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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

Watermelon Nachos

Watermelon Nachos 8 Unique & Delicious Nacho Recipes for Your Family

Watermelon Nachos

12-16 1/2-inch thick watermelon triangles with 3-inch sides
2 cups (500 mL) Greek vanilla yogurt
1/2 tsp (2 mL) vanilla extract
Few drops almond extract
1 cup (250 mL) dried cranberries
1 cup (250 mL) white chocolate chips
1/2 cup (125 mL) sliced toasted almonds
1/2 tsp (2 mL) ground cinnamon

Arrange the watermelon triangles on a serving platter, set aside.

In a small bowl mix yogurt with extracts and drizzle mixture over the watermelon to give the appearance of nacho cheese sauce. Sprinkle dried cranberries, white chocolate chips and almonds over the yogurt and dust with cinnamon.

 

*Intended to be shared, for healthier version hold off on chocolate chips & less yogurt

Per serving: about 400 cal, 8 g pro, 11 g total fat (5 g sat. fat), 73 g carb, 4 g fibre, 10 mg chol, 65 mg sodium. %RDI: iron 10%, calcium 20%, vit A 70%, vit C 80%

 

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.

Curried Chicken Pitas

Servings

4

Total Time

15 minutes

Nutrition

  • 323 calories
  • 7 g fat ( 1 g sat , 3 g mono )
  • 58 mg cholesterol
  • 41 g carbohydrates
  • 0 g added sugars
  • 27 g protein
  • 6 g fiber
  • 352 mg sodium
  • 372 mg potassium
  • Magnesium (17% daily value)

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons nonfat plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 2 cups cooked, cubed chicken breast (see Tip)
  • 1 ripe but firm pear, diced
  • 1 stalk celery, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup sliced or slivered almonds, toasted (see Tip)
  • 4 4- to 5-inch whole-wheat pita breads, cut in half
  • 2 cups sprouts

Preparation

  1. Combine yogurt, mayonnaise and curry powder in a large bowl. Add chicken, pear, celery, cranberries and almonds; toss to combine.
  2. Fill each pita half with 1/2 cup chicken salad and 1/4 cup sprouts.

Breakfast Mini Pizzas

Servings

1 serving

Total Time

10 minutes

Nutrition

  • 265 calories
  • 10 g fat ( 4 g sat , 3 g mono )
  • 223 mg cholesterol
  • 30 g carbohydrates
  • 4 g added sugars
  • 16 g protein
  • 5 g fiber
  • 598 mg sodium
  • 308 mg potassium
  • Calcium (28% daily value),
  • Iron (16% dv)
  • Magnesium (15% dv)

Ingredients 

  • 1  large egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons prepared marinara sauce
  • 1 whole-wheat English muffin, split and toasted
  • 2 tablespoons shredded Italian cheese blend
  • 2 slices pepperoni (optional)
Preparation
  1. Preheat oven or toaster oven broiler.
  2. Coat a small nonstick skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat. Add egg and cook, stirring often, until set into soft curds, 1 to 2 minutes. Spread marinara sauce on English muffin halves. Top with the scrambled egg, cheese and pepperoni (if using). Broil until the cheese is melted, 1 to 3 minutes.

Egg & Salmon Sandwich

Servings

1 Sandwich

Total Time 

15 minutes

Nutrition

  • 214 calories
  • 5 g fat ( 1 g sat , 2 g mono )
  • 7 mg cholesterol
  • 25 g carbohydrates
  • 19 g protein
  • 3 g fiber
  • 670 mg sodium
  • 221 mg potassium
  • Good source of omega-3s

Ingredients

  • 1/2 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped red onion
  • 2 large egg whites, beaten
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon capers, rinsed and chopped (optional)
  • 1 ounce smoked salmon
  • 1 slice tomato
  • 1 whole-wheat English muffin, split and toasted
Preparation
  1. Heat oil in a small nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until it begins to soften, about 1 minute. Add egg whites, salt and capers (if using) and cook, stirring constantly, until whites are set, about 30 seconds.
  2. To make the sandwich, layer the egg whites, smoked salmon and tomato on English muffin.
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