Lighten Up 20 Tasty Healthy Recipes


Sorry I haven’t posted much lately,I been pretty busy so I thought I would give you all a little treat here is one of the many Ebooks I was given recently. I thought you all might like to check it out feel free to download a copy for yourself as my gift to you. I have a lot going on right now but I will try to post again soon. To get to this e-book just click the link below, after  you click on the link it will come up again so you will have to click the link again and it will bring up the Ebook. I just tried it myself to make sure it was working hope you enjoy these yummy treats.                                                                                                                                                              Lighten Up 20 Tasty Healthy Recipes for the New Year from Mr Food

 

Shrimp and Andouille Gumbo


Reblogged: from The Daily Meal                                                                                                                             Shrimp and Andouille Gumbo 

For authenticity, Eric recommends using Cajun andouille, a pork-based sausage that is fatty and heavily smoked but not heavily spiced. La Place, has declared itself the andouille capital, hosting an annual festival every October, but when Eric returns to his family’s home in Los Angeles to host their annual gumbo gathering, he frequents Pete’s Louisiana Style Hot Links in Crenshaw. Says Eric, “We have to buy extra to make sure that there is enough left after everybody snacks on them.” If none are available, any smoked pork sausage will work.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 whole chicken
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 8 ounces andouille sausage
  • 1 smoked ham hock
  • 1 gallon chicken stock
  • tablespoon leftover cooking fat, such as chicken fat or bacon grease
  • 4 ribs celery, coarsely chopped
  • 2 large yellow onions, coarsely chopped
  • 1 small green bell pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 1 large red bell pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 1 small poblano pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons smoked hot paprika
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried ground sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 pound small Maine red shrimp (in season) or other small fresh shrimp, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon filé powder
  • 2 tablespoons minced parsley
  • 1 tablespoon minced oregano
  • 2 tablespoons minced sage
  • Cooked white rice
  • 4 thinly sliced scallions (optional)

    DIRECTIONS

    Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

    Season the chicken liberally both outside and inside the cavity with salt and pepper. Tuck the wings underneath the bird (twist at the joint) and tie the drumsticks together with string or twist ties. Place it breast-side up in a roasting pan. Roast to an internal temperature of 165 degrees, 45-55 minutes, or until the skin turns deep golden brown and juices from the center of the bird run clear into the pan when you tip them out.

    Remove from the oven and rest for 25 minutes, until the chicken is cool enough to handle.

    Meanwhile, lower the oven to 350 degrees. Roast the andouille in a small roasting pan until fully cooked, about 20 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside to cool, then slice into bite-sized pieces and set aside. (Grace saves the sausage fat left behind in the roasting pan to use for sautéing the trinity later on in the recipe.) Return to the rested chicken and remove and discard the skin. Pull the meat from the carcass, chop into bite-sized pieces, and set aside. Return the bones back to the pan and roast in the oven until bones are deeply browned, about 25 minutes. This step is optional but adds depth of flavor to the finished stock.

    Transfer the roasted bones to a large pot. Add about ¼ cup water to the drippings in the hot roasting pan and scrape up the browned bits clinging to the bottom. Pour the resulting liquid into the pot. Add the ham hock and chicken stock. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to medium-low and gently simmer for 1 hour, skimming away fat and impurities that rise to the surface.

    Strain the resulting stock through a fine-mesh sieve, reserving the liquid and the ham hock separately. Rinse the pot of any residue and return the stock to it. Discard the chicken bones.

    Once the ham hock is cool enough to handle, pick off the meat, chop into bite-size pieces, and set aside.

    In a large skillet over high heat, melt the fat. Add ½ the trinity (onions, celery, and peppers) reserving the rest for later. Reduce the heat to medium-high and sauté for 5 minutes, until the vegetables soften slightly. Add the garlic and continue to cook until the vegetables are tender, about 5 more minutes. Add the vegetables to the stock along with the paprika, dried herbs, cayenne, and bay leaves. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat. Simmer briskly for about 1 hour, until the liquid is reduced by ¼, then season with salt and pepper.

