Watermelon, Mint, Goat Cheese + Balsamic Salad

Watermelon Mint Goat Cheese Salad

Watermelon Mint Goat Cheese Salad

My favorite fruit in the entire world is watermelon, hands down! I’m all about cooking healthy at a low cost, which is why I’ve perfected this easy recipe. You can either eat it as a dessert, a meal or a great snack!

This meal costs less than $10 to make and serves up to 4 people, if you make enough!

This dish is salty savory and swet

Ingredients:

  • 2 – 4 cups of cubed watermelon
  • 1 tablespoon of balsamic glaze (Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
  • handful of fresh mint (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1/4 cup of crumbled goat cheese
  • Pinch of pink himalayan salt

Directions:

  1. If you’re using a watermelon that’s not pre-sliced, you’ll want to cut the melon into 1 inch cubes and place in a large bowl (I’ll post a video later this week on how to cut a watermelon without wasting any part)
  2. Next, place the watermelon is serving bowls and sprinkle a dash of himalayan salt over the tops
  3. Pour the balsamic vinegar over the the watermelon
  4. Crumble the goat cheese, mint and dash of salt over everything next
  5. Lastly, drizzle the balsamic glaze over everything

Viola, you’re done! Enjoy the perfect combination of salty, sweet and savory! :)

Easy Vegan Berry Cheesecake

Easy Vegan Berry Cheesecake

Easy Vegan Berry Cheesecake

This recipe has been taste tested and approved by my sister, who may I add is the BIGGEST cheesecake lover . . the real kind! We even liked this better than real cheesecakes, which I can no longer eat because of my dairy intolerance. It’s also gluten free, score! :)

This cheesecake serves 6 – 8 people and costs less than $14 to make! All the ingredients are from Trader Joe’s!

It’s so simple to make with a 2 ingredient crust: dates and salted almonds and the 7 ingredient filling: raw cashews, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, coconut oil, lemon juice, 3 stevia packets, frozen mixed berries and agave nectar. So good, so creamy, so insanely delicious you’ll want to drink it right out of the blender before freezing it!

Ingredients:
  • Crust:
  • 3/4 cup pitted dates (soaked in warm water for 10 minutes then drained)
  • 3/4 cup salted almonds
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • Filling:
  • 1.5 cups raw cashews
  • 1 large lemon, juiced
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar or maple syrup or honey
  • 1/4 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 3 packets of Stevia
Vegan Cheesecake

Vegan Cheesecake

Directions:

  1. Add dates, almonds and vanilla almond milk to blender and blend until smooth and pretty thick (add more almond milk if needed)
  2. Lightly grease a standard, spring form pan. To make removing the cheesecakes easier, cut strips of parchment paper and lay them in the slots. This creates little tabs that makes removing it to pop out once frozen.
  3. Next, pour the crust ingredients into the spring form pan and cover the entire bottom. Scoop all of the crust out of the blender and then rinse to make the filling next
  4. Add all filling ingredients to a blender and mix until very smooth
  5. Taste and adjust items as needed
  6. Pour  all of the filling on top of the crust and smooth until flat
  7. Lastly, add additional frozen berries on top for looks and taste
  8. Then, freeze for 2 – 3 hours. When ready to eat, take the spring form pan off and let stand on counter until it’s able to cut and serve
  9. When you’re going to serve it, before taking the spring form pan part off – run a large knife around the inside too to loosen the cake from the pan. Then release the spring from pan and serve!

I’m not kidding, it tastes JUST like cheesecake! If you have any questions or tip, please don’t hesitate to ask! Enjoy and let me know how you like it! :)

Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

As you all know, I’m mostly gluten free when it comes to eating and cooking. This recipe tastes just like rice, but without all of the carbs. It’s sure to bring all your tastebuds to life too!

It serves 2-3 people at less than $7 – TOTAL!

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag of frozen cauliflower
  • 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic paste (ground garlic in grocery list)
  • 1 handful chopped cilantro

Directions:

  1. Place the entire frozen bag of cauliflower into the pan and cover on high for 15 min. until browned
  2. Next, add the garlic and salt. Cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly. When cauliflower is slightly toasted, and garlic cooked, remove from heat
  3. Toss with cilantro and juice from the whole lime
  4. Lastly, mash all together with masher until smooth. Then fluff with fork

How easy is that? You can also double the recipe if you’re looking to make more or some to save throughout the week!

