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One of my friends isn’t feeling well, so she had to cancel our dinner plans for tonight (if you read this, I hope you feel better!). She gave me plenty of notice, but then I got into a busy spiral of work and wedding planning and failed to plan for dinner. But not to fear! This Mediterranean vegetarian salad will save me!

This sucker is a lot of food for a low amount of calories. I always end up feeling full and my blood sugar staying even.

Ingredients:

Preparation (11 minutes):

  • Prepare the Falafel mix according to package instructions
    • Mix with water
    • Let sit for 10 minutes
    • Pan fry
  • Put your salad together. The hummus and yogurt dip act as dressings.

Nutrition info:

Note: I didn’t factor the cooking spray, cucumber, and spinach, because these are so small calorically it’s laughable, but if you want to tack on 20 calories for that, be my guest.

  • 350 calories
  • 11 grams of protein
  • 10.5 grams fat
  • 54 carbs

 

 

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Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 corn tortillas per person
  • 1 can Bush’s Cocina Latina Refried Black Beans (any variety)
  • 1 can Enchilada sauce, medium heat
  • 1 small ripe avocado
  • 2-3 eggs per person
  • Shredded Mexican-style cheese

Directions:

  • Heat oven to 400 degrees, put tortillas on a cookie sheet and bake until they are completely crispy all the way through the tortilla (you could break them into corn chips)
  • While the tortillas are baking
    • Put refried black beans in a sauce pan and heat over low heat until warm
    • Portion-out enchilada sauce into 4 containers, freeze 3 for later use, heat one in either the microwave or in a sauce pan on low heat
    • Cut-up the avocado into small chunks
  • Fry the eggs to sunny-side up
  • Right before serving (otherwise the tortillas won’t be crunchy)
    • Place the tortillas on the place
    • Sprinkle cheese on the tortillas
    • Put about ½ of a spoonful of enchilada sauce on next
    • Put abut a spoonful of black beans on next
    • Put a couple of chunks of avocado on top
    • Place the hot egg on top of all of it
  • Serve immediately with the leftover black beans

In terms of how to eat them, some people are very polite and break off little pieces at once. We’re fans of picking up the whole thing and biting into it. Yep, the egg runs, but you can scoop up that yellowy goodness (or let it drip on your side of black beans) with a spoon later.

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Four eggs cooked in a tomato sauce in a frying pan

Admittedly, mine don’t look as pretty, but they are DELICIOUS

Tomato sauce divided between storage containers

The recipe I use says it’s enough to cook 6 eggs, but this is a lot of sauce! I find I have enough sauce for 10 eggs. I doubled the recipe, so here are 20 eggs worth.

 

I’m always on the hunt for recipes that are a) healthy b) easy to prepare and c) make me look like I’m a cooking rockstar.  This Shakshuka (Eggs in Hell) recipe fits the bill! Not only that, but it freezes really well, making it easy for me to make quick dinners on nights when I’m pressed for time.

My notes on preparation:

  • I cut the sugar in this recipe in half to make it more hypoglycemic friendly and because I prefer less of a sweet taste. This might also be because I’m using cane sugar.
  • I factor 2 eggs per person.
  • Whole grain sourdough bread is low on the glycemic index, so I serve the Eggs in Hell with this. I personally use one slice and load the eggs and tons of the sauce and eat it open-face.
  • The Shakshuka recipe has a serving size of 6 eggs, but I found this is a huge waste of the sauce. I find I can get 10 eggs worth of sauce out of one recipe.
  • I doubled the recipe in the photo above to have plenty to freeze.
  • I free about 1 cup per 2 eggs, you can see in the second photo above how I portion and label them (which helps me remember what size and what pan to use).

 

 

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Turkey Tacos for Thanksgiving

 

Never one for convention, I decided to make a Tex-Mex Thanksgiving dinner for my boyfriend and I.  I got this recipe from a comment on Lifehacker’s What’s Your Go To Date Recipe and made one modification. They taste so good and they are very hypoglycemic-friendly (high protein, low carb).

Serves 3

Ingredients:

  • 2 packages of Sauzon (not included in the nutrition info, it wasn’t an option on the calculator).
  • 1 lb package of 97% lean turkey
  • 9 corn (not blended, fully corn) tortillas
  • 3/4 cup Mexican-style shredded cheese
  • 1 red onion, chopped (I only use a small portion on each)
  • 1 5.3 oz cup of Fage Greek Yogurt plain (this is a healthy sour cream substitute)
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Wing sauce

Directions:

  • Toast the corn tortillas on both sides
  • Cook the turkey, add both packets of Sauzon about half way through, cook until brown
  • Sprinkle some of the cheese on the tortillas
  • Add on the turkey
  • Sprinkle on a bit more cheese
  • From original directions: If you need to keep this warm, place in oven on lowest setting until ready to serve
  • Top with 1 Tbsp of Greek Yogurt, some red onion, and however much cilantro you want on each taco
  • Drizzle hot sauce on top
  • Enjoy the deliciousness

