Tag: Gluten Free

Why I eat leftover salmon straight from the fridge

Atlantic salmon is a weekly staple for us when it comes to healthy eating.  (I’ll save why this is my preference for another post!) It’s a delicious fish that can be prepared in a variety of ways whether you’re buying fresh or frozen salmon from the grocery store.  

Leftover salmon from the day before is delicious protein source. Have you ever tried eating cold salmon? Personally, I think it’s the best way to eat it for convenience, taste and avoiding that fishy smell! Read on, and I’ll explain 🙂

The fastest way to prepare salmon

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Before Kids

I used to roast fresh salmon or defrosted salmon in my toaster oven or in a 400 F oven.  I would remove any excess moisture with a paper towel, coat with a bit of olive oil spray, season with Seasonello and top with lemon slices and roast for 15-20 minutes depending on the thickness of the fish.  Still a great way to prepare salmon, (and I still do when cooking for a large crowd), but on a normal weeknight, every minute counts.

After Kids

While the above method seems pretty quick and painless, I now have even less time and this is BY FAR, my favorite way to prepare salmon – bonus my husband even likes it too!  

  1. Take a 6-8oz frozen salmon fillet out of packaging and place directly in 400F bucket air fryer.  
  2. Spray with olive oil spray, season with salt and pepper or Seasonello and top with lemon slices.  
  3. Cook for 14 minutes (from frozen) and serve!!  
  4. Salmon should look opaque and golden and reach an internal temperature of 145 F with a food thermometer when done.

When it’s cooked at a high temperature like this, the outside gets a little color to make it appealing and the inside is flakey and moist.  

I can usually fit 3 salmon fillets in my air fryer and I usually try to make at least one extra piece of salmon for lunch the next day.  

How to store cooked salmon properly

Storing leftover salmon properly is crucial to ensure food safety and to maximize its shelf life. After cooking salmon, let it cool to room temperature before storing it in an airtight container or wrapping it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. This will keep it fresh for up to 3-4 days.

Why I eat cold leftover salmon straight from fridge

Now, back to the topic of why I eat cold leftover salmon straight from the fridge. There are a few reasons why this is a great choice.

Convenience: 

Eating cold leftover salmon is a great way to save time and effort. You don’t have to worry about reheating it or going through the whole cooking process again. I like to eat it as is, make salmon salad out of it, add it to a salad or even make a sandwich. 

Taste: 

As strange as it may sound, leftover cold-cooked salmon can taste even better than the first time you had it. The flavors have had time to meld together, and your taste buds may pick up on different nuances that you didn’t notice before. Because salmon is a fattier fish, it maintains a moist flaky texture too which makes it very satisfying to eat.  My kids prefer salmon cold too.  

No Fishy Smell:

There’s something to be said about office kitchen etiquette about salmon.  When you’re eating it, everyone knows it because of they fishy odors!  When you have it cold with your meal, it still tastes great, and won’t smell up the whole kitchen the way reheated fish does.  

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Nutritional benefits: 

Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for brain function and overall health. Eating cold leftover salmon is an easy hands off way to get more of these beneficial nutrients in your diet.

Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids: Seafood, especially oily fish like salmon, tuna, and sardines, are excellent sources of Omega-3 fatty acids that are essential for heart and brain health.

High in protein: Seafood is a great source of lean protein, making it an ideal option for those looking to increase their protein intake without consuming excess calories or unhealthy fats.

Low in saturated fat: Compared to other animal proteins, seafood contains lower amounts of saturated fat. This makes it a healthier option for those looking to maintain cardiovascular health.

Contains essential vitamins and minerals: Seafood is rich in vital nutrients like vitamin D, selenium, iodine, and zinc, which play crucial roles in maintaining overall health.

Helps prevent chronic diseases: Regularly consuming seafood has been linked to a reduced risk of chronic diseases like heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and depression due to its high nutrient content.

Supports healthy growth and development: Seafood is especially important for children and pregnant women as it provides essential nutrients for proper growth and development.

Lowers inflammation: The anti-inflammatory properties of Omega-3 fatty acids found in seafood can help reduce inflammation in the body, which is linked to many chronic diseases.

Aids in weight management: Due to its high protein content and low calorie density, seafood can be beneficial for weight management by promoting satiety and reducing overall calorie intake.

To enjoy cold leftover salmon straight from the fridge, simply take it out of the container and enjoy, or let it sit at room temperature for a few minutes and top with lemon juice. 

Other salmon recipes

I know my roasting method is basic, but it works and it’s delicious.  I’m not a fan of coating with cream cheese or feta cheese because it is already a good source of healthy fats.  And for basic weeknight meals, balance is important.  We talk a lot about that if you enroll in the FASTer Way and are focused on health too!  

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Quick High Protein Salmon Salad
Use canned or leftover salmon to make this recipe.
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Tuna poke in a blue bowl
Tuna Poke Salad
If you're loving salmon, use sushi grade salmon in this recipe instead of tuna!
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salmon on top on lemon slices.
Baked Salad
Top this with salmon – it's soooo good!
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You can easily turn leftover salmon into salmon cakes by combining with a bit of bread crumbs, chopped bell peppers, red onions and mayo or egg.  Form into salmon patties and cook over medium heat with a little olive oil on stovetop until brown and cooked through.  

One recipe I do really love is this simple salmon salad, which you can make with canned or cold cooked salmon.  It would also be phenomenal over baked salad too!