    To make the roux, pour the canola oil into a large skillet, preferably cast iron, and whisk in the flour to create a wet paste. Cook over medium heat, whisking often and employing patience, until the roux darkens past the “peanut butter” stage, taking on a deep, dark chocolate color and a rich, nutty aroma, about 30 minutes. Turn off the heat and carefully add the remaining chopped trinity vegetables to the roux, continuing to stir constantly until the vegetables stop spitting, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer the roux to a large mixing bowl and cool for 15 minutes. Slowly whisk 2 cups of hot stock into the roux to thin the consistency.

    Now it’s time to pull the gumbo together! Pour the thinned roux back into the pot of hot stock (now properly reduced), whisking vigorously to incorporate it. Add the reserved chicken, ham hock, and sausage along with the shrimp, filé, and fresh herbs. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat. Simmer until the gumbo has thickened and the shrimp are cooked, about 25 minutes. The final consistency should be somewhere between a soup and a stew, or as one cook describes, “muddy.” If it is too thin, reduce the liquid until it reaches the desired consistency. Too thick? Add water or stock. When finished, season with salt and pepper.

    To serve: Spoon gumbo into large, flat bowls, then spoon a liberal mound of rice in the center. Scallions are the authors’ addition for color and texture; good Creoles or Cajuns would eat their bowls neat. Leftover gumbo tastes better the next day — even better the day after that — and can be saved for up to a week in the refrigerator.For more great Recipes visit http://www.thedailymeal.com/

30 Foods Under 40 Calories


30 Foods Under 40 Calories

Have you ever heard the theory that certain foods have a negative caloric effect, meaning they burn more calories during the digestive process than they contribute? (Celery and apples are often cited as examples.)

Turns out the negative calorie theory is a myth. But that doesn’t mean some foods aren’t incredibly low-calorie and super-nutritious. Here’s a list of our favorite almost zero-calorie foods.

Calories: 4 per cup

This delicate, peppery amazingly low in everything you don’t want, especially calories, fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol. It is, however, loaded with crunch and packed with fiber, vitamins A, C and K, and other nutrients, including potassium.  green is Perfect in salads, soups, or anywhere you would use leafy greens, arugula may even boost your romantic life! Evidence suggests that the minerals and antioxidants packed into dark, leafy greens are essential for our sexual health because they help block absorption of toxins that dampen the libido.

Calories: 27 per cup

Asparagus is traditionally known as a detoxifying food, because it contains high levels of an amino acid that act as a diuretic, flushing excess fluid out of your system. It also helps speed the metabolism of alcohol and other toxins (it’s a surprising hangover remedy).

Asparagus is also a powerhouse of vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, C, E, and K, B6, folate, iron, copper, and even protein. We love the tender shoots in their most natural form, raw and tossed into salads, or steamed


Calories: 10 per cup

Clear beef, chicken, miso, seafood, or vegetable broth is a dieter’s secret weapon, nourishing and filling your body for almost zero calories, especially if you toss in leafy greens and lean meat. Broth is the ultimate “high volume food,” meaning you can eat large amounts for very few calories and still feel full. It all comes down to calories per bite, or in this case, slurp

“By choosing foods that have fewer calories per bite, your portion size grows, but your overall calorie count decreases,” explains Barbara Rolls, PhD, the creator of volumetric and author of the new book The Ultimate volumetric Diet. “So you end up with a satisfying amount of food.” If you would like to read more visit the link below. http://health.yahoo.net/articles/nutrition/photos/30-foods-under-40-calories#4

Fabio’s Pasta and Bean Soup


Reblogged:from Shine                                                                                                                                         Fabio’s Pasta and Bean Soup                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Nothing is better for families on a budget than the classic Pasta E Fagioli, Fabio’s super simple and delicious one pot soup with pasta and beans. It’s so flavorful, you’ll forget that it’s VEGETARIAN!

