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Pomegranate Mint Yogurt

I’ve had a pomegranate sitting in my fridge for awhile now just waiting for me to find a way to use it up. I thought about using it on pork chops but very rarely do I ever eat pork or any other meats. Now that Spring has finally arrived with summer-like temperatures I thought this would be a great way to use it up for a nice, light treat. Sometimes I mix it up with whatever else I have on hand, such as honey, vanilla yogurt, granola, pineapple, almonds, or any other fruit or topping that you have on hand that will add great taste with minimal fat and/or calories.

pomegranate parfait






1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt (such as Fage)
1/3 cup pomegranate arils (the pulpy seeds)
2 tsp thinly sliced fresh mint (about 5 leaves)

optional: granola, honey, slivered almonds, pineapple chunks, or a tiny amount of vanilla and/or almond extract

Fold mint into yogurt. Layer yogurt mixture and pomegranate arils in a clear dessert dish. Makes 1 serving.

Per serving (serves 1):

(optional ingredients are not included in the nutritional info)

145 cal

0 g fat

69 mg sodium

19 g carbs

4 g fiber

16 g protein

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Tilapia: take two!

Looking for a different way to eat your tilapia instead of just pan frying or baking it with a marinade or seasoning on it? Give this recipe a try for a nice change! You’ll be glad you did!


Dijon Fish cakes with Greens

from realsimple.com


4 6-ounce tilapia fillets
sea salt and black pepper
1/2 cup light mayonnaise (or Greek yogurt)
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill (I use 1 – 1 ½ TBSP. dried)
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
3/4 cup panko (I like to make my crumbs out of toasted Ezekiel bread)
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 tablespoons     grape seed or olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
5 ounces salad greens



  1. Heat oven to 400° F. Place the tilapia on a rimmed baking sheet and season with ¾ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Bake until cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool and flake into small pieces.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the mayonnaise (or Greek yogurt), eggs, dill, and 1 tablespoon of the mustard. Fold in the tilapia and bread crumbs. Form the mixture into 8 cakes and chill for at least 30 minutes. Heat the canola oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook the tilapia cakes until golden, 3 to 5 minutes per side.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together the grape seed (or olive) oil, vinegar, the remaining 1 teaspoon of mustard, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Add the salad greens and toss to combine. Serve with the fish cakes.

Serves 4

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Time for Tostadas…Tilapia Tostadas that is!

Have Fish Fridays been getting a little too costly for you lately? Going out to a restaurant every week for fish can not only affect your wallet, it can affect your waistline, too. Don’t think that just because you’re eating fish that it’s going to be low-calorie or low-fat. Many places that prepare fish add so many extra ingredients that by the time you’re done with your meal, you’ve eaten between 700-1200 calories! If you’ve eaten somewhere that has prepared your meal to be on the higher end of that, that’s almost a persons ENTIRE recommended calorie intake for ONE DAY! That is crazy and completely UN-necessary.

Give this recipe a try instead next time you get a craving to go out for fish. Your wallet AND your waistline will thank you later!

Tilapia Tostadas with Roasted Corn Relish


from Cooking Light


1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream (or Greek yogurt)
1/4 cup green salsa
Cooking spray
1 cup yellow corn kernels
1/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
1 1/2 teaspoons minced seeded jalapeño pepper
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1 cup diced peeled avocado
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
1 1/2 pounds tilapia fillets, cut into 2-inch pieces
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup yellow cornmeal
1 tablespoon grape seed oil, divided
8 (6-inch) corn tortillas
1 cup packaged cole slaw mix


1. Mix together salsa and sour cream.
2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add corn, bell pepper, onion, jalapeño, and 1/4 teaspoon salt and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from pan; wipe pan clean with paper towels. Combine avocado and juice; toss gently. Stir avocado mixture into corn mixture.
3. Preheat broiler.
4. Sprinkle fish evenly with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and black pepper. Place cornmeal in a shallow dish and coat fish in cornmeal. Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in pan over medium-high heat. Add half the fish to pan; cook 3 minutes. Carefully turn fish over; cook another 2 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Repeat with remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil and fish.
5. Coat both sides of tortillas with cooking spray. Arrange tortillas in a single layer on baking sheets; broil 2 minutes on each side or until crisp. Place 2 tortillas on each of 4 plates. Arrange 2 tablespoons slaw on each tortilla. Divide fish evenly among tortillas; top each serving with about 3 tablespoons corn relish and about 1 1/2 tablespoons sour cream mixture.

