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

Quinoa Salad w/ Tzatziki dressing

1 c. quinoa, dry
5 g. cilantro
1 lg cucumber, chopped (~228 g)
1 med. yellow bell pepper, chopped
1 med. red bell pepper, chopped
12 oz green beans (snap), 1″ slices
3/4 c. Nancy’s Easy Tzatziki (Greek Yogurt Sauce To Die For!) – so good there’s no way to improve on it
1/2 c. Nonfat Greek Yogurt
1/2 c. red wine vinegar

Cook quinoa and cilantro in a 2 qt pot (or rice cooker) with 2 c. water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover, and cook for 15 min. Remove from heat and leave covered to cool.

Once the quinoa is cool, chop all the veggies and combine with the quinoa in a med/large mixing bowl (can be the serving bowl too).

Dressing: Combine Nancy’s Tzatziki sauce with greek yogurt and red wine vinegar. Whisk to combine well.

Coat the quinoa and vegetables with the dressing.

Serves 9

Serving Size: 1 cup (approx. 228g)
Calories – 123.7
Carbohydrates – 21.4g
Sugars – 3.4g
Fiber – 3.4g
Fat – 1.3g
Saturated Fat – 0g
Cholesterol – 0mg
Protein – 8.1g
Sodium – 406.8mg

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

Pseudo "Shortcake"

Shortcake with fresh strawberries & whipped cream

2 c. HDMB Pancake & Biscuit Mix
1 c. nonfat milk
1/4 c. Splenda, granulated
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 large egg

Preheat oven to 350F.

Lightly grease a cookie sheet with spray oil. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until well combined (dough will be be sticky). Drop onto cookie sheet into four equal “lumps”.

Bake for 30 minutes. Can be served warm or cold.

Serves 4

Per serving
Calories – 233
Carbohydrates – 36.4g
Sugars – 1.6g
Fiber – 3.6g
Fat – 2.8g
Saturated Fat – 0.7g
Cholesterol – 64.2mg
Protein – 14g
Sodium – 326.4mg

Toppings are extra. (As pictured above,  385 calories)

Protein Pancakes

Pancakes with fresh raspberries and whipped cream

2.5 c. HDMB – Pancake & Biscuit Mix
1.5 c. nonfat milk
1 Tbsp flax seed, ground
3 Tbsp water

Preheat skillet.

Mix flax and water in a small bowl and set aside. Combine pancake mix and milk until consistency is smooth. Add flax mix and combine thoroughly.

Spray skillet lightly with spray oil. Pour 1/4 c. of the batter onto the hot skillet. When edges of pancakes are dry, and bubbles popped do not fill in with wet batter, flip the pancake. Cook for 2-3 more minutes.

Serve hot.

Serves 4 (3, 1/4 c. pancake)

Per serving
Calories – 271.5
Carbohydrates – 46.5g
Sugars – 5.9g
Fiber – 4.9g
Fat – 2.4g
Saturated Fat – 0.4g
Cholesterol – 165.9mg
Protein – 16.7g
Sodium – 395.6mg

Pancake & Biscuit Mix

5 c. white flour
4 c. whole wheat flour
3 c. wheat graham flour (can use whole wheat)
2.5 c. instant nonfat dry milk
1/4 c. baking powder
1 Tbsp baking soda
1 tsp cream of tartar
1.5 c. Splenda, granulated (or other bake safe dry sweetener)
8 scoops whey protein powder, unflavored
1/2 c. flax seed, ground
2 Tbsp vanilla powder (optional)

Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight container. (If you’re like me and keep protein powder around, wash and save an empty 2 lb container. It will make the perfect storage vessel)

Makes 18 cups
Serving size 1 cup (approx. 130g)

HDMB
Pancake & Biscuit Mix

1 cup (130g)

Bisquick
Pancake and Baking Mix

1 cup (122.7g)

Jiffy
Pancake/Waffle Mix

1 cup (114.2g)

Calories – 368.4
Carbohydrates – 65.8g
Sugars – 2.2g
Fiber – 7.1g
Fat – 2.9g
Saturated Fat – 0.5g
Cholesterol – 20mg
Protein – 20.7g
Sodium – 553.6mg
Calories 485
Carbohydrate 78.8g
Sugars – 3g
Fiber 3g
Fat 15.2g
Saturated Fat 4.5g
Cholesterol 0mg
Protein 9.1g
Sodium 1485mg
Calories -520
Carbohydrates – 88g
Sugars – 4g
Fiber – 4g
Fat – 18g
Saturated Fat – 4g
Cholesterol – 9mg
Protein – 8g
Sodium – 1280mg

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

Bisquick Pancakes with a healthy-ish twist

I started with Bisquick’s traditional pancake recipe and took off from there.

Pancakes with fresh strawberries and whipped cream

2 cups Bisquick – Original Pancake & Baking Mix
1/4 c. Whole Wheat Graham Flour
1-1/2 c. Nonfat (skim) Milk
1 Tbsp Vanilla Powder
2 Tbsp Flax Seed, ground
6 Tbsp water

Start by mixing the flax and water in a small bowl. Set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl stir together Bisquick, graham flour, and vanilla powder. Add milk and stir briskly (or use a whisk or mixer) until mixture is mostly smooth (approximately 2 minutes). Add flax/water, mixing completely.

Spray preheated skillet lightly with spray oil. Pour by 1/4 cupfuls onto hot griddle. Cook until edges are dry. Turn; cook until golden.

Serves 5

Per 3 pancake serving
Calories -264
Carbohydrates – 42g
Sugars – 1g
Fiber – 3g
Fat – 7g
Saturated Fat – 1g
Cholesterol – 1mg
Protein – 8g
Sodium – 531mg

Traditional Bisquick Pancakes HDMB Bisquick Pancakes
One 1/4 c. pancake (recipe makes 12) One 1/4 c. pancake (recipe makes 15)
Calories 90
Carbohydrate 12 g
Sugars – 1g
Fiber 0g
Fat 3 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 30 mg
Protein 3 g
Sodium 280 mg
Calories – 88
Carbohydrates – 14g
Sugars – 0g
Fiber – 1g
Fat – 2g
Saturated Fat – 0g
Cholesterol – 0mg
Protein – 3g
Sodium – 177mg

Refried Beans

1 c. pinto beans, dry
1 c. mayocoba beans, dry
2 Tbsp garlic, minced (Image)
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp garlic salt

Add beans and sufficient water to cover them well (at least 3″ over top of beans) to a large saucepan. Bring to a boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat, cover, and let stand for at least 1 hour. Drain.

Replace water, return bean pan to stove. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to med-low and simmer for at least 1 hour. Drain.

Mash beans using a mixer or food processor (my preference). Return beans to saucepan. Add garlic, olive oil, salt, and 1 cup water. Mix well. Simmer over low heat for 10 minutes.

Optional: Return refried beans to mixer or food processor, mashing to desired consistency.

Serves 8

Per 1/2 c. serving (approx. 122.5g)
Calories – 159
Carbohydrates – 25g
Sugars – 1g
Fiber – 6g
Fat – 4g
Saturated Fat – 1g
Cholesterol – 0mg
Protein – 9g
Sodium – 129mg