Roasted salmon on plate.

Air-fryer Roasted Salmon

Use salmon straight from the freezer.
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 242 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 basket style air fryer I have found if I use my other toaster oven style air fryer, I need to add a few minutes to cook time. And it tends to make a mess.

Ingredients
  

  • 6 oz Atlantic Salmon fillet, frozen I like Costco fillets
  • Seasonello or salt and pepper

Instructions
 

  • Preheat air-fryer to 400F.
  • Place frozen salmon on parchment liner in air fryer basket and let cook for 14 minutes.
  • Should reach an internal temperature of 145F with a meat thermometer when done.

Nutrition

Calories: 242kcalProtein: 34gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 75mgPotassium: 833mgVitamin A: 68IUCalcium: 20mgIron: 1mg
Keyword air fryer, easy, fast, protein, simple
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About Me

I’m Melanie.

I’m a chef, registered dietitian, foodie, wife and mom.
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!

Melanie Marcus Selfie

Two ingredient soup hack (creamy + nourishing)

As a mom and dietitian, I’m always on the hunt to make something wholesome and easy to feed myself and my kids – and this one hits the mark for both. You can warm up your soul with this quick and easy two-ingredient soup hack that is perfect for those busy weekdays or whenever you need a quick dinner fix. It also happens to be an excellent way to get your kids to eat vegetables! Plus you can add to it to create a macro balanced meal or snack.  It is literally the easiest soup recipes I have ever tested.

This recipe is built on the convenience of frozen mirepoix and chicken broth from the grocery store, making it a great go-to meal when you’re short on time.

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Ingredients and Alternatives:

For this basic recipe, you will only need two main ingredients, frozen mirepoix and broth, but you can add additional ingredients to customize the soup to your own preference. 

Frozen mirepoix

  • This is a combination of pre-diced celery, onion and carrot.  I usually have a bag in the freezer.  
  • This soup is equally as good with fresh mirepoix, my local Trader Joe’s and Harris Teeter always have it available in the produce aisle.  When I buy fresh, I generally try to cook it the same day.  
  • You could always use 3/4 cup each of diced carrots and celery with 1 cup of diced onion.  
Chopped onions, carrots, leeks and turnips for soup.

Chicken stock

Bowl of broth herbs and spices to make chicken soup
  • Vegetable stock is a perfect alternative if you’re vegan, vegetarian or trying to follow a more plant based lifestyle.
  • Beef stock will add a deeper umami flavor to this soup.
  • Turkey stock is a great alternative to chicken stock.
  • Bone broth may also be used.  This option will offer a more protein rich soup.  

​Make it your own

  • Feel free to add fresh herbs, such as thyme or rosemary, to elevate the soup’s flavor, or hot sauce to add an extra kick.
  • Try adding a can of tomatoes to make a tomato-based soup.
  • Grate or add a cube of fresh ginger to the mirepoix for a nutrient and flavor boost.
  • Serve with poached shrimp for an elegant starter or light lunch.
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Steps to Make It:

  1. Start by heating up a large pot on medium heat and adding a tablespoon of olive oil.
  2. Add the frozen mirepoix mixture and cook for 5-7 minutes until it’s soft and fragrant.
  3. Pour in the chicken or vegetable broth, enough to cover the mirepoix, and let it come to a boil.
  4. Turn down the heat and let the soup simmer for at least 15 minutes.
  5. Use an immersion blender to puree the soup until you reach the desired consistency.
  6. If you want a thinner soup, add more warm chicken or veggie stock and blend.  
  7. Serve hot with toppings of your choice.
Home blender

The beauty of this recipe is that it is perfect for anyone looking for a warm and hearty soup without having to spend hours in the kitchen. This is perfect for those who are seeking a healthy option but don’t want to sacrifice flavor.

Interesting Ways to Serve It:

Bowl of creamy soup decoreated with crema and herbs

If you’re looking to mix things up, try serving this soup as a base for a poached egg. 

You can also roast sweet potato cubes and add them to the soup for a seasonal twist. 

For extra creaminess, add a dollop of Greek yogurt, (heavy cream or sour cream work too!) 

 Serve with crusty bread, green onions, and black pepper.

Top with croutons or toasted pumpkin seeds for an extra crunch.

This two-ingredient soup is an easy favorite during any time of year and is perfect for children and adults alike.

How to store It:

You can pop any leftover soup in the freezer in an airtight container for a quick and easy lunch. I recommend pouring into pint containers for easy meal prepping and portioning.

Nutrition & Macros:

This soup is packed with nutrients from the vegetables and broth. Mirepoix, made from a mix of carrots, celery, and onions, is an excellent source of vitamins and fiber. It is also great for hydration.

It has about 100 calories per serving and is made with real whole food ingredients.

  • Carbohydrates 5g
  • Protein 6g
  • Fat 3g

These values may change if you use a different broth such as bone broth or vegetable broth.

If you’re following the FASTer Way, save this recipe for low macro day. It’s will definitely help you feel full and hit your macro targets.

If you’re in a soup mood, you should try this split lentil soup recipe. It’s high protein and fiber gets better with time.

