Saturday, June 30, 2012

Cheeseburger Mac Attack

No, you're not dreaming. This really is a healthy dish.
If you’re sitting around wondering what to cook for dinner tonight, you’ve come to the right place! I’ve got an amazingly delicious recipe that will knock your socks right off. What’s even better is that it’s super easy to make; even the culinary challenged can pull this one off! The best part? It’s healthy! Yes, that’s right, going to town on this mouthwatering meal will not give you thunder thighs or a muffin top!  So, go ahead; dig in!

Here’s What You’ll Need
For four servings:
  • 5 oz. (about 1 1/3 cups) uncooked reduced-calorie, high-fiber elbow macaroni
  • 10 oz. raw lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 Tbsp. ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp. seasoning salt
  • 1 Tsp. garlic salt
  • 3 cups frozen cauliflower florets
  • 2 Tbsp. light sour cream
  • 2 slices 2% American cheese
  • 5 wedges light creamy Swiss cheese
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • Optional Seasonings: Salt & Pepper

Let’s Get Cookin’
In a large pot, prepare the pasta very al dente. To make sure it’s cooked just right, go ahead and cook it for about half of the time indicated on the package. Then, drain all excess water and set aside.

While your pasta is boiling, combine the turkey, onion, seasoning salt, garlic salt, and ketchup and mix thoroughly. Once you’ve mixed it all up, stir in the cauliflower and cooked pasta, then transfer the mixture into the crock pot.

Cover with lid, and cook on high for about 3 hours. Or, if you’ve got time to kill, you can cook it on low for 7 hours. Whichever way you choose, just be sure the turkey is fully cooked.

Once the turkey is fully cooked and ready to go, break the cheese wedges and cheese slices up into little pieces and throw them into your crock pot, along with the other remaining ingredients. Be sure to stir everything thoroughly so that the cheese is mixed throughout and evenly distributed.

Then, you’ll cover once more, and cook for an additional 15 minutes to get everything melty and delicious. Your next step is simple: dig in! 

Nutrition Facts
Per Serving
300 Calories
9.5g Fat
38g Carbohydrates
13.5g Fiber
8.5g Sugar
24.5g Protein

More to Love
Like this recipe? Well, there's more where that came from! Check out all of my favorite recipes listed under the my favorite recipes tab above; I promise, you won't be let down! Or, if you're a Pintrest addict like myself, check out my Nutrish & Delish board for a ton of healthy tasty treats. 

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Cooking With Greek Yogurt

Hey everyone! I’m so sorry that it has been so long since my last post; I’ve been all over the place lately! But, now that I am back in the swing of things, I am super excited to share a healthy little secret with you: Greek yogurt.

Well, as you all know, I’m a huge fan of healthy food that tastes unhealthy. In fact, it’s the only kind of healthy food I’ll eat. So, when I heard about the art of cooking with Greek yogurt, I was skeptical to say the least.

Simple Substitutions
Okay, I know you’re probably thinking that you know all about using it in place of traditional yogurt, and you’re totally right, but did you know that Greek yogurt can be used to create a mouthwatering cheesy pasta dish?! Didn’t think so… But, you heard me right! Simply swap in Greek yogurt with your favorite seasonings in place of a calorie packed cream or Alfredo sauce, and you’ve got yourself a delicious substitution that nobody will even notice. 
Conversion Chart
If you're worried about getting the recipe just right, don't be! Keep this conversion chart handy in the kitchen, and you'll be up to professional status in no time!
How unhealthy does this healthy Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo look? ;-)
To try out this healthy cooking phenomenon for myself, I gave it the ultimate test: I made Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo for Daniel and I to have for dinner. As he was approaching the stove top for seconds, I decided to let him in on my Greek yogurt secret. He had no idea!
The Best of the Best
Blueberry Banana Bread
Here’s a list of a few of my favorite Greek yogurt recipes that taste like the real deal:

Think those sound good? That’s just the tip of the iceberg! On my Nutrish and Delish board on Pintrest, I feature a TON of amazing Greek yogurt recipes that are simply divine. Also, all of my favorite recipes are listed under the My Favorite Recipes tab above. Who would have thought that cooking healthy could be so simple and tasty?
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