My food choices have been a lot less than ideal lately, and it’s now time to turn that around! I have been enjoying A LOT of sweets and other baked goods, and now my body is screaming for a reset. I decided to whip up some of this Spicy Black Bean Hummus because it is light, low carb, FULL of flavor and spice and it is so delicious with a lot of different things. I like to top burgers with this, dip fresh vegetables in it or load it up on some pita chips. This bean dip takes only a few minutes to make, so try it out today!
Easy Mashed Sweet Potatoes – Ready in 15 Minutes!
Sometimes I feel like I am stuck in a rut when it comes to ideas for quick side dishes for dinner. It feels like an endless loop – salad, fresh veggies, baked or mashed potatoes, rice and repeat! These Easy Mashed Sweet Potatoes are something a little different that your family will love, and they take less than 15 minutes to prepare. These would go great with so many different dishes, and they can be modified with any toppings that you like (hello, candied bacon!).
Easy Shrimp Stir Fry – Healthy and Ready in 20 Minutes!
I love making any kind of stir fry because it is so easy, so flavorful and so customizable. I like to throw in whatever protein and veggies I have on hand and get creative with the seasonings and sauces. This Easy Shrimp Stir Fry uses fresh shrimp, broccoli, red pepper, carrots and a fantastic sauce to create a healthy yet delicious meal that is ready in just 20 minutes. This dish is great on its own, or when served with rice or noodles.
Easy Caprese Stuffed Chicken – Delicious & 2 Net Carbs
Finding a recipe that is quick, easy, healthy, delicious AND low carb can seem almost impossible at times. This Easy Caprese Stuffed Chicken is all of those things! Making this is as simple as cutting a pocket in a few chicken breasts, stuffing them with some fresh ingredients, seasoning them and baking them. This chicken pairs well with some fresh vegetables, a salad, rice or fresh pasta.
Fresh & Easy Pasta Primavera – Delicious and Healthy!
I love an easy healthy recipe, and this one is just that! My Fresh & Easy Pasta Primavera is a quick recipe that is a great way to have a delicious and healthy meal that is pack full of nutritious veggies. Red bell pepper, carrot, onion, broccoli, tomatoes, garlic and just a hint of lemon come together with whole grain pasta to create a delicious pasta dish. Make a change from the heavy high-calorie pastas and try this lighter version out today!
French Onion Chicken – Delicious, Easy, Cheesy & Low Carb!
Easy, one dish, cheesy, delicious AND low carb?! This fantastic French Onion Chicken is what weeknight dinner dreams are made of. Chicken and caramelized onions cook together in a “French Onion” sauce and it is all topped with melted Swiss cheese. Throw everything in one oven safe skillet and “BOOM!” you have your family’s new favorite recipe in the rotation. We like to serve this up with a simple fresh side salad (and maybe a warm loaf of bread) and dig in!
Baked Parmesan Tomatoes – Quick, Easy, Light & Healthy
Is it just me, or are fresh summer tomatoes at least a million times better than the ones from the grocery store during the winter? I grabbed a bunch of beautiful tomatoes from a local farmstead the other day, so I decided to make myself a quick, healthy and simple lunch with a couple of them today. This recipe is really intended to be a side dish, but sometimes it’s really all I want for a light meal. These Baked Parmesan Tomatoes can also be an easy and delicious appetizer. Making this recipe is very easy – you will slice your tomatoes into thick slices, top them with seasonings and parmesan and drizzle them with a little oil. Then just bake them until they are hot and the cheese is melty and enjoy!
Avocado Lime Dressing – Quick, Easy, Light and Low Carb
Making homemade dressings is really such a simple thing to do, but a lot of us (myself included) don’t bother to do it a lot of the time. Many store bought versions are packed with extra and unnecessary calories, preservatives and sugar. This Avocado Lime Dressing only takes a couple minutes to make and it tastes better than anything you will find in the grocery store. This dressing is packed with healthy ingredients. It is low calorie and low carb with only 1 net carb. It is creamy and delicious, and you can probably fool your kids into eating something healthy without them even knowing it! You can pour this all over your favorite salad, dip any meat in it, use it as a marinade, put it on your tacos and so much more!
Cucumber, Tomato and Onion Salad – Quick and Healthy!
Cucumber, Tomato and Onion salad is one of my favorite quick and easy summer recipes. It is always so nice to be able to head out to the garden, grab some fresh vegetables and throw a delicious dish together in just a few minutes. This healthy salad uses fresh cucumber, tomatoes, red onion, and a vinaigrette dressing to create the perfect side dish for those hot summer days when no one wants to heat the kitchen up by using the stove. You can toss this together early in the day, stick it in the fridge and have a delicious “salad” ready at dinner time. A serving of this comes in at only 133 calories and 9 net carbs, so this is one flavorful recipe that you won’t feel bad about enjoying! Try it out today!
Key Lime Pie Smoothie – Quick, Easy and Healthy!
With this Key Lime Pie Smoothie, you can have dessert for breakfast and you don’t need to feel bad about it! This is a refreshing, creamy, sweet, tart, and healthy way to start your day. Fresh lime juice, a banana, greek yogurt, a touch of honey and your favorite milk come together and in just a minute or two you have a breakfast (or dessert) that you can enjoy on the go. If you are crazy busy in the mornings like I am, smoothies are a great breakfast choice for you. They are so quick and easy, and are typically packed with healthy ingredients. This is also a great way to get your kids to have a healthy breakfast!