Month: February 2023

Fast and healthy fajita recipe

If you are looking for a quick meal that can be put together within about 25 minutes to feed the whole family on a busy night, KEEP READING!

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This recipe keeps things simple

  • One great thing about this recipe is that you make our own spice mix using chili powder, salt and pepper. This helps simplify cabinets from excessive pre-made spices like taco seasoning and fajita seasoning which can overdue sodium.
  • Easily double the recipe to meal prep for the week, or make dinner for a crowd.
  • Limit clean up by pulling this meal together with a simple sheet pan!
  • This base recipe can be served up in a variety of ways and is a healthy option no matter what your dietary restrictions are.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.

What makes this a healthy recipe?

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First let’s talk about the cooking method. Roasting anything on a sheet pan means you’re using less oil and letting the oven do it’s job to impart texture and flavor by dehydrating foods on the pan making it a healthier option.

Next, it uses lean chicken breast which is an excellent source of protein.

Half of this recipe is made from vegetables. Onion strips and red peppers, basic ingredients that are a source of valuable nutrients for immunity and gut health including vitamin c and fiber.

This recipe can easily be modified to accommodate a gluten free diet and it’s a natural way to eat more plant. So if your’e trying to live a plant forward lifestyle, then be sure to bookmark this page for your weekly menu! It’s also a good recipe to have on rotation if you’re trying to achieve a healthy weight or maintain a healthy weight.

Ingredients you need to make sheet pan chicken fajitas

  • olive oil or any neutral oil such as avocado oil
  • chili powder – you could add garlic powder or use a fajita seasoning mix if you have it on hand
  • boneless skinless chicken breasts – you could use boneless skinless chicken thighs, shrimp, steak or tofu but cooking times will vary.
  • lime/ lime juice
  • green bell peppers & red bell peppers – you can use any kind of fresh vegetables you’d like yellow peppers work well here too!
  • yellow onion – you could use red onion but it will be sharper, green onions will add color and can be left whole.
  • corn tortillas or flour tortilla – corn tortillas are naturally gluten free.
  • kosher salt and pepper

Optional ingredients and fajita toppings

  • Monterey jack cheese
  • Guacamole
  • Sour cream
  • Hot sauce
  • Salsa
  • Pico de gallo
  • Avocado slices

Equipment you need to make healthy chicken fajitas

We’re keeping the equipment list simple by employing our trusty baking sheet. Other recipes may call for using a cast iron skillet, grill pan or instant pot, but I really think this is the simplest and cleanest way to make this great recipe.

Turn easy chicken fajitas into a complete meal

Chicken Fajitas on corn tortillas
  • Enjoy your chicken strips and fajita veggies in warm tortillas with your favorite toppings
  • If you’re trying to follow a low carb diet plan, try wrapping this chicken fajita recipe in lettuce wraps made from iceberg lettuce
  • Another low carb option is to enjoy this recipe as a fajita bowl. Forget the wraps and rice, substitute riced palm noodles or cauliflower rice instead.
  • To amp up nutrition and fiber try serving with whole wheat tortilla or brown rice instead of white rice.
  • Serve with warm black beans for added protein and fiber

What are the macros?

If you divide this recipe into 4 servings, it will provide you with:

Calories: 292

Protein: 39g

Carbohydrate: 12g

Fat:11g

Fiber:4g

Note: Optional ingredients and tortillas of choice are not included in macros. It’s easy enough to log them separately as you customize your toppings and wraps! Learn more about macros here!

Week-night Fajitas

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 3 bell peppers sliced into strips
  • yellow onion sliced into strips
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1.5 pounds chicken breast 1/4 inch strips
  • 1 lime

optional

  • 8 corn tortillas
  • sour cream
  • cheese
  • salsa
  • avocado

Instructions
 

  • Combine chili with 2 teaspoons salt and pepper to taste.
  • Season peppers and onion with half of the seasoning mix and 1 tablespoon oil.
  • Spread veggies on sheet pan and broil for 5 minutes until brown.
  • Season chicken with remaining seasoning mix.
  • Then layer sliced chicken on top of cooked vegetables. Return to oven for 10-12 minutes under broiler until chicken reaches 165F internal temperature.
  • Eat with tortillas or over rice and toppings of choice.
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Why butter boards aren’t healthy… and how to make them better

What is a butter board?

