Category Archives: What’s for Dinner

Recipes Made Simple: Italian Meatloaf

Ingredients: (4 Servings)

Meatloaf:

  • 2 pounds of 93/7 Ground Beef
  • 2 Ounces of Diced White Onions
  • ½ of a Red Pepper Diced
  • 1 Tablespoon Black Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Granulated Garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
  • 2 Tablespoons Grated Parmesan Cheese   

Vegetables:

  • 1 Red Pepper
  • 2 Ounces of Sliced White Onions
  • 1 Large Cucumber
  • 12 ounces of Snow Peas
  • 1 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Seasonings: Dry Italian Seasoning, Granulated Garlic, Red Pepper Flakes, Salt, and Pepper    

Red Potatoes:

  • 4 Medium Sized Red Potatoes
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic
  • ½ Tablespoon Black Pepper
  • ¼ Tablespoon Salt

Directions:

Meatloaf:

  1. Dice Onions and Red Peppers
  2. In a bowl mix all burger ingredients together and form into a loaf and put into a cooking pan.
  3. Preheat oven to 400-degrees and cook for 40 minutes.

Vegetables:

  1. Slice pepper, onions, and cucumbers, and place them in a bowl with the snow peas.
  2. Toss vegetables with olive oil, and dry seasonings

Baked Red Potatoes:

  1. Cut potatoes into evenly sized cubes.
  2. Put into a Ziplock bag and add seasonings
  3. Shake the bag until all the potatoes are evenly coated with the seasonings.
  4. Place into the 400-degree oven and cook until tender (about 30 minutes).

Once all the food is ready plate, serve, and Enjoy

Estimated Nutrients: Per Serving

Calorie: 431

Fats:  14 grams

Carbohydrate: 38 grams

Fiber: 6 grams

Protein: 37 grams

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Recipes Made Simple: Grilled Jalapeno and Onion Burgers 

Grilled Jalapeno and Onion Burgers

Ingredients: (3 Servings)

Burgers:

  • 16 Ounces of 93/7 Ground Beef
  • 2 Ounces of Diced White Onions
  • 1 Ounce of Diced Jalapeno
  • 1 Teaspoons Black Pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon Granulated Garlic

Vegetables

  • 8 Ounces of Broccoli
  • 8 Ounces of Carrots

Sweet Potato Fries

  • 2 Medium sized Sweet Potatoes
  • 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon

Directions:

Burgers:

  1. Dice Onions and Jalapenos
  2. In a bowl mix all burger ingredients together and form into 3 even sized patties
  3. Throw onto the grill for 5-8 minutes each side. 

Vegetables:

  1. Steam Fresh Broccoli and Carrots until tender.

Sweet Potato Fries:

  1. Skin and slice the sweet potatoes into fries
  2. Place fries onto a greased cooking sheet and spray with cooking spray, sprinkle cinnamon on top then mix together, evenly coating the potatoes in cinnamon.
  3. Bake at 400-degrees for 20 minutes, then put under the broiler on low for two more minutes to crisp the tops.

Once all the food is ready: plate, serve and Enjoy

Estimated Nutrients: Per Serving

Calorie: 435

Fats:  11 grams

Carbohydrate: 40 grams

Fiber: 12 grams

Protein: 47 grams

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What’s for Dinner? Stuffed Chicken Breast with Zoodles and Baby Bella Mushroom Caps

This turned out pretty good, the only thing I didn’t do was season the chicken itself.  I would recommend seasoning the chicken with at least salt and peppers before cooking

Ingredients: (2 Servings)

Chicken

  • 2 Large Chicken Breast
  • ½ Cup Cottage Cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Dry Italian Seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon Black Pepper
  • ½ Cup Tomato Sauce

Vegetables

  • 2 Medium Zucchinis
  • 8 Baby Bella Mushrooms
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • Seasonings: Dry Italian Seasoning, Basil, Granulated Garlic, Salt, and Pepper

Directions:

Stuffed Chicken

  1. Cut Chicken in half and smash thin.
  2. In a mixing bowl, mix together cottage cheese, 1 teaspoon Garlic, 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, and ¼ teaspoon pepper.
  3. Spread cottage cheese over the chicken and roll up.
  4. Place chicken on a baking sheet and cover with the desired amount of tomato sauce.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes in a 400-degree oven

Zoodles:

  1. Spiralize 2 Zucchinis
  2. Sauté in a pan with 1 Tablespoon of olive oil, garlic, and Italian Seasoning. Cook until tender.

