Watermelon Salad

Watermelon Salad with Sweet & Spicy Salmon and baked potato

6 Tbsp lime juice, fresh
5 g mint, fresh, finely chopped (just under 1/4 c.)
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 sm. onion, chopped (~100g)
1 c. mandarin oranges in juice
1/2 c. reserved juice from mandarin oranges
4 c. (heaping) watermelon, balled (~800g)
2 med. gala apples, cored, sliced, chopped in bite size pieces (~300g or 2 cups)
1/2 English cucumber, sliced, quartered (~275g or 2 cups)
1 c. goat cheese, crumbled (optional)

Dressing:
Whisk lime juice, olive oil, and mint together. Set aside.

Salad:
Drain oranges, set oranges aside.

Cook onion in juice from mandarin oranges until caramelized. Set aside.

Add all of the fruit to a large serving bowl. Once onions are cool, add them to the fruit. Add the cheese (optional) and drizzle the dressing over the salad and stir well to cover.

Let sit in refrigerator for at least 1 hour to let flavors combine before serving well chilled.

Serves 9

Per serving – 1 cup (approx. 183.6 gr)
Calories – 118.2
Carbohydrates – 17.4g
Sugars – 12.3g
Fiber – 2.9g
Fat – 5.1g
Saturated Fat – 2.3g
Cholesterol – 15.6mg
Protein – 3.4g
Sodium – 68mg

Sweet & Spicy Salmon

Sweet & Spicy Salmon with watermelon salad and baked potato

4 – 5oz Pacific Salmon steaks (king)
1 tsp Chili powder
1 tsp Paprika
1 Tbsp Brown Sugar, packed
1/4 tsp garlic salt
2 tsp garlic, minced

Combine the spices, sugar, and salt until well mixed. Rub onto the salmon steaks. Let sit, covered, in the fridge for 20-30 minutes (optional).

Bake at 350 F for 40 minutes or until desired doneness is reached.

Serving size – 1 salmon steak.

Serves 4

Per serving 4.5 oz (after cooking, approximate)
Calories – 289.4
Carbohydrates – 6.2g
Sugars – 4.7g
Fiber – 0.5g
Fat – 17.1g
Saturated Fat – 2.7g
Cholesterol – 87.7mg
Protein – 29.5g
Sodium – 200.6mg

Three Bean Salad

1 c. mayocoba beans, dry
1 c. kidney beans, dry
1 c. black beans, dry
1/2 c. lime juice (approx. 5 limes)
200 g mushrooms, chopped
2 med. red bell peppers, chopped
1 Tbsp garlic, minced
1/2 c. red wine vinegar
1/2 c. olive oil
2 Tbsp Greek Seasoning (McCormick)
4 oz. goat cheese, crumbled (optional)

Cook beans according to bag.

Once beans are cooled, soak mushrooms in lime juice for 10-15 minutes.

Drain the lime juice from the mushrooms, reserving the juice. Toss the beans, mushrooms, and peppers into a large bowl.

Add the garlic, vinegar, olive oil, and greek seasoning to the lime juice. Whisk well and let sit for 30 min.

Pour the vinaigrette over the beans. Toss.

Add the goat cheese shortly before serving.

Serves 11
Serving Size: 1 cup (approx. 200 g)
Calories – 238.7
Carbohydrates – 22.8g
Sugars – 3.1g
Fiber – 8.7g
Fat – 13.5g
Saturated Fat – 3.5g
Cholesterol – 8.1mg
Protein – 8.3g
Sodium – 183.9mg

Fiberlicious Portabella Mushrooms

I have to admit on this one, my husband liked it much better than I did. I found it passable, but he liked it so much, it’s being posted here anyway. I hope you like it as much as he did.

