Stuffed Chicken Parmesan with pesto zucchini noodles! Quick, Simple & Low Carb with only 320 calories! Ready in less than 30 minutes.

Stuffed Chicken Parmesan with pesto zucchini noodles! Quick, Simple & Low Carb with only 320 calories! Ready in less than 30 minutes.

Stuffed Chicken Parmesan with pesto zucchini noodles! Quick, Simple & Low Carb with only 320 calories! Ready in less than 30 minutes.

Marcros: 320cal/9carb/16fat/37pro

5oz raw chicken breast
2tbsp of store bought pasta sauce – any flavor (I used a garlic infused pasta sauce)
(You could make your own w/2tbsp plain tomato sauce, 1/4tsp Italian seasoning/1/8tsp minced garlic)
14grams of reduced fat shredded mozzarella cheese
5grams grated parmesan cheese
1tbsp jarred pesto sauce
5oz of zucchini – spiralized with the Paderno Spiralizer
2 fresh basil leaves – chopped
1/8tsp Italian seasoning mix
Salt/Pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a small bowl, mix together the pasta sauce, mozzarella cheese and 1 chopped basil leaf. Season the chicken with fresh ground pepper & a little salt. Cut a slit in the chicken lengthwise being careful not to cut through. Carefully stuff the chicken with the pasta sauce/cheese mixture. Top the chicken with parmesan cheese & Italian seasoning mix and bake on a foiled lined baking sheet for about 20 minutes or until cooked through. Time may vary due to thickness of chicken breast. While chicken is cooking use a spiralizer to make the zucchini noodles (my FAVORITE is the Paderno Spiralizer – worth every penny I paid for it!). When there is about 5 minutes left on the chicken heat the tbsp of pesto in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Once the pesto has warmed and become more oily, quickly sauté the noodles for about 1-2 minutes. Serve chicken topped with the remaining chopped basil leaf. Super easy with very simple ingredients you probably already have laying around!

 

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French Toast Cannoli’s – Only 295 calories for all 3!

French Toast Cannoli's! Only 295 calories for all 3! YUM

French Toast Cannoli’s! Only 295 calories for all 3! YUM

French Toast:
3 pieces of Sara Lee 45 calorie bread
1 egg white
1/2oz unsweetened almond milk
1/4tsp Better Body Foods Organic pure vanilla extract
1/4tsp cinnamon
Sugar free chocolate sauce/powdered sugar for topping

Filling:
21grams mascarpone cheese
50grams of skim Ricotta cheese (could reduce macros more with fat free)
6grams of TruVibe Organics cacao nibs
2packets of stevia
1/4tsp Better Body Foods Organic pure vanilla extract
Pinch of cinnamon

Mix together all of the filling ingredients in a small bowl and set aside. In a separate small bowl mix the egg white, milk, vanilla & cinnamon together and lightly beat with a fork. Using a rolling pin, flatten each piece of bread and cut out a circle. Dip each circle into the egg mixture and cook over medium heat for 2 or so minutes per side. Stuff each piece of toast with the filling (I secured mine with a tooth pick) and top with a little sugar free chocolate sauce & powdered sugar!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough PROTEIN Truffles – half of them covered in Sugar Free Dark Chocolate! SOOOOO GOOD & Simple!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough PROTEIN Truffles - half of them covered in Sugar Free Dark Chocolate! SOOOOO GOOD & Simple!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough PROTEIN Truffles – half of them covered in Sugar Free Dark Chocolate! SOOOOO GOOD & Simple!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough PROTEIN Truffles – covered in Sugar Free Dark Chocolate!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough PROTEIN Truffles – covered in Sugar Free Dark Chocolate!

 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough PROTEIN Truffles – half of them covered in Sugar Free Amber Lyn Dark Chocolate! SOOOOO GOOD & Simple!

Makes multiple servings:

1 can of cannellini beans

4tbsp quick oats

1/3cup Better Body Foods agave nectar or honey

1 scoop Plant Fusion vanilla protein powder

1oz TruVibe Organics cacao nibs – yum!

1tbsp Better Body Foods coconut oil

1tsp Better Body Foods organic pure vanilla extract

1/8tsp cinnamon

Handful of Amber Lyn sugar free dark chocolate bites

Drain and rinse the beans well under running water. Place beans & agave nectar in food processor and blend until smooth. Next add in the protein powder, coconut oil, cinnamon & vanilla and continue to process until smooth – using a spatula to scrape down the sides. Transfer dough into a medium sized bowl and stir in cacao nibs & quick oats. Refrigerate overnight to allow dough to firm up. Once firm, roll into desired sized balls. Place the balls that you plan on dipping into chocolate in the freezer for about 2 hours. Melt the chocolate squares in a microwave safe dish in the microwave for 30-45 seconds. Stirring every 15 or so seconds. Stick a tooth pick in the top of frozen dough ball and dip into chocolate. Place on wax paper until set and enjoy!

Quick, Simple and lower calorie Chicken Florentine Pizza!

Quick, Simple and lower calorie Chicken Florentine Pizza!

Quick, Simple and lower calorie Chicken Florentine Pizza!

