5 Four-Ingredient Smoothie Recipes

If you were looking to change up your smoothie game, these five four-ingredient smoothies are for you. Packed with juicy and flavorful fruits and veggies, these healthy smoothie recipes are powerhouses of antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, and minerals that not only taste great but are great for your body too.        


First up, we have a golden yellow smoothie that’s as bright as sunshine, with carrots and apples for a kick of sweetness. Smooth and creamy avocados bring a dose of healthy fats. Feel free to add a little bit of ginger or turmeric for an extra serving of immune boosting goodness. If you drop in some ripe frozen mango too, you’ll now have a tropical smoothie on your hands.          


For those who want to add a bit more protein to their diets, we have a sweet and salty cashew smoothie, using plain Greek yogurt, rimmed with sea salt and sweetened with banana plus some optional agave nectar. It reminds us of smooth and creamy peanut butter covered frozen bananas. After that, a dark red berry beet smoothie uses the natural sugars found in beets and the bright burst of berry flavors to make you forget there’s also a bunch of fiber loaded kale in there.        


Spinach, banana, pineapple, oh my! The next one on our list is a green team that benefits from a spoonful of matcha for extra flavor that makes you think of popular matcha floats. Finally, an off pink strawberry lettuce smoothie that brings together the popular combination of strawberries and bananas with almond milk. Did we mention this one (if you skip the whey protein powder) plus a few of the previous ones are also vegan? Change it up with coconut milk for a different flavor.        


You can use frozen fruits and vegetables to make an icy treat for those hot after gym workouts as well as portion out each of them beforehand if you’re into weekly meal preps. As a meal replacement, these are perfectly healthy breakfast smoothies to help you start the day right.          


Whether you’re making these to up your fruit and vegetable intake, or if you have some fitness and health goals in mind, these delicious smoothies will help you reach them. We hope you give them and try and let us know how you like them in the comment section.


Here are the 5 smoothies that you’ll need for the 5-Day Smoothie Challenge.  Be sure to check out the official challenge page for all the details as well as the complete grocery list!

Again, the purpose is to increase our consumption of raw veggies and fruits, as well as give us ideas/inspiration for new flavor combinations that we can use to enrich our own diet.

Berry Oatmeal Bake

Hi everyone! Looking for an easy recipe for breakfast? Then you are in the perfect place! Introducing my baked oatmeal recipe! It’s a meal prep recipe that you can enjoy hot or cold throughout the week!

Oatmeal can be described as a type of coarse flour that is made from the outer layer of oat grains. It has been either milled, rolled, or steel-cut.

Berries, on the other hand, are the small, pulpy, and sometimes edible fruit that are juicy, round, and brightly colored. They also tend to have good nutritional value. They have a high content of Vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidant polyphenols.

Baking oatmeal is very simple. All you need to do is to combine and mix all ingredients in a single bowl and place it in the oven. Then, after a few minutes, voila! A freshly baked and nutritious breakfast or quick snack is ready! You can also pair this with some delicious Greek yogurt or whey protein shake.

This oatmeal bake is made of wholesome ingredients — oats, fresh berries, maple syrup, nuts, and spices. It makes it rich in protein, fiber, and antioxidants, helping our bodies fight against free radicals that cause illnesses.

In this recipe, I use almond milk instead of the regular ones because it is naturally richer in several minerals and vitamins, especially Vitamin E. This is great for those who want to lose weight.

Remember to check out also other substitutions that you can make to your oatmeal recipes to meet your specific needs and wellness goals.

If you’re loving this recipe, don’t forget to send an email or leave a comment on how it turns out for you and the adjustments that you made.

I would greatly appreciate hearing from you on how this satisfying and filling recipe helps you in achieving your weight loss and fitness goals easily.

Live happily and stay healthy always fit foodies!