Don’t hesitate to make it your own by adding your own twist to the recipe. Happy cooking!

delicious pumpkin soup in ceramic bowl

2 Ingredient Soup

This recipes is so easy and comes together quickly for a cozy soup.
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 109 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 blender

Ingredients
  

  • Frozen Mirepoix
  • 32 ounces chicken stock

Instructions
 

  • Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in stock pot.
  • Add frozen bag of mirepoix and cook over medium heat until translucent and soft. About 10 minutes.
  • Add broth or stock to vegetables and let simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Transfer hot soup to blender and blend until smooth.
  • Serve and enjoy

Nutrition

Serving: 4gCalories: 109kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 6gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 374mgPotassium: 238mgFiber: 2gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 35IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 9mgIron: 0.5mg
Keyword easy, kid friendly
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About Me

I’m Melanie.

I’m a chef, registered dietitian, foodie, wife and mom.
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!

Melanie Marcus Selfie

How to make a vegan Starbucks cold cream copycat

One of my absolute joys during this time of year is strolling around with a warm indulgent beverage in hand from my favorite local coffee shop – or Starbucks. 😌💕 Personally I love a grande Americano with soy milk, or a Starbucks pumpkin spice latte, but any warm and creamy but not too sweet beverage will do!

Doing that everyday, however gets a bit steep on the pocket and sometimes packed with calorie-laden, high-fat dairy… so I gotta savor it judiciously. BUT, here comes the game-changer: dairy-free cold foam! And the best part is that you can make it yourself at home!  The perfect swirl to crown my coffee creations. 😍 No guilt, just pure delight! Let me show you how! 🙌☕️

crop unrecognizable woman stirring sweet latte with straw

With just a few simple ingredients and a little time, I truly think this is one of the best ways to jazz up your own coffee for less money at home.  It’s actually a cool way to up-cycle chickpea liquid AKA aquafaba which typically is something that would be poured down the drain!  

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Why would you want to make a vegan cold foam?  

Well, it’s vegan, dairy-free, and packed with a light and creamy texture. Not to mention it’s super easy to make – all you’ll need is some sugar, aquafaba (the liquid from a can of chickpeas), cornstarch, and a mixer with whisk attachment. 

vegan diy cold foam iced coffee
  • If you’re trying to avoid dairy.  Many people are lactose intolerant and don’t even know it!  If that’s you, eliminating dairy can help ease stomach upset and bloating!
  • If you’re trying to limit added calories from saturated fat.  Full fat dairy makes an amazing foam, but it’s also full of saturated fat which could be a concern if you are trying to follow a heart healthy diet.  
  • If you want a lower calorie option.  Fat equals flavor and is double the calories of protein and carbohydrate, so everything that makes a cold creme appealing, will cost you in the calorie department.  This vegan cold foam does have some added sugar, but it doesn’t have any fat which means it’s macro friendly! 
  • If you are trying to follow an animal free lifestyle.  
  • If you are trying to live a vegan lifestyle and missing your sweet cold cream topping!  
  • If you’re looking for a creamy topping that foams better than your average plant milk!
  • You want to make morning coffee time extra special.  
  • You realize that non-dairy milk just doesn’t foam the same way as regular.  
  • ​Make a double batch to use on top of any dessert as a whipped cream alternative.  

I’ve noticed that oat milk, almond milk and soy milk just don’t foam the same way as whole milk or heavy cream.  (It’s because they have a much lower fat content, so they don’t get as airy.)  Coconut milk whips really well, but if you are trying to avoid saturated fat or have a heart condition, coconut milk should be avoided.  

Ingredients and Substitutions

  • Canned chickpeas – Any brand will do.  Personally I like to use Goya canned chickpeas for this recipe.  
  • Powdered sugar – Powdered sugar helps keep the creamy smooth consistency of the final whip.  You could use granulated sugar in a pinch, but it may be more grainy.  Brown sugar will be too dense and result in a flatter result.  
  • Cornstarch – This helps with texture.  You could also use cream of tartar.  
  • Vanilla extract – You can experiment with different flavors, but vanilla is classic.  A tiny drop of almond extract, even peppermint could be interesting too!  
  • I recommend making this in a traditional stand mixer, but a hand mixer or a high speed blender such as a Vitamix will work well. If you’re making a triple batch an immersion blender could be an option.  For it to work, you need to have enough liquid to blend so it can blend under the liquids surface.  A mini handheld frother doesn’t have enough umph for this recipe.  
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How to make vegan cold creme

First drain your chickpeas and reserve the chickpea liquid.  You will get about 1/2 cup.  

Next reduce this liquid by half over medium heat in a frying pan.  

Then whip the reduced aquafaba in your mixer for about 1 minute.  Then add your remaining ingredients- cornstarch, powdered sugar and vanilla and let it mix for 8-10 minutes until stiff peaks form.

You’re going to be amazed by how quickly this creamy foam comes together!!

What is aquafaba

Aquafaba is the starchy water from your can of trusty chickpeas.  When chickpeas are placed in the can, water is added and then they are sealed and cooked.  The water then becomes starchy during the cooking process.  As a result it can be used in a variety of ways and they behave similarly to egg whites!  

How to use dairy free cold cream

  • On top of any cold brew coffee recipe, french press, iced coffee or any iced drink for that matter
  • Serve on top of hot tea drinks like English breakfast.
  • Create your own Starbucks drinks at home by combining espresso with simple syrup topped with your homemade cold foam and a dusting of pumpkin spice!
  • Serve it instead of foamed milk or whipped cream.
  • Consider this topping a vegan meringue.  It will even brown if you place it under the broiler!
  • Add a dollop to chocolate milk for kids.  
  • Top puddings or pie for a vegan dessert.  

