I just blew my own mind. But we'll get to that later.
I know this post may end up being a little tragic because I have no pictures of the foods these recipes make but maybe I can add them in later. The truth is, they're all so delicious I never stop eating to take a photo. Ha! Actually it probably has more to do with the fact that my 3 kids allow me approximately 0.2 seconds to eat.
First off my smoothie. It's simple and delish.
Mango Banana Smoothie:
1 banana (I like apple bananas but they're kinda hard to find on the mainland)
1/4 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup vanilla soy milk
2 TBS ground golden flax
Blend it. Enjoy it. I haven't been adding the flax as often since it is a lil gritty although I should because it has awesome health benefits. My good friend Heather also tried it with coconut milk and said it was rockin' which I can totally imagine.
Calories per serving: 120 without flax 150 with it.
The next three are salads.
1 cucumber-peeled, seeded and diced
1-2 tomatoes (depending on size) diced
1/4 cup or so onion diced pretty fine
drizzle of white balsamic
Mix it together, refrigerate it and eat it chilled. I like it at the beach. Super refreshing.
Calories per serving: 68
3-4 cups mixed greens and/or romaine lettuce
4-5 artichoke hearts diced
4-5 sweet mini peppers diced
some onion to taste
1 tomato diced
3-4 strips of grilled tri tip steak-I get the prepackaged and marinated kind from Costco. I grill it pretty rare and save it in the fridge and then slice off and re-grill strips as I need it.
Calories per serving: 230 (this is with a 2 oz serving of steak)
2 chicken breasts pounded flat in a big ziploc
3-4 garlic bulbs peeled and smashed
fresh basil roughly chopped (I've subbed dried basil or oregano too, still wonderful)
Mix the marinade in a bowl and pour into the ziploc with the pounded chicken. Let it marinade at least till the grill gets hot but longer is okay too. Grill it up a 3-4 minutes on each side. It's quick since it's thin.
I don't have the calories for this. Especially since it is marinated and then the marinade is discarded. I usually just fill in grilled chicken which is about 140 calories for 4 oz.
Strawberry Mixed Greens Salad:
3-4 cups mixed greens
finely diced onion to taste
6-8 strawberries sliced
1/4 pecans roughly chopped
sprinkle of feta or goat cheese (optional but delish)
honey cilantro lime vinaigrette
Calories per serving: 140 this is just the salad without the dressing
Honey Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette:
1/2-3/4 bunch of cilantro
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 TBS white vinegar
1-2 TBS of fresh lime juice
3-4 bulbs garlic (peeled of course)
1/4 cup of honey
salt to taste
Blend it up, admire the green color and adjust the tastes as desired. You know, a lil more lime, a lil more garlic, it's up to you really. This dressing is OUT OF CONTROL!
Calories per serving: 108 for roughly 2 TBS of dressing.
Holy Shiz My Pants Watermelon Tomato Salad:
Sliced ripe watermelon
sliced ripe super sweet tomatoes (if you're not growing your own maybe splurge at a farmers market or on some good heirloom ones from the store)
honey cilantro lime vinaigrette drizzled
I don't know the calories for this either. But you can easily add in the tomato and watermelon by using a search and you know the dressing calories.
I about just died when I ate this for dinner tonight. I was making all sorts of sounds. I think my husband might have gotten jealous. ;)
I hope some of these recipes make some of you happy. If you have any questions, shoot.