Meatless meals

I’ve posted these on my blog before but have made them all this week and love how

 

 

What you need:

  • 3 cans of black beans  drained & rinsed ( you can also use 2 cans for a smaller batch)
  • Oatmeal 1/2-3/4 cups
  • Mushrooms about 1 1/2 -2 cups
  • minced garlic
  • Red bell pepper ( I only used 1/4-1/2 of it) This gives it more flavor
  • 1 Egg
  • Cheese ( I used cheddar)
  • Avocado
  • Salsa
  • Spinach
  • Hamburger buns ( love onion buns)
  • Olive oil
  • Seasonings & spices I used salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder

Add 2 cans of black beans, mushrooms, oatmeal, garlic, seasonings, & egg in a blender , immersion blender, or food processor until mixed.   Add the whole can of black beans. If too mushy you can add some oatmeal.

You can either make these in a pan, grill pan or like I did oven.
Preheat oven to 350
Coat a cookie sheet with olive oil or cooking spray. Form patties and place on cookie sheet.
Put in oven for about 20-30 minutes. You want them to be firm.
If you want cheese, add cheese the last few minutes until melted.

I toasted my onion bun, placed spinach on top, placed black bean burger, top with avocado salsa mash.

I took half and avocado mash with fork until your desired consistency ( i like it a bit chunky) and added 1-2 tablespoons of salsa.

Tomato chickpea soup

 

So easy to make your own tomato soup!

What you need:

  • 6-7 overripe tomatoes
  • medium onion ( yellow or red) I usually use red
  • 2 cloves of garlic ( I have a jar that is already minced, I use about a tablespoon)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 springs of thyme ( or a sprinkle of dry thyme)
  • 10 black peppercorns ( or use reg pepper)
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 8 basil leaves ( or sprinkle with some dried)
  • 2 cups of vegetable or chicken broth

Preheat oven to 375.

In a large roasting pan or cookie sheet add tomatoes, onion, garlic, bay leaves, thyme, sugar, pepper, salt. & oil.

Cook for about 45 minutes.

Add chicken broth .  I recently bought an immersion blender which I love but you can also laddle some into a blender when cooled and blend in batches. Put in pot and add beans . Serve!

eggplant meatless balls

These are perfect for dipping and are so filling.

what you need
Eggplant
Parmesan cheese
Egg
Garlic
Italian parsley
Salt & pepper
Breadcrumbs (I used Panko)
Olive oil

 

Preheat oven to about 350

Cut eggplant into 1 inch pieces.  I sometimes just peel off some pieces off the eggplant

Toss eggplant in olive oil, salt & pepper and place onto cookie sheet.

Once roasted place in food processor or blender along with garlic, italian parsely, breadcrumbs, egg until blended.

Form into balls . Place on cookie sheet and bake until firm. 15-20 minutes.

Dip them in your favorite tomato sauce!

 

Broccoli Soup

Broccoli Soup

  • Broccoli
  • coconut oil or olive oil
  • 15 oz cannellini beans, drained
  • onion, diced
  • garlic, minced
  • Vegetable or chicken broth
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Parmesan Cheese

Steam broccoli

Put oil in pan.
Add onion until translucent.
Add garlic.
Add beans.
Add Add salt & pepper.
Add vegetable broth.

Use immersion blender or add batched to blender until pureed.

Add parmesan cheese. Mix

( the beans help make it creamy and thicker … and more filling. YUMMY!)

 

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Spaghetti Squash Lasagna

I haven’t had spaghetti squash in awhile. I was at a local farmers market and everything I needed seemed to be on sale. I needed to spend at least $5 to use my debit card. I picked up a few things , including a spaghetti squash.

I picked up ground chicken and had everything else on hand already.

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I mean look at that deliciousness!!