There are literally tons of different ways you can use this sweet cream foam.  Let me know how you use it!!

This recipe will replace any dairy cold foam recipe and last for five days in the fridge when stored in an airtight container. A mason jar or a small pint container works perfectly for this!      

Share this easy Starbucks copycat recipe with your best girlfriends who love vanilla sweet cream cold foam just as much as you do!

Calorie and nutrition info

Aquafaba typically has about 3-5 calories per tablespoon, mostly from carbohydrates. For the purposes of this recipe, I used 4 calories per tablespoon.

Aquafaba is vegan and gluten free.

This vegan cold cream recipe has about 63g carbs and zero protein, fat or fiber.

 

iced coffee with cold foam

Vegan DIY Starbucks Cold Cream

A dairy and animal free creamy topping for any hot or cold coffee beverage!
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
8 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Drinks
Servings 4
Calories 66 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 stand mixer

Ingredients
  

  • 1 can chickpeas about 1/2 cup liquid
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 3 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions
 

  • Drain a can of chickpeas and reserve liquid.
  • Reduce chickpea liquid by half. This should be about 1/4 cup.
  • Add liquid to stand mixer and blend with remaining ingredients for 8-10 minutes until stiff peaks form.

Notes

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.  

Nutrition

Calories: 66kcal
Keyword easy, vegan
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References

Aquafaba Nutrition.(November 13, 2023) https://aquafaba.com/nutrition.html

Easy fried rice for one

Are you looking for an easy and tasty weeknight dinner that won’t take all night to make? Well, look no further than this super fast fried rice! You can may also like my egg roll in a bowl or easy ricotta pasta recipes – so check them out if you have time. But this delicious fried rice is my go to for busy weeknights since it has minimal ingredients and takes way less than 30 minutes from start to finish.

Plus, you can customize this basic recipe by using whatever vegetables or proteins you have in your fridge whether they are fresh or frozen. Keep reading to learn how my step-by-step guide will help you whip up a batch of irresistible fried rice in no time flat. It can also be made as a side dish for two or easily made to feed the entire family.

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Ingredients you need for this easy fried rice recipe

  • Toasted sesame oil – Other neutral oil such as vegetable oil, canola oil or olive oil will work well too here but sesame oil adds a lot of flavor.
  • Garlic – this is a classic flavor component, so don’t skimp. You can mince whole fresh garlic, use jarred minced garlic or frozen cubes are a great way to add flavor.
  • Fresh ginger – I like to use frozen cubes to keep this simple, but you can also grate fresh ginger.
  • Mixed vegetables – think fresh veggies like broccoli, bok choy, carrot, bell pepper, zucchini, green peas, green beans, onions, mini corn, bell peppers. A bag of frozen veggies will work here too.
  • Brown rice – I like to use brown rice, but it’s a matter of personal preference. Any rice will work. Leftover rice is a fabulous option if you have it. But white rice or cauliflower rice are also good substitutes. Just be sure any of the rice is pre-cooked and cooled. In fact, cold rice works best for fried rice recipes.
  • Gluten-free tamari – low sodium soy sauce, coconut aminos, even regular soy sauce will work but it does have gluten. These are all interchangeable so just use what you have.
  • Whole egg – We fry them sunny side up, but I also like to scramble the egg into the rice the way my mom used to do it for us, so it’s just personal preference.
  • They key is to use a hot wok or well heated frying pan to make sure everything cooks evenly!
  • optional toppings: Sriracha, green onions, bean sprouts, cilantro, sesame seeds, cubed tofu, or protein of choice such as leftover chicken.
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Steps to make classic fried rice

  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet or large wok over high heat.
  2. When the oil is hot, add the garlic, ginger, and chopped vegetables and cook over medium-high heat .
  3. Stir-fry the vegetables for about 5 minutes, until lightly browned and softened. Keep the ingredients moving so they cook evenly.
  4. Add the rice and cook, for another 3 minutes, then add the soy sauce and cook for 1 minute more. 
  5. Let the rice cook, undisturbed for 1-2 minutes if you like crispy bits in your fried rice.  
  6. Remove rice from panServe with sriracha.

What kind of rice is best to use for fried rice?

Personally I love to use leftover cooked rice from takeout. Day-old rice works really well because the individual grains maintain their texture as opposed to getting mushy. While jasmine rice is popular because of its aroma and flavor, but it tends to naturally have wetter consistency that helps it clump together.

  • If you have a rice cooker – Make the most of it by making a larger batch of fresh rice, let it return to room temperature and then freeze on a sheet pan in a single layer to use for later weeknight meals.
  • Microwaveable packets of long-grain rice are great for this type of quick cooking. They are also the best way to keep on hand in your pantry to make a complete meal in under 2 minutes!
  • Frozen brown or white long grain rice are other good options. I recommend that you microwave just before you add to the cooked vegetables. Though I find that rice doesn’t get as crispy with this method.

As you can see there are several types of rice you can use.

Here’s a secret for good fried rice: Cook your rice until it’s al dente, which means it has a little bite left to it. This prevents your fried rice from becoming mushy as you add sauces to your stir fry.

Tips for adding more flavor

When making dishes that include soy sauce, you may think more soy sauce is better. While you don’t want to skimp, it could become very one note if you use too much. Here’s what I recommend instead.

