Healthy Recipes Crispy Baked Zucchini Fries

10These look scrumptious! I love this idea! We typically roast our zucchini and squash – but this idea is genius! I think my kids will love these as well – very kid-friendly! Thanks for ANOTHER fabulous idea!
As far as calorie counting – I do it because I think it can be a really valuable way for people to stay on track. But I also monitor my carbs/fat/protein. It’s so easy to mindlessly nibble throughout the day, but when you have to record everything … it sometimes makes me think twice. I think it’s also important to remember not to ‘live’ by the number of calories you are allotted in any particular day – simply be mindful of what you eat. I’m definitely not going to deprive myself – anything in moderation! I should say that counting calories may not work for everyone – find what works for you!
Oh – and I’m totally a carb-girl, too!!

Ingredients

  • 2-3 small zucchini, sliced into fry shapes
  • 1/4 cup flour (I used chickpea flour to offer a gluten-free option, but I don’t see why regular flour shouldn’t also work.) (24g)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs (I made my own by toasting Ezekiel bread and processing it in a food processor. If you’re gluten-free, use gf bread.) (40g)

Instructions

Zucchini fries recipe: Preheat oven to 420F. Lightly grease a cooling rack, place it on a baking tray, and set aside. Set up an assembly line: flour and spices in one bowl, milk in another, and breadcrumbs in a third. Dip each zucchini stick in the flour, then the milk, then the breadcrumbs. Place on the cooling rack. Bake 18-19 minutes, or until desired crispiness is reached. Makes 40-45 fries.

Source chocolatecoveredkatie.com

HEALTHY RECIPES CRISPY BAKED ZUCCHINI FRIES RECIPE – LOW CARB WITH PARMESAN

Delicious! Quick, easy prep. The control on my oven just went out and I couldn’t use the broil function, so I just turned off the oven after 20 minutes and baked them a couple more minutes. Even without broiling to finish them off, they were crispy and delicious. My husband loved them. I served them with organic marinara and that was delicious. I think ranch would be great, too. I also looked up your spicy appetizer sauce and will make it in the future when I have more time. Husband is diabetic, so I am always searching for reduced-carb recipes. It’s especially hard to find recipes for crispy, crunchy foods. I wonder if larger zucchini would work for those who said theirs was soggy since they tend to be drier. This recipe is definitely a keeper!

Ingredient

  • 2 medium Zucchini
  • 3/4 cup Grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 large Egg
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp Black pepper (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (218 degrees C). Line and lightly grease a baking sheet. (Parchment paper works best, but foil might be okay if you grease it very well.)

  2. Cut each zucchini in half lengthwise 4 times (to make eight long sticks from each squash). Then cut the sticks once crosswise, making 16 sticks from each squash, approximately 4 in (10 cm) long and 1/2 in (1 cm) thick. If the zucchini sticks feel “wet”, pat them dry with paper towels.

  3. Prepare two shallow bowls – one with beaten egg and one with a mixture of grated parmesan cheese, garlic powder, and black pepper. Dip each squash stick in the egg, shake off the excess, then press into the parmesan mixture, coating all sides. (Use one hand for the egg and the other for the parmesan, to avoid getting too much egg in the parmesan which will make it clumpy.) Place on the prepared baking sheet in a single layer without touching.

  4. Bake for about 20 minutes, flipping the fries and rotating the pan halfway through, until fairly dark golden.

  5. Place under the broiler for 2-3 minutes, until darker golden and crispy.

    Source www.wholesomeyum.com

10 MINUTE HEALTHY CAULIFLOWER RICE

Ok so I was skeptical of cauliflower rice. I am super picky and I really don’t like cauliflower. But I’m doing a low carb (ish) thing like the rest of the world and decided to give it a try. This is absolutely delicious! I added chicken, and used the blue bird frozen cauliflower rice and other frozen veggies (because I’m lazy). I’m truly amazed at how good it is!! Not to mention I probably spent $6 on it total and have lunch for the entire week. Two thumbs up from me

INGREDIENTS:

    • 24 ounces cauliflower florets*
    • 2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
    • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
    • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
    • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
    • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
    • 2 large eggs, beaten
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 onion, diced
    • 6 ounces broccoli florets, chopped
    • 2 carrots, peeled and grated
    • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds

DIRECTIONS:

  1. To make the cauliflower rice, pulse cauliflower in the bowl of a food processor until it resembles rice, about 2-3 minutes; set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger and white pepper; set aside.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a medium skillet over low heat. Add eggs and cook until cooked through, about 2-3 minutes per side, flipping only once. Let cool before dicing into small pieces; set aside.
  4. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a large skillet or wok over medium high heat. Add garlic and onion to the skillet, and cook, stirring often, until onions have become translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in broccoli, carrots, corn and peas, and cook, stirring constantly, until vegetables are tender, about 3-4 minutes.
  5. Stir in cauliflower, eggs, green onions and soy sauce mixture. Cook, stirring constantly, until heated through and the cauliflower is tender, about 3-4 minutes.
  6. Serve immediately, garnished with sesame seeds, if desired.