Southwest Smoked White Fish

Move over Tori Avey, there’s a new smoked whitefish recipe in town. Traditionally, smoked whitefish salad is made from smoked whiting or other buttery white fish. In my recipe I use roughy, since it maintains a moist and fatty flavor and is less prone to drying out in the smoker. You can use my southwest smoked whitefish with some sour cream and mayo to make a delicious whitefish salad dip. Crumble it and add it to a deviled egg recipe, or top it with some chopped fresh herbs. Removing the skin or not is your choice as well although if you can find whole roughy, it’s always impressive to break out a plate with a full fish on it.


Smoked fish is often an easy way to preserve fish for longer, and keeping it in the fridge can help preserve it for longer. You can eat it cold or hot, and adding healthy fish to your diet is always recommended since they are loaded with good fatty acids that keep our body and brain healthy. Those who eat at least some fish every week are shown to have better overall health.


This smoked white fish freezes and reheats well, so you can make a big batch and portion it out with your choice of carb (such as sweet potato or cauliflower rice) for weeknight meals and grab and go lunches. Just heat and serve and you have an easy and filling meal that doesn’t break your back or your bank.


If you enjoyed this smoked white fish recipe, please send me a message or drop me a comment below. I would love to hear how my recipes have changed your ideas of what healthy food could be. To me, nothing is more important than making it easy for you to reach your weight loss and fitness goals while also eating tasty and filling food. Be happy and healthy!


4-Ingredient Butternut Squash Spaghetti

Whether you’re pressed for time or cash, eating healthy doesn’t have to be a chore.  All you need is a little creativity.  Spiralizing vegetables is a great way to “trick” yourself or your family into eating more vegetables.  Plus, they’re gluten-free and in the raw form, very hearty and filling.

All you need is a quality spiralizer.  I’ve used handheld spiralizers, Julienne peelers, mandolins and the newer countertop spiralizers with multi-attachments, like the one used here.  In terms of accuracy, I think the countertop spiralizers are more versatile and accurate, allowing you to create noodles of different thickness AND providing a wider range of veggies and fruits to spiralize.

I purchased this OXO Tabletop Spiralizer from Kohl’s. I’ve been impressed with both the handheld and countertop spiralizers by OXO.  But hands down, I prefer this one. Aside from the blades, it’s plastic so it’s very easy to clean and wipe down.  Also, it’s lightweight BUT it has a suction cup underneath so it holds the unit in place while cutting.

Pineapple Kabobs & Korean-Inspired Chicken

When the sun’s out this summer, your grill should be fired up and ready too!  Cooking on the grill is not only tasty, but it’s pretty efficient when it comes to meal prep.  You can place all of your meal prep foods on the grill and monitor them as needed. Think of the grill like a “giant pot” whereby all food is a one pot recipe.

4-ingredient Keto Coconut Chicken Curry

This low carb easy coconut chicken curry uses no sugar or refined starches, making it friendly for those who are on the keto diet. This may be low in carbs, but it is full of protein as well as delicious flavor. You can make it in a large casserole dish, or feel free to portion it out into individual loaf pans or ramekins.  


This coconut curry chicken meal prep can help when you are an athlete on the go with a busy schedule and bills to pay, as it can be stored in the fridge or even frozen and reheated later. All without the hassle of having to find the time to prepare it throughout the week. A dash of salt and pepper makes it perfect. Don’t forget the cilantro! 


If you were worried that a homemade chicken curry would be too difficult or decadent, fear no more. This easy coconut curry recipe is light, healthy, tasty—a perfect chicken recipe that can be customized to fit your flavor and dietary needs. The cilantro helps with pulling heavy metals from the body. 


Curry powder is rich and varied in a seasoning that provides with it many micronutrients and hormetic compounds that can help with things like circulation, allergies, disease resistance and so on. Curry recipes such as curried chicken are healthier than meets the eye and taste buds, and especially when made with coconut milk, doesn’t have to make you get a belly.  


If you had a fun time trying this coconut chicken recipe for quick and easy dinners throughout the week, please drop me a comment or send me a message. Curried chicken is so easy and so yummy! I would be happy to hear from you! Keep happy and healthy! Bon appetit!