14oz refrigerated whole wheat pizza dough
6oz of store bought rotisserie chicken or precooked chicken breast
1/2cup reduced fat ricotta cheese
1/4cup reduced fat shredded mozzarella cheese
2tbsp jarred sun dried tomatoes, drained from oil
1-2cups of fresh spinach
1 clove of garlic – minced
1tsp Italian seasoning mix
1.5tsp olive oil – divided
Flour (for working surface)

Allow pizza dough to sit in package on counter for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 425 degrees with baking sheet in the oven on the middle rack. Add a 1/2tsp of olive oil to a preheated small sauté pan over medium heat. Once oil is hot, add in HALF of the garlic and quickly sauté until fragrant. Next add in the spinach and cook until wilted. Remove to a paper towel to drain any excess liquid.

Lightly flour a piece of parchment paper and stretch dough out to desired thickness, add more flour as necessary to keep it from sticking to hands/paper. Pierce several holes in the dough with a fork. Next using a pastry brush, cover the entire top surface of dough with 1tsp of olive oil mixed with the remaining minced garlic. Smear the ricotta cheese onto the dough and then top it with the shredded mozzarella. Sprinkle half of the Italian season over the cheese and then add the spinach. Top with chicken, tomatoes and the rest of the Italian seasoning mix. Slide parchment paper onto preheated baking sheet and bake 18-22 minutes or until crust is golden brown rotating a few times to ensure even cooking. Slice & enjoy!

Quick & Simple Grilled Steak Kabobs!

Quick & Simple Grilled Steak Kabobs!

Quick & Simple Grilled Steak Kabobs!

8oz raw sliced flank steak

3tbsp balsamic vinegar

1tbsp Better Body Foods agave nectar

1tbsp olive oil

1tsp minced garlic

Grilling vegetables of choice (I used red/green bell pepper, zucchini, yellow squash, red onion, mushrooms)

Salt/Pepper

 

In a small bowl mix together the vinegar, agave nectar, olive oil & garlic. Season the steak with a little salt & pepper and place in a zip lock bag with the cut up vegetables. Pour marinade into bag, turn to coat and place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Thread steak & vegetables onto skewers (if using wooden, make sure to soak for 30 minutes in water prior to use so they don’t burn). Grill kebabs for 8 or so minutes per side or until steak has reached desired temperature.

Hawaiian Grilled Chicken Sandwich! Super easy to make, with simple ingredients but tastes amazing!

Hawaiian Grilled Chicken Sandwich! Super easy to make, with simple ingredients but tastes amazing!

Hawaiian Grilled Chicken Sandwich! Super easy to make, with simple ingredients but tastes amazing!

1tbsp soy sauce
1tbsp pineapple juice
1/2tbsp ketchup
1tsp Better Body Foods coconut palm sugar
1/8tsp minced garlic
1 slice of pineapple
1-2 red onion slices
1/4-1/2 of red bell pepper (optional)
1 Nature’s Own whole wheat sandwich round
Few pieces of baby spinach or arugula
Fresh ground pepper

Better Body Foods can be purchased here: http://www.betterbodyfoods.com/

Mix together soy sauce, pineapple juice, ketchup, sugar & garlic together in a small bowl until sugar is dissolved. Reserve 2 teaspoons of marinade in a small bowl and set aside for basting later. Season both sides of chicken with fresh ground pepper and place chicken, red pepper & onion in zip lock bag. Pour remaining marinade into bag, turn to coat and then refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

Preheat grill to medium-high heat and grill chicken 6-8 minutes per side or until cooked through depending on breast thickness basting occasionally with remaining marinade. I added the red pepper to the grill at the same time as the chicken and then I added the onion/pineapple to the grill after I flipped the chicken. Serve on a whole wheat sandwich round with a few pieces of spinach!

Gluten Free Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip PROTEIN Blondies – no beans!

Gluten Free Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip PROTEIN Blondies - no beans!

Gluten Free Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip PROTEIN Blondies – no beans!

Gluten Free Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip PROTEIN Blondies  with only 5tbsp’s of gluten free oat flour & no beans! Did I mention, kid approved!

Ingredients:

5tbsp oat flour (regular oats ground into a flour, make sure to measure after they’ve been ground)

30grams of Plant Fusion vanilla protein powder

1/2tsp baking powder

1/4tsp baking soda

1/4tsp Cinnamon

2tbsp Better Body Foods Agave Nectar

3tbsp Better Body Foods Coconut Palm Sugar

1tsp Better Body Foods Pure Vanilla Extract

1/2cup of creamy peanut butter

1/2cup of unsweetened applesauce

1 whole egg

1/3-1/2 cup of chocolate chips (dark or milk chocolate) – divided

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper. Don’t attempt to make this without the parchment paper. It WILL STICK even with cooking spray, ask me how I know!

In a medium size bowl add the oat flour, protein powder, baking powder, baking soda and then set aside. In a large bowl combine the sugar, peanut butter, vanilla, agave and applesauce. Beat wet mixture using a hand mixer. I originally tried doing this with a spoon and it just wasn’t working. The hand mixer was perfect! After the mixture is smooth add the egg and beat lightly until combined. Add the wet mixture into the oat mixture and stir just until combined making sure not to over mix. Fold in all but a small handful of the chocolate chips and pour into the pan with parchment paper. Top with the remaining chocolate chips and bake about 20 minutes making sure not to over cook. I took mine out at 20 minutes and they were perfectly cakey!