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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Egg Whites + Banana, Peanut Butter and Agave {Gluten Free} Toast

Eggs and Gluten Free Banana Toast

Eggs and Gluten Free Banana Toast

So, breakfast is by far my favorite meal of the day. I could eat breakfast food for every meal too, seriously I could!

This recipes is quick, healthy and super cheap to create! I always have egg, gluten free toast in my home and agave. The only items I had to buy were the bananas and peppers.

I made enough for 3 people and it costs me less than $7!! How amazing is that?!

I have been searching for great gluten free bread for quite some time and Trader Joe’s has the best one I have ever had, hands down!

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4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

I have made these 4 ingredient cookies for years, and have always been impressed! Not only is it simple, and not only does it require only 4 ingredients, but the result was a moist cookie that I could eat a million of. The best part of all, there’s no butter! A great thing to make for people with a gluten or dairy allergy!

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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.

Ginger Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon, Plus Sides

Ginger Brown Sugar Salmon

Ginger Brown Sugar Salmon

It may not look like it but this recipe’s so easy to make and pretty inexpensive! The salmon is fresh, not frozen! Frozen salmon simply won’t work because it sadly doesn’t cook the same way.

If you’re thinking fresh is going to be more expensive, you’re . . . incorrect. Since I live in San Diego, I usually always go to a local Sprouts because their fresh salmon is always really cheap!

This meal served 3 people and the fresh caught fish only costs only $12 TOTAL! *never buy farm raised 

Ingredients:

  • 1 – 1.5 pounds of freshly caught salmon (or however much you want to cook that night) – I would recommend buying it the day you’re going to cook it. It will taste better that way
  • 2 tablespoons of freshly ground ginger
  • 1/4 cup of light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of salt

Directions: 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and don’t start cooking the fish until the over is done heating
  • Next, take the salmon out of the paper wrapping and stab about 4 – 7 small holes in the fish with a fork or knife
  • Next, rub the salt all over the top of the fish (place the skin side down)
  • Then, rub the fresh ground ginger all over the fish
  • Lastly, do the same with the light brown sugar as well
  • Next, you’ll want to wrap the salmon back up in the wrapping it came in and let it sit for about 20 minutes or so before cooking it. This allows for the flavoring to soak in to the fish. If you can do this the night before, even better!
  • When ready to cook, take the salmon out of the wrapping and place it on a cooking sheet that’s covered in foil
  • Then you’ll want to bake for exactly 20 minutes (depending on how much fish you’re cooking as well) – that’s it!

Sides:

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I baked an entire butternut squash to go with the meal. That took about an hour to bake at 350 in the oven. Once it’s done, simply peal all of the skin off the squash and take out all the seeds. I then sprinkled balsamic glaze, garlic powder and a little bit of salt on the tops. Also, cooked some organic frozen green beans from Trader Joe’s, that I cooked in light soy sauce and garlic powder. 🙂

Easy, right?

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