Tips:

  • Beans 101- High in protein and virtually fat-free, these delicious pods are versatile and packed with nutrients. The secret to cooking dry beans without soaking them overnight? Choose smaller beans.
  • Find the Perfect Pasta for Your soups, Soup is a great place to use up spare pasta: break up large noodles, or just add small shapes. Don’t add it until the last few minutes of cooking, and keep pasta on the side when storing soup for later use.
  • Cast-Iron CookwareThe Perfect Soup Pot. Cast-iron is able to maintain and withstand very high temperatures, so pots and pans are able to go from stove top to oven with no hassle. Their heavy weight distributes heat evenly, ensuring perfectly cooked dishes.

 

Ingredients:

3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

2 carrots, diced

1 onion, diced

2 celery stalks with leaves, diced

1 fennel bulb

3 bay leaves, dried

6 sprigs thyme

¾ lb. Borlotti beans

pinch sea salt

4 garlic cloves – grated

2-3 quarts chicken or vegetable stock

28 oz. can diced tomatoes

pinch sea salt

pinch fresh ground black pepper

extra virgin olive oil for drizzling

2 cups small shaped pasta

20 fresh basil leaves

 

Method:

Heat a large cast-iron pot over medium heat. Add extra virgin olive oil.   Add carrots, onions, and celery and stir. Meanwhile, dice fennel. Add to pot and stir.Strip the thyme sprigs over the pot and discard sticks. Add bay leaf. Sauté about ten minutes, or until the vegetables caramelize and start to soften. Add Borlotti beans and grated garlic; stir.Add stock, canned tomatoes, a pinch of sea salt and black pepper, and a drizzle of olive oil. Stir, cover, and boil for one hour, or until beans are soft. Add pasta and cook for five minutes. If you don’t plan on serving the soup all at once, cook the pasta separately, and add to each bowl as you serve it. Otherwise, the pasta will soak up too much broth when stored. Chop basil and add to pot. Stir thoroughly, and remove from heat. Remove bay leaves and serve immediately

Do These 9 Things in Your Kitchen to Lose Weight


  Reblogged:from Shine                                                                                                                     Do These 9 Things in Your Kitchen to Lose Weight
The kitchen is the heart of the home, but it’s also the place that can make or break you on the weight loss front. If you’re on a quest to slim down, do these nine things in your kitchen.

Make fruits as accessible as a bag of chips: Wash, cut up, and store fruits such as grapes, melon, kiwi, pineapple, and apples in reusable containers in the fridge so they’re easy to grab. Make sure they’re right up front at eye level so they’re the first thing you see when you open the fridge door.

Prepare a big container of salad: Having a salad before dinner is a great way to fill you up so you eat less of the main course, but preparing a salad every night takes so much time that it’s tempting to skip out. Ensure you get a bowl of greens every night by making an enormous bowl of salad at the beginning of the week. You’re sure to eat a salad with dinner if it’s already made – just scoop out a bowl, top with vinaigrette, and enjoy.

Have measuring cups and spoons on the counter: Measuring your food will keep portions in check since overestimating serving sizes is a huge reason people don’t lose weight. Seeing measuring spoons and cups on your kitchen counter will be a visual reminder not to forget to use them.

More from FitSugar: The 6 Foods Every Runner Needs to Eat

Pre-make snack packs: You know what happens when you eat chips or crackers out of the box – you practically end up polishing off the entire package! Take your favorite healthy snacks such as mixed nuts, popcorn, cheese, and fresh fruit, grab some Ziploc baggies, and make some 100-calorie or 150-calorie snack packs you can keep in your cupboard or fridge.

Ditch the unhealthy foods: Your hubby and kids might be fans of an occasional can of soda, bowl of cookie dough ice cream, or Hershey’s Kiss, but if those foods are within your reach, you’re bound to crave them. Throw out or give away the junk because if it’s not in your kitchen, you can’t be tempted to eat it.

Use smaller-sized plates: When we prepare a plate of food, we feel the need to fill it up completely. If you start out with a smaller-sized salad plate, there’s only so much you can pile on, so you’ll end up consuming fewer calories.

More from FitSugar: 4 Monday Metabolism Boosters

Freeze fruits and veggies: Buy larger bags of fruits and veggies at the store and wash, cut, and store them in baggies in the freezer. You’ll not only save money when you buy in bulk, but you’ll also have them on hand to add to your smoothies, yogurt, pasta dishes, soups, and omelets.

