried, their antioxidants are super-concentrated.  We’re talking over double the amount of benefits than when the fruit is fresh.
  • They’re high in fiber, and an excellent source of vitamin C.
  • They are considered one of the top anti-inflammatory foods. They can ease muscle pain, gout, and even arthritis.  One study showed that tart cherries had better anti-inflammatory properties than aspirin.
  • They’re high in potassium, which reduces the risk of stroke, hypertension and high blood pressure, and reduces muscle cramping.
  • Cherries are a great sleep aid. They are one of the few good food sources of melatonin, the hormone that helps regulate sleep cycles.
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Chicken Broccoli Casserole
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  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. Drizzle broccoli florets with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Bake in a 9 X 13 baking dish for 10 minutes at 425 degrees.
  4. While the broccoli is roasting, shred the chicken and set it aside.
  5. Heat up a medium-sized skillet on the stove, add olive oil and minced garlic. Cook for 1 minute then add the chicken stock, and bring to a simmer. Add the chicken and stir. Fold in the yogurt, 3 ounces of the feta cheese, green onions, half the cherries and half the almonds.
  6. When the broccoli is finished roasting, turn the oven temp down to 375 degrees, and fold the chicken mixture into the baking dish with the broccoli. Then sprinkle with the remaining feta, almonds, and cherries.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes covered, and serve.
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You can swap out the dried tart cherries for dried cranberries if desired.

 

Sweet Potato Broccoli Chicken Bake

Sweet Potato Broccoli Chicken Bake

I love one-pan meals! They are simple to make and easy to clean up!!! This one tastes delicious, is perfect for leftovers, and even freezes well.

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Sweet Potato Broccoli Chicken Bake
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  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
  3. On the pan, combine the broccoli, sweet potato, onion, garlic, cranberries, and walnuts. Drizzle with oil, add seasonings, salt and pepper and toss to coat. Spread evenly amongst the pan, cover with foil and bake for 12 minutes.
  4. After the 12 minute,s remove from oven, add chicken, toss and place back in oven to bake for another 8 minutes.
  5. Then again, remove from oven, toss once more and place back in oven without foil this time and bake for another 5 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and sweet potatoes are soft.
Apple Pecan Chicken

Apple Pecan Chicken

I absolutely love ONE PAN dishes! All the spices used in this dish are such a delicious compliment to the apples! This recipe uses coconut milk to keep it dairy-free and at ALL Diet Levels. However, if you are on Diet Level 6, then you may substitute half and half or heavy cream. Serve this dish with cauliflower rice or red potatoes and a salad and you’ll have an economical and quick meal on the table in no time!!

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Apple Pecan Chicken
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  1. Begin by heating a large skillet to medium high heat.
  2. Prepare your chicken breasts (or thighs) by pounding them to be thinner, and possibly cutting (breasts) in half (if they are HUGE).
  3. In a small bowl stir together the cumin, cinnamon, cardamom and salt. Coat or rub the chicken with spices.
  4. Add 2 tbsp olive oil to your pan once hot, and begin to cook the chicken or thighs. Sear on each side for 2-3 minutes (depending on thickness of chicken). Chicken does not need to be fully cooked, but almost cooked. Set aside and cover with foil.
  5. Place remaining olive oil in the skillet and add garlic, apples, and pecans. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until apples soften and pecans are fragrant. Continue to scrape the bottom of the pan to collect spices from the chicken.
  6. Pour in coconut milk, and scrape the bottom of the pan to flavor the sauce. Add chicken back to the skillet.
  7. In a small bowl, mix together arrowroot starch and water. Pour into the pan.
  8. Cover with a lid and let the mixture cook for another 3-5 minutes, or until the mixture is thickened and chicken is cooked through.
  9. Serve immediately over rice, greens, or vegetable noodles.
Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

If you love mushrooms, this is going to be one of your go-to recipes! It’s beyond easy to make and so yummy!

You can use a variety of sausage flavors. Change it up to change the flavor of the dish! You can spice this dish up by using hot Italian sausage or lower the kick by substituting sweet chicken sausage.

This is a great appetizer to serve next time you have some friends over or even for a holiday gathering or to bring to a potluck event.

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Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms
Diet Level:6
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Diet Level 6: Clean Eating
fueled for GOD 40 Day Challenge
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  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Stem the mushrooms, finely chop the stems, and set aside.
  3. Heat a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the sausage and cook, using a wooden spoon to break meat into small pieces, until cooked through and browned. About 6-8 minutes. Transfer to plate and set aside.
  4. Add the olive oil to that skillet, add the onion. Cook, stirring occasionally for 1 minute, then add the celery. Cook, stirring, until the celery is soft, about 10 minutes.
  5. Add the chopped mushroom stems, season with salt and pepper. Cook until soft, about 4 minutes. Now, add the cooked sausage back in and stir it all together. Turn heat off.
  6. Lightly season the inside of the mushroom caps with a little salt. Fill each mushroom with the sausage blend, being generous with how much you put in. It’s easy to do this right over the pan one at a time.
  7. Place mushrooms in a baking dish and lightly spray the top with oil.
  8. Bake until golden brown, about 17-20 minutes. Serve.
Sweet Potato Nachos

Sweet Potato Nachos

These sweet potato versions of nachos are convenient, bite-sized, and delicious, with a savory-sweet flavor!  Sweet potato rounds sliced thin and baked until they’re crispy on both sides make a finger-friendly delivery vehicle for creamy avocado and fresh salsa. Then add on the hot peppers and crunchy onions—they may not look exactly like the real deal, but the basic concept is there and the flavor is great!

You can use any kind of your favorite salsa as your topping. HEB has their Central Market brand that is organic and made with only natural ingredients. You could even top with some chicken to add some protein.

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Sweet Potato Nachos
Diet Level:3
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  1. Preheat your oven to 425 F.
  2. In a bowl, combine the sweet potato slices, olive oil, paprika, garlic powder, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Mix everything until well combined.
  4. Place the sweet potatoes on a baking sheet, and bake in the oven for 40 minutes, turning once.
  5. Remove from the oven (but don’t turn the oven off!) and top with the bell pepper, green onions, and jalapeños.
  6. Return the loaded potato slices to the oven and broil for 5 to 10 minutes.
  7. Serve with avocado, salsa, and fresh cilantro.
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