Open Faced Veggie Omelet

  This quick breakfast is super easy and there are no tricky flips to making this omelet (unlike regular omelets) because there is NO flipping required! If you are trying to eat clean, this will work for you because this is a great combination of protein and vegetables. I first made this after traveling on a business trip this past fall and all I was wanting when I got home was healthy meals. I went to the store and bought a variety of vegetables not knowing what I was making and ended up with this breakfast omelet and this Hummus Veggie Sandwich with these vegetables.  This recipe is meant to be very simple and you can top it with avocado, shredded cheese, crumbled sausage or your favorite hot sauce–YUM!

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Open Faced Veggie Omelet

Open Faced Veggie Omelet

Ingredients

1/2 tsp. olive oil to grease pan

3 large eggs

1 tsp. milk

Salt to taste

Black pepper to taste

4 thin slices of red onions

3 thin slices of tomatoes

5 thin slices of bell peppers (any color)

1/4 cup wilted spinach

1/2 tsp. parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs with a whisk until beaten. Add milk, salt and pepper. (the milk will make the eggs fluffier)
  2. Heat a medium frying pan and grease with olive oil. Add eggs and make sure the frying pan is covered with the egg mixture. Swirl the pan with your hand to ensure eggs cover entire pan. Place vegetables on omelet and let cook until set for 4-5 minutes. Cover with a lid and let cook for another 3 minutes to be sure vegetables are softened. Slide omelet onto plate, sprinkle with parmesan cheese and enjoy!
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Cold Tortellini Pesto Pasta Salad

Pasta salads are always an idea that comes to mind when I am trying to figure out what to make for either dinner or a side dish..or even snack. They have a lot of great pre-made pesto sauces at the grocery stores that I shop at. It would also be great if you can use a homemade recipe as well! My easy homemade Pesto Recipe can be found here (My Easy Homemade Pesto). With only 5 ingredients, you can whip up a great meal in less than 20 minutes. This will last up to a week in the fridge and it is best eaten cold (in my opinion). Chopped cucumbers, spinach, and bell peppers make a great addition to this dish!

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Cold Tortellini Pesto Pasta Salad

Cold Tortellini Pesto Pasta Salad

This tasty easy cheesy cold pasta salad makes those busy nights easy!

Ingredients

1 lb spinach & cheese tortellini

7 ounces (about 1 cup) of pesto

1/2 cup cherry tomatoes; quartered

1/2 cup mozzarella cheese; cubed

1 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta until cooked, or al dente.
  2. Drain and let cool for about 15 minutes. In the meantime, quarter the cherry tomatoes and cube the cheese.
  3. Once pasta is cooled, add pesto, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese. Mix with a spoon until combined and enjoy!
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Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Pasta Salads are always a good idea and they are my go-to dishes! They are simply so easy to make and everyone loves them. You can also dress them up (or down) in so many ways. This time I tried a light refreshing style pasta salad and added a Mediterranean twist to it. You can snack on this or eat is as a meal..Occasionally I add grilled chicken to this too!

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Light and zesty pasta salad with a crunch of fresh goodness in every bite

Ingredients

1 pound of Rotelle pasta (wheel shapped pasta)

1 can of artichoke hearts; drained and chopped

1/2 cup kalamata olives; sliced

1/4 cup Italian salad dressing

1/2 cup pesto

1/2 cup feta cheese; crumbled

1/3 cup cherry tomatoes; sliced in half

1/2 cup corn

3 Tbsp green onions; thinly sliced

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and season with salt. Once the water starts to boil, add pasta and cook according to its boxed directions. Once pasta is cooked, drain, and let cool.
  2. Once pasta is cooled, add to a large mixing bowl and stir on, italian dressing, pesto until pasta is completely covered in dressings.
  3. Add in olives, artichoke hearts, feta cheese, tomatoes, corn, and green onions. Mix until everything is combined then garnish with more green onions. Let sit for about 20 minutes (this will make all of the flavors come together). Best when enjoyed cold.
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Wilted Spinach and Garlic Quinoa Salad

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I am always looking for easy salads like this to make for lunches. I love love looovee spinach and I’ve recently been cooking with quinoa because its perfectly satisfying when you want something hearty and filling.

Yield: 4-6 servings

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion; chopped
2 garlic cloves; chopped
1 bunch spinach (about 3 cups); chopped
1 cup quinoa
2 cups vegetable broth (or chicken broth or water)
1/4 cup parsley; chopped
1/4 cup dill; chopped
salt and pepper
1 lemon or lime (juiced and zest)
1 cucumber; seeded, cut in half, and cubed or sliced
2 roma tomatoes; chopped
Optional:
1/4 cup feta cheese (crumbled)

Steps:
1. In a medium saucepan, heat the oil in a pan. Add the onion and saute until tender, about 5-7 minutes. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about a minute.

2. Add the spinach and cook until it becomes wilted.

3. Add the quinoa, vegetable broth, parsley, dill and season with salt and pepper and bring to a boil.Reduce the heat, cover and simmer until the quinoa is cooked, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and squeeze with a splash lemon/lime juice and mix in cucumbers, tomatoes, and feta cheese(optional).

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Skinny Cold Pesto Pasta Salad

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This pasta salad is creamy, but not to worry…it’s made with nonfat yogurt so you can consider this to be on the healthier side (kinda). This is quick, easy, and this is another dish you can add whatever you want. There are NO limits! If you don’t have penne pasta I would suggest using fussili (the swirly pasta). This dish would make a great addition to any party, BBQ or even side dish…remember, summer is right around the corner so you can start planning your party dishes!

Ingredients:
1 lb of penne pasta
1 cup plain nonfat greek yogurt
½ cup fresh homemade pesto
1 cup mozzarella cheese; cubbed
15 thin slices of  salami
6 fresh basil leaves
½ cup sun dried tomatoes; julienned cut
1/4 cup black olives; sliced
1 cup spinach; chopped (optional, for some extra greens)
Pinch of black pepper

Steps:
1. This recipe is extremely easy so get ready…bring a large pot of water to a boil with a sprinkle of salt. Boil pasta until cooked (read box directions for time). Once cooked, drain, and let cool.

2. Add cooled pasta in a large bowl and add yogurt and pesto. Stir with a wooden spoon until pasta is completely covered. Add in the rest of the ingredients and place in refrigerator for 20 minutes or until completely cold. You can also eat it whenever you would like but I prefer my pasta salad cold! Enjoy!