Baked Garlic & Herb French Fries (no oil)

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Story time first! … (recipe is below if you don’t want to hear my story lol… but I think it was kinda funny personally)  Ok so my boyfriend actually has been doing pretty good through this whole “I want to do a competition” thing. Hes been helping with food prep, supporting me when I lose my shit and dealing with my low-carb mood swings haha. I’m very blessed, that’s all I have to say! … so anyways…..We were driving around and it was becoming dinner time soon for him anyways ( I still had like 2 more meals to eat) But for the most part he’s been eating what Ive been eating give or take some extra carbs or something for him… So the other day he was like “I’m gonna get Good Times” and kind of gave me a look of “please don’t hate me … and is that ok?” lol and I understand … I’m not going to deprive him from things just because I have a goal… its not his goal he can eat/do what he wants… So we order it and he gets the bag and puts it in-between himself and the driver-side door so its not staring at me in the face (aww so considerate)…. So I’m all “you can put it on the center console so it doesn’t fall and spill everywhere” so he does…

I literally looked out the window because all I can smell is those fries… (and if you know me, I’ve never really been a fry fan anyways … but ohhhh Good Times fries just sounded good.. ) .. so I looked down and there is seriously a little fry sticking out of the bag, I swore it was like mocking me. hahha.

So I looked at him and was like .. ” yeah put this back over to your side and we need to go home NOW, so I can make my chicken and asparagus” lol… he just laughed at me and headed  home…. So that’s my story.. I think it was funnier in person, oh well… but anyways I made these and they weren’t “Good Times” fries, but they definitely curbed that craving!!!  ENJOY!

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Recipe:

You’ll need:

As many potatoes as you want ( I used Red Gold for this and I only used 2 potatoes total… but then again I can only have so many carbs right now … so keep that in mine, One potato this size measures out to be about 1 cup)

and Mrs. Dash Garlic and Herb Seasonings …

THATS IT! BOOM!  ( p.s. I love minimal ingredient recipes!!! )

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How to:

  • Put potatoes into desired shapes or slices
  • Pre- Heat Oven to 345
  • Lay a piece of parchment paper onto a baking sheet and spread out the potato chunks evenly on the baking sheet.
  • Sprinkle Ms. Dash seasoning onto the pieces – jut enough to lightly cover them (it helps if you flip them too so the seasoning gets everywhere)
  • Bake for about 20-25 min depending on how fast your potato cooks. … (I did turn on the broiler for out 5 min just so they came out a little more golden and crisp! )
  • Let cool and Enjoy!

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Side note: You can basically do this with any potato and any seasoning, no need for oil which helps save on calories!! =) – I might try a southwest Chipotle seasoning next time!

Also, I found a lower sugar Ketchup that’s not too bad either!  But different flavored mustards are delish too!

kats5 cal per tablespoon – 1g sugar! BOOM

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Garlic Chicken Pasta w/ Spinach, tomatoes and chives!

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SOOO Good! Made this the other night and everyone in the family liked it!!

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You’ll Need:

1 box Whole Wheat or gluten free linguini.

3 large skinless chicken breasts (cut into chunks, or you can buy the already cut up kind)

1 small container of mushrooms

3 cups baby spinach

8 small cherry tomatoes (halved)

1 small can sliced black olives

3 chives (chopped)

For the sauce – You’ll need:

2 tbsp. butter ( I used Earth Balance Brand)

4 Garlic cloves (mined)

4 tbsp. Whole-wheat flour or Gluten free flour.

1 1/2 cups of chicken or vegetable broth ( I used chicken this time) -LOOK for LOW SODIUM!!

1 1/2 cups Almond milk, or low-fat milk will work too.

3 teaspoons Parsley flakes

2/3 cup graded parmesan or mozzarella cheese

Salt and pepper to taste.

HOW TO:

  • In large skillet, season chicken to taste with some chicken seasoning (I like Ms. Dash) and place in skillet. Add about 1/2 cup water and cover. (My mother taught me this trick when cooking chicken so it doesn’t dry out! =) …)

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  • Meanwhile, in another med-large skillet, put in butter and garlic cloves till butter is melted and garlic is starting to break down. Cook for around 1 min. (this will be your sauce pan)
  • Start noodles according to package in large pot. And drain when does cooking. Set aside.

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  • Go back to sauce pan, add flour and cook for 1 min, stirring so all the flour is dissolved evenly.  After, add broth and almond milk, stirring occasionally till sauce thickens and boils. Then add parsley, salt, pepper and cheese into sauce and cook till cheese is melted and sauce is thick. Turn to simmer-low until ready to serve.

