Garam Masala Hummus

Garam Masala Hummus with sandwich thin

3 cups garbanzo beans, cooked and drained
1 med. lemon, juice (approx. 1/4 c.)
3 Tbsp. garlic, minced (Image)
1 Tbsp. flax seed, ground
1 tsp. garam masala

Cook and drain garbanzo beans according to bag (or Google directions). Place beans and lemon juice in food processor and mix on high speed until appearance is mostly smooth and all levels spin at about the same speed.  Add garlic, flax, and garam masala. Continue to blend on high speed until appearance is smooth and everything is well mixed. Serve with naan, pita, veggies, or sandwich thins.

30 servings (2 Tbsp)

Calories: 30
Carbohydrates: 5g
Fiber: 1g
Sugar: 1g
Fat: 0.5g  
Saturated Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Protein: 2g
Sodium: 1g

7-1/2 servings (1/2 cup) – Heart Healthy serving

Calories: 121
Carbohydrates: 20g
Fiber: 5g
Sugar: 3g
Fat: 2g
Saturated Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Protein: 6g
Sodium: 5g

Chili Meatloaf

Chili Meatloaf with mashed potatoes

2.5 lb lean ground beef
2 slices bread, toasted and crumbed
5 tbsp flax seed, ground
1/2 cup wheat germ
1-1/2 cup diced tomato
1/2 med. onion, diced (Image)
1 cup shredded cilantro
2 Tbsp garlic, minced (Image)
2 Tbsp chili sauce
3 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 Tbsp mustard
3 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cayenne

It’s meatloaf… Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until thoroughly combined. Place mixture in loaf pans, muffin tins, whatever pan you like to cook meatloaf in. Bake at 375 until internal temperature is at least 160 deg. (approximately 1 hour for loaf pans, less for muffin tins).

Makes 14, 3 oz servings, approx. 1″ slices.

Nutritional Info:
Per serving (approx. 85 gr)
Calories – 237
Carbohydrates – 10g
Sugars – 2g
Fiber – 3g
Fat – 11g
Saturated Fat – 4g
Cholesterol – 70mg
Protein – 24g
Sodium – 179mg

Sweet & Savory Summer Simmer

Sweet & Savory Summer Simmer with bison, brown rice, and brocolli

1 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 med. onion, chopped (Image)
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
1 Tbsp. garlic, minced (Image)
1/4 c. hazelnuts, finely chopped
1-1/2 cup fresh cilantro, shredded
1/4 c. lemon juice
1 tsp. allspice, ground
1-1/2 cup strawberries, sliced

Heat olive oil, over med-high heat, in deep skillet/wok. Saute onions, garlic, mushrooms, and hazelnuts. Once onions are tender; add cilantro, lemon juice, allspice, and strawberries. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.

Reduce heat to medium. Place meat of choice on top of strawberry mix. Cover and let simmer for 10-15 minutes. Reduce heat to med-low, stir lightly and turn meat. Cook for an additional 10 minutes, uncovered. Serve strawberry mix as a side dish.

Serves 4

Nutrients per Serving (Side dish only)
Calories – 114
Carbohydrates – 10g
Sugars – 4g
Fiber – 3g
Fat – 8g
Saturated Fat – 1g
Cholesterol – 0mg
Protein – 2g
Sodium – 4mg

Calories per Serving (with various meats)

Chicken Round Steak Bison Pork Loin
1/2 breast
meat only
4 oz.
pre-cooking
4 oz.
pre-cooking
4 oz.
pre-cooking
Calories – 244
Carbohydrates – 10g
Sugars – 4g
Fiber – 3g
Fat – 9g
Saturated Fat – 2g
Cholesterol – 68mg
Protein – 29g
Sodium – 81mg
Calories – 287
Carbohydrates – 10g
Sugars – 4g
Fiber – 3g
Fat – 15g
Saturated Fat – 5g
Cholesterol – 65mg
Protein – 28g
Sodium – 63mg
Calories – 237
Carbohydrates – 10g
Sugars – 4g
Fiber – 3g
Fat – 10g
Saturated Fat – 3g
Cholesterol – 70mg
Protein – 26g
Sodium – 65mg
Calories – 250
Carbohydrates – 10g
Sugars – 4g
Fiber – 3g
Fat – 12g
Saturated Fat – 3g
Cholesterol – 74mg
Protein – 26g
Sodium – 61mg

Feta & Pine Nut Mashed Potatoes

3 medium potatoes, flesh and skin, cubed
1/3 c. plain, non-fat yogurt
2 Tbsp. Brummel & Brown yogurt/butter blend
2 tsp, minced garlic (Image)
1/4 c. pine nuts
1/2 c. feta cheese, crumbled

Boil potatoes and pine nuts until potatoes are tender. Drain. Add all additional ingredients and mash.