Fish in Bulk – 4 Quick & Easy Recipes

Seafood plays an important role in having a balanced, healthOKy diet. It provides a host of vitamins and minerals, lean protein and healthy fats, such as omega-3 fatty acids.

In the following video I also answer some FAQs when it comes to purchasing, preparing, cooking and storing seafood, including the hot debate right now – wild vs farmed seafood.

Watch the video, then check out the full recipes below.

Here are four tips to consider when preparing seafood for meal prep:

Here are 4 easy and quick seafood recipes to cook in bulk!


When preparing salmon for meal prep, cook on high heat (around 420F/) for a shorter period of time, around 8 – 12 minutes.  You want the salmon pink and moist in the center, medium rare is the best.

Citrus Soy Salmon Fillet Recipe

Crunchy Quinoa Chicken Nuggets

Chicken nuggets are essentially the pinnacle of comfort foods. There’s no getting around their delicious taste, but it can be hard to justify them when you’re trying to start a healthier diet. That’s why we’ve decided to craft a quinoa chicken nugget recipe for you.

Even if you’ve never baked quinoa in a shiny new baking sheet, we’re sure you’ll love this chicken nuggets recipe if you’ve enjoyed chicken breasts or any similar flavors. Start by getting one pound of chicken breasts then cut them into chunks.

You’ll also need a cup of cooked quinoa. If you don’t know how to cook it, most cookbooks and even Google can help you with that. Get one egg and one cup of egg whites for your baked quinoa chicken nuggets.

A pinch of sea salt and pepper will do along with a tablespoon of rosemary and half a cup of grated parmesan for seasoning. Now that you have your ingredients ready, it’s time to set the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Add foil to your baking sheet, then spread the cooked quinoa across the entire surface. Bake it in your oven for roughly 25 minutes at the same 350°F temperature. Keep a close eye to ensure it doesn’t burn.

Once baked, let it cool to room temperature. Now that you have your quinoa coated in a well-baked flavor, raise the oven to 420°F and leave it on while you mix the seasonings, parmesan, and baked quinoa in a bowl.

Beat the eggs in a smaller bowl, then dip your chicken chunks into the batter. Finally, coat it with the quinoa and place the nuggets back on the sheet. It should be left to bake for 15 minutes, but you can go a bit longer if you want the nuggets to be extra crispy.

It might not be as fast as an instant pot recipe, but add some ketchup or mustard and you’re all set!


Enjoy this meal!

Crunchy Asian Orange Salad With Chicken

Got leftover chicken? Don’t toss it out! Pull it apart, then toss it in this easy, flavorful salad.

Vegan Kabobs From Miso Eggplant, Tofu & Butternut Squash

Meat doesn’t have all the fun! Try these tasty, miso-inspired vegan kabobs for your next grilling adventure.  The hardest part is not eating all the sauce before you use it.

Keto BBQ Scallops Bacon-Wrapped

Even though grilling is a year round activity here in Texas, I realize that it’s not the case in other parts of the US, or world for that matter. To that end, I’m officially kicking off summer grilling here in the FMC Kitchen.

Here’s a fail proof recipe that will make you a backyard neighborhood grilling hero at the next cookout.  It combines hearty “meat” of the sea, with hearty “meat” of the land, creating the ultimate surf & turf – beef wrapped scallops!

Texas is known for beef – this is cattle country after all.  For that reason, I’m paying homage to my home state – but really here in Texas we function and think of ourselves as a separate country – by using beef bacon.  Beef bacon is pretty darn tasty, with salty, crispy edges just like the popular pork bacon that everyone loves.

But not to worry if you cannot find beef bacon in your local grocery store.  This recipe works well with turkey bacon and regular pork bacon as well.

Just make sure that whatever bacon you purchase to wrap these juicy creatures of the sea, that it is uncured, nitrate free and natural – from leg/thigh meat.

I paired this summer treat with a delicious mighty green salad. Since this recipe was a little higher in fat than normal, I opted for a hearty lower carbohydrate compliment, a green salad full of asparagus, peas, arugula and mache rosettes just sounded (and tasted) like a winner!

