Grilling is a great way to cook healthy foods with little to no kitchen cleanup. Grill veggies on the grill using aluminum foil or try kabobs! Fish and Chicken are great on the grill, and this is a healthy way to cook, draining excess fat from the meat. Try this lemon dill tilapia recipe to get started!
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This is not the most traditional pumpkin bread recipe that I make; however, it is special. The olive oil adds a nice citrusy note and the whipped egg whites make it super light and airy. It is a nice change of pace from the typical pumpkin bread.
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
pinch of fine sea salt
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup+ 1 tbs. olive oil
1 tbs. vanilla extract
1/3 cup chocolate chips
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/4 cup milk
Tip: To make this recipe even healthier, substitute egg beaters for the egg yolk, and use low fat or skim milk in place of regular milk.
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease two 9 by 5 by 3 inch loaf pans with olive oil.
In a medium sized bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, ginger and cinnamon; set aside.
In a large bowl, beat together the brown sugar and olive oil until well combined. Next beat in 2 eggs (one at a time). Incorporate the pumpkin, vanilla extract and milk into this mixture.
Next add the flour mixture and chocolate chips into the pumpkin mixture. Make sure everything is well combined; set aside.
Separate your remaining 3 eggs into whites and yolks. Place the egg whites in a mixing bowl and beat until you get soft peaks, about 3-5 minutes.
In batches, gently fold your whipped egg whites into the batter mixture. Once incorporated, place an even amount of batter into each loaf pan. Immediatley, place them into the oven and cook for about 30-45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted near the center comes out clean. Remove the pan from the oven and let it cool for 10 minutes in the pan. Then remove from the pan and let it cool on a wired rack for about 30-40 minutes.
Food does not have to be tasteless; you can still enjoy the foods you love especially if you make them yourself!
Buffalo Chicken Tender Pizza
1 pound refrigerated fresh pizza dough
8 pieces whole grain chicken tenders made with white meat
1 cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
¼ cup margarine
2 Tbsp. White Vinegar
½ cup low-sodium pasta sauce (I recommend a garlic or herb blend)
½ cup sliced or diced white onion
½ cup thinly diced celery
1 Tomato sliced or diced
¾ cup (3 ounces) pre-shredded reduced fat mozzarella cheese or try an Italian blend
2 Tbsp. each of: Pepper, Garlic Powder, and Onion Powder
Preheat oven to 450°
While oven is heating, making the buffalo sauce:
Add 1 cup of Frank’s Red Hot sauce with ¼ cup butter or margarine on low heat. Dice the chicken tenders and add to the hot sauce. Add 2 tablespoons vinegar and heat until boiling (taste for flavor-if too sweet, add more spice. Using a spoon, gently mix the chicken in the sauce-just coating it
Get the dough ready:
Place dough in a bowl coated with cooking spray; let dough stand, covered, for 15 minutes.Sprinkle a baking sheet with a little flour. Roll dough into a 12-inch circle on prepared baking sheet (use a rolling pin and press on the outside edges of the dough- starting from the middle may cause you to get a thin center and thick edges)
Spread sauce evenly over dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border
Top the sauce with your onion, tomato, and celery
Next add the Buffalo Chicken Tenders to the top of the pizza
Sprinkle cheese over the pizza
Lastly, sprinkle the pepper, onion powder and garlic powder over the top
Bake at 450° on bottom oven rack for 15 minutes or until crust is golden.
Allow a few minutes to cool, slice up and enjoy!
Tip: Add broccoli, spinach, or peppers (or any other favorite veggies) to get more nutrition!
Add a salad packed with veggies as a side dish and you have a great healthy, low fat, low calorie meal, that takes about 20 minutes to make and costs less on your waist line and wallet than store bought pizza!