Viral butter boards are a TikTok trend that you can think of as the next charcuterie board. Instead of featuring a variety of meat and cheese, you basically make a compound butter, bring it to room temperature and spread it on a cutting board. Top it with herbs, nuts or a drizzle of honey, caramelized onions or diced red onion and enjoy eating with warm bread, pretzels or any other carb.

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The original idea is credited to chef Joshua McFadden.

While visually appealing for a crowd, these beautiful butter boards are loaded with saturated fat and create an environment where you can very easily overeat too much butter. Which is problematic if you follow a heart healthy diet or are trying to lose weight. I do think it’s worth mentioning that they’re inexpensive and much more affordable than your traditional charcuterie board too!

What’s a serving of butter?

Butter is solid at room temperature and is a concentrated source of saturated fat. The American Heart Association suggests a diet of 5-6% saturated fat, which is about 120 calories or 13g. One tablespoon of butter has about 100 calories.

Saturated fats is limited because it’s solid at room temperature and contributes to cholesterol and risk of heart disease. Cheese, red meat and other full fat dairy products are also sources of saturated fat.

Healthy butter board ideas

The best way to lighten up your butter board is to look at lower fat or options with less saturated fat in general. Try making a homemade butter board using one of these combinations instead.

hummus board
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  • peanut butter + pumpkin puree served with apple slices, pretzels, graham crackers, banana circles
  • chocolate hummus served with lady fingers and strawberries
  • traditional hummus + black olives + olive oil + fresh herbs served with cucumber slices and pita
  • almond butter + cinnamon served with celery sticks and whole grain toast
  • fat free ricotta cheese + maple syrup + walnuts + chopped fresh mint served with dried fruit and pretzel rods.

A base of hummus or ricotta topped with the following:

  • fresh basil + garlic
  • cilantro + garlic + ginger
  • lime zest + chipotle
  • orange zest + orange slices + honey
  • diced jalapeno + lime

Ingredients for the viral butter board

The beauty is these boards are a combination of simple ingredients, perfect for a romantic evening for two or a larger dinner party.

softened butter

edible flowers

lemon zest

flaky sea salt- I like Maldon

black pepper

various herbs

variety of warm bread

wooden cutting board

Healthier combinations to try instead.

  1. Hummus board – Try traditional hummus with EBTB seasoning, carrots, radishes, cherry tomatoes, fresh herbs and crackers
  2. Sweet Hummus board – Use chocolate hummus sprinkled with white chocolate chips and pistachios. Serve with pretzel rods, apple, banana and strawberry slices, plus whole grapes and lady fingers.
  3. Cream cheese boards topped with sweet or savory toppings.
  4. Peanut butter board – Smooth or chunky peanut butter sprinkled with mini chocolate chips, served with berries, graham crackers, apple slices, pretzels.
  5. Part skim ricotta cheese board – Drizzle with honey and walnut pieces and pomegranate seeds served with crusty bread and vegetables of your choice.

Are these boards safe?

chocolate hummus

While these boards are a fun way to enjoy an appetizer or dessert, they can easily create an environment for health risk. Avoid food borne illness such as salmonella typhimurium and e. coli by using a new wooden board or a non porous board. This will eliminate the risk of spreading any bacteria that may have found its way into any grooves or cracks in your cutting board.

Are you going to try this viral butter board trend?

hummus board

Healthy Hummus Board

Instead of a calorie laden butter board, try this alternative.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Appetizer
Servings 6

Equipment

  • 1 cutting board or serving platter

Ingredients
  

  • 1 container plain hummus
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/4 tsp flakey salt
  • 3 tbsp fresh herbs chopped
  • 1 cup carrot chips
  • 1 cup celery sticks
  • 1 cup cucumber slices
  • 1 cup pretzel rods
  • 1/2 cup whole grain crackers

Instructions
 

  • Spread hummus on center of board.
  • Sprinkle with lemon zest, herbs and salt.
  • Surround with remaining ingredients.
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If you’re looking for quick and healthy meal inspiration that supports your health goals while feeding the rest of your family (including the kiddoes) well, then you’ve come to the right place!