Asparagus, Arugula, Avocado, Mâche & Peas Green Salad

If you were looking for a simple but interesting green salad for your next meal plan, look no further than this dream team of asparagus, arugula, avocado, mâche, and peas. This flavorful mix is one of our best salad recipes and the unique salad dressing, with a hint of pink grapefruit, is to die for! We’re pretty sure that you’ll fall in love with it as soon as you try it. You can mix up a batch for the next Mother’s Day or Valentines Day to impress that special lady in your life.               


Thin slices of avocado tempers the spicy kick of arugula, with the sweet acidity of the dressing bringing a burst of brightness to the palate. You can change it up a little by using other fruits, or by adding honey mustard instead of dijon. If you want to bring it to the next level, some crumbled goat cheese (or blue cheese) is a divine addition to the mixed greens.               


Taking just moments to put together, the combination of avocado for healthy fats and oils, plus fiber packed asparagus, leafy greens, and peas makes this a great minute meal for your health and weight loss goals. The vinaigrette recipe boasts the antioxidants from the extra virgin olive oil and citrus juices and also contains apple cider vinegar which has been proven to lower blood sugar. Without giving up flavor for health, you get the best of both worlds.              


If you don’t have certain ingredients, don’t lose hope. You can substitute green peas with sugar snaps, mâche with bok choy, and arugula with any members of the cress family, making the base of this mixed greens salad recipes very adaptable to your seasonal and local produce.

Are you excited to make this for your next lunch or dinner meal? So are we. It doesn’t matter if you are a slow cooker, if you enjoyed this quick and easy recipe, please let us know in the comments below.

Sweet Red Juice & Juice Pulp Muffins

The summer is coming and so is the heat!

Staying hydrated helps you function at your best and keeps you on the regular. 🙂  Also, hydration helps you know the difference between thirst and hunger, making it easier to “smarter” and wiser eating choices.

Juicing is a proven and delicious way to stay hydrated! As part of my ongoing partnership with my friends from Kohl’s where I get to independently test the latest kitchen gadgets from their large suite of products, I wanted to share this amazing masticating slow juicer by Kuvings.

Kitchen products are an investment.  Think of them less as a financial investment and more so as investments in your health and wellness.  To that end, you need to be wise and purchase high quality products.

I’ve purchased several regular juicers at the $50-$100 price point.  While they minimally did the job, they would end up breaking after about 6 to 7 months…and they were very loud!  If you add up the repeat investment in the same product, you essentially arrive at (and often surpass) what it would have cost you for the higher quality product.

When I made the investment in a slow juicer like this Kuvings, the experience was night and day.  Not only was the quality of juice better – very little (to no) separation of juice water and the pulp, but also the pulp itself was richer and thicker, inspiring other ways to use leftovers in my diet.  Plus, in my experience, high quality products last MUCH longer and often come with extended warranties so you can make the investment with some comfort in the back of your mind that you’ll be taken care of should something happen.

sweet red juice & juice pulp muffins

Purchase this Kuvings Masticating Slow Juicer now from Kohl’s.








  1. Rich in antioxidants and a host of vitamins for skin and overall health
  2. Improved blood flow
  3. Increase in nitric oxide molecules which help allow more oxygen flow and lower blood pressure, great for exercising
  4. Immune defense
  5. Combating inflammation


Chicken Teriyaki Meatballs

Whether you’re preparing this for meal prep or for snacking, these meatballs are a tasty and calorie-conscious treat!

Stuffed Tuna Melt Patties

Are you tired of the same old pattie recipe you’ve been having for a while? Can’t go out to restaurants to buy some delicious burgers? Well, this recipe will get you that scrumptious meal you’ve been craving for. If you’re ready to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty, then it’s time to make some delicious quick stuffed tuna melt patties!

For this recipe, you’ll need canned albacore tuna. Albacore tuna is rich in proteins and vitamins, has low-calorie content, and its linoleic and omega-3 content, which helps in reducing our cholesterol and triglycerides. Also, make sure to drain your tuna in a strainer, so it won’t be soggy when you make your patties.

