Summer Salad Ideas

Summer Salad Ideas

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One of my favorite salads that I have made is really simple.

1) One cooked chicken breast diced, you can switch it up and add steak. ( Calorie information would change)

2) 1 Cup of strawberries

3) 1/2 Cup of blueberries

4) 2 cups of butter lettuce

5) Ken’s Steak House Lite Strawberry Vinaigrette

Nutritional Information:

304 Calories

I have app on my phone called Fresh Express Salad Swap, check the app out b/c it gives you some more great ideas for salads.

Here are some great links to some awesome recipes for salads that I will be trying as well.

Spinach-Berry Salad

Berry Pineapple Salad

Kid’s Chef Salad

Chicken Rice & Black Bean Salad Bowl

Chicken & Roasted Summer Squash Salad with Mascarpone Dressing

These are just some salad recipes that I found online and will be making soon. I like to try new things, but making a salad is really fun b/c you can change it so you don’t get bored.

You can do

Steak, chicken, shrimp

Butter lettuce, iceberg lettuce, spinach, ( there are so many choices)

Apples, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, pineapples, oranges.

Almonds, walnuts, and eggs

You can make your on vinaigrette or you can find some in the aisle of your grocery store.  Don’t put so much thought into making a salad, its a simple and healthy lunch or dinner. Throw things that you love on there and enjoy, but of course portion your food.

 

Enjoy!! If you have any Salad Ideas, please share

Easy and Healthy Crock-pot Meals

Easy & Healthy Crock-pot Meals

I thought I would take the time to share some crock-pot recipes that I love or will be trying.  I know some of you don’t have the time to research and look for recipes, so I’m going to do it for you.

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I made  Slow-Cooker Fall-Off-The-Bone-Ribs and it was delicious and it would go great with a side salad or corn on the cob. Skinny mom has other recipes so go check out her site. 

Who doesn’t love Ham and to have it cook in a crock-pot, its so going to be so good. I haven’t tried this recipe, but its on my dinner to do list. This recipe comes from Skinnymom, she’s truly incredible. Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Spiral Ham

Slow Cooker Pepperoni and Chicken

Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Skinny Pork Tacos

Another favorite crock-pot dinner I have had in my home is a roast covered in A-1 Sauce, then cover it with aluminium foil and place potatoes on top (make sure the potatoes are wrapped in aluminium foil and cook for 8 hours. DELICIOUS!!!

Sparkpeople has a lot of information to help you on your journey, check them out.

Slow Cooker Lasagna

 Slow Cooker Meatloaf

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken

Sticky Slow Cooker Chicken Drumsticks

 Slow Cooker Healthy Potato Soup

Dinner at the Porterfields

Dinner at the Porterfields

Saturday morning I sent my sister a message to ask her if I can make dinner for her and her family. She was happy to say YES!!!  I enjoy cooking for people and I enjoy trying new things. I got this awesome recipe from Kelly at No Thanks to Cake. I also made some dessert for them too and Grilled Caramelized Pineapple on top of ICE CREAM, so delicious. 

 

Grilled Lime Chicken with Avocado-Corn Salsa with some grilled asparagus. Chicken Lime

 

Ingredients:

3 ½ Tbsp. fresh lime juice (from 3 limes)

4 Tbsp. chopped cilantro

½ tsp. salt

¼ tsp pepper

4 (6 oz) chicken breast halves

1 1/2 cup corn 

1 (8 oz) ripe avocado, peeled & diced

Instructions:

Combine the 2 Tbsp lime juice, 2 Tbsp of cilantro, 1/4 tsp of salt, and 1/8 tsp of pepper add to a ziplock bag and then add the chicken. Place the bag or you can use a bowl into the refrigerator for about 20 minutes. If you use a ziplock bag make sure you get all the air out.

To make the salsa combine the corn and the avocado with the remaining 1 1/2 Tbsp of lime juice and 2 Tbsp of cilantro, 1/4 tsp salt, and 1/8 tsp of pepper into a bowl. You can use corn in the can or fresh corn. I used Green Giant canned corn. I placed the salsa in the refrigerator until the chicken was cooked.

After 20 minutes take the chicken out on the grill and cook 10 to 12 minutes. Once the chicken is finished place 1/4 cup of salsa on each chicken breast and Enjoy.

