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Slimmed Down Six Layer Dip

Picture of Slim Six-Layer Dip Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 2 15-ounce cans red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 teaspoons chili paste or your favorite hot sauce
  • 1 cup shredded low-fat cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 ripe avocados, preferably Hass
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 5 scallions, white and green parts, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno, stemmed and thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups plain nonfat yogurt, preferably Greek
  • 2 cups finely shredded romaine lettuce
  • 3 ripe medium tomatoes, diced

Directions

Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic, beans and chili paste and heat until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Using a potato masher or fork, mash the beans. Remove from the heat, add 2 tablespoons water and mash until somewhat smooth. Spread in a 2-quart glass casserole dish.

Scatter the cheese over the beans. Halve and pit the avocados; scoop out the flesh into a bowl and mash with 1 teaspoon salt and the lemon juice. Spread the avocado over the cheese.

Reserve some scallions, cilantro and jalapeno for garnish. Pulse the yogurt with the remaining scallions, cilantro and jalapeno in a blender or food processor. Spread over the avocado. Top with the lettuce. Season the tomatoes with another teaspoon salt and scatter over the lettuce. Top with the reserved scallions, cilantro and jalapeno.

Per serving: Calories 290; Fat 15 (Saturated 5); Cholesterol 18 mg; Sodium 702 mg; Carbohydrate 25 g; Fiber 10 g; Protein 18 g

English Muffin Panini

Cheesy Pizza Panini

  • 1 Whole Wheat English Muffin or Sandwich Thin
  • 1 tbsp pizza sauce (you could use tomato paste, just be sure to sprinkle with salt and spices)
  • 1 Mini Babybel Light
  • Your fav pizza topics, optional of course (pepperoni, baby spinach, diced peppers)

If you like a crunchier muffin, pre-toast. I tend to like mine soft so I kept it raw.

Smear the sauce on the muffin, top with any toping and then place the cheese in the center.

Press in the George Foreman or a panini press, about 4 minutes

 

185 Calories per serving (whole sandwich)

 

From GreenLiteBites

Breakfast Cookies

Peanut Butter Banana Oat Breakfast Cookies ~ These cookies have the great flavor of peanut butter, are power packed because of adding protein powder and are egg & flour free and are sweetened with bananas & applesauce.  If you want to indulge, add some chocolate or carob chips & take the flavor up to the next level!

  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed until smooth & creamy
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter ~ creamy or chunky
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder ** (can be made without, cookie will just be lower in protein)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp butter flavor extract ** (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups quick oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts (peanut, walnut, or your favorite)
  • 1/4 cup carob or chocolate chips (**optional)

Preheat heat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, mix mashed banana & peanut butter until completely combined then add in the applesauce, vanilla protein powder & the extract(s) ~ mix again until all are completely combined.

Add in the oatmeal & nuts to the banana mixture & combine.  (** add the optional carob / chocolate chips at this time if you want them mixed throughout)

Let dough rest for 10 minutes.

Drop cookie dough, by spoonfuls, onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet & flatten cookies into rounds. (** if you just want the carob / chocolate chips on the top of the cookies, add now)

Bake cookies approx. 30 minutes, or until golden brown & done.  Remove from oven & let rest on cookie sheet for 5 minutes, then move to cooling rack.  (if you want the traditional fork tong marks on the cookies, use a pizza cutter or sharp knife to score the tops of the cookies while they’re still warm)

When cookies are completely cool, store in a covered container.  Enjoy!

Recipe from Watching What I Eat

Low Carb Soy Ravioli

Soy Ravioli

2 cups soy flour
1-1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
2 Tbsp canola oil
4-6 Tbsp water
Filling: Ricotta

In mixing bowl, combine soy flour and salt. Make a well in the center. Add egg and canola oil. With a fork, slowly whisk egg and oil into the surrounding flour/salt mixture until dough is coarse and crumbly. Add 1 Tbsp at a time of water at a time, incorporating with flour. Work dough with the heel of the hand for 5 minutes. Cover with inverted bowl and let rest.

Divide dough into 3 parts and roll on lightly floured board into 10″ X 20″ sheets. Using knife/pastry wheel, lightly mark dough parallel to the 10″ side, at 4″ interwals. Mark lengthwise at 2″ intervals, to make 4″ X 2″ strips.

Moving along the bottom of the 10″ side, place 1 tsp filling about 2/3 way up the strip. Fold bottom half up to cover filling. Seal edges with fork. Place on lightly floured board to rest.

Bring lightly salted water to a rolling boil in a 4-6 quart pan on the stove. Add pasta. Cook for 6 minutes. Drain and serve. Makes about 60 ravioli.

Nutritional Information for 1/6 recipe: Calories: 150 ,Carbohydrates: 14g, Fiber: 8g, Net Carbohydrates 6g, Protein: 18g, Fat: 0 g

Guilt Free Red Velvet Cake Batter

Guilt-free red velvet cake batter… is there even such a thing? This twist on a common favorite bakery treat will give those calories a run for their money. Try this healthy smoothie and see if it does the trick to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Red Velvet Cake Batter Green Drink

Ingredients:

1 C. non-dairy milk, or organic milk
1 small/medium beet: peeled, steamed, and chopped
1/3 C. frozen raspberries
1 frozen banana
4 TB. cocoa powder
4-pitted dates
1 TB chai seeds or ground flax seeds
1-2 TB. sweetener of choice (agave, maple syrup, or honey)
Ice

Recipe & Picture via http://thediva-dish.com/

Star Spangled Kabobs

Putting together these star spangled kabobs are as easy as it gets. All you need for this quick and healthy Independence Day display are blueberries, bananas, strawberries and skewers. Cut fruit and place accordingly to create an American flag.

In addition to the ease of preparation, and obvious health benefits of this dish, these fruit kabobs are great because they can be easily adjusted to accommodate the number of people you are serving. Expecting more people last minute? Simply add a few more stars and stripes to the flag.

Grilled & Glazed Carrots

 

Ingredients:

  • 6 carrots (equal in size)
  • 1/8 cup Balsamic vinegar
  • 1/8 cup Honey

Directions:

  • Combine the balsamic and honey in a small bowl, whisk to combine and set aside.

 

  • Peel, trim and slice the carrots in half horizontally.

 

  • Put them in a zip-top bag and seal, leaving about an inch unsealed.

 

  • Cook the carrots on high in the microwave for two minutes, or until they are slightly flexible. This shortens the grilling time greatly. (Note: You may need to adjust the cooking time depending on the size of your carrots and the power of your microwave.)

 

  • Grill the carrots on a medium-high grill (about 400*) for three minutes.

 

  • Flip them over, brush them with the glaze and continue grilling another three minutes.

 

  • Remove the carrots to a platter and brush them with the glaze.

 

  • Serve and enjoy.
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