Creamy Avodado Pesto!

This turned out so delicious! I had mine with zucchini “noodles”, microwaved for 1 minute before serving the pesto sauce on top, and it was decadent and so tasty!! This recipe is both oil and nut free. I did use some low fat cottage cheese for added protein, optional, or subs for lentils or nut of choice.

Creamy dreamy yum!!

1 avocado
1 sprig thyme
1cup basil
2/3 cup cottage cheese
3 cups spinach
2 cloves garlic
1/2 lemon

Blend the above well until creamy as desired.

Serve over pasta or spiralized zucchini to your choosing. I spiralized my raw zucchini, then microwaved for 1 minute to keep crispy but warm and then served pesto over it, and the result was just perfect!

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Spinach Artichoke Dip with Butternut Squash “Chips”

This was a yummy Christmas Eve treat! I have a vegan version using cashews instead of dairy, but I was prepping for family in a nut-free household, so opted for low fat dairy instead. This recipe is high in protein and flavor!

For the dip I used:
1 bag frozen spinach
1 can un-marinated and 2 small jar marinated artichoke, drained
8oz low fat cottage cheese
8oz fage non fat Greek yogurt
1 clove garlic
handful basil
1/4 red onion
crushed red pepper
oregano
garlic powder

Over medium heat, sauté all ingredients except garlic, cottage cheese, and yogurt. Blend those 3 ingredients on high in a blender or food processor.

Meanwhile, wash and cut your butternut squash into even strips or shape of your choice. Spray with olive oil or coconut spray. Shake some oregano and sea salt on and roast at 375 for about 40min until crisp on the edges.

Combine your cream from the blender with all other dip ingredients. Serve and enjoy!

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Spaghetti Squash and Lean Turkey Meatballs

Soo, can you tell I’m obsessed with spaghetti squash yet? It’s just, the rich flavors of italian food and the comfort factor of pasta… and yet why not ditch nutrition-less processed grains for nature’s noodles?? And get you beta carotene and good carbs in the process. So without further ado, my healthified version of spaghetti and meatballs!!

Make your squash:
Either puncture and microwave for about 8 minutes, then scooping out seeds after it cools or
Cut in half, scrape out seeds, and roast cut side down at 400 for about 30min
Let cool enough to remove noodle-flesh, set aside.

Mix in a bowl:
1lb ground turkey
1/2 cup egg whites
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
Salt, dash
Pepper, about 1/8 tsp
Crushed red pepper, at least 1/8 tsp ūüėČ
Oregano- 1tsp
Garlic powder 1/2 tsp
Parsley 1/2 tsp
Mix well and form into 1-1.5in meatballs, set aside.

Saute in olive oil in a large saucepan:
4-5 cloves garlic minced
1/2 onion chopped
Fresh basil 1/2 cup chopped
Then add:
Black pepper
Stewed tomatoes 1 can
Marinara sauce 1 jar

Once boiling, reduce heat and add meatballs. You just plunk them right on top all in one layer, it’s ok if they are not fully submerged in sauce, this way you can keep and eye on them and make sure they are staying together well.

Cover and simmer 20-30 stirring gently occasionally.

Then just serve and enjoy. This is so satisfying and so good for you ūüôā

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Pumpkin Protein Pancakes!

Creamy, so good, made the house smell amazing! The pumpkin gives these the best texture! Ever since high school eating Pancake Pantry’s sweet potato pancakes (Nashville, Hillsborough Village), no pancakes could compete. Pumpkin, however, is even more soft, even more gooey goodness!

I modified this recipe from bodybulding.com, a vast source for health conscious recipes!

To make about 6 pancakes to serve 2 people, I used:
-1 cup pumpkin puree
-1/2 cup egg whites
-1/4 cup almond milk
-2tsp baking powder
-1heaping tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
-2tsp vanilla
-coconut spray
-2 scoops protein powder (i used the last of a graham flavor)

Mix and pour onto a heated skillet with coconut spray to prevent sticking.
I heated the skillet to medium but then reduced it to low. These are¬†thick and gooey, so you want them to be able to cook for about 3 minutes on each side without burning. You can thin them if you prefer with more milk/water, and then you can cook them at a higher heat and flip faster, but I didn’t try that, so I can’t vouch for the results. The thick ones were great!

Suggested toppings include:
-fresh cinnamon
-berries, every kind of berry
-almond slivers
-crushed walnuts and/or pecans
-honey or agave or coconut of pure maple syrup (i omit)
-cottage cheese or greek yogurt (extra protein, nice with fruit)

Enjoy!

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