Fiberlicious Portabella Mushrooms w/ baked potato

3 Tbsp ground flax seed
1.5 c. water
200 g Mushrooms, sliced
1 Tbsp garlic, minced
1 lg onion (approx. 211 g)
100 g Spinach, fresh
100 g bell pepper, mixed colors, diced
2 Tbsp barley flour
1 Tbsp Sumac, ground
1/8 tsp Garlic Salt
6 oz. portabella mushroom, sliced

Whisk flax seed into water and let stand.

In a large skillet, dry sautee mushrooms, garlic, and onions (no moisture added) over medium heat. Once mushrooms are reduced and onions transluscent, add spinach and peppers. Stir well.

Add barley flour, sumac, and garlic salt into the flax mixture. Whisk well to combine.

The spinach should be fully wilted by now. Stir in the flax mixture to fully coat the vegetables. Lay the portabella slices on top, turning once. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

Serve.

Serves 2
Per serving (approx. 300 gr)
Calories – 180.3
Carbohydrates – 30.4g
Sugars – 3.7g
Fiber – 10.3g
Fat – 4.4g
Saturated Fat – 0.5g
Cholesterol – 0.0mg
Protein – 11.7g
Sodium – 183.1mg

CrockPot Spaghetti Sauce

Spaghetti Sauce served over tri-colored rotini noodles with parmesan

 21 oz lean ground beef
12 oz. chicken sausage
3 – 14.5 oz cans diced tomatoes, no salt added
3 – 14.5 oz cans tomato sauce, no salt added
2 med. (or 1 lg) onion, chopped
3 Tbsp garlic, minced
4 c. mushrooms, sliced (approx. 434g)
2 c. bell pepper, diced (approx. 195g)
5 Tbsp oregano, dried
3 Tbsp basil, dried
1 tsp bay leaf, ground (or 3 whole bay leafs broken in half)
1 tsp cayenne pepper, ground

Brown ground beef and sausage in a large skillet. While the meat is browning, chop vegetables, stirring meat occasionally.

When beef and sausage are done, drain off the fat and toss meat, vegetables, spices, and tomato sauce into a slow cooker. Stir to mix ingredients evenly.

Cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8-10 hours.

Number of Servings: 20
Serving Size: 1 cup  (approx. 243g)

Calories – 159.0
Carbohydrates – 10.5g
Sugars – 4.4g
Fiber – 2.8g
Fat – 7.4g
Saturated Fat – 2.7g
Cholesterol – 42.5mg
Protein – 12.7g
Sodium – 164.3mg

Chicken Taco/Burrito filling

Served over lettuce with cheddar cheese,
toasted thin corn tortillas (cut in strips),
tomato, sour cream, and
HDMB Greek Dressing. Calories – 474

300 gr chicken breast meat, no skin, cut into strips
1 med. tomato, diced (Image)
1/4 c. water
2 tsp cumin, ground
1 tsp garlic, minced (Image)

Put all ingredients in a skillet over medium heat. Stir to combine. Cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until chicken is cooked.

Serve over salad; or as a taco, burrito, enchilada filling

Served as a burrito with flour tortilla, cheddar cheese
tomato, sour cream. Calories – 504

Serves 4

Per serving (approx. 75gr)
Calories – 97
Carbohydrates – 2.3g
Sugars – 0.6g
Fiber – 0.5g
Fat – 0.8g
Saturated Fat – 0.1g
Cholesterol – 0.2mg
Protein – 17.9g
Sodium – 35.3mg

Greek Salad Dressing/Vinaigrette

1/4 c. olive oil
1/4 c. basalmic vinegar
1/4 c. apple cider vinegar
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp garlic, minced (Image)
1 Tbsp lemon zest
1 Tbso McCormick Greek Seasoning blend
1 tsp garlic powder

Mix all ingredients well, with a whisk or shaker. Allow to sit for at least 2 hours before serving. I recommend recycling an old salad dressing bottle/jar or other tightly sealed container for storage.  Shake/Stir well before serving.