Make your fried rice with quantities listed in the ingredient list. Then taste it. While it may need more soy sauce for your liking, it’s important to remember that 15 milliliters or 1 Tablespoon of soy sauce has 920 milligrams of sodium. That’s 38% of the daily recommended value, and just about half of what the American Heart Association recommends for a heart healthy diet.

Instead of adding more soy sauce, you may want to sprinkle with a small amount of kosher salt to help bring out some high notes.

Alternatively, use lemon or lime juice! Citrus helps bring balance to salty or fatty foods and helps your tongue and mind appreciate the flavors. Just give a squeeze over the top and taste the difference for yourself!

If you happen to have leftovers, store your homemade fried rice in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

Calorie information

This recipe is really macro friendly because it has a significant source of fiber, plus you can modify the fat, protein or carbohydrate to meet your needs easily!

Calories 456

Fat 12 grams

Saturated 2grams

Sodium 571 grams

Protein 16 grams

Fiber 7 grams

About Me

I’m Melanie.

I’m a chef, registered dietitian, foodie, wife and mom.
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!

Melanie Marcus Selfie

Quick Fried Rice for One

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Calories 456 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger minced
  • 2 cups vegetables chopped
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice cooled
  • 2 tsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 egg fried
  • edamame, shrimp, tofu, green onion, sesame seeds, sriracha

Instructions
 

  • Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over high heat.
  • When the oil is hot, add the garlic, ginger, and chopped vegetables.
  • Stir-fry the vegetables for about 5 minutes, until lightly browned and softened.  Keep the ingredients moving so they cook evenly.
    Add the rice and cook, for another 3 minutes, then add the soy sauce and cook for 1 minute more. 
  • Let the rice cook, undisturbed for 1-2 minutes if you like crispy bits in your fried rice.  
  • Transfer your rice to serving bowl and top with fried egg and additional toppings if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 456kcal
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The secret to making viral Cottage Cheese “Protein” Ice Cream

Who doesn’t like ice cream? Traditional ice cream is my favorite dessert. Whether it’s a Carvel ice cream cake for birthdays, or soft serve ice cream on a summer day, I am here for it. Wouldn’t it be better if it helped you reach your health goals? As much as I love a traditional ice cream cone, if I’m honest, eating one daily is probably not going to get me to where I want to be. So when one of my girlfriends called me to ask my thoughts on TikTok’s viral cottage cheese “protein” ice cream, I had to try it! Watch here!

After making it a few times, I have one major takeaway. This recipe can go downhill fast with just one mistake – over freezing. It will make your ice cream so darn hard and icy, you’ll just want to toss it. But don’t worry, I have a few tips to avoid that frustration.

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What is cottage cheese ice cream?

It is whipped cottage cheese that is combined with flavor pairings like vanilla and strawberry to make a creamy and delicious treat! The beauty is that you can make it with just about anything, as long as you have cottage cheese. When it is whipped, it takes on the consistency and flavor of softened cream cheese, which makes it a fantastic base for just about any flavor combination you like. It’s such a versatile ingredient and a very simple recipe!

Is cottage cheese ice cream a good source of protein?

One serving of 2% fat cottage cheese is ½ cup or 4 ounces and contains 90 calories, 12 grams of protein, 3 grams of fat, and 350 milligrams of sodium. It’s an excellent source of protein providing the equivalent of three ounces of protein per cup.  

For reference, 1/2 cup of 4% milkfat cottage cheese has 120 calories, 12 grams protein, 5 grams fat, 3.5grams saturated fat and the same 350 milligrams of sodium.

One ounce of protein provides 7 grams of protein, which means a half cup of cottage cheese provides the equivalent of 2 ounces of high quality protein. And if we’re honest, you’ll probably eat about two servings of this dessert for a total of 24 grams of protein.

What type of cottage cheese is best to make ice cream?

You can use any type of cottage cheese, however when you go with a lower fat or fat free version, more ice crystals will form and you’ll have an icier dessert. I’m all about a creamier texture, so I recommend using a full fat cottage cheese to make it as close to the real thing as possible!

If you want to make this dessert with fat free or low fat cottage cheese, I recommend freezing it for less time. Freeze it for 60-90 minutes until its cold, but not frozen solid. It’ll still taste great.

Ingredients to make cottage cheese ice cream.

  1. Creamy base – I recommend using a container of whole milk cottage cheese for the creamiest dessert.
  2. Sweetener – You can use anything from maple syrup and raw honey to protein powder or monk fruit. Use the sweetener of your choice. I’ve made it with vanilla stevia and it had great flavor.
  3. Flavoring and mix ins – The original version I saw on social media used fresh strawberries and graham crackers, but you can use anything you’d like! Experiment with other chopped fruit, powdered peanut butter, chocolate chips, or flavorings such as cake batter or coconut.

In the version below, I added banana because it freezes well, adds a slight sweetness and lightens up the texture.

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Flavor combinations to try

  • vanilla extract, maple syrup and crushed walnuts
  • rum extract, fresh diced pineapple and coconut flakes
  • cocoa powder, almonds and mini chocolate chips
  • peanut butter and sliced banana
  • mint extract and dark chocolate shavings
  • cake batter extract and sprinkles
  • crushed graham crackers with diced strawberries
  • blueberries and lemon zest
  • raspberries and white chocolate chips
  • banana and vanilla stevia

You an also use it as a base of a protein bowl, instead of your favorite smoothie, making this a great alternative for breakfast, or an afternoon snack.