For the patties, put your tuna in a bowl, add in finely chopped parsley, garlic powder, chopped green onion, coriander, an egg and egg white, wheat panko bread crumbs, and lite safflower mayo. If safflower mayo isn’t available for you, you can use regular low-fat mayo or Dijon mustard. Also, throw in your favorite hot sauce. I like using Tapatio or Frank’s Red Hot, but you can use any hot sauce depending on what’s available for you. Then, finish off by seasoning your patty meat with salt and pepper.

Mix all of your ingredients well. You can add in Dijon mustard if your mixture is too dry, or add in more panko if it’s too loose. Then, form a golf ball-sized tuna in your hand, and flatten it out. Add in a chunk of Monterey Jack in the patty and cover it with another golf ball-sized amount of tuna. Repeat and dredge your patties in panko then place them in the fridge for at least one hour to firm up.

Sear your patties in a pan until golden brown then finish them in the oven at 410°F for 10 minutes. Serve on a plate and enjoy your low-carb cheesy tuna melt patties!

Vegan BBQ Beans with Tahini Sauce – Vegan Meal Prep

Today’s meal prep was inspired by an experience I had when traveling in Israel.  This chef made an amazing farm-to-table spread for us and included these stone oven roasted/charred sweet potatoes, topped with slow cooked lentils, tahini and some feta.  Delicious!

Got me thinking that it would be an incredible meal prep recipe, particularly a good lunch or post-workout meal. So, I had to create my own version, but of course with some southern mojo.


Healthy Colombian Coconut Rice with Salmon & Salad

Tonight’s dinner was inspired by my recent trip to Colombia. After spending a few days in Cali, I headed to San Andres Island where I had the most flavorful rice I’ve ever tasted – arroz con coco! It’s both sweet and savory.

In some dishes, coconut rice is so sweet it’s like a dessert, and in other dishes, it’s much more salty and savory (with a hint of sweet).  It’s often or best paired with seafood.

Suffice to say, I’ve been craving it ever since I touched back down in the United States, so I got cooking in the kitchen to make my own calorie conscious version which is actually a pretty darn good meal prep recipe.

Here’s my delicious journey below!

Spicy Shrimp Stuffed Avocado Salad

One thing I’ve learned from my recent travel is that I do not incorporate enough raw fruits into recipes or my daily diet. It occurred to me when I was in Nigeria and Colombia, where I was readily enjoying fresh fruits.  Incorporating fruits into recipes add both flavor and the hint of sweetness to take your palate on wild adventures.

Here’s a super easy shrimp salad I made that is sweet, salty and spicy!

Shrimp Stuffed Avocado Salad Recipe

Sweet Potato Risotto

We’re all familiar with classic risotto recipes like asparagus risotto, but how about we change it up with some roasted sweet potato? Instead if arborio rice, I decided to use brown rice instead to fit a healthy meal plan. The rice is cooked in much the same way, but the sweet potato acts as the main thickening agent instead of the starch from the rice. This is a roasted sweet potato recipe that looks delicious, smells divine, and tastes like heaven. Just make sure you reduce heat while cooking this so the bottom of the pot doesn’t burn. Serve this as one of your Thanksgiving side dishes or holiday comfort food.


For creaminess, we sub out the parmesan cheese with coconut milk, and instead of white wine we use broth. Green peas dot the dish, providing a healthy dose of veggies. The sweet potato has a lot of great vitamins and minerals, as well as fiber for a healthy digestive system. The chicken pieces add lean protein, which should help your muscles repair after a heavy work out. This is a dish that can be easily made ahead of time, frozen, and stored. Make sure you add more broth or coconut milk to it during the reheating process, since the starches will have soaked up the liquid. Put it into your winter meal rotation since a hot and creamy packed lunch is just what you need for a pick me up during the low times at work.


If you enjoyed this sweet potato risotto recipe, please send me a message or drop me a comment below. I would love to hear how my recipes have changed your ideas of what healthy food could be. To me, nothing is more important than making it easy for you to reach your weight loss and fitness goals while also eating tasty and filling food. Be happy and healthy!