What I used:

  • Spaghetti Squash
  • 1lb ground chicken
  •  small onion, diced
  • About half of a red bell pepper, diced
  • mushrooms, diced
  • spinach, chopped
  • garlic, minced
  • about 2 tablespoons of parmesan cheese
  • salt & pepper
  • roasted garlic seasoning
  • Italian Blend shredded cheese
  • olive oil
  • diced tomatoes 15 oz

 

Directions:

Spaghetti Squash Directions

 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Cut spaghetti squash in half. Take out the seeds. Drizzle with olive oil & salt.

Place spaghetti squash cut side down. Cook for 30-40 minutes until tender.

While that is cooking get together the mixture. You can add whatever veggies you would like. I had some leftovers that I wanted to use up.

Pour some olive oil in pan on medium.  Once warm add diced onion. Stir. When translucent, add bell pepper and cook for about 2 minutes.

Add garlic. Stir

Add ground chicken. Stir mixture together.

Add roasted garlic seasoning ( you can add garlic powder)

When chicken is cooked, add diced tomatoes & parmesan cheese & stir.

Add chopped spinach. Stir together and turn off.

When spaghetti squash is done. Take a fork and lightly pull inwards all around.

Top with the chicken & veggie mixture.

Then top with shredded  cheese to cover the top.

Put it back in the oven until cheese is melted.

To get the nice browned cheese oven on broil (high) for a couple of minutes.

Eat and enjoy!

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What do you do with spaghetti squash?

 

 

 

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Dinner with Barilla ProtienPLUS penne- Ssausage & Tomato Veggie Pasta

I’ve been loving this Barilla ProteinPLUS pasta BzzAgent sent me to try out.   I already made a yummy shrimp dinner with the spaghetti and knew I wanted to do something with sausage with the penne.

Barilla ProteinPLUS sausage & tomato veggie sauce

If you missed my Shrimp & Broccoli dish with Barilla ProteinPLUS pasta here is some info on this pasta.

according to the front of the box:

  • Its loaded with 17 grams of protein in a 3.5 oz portion.
  • Crafted with simple ingredients, like flaxseed, barley and oats
  • Made with protein-rich chickpeas, lentils and egg whites
  • Great source of fiber ( 7 grams)  and ALA omega-3

It tastes great & is filling.

Though I did look at the label and this is not for a serving size but I never have a serving size when it comes to pasta but just wanted to throw that out there.

  • Barilla ProteinPLUS  2 oz serving size , 10 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber, 190 calories
  • Barilla Whole grain : 2oz serving size, 8 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber , 180 calories
  • Heartland Whote Wheat : 1cup dry serving size, 7 grams of protein, 7 grams of fiber 220 calories

Ingredients  used:

  • Barilla ProteinPLUS penne pasta
  • Sausage
  • diced tomatoes ( with olive oil & garlic)
  • mushrooms
  • red pepper
  • spinach
  • parmesan cheese
  • chicken broth
  • onion powder
  • garlic & pepper seasoning
  • Italian seasoning

Barilla Protein Plus sausage & tomato veggie sauce

 

First add water to a pot to boil , add salt.

Next brown the sausage in a pan in med-high . Halfway through I added the diced red bell pepper.

I then added the sliced mushrooms. Stir

Next add a 15oz can of diced tomatoes . Stir

Add some chicken broth.

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My water was boiling at the point so I added the pasta to the water.  I cooked for about 11 minutes.

I wanted some green and had some a little spinach so I rough chopped it…. also meaning I already washed my cutting board so I tore it into pieces with my hands haha.

If you want it a little saucier , you can add more broth.

Next add some parmesan cheese. Stir.

Drain pasta.

For the most part I always keep the sauce & pasta separate because sometimes I like more sauce than pasta or like to evenly coat the pasta. Depends on my mood 🙂

Add pasta to a bowl ( or plate) top with the tomato veggie sauce and mix.

Top with parmesan cheese & ENJOY!

 

I received this product for free from BzzAgent. All opinions are my own.

 

Shrimp & Broccoli with Barilla ProteinPlus Spaghetti

BzzAgent sent me 2 boxes of Barilla ProteinPLUS pasta.  I love that this pasta has added protein which is what is great to keep me full and energized.