Nutritional Information:

268 Calories for one Chicken Breast with 1/4 cup of Salsa. 

Dessert:

Grilled Pineapple on Vanilla Ice Cream:

Grab a bowl and add the following and mix well

1/4 Cup of Brown Sugar

1/4 cup of butter melted

1/2 tsp of cinnamon

1/2 tsp of vanilla extract

1 Tbsp of Honey

Dice the pineapple and place them in another  bowl. Pour the batter all over  the pineapples and place in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.  Place the caramelized pineapples on aluminium foil and grill for about 10 to 15 minutes. Then place the yummy pineapples on some ice cream. 

Enjoy!!!

 

Carrot Cake Overnight Protein Oatmeal

Carrot Cake Overnight Protein Oatmeal

Dashing Dish

 

Another fabulous overnight oatmeal recipe from Dashing Dish. I truly love her passion for cooking and Jesus. She is very inspirational!  Her blog and Facebook page are amazing. I love reading scriptures from her page and enjoy a new recipe.  Check her page out!!!

Ingredients:

3/4 cup Unsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice)
1/2 cup Plain low fat Greek yogurt (or mashed banana, applesauce or pumpkin)
1/2 cup Grated carrots (I used one large carrot)
1/4 tsp Salt (or to taste)
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Apple pie spice
2 tbs Baking stevia (or 1/4 cup sweetener) 1
1 cup Old fashioned oats
1/4 cup Protein powder (or additional oats)
Optional: Toppings of choice

 

Directions:

1) In a small bowl mix everything together and then divide the oatmeal into 2 small bowls

2) Cover and refrigerate overnight

3) You can top the oatmeal with chopped nuts, cinnamon, low sugar syrup, or even vanilla greek yogurt.

 Nutritional Information: Serves 2carrot cake oatmeal

Calories: 265

Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Dough Overnight Oats

Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Dough Overnight Oats

No Thanks to Cake

Instead of using the regular PB2, they do have a chocolate PB2 and  its delicious. It’s a simple swap.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup old fashioned oats or 1/2 cup of raw steel oats

2 Tbsp. Chocolate  PB2 (powder only)You can find the PB2 at Walmart

1/3 cup milk of your choice (I used Almond/Coconut Milk)

2 tsp. brown sugar

1 teaspoon chia seeds (Do not omit or the oats will not thicken)

Optional toppings: Honey roasted peanuts, fresh berries, shredded coconut, chocolate chips.

Instructions:

1.  Stir all ingredients together in a bowl

2.  Allow the bowl to sit overnight in the refrigerator

3.  In the morning, add a splash of milk and stir everything together again 

Nutritional Information:

Per entire recipe serving (no toppings):

CAL 247; CARB 42g; FAT 5g; PROT14g; FIB 8g; 

Pumpkin Pie Protein Overnight Oatmeal

Pumpkin Pie Protein Overnight Oatmeal

Dashing Dish

Ingredients:

3 tbs Pumpkin
1/2 cup Unsweetened almond milk or low fat milk of choice
1/4 cup Plain low fat Greek yogurt
1/4 tsp Pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
1/8 tsp Salt
2 tbs Baking stevia or 1/4 cup sweetener that measures like sugar 1
1 cup Old fashioned oats
1/4 cup Protein powder (or additional oats)
Optional: 1 tbs Low sugar maple syrup or honey, chopped pecans or nuts for topping

Instructions:

In a small bowl mix the pumpkin, milk, and yogurt together and then add the remaining ingredients.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Dough Overnight Oats

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Dough Overnight Oats

No Thanks to Cake

I can used either Old Fashion Oats or Raw Steel Oats, both tasted delicious. I’m not a oatmeal person and so I was a little worried that I wouldn’t like it, but it doesn’t hurt to try new things. I think tomorrow morning I will add apples to my oatmeal. Let me know what you think! I change the calories b/c I used Almond Coconut Milk.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup old fashioned oats or 1/2 cup of raw steel oats

2 Tbsp. PB2 (powder only): You can find the PB2 at Walmart

1/3 cup milk of your choice (I used Almond/Coconut Milk)

2 tsp. brown sugar

1 teaspoon chia seeds (Do not omit or the oats will not thicken)

Optional toppings: Honey roasted peanuts, fresh berries, shredded coconut, chocolate chips.

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Instructions:

1.  Stir all ingredients together in a bowl

2.  Allow the bowl to sit overnight in the refrigerator

3.  In the morning, add a splash of milk and stir everything together again 

Nutritional Information:

Per entire recipe serving (no toppings):

CAL 247; CARB 42g; FAT 5g; PROT14g; FIB 8g;