BBQ Grilled Chicken Salad with Peaches + Feta

BBQ Grilled Chicken Salad

BBQ Grilled Chicken Salad

It’s summer, which means I add fruit to just about everything! I love this salad because it’s easy to make and super healthy!

It’s a great option to make for a large group of people or for yourself throughout the week. This meal serves 4 to 5 people at less than $18 total!

Ingredients:

Salad:

  • Mixed greens lettuce (or any kind you like)
  • Grilled chicken breasts in barbecue sauce (of your choice)
  • 3 soft peaches (depending on how many servings)
  • 1/4 cup of crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup of shredded carrots
  • 1/4 cup of shredded parmesan cheese

Dressing:

  • 1 tablespoon of garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon of onion powder
  • 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of agave

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, add all of the salad ingredients – EXCEPT PEACHES
  2. Next, heat a small pan to med-high
  3. Slice the peaches and place them on the non-stick pan
  4. Cook for about 5 – 10 minutes, chop them and add them to the salad
  5. Next, grill the chicken on the stove with your choice of BBQ sauce
  6. With you hands, mix all of the ingredients together
  7. Next, make the dressing in a small bowl and pour over the salad
  8. I like to add the chicken on top at the end once I’m serving it

That’s it, how simple is that? It’s so amazing and really delicious! If you’re making this for yourself, feel free to use your own dressing too. You can also make the above recipe and use what’s needed – save the rest.

As always, let me know if you have any questions :)

Sweet Potato Mash

Sweet Potato Mash

Sweet Potato Mash

I love sweet potato’s SO much. I probably eat at least one a day too, which is why I had to share this recipe with you all!

They’re very simple to make and costs less than $8 to make enough for 4 people, or make it to eat throughout the week.

You can make as much as you want, but this is the way I make it when using the recipe for dinner. If you’re looking to make enough for the week, just double it :)

Ingredients: 

  • 4 large sweet p’s
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of ghee (it’s a butter)
  • 1 tablespoon of agave

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Once the oven is up to temp, place the sweet p’s in the oven for about 40 minutes (depending how strong your oven is)
    1. Side note: if you’re looking to speed this up: place the sweet p’s in the microwave for 4 minutes and then place in oven. This will cut the cooking time in half :D
  3. When you can take a fork and smoothly go through the sweet p, that means they’re done
  4. Next, you’ll want to skin the sweet p’s. They are going to be hot, so stab them with a knife and skin them with a fork. The skin should come off quite easily
  5. Turn a small pot on low on the stove and put the tablespoon of ghee in there
  6. Next, add all of the sweet p’s to the pot
  7. Lastly, add in all the other ingredient and mash together with a masher until smooth
  8. Cook on low for about 10 minutes, then viola!

These are my favorite things to make! Let me know how yours go and send me your photos!

Enjoy!

Pan-Fried Turkey Breasts with Marinara Mushroom/Artichoke Sauce

Pan-Fried Turkey Breast

Pan-Fried Turkey Breast

Who doesn’t love having a night in on the weekend with some wine, homemade cooking and more wine ;)

This meal was something I came up with due to the ingredients I had in the fridge. I was going away to Colorado (where I am now, so look for more recipes this week), so this’s the AMAZING meal I created!

It takes about 30 – 40 min. to cook and serves around 4 – 5 people depending how much meat you’re cooking.

If you’re making this for yourself it tastes amazing the next day as leftovers. Also, freeze it as well!

Ingredients:

  • 1 jar organic basil marinara sauce (Trader Joe’s)
  • 2 or 3 turkey breast cutlets or chicken cutlets (cut up in slices) (Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 pack of mushrooms
  • 1/2 bag of artichoke hearts (frozen ones from Trader Joe’s)
  • 1/2 cup of sun-dried tomatoes (Trader Joe’s)
  • 2 squares of fresh basil (they sell this in the frozen section at Trader Joe’s)
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh ground garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons of salt
  • 1/4 cup of panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup low-fat mozzarella cheese

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Directions:

  1. In a large pan, turn it on high. Spray the pan with olive oil spray so nothing sticks
  2. Add in the mushrooms, artichokes, sun dried tomatoes, basil, salt, garlic powder in the pan. Cook on high (covered) for 10 – 15 min. You want everything to cook through and get a little crisp to them
  3. On a separate pan, preferably a non-stick flat iron square pan. Spray with non-stick spray and get pan really hot.
  4. Add in the cut up chicken or turkey to the pan. Cook each side on high for 5 min; until there’s a nice crisp to the meat.
  5. Next, season (each side) the meat with salt, garlic powder, basil and a bit of pepper. On each side!
  6. When the veggies look like they are cooked, add in the entire jar of sauce. I like to use the organic basil one from Trader Joe’s because it’s low in sugar and calories
  7. Next, add in the panko, cheese, and cilantro to the veggie/sauce mixture. Everything should start to thicken up now
  8. Cover the veggies and let cook on med/low for another 10 min. or so.
  9. Once the meat is cooked through and has a good crisp to each side, add to the veggie and sauce mixture.
  10. Lastly, I like to taste and see if it needs any more seasoning. But I love to add more basil and cilantro to the end for flavor :)

This meal is amazing! Like, by far one of my favorites and it makes a lot!

Let me know if you have any questions too!

Teriyaki Tofu + Sides

Teriyaki Tofu

Teriyaki Tofu

I love making this meal because it’s honestly so delicious and a quick meal after the gym! I typically make butternut squash with it and broccoli, but feel free to make what you like most too!

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This meal costs less than $10 to make and serves up to 3 or 4 people depending on how many veggies you make ;)

So, I usually make a lot of veggies!

Ingredients: 

  • 1 pack of firm or extra firm tofu
  • 3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup of panko bread crumbs
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons of soyaki sauce (Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 teaspoon agave or honey
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic salt
  • 1 tablespoon of ground ginger
  • Cooking spray

Directions:

  1. Drain tofu and remove from package
  2. Cut tofu into 3/4 inch slices and lay out flat between paper towels
  3. Put a weighted cooking sheet on top and press tofu for 30 minutes. This will remove the water from the tofu and allow it to soak up the marinade
  4. While tofu is draining, mix together (except the Panko) all of the ingredients in a bowl
  5. Spray pan with cooking spray
  6. Put slices of marinated tofu onto a HOT pan, wait for first side to brown (about five minutes) and then cook on other side until browned
  7. Next, add in the bread crumbs
  8. Lastly, add in any veggies you want and more soyaki sauce if needed

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Sides:

  • Butternut Squash – the bag of the fresh ones from Trader Joe’s. Add a dash of garlic salt, salt and fresh ginger and bake for 30 minutes. If in a hurry, steam in the bag for 3 minutes in the microwave. Then, cook on stove with ingredients added for about 10 minutes or so on high. Lastly, I like to add balsamic glaze to the top!
  • Beet and Avocado Salad – 1/2 avocado, 2 beats (package from Trader Joe’s), dash of garlic salt, salt, balsamic vinegar, rice vinegar and balsamic glaze. Lastly, a dash of parmesan cheese :)

Let me know if you have any questions! Oh, and ENJOY!!

Turkey Zucchini Marinara Bake

Turkey Zucchini Marinara Bake

Turkey Zucchini Marinara Bake

This recipe has been much anticipated, so I wanted to get it up on the blog! It’s super simple to make, inexpensive and healthy. I love this meal because it makes a ton of food and tastes even better as it sits up. 

Typically, if I am making this for a night I will then go ahead and freeze the leftovers and eat it again in a few days. All you’ll have to do is heat it up on the stove – I promise it’ll taste good! :)

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of lean turkey meat 
  • 1 jar of organic garlic tomato sauce 
  • 1 package of zucchini – so about 4 – 5 of them
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh ground garlic 
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons of salt 
  • 1 teaspoon of pepper
  • 3 cubes of fresh basil (Trader Joe’s sells this in the frozen isle) 
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic powder 
  • 3/4 cup of low fat mozzarella 
  • 1/2 of panko bread crumbs 

Directions:

  1. Heat a large pan to high and spray with non-stick cooking spray 
  2. Once the pan is hot, add in the turkey meat and cook for about 10 – 15 minutes until browned 
  3. Next, add in all of the seasonings and cover for about 10 minutes on medium 
  4. While the meat is cooking – cut up all the zucchini in round slices (like in the photo below
  5. Once the meat is done cooking, pour into a large baking pan
  6. Next, you’ll then want to pour the entire jar of sauce in there and make sure everything is combined
  7. Then, place all of the zucchini rounds you just sliced over the entire top of the meat
  8. Next, pour the bread crumbs on top
  9. Lastly, pour the cheese on top
  10. I like to add additional salt and garlic salt to the top for taste
  11. You will then want to cover with foil and bake for about 20 – 25 minutes at 350 degrees 
  12. The last 5 minutes, place on broil (high) so you get the top crispy 

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Let me know if you have any questions! Enjoy :)

Sweet Paprika Chicken

Sweet Paprika Chicken

Sweet Paprika Chicken

I LOVE this recipe, it’s so quick and easy! Also, it tastes AMAZING!

This recipe is super healthy, tastes delicious and takes under 30 minutes to make. It cost less than $14 and serves 3 people. :)

Ingredients:

  • Smoked Paprika – Trader Joe’s
  • Garlic Powder
  • Himalayan Pink Salt
  • 1 tablespoon of maple syrup
  • 1/4 Low-Fat Sour Cream
  • 1/2 cup of Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 4 Chicken Breasts (4 thin ones, Trader Joe’s)
  • 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil

Directions:

  1. Thaw out the chicken and poke a few small holes in it with a fork. This will allow for the seasonings to sink into the chicken
  2. Next, heat a large pan to a temperature of high, then put the olive oil in the pan and heat for 5 – 7 minutes (or until the oil looks hot)
  3. Place chicken breasts in the pan and panfry for about 5 minutes on each side, then add all of the seasons (based on how much you like) to each side
  4. Cover the pan for another 10 minutes or so on low – med heat
  5. Add in however much sour cream you want to the tops of the chicken breasts, the maple syrup and then add the bread crumbs and additional seasonings – then cover on medium for 10 – 15 minutes
  6. Taste and see if it needs additional seasonings. If not, it’s ready to eat! If you heat it on high at the end, it will crisp all of the ingredients to the chicken :)
  7. Lastly, sprinkle balsamic glaze over the tops of everything when ready to serve!

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Let me know if you have any questions. The sides are sautéed green beans and butternut squash from Trader Joe’s.

Cauliflower Broccoli Garlic Soup

Broccoli Cauliflower Garlic Soup

Broccoli Cauliflower Garlic Soup

I know it’s summer and all, but who doesn’t love soup! This soup is sure to keep you full since it’s full of fiber too! It costs less than $10 to make and it serves 4 people. Now, how amazing is that? Also, it’s healthy and really delicious!

This entire meals ingredients were purchased from Trader Joe’s, of course!

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag of frozen broccoli
  • 1 bag of frozen cauliflower
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh ground garlic
  • 3 – 4 cubes of fresh basil (I buy the frozen kind from Trader Joe’s )
  • 2 tablespoons of Himalayan pink salt (use the grinder, and add in enough to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon of cracked pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of rosemary
  • 1 carton of organic chicken broth (you can use vegetable if you want as well. It’s just the chicken one gives it more flavor)

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Directions: 

Pre Cooked Soup

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  1. Turn on a large pan to its highest setting on the stove and spray with nonstick cooking spray
  2. Next, pour the frozen bags of veggies into the pan and cove
  3. On another burner, heat a large pot to high. Then, pour the entire chicken broth container in and cover
  4. Once the veggies are fully cooked and look soft, transfer into the blender. Next, and add in water until it’s even with the veggies. If you do not have a blender, you can use a hand held one or an electric mixer
  5. Next, add in seasoning ingredients into the blender with the veggies (you can add in others as well, depending on your preferences)
  6. Lastly, pour everything from the blender into the pot with the chicken broth and let boil on medium high for 15 minutes
  7. Simmer on low for another 30 and add in additional seasonings for taste

I find that the soup tastes best when you cook it the night before and let it chill overnight. When you’re ready to eat it, just heat it up slightly so it’s warm. This will make the soup thicker, which is what you want! :)

It’s THAT easy!!