Frozen Yogurt Bark with Strawberries

Posted on April 20 by
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All you need:
3 cups plain whole milk Greek yogurt (or non-dairy yogurt)
1/4 cup pure maple syrup (or Stevia or Monk Fruit)
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup sliced strawberries
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
1/3 cup toasted sliced almonds

All you do:
1. Combine yogurt, maple syrup and vanilla in a large bowl.
2. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Spread the yogurt mixture onto the sheet in an even layer. Top with strawberries, chocolate chips and almonds. Freeze for at least 4 hours.
3. Once completely frozen solid, remove from the freezer and cut into squares. Store in the freezer in an airtight container.

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Take Out

Posted on April 16 by
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Food Safety with Take Out

Once the food is in your home, you should remove it from the containers and throw those away. Replate onto your own dishes or store in your own containers. Also, if plastic silverware is provided and it's not individually wrapped, I would discard and use your own instead. And toss the condiment packages – ketchup, mustard, etc. – which may have been touched in the restaurant. Wash your hands thoroughly after this process.

How to Limit Calories with Take Out

Mexican
Having tacos with chips and salsa? Skip the rice and beans.

Chinese
Having moo goo gai pan? Ask for extra veggies instead of rice or noodles.

Italian
Having pasta primavera? Ask for half the noodles and extra vegetables.
Having Pizza? Ask for cauliflower crust or extra thin on the crust and skip the greasy meats.

Burgers
Having a burger and fries? Skip the bun or sub a salad for the fries.

Japanese
Having sushi? Focus on edamame or sashimi as your appetizer, ask for light rice on a roll and skip anything fried.

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Pepita-Crusted Tuna Cakes

Posted on April 14 by
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Ingredients

Pepita Crust:

⅓ cup pepitas
Pinch coarse salt

Tuna Cakes:

2 (4 oz.) cans albacore tuna
2 large eggs
½ cup Panko breadcrumbs (gluten free if needed)
¼ cup flat leaf Italian parsley, chopped
Zest and juice of ½ medium lemon
1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 ½ tsp. dried oregano leaves
½ tsp. coarse salt
¼ tsp. ground black pepper
¼ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
2 Tbsp. olive oil

Instructions

-Place pepitas in the bowl of a small food processor and process until crumbly. Transfer to a shallow dish and mix with a pinch of coarse salt.
-Place tuna cake ingredients, except olive oil, into a large bowl and mash with the back of a fork or a potato masher until it forms a chunky paste. Form mixture into 6 small equal-sized patties. Place cakes into the dish with the crushed pepitas and coat all sides.
-Heat olive oil in a large cast iron or non-stick skillet to medium heat. Once hot, add cakes and cook about 3 minutes per side, until browned and crispy.
-Serve tuna cakes with a fresh spring mix salad.

Notes

*You can also bake the tuna cakes. Preheat the oven to 375, place cakes on a greased baking sheet and bake 10-15 minutes or until set.
Nutrition

Serving Size: 1 cake
Calories: 188
Sodium: 266 mg
Fat: 12 g
Carbohydrates: 5 g
Fiber: 1 g
Protein: 16 g

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Honey Pepper Chicken with Stir-Fry Vegetables

Posted on April 07 by
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Ingredients

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 tbsp sesame oil
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce (gluten free if needed)
1 tsp ground ginger
1 1/2 tsp black pepper
1 1/2 tsp honey
1 bunch scallions, chopped
4 bunches baby bok choy, sliced lengthwise
2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
2 cups broccoli florets
1 cup snow peas
1 tsp sesame seeds

Directions

To make marinade, add soy sauce, ginger, pepper and honey to a medium bowl. Stir well to combine.

Cut chicken into small pieces. Place chicken in bowl of marinade and let sit for about 20 minutes.

Fill pot with about an inch of water. Bring to a boil. Add broccoli, carrots, bok choy and snow peas to the pot and steam, covered, for about 4-5 minutes until al dente. Drain water and set aside.

Place large pan or wok over medium heat. Pour in sesame oil to coat pan. Once hot, add chicken with all of marinade into the pan. Sauté chicken, using tongs to stir pieces, for about 6 minutes until chicken is browned lightly on the outside.

Add steamed vegetables to the pan of chicken and cook for 3-4 more minutes until vegetables are fork tender and chicken is completely cooked.

Serve with brown rice or cauliflower rice and scallions and sesame seeds for garnish.

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