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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Easy Sunday Healthy Italian Dinner

Easy Gluten Free Italian Dinner

Easy Gluten Free Italian Dinner

If you grew up anything like I did, it was football and Italian food on Sunday’s. It was something I always looked forward to growing up and something I still hold dear to my heart Even though I live 3,000 miles away from my family back in Virginia Beach, I try my best to keep the tradition alive.

My step-dad is Italian, and an amazing cook! The recipe I’m about to share with you is a twist on his ‘Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs” recipe. Mine is much simpler to make, a tad bit healthier (sorry Dad) and very healthy/yummy!

This recipe’s quite easy to make and everything I got comes from Trader Joe’s. This is my simple “cheat” recipe, meaning it’s a lot of items that’re already pre-made from Trader Joe’s . . but hey, that’s what Sunday’s are all about, right?! J

This meals serves 4 – 5 people at less than $15, total! Yes, you heard that right!

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Healthy Vegetarian Dinner

Vegetarian Soy Ginger Bowl

Vegetarian Soy Ginger Bowl

This meal was inspired by my friend Kelly, who’s a fun loving vegan! Last Sunday, we watched the Super Moon together and cooked this delicious meal! I tried it and knew right away I had to make it for myself . . you’ll know once you try it, trust me!

It may look like there’re a lot of components to this, but I can promise you this meal is really easy to make. Oh, and did I mention how it feeds 4 – 5 people (depending on serving size) for only $11 for the entire meal! AMAZING!

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Juicy, Gluten Free Turkey Burgers

Juicy Lean Turkey Burgers

Juicy Lean Turkey Burgers

Depending on where you get them from, turkey burgers can sometimes taste better than regular burgers in my opinion. The problem with turkey burgers is when they are not prepared right, they can be tasteless and dry. Who wants a bland burger?! Nobody!

I don’t think I have ever had a juicier turkey burger that held so perfectly together! The secret, flash frying them to get them crispy, them steaming them. This process hold in all the juices too!

I served them with sweet grilled onions and a bit of ketchup on top. So delish!

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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 sweet!

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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!

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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.