Tag Archives: healthy dinner

Happy St. Potato Cakes

16 Mar

Potato Pancakes

Hi Everyone! I’m sorry I’m so behind on posting right now… I’m replying to your emails as fast as I can… My lent this year is all animal by products… So vegan eating. I’m not big on the replacement options for meat or dairy products. Let me know if you have some suggestions, I’d love to try them! Click on the link below for my post last year with yummy Colcannon Potato Cakes 🙂

Colcannon Potato Cakes.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

XO- G

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Healthy & Hearty Chicken Tortilla Soup

29 Oct

It’s starting to actually feel like Fall here in Northern California. As soon as it gets cold I want soup it’s delicious and easy to make. Chicken tortilla soup is one of my favorites, there’s so much flavor, you can make it spicy (add diced jalapeño when sautéing vegetables :)) and like chili you get to add avocado, chopped onions and cheese too. Oh, and it’s really healthy so fill yourself up and don’t feel guilty 🙂

CHICKEN TORTILLA SOUP

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/3 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Divided
  • 1 Yellow or Red Onion Diced (Either works, whichever you prefer)
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper Diced
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper Diced
  • 4 Cloves of Minced Garlic
  • 3 Large Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 TBSP Ground Cumin
  • 1 TBSP Chili Powder
  • 1 TBSP Granulated Garlic
  • 1/2 TBSP Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 TBSP Cracked Pepper
  • 10 Oz Can of Diced Tomatoes with Green Chiles
  • 8 Oz Can Fire Roasted Green Chiles Diced
  • 64 Oz Chicken Stock
  • (2) 14 Oz Cans of Black Beans Rinsed
  • 14 Oz Can of  Corn Kernels
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Cilantro

OPTIONAL TOPPINGS

  • Tortilla Strips
  • Avocado
  • Diced Red Onion
  • Cilantro
  • Lime
  • Mexican Blend Shredded Cheese

DIRECTIONS

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In a Large Stock Pot over Medium High Heat, add half of your EVOO. Add the Diced Onion, Red & Green Bell Peppers and Minced Garlic sauté for 5 Minutes.

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In a Large Skillet over Medium High heat add remaining EVOO and Chicken Breasts. On both sides of the Chicken sprinkle the Ground Cumin, Chili Powder, Granulated Garlic, Salt & Pepper. Cook for 4-5 Minutes on both sides.

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Using your handheld mixer, Shred the chicken breasts.

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In your Large Pot, add Diced Tomatoes, Diced Green Chiles, Chicken Stock, Black Beans, Corn Kernels and Cilantro. Cover the Pot, bring to a boil and then reduced heat to low. Simmer for 40 Minutes. Before you serve it add more Salt & Pepper to your taste.

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Put together a plate for all your Toppings so that everyone can easily personalize their bowl.

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This can also be made in your Slow Cooker so that you can have dinner ready when you get home from work. Enjoy! Stay warm!

Have a Safe & Happy Halloween Everyone!

XO GMW

Meatless & Tasty Lettuce Wraps

28 Feb

Meatless Fridays continue with lettuce wraps! If you haven’t seen the last 2 weeks recipes click on these links for the Mushroom Risotto Feast and Thai Yellow Vegetable Curry. YUM & YUM! Ever since my first trip to P.F. Chang’s (a million years ago) I’ve been lettuce wrap obsessed. They are famous for their Chicken Lettuce Wraps and customized dipping sauces (Also, right now, still have deals for Chinese New Year). Since giving up breads, pastas, flour, etc for Lent (NEVER again) I’ve had to get really creative with my dinners. I’m trying to balance the Wedding Diet with my love for food and flavor. Lettuce wraps have no breads and these ones will have no meat. These can be made as an appetizer or entrée. Mushrooms naturally have the most “meat-like texture” for a vegetable, so they are a great alternative. The mushroom mixture saves great so make extra and use as an easy grab-and-go lunch for a couple of days.

INGREDIENTS

  • Rice Noodles (I made the entire 6 Oz. Bag, you don’t need half of that if just making wraps)
  • 2 TBSP Sesame Seed Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Diced Yellow Onion
  • 4 Cloves Minced Garlic
  • 2 TBSP Rice Vinegar
  • 8 Oz Portobello Mushrooms
  • 16 Oz White Mushrooms
  • 1 tsp Cracked Pepper
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/3 Cup Finely Chopped Ginger
  • 8 Oz Can Bamboo Shoots Chopped Coarsely
  • 5 Oz Water Chestnuts Chopped Coarsely
  • 1 Cup Chopped Green Onions (Plus more for Garnishing if you like)
  • Lettuce of your choice
  • Toasted Sesame Seeds (Garnish if you like)

The rice noodles are cheap and easy to cook with. This 6 ounce bag cost $0.99… DEAL! Even better that they’re so easy to make. They will take on a flavor you addd. For the G-Frees out there’s, use these noodles as a pasta substitute as well! 🙂

Any Rice Noodles will do (I went for the cheapest I could find). In a bowl filled with water add your Noodles and let sit for 20 Minutes.

Rice Noodles Steps 1-2

Drain Noodles. In a Medium Pot, add Noodles to boiling water. Boil Noodles for 15 Minutes. Drain and set aside.

Rice Noodles Steps 3-4

In a Medium sized pot, over Medium heat add Sesame Oil, Onion and Garlic.

Onion and Garlic

Stir until Onion is translucent, about 7 Minutes.

Sautéed Onion

Add Portobello and White Mushrooms. Mix well and add Rice Vinegar, Cracked Pepper and Kosher Salt. Stir over Medium Heat for 10-15 Minutes.

Raw Mushrooms

While that cooks… In a small bowl, Mix Ginger, Bamboo Shoots and Water Chestnuts.

Ginger Bamboo Water Chestnuts

Stir Mixture into the Pot after the Mushrooms have Sautéed.


If you’d like a little extra spice add a few of these Dried Chilies (most grocery stores will carry them).

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Reduce Heat to low and cook for 10 Minutes, stirring occasionally. Turn off heat and stir in Green Onions.

Finished Mushrooms
Take your lettuce, clean and cut off the stem. Separate leaves and put on a plate to serve

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Take one Leaf at a time and put in Rice Noodles.

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Add Mushroom Mix, top with Sesame Seeds and Green Onion to your preference.

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Then add whatever Sauces you prefer. These are some of my favorite… House of Tsang Peanut Sauce, Sambal Oelek Chili Paste, Kikkoman Soy Sauce (Low Sodium), Sriracha (Rooster Sauce) or ANY OTHER SAUCE! Spicy Mustard is great too!

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Then, ENJOY!!!

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Thank you for stopping by Mrs. Training! Have a great weekend & let me know of any Meatless recipes you’d like me to try or Post!

TGIF!!!

-GMP

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