Smoky Spicy Trout

With the summer weather upon us, I’ve been getting the urge more than usual to fire up the grill to smoke and cook some food. Yesterday I returned from a trip to Nigeria and came home to an empty fridge (with intense “hanger” pains).

For some reason or another, I was craving seafood – something fatty and flavorful – so I headed to Kroger.   Of course, I scooped up some salmon but I noticed that rainbow trout was on sale so I bought some too.

What I really like about trout is that it pretty much has the same texture of salmon (and even look of salmon) but with a slightly different taste. In my opinion, it tastes less “fishy” than salmon does which is a common complaint I hear about people’s aversion to salmon.

Also, it’s packed with omega-3 fatty acids and is fairly high in protein with over 20g at just 3 oz.  While it does have some fat, it’s still considered low-fat so it’s a good, heart-healthy substitute for beef and lamb.  Oh yeah – it’s low in mercury so it’s one of those fish you can comfortably enjoy on a weekly basis.


smoked spicy trout

Chicken Pasta Low-Carb Meal Prep

You can make this delicious meal that features a tasty chicken recipe even easier with the use of an instant pot or slow cooker. This pasta and chicken meal prep can help when you are an athlete on the go with a busy schedule and bills to pay, as it can be stored in the fridge or even frozen and reheated later. With shirataki noodles, celery, and purple cabbage, this meal contains a good level of fiber and magnesium to help get you through your workouts and protein from the chicken to help you reap the rewards! All without the hassle of having to find the time to prepare it throughout the week. A dash of salt and pepper makes it perfect. 


Celery is known to be good at helping to maintain colon health, so feel good knowing you will reap the benefits from that if you have been suffering from cramps or bloating. Shirataki, which has been featured in food news lately, is mostly insoluble fiber which will keep you low carb and the chicken is light as far as animal products go, which is great for an everyday meal. It is quite easy throughout the week to add a little variety to each meal by tossing a few extra ingredients to each serving as you eat it. Just because you’re on a low carb diet doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy chicken and pasta! 


If you were worried that a homemade pasta sauce would be too difficult or decadent, fear no more. This easy pasta sauce recipe is light and healthy and tasty, a perfect pasta sauce that can be customized to fit your flavor and dietary needs. The vinegar helps with stomach inflammation and has probiotics which is very helpful to those who might suffer gut health issues.  


If you enjoyed this easy chicken pasta recipe with red pepper for weeknight dinners or pre-made lunches, please drop me a comment or send me a message. Would love to hear from you!

Chips & Poke

Like every other honest person in the world, I get cravings…and I have to admit that sometimes I cave and enjoy a non-scheduled indulgent treat, or two…or three.  And yes, I try to plan when I’m going to eat something that is less calorie-conscious because if I actually plan for it, then it’s not really “cheating.”  Rather, it’s a part of my well-balanced diet and lifestyle.

All that to say, today I was craving both salty potato chips and sushi.  I had dreams of a deep fried sushi roll that was somehow crusted with kettle chips. Yeah, it was one of those days.

Instead of heading out to the nearest gas station for chips and then swinging by my favorite sushi spot for tempura-fried rolls (with Sriracha mayo drizzle), I started thinking about a way I could satisfy both cravings in a much more calorie-conscious way.

I stopped by my favorite seafood market in Dallas and fired up the air-fryer I got from Kohl’s last month (aside: if you haven’t checked out my review on the Philipps Air-Fryer, you should.)

If you do not have an air-fryer, no worries! You can still make the chips but it will take a bit longer.  Check out my video here on making baked sweet potato chips.

Protein in Bulk – Beef and Chicken Meal Prep

Having problems like overcooking your protein such as beef and chicken? How about complaints on a lack of variety? Today is your lucky day! I’m going to spend less time discussing recipes and focus more on tips for bulk meal preparations.

Regardless of what special diet you’re on, there’s still a lot to learn in this article — even for vegans. Here, we’re going to tackle the exact meal prep and calorie counting. This will help you track your daily intake of calories and macronutrients from each meal.

