Hamburger Soup

A delicious and hearty meal that is sure to satisfy. One of my favorite soups for sure and I’m sure you’ll all enjoy!

Ingredients

  • (8 oz) extra lean ground beef
  • (8 oz) uncooked ground turkey breast
  • 1 cup finely chopped onions
  • 2 carrots, coarse shredded
  • 2 celery ribs, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 cups reduced sodium beef broth
  • 2 (14-1/2 oz) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 tsp dried sage, crushed
  • 1 tsp dried thyme, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 cups chopped potatoes
  • Fresh Sage, optional

Directions:

  1. In an oven, combine beef, turkey, onion, carrot, celery, and garlic; cook until meat is brown and onion is tender.
  1. Drain off fat. Stir beef broth, undrained tomatoes, dried sage, thyme, rosemary, salt, and pepper into beef mixture in Dutch oven. Bring to a boil; stir in potatoes. Reduce heat.
  1. Cover and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender. If desired, garnish with fresh sage.

 

Yield: 12 Servings

Serving Size: 1 Cup per serving

Nutritional Information:

Calories: 103, Total Fat 2g, Saturated Fat 1g, Cholesterol 19mg, Carbohydrates 10g, Fiber 1g, Sodium 418mg, Protein 10g

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Banana Bread Granola Bars

I got lucky this weekend and I got to go home to visit my family and while I was home I made some of these delicious homemade granola bars. They are my absolute favorite snack. I also added a bit of chocolate to mine so take that into account if you want to make them exactly the way I did. I hope you guys and gals enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats (certified gluten-free if necessary)
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup very ripe mashed bananas
  • 1/4 cup honey (substitute with brown rice syrup if vegan)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped dates (or other add-ins of your choice)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350F and prepare an 8 inch x 8 inch baking pan by lining it with a sheet of aluminum foil, leaving a few inches of overhang on the sides to allow for easy removal. Grease the foil with cooking spray or oil and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, flax, cinnamon, and salt. Add mashed bananas, honey, and vanilla, mixing until fully combined. Fold in dates.

Pour mixture into prepared baking pan. Using a greased spatula or your hands, spread the mixture evenly in the pan, pressing down firmly.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, until top sets and edges begin to turn golden brown.

Remove from oven and let cool in pan for 10 minutes before cutting into bars with a sharp knife.

Nutrition Information

Serves: 10 |  Serving Size: 1 bar

Per serving: Calories: 130; Total Fat: 2g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 120mg; Carbohydrate: 27g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 14g; Protein: 3g

Nutrition Bonus: Potassium: 122mg; Iron: 5%; Vitamin A: 0%; Vitamin C: 2%; Calcium: 1%

Cheesy Tuna Melts

A delicious lunch or supper meal that is super easy to make and has lots of possiblity for personal meal customization. AS you can see here I added jalapenos.

Ingredients

  • 1 can of tuna
  • 1/3 cup chopped celery
  • 2 tablespoons of mayo
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 4 english muffins, split and toasted
  • 8 slices of tomato
  • 8 slices of cheddar cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to broil.
  2. In a bowl, mix together tuna, celery, mayonnaise and salt. Spread tuna mixture onto the toasted muffin halves and place them on a baking sheet. Top each half with a slice of tomato and a slice of cheese.
  3. Broil until cheese is melted, about 3 to 5 minutes

Makes 8 servings with each serving being about 235 calories. Enjoy!

Grilled Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich

Sticking with the peanut butter theme of the other day, here’s a simple breakfast or lunch idea that will give you that peanut butter fix that you’re looking for!

Ingredients

  • 2 slices of whole wheat bread
  • 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • cooking spray

Directions

Heat a skillet or griddle over medium heat, and coat with cooking spray. Spread 1 tablespoon of peanut butter onto one side of each slice of bread. Place banana slices onto the peanut buttered side of one slice, top with the other slice and press together firmly. Fry the sandwich until golden brown on each side, about 2 minutes per side.

I hope you guys will like this simple meal as much as I did!

Dr. Oz Breakfast Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp rice powder protein
  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseeds
  • 1/2 cup frozen berries
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

Directions

Blend all ingredients together until you achieve the desired consistency.

 

Although I don’t agree with much of what Dr. Oz says on his show that he claims “works” in achieving weight loss without doing any physical activity, I do like this smoothie. It’s a great alternative for breakfast with only 350 calories and it tastes great.

I personally made a couple changes to the ingredients list and I’ll list them below so you can make it the way I do if you want.

  • 1 scoop whey powder protein
  • 1/4 cup vanilla or strawberry yogurt
  • 1/2 cup frozen berries
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

The common argument against smoothies is that they don’t keep you full until your next meal. The addiction of the protein not only adds texture but works to keep you full until lunch giving you the energy you need to do what you need to do during the day.