  • This pasta is loaded with 17 grams of protein in a 3.5 oz portion.
  • Crafted with simple ingredients, like flaxseed, barley and oats
  • Made with protein-rich chickpeas, lentils and egg whites
  • Great source of fiber ( 7 grams)  and ALA omega-3

I recently bought shrimp and received this pasta just in time to make something delicious!

BarillaUS ProteinPLUS Shrimp & broccoli

Ingredients I used: 

  • Barilla ProteinPLUS spaghetti
  • Shrimp ( 12 oz)
  • Lemon ( lemon juice)
  • Broccoli
  • Butter
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Garlic Powder ( or minced garlic)
  • Italian Seasonings

 

Add water to a big pot, add salt, bring to a boil. Add pasta to boiling water. Boil for 10 minutes. Drain.

Cut & steam broccoli. I drained the broccoli added olive oil, a little butter, & some seasonings in the pan and then placed the broccoli on top. Stirred until mixed.

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Add about a tablespoon olive oil. Add shrimp. Add salt, pepper, garlic powder, red pepper flakes ( be careful) ,  Italian seasonings, 2 tablespoons of butter.  Once pink I added lemon juice from half a lemon. I also added some parmesan cheese.  Turn off

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( You can add more oil and butter to make more ‘sauce’ ) When pasta was done I added a couple of tablespoons of the pasta water to the pan as well.

You can add all of these ingredients to the same pan if you wish but I chose to keep them separate .

Put in a bowl , add as much or little of everything you want. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese! YUM!

This dish was delicious. My friend Shawn also had a bowl and loved the pasta ( I even got him to eat more broccoli than normal)

I too enjoyed this dish. The pasta, I think ,added a little flavor to this dish..maybe a little ‘nutty’ . It tasted great & was filling. I didn’t feel bloated after eating it or heavy.  Definitely will add this to my diet when I have pasta. I’m a huge fan of the ingredients… lentils, chick peas, barley, egg whites.

 

Have you tried Barilla ProteinPLUS pasta? Whats your favorite pasta dish?

  • I received this product for free complimentary from BzzAgent for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

 

Some of my go to quick, easy, delicious meals

Here are some of my go to meals for when I want something good.

Chicken Quesadilla

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Most of the time I have most of these ingredients at home. These are great for lunch or dinner.

  • Chicken
  • Tortillas
  • cheese
  • seasoning ( i used taco but feel free to use  fajita seasoning or even just salt & pepper)
  • veggies on hand . I used an orange & green bell pepper
  • avocado
  • salsa
  • oil

I like chicken tender since they cook faster. I add them to pan with a little oil.  As they are cooking I diced and added the bell peppers.

I then added the taco seasoning. Once the chicken was cooked I diced them up and put them back in the pan.

preheat oven to about 350

Next take a tortilla and place it on a baking sheet. Sprinkle a little cheddar cheese on half of the tortilla. Add chicken & veggie mix on top. Sprinkle a little more cheese. Fold over tortilla. If it doesn’t stay put , add a toothpick.

Place in oven and wait until it gets golden brown. I mash up an avocado & salsa to spread on top! Yum!

Roasted tomato soup

Tomatosoup

I shared this long ago when I first started this blog. Its still one of my favorites. Its very easy to make and healthy too!

If your store has a discount shelf for produce check there for the tomatoes. They are the best for this recipe.

  • 6 overripe tomatoes, diced
  • medium onion, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic , minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • thyme ( if fresh use 2 sprigs)
  • 10 peppercorns ( feel free to use regular pepper)
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1/4 up of olive oil
  • 8 basil leaves ( can use dried)
  • 2 cups + of vegetable or chicken broth
  • Optional * add beans at the end white beans are best chickpeas, cannellini , ect
  • Optional * dice a red bell pepper when you roast

Preheat the over to 375. In a large roasting pan add everything but the broth & basil for about 45 minutes until carmelized.

