Low-Carb

UPDATED! FLF Cheesecake Variations - Low Carb, Sugar-Free, High Protein!

Want dessert without breaking the bank? Read on!

Slow Cooker Choco Chili

I'm a crockin' fool . . . try this hearty chili recipe this week!

Curried Crustless Quiche (Paleo, Gluten-Free and Dairy Free)

Delicious. Protein-packed. Easy to make. What's not to love about this recipe, friends??

Fat-Loss Sausage

Healthy sausage that has great, bold flavor? Yes.

Lemon-Basil Zucchini Bake

Lemon-Basil Zucchini Bake

Zucchini overload? Here's a healthful way to use up a bunch!

Lebanese Seven Spices Seasoning

Add some shazam to your proteins!

What I Eat

You asked for it, you've got it. What I eat on any given day.

Ground Turkey Breast, 3 Ways

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Whether you're low-carbing, dieting, or just trying to incorporate more healthy, home-cooked food into your diet, ground turkey breast can be a super-versatile addition to your repertoire. It's unglamorous and pretty tasteless on its own, but it's a blank slate for lots of flavor options and a great way to get a lean protein hit. Here are three ways I've been enjoying it lately.

Ground Turkey Breast, Mexican Style
Author: Sarah @ Semi-Sweet
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Ingredients
  • 1 lb. ground turkey breast
  • <span class="mceItemHidden">chopped bell peppers (often you can find these <span class="mceItemHiddenSpellWord">pre</span>-chopped, which makes this even easier</span>
  • chopped onion (again, pre-chopped makes this come together in mere minutes!)
  • minced garlic (fresh is tastiest, but Trader Joe's makes a nice minced garlic in a jar - I'm a broken record here)
  • chili powder to taste
  • ground cumin to taste
  • Kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • olive oil cooking spray, or fat of your choice
  • salsa for serving
Instructions
  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add your oil. Add the turkey to the skillet and start breaking it up with a spoon to get it into small pieces as it cooks. Once it's approximately 1/2-way cooked (it'll turn from pink to whitish), add the onions, bell peppers, garlic and spices and keep breaking it up and stirring it until the onion and bell peppers are soft and the turkey is fully cooked.
Notes
Serve this straight up, over mixed greens, with rice, in tortillas - the sky's the limit. Add salsa to taste.

 

This next one might strike you as odd, but it's really pretty darn tasty! Great breakfast option.

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Ground Turkey Breast, Sweet Breakfast Style
Author: Sarah @ Semi-Sweet
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Ingredients
  • 1 lb. ground turkey breast
  • 1 large apple, cored and chopped into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 1 T. coconut oil
  • cinnamon to taste
  • pumpkin pie spice to taste
  • nutmeg to taste
  • stevia to taste
Instructions
  1. Add the coconut oil to a large skillet and heat it over medium high heat to melt.
  2. Once melted, add the turkey breast and break it up with a spoon to get it into small pieces as it's browning.
  3. Once turkey is almost cooked through, add the chopped apple, stevia and the spices.
  4. Cook until the apple is tender and the turkey is cooked through.
Notes
Serve warm.

 

This last one is so easy, and so flavorful - serve it up in romaine lettuce cups or over noodles or rice - your call.

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Ground Turkey Breast, Thai Style
Author: Sarah @ Semi-Sweet
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. ground turkey breast
  • olive oil cooking spray, or fat of your choice
  • chopped bell pepper
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 c. chopped cilantro
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 t. minced ginger
  • <span class="mceItemHidden">Bragg's liquid <span class="mceItemHiddenSpellWord">aminos</span>, coconut <span class="mceItemHiddenSpellWord">aminos</span>, <span class="mceItemHiddenSpellWord">tamari</span> or soy sauce</span>
Instructions
  1. Place large skillet over medium-high heat and add the fat of your choice to the pan.
  2. Add the turkey and use a spoon to break it up as it browns.
  3. Once the turkey is about 1/2-way cooked, add the pepper, onion, garlic and ginger and keep stirring and breaking up the turkey.
  4. Cook until the turkey is cooked through and the onions and peppers are soft.
  5. <span class="mceItemHidden">Add liquid <span class="mceItemHiddenSpellWord">aminos</span>/soy sauce/etc. to taste, and stir in chopped cilantro just before serving.</span>
Notes
Serve atop rice, noodles, or fold into lettuce cups (romaine is nice and sturdy, and has a nice crunch).

Tuesday Tidbit: The Craving Killer

You want my secret to nipping cravings in the bud? Read on!

Menu Idea: Steamed Cod With Ginger & Scallions, Asian Slaw & Simple Chinese Noodles

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I know some of you are afraid to cook fish at home.  I'm not really sure where this comes from, because aside from the fact that you need to buy it day-of cooking (in most cases), I find fish to be a quick and easy answer to the "what's for dinner?" question.

In our house, we eat a lot of cod.  I know, I know, cod has historically been  over fished, but it's the only fish that we all consistently agree on.  My daughter won't eat any of the greens associated with a fish recipe, but she'll often eat some of the cod itself, along with her ever-present noodles.

Here's a staple recipe from our house, along with ideas for sides.  It's a very fast menu to pull together - about 30 minutes from counter to table.

Steamed Cod With Ginger & Scallions

In a large skillet, combine 3 T. rice vinegar, 2 T. low-sodium soy sauce (or lower sodium Tamari if you are gluten-free) and 2 T. bottled minced ginger.  Season both sides of 4 skinless cod fillets (6-8 oz. each) with Kosher salt and fresh-ground black pepper.  Place the fillets in the skillet with the vinegar mixture, bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to a gentle simmer, cover and cook until fish is almost opaque, approximately 6 minutes.  Meanwhile, cut the green parts of 4-6 scallions into 3-inch lengths, then thinly slice them length-wise.  Scatter over the fish, and cook, covered, until the fish flakes easily and the scallions are just wilted, approximately 3 minutes more.

Serves 4.

Asian Slaw

Combine 4 t. rice vinegar, 1 t. bottled minced ginger, 2 T. toasted sesame oil, 2 T. vegetable oil and 2 t. low-sodium soy sauce and toss it with pre-bagged coleslaw mix.  Use as much slaw as you think you'll need to make generous side-servings (we love this stuff, and so I use about 3/4 lb.!).  Adjust the seasonings to taste.

Simple Noodles

These are my daughter's #1 favorite comfort food.  Prepare a package of wide Chinese wheat-flour noodles (the ones made without egg) according to package directions and toss them with a bit of toasted sesame oil and some low-sodium soy sauce.