I know, I know -- I kinda fell off the map. So much for those "resolution" recipes, right? Well, the bad news is that I failed one resolution already, and that's keeping up with this blog on a weekly basis. (I do plan to change that, starting today.) The good news is I have managed to stick to a consistent exercise routine (we meet again, Spinning!) and consequently lose seven pounds… woohoo! You and I know, however, that no amount of exercise will do the trick without a healthy meal plan, and for the last five weeks or so, this dish right here has been my go-to dinner (and lunch - gotta love leftovers!) at least three to four times a week. It's that good! And that easy, and that versatile so there's no room to get bored. This has definitely been a "resolution recipe" for me, and I hope it becomes one for you, too, no matter where you are in your journey. Let's get cooking!
skinny eggplant lasagna
This dish is the perfect example of what I call “making it skinny,” i.e. waistline friendly. I’ve swapped out traditional ingredients for healthier ones, resulting in a dish I can feel great about without skimping on taste. In this case, the eggplant takes the place of the pasta, saving hundreds of calories. Meanwhile, the eggplant is almost buttery, and somehow even reminds me of my mom’s béchamel. In place of ground beef, I used ground turkey breast, which is virtually fat free and uber high in protein. The spices add flavor with none of the fat, and using real tomatoes versus the canned stuff gives the sauce a certain freshness
By no means am I a vegetarian; I gave it a try once, and while I felt great, I am a carnivore at heart. But this dish right here was as satisfying as a piece of perfectly cooked filet. Okay, that's an overstatement, but it is worthy of all this praise. I think I came across this on a menu somewhere; I can't remember where but the idea of it intrigued me. And so last weekend, right as I was going to tackle a head of cauliflower, I was inspired to try making my own cauliflower steak, and am I glad that I did.
Capricciosa Pizza.... mmmm. Sweet and briny artichoke hearts, salty ham, the sweetness of fresh, ripe tomatoes and ooey, gooey cheese, all over a thin, crispy, nutty, whole grain crust--it's one of my favorites. How to indulge in these flavors without having to dial my local pizzeria? Turn it into an easy weeknight pasta.
I love me some guacamole, especially in the summer, when avocados are in season. I'm not talking about the small, baseball-sized, Hass avocados. I'm talking about the huge, football-sized, bright yellow on the inside, buttery avocados that drop from my sister's tree like 10-pound coconuts. I decided to add a twist with basil, sun-dried tomatoes and a drizzle of jalapeño oil. The only bad idea was not having anyone over to share the goodness with; I can't stop myself!
It took me a while to come up with a name for this one, and this is best I could do. It's a frittata meets quiche meets pie, and my new favorite thing. I eat eggs for breakfast everyday, usually an omelette, and thought, why not make one huge egg dish (a.k.a a frittata) and have a slice every morning. And then I remembered I had a little bit of pie crust in the fridge. This was the result.
Inspired by lunch at La Cueva del Chango in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, this soup just tastes natural and authentic. There are no crazy spices and stocks to add flavor, it all comes from the ingredients -- poblano peppers, onions, garlic, cilantro, yogurt and chicken breast. It's what I love most about authentic Mexican cuisine.
Quinoa Sesame Stir Fry
Here's an idea for a vegan stir fry that is packed with protein and flavor. I became obsessed with bean sprouts and spinach this week - the way both can be crunchy and tender at the same time, not to mention loaded with vitamins. Some shitake mushrooms would have also been wonderful in this dish -- I will be sure to try that next time!
Skinny Stuffed Mushrooms
This recipe will probably inspire a really gooey, cheesy spinach artichoke dip... for now, it's just yummy stuffed mushrooms, made the skinny way.
Sweet Potato Skins
Baked with Gorgonzola cheese and homemade bacon bits... it's a party in your mouth... enough said!
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I'M LUISANA - A PUBLIC RELATIONS PROFESSIONAL, WORLD TRAVELER, RECIPE DEVELOPER, AND RELENTLESS EATER. JOIN ME AS I DISCOVER THE KEY TO DELICIOUS LIVING, ONE HEALTHY RECIPE AT A TIME.
Disclaimer: I am not a dietitian, counselor, personal trainer, doctor, or any other healthcare related professional. I do not mind giving advice or suggestions, but please keep in mind that I have NOT been trained in these fields. If you ask me a question I will answer it to the best of my ability.