Beef Meal Prep

Ground beef is one of America’s all-time favorite dishes due to its versatility. It’s quick and easy to add this to different beef recipes such as hamburgers, lasagna, tacos, meatloaf, and even pasta sauce.

For bulk preparation, it can be in the form of patties or meatballs. As for me, I prefer meatballs because it’s easier to portion out. You can even include it on crockpot or stir-fry dishes.

You can also eat it as is and dip it in a sauce of your choice, such as marinara sauce or even sour cream.

Chicken Meal Prep

Compared to pork chops and beef sirloins, chicken is considered to be the healthiest. It is a lean source of protein that doesn’t contain saturated fat — which causes a rise in cholesterol levels in the blood.

When preparing chicken in bulk, it’s better to cut it into smaller pieces. You can also divide it into portions and season it separately to have variations that will fit different chicken recipe meal plans.

Another tip for your preparation of chicken is to pat it dry before adding any herbs and spices to it. Doing this will remove any excess water and help the seasonings stick onto the meat.

I hope this advice will be of great help to those planning to prepare their beef and chicken in bulk. If you have other tips, feel free to share your thoughts by sending an email or even by commenting below.

Receiving your feedback and hearing about your meal prep preparations also helps me learn new things from all of you! Live happily and stay healthy as always my dear fit foodies!

With all of the writing I’ve been doing for my upcoming book on meal prep and meal prep recipes, I wanted to do a deeper dive on an article I wrote a while back on cooking chicken in bulk and having variety.  Besides over cooking the protein, I often hear complaints about the lack of variety.


Sweet Potato & Chicken Patties

Continuing with my recent article on avoiding food waste – in honor of Earth Day on April 22, 2017 – I wanted to share another way to use overly dry chicken breasts and leftover baked sweet potatoes or red potatoes. And that’s to create delicious patties that you can enjoy with mixed green salad or your favorite grilled vegetables.

It’s amazing what you can do with 1 chicken breast and 1 sweet potato. Think twice about tossing away food – just transform it! Team #nowaste.



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Healthy Spanish Rice

If you want to put a Spanish twist on your inner Betty Crocker then you’ll low this easy Spanish rice recipe. It’s tasty, healthy, and very filling which makes it the perfect side dish to any meal or even a good ala carte option for some!

Start by getting all your ingredients together. This includes six small raw tomatoes roughly weighing 275 grams, one large shallot, and the optional addition of black beans. For the rice itself, we recommended a cup of uncooked Basmati.

That being said, you could substitute it with jasmine or brown rice if you prefer. You’ll also need a half tablespoon of olive oil and minced garlic along with a half cup of vegetable stock. If you want more protein in the recipe then you can add a pound of cooked chicken breast.

For the seasonings, get some fresh cilantro, a pinch of sea salt and pepper, a teaspoon of turmeric, half a tablespoon of cumin, and one tablespoon of chili powder for that added kick. Now that all your ingredients are ready, set the oven to 420 F and grab your favorite skillet.

Put the raw tomatoes in your cast-iron skillet (or, if you prefer, baking sheet) then roast them for half an hour. Once you’re done, set the roasted tomatoes aside on a plate.With the same skillet on low-medium heat, add olive oil, shallot, and garlic then saute for two to three minutes.

Be sure to not burn the garlic. Add your seasonings — excluding the salt and pepper — to the skillet then bloom them for a couple of minutes. Raise the heat to medium-high then add your tomatoes and mash them using a spatula to get a saucy consistency.

Cook this for two to three minutes until the sauce becomes fragrant then add your uncooked rice to the skillet and cook for a further two to three minutes. Pour in your veggie stock then add a few pinches of sea salt and pepper.

Lower the heat to low then cover and cook for half an hour unbothered. If you see the rice drying out then add a quarter cup of veggie stock to keep the skillet from burning the dish. Afterward, gently stir and add in your chicken if you want to. Add cilantro garnish then serve!

There you go, a nutritious and delicious meal that will bring Spain to your dining room!