Healthy Greek Layer Dip

 Sometimes I struggle to stay on track when an event comes up. It doesn’t even have to be a big event-if there are snacks, I will partake. 

I had been doing really good so far this year, eating clean and working out daily so when my monthly book club meeting was coming up, I started looking for a healthier dish to bring. (It helped that a fellow member vowed to stay on track with me at the meeting. I need all the support I can get!) 

I decided on a Greek layer dip and it was amazing! We ate almost all of it! Even the girls who weren’t watching their food intake raved about it! So here’s the recipe…

  • 1-10 oz container of garlic hummus
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt (mmmm protein)
  • 1T  dried dill
  • 1T lemon juice 
  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes-quartered
  • 1/2 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1/3 cup chopped lala maya olives
  • 1/3 cup goat cheese
  • Parsley for garnish

First, mix the Greek yogurt, dill and lemon juice together and set aside.

Spread garlic hummus on the bottom of an 8×8 dish then dollop the Greek yogurt mix on top and spread even to form the second layer. Then top with everything else, sprinkling parsley on the top to garnish. 

  
I served it with cucumber slices (and also brought pita chips for everyone else) Between my dip and the delicious low carb pinwheels that my dieting-partner-in-crime brought, it was easy to stay on track. I’ll be bringing this to many a party from now on!

   
See the nice little layers? And the cute scribble on my cutting board from my child.

   
Seven of us devoured this!

21 Day Fix Enchilada Verde Casserole

  
My family loves Mexican food and it’s something that they’ve missed while I’ve been on my healthy journey. So today I decided to make a healthy enchilada casserole. It was a huge hit and will be working its way into my monthly meal rotations! It makes 8 servings and each serving is equal to 1 red, 1 yellow, 1 blue and 1/4 green if you use salsa or 1 orange if you use enchilada sauce for the containers. 

What you need:

  • 1 pound chicken breasts
  • 1 jar of salsa verde or green enchilada sauce (about 2 cups) 
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 14 small corn tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (really you could use less but for measuring containers, this made things equal)
  • Olive oil spray
  • Hot sauce to taste 

I put the chicken breasts in the crockpot with the salsa verde on low for 6 hours.  

 Then shredded the chicken with a fork and added the Greek yogurt and mixed well.  

  

 Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and spray a 11×7 or 9×13 pan with the olive oil spray.  

 
Layer 6 tortillas on the bottom of the pan 

 
Top with 1/2 of the chicken/salsa mixture and then some cheese.  

   
Then repeat those steps. 

    
 
Take the remaining 2 tortillas and tear them into strips, add them to the top and sprinkle the remaining cheese. (I used some grated cotija cheese for topping and included it in my “cup-o-cheese” 

  
Then bake for about 15 minutes or until the cheese is slightly brown and bubbly. 

  
Top with some hot sauce or additional salsa and enjoy! 


 

21 Day Fix Baked Spaghetti

WInner, winner, baked spaghetti dinner!

21 day fix baked spaghetti

I scored HUGE the other night with the fam. I made a HEALTHY baked spaghetti! And duh, winning for me because it’s 21 Day Fix approved! 1 red, 1 yellow, 1 blue and either 1/2 purple or 1/2 green, however you count your tomato sauce. Personally, I count it however I need it to count for that day haha.

So here’s whatcha need…

1 bag of brown rice noodles

1 container of cottage cheese

20 oz ground turkey

1 jar of marinara/pasta sauce

1 cup of shredded cheese

1 onion (optional)

I started by boiling the noodles. You’ll want to drain them when they are just past al dente. You’ll be cooking them in the oven and you don’t want them to get too soggy.

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Then I sautéed the onion and browned my turkey. Ive totally been debating which is best with my kids, they hate onions so  I never know if I should dice them super tiny so they can’t tell or leave them big enough that they can pick them out. Either way you do it should taste just fine though.

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After the turkey browned, I added the spaghetti sauce. I also like to add a little water and a package of italian sauce dry mix for extra flavor.

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Then I preheated the oven to 375 and started layering my ingredients in a 9×13 baking dish. Start with the pasta, add a layer of cottage cheese, then the meat sauce, then pasta, cottage cheese and sauce again. Top with shredded cheese and pop in the oven until the cheese on top is bubbly.

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See all the pretty layers? Yeah me either, it kind of runs together.

So about 1/4 of this pan fed my whole family! I divided another 1/4 of it into lunches for me and I froze the other half for a quick dinner later on.

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Boom! Dinner, meal prep and lazy future dinner! The whole family LOVED it and got super full! Definitely putting this in the dinner rotation!

Clean Eating Chicken Nuggets

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Sometimes, and it’s rare but sometimes you score big mom points at dinner. I happened to score huge mom points last night when I experimented with some clean chicken nuggets.
They were a big hit and my family ate every bite! My husband even said that they rival Chik-Fil-a nuggets!

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Ingredients

1 lb. organic boneless chicken breasts (or tenders), cut into small bite sized pieces (1/2-inch by 1-inch)
3 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon Italian herbs
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
3 tablespoons whole wheat panko bread crumbs
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast or you could use parmesan cheese
Coconut oil spray

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Preheat the oven to 450°.
Add the chicken with the oil followed by the salt, Italian herbs, garlic salt, oregano, and black pepper. Massage the chicken with the spices thoroughly.
Add the chicken, bread crumbs and nutritional yeast to a ziplock bag. Seal the bag and shake it all up until the chicken is coated.
Spray a baking sheet with coconut oil spray.
Lay the nuggets on the baking sheet in a single layer.
Spray the top side of the chicken with coconut oil.
Bake for 8 minutes on each side.
I’ll definitely be adding this to the weekly rotation!

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Meal Plans

week one mp cg2 cg mp w2 cg w3 mp 21 day fix meal guide