Reuben Salad

This is the perfect salad for you Reuben sandwich fans out there! Thank you again for your 30-minute meals Rachael Ray! We all know rye bread is bomb but you won’t miss it in this recipe. The Russian dressing is so flavorful with the meat and cheese, my mouth is watering just talking about it. We replaced the sour cream with Greek yogurt and it still tastes luscious. It’s enjoyable as a side dish and substantial enough as a main meal!

 -Melanie

Health tips: Low carb, Keto, low fat

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Deviled Chicken Francese

It’s 2020 and time for some healthy eating after feasting during the holidays! Tammy and I agreed that this year our goal is to focus on recipes that aren’t only healthy and delicious, but quick and easy too.

Last weekend, we spent some time catching up on our favorite chef Rachael Ray, and her new 30 minute meals. It’s been a crazy year and we’ve been dying to cook together in her new kitchen. It was tough to choose as her recipes all made us drool, but we picked three lighter recipes we could prep and make ahead of time. The first was this Deviled Chicken Francese. Sounds fancy but it was easy!

The deviled part of the chicken recipe really caught our eye, especially with mustard and Calabrian chili’s involved. We used reduced-fat milk, unsalted butter, low-sodium broth, and skipped the bread to lighten it up. We just had it for dinner last night. It was so satisfying and tasty!

 -Melanie

Health tips: Low carb, low fat

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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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Seared Ahi Tuna Salad

Tuna…center-cut ahi tuna…on sale again at Sprout’s! $5.99 a pound!  This is when I make this salad (and my tuna tartare). Wish I can take credit for this one. Thank you Willow Arlen for this delicious meal! Growing up, I thought I hated tuna. But, oh, how I’ve changed my mind! There’s not much else to say, except that it’s delicious and I think ya’ll should try it! We all could probably use a little more tuna in our lives! 😉 Enjoy!

 -Tammy

Health tips: diabetes-friendly, low carb

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Buffalo Chicken Salad

Hot summer days equals light, healthy meals! The hubby wanted buffalo wings, and I wanted something lighter, but something that would hit the same bells and whistles! When I told him I’d be making my buffalo chicken salad, he was very happy. He LOVES this salad! You can always buy your own blue cheese dressing, but I like to make my own dressings from scratch because you can control the quality and quantity of ingredients. My husband does NOT like blue cheese dressing; the moldy cheese, it freaks him out! However, he does love feta cheese. So I make his “blue cheese” dressing into a “feta cheese” dressing. I still prefer blue cheese, so I divide the base mix into 2 bowls-one for me with blue cheese, and one for him with feta cheese. Feel free to make your own! Or you can always go out a buy  a bottle. They have great yogurt-based dressing in the produce section. Enjoy!

 -Tammy

Health tips: kidney-friendly, diabetes-friendly, low carb

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BBQ Cauliflower Pizza

A few years back, I tried making “cauliflower pizza” that ended up falling apart in my hands (but it was delicious). Recently, a friend of mine started making cauliflower pizza, so I wanted to give it another go. I’ve been researching different methods to try and come up with one that I think will work. Since it’s summer and we love to have BBQ pizza parties at our house, I decided to try it on the grill! And here it is! I am proud of this one; it’s cooked outside, it’s extremely satisfying, and suuuuuper yummy!  Enjoy!

 -Tammy

Health tips:   diabetes friendly, kid-friendly

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Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado, and Tomato Spring Rolls

Today was my first official day of summer break as a teacher! I now have the entire summer to focus on my favorite hobby. And that would be to cook…and eat! I looked in my kitchen to see what I can see. I saw bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, and avocado. But I didn’t want the bread, so I decided to make spring rolls with rice paper. When I went to the store, they didn’t have rice paper, but these soy papers. They worked equally as well!  They came in different colors, so it was really fun for my kids to eat. If you are looking for a snack, then make one per person, but if you want it for lunch, make two per person. Enjoy!

 -Tammy

Health tips:   kid-friendly, diabetes-friendly, low carb

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Pork Loin and Veggie Kebab with Garlic Lemon Marinade

We had a nice, warm day this spring week. I didn’t feel like cooking inside. And I definitely didn’t feel like eating a gut-busting meal either. With the warmers days ahead, I’ve been into lemons more than usual lately. That, and I’m lucky enough to have friends with lemons. J So I created a recipe that I am quickly becoming obsessed with; garlic lemon…it could be a quick marinade or the perfect vinaigrette! It’s perfect for poultry, pork, veggies, and salads. It’s so refreshing and adds the perfect amount of brightness to many dishes. If anything, make this marinade/ vinaigrette to keep on hand. Enjoy!

 –Tammy

Health tips:  low carb, diabetes friendly, kidney friendly

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Bacon Sriracha Deviled Eggs

Lots of BBQ’s and summer gatherings will soon be happening (if they’re not already). If you need a yummy appetizer to bring to your next gathering, try my Sriracha Bacon Deviled Eggs! We recently went to a giant gathering and these bad boys were gone in minutes! Deviled eggs with a little kick! Enjoy!

 -Tammy

Health tips:  low carb, diabetes friendly, kidney friendly

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Chicken with Cauliflower Alfredo

I’ve recently heard about cauliflower alfredo sauce. Sounds pretty temping, so I decided  to try and create my own. And it turned out really yummy! Your typical alfredo sauce is made up of mostly butter, cream, and parmesan cheese, which is oh, so delicious. I definitely couldn’t hit the same bells and whistles without adding the cheese, but the rest of it is pretty darn healthy! I decided to make chicken alfredo with it. I made zucchini noodles for myself and the hubby, but used whole wheat fettuccini for the kiddos. So if you are looking for a low-carb option, I say go with the zucchini noodles!

 -Tammy

Health tips:  gluten free*, diabetes friendly*

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