NOTES:

*24 ounces cauliflower florets is equal to about 5 cups.

Source damndelicious.net

Healthy recipes chocolate chip cookies (gluten free, vegan, low sugar)

I love a good cookie and adding Gluten Free and Skinny to the mix only makes it better. While I admit, I’ve eaten raw dough (with eggs) for decades, I’m excited to try this recipe because most eggless recipes I’ve seen call for things like chickpeas.

ingredients:

  • 1 cup gluten-free flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup honey (agave nectar for vegan diet)
  • 4 Tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 4 ounces unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 ounces 70-88% dark chocolate bar, crushed
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350° F
    2. Prepare baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone mat
    3. In a medium bowl add the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix together.
    4. Stir in the vanilla extract, honey, peanut butter, applesauce. Stir until fully combined.
    5. Fold in the crushed dark chocolate and mini chocolate chips
    6. Mixture will be slightly sticky. Drop the dough onto baking sheet by the Tablespoon.
    7. They were not spread out during being baked so make sure you have them looking the way you want them to look. I personally like to flatten them and make them more of a circle cookie.
    8. Bake them for 8-11 minutes or until they have risen and are golden brown.

Source www.veggiebalance.com

HEALTHY RECIPES VEGAN TURMERIC QUINOA POWER BOWLS

I had only red quinoa (what an interesting color with the turmeric). I used smoked paprika for the beans. I wanted something I could freeze so I roasted cauliflower with olive oil, garlic powder and crushed red pepper instead of the kale. What a big yum-o. And I used sweet potatoes instead of regular. Great flavor combo.

Ingredients

  • 7 small yellow potatoes
  • 15 oz . can chickpeas
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup quinoa
  • salt/pepper
  • 2 kale leaves
  • 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 avocado

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Slice the potatoes into strips and lay flat on 1/2 of a baking sheet. Spray/drizzle them with coconut oil and sprinkle 1 tsp of turmeric over them. Add salt/pepper to taste.
  3. Roast for 5 minutes while you drain and rinse the chickpeas.
  4. Place the chickpeas in a mixing bowl and add 1 tsp of paprika, coating them evenly. Lay the chickpeas on the other 1/2 of the baking sheet.
  5. Roast the chickpeas and the potatoes for about 25 minutes (or until the potatoes are a little bit soft).
  6. Cook the quinoa with 1/2 cup of water. Once the quinoa is cooked, add 1 tsp of turmeric (salt/pepper to taste), mix together, and let cool.
  7. Wash the kale and massage the olive oil over the leaves. Separate the leaves into the 4 bowls.
  8. Slice the avocado and split into the 4 bowls.
  9. Add the quinoa and roasted chickpeas/potatoes to the bowls and serve!

I made this I used sweet potato instead but omg I never thought how tasty and filling this would be ! It’s my first time having a buddha bowl n trying quinoa as well. So yummy !

Source www.jaroflemons.com

Healthy Recipes Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Stew

I think we can all probably agree that there’s not much better than a delicious, homemade chicken pot pie, hot and steaming from the oven, full of delicious vegetables, creamy goodness, and chicken.

Hard not to have your mouth water and stomach grumble with anticipation just thinking about it, right?

But, then, I remember about all the time it takes to make the dough, to make the filling from scratch, to prepare the pot pie, and then to bake it. Often, this process takes hours of hands-on time. And that’s not to mention all the cream and butter and flour…and more butter and cream…that this recipe takes.

Delicious? Yes. Healthy and easy? Not so much, sadly.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lb. chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 3 carrot(s), diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 3 1/2 cups chicken broth/stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/3 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 1/3 cup frozen pearl onions
  • 1/3 cup peas
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt, plain

DIRECTIONS

  1. Add the chicken, yellow onion, celery, carrots, garlic, salt, pepper, thyme, oregano, and chicken broth to the bowl of a slow cooker and stir to combine.
  2. Add the bay leaf, cover, and cook on Low for 4-5 hours, or until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are tender.
  3. Remove and discard bay leaf.
  4. Remove chicken breast, shred, and set aside.
  5. Measure out 1 1/2 to 2 cups of the liquid and contents from the slow cooker and place into a blender. Puree this until smooth, and then return to the slow cooker. This will serve to thicken the stew. (If you’d like it even thicker, mix 1/2 cup of the liquid with 1 tbsp. cornstarch and dissolve into the liquids).
  6. Return the cooked, shredded chicken to the slow cooker, followed by the frozen, peas, frozen carrots, frozen pearl onions, and greek yogurt.
  7. Re-cover and cook an additional 30 minutes, until the frozen vegetables have heated through. Season to taste before serving.

