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Avocado and Chicken Pizza

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Ingredients

Tortillas (like La Tortilla Factory Smart and Delicious tortillas that are lower in carbs and calories and higher in fiber)

Avacado Spread (recipe below) (2 cups)

Chicken, cooked and cut into 1″ chunks, or pulled apart

Pizza Toppings, such as:

red onion, diced

tomatoes, diced

cilantro

reduced fat cheddar cheese

avocado, cut into 1″ pieces

Directions

Preheat oven to 400F. Place tortillas on a baking sheet and bake them for about 5-8 minutes (turning over halfway through), just enough to crisp them up a bit so you have a nice, crispy crust instead of a soggy, droopy crust. Be sure to keep an eye on them, you don’t want to burn them but if you don’t crisp them up enough, once the pizzas are loaded with toppings and baked, the crust won’t firm up as much.

Once the tortillas are crisped up a bit, pull them out of the oven and let cool for a few minutes. Spread each tortilla with about 1/2 cup of the avocado spread and sprinkle on toppings. Bake for about 6-8 minutes or until cheese is fully melted.

Nutritional Information, per pizza (makes 4 pizzas)

keep in mind, a lot of the fat in this comes from the avocado spread, which is a “good” fat

Calories: 475

Fat: 29 g

Carbs: 36 g

Sodium: 844 mg

Fiber: 20 g

Protein: 32 g

Sugars: 2 g

Avocado Spread

2 avocados

1 small onion, chopped finely

1 lime, juiced

2 tsp. garlic

1/2 tsp. salt

Cut the avocados in half, take out the pit and scoop the avocado out of the shells and into a medium sized bowl. Add remaining ingredients and mash thoroughly with a potato masher. Set aside. Makes about 2 cups.

Nutritional Information, per serving

(for 1/2 cup avocado spread, makes about 4 servings)

Calories: 156

Fat: 13 g

Protein: 2 g

Sugars: .4 g

Fiber: 6 g

Carbs: 10 g

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Chicken Taco Soup

Mexican-Style Chicken Soup

This is definitely one of my favorite fall/winter foods to make. It comes together pretty quickly and is also great to throw together in the crockpot and let go. Sometimes I’ll thrown in a can of black beans (drained), too, if I have them handy and I also like to add a “dollop of Daisy” (sour cream 😉 or greek yogurt).

Ingredients
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large yellow onion, diced
2 tsp. minced garlic
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 quart reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 1/4 pounds plum tomatoes, diced
1 4.5-ounce can green chilies
2 cups frozen corn
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups shredded, cooked chicken
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 ripe avocado, peeled, pitted, and sliced (optional)
Lime wedges for serving (optional)

Directions
1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic. Cook, stirring, until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the chili powder, oregano, and cumin; cook 1 minute more.
2. Stir in the broth, tomatoes, chilies and salt. Bring to a boil, then immediately reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Add the chicken; simmer 10 minutes more. Stir in the cilantro.
3. Ladle into individual bowls and serve garnished with the avocado slices and the lime wedges.

Serves 6

Nutrition facts per serving: 233 calories, 20g protein, 21g carbohydrate, 8g fat (1.4g saturated), 5g fiber

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, January 2010.

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Broiled Tilapia Gyro

Here’s a different way to try your traditional lamb Gyro.

Broiled Tilapia Gyros
from Cooking Light

Ingredients

Fish:
1 1/2 pounds tilapia fillets
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
Cooking spray

Tzatziki:
3/4 cup plain 2% reduced-fat Greek yogurt
2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 garlic cloves, minced

Remaining ingredients:
4 (2.75-ounce) Mediterranean-style wheat flatbreads (Pitas)
1/2 cup vertically sliced red onion (about 1/2 small onion)
1 ripe avocado, peeled and cut into 12 thin slices
1 medium tomato, thinly sliced
1/2 small English cucumber, thinly sliced (about 1/2 cup)

Preparation

Preheat broiler.

To prepare fish, brush fish with oil; sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon pepper and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

Place fish on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Broil 6 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or desired degree of doneness.

To prepare tzatziki, combine yogurt and next 5 ingredients (through garlic) in a food processor or blender; pulse until smooth.

Spread 2 tablespoons tzatziki in the center of each flatbread. Divide fish evenly among flatbreads. Top each serving with 2 tablespoons onion, 3 avocado slices, 2 tomato slices, and about 6 cucumber slices; fold in half.

Nutritional Information
Amount per serving
Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 filled gyro)

  • Calories: 479
  • Fat: 16.8g
  • Saturated fat: 3.7g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 9.4g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 2.2g
  • Protein: 46.1g
  • Carbohydrate: 39.7g
  • Fiber: 9.4g
  • Cholesterol: 88mg
  • Iron: 3.5mg
  • Sodium: 538mg
  • Calcium: 120mg

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Giving it a Go – Meatless Mondays

I’m pretty sure I’ve done Meatless Monday before. Matter of fact, most of my week days tend to meat free. I’m not a vegetarian, it’s just that most of the time I would rather eat salads, veggies, fruits and legumes (beans). I’ve considered going vegetarian, but I know it would be a commitment that, for me, would fail. Probably not right away, though. I can go without meat for awhile. But eventually, the immense craving for a delicious cheeseburger or beer brat would invade my brain and never leave until satisfied. And I’m perfectly ok with that. Truth be told, very rarely do I even eat red meat. I would say that 80% of the year I’m a pescatarian (someone who’s diet allows seafood but not any other animal meat). I suppose I’m kind of a mutt when it comes to labeling what I am ‘diet-wise’. I’ll be sure to post some Tilapia recipes soon for any fellow fish lovers like myself, but until then…

Back to Meatless Monday!