Mushrooms:

  1. Remove stems from the bottom of the mushrooms.
  2. Place cap side down in a baking dish and drizzle 1 Tablespoon of olive oil over the mushrooms.
  3. Sprinkle Garlic and Oregano on top.
  4. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes at 400 degrees

Once you plate the dish, pour your desired amount of tomato sauce onto the Zoodles, sprinkle some Parmesan cheese on top, serve, and Enjoy!!!

Estimated Nutrients: Per Serving

Calorie: 500

Fats: 23 grams

Carbohydrate: 21 grams

Protein: 55grams

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What’s For Dinner? The “Hurry the Hell Up,” Dinner!

It’s Saturday evening and you have been rushing around all day, it’s 6:00 pm and everyone is waiting for you to cook something, it’s time for a hurry the hell up dinner. So, now you are scrambling around the kitchen looking for anything to throw together that isn’t going to set back your diet that you have been working hard all week to maintain.  What do you do?

Tonight for dinner I threw together a quick meal that took only minutes to cook from prep to finish

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Ingredients: (Not measured out)

  • Rotisserie Chicken for Costco
  • Red Pepper
  • Snowpeas
  • Broccoli
  • Canned Mushrooms
  • Can of Black Beans

Directions: (At a rapid pace, people’s blood sugar levels were low)

  • Pull chicken off the bone then slice.
  • Throw black beans in a pot to cook.
  • In a pot steam broccoli, snowpeas, peppers, and mushrooms.  (Seasonings: Whatever the hell you want we are in a hurry, but I used garlic, salt, pepper, and basil)

Plate, Serve and Enjoy because we did it!!!

Estimated Nutrients: Tracked on Lose it App

  • Calories: 485
  • Fats: 3 grams
  • Carbs: 35 grams
  • Protein: 80 grams

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What’s for Dinner? Garlic, Herb, and Wine Chicken with Honey Cinnamon Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients: (3 Servings)

Chicken

  • 16 Ounces Chicken Breast
  • ½ Seasoning Packet: McCormick Garlic, Herb, and Wine Seasoning Packet

Vegetables

  • 1 Peppers
  • 20 Baby Carrots
  • 1 Large Cucumber
  • 12 ounces of Snow Peas
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Seasonings: Dry Italian seasoning, Granulated Garlic, Red Pepper flakes, Salt, and Pepper

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

  • 2 Large Sweet Potatoes
  • ½ Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Raw Honey
  • 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon

Directions:

Potatoes:

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. There should be enough water to cover the potatoes
  2. Skin and cut potatoes into ¼ inch thick pieces and place into the boiling water until tender.
  3. Drain the potatoes and put them back into the pot. Add the coconut oil, almond milk, cinnamon and honey, mixing until all ingredients are well mixed together

Chicken:

  1. In a bag mix Chicken Breast and McCormick’s Seasoning together.
  2. Place in on a cooking sheet in the oven for 20 minutes at 400 degrees.

Salad:

  1. Slice pepper, carrots, and cucumbers, and place them in a bowl with the snow peas.
  2. Toss vegetables with olive oil, and dry seasonings

Plate, serve, and Enjoy!

