Tilapia with Quinoa and Veggies!

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You’ll Need:

1 large tilapia fillet

Olive oil cooking spray

3-4 lemon slices

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon basil

1/2 teaspoon rosemary

pinch of oregano

salt and pepper to taste

1/4 cup quinoa or whole grain brown rice

Veggie of choice (preferably green)

How to:

Preheat oven to 400

Spray oven safe dish with a little olive oil, and place fish into dish. Sprinkle spices and seasonings on top place lemon slices inside dish as well.

Bake for about 15- 20 min. Until cooked all the way through.

Cook quinoa or brown rice according to package and steam your veggies! add a little salt and pepper to taste!

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Zucchini Bread!!! (dairy-free,egg-free, gluten-free, vegan)

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LOVE Zucchini Bread!!! SO ..here’s a more healthier option when it comes to some yummy bread for maybe a party or even a small snack!

You’ll Need:

3 Zucchinis (shredded)

2 tablespoons of ground flax seed mixed with 5 tablespoons of water in a separate small bowl (this is your “eggs”)

1 1/2 cups of Gluten free flour (or if you don’t need it to be gluten free, another great option is whole wheat flour)

1/2 cup Olive oil.

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup agave nectar

2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

(Optional ingredients include: Raisins, Walnuts, Chocolate chips…get creative!!)

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How to:

Pre-heat oven to 350

In very small bowl, mix flax sees and water in bowl and set aside so it gets thicker and kind of “goopy”

Next, in large bowl, mix olive oil, vanilla, cinnamon, agave, “egg” mixture, salt and shredded zucchini into bowl. Mix well.

Then add Flour, baking soda and baking powder into same bowl and mix until all ingredients are wet.

Coat baking pan with cooking spray, and pour mixture into blow and bake for about 20-30 min depending on how big the pan is. Bake till a toothpick or knife comes out clean without mixture on it.

** I cut a slice and topped it with a tiny drizzle of natural honey** So good**

YUMMMMMMMM!

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Chicken Cacciatore (WW)

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You’ll Need:

8 pieces of chicken, skinned (I used 8 small thighs)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

3 teaspoons olive oil

1 onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced

2 red bell peppers, seeded and chopped

1/4 lb of mushrooms, sliced

1/2 cup of chopped celery or fennel

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

Pinch if cayenne

2 cups of prepared marinara sauce

  • Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Heat 2 teaspoons of oil in large non-stick skillet and set over medium heat. Add chicken, and cook until browned on each side (about 4 min) Transfer chicken onto plate and set aside.
  • heat the remaining 1 teaspoon of oil in the same skillet. Add onion and garlic , cook, and stirring occasionally until tender. add bell peppers, mushrooms, celery, oregano and cayenne.  Cook, stirring occasionally until tender.
  • Return chicken to the skillet, add marinara sauce and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered. Cook until chicken is cooked all the way through and veggies are tender (around 20 min).

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    • I made this dish with 2 sides (you can find both of these in my recipe index, or click on links below):

Roasted Asparagus with Lemon and Chives (WW)
Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes (WW)

All together (with both sides = 8 points for Weight Watchers)

For just Chicken:
SERVES 8     WW points 4    PER SERVING 1 piece of chicken, 1/2 cup of veggies with sauce.

(Note: I took this out of a Weight watchers cookbook, I did not make this recipe up on my own…. besides recipes are meant to be shared 🙂 )

Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes (WW)

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You’ll Need: 1 1/2 Pounds of Russet Potatoes, peeled and cut into small chunks (I left some of the skins on..better fiber that way)

4 garlic cloves , peeled (I used like 6 haha, I’m a garlic fan)

2 tablespoons of unsalted butter (I used Earth Balance)

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon of black pepper

1/3 cup low-fat (1%) Milk . (I used Almont milk)

Put potatoes and garlic into large sauce pan, add enough water to cover potatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer and cover. Let cook until potatoes are tender (about 15 min)

Meanwhile, combine milk, butter, salt and pepper into pot and set over medium heat. Bring to a boil. remove sauce pan from heat and set aside.

Drain potatoes and garlic , return them to the pot and mash until smooth. with spoon, slowly stir in milk mixture until creamy. And serve!

SERVES 5 : WW points: 3  per serving: 2/3 cup

(Note: I took this out of a Weight watchers cookbook, I did not make this recipe up on my own…. besides recipes are meant to be shared 🙂 )

Almond Butter Cups

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You’ll need:

1 bag of chocolate chips (around 10 – 12 oz)

2 tablespoons of almond milk (or you can used regular milk too)

a dash of salt

1 cup of almond butter (creamy is what I used but I bet crunchy is good too!)

1-2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

2 tablespoons of confectioners sugar (powdered sugar)

mini muffin cups (it makes around 16 ..give or take)

How To:

Line your mini muffin tin with about 16 muffin liners. Pour out 1/2 of chocolate chips into a small bowl and melt the chocolate (I melted mine in the microwave for about a min , but I’m sure you can used a double boiler or stove top.) Once chocolate is melted, sir and then coat the mini cup liners with a layer of chocolate (around 1 teaspoon).

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Chill chocolate liners in fridge for about 10 min (or until hardened). Meanwhile, in a small bowl , mix the almond butter, powdered sugar, vanilla extract milk and salt together. Once the chocolate shells are hard and chilled, fill with the almond butter mixture and chill in fridge again while your melting the rest of the chocolate.

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Melt the rest of the chocolate and pour on top of each cup covering the almond butter mixture. Chill for about 10 min and Ta-da! you have delicious Almond Butter Cups! YAY.