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  • Meanwhile, to keep from burning your chicken, you can always add a little more water to pan and let simmer covered. Cook chicken till done (no pink in middle of the chunks) And when chicken is done, place in bowl and set aside to chop up. In same pan (leaving some of the chicken juices), put in a little olive oil, add spinach, tomatoes, chives, mushrooms and olives into the pan and sauté.

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  • Cut cooked chicken on cutting board into bit size pieces and add to veggie mix.

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Once everything is done, pile noodles on place, add as much veggie/chicken mix as desired and top with a little sauce … YUMM!!

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Benefits of garlic

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I’m a huge garlic fan, and you’ll probably notice most (almost all) my recipes have it in them haha. I love adding garlic to just about anything!!! And here are some of the amazing benefits it can bring to you!!

First of all garlic is a bulb plant and is classified in the same grouping as leeks, onions and chives. The reason why people may stay away from garlic, besides its obvious bad breath factor but it actually travels through your body and can basically leak out your pores. But … who cares its delicious! haha. Plus, if you eat it during a camping trip, its known to repel against mosquitos.

  • Helps Clear Acne-  This may sound weird but you can rub a crushed up clove over a small pimple and it can be used as a natural topical treatment.
  • Can help with athletes foot
  • Can help with cold sores
  • Reduced Blood Pressure
  • Reduces risk of certain Cancers.
  • Helps ward off colds and prevent them.
  • Can soothe psoriasis – rub some garlic oil over the irritated areas.
  • Reduce cholesterol
  • Help with allergies- it has an anti-inflammatory property to it.
  • Helps with weight loss.
  • Can help remove a splinter- yep, you read that right.
  • Remedy for respiratory issues.

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I’m sure there are many more awesome thing garlic can do as well but these are some of the main things I personally know of! =) eat it up! yummm

The Power of Spices and Herbs!

So technically spices and herbs are veggies in a dried up, crushed or shredded form. They contain millions of healthy antioxidants, flavors and are known to heal the body with things like Alzheimer’s to cancer! Plus they are calorie free!!! So add them to everything and have some fun. YAY

  • Oregano : Contains six macronutrients of vitamin K, which is bone building and tons of antioxidants. This little herb can also help with the stomach flu, so next time your tummy is hurting put a little in your soup. 🙂

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  • Sage : Helps with sore throats and also helps with memory.

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  • Curry Powder : Very anti-inflammatory is shown to protect against cancers such as breast cancer, colon and stomach cancer! Put it on your meats, soups and veggies.

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  • Parsley : Another one that prevents cancer… did I mention you should add spices to everything? lol. Clears toxins in the body and helps with water retention. Also helps with PMS ladies!

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  • Rosemary : Helps with heterocyclic amines… your probably asking “what the hell is that?!” .. They are free radicals that can cause cancer from cooking with a too high of a temperature when grilling and sautéing foods. Add some rosemary before you slap it on the grill and you’ll be better off since rosemary prevents the formation of these little suckers. 😛 Also helps with memory and mental alertness so next time you have to cram for a big test, put some on your salmon for dinner and you’ll be set!

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  • Cinnamon : Helps with blood sugar level, helps you metabolize glucose better and helps with hunger pains. Also can help with heart disease and diabetes too! I add cinnamon to all kind of stuff! Toast, oatmeal, coffee, in my almond butter.. you name it.. I love it!

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  • Nutmeg : Can prevent cavities! But also can help with anxiety, digestion and can help prevent wrinkles too!  Put it in coffee, add it to some chili.. YUM.

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  • Cumin : Tons of Iron in this little spice! Helps boost immune system so you’ll be less likely to get sick, boost your brain power and help with energy level.

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  • Cayenne Pepper : Put it in any Mexican dish to spice it up, put it in hummus or some chili. This spice and warm you up in the winter and rev up your metabolism to burn some extra calories!

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  • Ginger : Add to muffins, pancakes, waffles, oatmeal, and even ice cream. This can help with an upset stomach, help people pay attention better, help with memory and can also help  with muscle pain.

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  • Turmeric : Works as an anti- inflammatory agent as well. Reduces toxins and helps with any kind of joint pain you might have.

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  • Basil : I love me some pesto! But its known to booth the cardiovascular system, helps with headaches, fevers and calms nervousness.

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  • Thyme : can help with anti-aging and heart health, put it in your tea in the mornings 🙂

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  • Saffron : This is a very good spice if your depressed because it helps as an anti-depression like Prozac does. You can put it in rice dishes and pastas.

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