Lighten Up!

After that rich, indulgent fried cheese sandwich, I thought it was time for something a bit on the lighter side…

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A simple salad made with romaine, sliced fresh strawberries, cubed mozzarella, and fresh basil!

Add some grilled chicken and you’ve got yourself a main dish salad!

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Healthy Turkey & Lentil Meatloaf

One of the home-cooked, comfort food meals that I often think of when I think of ‘ketchup’ is…

MEATLOAF.

It may not be the fanciest, prettiest meal that you’ve ever eaten… but it’s satisfying and comforting. (sigh)

I had ground turkey on hand and instead of going out to buy ground beef to make meatloaf, I felt inspired to re-create this go-to comfort food in a way that was both hearty and healthy…. AND, of course, TASTY!!

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Along with the ground turkey, I used oatmeal, chopped red bell pepper, and lentils to “beef” up this meatloaf!!

You will be enjoying a SUPER ‘good-for-you’ meal that is also comforting and full of flavor at the same time!!!

If you’re not excited, well… YOU SHOULD BE!!

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Pecan-Coated Goat Cheese with Grilled Chicken Salad

It’s no secret that I love goat cheese….

One of the ways I love it best is on a salad with some sort of balsamic dressing. While brainstorming ideas for serving goat cheese on a salad in a new, delicious way, I came across a recipe that encrusted the goat cheese in walnuts and baked it. I loved the idea!!… but the recipe had way too many ingredients to be budget-friendly.

So, I set out again to create my own version that had big flavor but little cost!

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Here’s the RECIPE & a SHOPPING LIST for you.

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Turkey Burgers with Goat Cheese and Honey Mustard

I had ground turkey in my fridge that I had planned to use for a feta recipe, but I changed my mind about which recipes to make and this was leftover. It was time to freeze it or use it…

The consensus??… USE IT!

Something about a sandwich sounded so fulfilling this particular afternoon and I was having dreams of some delicious honey mustard spread on it. The only sandwich made with ground turkey that I could think of… Turkey Burgers!…with GOAT CHEESE!! Now I’m getting hungry!… the fridge showed no promise of honey mustard of any kind… darn

Hmmm, I did find dijon and honey. That would work! I started by mixing these and went on from there to create my own version of honey mustard…

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G is for Goat Cheese Pasta & Greens

I ran across a recipe with goat cheese that’s super quick to make and super healthy…. I made it and it’s also SUPER scrumptious!

You don’t often run into a recipe that’s written for one person so this made it especially unique in my book. You could definitely double, triple, etc… the recipe, but if you just need a healthy, delicious lunch for yourself… HERE IT IS!!

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Click here for the RECIPE and here’s a quick shopping list you can jot down:

–Dried pasta shells (Orecchiette if you have it or can find it) (you need 1 cup dried pasta)
–Mediterranean-style mixed salad greens (or spring greens or whatever mix you like!) (you need 2 cups)
–Sun-dried tomatoes (packed in olive oil) (you need 2 TBSP)
–Goat cheese (you need 1 TBSP crumbled)
–Parmesan (you need 2 TBSP grated plus more for garnish)
*Pantry staples to check: Salt & Pepper

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F is for Feta-Stuffed Peppers

I had been wanting to try stuffed peppers for quite some time and I finally had the chance to do it! This was the first time I made them and it won’t be the last. And… the stuffing included Feta… PERFECT!

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I made some adjustments to a Greek Salad recipe I found and served it alongside the stuffed peppers… YUMMY!

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Making this meal is a bit of a process, but if you do as much as you can ahead of time it’s MUCH easier and not so stressful! Still, leave yourself some time to get it all on the table… it’s not a quick fix but it’s a fantastic end result!

STICK WITH ME ON THIS ONE… Let’s get started!

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F is for Feta Greek Salad

The official recipe for this “Big Greek Salad” can be found here. I took out a couple of ingredients, added in one, and modified the directions just a touch to tailor it to my family’s tastes.

I served it with Turkey-and-Rice Stuffed Peppers and they were a great match! A delicious, gorgeous meal…

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F is for Feta & Fettuccine

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I had to give you a close-up shot to start so you could see the beautiful Feta and parsley in this creamy red-pepper pasta dish!

Not only is this recipe budget-friendly, but it’s also SUPER healthy, too!

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E is for Egg Breakfast Sandwich (Healthy Style)

This is a recipe I had never tried before but had seen many times. I finally tried it and LOVE it! Another one to add to my regular recipes I like to make for myself. You can make it for multiple people of course, but I made it for lunch for just me! It’s a bit hard for my little girls to eat a sandwich like this quite yet (they are 1 and 2 years old), so mama got to enjoy this one on her own! They got a yummy lunch surprise too, but I’ll show you that in a bit… First here’s the sandwich:

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Shopping List: English Muffins (whole wheat), Eggs, 1 tomato, Canadian Bacon, fresh parsley, fresh chives, and 1 slice of cheese (optional… my addition to the recipe)

Staples you’ll need: Cooking spray and Butter (optional… another addition of mine)

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E is for Egg Burrito (Healthy Style)

Looking for something filling, delicious, and good for you? Look no further!

I discovered this recipe during my second pregnancy and have been making it ever since. If I’m making the recipe for just me (which is often the case), I will make a recipe for four and just add the eggs when ever I’m in the mood for eggs throughout the week. Making it for more than one person is simple too, AND, of course, it’s budget-friendly!

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The hot sauce is optional but I like a little kick now and again with my eggs 🙂

SHOPPING LIST: 1 red onion, 1 red bell pepper, 1 can black beans (low-sodium, if possible), 8 eggs, 1/3 cup pepper jack cheese (or cheddar if you don’t like it spicy), 1 large tomato (or two small ones), 1 small avocado, tortillas (recipe calls for 10-inch, burrito size)

Stapes to be sure you have: Canola oil, Chili flakes, Cooking Spray, Salt & Pepper

Some optional items: sour cream, salsa, hot sauce

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A is for Apple, Spinach, & Walnut Salad

SIMPLE and SCRUMPTIOUS!

I love when this defines a recipe… it defines this salad.

Start with the Dressing:

Add 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar and 1 tsp dijon mustard to a small bowl. While whisking add your 2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil. Season it with salt and pepper and give it a taste. Add more salt and/or pepper to your liking. That’s it!

Toast the Walnuts:

Put a small skillet over medium-high heat and add the walnuts. Stir them every few seconds (pretty much constantly) for 2 minutes and take them off the heat. Let them cool while you finish the salad.

Slice the Apples:

This is really the most complicated part. No peeling involved… halve a Granny Smith apple, core it, and cut it into matchsticks. I had never done this type of cutting before this recipe but if you follow the simple steps it’s actually pretty easy! After you core an apple half place it cut-side-down with the bottom of the apple pointing your direction. Thinly slice the apple then pile 3-5 slices on top of each other creating a stack (the apples should be lined up when you look at them from above). Hold the stack steady with one hand and make thin slices through all the stacked slices. This will create matchsticks.

Be sure to cut the apples shortly before you serve the salad so that they don’t turn brown.

Toss & Serve the salad:

When you’re ready to serve the salad cut your apples first. Then give your dressing a whisk and toss it with 5 oz of Baby Spinach (about 5 cups lightly packed). Divide the spinach leaves between four plates and then top with the toasted walnuts and the apple slices.

Here’s a slideshow to help you with the process:

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Click here for the salad recipe.

We served this with Butternut Squash and Apple Soup. Click here for that post!

Happy Eating!