If you’re thinking about adding collagen or protein powder for an added protein boost, save it for another time. Cottage cheese is already such a good source of protein, that unless you have very high protein needs, it’s unnecessary. Learn more about macros and importance of protein here.

Equipment needed for cottage cheese ice cream.

In order to make this dessert you need something to whip your cottage cheese. You can achieve a creamy texture with anything from a high-powered blender, a food processor, even a hand-held immersion blender.

After that you just need a few basics like a container mix everything together in, and another to freeze in!

Also, it’s worth mentioning that you don’t need an ice cream maker to try this recipe. If you have one, you could use it to churn your cottage cheese mixture, but it will come out just as well if you put it in the freezer for 60-90 minutes.

How long do you freeze cottage cheese ice cream?

After blending your cottage cheese in a food processor, blender or immersion blender, add your flavorings of choice. You can then freeze a few different ways.

  • Place it back into the original cottage cheese container and freeze for 60-90 minutes until chilled all the way through. The center will likely be soft and creamy.
  • Put into a loaf pan for 60-90 minutes s it can freeze faster. Use an ice cream scoop to serve.
  • You can also spread onto a 1/4 sheet pan and cover with plastic wrap to give it even more surface area to freeze at a faster rate.

Whatever you do – do not let it freeze over night! It will form ice crystals and be very difficult to scoop. After testing several times, I noticed that the ice crystals formed regardless of the fat content. So, my best advice is to freeze for less time, or enjoy as a cold pudding.

Whatever you do – do not let it freeze over night! It will form ice crystals and be very difficult to scoop. After testing several times, I noticed the ice crystals form regardless of the fat content. So, my best advice is to freeze for less time, or enjoy as a cold pudding.

What is a serving of cottage cheese ice cream?

I saw a lot of people on social media making this dessert with 16 ounces (four servings), or two cups of cottage cheese – and it appeared that they were eating the entire batch in one sitting. I would recommend a 1/2 cup serving, just like regular ice cream to limit sodium and saturated fat.

As I mentioned earlier, one serving of 2% cottage cheese is ½ cup or 4 ounces and contains 90 calories, 12 grams of protein, 3 grams of fat, and 350 milligrams of sodium. If you ate the whole container, you’d have 360 calories, 48 grams of protein and 1400 mg of sodium. It’s recommended to keep sodium intake at or below 2000 mg daily to follow a heart healthy diet. So you can see how sodium added up quickly when the portion size increased.

Keep in mind that if you choose a higher fat content cottage cheese, you will have more total calories and fat.

Your toppings of choice will add to your calorie, fat and sodium intake too so stay mindful when making this healthy ice cream at home.

It’s all about what you’re in the mood for, what fits into your health goals and how you’re going to feel afterwards!

What if I eat too much protein?

When someone consumes more protein than their body needs, the excess is stored as fat. I recommend aiming for 20-30 grams or 3-4 ounces of protein per meal to stay satisfied and full. Which makes a 1/2 cup portion of cottage cheese ice cream a healthy alternative when toppings and add ons are kept in check!

Why should I try cottage cheese ice cream?

It’s an excellent food choice if you are trying to build muscle or maintain a healthy weight. In fact, a single serving of cottage cheese can provide nearly 2 ounces of protein, which is beneficial for promoting muscle growth and repair.

Now that cottage cheese has made it’s modern comeback, will you try it? Let me know!

If you are looking for other homemade ice cream recipes, you have to try nice cream. It’s another 2 ingredient wonder!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 164 per 1/2 cup serving

Fat: 5g

Saturated fat: 3g

Carbohydrates: 20g

Protein: 11g

Fiber: 1g

Cottage Cheese Ice Cream

Protein rich ice cream alternative
Prep Time 5 minutes
1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 4
Calories 164 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 food processor immersion blender will work too

Ingredients
  

  • 16 oz full fat cottage cheese
  • 1 each banana
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 5 drops vanilla stevia

Instructions
 

  • Blend everything in a food processor until smooth.
  • Return to cottage cheese container and freeze for 60-90 minutes

Nutrition

Calories: 164kcal
Keyword protein
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Unbelievably easy Yogurt marinade for chicken skewers

I came across this recipe a few years ago in one of my cookbooks and it’s been a staple ever since. I make it often during summer grilling season and it’s so easy to remember that I can make it while away on vacation! The marinade time is relatively low making it a good option for weeknight meals too. It’s one of my favorite chicken recipes because it requires very little prep work and they have so much flavor!

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What you need to make these chicken kabobs

Ingredients

  • Chicken pieces – I like to use boneless skinless chicken breasts cut in to 1-inch pieces. Boneless skinless chicken thighs also work well. If you don’t want to make kabobs, you can use your favorite cut of chicken and bake or roast until 165F.
  • Greek yogurt – The original recipe calls for full fat greek yogurt. I’ve made it with fat free Greek and plain yogurt and it also worked well.
  • Red curry paste – This is the secret ingredient. It’s where maximum flavor and color comes in. I prefer the Thai Kitchen brand. If you can’t find it, try a mix of tomato paste, garlic and fresh ginger, red chili powder and lemon zest.
  • Kosher salt and olive oil

Other equipment

  • Wooden skewers or metal skewers
  • Instant read thermometer
  • Outdoor grill, gas grill or indoor grill pan
  • Baking sheet to place raw chicken skewers
  • Plastic wrap
  • Plastic gloves

How to make yogurt curry chicken skewers

First, combine the plain greek yogurt, curry paste, salt and oil in a large bowl. Mix well and set marinade ingredients aside.