I had several garden fresh veggies begging to be used.

Sweet Potato, Walla Walla Onion (the SWEETEST onions you could ever give your taste buds the pleasure of discovering), Sweet Corn and Kale to be specific. With some other essential ingredients that I always have on hand this recipe was destined to be made (and the fact that it all comes together in one big stock pot makes dishes a breeze – great for Mondays)! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

adapted from http://www.milkfreemom.com

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Quinoa and Sweet Potato Chili

1 Tbsp. Grape seed oil (or olive oil)

1-2 Onions, chopped (I use 2 because I love onions but be sure to adjust per your preference)

1 Green Bell Pepper, chopped

1 Tbsp. minced garlic

1 can tomato paste

32 oz. chicken or vegetable stock

1 Tbsp. Chili powder

1 Tbsp. Cumin

1 tsp. Oregano

1/2 cup Kale leaves, finely chopped (about 1-2 leaves depending on size of leaf)

1 can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 large sweet potato, peeled and chopped into bite size pieces

1 cup white quinoa (dry, not cooked)

1 1/2 cups corn (frozen or cut off the cob)

salt and pepper to taste

Optional to Garnish with:

Greek yogurt (or sour cream)

Avocado slices

Directions for Deliciousness:

Heat the oil in a large stock pot over medium low heat. Add the onions and bell pepper, cook until slightly tender (make sure they’re not mushy, they’ve got quite a bit more cooking to go through). Add the garlic, and cook for another minute or two. Then add the tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, and oregano and cook for another 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Then add the beans, stock, potatoes, kale and corn and season with salt and pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes, then add the quinoa. Continue cooking for about 15-20 minutes with the lid on, stirring occasionally, until quinoa and potatoes are cooked and the chili has thickened. The quinoa should have expanded and thickened the chili by the time it’s done. It should not be crunchy, so be sure to check.  Add a bit of water if the chili becomes too thick for your liking. Top with avocado and Greek yogurt or sour cream if desired.

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Get Fit with Good Fat!

You may often hear about how avocados are good for you but then you also hear how they’re also high in fat. Confusing, right? Should you eat them or avoid them? Well, we are going to fill you in on some of the facts about avocados and say, yes, you can and SHOULD eat them! And the truth is, with this nutrient-packed fruit working wonders for your waistline (and almost every other part of your body), you should include them to be a regular part of your healthy diet.

Let’s go ahead and read up on the FACTS about avocados:

-There are 55 calories in ONE ounce of avocado (say whaat?!)

-85% of its calories come from all healthy fats.

-There are 3 grams of filling Fiber in TWO ounces.

-There are 5 grams of fat (the good kind, remember?) per ounce of avocado.

-The mono and polyunsaturated fats in these fruits can help ward off carb cravings because they stabilize fluctuating blood sugar levels.

-They fight inflammation! Phytosterols (a plant compound) account for a major portion of the fats in avocado and they keep post-training inflammation under control so you can stay pain free.

-They help build muscle!

-They strengthen your bones. One cup of avocado slices provides 44 milligrams of magnesium, a mineral that researchers say can boost bone density by 2% for every 100 milligram increase of magnesium in your body.

-Avocados are a good source of vitamin K, calcium’s bone-building partner!

-Oleic acid, found in avocados, is a type of fat that has been shown to increase satiety (fullness).

-They help your heart. Avocados are the only fruit high in monounsaturated fat, the premier fat for cardiovascular health. Research has shown that upping mono fats and lowering cholesterol reduces harmful LDL and increases beneficial HDL cholesterol.

-With 136 milligrams of potassium per ounce, avocados help reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure.

-They protect your eyes. Avocados are high in free-radical-fighting plant pigments called Carotenoids. Lutein and Zeaxanthin are specific types of Carotenoids that protect your eyes from age-related vision loss diseases like Macular Degeneration.

Need I go on? I don’t think so.

 

 

Now that you know all of the amazing things that avocados can do for your body aren’t you ready to go to the store and buy some? You should be! To get you started, here are some quick ideas for you to try:

-For a quick snack mash up half of an avocado and spread on a whole-grain English muffin with greens and chopped radishes.

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-Add three slices to a sandwich, pita or salad, or add 2-3 slices (roughly chopped) to garnish a black bean soup.

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-For a healthy guacamole, mix together chopped avocado, diced onion, tomato, cilantro, a pinch of salt and lime juice (all ingredients to taste) with a fork or in a food processor if you prefer.

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-Add it to your protein shake! Mix 1 scoop vanilla protein, ½ of a banana, ¼ cup of blueberries, ¼ of a ripe avocado and a handful of spinach, plus ½ a cup of low-fat milk or almond milk.

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-Make an edible bowl! Scoop out the seed (discard that) and then fill the flesh halves with shredded cooked chicken breast, diced onion, diced tomato and a pinch of shredded cheddar (throw the outer skin “bowl” part away once insides are eaten).

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Or try this delicious Avocado Deviled Egg recipe from eatingwelllivingthin

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