Sometimes simplicity is the best option. Sometimes it's the only options. Sometimes it's the delicious option. One of my favorite go to breakfast options is all 3. Split a whole wheat english muffin. Toast it. Spread some peanut butter or almond butter and enjoy. Peanut butter is my favorite. Sometimes I'll add a little cinnamon to change it up (as pictured). But every time, I'll put the peanut or almond butter on as soon as it's out of the toaster so it gets melty, ooey gooey.
I'm obsessed with grilling my vegetables! If you've not tried it, you need to!
Drizzle the zucchini with olive oil and sprinkle salt and pepper on it to taste. Grill on medium heat for about 5 minutes each side or until grill marks appear.
The main event here, is Ahi Tuna. Marinated in Bragg Liquid Aminos soy sauce substitute with sesame seeds rubbed on each side. Add a little salt and pepper to taste.
To sear as pictured, turn the grill up to high and let the grates heat to peak temperature. Turn it down to medium heat and immediately place the steaks (whole) on the grill for two minutes each side. If you leave it on much longer, tuna will cook all the way through. So that's to be cooked to your preference, though most people enjoy ahi tuna quite rare as pictured. Once pulled from the grill, enjoy as an actual steak or as pictured, sliced and placed on a bed of Spring greens.
Just because you're watching what you eat doesn't meat you have to give up sandwiches. You just have to be careful with how much bread and what kind of bread you use. I personally love and prefer Rye bread and usually use that or a 35 calorie whole grain wheat bread.
This sandwich is made from the following:
Boar's Head Buffalo Chicken deli meat
Spinach and greens
A few pickle chips
Hot Buffalo Rebel Protein Crisps
On the side, Wasabi Ginger Rebel Protein Crisps
The Rebel Protein Crisps are a great way to get that crunchy fix! I eat them as a snack and as a side. In 24 chips, there are only 80 calories in the way of 2.5 grams of fat, 0 grams of sugar, 4 grams of fiber, and 10 grams of protein. More often than not, 10 crisps are enough to give me my fix so I'm not even getting a full serving. Pictured, I had 6 on my sandwich and a small handful on the side.
This is a great dish for pasta salad lovers who want to get or stay lean!
Cook quinoa according to packaged instructions.
Let cool to room temperature.
While cooling, halve a pint of cherry tomatoes.
Clean and blanche a pound of green beans (immediately place in ice water when pulled)
In separate bowl, squeeze a juice of one large lemon and add salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle in olive oil until emulsified.
Add tomatoes, green beans (rough chopped), lemon juice mixture to quinoa and mix.
Asparagus also makes for a good substitute in place of green beans.
Both of these are excellent to top a dish (see the chicken fajita recipe), or even other veggies... I like cucumbers in place of corn chips.
Fresh Home Made Salsa
9 roma tomatoes
1 fist sized red onion
3 garlic cloves
1/2 cup fresh cilantro (more or less to taste)
Fresh squeezed lime (1 to taste)
1 tea spoon of salt
1 jalapeno (optional - leaves seeds in for more heat)
Rough chop everything and then process in food processor.
*If desired, drain the salsa so it's more chunky and not watery.
Fresh Home Made Guac
2 Avocados (rough chopped)
1/2 lime fresh squeezed
1/2 cup of above salsa recipe
Process in food processor
Chicken Fajitas are usually the healthiest item on a Mexican food menu. Home made and this way is even healthier and far more fresh!
Today I rubbed the chicken breast generously with Lawry's Carne Asada seasoning prior to throwing it on the grill. I also prepared the veggies as the charcoal was heating up by hitting them with black pepper and drizzling a little olive oil on them so they don't stick on the grill.
Once the grill was ready, I grilled the chicken to my liking. As it was nearing the finish, I then put the bell peppers and onions on the grill for about 5 minutes. I pulled them once they had a light char and grill marks. Be careful and pay close attention... the peppers turn completely black quickly if you're not paying attention! But done right, that char adds a whole new world of flavor.
The finished product pictured is the grilled chicken, grilled peppers and onions on romain lettuce leafs instead of a tortilla. I topped one with home made salsa and the other with home made guac. Very healthy. Very fresh. Very good! Check the Sides portion of the Healthy Eating link on how to make the guac and salsa!