Slow-Roasted Cod with Avocado Salsa Verde and Pomegranate

I am beyond excited to jump back on the healthy eating and exercise bus of 2018! As we all know, the holidays just bustle with comforting, rich, heavy foods and it’s just tough to avoid it and keep that holiday cheer haha. The new year brings new goals, accomplishments and challenges. When I heard that Bobby Flay was releasing a healthy cookbook, I just jumped on my Amazon app stat! He is the king of bold flavors so I knew I couldn’t lose with his amazing recipes. This is the first recipe I’ve tried from Bobby Flay Fit and my husband and I were absolutely satisfied with the result. It’s definitely a different take on cod that I’ve never tried before, and the pomegranate seeds were a unique addition! They added a nice pop and slightly sweet contrast to the spice and acidity. Just made a few minor tweaks (used olive oil instead of canola and didn’t use salt to season the avocado salsa verde) but other than that perfecto! Not only is it fresh and delicious, but it’s so simple and quick to throw together. Buy this book ASAP!!!

 -Melanie

Health tips: Low fat, heart healthy, low carb, diabetes friendly, anti-inflammatory

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Easy Peasy Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps

I am really enjoying Giada’s newest cookbook “Happy Cooking”! The recipes are just so clean, delicious and not too difficult. In this intense summer heat, I’m especially looking for refreshing, light dishes that don’t use the oven or stove. I came across her Easy Peasy Chicken Salad and my husband and I just loved it. It has great herby flavors from the fresh tarragon and chives, brightness from the lemon and crunch from the snap peas. Because I’m obsessed with the slight bite of brown mustard in creamy sauces, I just added a bit. I also used non-fat Green yogurt to make it even lighter. So yummy!

 -Melanie

Health tips: Low fat, heart healthy, low carb, diabetes friendly

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Warm Chicken Parmesan Salad

Just got home from a wonderful trip to Ireland and London with an amazing group of friends, and settling back into the daily routine. Though it’s hard to come back to reality, I am looking forward to jumping back on the healthy eating and exercise train. We ate (and drank) like Kings over there and luckily I maintained my weight, only because we walked about 8 miles a day haha. That won’t happen everyday at home, so I need to definitely get back into whippin’ up healthy recipes. Here’s a deliciously simple and light recipe I came across while watching Giada at Home! I tweaked it a bit to lighten even more.

 -Melanie

Health tips: Low fat, heart healthy, low carb, diabetes friendly

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Zucchini Enchiladas

It’s been a while since I have had time to blog. School is taking a toll on the family this year (myself and the kids alike)! I came home pooped yesterday. I sat down to fill out some form’s for school for the kiddos and got extremely tired (I should not have sat down so soon…lol). The family started to ask what was for dinner and I told them I’m too tired. But then I remembered about this recipe! I already had all of the ingredients at home, minus the chicken. I ran to the store real quick and purchased a rotisserie chicken (since I was out of shredded chicken in my freezer), brought it home, and had my hubby shred it for me while I started the rest. It came together in no time. I AM LOVING these enchiladas! The hubby and I each ate 3 that night, then I packed us 2 lunches each for this week (containing 2 enchiladas each lunch). This recipe makes 14 enchiladas. I felt so good about eating them. I did NOT miss the tortillas one bit! You HAVE to try this recipe. I am going to make this again, using a modified version of my Chicken Enchilada Suiza Casserole recipe.

Thank you delish for this recipe!

 -Tammy

Health tips: diabetes friendly, kidney friendly, low carb

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Lemony White Bean & Arugula Chicken Salad

I don’t think of myself as someone who would order just a salad at a restaurant or look for salad recipes as meals, but once in awhile I come across some really amazing ones that just hit the spot. Giada’s lemony white bean and arugula salad is one of my favorites. It’s so bright and fresh, and with my addition of shredded rotisserie chicken breast, it made for a satisfying and substantial dinner. I’ve been traveling quite a lot for work and eating many wonderful dinners out with my co-workers, so I was excited to get back into my healthy eating! Just a few more months until the summer!

 -Melanie

Health tips: Low fat, heart healthy, diabetes friendly, anti-inflammatory, low carb

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Herb Butter Filet Mignon for Two

When I imagine a romantic, fancy dinner on Valentine’s day, I definitely think of filet mignon. But don’t let it intimidate you, you can spoil that special person by surprising them with this impressive dish cooked at home. Because it’s the most tender and tastiest cut of beef you can buy, it’s a little pricier than other cuts, but it’s so worth it on a special occasion. Just be on the lookout for those store deals! Trim off that fat and serve alongside some green veggies, and you’ll keep the calories down as well. It’s practically fool-proof…all you need are a few simple ingredients, a meat thermometer and walllahhhh…in less than 30 minutes, you’ll have a gourmet meal!

 -Melanie

Health tips: Low fat, heart healthy, diabetes friendly

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Thai Basil Chicken with Cashews

I was also inspired by our good friend Crystal’s “Haters Not Allowed” healthy lifestyle Facebook group for this wonderful recipe. Skinnytaste.com is one of our favorite go-to sources for healthy recipes, so when I read that Crystal tried their Thai Basil Chicken and loved it I just had to try it myself. We both added some yummies to it to enhance it even more while still keeping it light. It’s wholesome enough with the added veggies and cashews that you won’t even feel like you need rice. Cheers to a fresh 2017!

 -Melanie

Health tips: Low carb, diabetes friendly, heart healthy, anti-inflammatory

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Skinnytaste’s Skillet Chicken Cordon Bleu

I belong to a private group on Facebook that is comprised of women who are there to encourage each other through health, fitness, and food. My sister-in-law posted this recipe from Skinnytaste. I had all the ingredients on hand, so I thought I’d give it a try. I was NOT disappointed! I was super simple to make and tastes delicious! You will not be disappointed. Thank you Skinnytaste!

 -Tammy

Health tips: kid friendly, diabetes friendly

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Loaded Cauliflower Casserole

It’s so very hard to stay healthy during the holidays. However, I found a side dish recipe that inspired me! I modified it a bit, and I’m super happy with the results! If you feel the need to make a healthier side dish for your Christmas dinner, then make this! It hits all the same bells and whistles as a loaded baked potato, but much better for you! I’m excited to hear your thoughts. I’m going to make it for Christmas dinner!

 -Tammy

Health tips: diabetes-friendly, low carb

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Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

I love football season! This year I joined a fantasy league and let me tell you, it has brought so much joy to my life! And when I think about football, I think about food! Especially wings! You can find my baked wings-two ways here. I came up with an even healthier version to get my “buffalo fix” on…meatballs! Please make these next time you watch football! Go Broncos! 🙂

 -Tammy

Health tips:  kidney-friendly, diabetes friendly

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