Next, cut your chicken into one inch pieces if necessary.

Place pieces of chicken into marinade. Once coated, place chicken onto skewers, cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.

For best results, preheat your grill to ensure grill grates are hot.

Place skewers onto prepared grill and let cook for about 25 minutes, turning once half way through. Skewers should be golden brown and reach an internal temperature of 165F when done. Discard extra marinade.

Store leftovers in an airtight container for 3-5 days in the refrigerator.

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Why does yogurt make a good marinade?

Yogurt is a good source of healthy bacteria for your gut. That same live active bacteria also happens to be what makes it a good marinade, tenderizing your chicken within a short amount of time.

What to serve with these easy chicken skewers

Serve cooked skewers with…

  • Roasted red onions and broccoli
  • Warm pita bread
  • Traditional Greek salad with tomato, olives and feta
  • Small side salad
  • Roasted potatoes and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice
  • Sliced cucumber and tzatziki
  • Hummus and stuffed grape leaves

Nutritional information and macros

This grilled chicken is versatile for regular macro and low carb days. This recipe makes 6, 5 oz cooked portions with the following macros. If you need other macro friendly recipes check out my chicken fajitas, egg roll in a bowl or pulled chicken recipes! All super easy and macro friendly.

Calories: 221

Fat: 7g

Carbohydrate 1g

Protein 35g

Yogurt Curry Chicken Skewers

This recipe couldn't be faster to throw together, and it's a complete crowd pleaser.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Main Course
Servings 6
Calories 221 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup full fat greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp red curry paste
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 pounds chicken breast skinless, boneless

Instructions
 

  • Combine first four ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.
  • Cut chicken into 1 inch cubes if necessary. Then add to yogurt mixture.
  • Let chicken sit in marinade for 20 minutes in the fridge.
  • Grill over medium high heat until internal temperature reads 165F. About 25 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 221kcal
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About Me

I’m Melanie.

I’m a chef, registered dietitian, foodie, wife and mom.
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!

Melanie Marcus Selfie

Baked Salad should be a staple winter recipe for you – a dietitian explains

When I heard baked salads were trending on TikTok, I was intrigued and as a dietitian, pleasantly surprised. Baked salad is simply a variety of roasted vegetables that are eaten as a warm salad – which is perfect for winter eating! To me, baked salad recipes are the 2.0 of sheet pan meals. They’re an ideal way to increase your servings of vegetables and they’re very easy to make. I tested

This recipe is inspired by the version made by Justine Doiron, it’s the perfect balance of sweet and bitter, soft and crunchy. Her’s used chili oil, which I didn’t have on hand, so simplified a bit, either way, I really enjoyed it when I made it for the first time. It even reheated will as leftovers too! Just think of it as a roasted vegetable salad with fun crunchy bits on top. Let me know if you try this cozy dish and happy baked salad season!

I tested this concept as part of my work for Dole Food Company, but all opinions are my own!

Ingredients and substitutions

baked salad with salmon
  • cabbage – Not only is cabbage inexpensive, they’re a cruciferous vegetable, loaded with nutrients. Brussels sprouts or pre cut slaw mix would work well here too, if you don’t have cabbage.
  • kale– Kale is a hearty green that stands up to the heat of roasting. Collard greens are a good substitute if necessary.
  • red onion – This recipe called for red onion within the dressing, a yellow or white onion could also be used here. If you want to skip the warm dressing agrodolce all together, just use your favorite oil based salad dressing instead.
  • quinoa – I used a red quinoa, but white quinoa could also be used. If you don’t have quinoa, you can create breadcrumb mixtures that will provide the same texture as crispy quinoa. Sourdough croutons, crispy chickpeas or pumpkin seeds would also work well!
  • honey – maple syrup or agave could be used instead.
  • herbs such as sage and rosemary sprig.
  • red wine vinegar – A rose vinegar or a white vinegar would also work well here. I caution using apple cider or balsamic vinegar as their flavors are much stronger.
  • olive oil – since this oil is heated, don’t use extra virgin. Regular olive oil or other neutral oil such as vegetable or avocado oil would be fine.
  • kosher salt and black pepper

Variations and serving suggestions

Experiment making your own version of baked salad with these ideas.

  • Roast sweet potatoes, butternut squash cubes or other winter vegetables for a splash of color and vitamin A.
  • Top with roasted chicken breasts or poached salmon to create a meal that even meat eaters will love.
  • Pan sear goat cheese rounds to create a baked goat cheese salad as a fancy DIY first course at home.
  • Enjoy as a light lunch topped with chickpeas or roasted tofu.
  • Try roasting grapes, tomatoes or peaches for a sweet twist!
  • Which ever combination you choose, you won’t go wrong by adding a squeeze of fresh lemon juice before serving.

