Cauliflower Garlic “Mashed Potatoes”

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Just to make it clear, there are NO potatoes in this healthy dish…and I promise you will not be able to tell the difference..it’s that good!

Yield: 6

Ingredients:
1 head of cauliflower; cut into chunks
1/4 cup yellow onion; chopped
4 cloves of garlic; chopped
1/4 cup chicken broth
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp chives; chopped
Parmesan cheese (optional; highly recommended)

Steps:
1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, then add chunks of cauliflower. Boil until cauliflower is semi-soft..about 6 minutes. After drain and add 1 Tbsp of olive oil, onions, and garlic to a medium sized frying pan. Add in cauliflower pieces and season with salt, garlic powder, and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes to set in flavor of garlic and onions.

2. Add everything from pan into a medium-large bowl. Add in olive oil and chicken broth and with a potato masher, food processor, or an immersion blender (what I used and is super easy!), blend until everything is combined. Sprinkle with chives and parmesan cheese. So delicious and good for you!

Crunchy Baked Chickpeas

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Craving a crunchy, salty, spicy, and protein packed snack?! Try this one!

Yield: 3

Ingredients:
1 can of chickpeas; rinsed
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp olive oil

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Rinse and drain chickpeas, make sure they are somewhat dry (pat down with paper towel). Add to medium sized mixing bowl and add salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and olive oil. Mix until chickpeas are evenly coated with seasoning. Pour onto lightly greased baking sheet and make sure chickpeas are spread out. Try to make them NOT touch each other to make them extra crunchy! After 20 minutes, flip with a spatula to get the other side crunchy. Bake for 35-40 minutes and there you have a healthy little snack!

Baked Rock Cod with a Mango Cilantro Salsa

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This delicious meal also makes great fish tacos! The salsa is so refreshing and pairs perfectly with the fish. You can also use other fishes such as salmon or halibut with this salsa.

Yield: 2

Ingredients:
Baked Rock Cod
2 4 ounce pieces of Fresh Rock Cod
2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp granulated garlic
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 lemon

Mango Cilantro Salsa
1 mango; cubed
1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro
1/2 red bell pepper; chopped
1/2 avocado; chopped
3 Roma tomatoes; chopped
1 tsp salt
1 small lime
1 tsp pepper

Steps:
1. For the cod, preheat oven to 350 degree F. Drizzle olive oil all over fish. Sprinkle salt, pepper, garlic. Bake for 10 minutes and then squeeze the juice of one lemon on top of fish.Bake for another 5-10 minutes, fish should look a little flakey. Rock cod doesn’t have a lot of fat on it so it will feel a little firmer than other fishes.

2. For the salsa, add all ingredients in a small-medium sized mixing bowl. Squeeze the juice of one lime and refrigerate until fish is done baking.

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Southwestern Bean & Corn Salad

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First off, Happy New Years!  One of my new years resolutions is to eat and be healthy–just like every other year. So of course the first thing I think of is all the “healthy” recipes I will be making!  The holiday season and food seemed like it was never coming to an end so I decided to do a 14 day detox challenge.. BUT that doesn’t mean starving yourself. I am just staying away from all kinds of white breads/starches, processed foods, dairy products, and alcohol. Also, I will be eating extremely “clean”. I will be positing all kinds of healthy, delicious, and satisfying dishes Stay tuned!

Yield: 3

Ingredients:
1 can Kidney beans; rinsed & drained
1/2 can sweet corn; rinsed & drained
1/2 medium red onion; chopped
1/2 cup red bell pepper (about 1/4 of large pepper); chopped
1/4 cup cilantro; chopped
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp basalmic vinegar
1/2 lemon

Steps:
1. Rinse and drain corn and beans. Mix in bowl with bell pepper, cilantro, salt, pepper, garlic powder, olive oil, and vinegar. Mix until combined and then squeeze in 1/2 of lemon.

Smoked Salmon, Avocado, & Spinach Panini

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After my workout this morning I was craving my favorite bagel, a lox bagel! I try to stay away from bagels as much as possible and almost never buy them just because of all the carbs..but that doesn’t stop me from creating a healthier version of my favorite breakfast/lunch. This panini sandwich can almost be eaten for any meal of the day….not to mention it is healthy for you and it is a great way to end 2013! Happy New Years Eve!

Yield: 1 or 2 (depending on how hungry you are!)

Ingredients:
2 slices of whole wheat bread
1 laughing cow cheese wedge (I used French Onion flavor)
3 ounces smoked salmoin
1/2 avocado; sliced and seasoned with salt and pepper
1/4 cup spinach; about 8-10 leaves
1 tsp olive oil

Steps:
1. Heat a skillet with olive oil. Spread 1/2 cheese wedge on each slice of bread. Add avocado, smoked salmon, and spinach and grill on skillet on each side for about 2 minutes (or until grill marks are made). I used the bottom of a frying pan to press on the sandwich while grilling to get good looking grill ridges! Flip sandwich and repeat for 2 more minutes. Slice in half and enjoy!