Double or even triple the recipe: Whether you’re making soup, roasted veggies, quinoa salad, or something else for dinner, don’t just make enough for one meal. Package the leftovers in containers you can easily grab for the next few days’ meals. If your lunch or dinner is already prepared, you won’t have to resort to unhealthy takeout.

Put food away before you sit down to eat: After you’ve cooked up an amazing vegan mac and cheese, serve yourself an appropriate serving size and then wrap it up and put it in the fridge. If you leave it out, you’re more likely to go back for unnecessary seconds or thirds. Out of sight means off your hips.

Baked Stuffed Peppers


Reblogged:from Mr.Food                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Baked Stuffed Peppers                                                                                                                                                                                                    Our over-stuffed veggie Baked Stuffed Peppers are a  super change-of-pace easy side dish.Colorful red and green bell peppers serve as tasty edible bowls for a stuffing that teams with any main  dish.                                                                                                                                                                                              Cooking Time:25  minBaked Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients

  • 1/4   cup olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 ripe tomato, finely chopped
  • 1/4   cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 3/4   cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1/4   teaspoon salt
  • 1/4   teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 red or green bell peppers, split lengthwise and cleaned (see  Options)
  • 1 tablespoon grated or shredded Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat an 8-inch square baking dish with  cooking spray.
  2. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, and  saute just until softened. Remove from heat and add remaining ingredients except  pepper halves and Parmesan cheese; mix well.
  3. Fill peppers evenly with mixture and place in prepared baking dish.  Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  4. Add 1/4 cup water to baking dish, cover with foil, and bake 20 minutes.  Remove dish from oven and carefully remove foil; return dish to oven and bake  for an additional 5 to 7 minutes, or until peppers are tender and the filling  is heated through. Serve immediately.

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Hudson’s Baked Tilapia


Hudson’s Baked Tilapia                                                                                                                                                                              Ingredients

4 (4 ounce) fillets tilapia

salt and pepper to taste

1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning, or to taste

1 lemon, thinly sliced

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup sour cream

1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking dish. Season the tilapia fillets with salt, pepper and Cajun seasoning on both sides. Arrange the seasoned fillets in a single layer in the baking dish. Place a layer of lemon slices over the fish fillets. I usually use about 2 slices on each piece so that it covers most of the surface of the fish. Bake uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until fish flakes easily with a fork. While the fish is baking, mix together the mayonnaise, sour cream, garlic powder, lemon juice and dill in a small bowl. Serve with tilapia

Nutritional Facts (Per Serving)

Servings 4

 

Potato-Horseradish-Crusted Mahi-Mahi                                                                                                                                                                      Ingredients

1 cup precooked shredded potatoes

1 shallot, finely chopped

1 tablespoon prepared horseradish

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1 1/4 pounds mahi-mahi, skin removed, cut into 4 portions

4 teaspoons reduced-fat mayonnaise

1 tablespoon canola oil

1 lemon, quartered

Directions

Combine potatoes, shallot, horseradish, mustard, garlic salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Spread each portion of fish with 1 teaspoon mayonnaise, then top with one-fourth of the potato mixture, pressing the mixture onto the fish.

2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Carefully place the fish in the pan potato-side down and cook until crispy and browned, 4 to 5 minutes. Gently turn the fish over, reduce the heat to medium and continue cooking until the fish flakes easily with a fork, 4 to 5 minutes more. Serve with lemon wedges.

Nutritional Facts (Per Serving)

205 calories; 6 g fat (1 g sat, 3 g mono); 105 mg cholesterol; 9 g carbohydrate; 27 g protein; 1 g fiber; 311 mg sodium; 623 mg potassium. Nutrition bonus: Selenium (74% daily value), Potassium (18% dv).

Servings 4

Calories: 284

Total Fat: 18.6g

Cholesterol: 62mg

Sodium: 598mg

Total Carbs: 5.7g

Dietary Fiber: 1.5g

Protein: 24.6g