Makes 4 Servings

Per serving:
Calories – 277
Carbohydrates – 32g
Sugars – 3g
Fiber – 4g
Fat – 13g
Saturated Fat – 3g
Cholesterol – 13mg
Protein – 9g
Sodium – 265mg

Summer Citrus marinade/sauce (for fish)

Swai with Summer Citrus Sauce, Feta Pine Nut Mashed Potatoes, and green beans

1 lemon, juice and zest
1 lime, juice and zest
4 limes, juice
2 Tbsp minced garlic (Image)
1/2 large onion, chopped (Image)
1 Tbsp. Balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. dill weed, dried
1/4. tsp garlic salt
1/4 c. non-fat, plain yogurt (only if making sauce)

Place fish in a shallow pan. Blend lime juice, lemon juice, garlic, onion, and spices in a blender until smooth. Pour over fish. Cover pan and set in refrigerator for approx. 15-30 min.

After marinating; grill, broil, or bake (on rack) fillets until flaky and opaque.

Sauce: Pour half of the marinade into a small saucepan, bring to gentle boil for 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat. Add yogurt and blend until smooth.

Makes 4 Servings

Nutrients per Serving (marinade only)
Calories – 17
Carbohydrates – 5g
Sugars – 1g
Fiber – 1g
Fat – 0g
Saturated Fat – 0g
Cholesterol – 0mg
Protein – 0g
Sodium – 62mg

Calories per Serving (with various fish)

Swai Cod Tilapia
1/2 fillet 5 oz. 4 oz.
Calories – 102
Carbohydrates – 5g
Sugars – 1g
Fiber – 1g
Fat – 5g
Saturated Fat – 1g
Cholesterol – 0mg
Protein – 21g
Sodium – 62mg
Calories – 135
Carbohydrates – 5g
Sugars – 1g
Fiber – 1g
Fat – 1g
Saturated Fat – 0g
Cholesterol – 62mg
Protein – 26g
Sodium – 140mg
Calories – 125
Carbohydrates – 5g
Sugars – 1g
Fiber – 1g
Fat – 16g
Saturated Fat – 0g
Cholesterol – 14mg
Protein – 24g
Sodium – 77mg

Nutrients per Serving (Sauce)
Calories – 25
Carbohydrates – 6g
Sugars – 2g
Fiber – 1g
Fat – 0g
Saturated Fat – 0g
Cholesterol – 0mg
Protein – 1g
Sodium – 74mg

Coconut Cream Pie

Whole pie, with hazelnuts

I have to admit, I’m not a huge coconut cream pie fan. I like them, but will usually opt for lemon meringue or banana cream. But I had a couple of friends who asked for a coconut cream pie recipe that is healthier than average. (also… my meringue fell a bit while cooling due to extremely damp weather today).

1 c. Splenda, granulated
1/4 c. potato flour
1 tsp. vanilla powder
1 pinch nutmeg (literally a pinch between thumb and forefinger)
3 c. skim milk
3 egg whites
1 whole egg
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 c. plain nonfat yogurt
1 c. unsweetened coconut flakes
2 Tbsp. unsweetened coconut flakes (optional)
2 Tbsp. hazelnuts, finely chopped (optional)

Combine Splenda, potato flour, vanilla powder, and nutmeg in a 2 qt. sauce pan. Gradually add milk, whisking until well combined. Cook over med-high heat until thick and bubbling, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.

Beat egg whites and egg slightly. Add 1 cup of hot mixture slowly into eggs, whisking quickly to prevent eggs cooking. Add egg mix into saucepan, again whisking well. Cook over med-high heat, bringing to a boil, stirring constantly. Continue to cook at a boil for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat.

Add olive oil and vanilla extract. Mix well. Add yogurt, whisking constantly until combined. Pour immediately into pre-baked pie shell. Recipe here.

Cover with Meringue (recipe here). Optional – Sprinkle additional coconut and hazelnuts onto top of meringue. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.

Cool on a wire rack. Chill before serving.

Serves 8

Filling only (plus optionals)

Calories – 166
Carbohydrates – 18g
Sugars – 7g
Fiber – 2g
Fat – 9g
Saturated Fat – 6g
Cholesterol – 29mg
Protein – 7g
Sodium – 93mg

Complete pie (per 1/8 pie serving, 170 gr.)