Yield: 4 servings

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving

Calories: 470
Fat: 17.1g
Saturated fat: 4.3g
Monounsaturated fat: 7.6g
Polyunsaturated fat: 3.3g
Protein: 40.4g
Carbohydrate: 43.7g
Fiber: 6.7g
Cholesterol: 96mg
Iron: 2.2mg
Sodium: 610mg
Calcium: 83mg

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September 12, 2012 · 12:18 am

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


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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Fajita Salad

A few days ago I was in a predicament. You see, I had recently found my new favorite restaurant go-to meal (you know the meal you end up choosing EVERY time, even after you go in thinking you’ll try something different?) and I was craving it – BADLY. So badly I was considering selling my laptop just so I could go out and get it. Well, okay, I wasn’t seriously considering selling the laptop; if I did how would I be able to blog about my new recipe??

You may be wondering, why didn’t I just go out to eat and get it then? Well, like many people in the world, after I paid my (always increasing) bills, I simply didn’t have the money to. But you know what I realized I did have? EVERYTHING to make it. At home! Where it turns out to be *GASP* much cheaper!

I am telling you, people, this salad is so satisfying and delicious I would much rather spend the time making it at home than going out to eat. I mean, quite honestly (not to toot my own horn or anything, but…) I like mine better! Other than tasting as beautiful as it looks, it’s healthier than the alternative because it’s not served in a huge deep-fried tortilla bowl that only taunts me as I eat the healthy veggies of the salad…

You know you want me. I’m crispy. I’m crunchy. I practically melt in your mouth. (says the deep fried shell)

Yes. I do. Wait. NO! It’s only the fat and grease that melts in my mouth. You should be ashamed of yourself for putting such healthy veggies on top of you! (my conversation with said deep fried shell)

Imagine the looks I get from the waiter witnessing THAT conversation!

Aside from the shell that seems to take away the healthy goodness of a SALAD, I enjoy my homemade version because I control what I put in it, which means I know what is going into my body. No MSG, no added salt, no Silicon Dioxide, etc.

So, without further ado (drum roll please!)



Fajita Salad

1-2 large onions, roughly chopped (any type you prefer. I love onion so I used 2 large white onions that I had on hand)

2 bell peppers, roughly chopped (any color)

1 cup frozen corn kernels ( I used 1 ear of corn, cut off the cob)

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed, no salt added

1-2 large tomatoes, roughly chopped

3/4 cup greek yogurt (or sour cream if you prefer)

1/4 cup (or more or less, to your liking) taco seasoning (free of Silicon Dioxide and any other additives)

low-fat milk, to thin (I use a couple of tablespoons)

lettuce ( I use an Artisan mix that I tear apart and clean with the help of my wonderful salad spinner)

optional: 2 cups cooked chicken ( I prefer mine without but it suites the salad quite well to add it)

optional: Guacamole

optional: shredded cheddar cheese


In a skillet over medium heat saute onions, peppers and corn until tender (don’t over cook them, you don’t want them mushy), usually about 7-10 minutes. Once tender, add black beans, greek yogurt, taco seasoning, and milk to thin.

Place about 1 – 1 1/2 cups worth of this mixture onto your plate. Top that with cheese if you’re using it. Your plate should look something like this…


Then top that with a generous amount of lettuce and your tomatoes and guacamole, should you choose. You should end up with a finished product similar to this…


Then I like to mix it all up really good to evenly distribute all the yummy goodness. Of course, then it doesn’t look as pretty so I didn’t take a picture of that 😉

I hope you give this one a try and enjoy it as much as I do!


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Taco Casserole

Taco Casserole (or burrito / taco filling)

This stuff was good the night I made it, and even BETTER heated up as leftovers the following day. The first night I ate it out of a bowl, fork-full after delicious fork-full. I had also topped it with sour cream (about 1 TBSP, you could use Greek yogurt but I was craving the creaminess of sour cream) and black olives. The second day I tried it as a burrito filling (in a healthier, 100 calorie, high fiber/protein tortilla), again topped with sour cream and black olives. It was de-licious! It may sound different using spaghetti squash instead of some type of pasta, but believe me, it’s worth giving it a try!


1 spaghetti squash, cooked and shredded apart

1 – 1 1/2 cups Greek yogurt (depending on the amount of squash you use. I had a very large squash, so I used more)

1 large onion, chopped

1 packet low sodium taco seasoning

1 can low sodium diced tomato

1 cup frozen corn kernels

1 can low sodium black beans

1/2 cup TVP (textured vegetable protein, can be found at most health food stores)

1 can no fat re-fried beans

1 cup fat free Kraft shredded cheddar

any taco toppings you’d like (black olives, green onion, tomato, sour cream, etc.)