Let it cool down if you are using a blender. I do this different each time sometimes I will add the roasted tomato mixture and little broth to the blender or sometime just add the broth to the mixture then add to the blender. Whichever works for you.

Puree until smooth or your desired consistency. Add beans to make this healthier and even more filling.

Black Bean Burgers

Blackbeanburgers

Black bean burgers are sooo good! I love making them for people who might thin ‘healthy food’ isn’t flavorful , filling, satisfying. These are always a hit.  These do take a bit longer because of the dicing, blending, forming but well worth it.

  • black beans ( 2 x 15oz cans)
  • mushrooms handful
  • red bell pepper 1
  • 1 egg
  • oatmeal 1/2- 3/4 cups
  • cheese
  • spinach
  • salsa
  • avocado
  • onion rolls
  • salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder

Place about 1- 1.5 cans of beans ( drained) into a blender, mushrooms, oatmeal, seasonings, egg until somewhat smooth. place in a bowl and add the rest of the beans . If the mixture is a little watery, add more oatmeal.

Form into patties and place on a baking sheet, I sprayed some coconut oil  before placing them on the sheet.

In a preheated oven ( 350) place the patties in and cook for about 20-30 minutes , until firm.  If you want cheese the last few minutes add it, place back in oven until its melted.

I toast an onion roll, put down some spinach, add a patty, then make an avocado salsa mash on top.

I usually serve it with broccoli or zucchini ( or any veggie) & then make oven fries. One burger will fill you up. Left overs are the best !

Kale Chips

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I need a huge oven to make these haha I LOVE kale chips. I devour them . Wash and dry kale. Break into pieces. Add a little olive oil to coat the kale. Sprinkle salt.

Place on a baking sheet and into a preheated oven about 350-375 . Keep an eye on them , they cook quickly 5-10 minutes. I once made a batch for a friend to try and she took to long and I ate the whole batch haha I had to make another one.

Tortellini with a ‘rustic’ sauce

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It was late, I was hungry, and there was a deal on Buitoni pasta. I wanted something quick but good..taste and nutrition wise. I saw chicken & prociutto  tortellini . I thought it sounded  interesting.  As I was boiling the tortellini I made a sauce to go with it.

Chopped up 3 plum tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach, olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic, a little sugar. Cook until your desired consistency. Before adding the sauce I tried a tortellini , it was really good. Added the sauce and it complimented it well.

You don’t always have to cook from scratch to have something good.  A mix of premade and from scratch is always a time saver and one of my favorite things to do when cooking.

What’s your favorite quick or healthy meal?

Ground chicken + veggies = Healthy meals

Spring is almost here , despite the snow we just received here in CT.  That means lighter healthier meals. Load up on veggies!

Zucchini noodles & chicken meatballs

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This is one of my favorite go too meals. Its tasty & you can eat a lot of noodles without feeling guilty or bloated afterwards.

Just get a spiralizer & go to town on zucchini. I usually add a little bit of water or chicken broth plus the zucchini noodles in a pan and warm them up and let them get to my desired firmness.

Next the meatballs. I make them with chicken or turkey and use whatever veggies I have in the fridge. I almost always put spinach.

  • ground chicken or turkey
  • spinach
  • parmesan cheese
  • garlic
  • salt
  • pepper
  • onion

Mix together , form into balls, & put on a baking sheet and cook until done.

Once they are done I take jarred sauce, place in a pan and add the meatballs to the sauce. Heat until sauce is hot.

Add it to you zucchini noodles and eat it all up!

Chicken & veggie patties

ChickenVeggiePattiesSomething similar just bigger & flatter.

  • Ground chicken or turkey
  • bell peppers ( used yellow this time)
  • spinach
  • garlic
  • onion
  • salt
  • pepper
  • mushrooms

Mix together, form patties, place on a baking sheet and cook in the oven until done.

I made broccoli and baked fries as sides. Delish!

I don’t eat bread to often so no bun but sometimes do use a romaine lettuce leaf.