How to make baked salad

  • Start by thinly slicing the cabbage and kale. I used a mandolin to slice the cabbage into uniform strips and I took a shortcut with pre cut and pre washed kale.
  • Coat the cabbage and kale with olive oil, and place into a 400 F oven. Bake the kale for 8 minutes or until fork tender, leaving the cabbage in for a total of 20 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Cook quinoa according to package instructions and then spread onto large baking sheet, spray with olive oil spray and sprinkle with pinch of salt and pepper or Seasonello. Bake at 375 until crisp, about 20 minutes.
  • In a medium saucepan heat 1teaspoon olive oil with rosemary and then add honey mixture. Let simmer for 2 minutes add vinegar and then pour over sliced red onion in small bowl. Set aside.
  • When quinoa is toasty, layer the salad in one large bowl or divide into 3 or 4 smaller ones for meal preps!

Ingredients not to use

Roasting vegetables is one of my favorite things to do to increase flavor without a lot of work. In my opinion, nearly any vegetable can be roasted, but you may just want to watch out for the few below.

  • Delicate leafy greens such as spinach or spring mix. They will not stand up to the heat from the oven!
  • Avocado – While I’ve had success grilling avocado, I don’t suggest roasting it, in this way.
  • Cucumber – They will take longer to roast and will likely need seasoning to enhance the flavor.

If you want to use these items, I would suggest adding them raw just before serving.

Why you should try baked salads

  • They’re delicious.
  • They’re a hands off way to meal prep healthy lunches for the week.
  • This recipe is a good base that plays nicely with other ingredients to create variety.
  • Nine out of 10 Americans don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables – add more to your diet without sacrificing flavor.
  • This is an easy way to enjoy a warm cozy dish outside of salad season.
  • It makes amazing leftovers!
  • It’s a perfect fit if you’re following a low carb or Mediterranean style diet.

About Me

I’m Melanie.

I’m a chef, registered dietitian, foodie, wife and mom.
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!

Melanie Marcus Selfie

Slow Cooker Three ingredient BBQ Pulled Chicken Hack

Every mom needs an easy slow cooker recipe that the whole family will love. Bonus points if it can transform from one meal to another without comment from the peanut gallery – this hack will do just that! This cooking method is a great way to result in tender chicken that can be used in a multitude of ways. Think of this as your protein meal prep for the week. In fact, you can cool and freeze half of what you make for a future easy dinner too! It’s easily a week’s worth of chicken for 2-3 people.

Ingredients you need for BBQ Pulled Chicken

chicken, bbq sauce, salt and water
  1. Boneless skinless chicken breasts and/or boneless skinless chicken thighs, plus kosher salt
  2. BBQ sauce – use your favorite barbecue sauce, we like to use Stubb’s.
  3. Water – you can also use a low sodium chicken broth for added flavor here!

Optional ingredients

If you have spices on hand you can enhance the sauce ingredients by adding a tsp of smoked paprika and a tsp of garlic powder or onion powder. If you like heat, you can add a few tablespoons of hot sauce during the cooking process. Another version of this recipe is slow cooker Mexican chicken which is made by swapping bbq sauce for mild or medium salsa.

Step by Step instructions

  • First line your slow cooker for easy clean up. Slow cooker liners are a must for me, they make the entire process including cleanup very hands off.
  • Next add your raw chicken breast and thighs to the bottom of the slow cooker. Sprinkle with salt.
  • Top with water and bbq sauce
  • Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8 hours
  • When chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165F, remove pieces from slow cooker and place in large bowl.
  • I like to shred using two forks, but you can also use a hand mixer to quickly pull apart the cooked chicken. Just be sure to use a low speed!
  • Then ladle 1-2 cups of the liquid from the slow cooker bbq chicken over the pulled chicken, allowing it to reabsorb.
  • The rest of the liquid can be discarded, but if you’re going to re-heat leftover pulled chicken later in the week, you may want to hold onto the extra sauce.
  • Lastly, if you’re feeding a crowd, return the pulled chicken to the slow cooker to keep warm for serving.

Store leftover pulled chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

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Ways to eat your pulled chicken

  1. On whole wheat hamburger buns with pickles and red onion
  2. With potato salad and string beans
  3. Make BBQ chicken sandwiches on a hearty bread
  4. With roasted sweet potato and a side salad
  5. With corn tortillas, sour cream and coleslaw
  6. Stuffed inside a baked potato with black beans and salsa

Macros Breakdown

240 calories

10g fat

5g carbohydrate

29g protein

0 fiber

This is truly the easiest bbq chicken recipe out there. There’s a little prep in just making sure you have chicken pieces and your favorite bbq sauce on hand, but other then that, it’s ideal for busy days!

Check out my review of Dole Sheet Pan Starter Kits for other easy dinner ideas. If you like this recipe, you should also check out my Fast Fajitas.

easy pulled chicken

BBQ Pulled Chicken

Easy protein meal prep that the whole family will love.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 5 minutes
Course Main Course

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pounds chicken breast boneless and skinless
  • 1 pound chicken thighs boneless and skinless
  • 1 cup bbq sauce
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup water

Instructions
 

  • Place chicken pieces in the bottom of slow cooker.
  • Season with salt and cover with bbq sauce and water.
  • Cook on low for 8 hours.
  • Remove chicken from slow cooker and pull apart with two forks until fully shredded.
  • Pour 1-2 cups of sauce over shredded chicken and allow to absorb.
  • Return chicken to slow cooker to keep warm until serving.
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About Me

I’m Melanie.

I’m a chef, registered dietitian, foodie, wife and mom.
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!

Melanie Marcus Selfie

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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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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