Crispy Garbanzo Bean Patties

Crispy Garbanzo Patties

Crispy Garbanzo Patties

Despite not being fried, these biscuit like patties are crispy and have a soft, creamy interior. I consider these a mesh between Falafel and a chickpea burger!

They turned out so much better than I could have imagined and are quite addicting. The exterior really crisps up, but the interior stays soft with a texture similar to hummus. They were great on their own, or use them as a side item!

Did I mention they are super healthy and easy to make?

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San Diego Food Finds

There’s one thing I love about living in San Diego, California; and that’s the ability to get great produce – at a low cost! I love being able to share my recipes with you all and teach others how to eat & cook healthy at a low price! 🙂

These are just a few of the wonderful food finds I’ve found over the past couple of days! Enjoy 🙂

CONTEST!! What are your favorite recipes to make with fruit?! I will choose one answer to receive a $15 gift card to Trader Joe’s to make your recipe 🙂

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Baked Apples with Sugared Raw Almonds

Bakes Apples with Sugared Almonds

Bakes Apples with Sugared Almonds

This recipe was actually made last fall but it was something I wanted to share because it’s one of my absolute favorite healthy {gluten free} desserts!

Since apples are year-around here in California, you can start making this now if you’re here. If not, hold this off until fall when the apples are perfectly crisp and oh so sweet!

This recipe takes about an hour to prepare and make; serves up to 5 people at less than $12

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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! 🙂

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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!!

Turkey Bake and Pan Fried Apple Cider Brussel Sprouts

Turkey Bake and Panfried Brussel Sprouts

Turkey Bake and Panfried Brussel Sprouts

I made this meal the other night for my sister and she could not stop telling me how amazing it was! I’ve never tried pan frying my own brussels sprouts before. I have baked them a ton of times, so I had to try them this way!

Whenever I go out to eat and see ‘pan fried brussels on the menu, I always order them. So, I knew they’d be amazing!

I make turkey bakes about 1 – 2 times a week but I wanted to switch it up a bit. You’re MORE than sure to impress with this meal! It’s also very easy to make and costs under $20 for 2 – 3 people.

Ingredients:

Turkey Bake:

  • 1 package of lean turkey meat
  • 1 package of fresh butternut squash (Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh ground garlic
  • 1 can of roasted tomatoes
  • 1 jar of organic tomato sauce (I like the one from Sprouts because it’s very low in calories & sugar)
  • 2 tablespoons of garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of oregano
  • Non-stick cooking spray

Brussel Sprouts:

  • Olive oil
  • Brussel sprouts
  • 1 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • Salt and garlic salt

Directions: 

  • Heat a large pan to high and spray it with non-stick cooking spray
  • Add in the turkey meat and cook/stir around until the meat is browned
  • Next, add in the butternut squash, fresh garlic, tomatoes, garlic salt and salt. Stir together for a bit, then cover the pan. Next, cook for about 15 minutes or so – covered
  • You will then want to add in the jar of tomato sauce and oregano (you can either add in fresh or from the store – like McCormick)
  • Next, you will want to stir around until everything’s combined
  • Then, cover and cook for another 10 – 15  minutes
  • Taste and see if it needs anymore seasoning. If so, add in more 🙂
Turkey and Butternut Squash Bake

Turkey and Butternut Squash Bake

Brussels: 

  • In a pan, fill it up about an inch or so hight with olive oil
  • Next, cover the pan and heat the pan to med-high for about 10 minutes
  • Once the oil appears to be hot, take the lid off and add in the cut in half brussel sprouts. BE CAREFUL BECAUSE THE OLIVE OIL WILL SPLATTER.
  • Once all of the brussels are in the pan, quickly cover them so the oil doesn’t splatter
  • For about10 minutes, let the brussels fry and cook until they look browned
  • Next, you’ll want to take a peak in the pan and once the olive oil looks like it’s cooked away, add in the apple cider vinegar and cook for a bit longer
  • Lastly, add in the salt and garlic salt to taste liking
Apple Cider Panfried Brussels

Apple Cider Panfried Brussels

That’s it – it’s that easy! As always, let me know if you have any questions 🙂

Pineapple {Taco Seasoning} Chicken Stir Fry

Trader Joe's Pineapple Chicken Stir Fry

Trader Joe’s Pineapple Chicken Stir Fry

This recipe is so simple to make and truly is delicious! It’s a quick weekday meal that’ll leave you feeling full and satisfied!

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Ingredients:

  • 3 chicken breasts (butterflied)
  • 1/4 packet of taco seasoning (from Trader Joe’s)
  • 1/2 cup of low fat sour cream
  • Garlic Powder
  • Teaspoon of Fresh Garlic
  • Salt
  • Bag of frozen mixed veggies (of your choice)
  • 1/2 jar of pineapple salsa (From Trader Joe’s)
  • Olive oil spray

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Directions:

  • Butterfly the chicken and cut into cubes (size will vary)
  • Turn the stove to the high setting to get the (large) pan hot
  • Then spray the pan with olive oil spray and toss the bag of frozen veggies in (or fresh)
  • Throw the chicken into the hot pan and cook on high for about 5 – 10 minutes, then turn to low and cook for another 15 minutes or so
  • Then add in all of the other ingredients and let cook for another 15 minutes on medium, covered
  • Finally, turn off the heat and let stand for 10 minutes, covered

You can then make the sides of your choice to go with this dish. I typically make quinoa and steamed carrots! 🙂

Let me know what you think!

Turkey Avocado Burgers & Sides

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Avocado Turkey Burger

These burgers are healthy, gluten free and so delicious! They’re simple to make and are the moistest burgers I’ve ever had. The trick you must do, steam them!

 Turkey Burgers:

  • 99% fat free turkey meat
  • 1 large avocado
  • ¼ of gluten free breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • low fat mozzarella
  • tablespoon of fresh chopped garlic
  • teaspoon of Himalayan pink salt (grinder from TJ’s)
  • teaspoon of garlic salt (grinder from TJ’s)
  • teaspoon of black pepper (grinder from TJ’s)

Directions:

Combine all of the ingredients together in a large bowl. You will want to use your hands when blending so the avocado blends well into the meat. Then form them into patties, which will be 4 (medium to large).

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Turn a large pan to high and make sure the pan is sprayed with olive oil. The pan will need to be very hot so you can panfry the outsides of the patties. Once each side is crispy, you will then want to turn the pan down to low and let steam cook for 25 – 30 minutes.

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Lastly, add a pinch of low fat mozzarella on top of each and steam for another 3 – 4 minutes.

Side Dishes:

Roasted Butternut Squash + Broccoli:

  • 1 bag of fresh butternut squash
  • 1 stalk of broccoli
  • balsamic vinegar
  • garlic salt
  • salt

Directions:

On a baking sheet pan, that’s lined with tinfoil, toss all the above ingredients             together. Then, roast at 350 degrees for 35 – 40 minutes.

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Cauliflower and Carrot Mash Potatoes:

  • 1 bag of frozen cauliflower
  • 1 bag of frozen chopped carrots
  • 1 cup of organic chicken broth

Directions:

Turn the pan to high and throw all of the veggies in. Cook on high for about                   10 minutes, while continuously stirring. After 10 minutes, turn to low for 20             minutes and let steam.

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Once completed with the above steps, add in cup of chicken broth then blend with a hand blender. Lastly, add in the fresh ground garlic, salt and garlic salt.

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Enjoy!