Pre-heat oven to 400 F. Cut squash in half, lengthwise, scoop out seeds. Place on a rimmed baking sheet. Spray halves with olive oil cooking spray or butter flavored cooking spray and season with your seasoning of choice (I used Mrs.Dash onion and herb). Add about 1 cup of water to the bottom of the pan to prevent the bottom of the squash from burning. Bake for 40-50 minutes. Let cool a bit, then shred apart and place shreds into a mixing bowl.

While the squash is cooking, chop the onion and sautee in a small fry pan (sprayed with pan spray or you could use a small amount of grape seed oil or extra virgin olive oil) for a few minutes (keep in mind they will cook more in the oven, so don’t over cook them in the pan). Turn off heat and let cool until squash is done.

Place black beans in a strainer and rinse thoroughly with water. Add to the squash. Add remaining ingredients and mix well, until the taco seasoning and re-fried beans are thoroughly incorporated. Spread mixture into a 9 x 13 casserole dish and bake, uncovered, for about an hour, until it’s bubbly. Serve hot, plain or as a burrito/taco filling and top with your choice of taco-y toppings!

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Spaghetti Squash Casserole









1 spaghetti squash, cut in half and seeds removed
1 bunch hearty greens (I used kale but chards, spinach or collards work well too), de-stemmed and chopped
1 onion (I used a medium white), diced
2 Tbsp. grape seed oil, separated
1 Tbsp. chopped garlic
1 egg, lightly beaten (or two egg whites)
3-4 Tbsp. sun-dried tomatoes
1/2 cup frozen corn kernels
3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
3/4 cup cottage cheese (I used 1 %)
1/2 cup + 1/4 cup grated Romano cheese, divided  (parmesan works too)
1 tsp. dried thyme
salt and pepper to taste
2-3 Tbsp sliced almonds, to garnish



Preheat oven to 400 F. Cut squash in half, lengthwise. Scrape out seeds. Rub a small amount of grape seed or extra virgin olive oil over the squash halves and sprinkle with a generous pinch of Mrs. Dash (any flavor that you prefer -I used the tomato and basil flavored one) or other seasoning of your choice. Put squash on baking sheet and pour 1/4 cup – 1/2 cup water around bottom of squash. Roast for about 45-50 minutes, or until it separates easy into strands when pulled with a fork. Let cool for a few minutes, then shred into strands.

While the squash is cooking heat a small amount (about 1 TBSP grape seed oil or EVOO in a large skillet. Add onions and saute until they start to soften. Add chopped kale and cook for about 5 minutes or until kale starts to wilt down to about 1/2 it’s original volume. Keep in mind it will cook more in the oven so you don’t need to cook it down completely. Turn off heat and let sit while you prepare the rest.

Combine the remaining ingredients from garlic to the salt and pepper. Mix well, then add the kale/onion mixture and the spaghetti squash strands. Spray a casserole dish with pan spray and spread the mixture in the dish. Top with additional 1/4 cup Romano cheese and almonds.

Bake 30-35 minutes or until mixture is hot and bubbly and cheese is browned on top.



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Sweet Potato Turkey Hash



2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch pieces

1 medium apple, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch pieces

1/2 cup non-fat greek yogurt

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 Tbsp. grape seed oil

1 medium onion, chopped

3 cups diced, cooked, skinless turkey or chicken

1 tsp. dried thyme or 1 tbsp. fresh chopped thyme

1/2 tsp. salt

freshly ground pepper, to taste


  1. Place sweet potatoes in a medium saucepan, cover with lightly salted water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, cover and cook for 3 minutes. Add apple and cook until everything is just tender, but not mushy, 2 to 3 minutes longer. Drain.
  2. Transfer 1 cup of the mixture to a large bowl; mash. Stir in greek yogurt and lemon juice. Add the remaining unmashed mixture and stir gently to mix. Set aside.
  3. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add turkey (or chicken), thyme, salt and pepper; cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add the reserved sweet potato mixture to the pan; stir to mix. Press on the hash with a wide metal spatula; cook until the bottom is lightly browned, about 3-5 minutes. Cut the hash into several rough sections; flip and cook until the undersides are browned, about 3-5 minutes longer (after the bottom gets nice and brown I like to stick mine under the broiler to get the top nice and crispy instead of cutting it up and flipping it). Serve immediately.

Serves 6 ( 1 1/4 cup servings)

Nutrition Information( 1 1/4 cup serving):

Per serving: 214 calories; 7 g fat ( 2 g sat , 3 g mono ); 56 mg cholesterol; 14 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 23 g protein; 2 g fiber; 262 mg sodium; 475 mg potassium.


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