Calories – 336
Carbohydrates – 35g
Sugars – 7g
Fiber – 4g
Fat – 18g
Saturated Fat – 7g
Cholesterol – 29mg
Protein – 12g
Sodium – 129mg

Compare to Coconut Cream Pie per FatSecret.com per 1/8 pie serving

Calories – 429
Carbohydrates – 54g
Sugars – 52g
Fiber – 2g
Fat – 24g
Saturated Fat – 10g
Cholesterol – 0mg
Protein – 3g
Sodium – 367mg

Meringue (for pie)

4 egg whites
1/2 tsp. vanilla powder
1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 Tbsp. Splenda, granulated

Add cream of tartar and vanilla powder to egg whites. Beat egg whites at medium speed until soft peaks form. While beating, slowly add vanilla extract. Once soft peaks have formed, increase speed to high and add Splenda slowly. Continue beating on high until stiff peaks form.

Spread meringue immediately onto hot pie filling in shell, sealing to the edge of the crust. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.

Serves 8

Calories – 14
Carbohydrates – 2g
Sugars – 0g
Fiber – 0g
Fat – 0g
Saturated Fat – 0g
Cholesterol – 0mg
Protein – 2g
Sodium – 27mg

Single Pie Crust

Pre-baked crust

1 c. quinoa flour
1/4 c. almond flour/fine meal
1/4 c. potato flour
1 Tbsp vanilla powder
1/4 c. olive oil
2 Tbsp. skim milk
1/4 c. water

Mix dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Add olive oil and milk. Use a fork or pastry cutter to mix into the flours until small pea sized pieces of dough form. Add water and cut again.  Press pastry into a 8 or 9 inch pie pan until entire pan is covered with 1/8-1/4″ of dough. This dough does not roll well, but presses easily into the pan.

For pre-baked, use fork to poke a few set holes along the sides and bottom. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.

Serves 8

Calories – 156
Carbohydrates – 15g
Sugars – 0g
Fiber – 2g
Fat – 9g
Saturated Fat – 1g
Cholesterol – 0mg
Protein – 3g
Sodium – 9mg

Cerdo Sazonada con Arroz Salvaje

Cerdo Sazonada con Arroz Salvaje with broccoli

16 oz. boneless pork loin, lean only
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 med. onion, chopped (Image)
1 med. red bell pepper, diced
1 Tbsp. garlic, minced (Image)
1 Tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar
1 Tbsp. Baharat, Arabic
1/2 tsp. cumin, ground
1/2 tsp. bay leaf, ground (2 bay leaves will work, but be sure to remove them before serving)
2 c. Fat Free, Low Sodium chicken broth
2/3 c. wild rice blend, dry

Heat olive oil over med-high heat in deep skillet/wok. Sauté onion, bell pepper, and garlic; until onion is translucent. Add wild rice and balsamic vinegar. Stir constantly for 1-2 minutes. Add chicken broth and spices, continue to cook, stirring occasionally for 5 min. Reduce heat to med-low. Lay pork loin on top. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Turn pork over and lightly stir rice. Cook uncovered for an additional 10-15 minutes or until pork has an internal temperature of 160 deg.

Serves 4

Per serving (approx. 312 gr)

Calories – 265
Carbohydrates – 22g
Sugars – 2g
Fiber – 2g
Fat – 6g
Saturated Fat – 1g
Cholesterol – 62mg
Protein – 28g
Sodium – 246mg

Baked Cod w/ Creamy Seaweed Dill sauce

Many people don’t think of fish when they think of authentic Irish cuisine. But remember, Ireland is surrounded by ocean. Very little that can be harvested from the Atlantic isn’t traditional.

Baked Cod with Creamy Seaweed Dill Sauce. Served with Colcannon and Guinness.

2 fillets (approx. 1/2 lb) Pacific Cod
1.5 cups Whole Milk
1 Tbsp Brummel & Brown
1 Tbsp minced garlic (Image)
2 sheets Roasted Seaweed (Sushi Nori)
1 Tbsp dried Dill Weed
2 tsp dried Dill Weed
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Dust the Cod fillet with 2 tsp dill weed, 1/4 tsp salt, and pepper to taste.  Bake at 350 F for 30-40 minutes.

Sauce:
Melt Brummel & Brown in skillet on med-high heat.  Add minced garlic and sautee lightly.  Slowly add milk (whole really is better here), stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low. Crumble two sheets of Seaweed into the milk. Add 1 Tbsp Dill Weed, 1/4 tsp salt, and a dash of pepper.  Simmer until liquid is creamy (approx. reduced by half).

Drizzle sauce over baked fillet and serve.

Serves 4

Per serving
Calories – 133
Carbohydrates – 7g
Sugars – 5g
Fiber – 1g
Fat – 5g
Saturated Fat – 2g
Cholesterol – 35mg
Protein – 14g
Sodium – 363mg