Nutrition information (from SparkPeople Recipe Calculator):

Recipe makes 3 servings
Nutritional information is amount Per Serving
  • Calories 440.9
  • Total Fat 11.2 g
  • Saturated Fat 4.8 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 0.0 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 0.0 g
  • Cholesterol 101.6 mg
  • Sodium 724.2 mg
  • Potassium 85.0 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 31.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber 4.0 g
  • Sugars 3.2 g
  • Protein 53.0 g
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

 

 

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Here’s an at-home easy recipe minimicking a tasty lunch I had at Del Frisco’s Grille in Dallas.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  • Make the bacon using the Bacon Method
  • Bake the chicken and slice it (I put it in a pan with a touch of oil on top and bake at 350 for 30 minutes)
  • Lightly toast the tortilla (I toast it on a skillet pan)
  • Put all of the ingredients in the tortilla and wrap it up!
  • Slice in half and serve with vegetables
Nutrition Facts (from SparkPeople Recipe Calculator)
User Entered Recipe
  1 Serving
Amount Per Serving
  Calories 383.9
  Total Fat 21.0 g
  Saturated Fat 3.4 g
  Polyunsaturated Fat 1.1 g
  Monounsaturated Fat 2.0 g
  Cholesterol 85.2 mg
  Sodium 560.5 mg
  Potassium 512.3 mg
  Total Carbohydrate 17.3 g
  Dietary Fiber 9.7 g
  Sugars 0.0 g
  Protein 38.4 g
  Vitamin A 26.9 %
  Vitamin B-12 7.2 %
  Vitamin B-6 31.3 %
  Vitamin C 5.5 %
  Vitamin D 0.0 %
  Vitamin E 0.8 %
  Calcium 6.6 %
  Copper 2.4 %
  Folate 1.1 %
  Iron 11.8 %
  Magnesium 8.0 %
  Manganese 1.1 %
  Niacin 63.4 %
  Pantothenic Acid     9.3 %
  Phosphorus     22.2 %
  Riboflavin 6.1 %
  Selenium 28.9 %
  Thiamin 5.3 %
  Zinc 6.1 %
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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a martini glass woth greek yogurt and corn tortilla triangles baled with cinnamon

Presenting it in a martini glass makes it seem more gourmet, don’t you think?

This recipe is similar to one I found in Health Magazine a long time ago. It’s so simple, but a favorites of my friend Melissa.

Ingredients:

For chips:

– Cinnamon

– Butter

– One white corn tortilla per person

For yogurt:

– Vanilla Greek Yogurt (Check the total sugar count on brands. It should be 7g or less per 6 oz) individual serving per person

– Nutmeg, all spice or cinnamon or a combination of the three (get creative!)

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  2. Take each tortilla and lightly coat with butter
  3. Sprinkle cinnamon on each tortilla heavily (you should see very little of the tortilla)
  4. Using kitchen scissors, cut the tortillas into 6 rectangles (like a pizza)
  5. Place on an ungreased baking sheet and bake until completely crisp (you don’t want them to “bend” at all before they break), about 5-8 minutes
  6. While the chips are baking, mix-in any nutmeg, cinnamon or all spice you want in your yogurt if any.
  7. Scoop out 6 oz of vanilla Greek yogurt (one individual serving cup) into individual serving dishes (I like using martini glasses)
  8. When the chips are done, serve them with the yogurt and a spoon

Depending which yogurt you use and the quality of your tortillas, each serving is about 150 calories, 12 grams of protein, and 12 grams of carbohydrates.

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Teriyaki tofu, roasted brussels sprouts, and Bush's baked beans

Teriyaki tofu, roasted brussels sprouts, and Bush’s baked beans

 

As part of my attempts to cut carbs and amp up on protein on my new hypoglycemic diet (it’s working really well to control my blood sugar for 6-7 hours at a time!) and as part of my wellness coaching, I’m trying a couple of new recipes over the next few weeks. So, I tried making teriyaki tofu (I cheated and used a pre-made sauce from the asian market) and roasted brussels sprouts.

Teriyaki Tofu

The verdict: Great! It was easy to make with the pre-made sauce and it tasted great! Another bonus: For $2.50, I got two servings, which is much cheaper than meat. This will definitely become a normal part of my diet. My only caution here is that teriyaki sauce is loaded with sugar, so use it sparingly.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

The verdict: Meh. I had these at a bar once and they were crunchy. Mine were not. I think I’ll like them a lot more if I can figure out how to make them crunchy.

Baked Beans

The Bush’s Baked Beans were my treat, but I think they spiked my blood sugar a lot. I had forgotten how sweet they are!  And there’s too much “brown” on my plate here.

 

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