Makes 10 servings

Per serving (2 Tbsp)
Calories – 53
Carbohydrates – 1.5
Sugars – 1g
Fiber – 0g
Fat – 5.5g
Saturated Fat – 1g
Cholesterol – 0mg
Protein – 0g
Sodium – 64mg

Bison Tomato Curry

Bison Tomato Curry with quinoa and salad
1 tsp olive oil 
5 oz bison sirloin, lean only, cubed (Image)
1 med. onion, chopped (Image)
1 Tbsp garlic, minced (Image)
1-3/4 cup tomatoes, diced 
1Tbsp curry powder 
1 tsp baharat

Heat olive oil in a skillet over med-high heat. Add bison, onion, and garlic. Cook, stirring constantly until meat is browned. Add tomatoes and spices, stir well. Reduce heat to med-low and cover. Cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Serve over quinoa, cous cous, or brown rice.

Serves 2

Per serving (approx. 207gr)
Calories – 168.9
Carbohydrates – 15.4g
Sugars – 0.1g
Fiber – 3.8g
Fat – 4.6g
Saturated Fat – 0.9g
Cholesterol – 43.9mg
Protein – 17.7g
Sodium – 55.7mg

Apricot Pork Loin w/ Saute’d Mushrooms & Onions

Apricot Pork Loin w/ Saute’d Mushrooms & Onions, baked potato & salad.

16 oz. pork tenderloin, lean only
3 apricots
1 Tbsp basalmic vinegar
1/2 tsp cloves, ground
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp olive oil
1 med onions, sliced and halved (Image)
1 pt mushrooms, sliced (227 g)
1 Tbsp garlic, minced (Image)

Marinade – Cut apricots in half and remove the pit. Place in small microwavable bowl and microwave for 60 seconds. Mash apricots slightly, with fork, and mix in basalmic vinegar.

Place pork and marinade in a small, flat container (or ziploc bag) and cover. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours (can be overnight or all day if that’s convenient).

Preheat oven to 375 F. Place pork in shallow baking dish. Set marinade aside in a small bowl. Measure out the cloves, sprinkle a dash on the pork loins, and dump the rest in the marinade. Measure out the garlic powder, sprinkle a dash on the pork loins, and dump the rest in the marinade. Put the pork in the oven and cook for 30-45 minutes, or until it has an internal temperature of 160 F.

While the pork is cooking, heat olive oil in a skillet over med-high heat. Add onions, mushrooms, and garlic. Saute until onions are translucent. Add marinade. Mix and cook for at least 5 minutes more. Can simmer on warm or low until pork is ready.

Serves 4

Per serving (approx. gr)
Calories – 189
Carbohydrates – 9g
Sugars – 5g
Fiber – 2g
Fat – 5g
Saturated Fat – 2g
Cholesterol – 74mg
Protein – 26g
Sodium – 61mg

Chicken Fajitas

Chicken Fajitas with Spanish Rice, Refried beans, corn tortillas, sour cream, and cheddar cheese.

10.5 oz. (300g) chicken breast, long slices (or tenders cut in half lengthwise)
1 tsp olive oil
1 med. (180g) onion, halved and sliced (Image)
1 Tbsp garlic, minced (Image)
1 med. (115g) tomato, diced
1 cup (25g) cilantro, shredded
1 Tbsp cumin, ground
1 med. (200g) red bell pepper, sliced
1 med. (170g) orange bell pepper, sliced

Heat olive oil over med-high heat. Add chicken breast slices, garlic, and onion slices. Saute until chicken is cooked (white and opaque all the way through). Reduce heat to medium-low. Add tomato, cumin and cilantro. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Add bell pepper slices and continue to cook, stirring occasionally until peppers are at the desired doneness (I like them with a little crisp left).

Serve with Spanish Rice, Refried Beans, and tortillas (Mission Extra Thin Corn Tortillas are a great healthy option).

Serves 4

Per serving
Calories – 142
Carbohydrates – 10g
Sugars – 5g
Fiber – 3g
Fat – 2g
Saturated Fat – 0g
Cholesterol – 44mg
Protein – 19g
Sodium – 70mg