Nutrients: Per Serving
Calorie: 570

Fats: 12 grams

Carbohydrate: 76 grams

Protein: 40 grams

What’s for Dinner? Stuffed Pepper with Black Beans and Onions

Stuffed Peppers with Black Beans and Onions

Ingredients: (4 Servings)

  • 1 Pound Ground Beef ( I use 91/9 from Costco)
  • 4 Peppers
  • 4 Ounces Vidalia Onion
  • 1 Cup Black Beans
  • 1 Large Cucumber
  • ¼ Cup Shredded Cheese
  • Seasonings: McCormick Montreal Steak Seasoning

Directions:

  1. Brown the ground beef in a skillet, season with steak seasoning.
  2. Finely chop the 4 ounces of onion.
  3. Cut the tops off the Peppers and remove seeds.
  4. Mix Beef, beans and Onions together in the pan and separate evenly into the four Peppers.
  5. Place Stuffed Peppers into a deep baking dish and cover with tinfoil.
  6. Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 30 min.
  7. After 25 minute remove tinfoil and top with cheese, place back in oven and cook for 5 more minutes or until cheese is melted.
  8. Chop Cucumbers, plate and Enjoy!!!

Nutrients: Per Serving 

Calorie: 295

Fats: 13 grams

Carbohydrate: 19 grams

Protein: 30 grams

*Nutrients from the Lose it! App

If you look at the meals I cook, I use many of the same ingredients, just prepared differently.  This makes my shopping very easy during the week and cuts down the price.

What’s for Dinner? Italian Seasoned Chicken Breast with Quinoa & Brown Rice, Bell Pepper, Asparagus and Spinach.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Chicken Breast  
  • 1 package of Seeds of Change Quinoa and Brown Rice (Get mine at Costco)
  • 1 Yellow Pepper
  • 2 cups Fresh Spinach
  • 8 ounces Asparagus
  • 1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Directions:

  1. Season Chicken Breast with dry Italian seasoning, black pepper, and granulated garlic.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a pan on medium heat.
  3. Place Chicken Breast in the oil and cook for 5 minutes each side.  After the 10 minutes, place the Chicken Breast on a cooking sheet, and place in the oven at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.  After the 10 minutes remove Chicken and let rest.
  4. After removing Chicken from the pan, add the chopped asparagus to the pan. Season with garlic, salt, and pepper to taste.
  5. After 3 minutes add 2 cups of spinach to the pan and cook until tender.
  6. Follow the directions on the package for the Quinoa and Brown rice.
  7. Slice pepper, plate and serve!

Let me know what you think of this recipe in the comments below. Enjoy!

 

 

What’s for Dinner!! Dinner For 2


Fajitas style Chicken Breast with Onions, Peppers & Black Beans

Ingredients:

  • 2 Chicken breast
  • 1 Red pepper
  • 1 Vidalia onion
  • 1 Tbsp of Olive oil
  • 1 Can of Goya Black Beans
  • Taco seasoning of your choice

Directions:

  1. Cut chicken into somewhat even chunks and place in a Ziploc bag.
  2. Cover in taco seasoning and mix together.
  3. Heat up a pan and spray with cooking spray.
  4. Place chicken in the pan, cooking for about 5 minutes each side.
  5. Take Chicken out of the pan and let rest.
  6. Add 1 Tablespoon of Olive oil to the pan and add chopped onions and peppers, cooking until tender.
  7. Rinse and drain black beans and cook in a pan until warm.

 

Eating Healthy on a Budget 

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of sweet potatoes $.99 per pound
  • 1 red pepper  $.73 per pepper
  • 4 eggs $1.66 per dozen= $.55 for 4
  • 1 large cucumber $.75 per large cucumber

Total cost= $3.02 for the whole meal, that feeds 2

*Price are based on National Average

Eating healthy doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg.  You can make very simple healthy meals for less than a value meal at McDonald’s.

Buying meat at the market that is getting ready to expire is usually sold at a discounted price.  Buying foods like this, then freezing them allows you to use them when money is short.  Buy fresh veggies and not the steamed bags.  Make your own coffee at home instead of going to Starbucks.

Making small changes in your spending can make a huge difference over time