Jun 132014
 

Turkey Meatballs with Basil and Artichokes

TURKEY MEATBALLS WITH BASIL AND ARTICHOKES

Hey guys! I know I’ve been quite this past week and there’s a very good reason for that. If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you already know that my husband and I are officially first time home owners!!! I can’t begin to tell you how exciting, yet exhausting these past few weeks have been for the both of us. Holy hell, this week alone has been nothing but cleaning, scrubbing, more scrubbing, and more cleaning! Let’s just say that you could literally eat sushi off of our blinds, floors, cabinets, etc. Today is the first day where I got to experience normalcy again. YES! So what did I do with my freedom? I made these Paleo inspired Turkey Meatballs with Basil and Artichokes for dinner tonight. I’ll be serving them over Spaghetti Squash with Rosemary, Shallots and Parmesan.

INGREDIENTS:

—1 pound ground turkey (93% lean)
—1 14 ounce can artichoke hearts, roughly chopped
—1/4 yellow onion, diced
—1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
—1/3 cup black olives, chopped
—1 teaspoon coconut oil
—salt and pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS:

—Preheat oven to 350 degrees
—Place skillet over medium heat, add coconut oil
—Add diced onions and chopped artichokes to skillet
—Continue to stir until onions are translucent
—Remove skillet from heat and let cool (10 minutes)
—In large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well
—Form meatballs (approx 15-18) and place on baking sheet
—Bake for 18-20 minutes or until cooked thoroughly

Food for thought. Feel free to adjust this recipe to your desired taste. I have certainly played around with this recipe and have added things like goat cheese in the center of the meatball for a bit of flare. It was remarkably delicious.

Jun 022014
 

Tuna Stuffed Avocados

 TUNA STUFFED AVOCADOS

Oh yeah baby, this is happening! I just made myself these Tuna Stuffed Avocados for lunch in honor of Day #18 of my personal fitness transformation. Oops, if you’ve missed my big announcement, click here for details —> 21 Day HIIT Challenge.

Filled with zesty lemon infused tuna, crispy onions, fresh basil, and black pepper these were the bomb! That’s right y’all, you won’t find a single trace of fatty mayo in these loaded avocados. Now, I know that individually avocados and tuna are both acquired tastes. But if you love both separately, you’ve got to try this new combination.

Avocados, a.k.a. the “Alligator Pear” are loaded with healthy unsaturated fat (the good-for-you kind), vitamins A, C, E, K, B6, magnesium, copper, iron, calcium, and potassium. Avocados contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, as well as 18 of the 22 amino acids (including all 8 essential amino acids). Additionally, unlike meat protein, which is difficult to digest, avocado protein is readily absorbed by the body due to its high levels of fiber. If you are a vegetarian or vegan seeking ways to amp up your protein intake, avocados are the perfect alternative!

INGREDIENTS:

— 1 Ripe Avocado
— 1 Can of Tuna
— 1 Tablespoon of Onion (chopped)
— 1/2 Fresh Basil Leaves (chopped)
— 1 Slice of Lemon
— Black Pepper to Taste

INSTRUCTIONS:

— Cut avocado in half, keeping the skin on and removing the pit
— Combine all ingredients in small mixing bowl and mix
— Carefully place mixture on top of each half of the avocado
— Garnish with remaining basil

*Feel free to adjust this recipe accordingly to meet your desired taste. If tuna isn’t your thing, try shredded or diced chicken. Not many people enjoy tuna without mayo, but for me this was PERFECT!

 

 

Apr 102014
 

Spaghetti Squash with Rosemary, Shallots & ParmesanThis is one of my favorite dishes to make throughout the week—Spaghetti Squash with Rosemary, Shallots & Parmesan. Serve with Turkey Meatballs, Crab Cakes or any meat option of your choice.

Bolder, brighter, and richer in nutrients than your basic penne pasta, spaghetti squash is the perfect addition to an easy family dinner. One cup of cooked spaghetti made from white, enriched noodles, contains approximately 220 calories, 42 grams of carbohydrates and very few nutrients.

Comparably, one cup of cooked spaghetti squash provides about 42 calories, 10 grams of carbohydrates, and a host of important nutrients such as vitamin A and potassium. continue reading

Mar 262014
 

Peanut Butter FingersAre you drooling yet? I’m guessing YES if you love peanut butter and dark chocolate! Just for you, I give you my Peanut Butter Energy Bites recipe for the simple fact that I  ♥ YOU. In celebration this is a MASSIVE thank you to each and every one of you for letting me spend time in your phones, homes, kitchens, living rooms and lives. It’s been an amazing honor! I absolutely love my job and I will never stop devoting my energy to all of you!!!

Now onto these mouth watering, DELICIOUSLY and SINFULLY addicting energy bites! Trust me, you won’t be disappointed. In fact, if I had a dime for every time a fan has made these (from my Instagram feed), I’D BE RICH, RICH RICH! It’s been fun to watch each of their creations too. Approach with caution, it’s about to get real!
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Mar 242014
 

Morning Berry SmoothieLet’s face it, the American diet is terrible. Rarely do any of us eat enough fresh fruits and vegetables; instead, we reach for what’s quick and easy—packaged food and fast food—which have been so over-processed that their nutrients have long been destroyed. The reality is, we’re running our bodies on empty. WE NEED MORE FUEL, GOOD FUEL. Not empty-calorie junk.

For the past week, I have been adding a superstar ingredient called Shakeology into my morning routine. Who knew that breakfast smoothies like this Morning Berry Smoothie could have so much fuel and power?!! In just 7 days, I have lost 2 pounds and have had more energy than I know what to do with! Email me if you would like more information at fitwasted@gmail.com. 

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Jan 062014
 

GuacamoleThis is one of my favorite snacks to make on the weekends — healthy guacamole with a crunchy twist (bacon)!!! Yes, you either love avocados or you hate them. My husband and I LOVE them and here’s why: Avocados are packed with various essential nutrients and “healthy” fats making them a deliciously smart snack for any occasion. Referred to as the “alphabet fruit”, you’re consuming vitamins A, C, E, K and B6, along with an enormous amount of potassium.

Try pairing guacamole with whole-grain breads, turkey wraps or chicken sandwiches. Some even enjoy topping their eggs with it for breakfast, which is a combination I have yet to try (or maybe never, lol). Personally, I suggest ordering guacamole with fresh veggies instead of chips for a healthy alternative — carrot sticks, sliced cucumbers, red  peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, etc.

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Nov 152013
 

Peanut Butter Banana SandwichesIf you love peanut butter just as much as I do, you’ve got to try these Peanut Butter Banana Sandwiches! Tell me your taste buds aren’t going crazy right now! It requires 3 simple ingredients and takes 5 minutes to prepare. There are endless options and variations to this recipe so feel free to customize yours accordingly.

Ingredients:

-1 banana
-1/2 cup peanut butter
-1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Instructions:

-cut banana into 1/2 inch slices
-top with peanut butter and dark chocolate chips
-refrigerate for 15 minutes & serve