Thursday, February 28, 2013

Bagel Stacks

I'm always looking for new things to have for breakfast.  I'm not a huge breakfast person so it's usually a bagel or some cereal.  And let me tell you, that's not getting me healthy any faster...  So this morning I decided I was super hungry and I have also been slacking on my protein.  So I stared in my fridge for a bit and came up with this beauty that is sadly cheese free (I'm trying to love it just a little less...).  But you can add some cheese if you'd like!

Bagel Stacks

*Makes 1-2 servings depending on how hungry you are

1 Thomas' Whole Wheat Bagel Thins
3 Egg Whites
3 Mini Bell Peppers (chopped) (1/8 C. if you only have large ones)
2 Slices of Turkey Bacon
2 Tbsp. Salsa
Salt, Pepper, and Garlic Powder

1. Chop everything up and separate the eggs.
2. Cook the bell peppers and bacon until the peppers are soft.
3. Add the egg whites with seasoning to taste and scramble.  Toast bagel at this point.
4. Top bagel with the yummy eggs and add salsa.
5. Enjoy!
NF are if you eat both slices

Friday, February 22, 2013

Spicy BBQ Chicken Pizza

While I have several pizza dough recipes on here, I realized that I hadn't really made a proper post for my awesome BBQ chicken pizza!  What a shame!  So here goes...

Spicy BBQ Chicken Pizza

 *Makes 1 12" Pizza

1 batch Dough
2 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts (chopped and cooked)
3/4-1 C. Cheese (Mozzerella, cheddar, or my favorite pepperjack)
1/8 C. Onion
1/8 C. Bell Peppers (red are the best)
1/2 batch BBQ Marinade for sauce (trust me! it's heavenly)

1. Make your dough. (add 1/2 tsp. each garlic and chili powder to the flour for more spice)
2. Grill or pan sear your chicken and chop it up.  Also whip up the sauce.
3. Once the dough is done, preheat the oven to 475 degrees.
4. Then you can take out the dough, use a little flour (I like to use cornmeal with pizza dough) and stretch it to the size of your pan.  I recommend lining the pan with parchment paper for an easy clean up!
*A great tip I came across as well: If you don't have a pizza stone, turn a cookie sheet upside down and use parchment paper.  Turns out crispy and awesome*
5. Sauce it, top it, and throw it in the oven for 12-15 mins depending on the oven.
6. Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Italian Sausage and Peppers

In my recent development of eating healthy and trying to work out, I've taken the plunge with different types of ground turkey.  I am not a huge fan of sausage because of the fat content so when I found Hot Italian Turkey Sausage I said, hey why not?  This is a very simple and healthy meal that's filling and satisfying to the taste buds!  By using a can of tomatoes with just a serving of actual marinara sauce, you're cutting the calories by almost 2/3!

Italian Sausage and Peppers

 *Makes 3 servings

Allergen Tips:

Rice flour noodles are a great g-free option for any pasta dish!

2 Italian Turkey Sausages (you can use real sausage if you'd prefer, it's just not as healthy)
1/2 Onion (sliced)
1 Bell Pepper (sliced, and go for red, orange or yellow for better nutrients)
1 15 oz. Can Diced Tomatoes (undrained)
1/2 C. Favorite Marinara Sauce (this makes it a bit thicker without adding all the calories!)
3-4 Cloves of Garlic (minced)
3 Tbsp. Parmesan Cheese
1 1/2 C. Whole Wheat Pasta (I used Penne)
Salt, Pepper, Italian Seasonings

1. Boil water for the pasta.  Add pasta and some salt when it's ready.  Drain when it's al dente and keep covered until the topping is done.
2. Cook sausage on medium heat for about 8 mins, making sure to turn frequently.  Lower to med-low and cover the sausage.  Cook for about 10 more mins or til the juices run clear.  (I like to poke my casing once so that the juice can run free and it's easier to watch)  When they're done, take them off and cut them into slices.
3. Add a bit of oil to the pan.  Add garlic and cook for about 30 seconds.  Then throw in the peppers and onions.  Cook for around 8 mins.
4.  Add the sausage and the can of undrained tomatoes.  Season with salt, pepper, and italian seasonings.  You can also up the heat a bit with red pepper flakes.
5. Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer for 5-8 mins.
6. Serve on top of pasta and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.