Source http://www.centercutcook.com

HEALTHY RECIPES CAULIFLOWER RICE (QUICK, HEALTHY, LOW-CARB, PALEO)

Turned out better than I thought, very good.

Ok, so I was roasting cauliflower the other night, and literally was thinking to myself how I need to figure out to make rice with it. I’ve seen it a couple places, and have always been so intrigued! Making this tonight!

It’s weight loss season and what better way to lose weight than with a delicious healthy addition to your diet! A few months ago I began experimenting with cauliflower. It’s super healthy and is packed with rich nutrients, vitamins, indole-3-carbinol, and sulforaphane which help prevent obesity and diabetes.

One of my favorite ways of cooking cauliflower is using it to replace carbs in dishes my kids love. Now being middle e eastern we have rice EVERY single day. Like we seriously can not go a day without having rice, bread or some sort of starch on the side so cauliflower makes a huge difference in our diet.

Ingredients

  • 1 small head cauliflower cut into florets
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 clove of garlic minced (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Rice the cauliflower by grating it on the larger holes on a grated or in a food processor.
  2. Heat the oil in a large pan or pot over medium-high heat; add garlic and stir for less than 1 minute then add the cauliflower and cook, stirring occasionally, until the cauliflower rice is tender and slightly golden brown, about 6-9 minutes.

Source gimmedelicious.com

HEALTHY RECIPES CHICKEN SHAWARMA QUINOA BOWLS

Wow!! I made this as a meal prep for work this week and all I can say is positive things. I’ve been eating it cold for lunch and it’s delicious. The seasoning in the recipe is absolutely perfect. I might add more cayenne next time since I love spice!

Unfortunately, I was unable to find tahini at the store. So instead I grabbed some premade dill and cucumber tzatziki made with Greek yogurt to put on top – so good.

I want to double the recipe next time so there will be enough to split up and share with my boyfriend so he can bring it to work too. I’ll see how doubling it goes!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 2 chicken breasts boneless/skinless
  • 1 clove garlic smashed and minced
  • 2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil divided
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 naan flatbreads toasted or warmed slightly

THE VEGGIES:

  • 1/4 small red onion
  • 1/2-3/4 bell pepper red or green
  • 1/2 English cucumber 
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 1-2 TBSP fresh chopped parsley

TAHINI SAUCE:

  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1 clove garlic smashed and minced
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 3 TBSP warm water
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp paprika

Instructions

    1. First rinse and drain your quinoa using a mesh strainer or sieve. Bring a medium saucepan to medium heat and lightly toast the quinoa to remove any excess water. Stir as it toasts for just a few minutes. This step is optional but really adds to the nuttiness and fluff factor of the quinoa! Next add your water, set burner to high, and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and simmer, covered with the lid slightly ajar, for 12-13 minutes or until quinoa is fluffy and the liquid has been absorbed.
    2. While the quinoa cooks, prep your veggies! Chop onion, bell pepper, cucumber, and parsley. Mince your garlic and slice grape tomatoes in half.
    3. Pat chicken dry with paper towel, then place a dry paper towel on top. Using a meat mallet or heavy pan, pound to 1⁄4-inch thickness.
    4. In a large shallow bowl or resealable plastic bag, combine cumin, paprika, turmeric, and cayenne pepper with juice of 1⁄2 lemon, minced garlic, and 1 TBSP olive oil. Add chicken and coat with the spices. Set aside to marinate at room temperature for at least 10 minutes.
    5. Snag your now-fluffy quinoa from the pot and give it a little fluff with a fork. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside.
    6. Remove chicken from marinade and season both sides with 1⁄2 tsp salt and black pepper as desired. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in pan from naan over medium heat. When oil is shimmering, add chicken. Cook until chicken is cooked through (165 degrees F), approx 3-4 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to a plate and allow to rest while you prep your quinoa bowls.
    7. Combine onion, bell pepper, cucumber, tomatoes, and parsley in a bowl and dress with juice of one lemon and 2 TBSP olive oil. Season if desired.
    8. For the tahini sauce, whisk together tahini, lemon juice, and minced garlic. Slowly add warm water, whisking well until thin and saucy. Season with salt, pepper, and paprika.
    9. Slice your chicken into thin strips or chop into bite-sized pieces.
    10. Now let’s toss it all together! You can plate the veggies and chicken on top as pictured above or toss the quinoa with the veggies first for goodness in every bite! Dress with tahini sauce and dig in!