Weeknight Egg Roll In A Bowl

This is a classic egg roll filling that can be thrown together with a few ingredients from the grocery store, especially when you have pantry basics on hand! It’s perfect for low carb eating and can easily be made into a balanced meal by adding brown rice. I love this easy recipe for quick weeknight meals when I don’t feel like cooking because it has all the flavor of egg rolls, and helps me meet my macro minimums. It’s a new favorite!

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Equipment you need

  • Large skillet
  • Wooden spoon
  • To-go containers if you’re meal prepping

Ingredients you need

  • olive oil – or another neutral oil like canola or vegetable
  • ground pork – you can also use ground turkey, ground beef or ground chicken. 80% lean ground pork or beef are my pick for low carb days where you need higher fat to meet calorie needs.
  • onion – if you have a fresh onion, use it. Frozen diced onion works well here too. I wouldn’t recommend using onion powder because the onion provides a nice texture.
  • bag of coleslaw mix – or shredded cabbage and carrot mix or even a broccoli slaw mix, no extra work because everything is perfectly shredded into small pieces.
shredded cabbage mix
  • salt and pepper
  • garlic – fresh garlic is great but I love the Dorot frozen cubes. It’s such a great shortcut product, 1 cube is 1 tsp and all the work is done for you!
  • ginger – fresh ginger is amazing but again, the Dorot frozen cubes are my go to. No work required and they last a while in the fridge. I can only find them at Trader Joes.
  • low-sodium soy sauce – I prefer low sodium but tamari or coconut aminos are good options
  • rice wine vinegar
  • sesame oil – or toasted sesame oil, whichever you have on hand. A little goes a long way to add flavor, so it’s worth having in your pantry!

Optional ingredients

  • green onions
  • sesame seeds
  • sriracha sauce
  • red pepper flakes
  • egg roll wrapper

If you’re a first time cook, you have to try this recipe! It’s a great addition to your meal plan and can be enjoyed a bunch of different ways do you don’t get bored with it! Check out these serving suggestions for a healthier alternative

Serving suggestions

Low carb

  • Cauliflower rice
  • Bean sprouts
  • Water chestnuts
  • String beans

Regular macros

  • Brown Rice – add extra carbs and fiber
  • White Rice – more traditional addition
  • Quinoa

Indulgent

  • Wonton wrappers – put this delicious filling in wrappers, spray with oil and air fry until crispy for a healthier spin on egg rolls
  • Wonton strips – top with wonton chips for a crunch
  • Spicy mayo – for drizzling
  • Yum yum sauce – for drizzling
  • Hoisin sauce – for drizzling

Meal Prep Tips

  • Be sure to use a large enough skillet, especially if you’re going to double the recipe!
  • For best results use medium heat to be sure nothing burns
  • Divide filling equally among 4 containers
  • Leftover egg roll filling should be stored in an airtight container

Macros Per Serving

374 calories

29g Fat

9g Carbs

21g Protein

Be sure to check back for other low carb recipes.

Egg Roll meal prep

Egg Roll In A Bowl

Easy weeknight recipe that comes together with basic pantry staples and 2-3 fresh ingredients from the store!
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 4
Calories 374 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp garlic
  • 1 tbsp ginger
  • 1 bag coleslaw mix
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 each scallion chopped

Instructions
 

  • Heat oil in large skillet.
  • Add ground pork and cook until no longer pink.
  • Add garlic, ginger, salt and pepper.
  • Add soy sauce and mix well.
  • Add coleslaw mix and cook for 3-5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and add sesame oil and vinegar. Mix well.
  • Serve with chopped green onion if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 374kcal
Keyword easy, low carb
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