Source peasandcrayons.com

20 minute healthy chicken parmesan

Hi, friends! It’s Monday after a beautiful, brunch-filled weekend celebrating All The Mothers and we’re going to start talking about this cheesy, saucy, super-delicious family-loves-it chicken in T-3 seconds. Because seriously, there can NOT be much waiting. I NEED THE CHICKEN PARM.

But first, I just need you to know that yesterday I went ahead and celebrated myself for being Sage’s mom.

Two extra pieces of cake, a long nap with Sage, and a good long binge on Instagram. I am just that honorable of a person that I couldn’t let the day go by without some deep self-recognition. I mean, who else forgets to feed her, makes her participate in my SnapChat recipe videos, stuffs her with treats after doing one tiny trick (“Sage, SIT. No, SIT. Over here. Come on, SIT.”), and gets her all riled up for no reason other than to laugh and take pictures and then give more treats? Badge of motherly honor right there.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian herbs
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 4 chicken breasts (about 1 pound)
  • 1 1/2 cups DeLallo Creamy Vodka tomato sauce (or any tomato sauce – but that vodka sauce is YUMMY)
  • 4 slices fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 2 zucchinis

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Prep: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Toss the breadcrumbs, panko, and Parmesan in a shallow dish with the Italian herbs, salt, and pepper. Heat the oil in a medium ovenproof skillet over medium heat.
  2. Fry: Cut the chicken breasts into a total of four pieces (for example, if there are two breasts, cut each in half – pound them a little thinner and wider if you want) and dredge the chicken in the breadcrumbs so that they stick all over the surface of the chicken. Add the chicken to the hot skillet and fry for 3-4 minutes on each side. You want the outside to be golden brown – the inside can finish cooking in the oven.
  3. Bake: Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake for 5-10 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked. Add the sauce and place a slice of mozzarella cheese on top of each piece of chicken. Return to the oven for a few more minutes or until the cheese is bubbling and lightly browned.
  4. Finish: While the chicken finishes, cut the zucchini into thin shreds or use a spiralizer to create zucchini noodles. Serve the chicken and sauce over the raw zucchini noodles and sprinkle with Parmesan and parsley.

NOTES

Before baking, if you have a lot of stray crumbs in the pan, I would suggest removing the chicken, draining out the excess oil and breadcrumbs, and then returning the chicken to the clean pan to avoid a burnt breadcrumb situation in the oven.

Also, if you really want the chicken to stay crispy, heat the sauce separately and add it over everything at the end. The chicken loses a little crispy exterior as it bakes in the sauce – I didn’t mind it, but just something to think about if you want the crispy chicken.

Finally, I leave the zucchini noodles raw because otherwise I felt like they got too soggy and watery. When you add the warm chicken and sauce, the noodles will soften but keep just enough crunch to still be appetizing.

Source pinchofyum.com

HEALTHY RECIPES CROCKPOT WHOLE CHICKEN (PALEO, KETO, WHOLE30)

I did not add any liquid, but cooking the chicken produced alot of good liquid, or stock, i guess. I am also making a soup and bone broth with the chicken cooked. What should I do with the liquid i got from the crock pot after cooking the chicken this way? Should I add it to my soup, or to my bone broth? Or some to each? If so, do I add it at the beginning or the end since it is already “cooked”. I stored it in a continer in the fridge and it has a solid gelatin top to it already. But it also still has all the veggies in it from when I separated the chicken out to shred it. (I am using your crock pot chicken soup recipe and bone broth recipe.)
Thank you!!! (I am new to this, if you couldnt tell.)

Ingredients

  • 2 carrots cut into chunks
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 whole chicken
  • 1 lemon halved
  • 3 – 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon herbes de Provence
  • kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Cut carrots, celery, and onion into large chunks and line bottom of slow cooker.
  • Rinse chicken, pat dry, and stuff with garlic cloves and lemon halves. Season all over with salt, pepper, and herbes de Provence.
  • Place chicken on top of vegetables in slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 6 – 8 hours, or until chicken is 165 degrees.
  • Optional: if desired, brown chicken under the broiler.

Source cookeatpaleo.com