Slumbo Gumbo

Let’s Celebrate our Journey with some good ole’ Slumbo Gumbo…by Sunny Anderson
slumbo gumboIngredients
5 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large Vidalia onion, diced
3 stalks celery, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon file gumbo powder, plus extra for garnish
1 bay leaf
1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for seasoning
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, plus more for seasoning
1 (4.5-ounce) can tomato paste
5 cups seafood stock (or 2 (8-ounce) bottles clam juice)
1 pound haddock, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
1 pound shrimp, shells removed, deveined
12 oysters
1 1/2 cups lump crabmeat, picked over
2 tablespoons hot sauce
4 cups cooked rice (brown)
Directions
Heat butter and oil in a 6 to 7-quart stock pot over medium-high heat. Add onions, celery, pepper, and garlic and saute for 5 minutes, until softened and slightly caramelized. Add gumbo powder, bay leaf, cayenne, paprika, salt, thyme, oregano and pepper and continue cooking, another minute. Add tomato paste and cook until it browns, another 4 minutes. Add seafood stock, bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes. Right before serving, add haddock and continue to simmer for 5 minutes, then add remaining seafood. Cook another 5 minutes. Add hot sauce, and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve over rice and sprinkle with file powder.
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400 Calorie Meals

FOO04165Huevos Rancheros

Ingredients

  • 4 6- to 8-inch soft corn tortillas
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 16-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 chipotle chili in adobo sauce, diced; or 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1/2 cup mild salsa
  • 4 large eggs, fried
  • 2/3 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 ripe avocado, sliced

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 425° F.
  2. Put the tortillas on a baking sheet and place in the oven to warm, about 5 minutes. (Cover with foil if you don’t like crisp tortillas.)
  3. Toast the cumin in a small, dry saucepan over medium heat until aromatic, about 3 minutes. Add the beans and chipotle or red pepper (if using).
  4. Remove the tortillas from the oven. Spoon some beans onto each, then top each with some salsa, 1 fried egg, and some cheese.
  5. Bake until the cheese has melted. Serve with the avocado.

Nutritional Information

  • Calories 337
  • Calories From Fat 166
  • Fat 18g
  • Sodium 502mg
  • Protein 17g
  • Carbohydrate 29g
  • Fiber 9g
  • Iron 3mg
  • Calcium 217mg

Recipe courtesy of: realsimple.com

 

Grilled Veggie Burritos

veggie burrito1Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 2 cups brown rice
  • 4 cups Low Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 2 whole Limes, Juiced And Zested
  • 1/4 cup Chopped Cilantro
  • 2 whole Zucchini, Cut Into Slices Lengthwise
  • 1 whole Yellow Squash, Cut Into Slices Lengthwise
  • 2 ears Corn, Leaves And Silk Removed
  • Olive Oil For Brushing
  • Salt For Sprinkling
  • 1 can (15 Oz. Size) Seasoned Black Beans
  • 6 whole Burrito-sized whole wheat or spinach Tortillas
  • 1 whole Small Onion, Finely Chopped
  • 2 whole Roma Tomatoes, Diced
  • 1 cup Grated Monterey Jack Cheese
  • Optional Toppings: Salsa,  Guacamole, Extra Cilantro, Hot Sauce

Preparation Instructions

Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add rice and stir around for 2 minutes. Pour in chicken broth and the juice and zest of 1 lime. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook for 20-25 minutes until all the liquid is absorbed. Stir in the juice and zest from the remaining lime, then stir in the cilantro. Set aside.

Brush zucchini and squash slices, along with the ears of corn, with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt. Grill them on a grill pan, a charcoal grill, or saute them in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat, turning them halfway through. Remove when the veggies have great color on the outside. Set aside to cool, then dice them.

Heat the beans in a small saucepan until hot.

Warm the tortillas in the microwave for 30 seconds.

To assemble the burritos, lay out each tortilla on your work surface. Spoon on rice, then beans, then sprinkle on plenty of grilled veggies. Top with chopped onion, tomato, cheese, and any other toppings you’d like. Spoon salsa all across the top. Tuck in the sides, then roll the burrito up as tightly as you can. Cut in half and chow down!

400 Calorie meals

crepesCrêpes with Strawberries, Bananas, and Nutella.

PREP TIME: 25 MINUTES + 1 HOUR RESTING / COOK TIME: 35 MINUTES / SERVINGS: 4

Crêpes
½ c all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp sugar
⅛ tsp ground cinnamon
⅛ tsp salt
2 large eggs
1 c fat-free milk

Filling
2 c strawberries, sliced
1 banana, sliced
2 tsp sugar
½ tsp vanilla extract
4 Tbsp chocolate hazelnut spread, such as Nutella, warmed

1. TO MAKE THE CRÊPES: Combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl. Whisk together the eggs and milk in a separate bowl. Whisk the egg mixture into the flour mixture until well combined. Cover and let rest in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour or overnight.
2. PREHEAT the oven to 275°F. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
3. COAT a nonstick crêpe pan or 8″ skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Pour 3 tablespoons of crêpe batter into the pan, tipping to coat the bottom evenly. Cook for 1 to 1½ minutes per side, until lightly browned. Repeat 7 more times with the remaining batter. Stack the crêpes as you work and cover to keep warm.
4. TO MAKE THE FILLING: Combine the strawberries, banana, sugar, and vanilla in a medium bowl.
5. ARRANGE the crêpes on a work surface. Spread each with 1½ teaspoons chocolate-hazelnut spread in a straight line across the center. Top the spread with 6 tablespoons of the strawberry mixture, then roll up jellyroll style. Transfer the crêpes to the baking sheet, seamside up. Bake for 9 to 10 minutes, until the filling is warm.

NUTRITION (per serving) (1 serving = 2 filled crêpes) 280 cal, 9 g fat, 2.5 g sat fat, 135 mg sodium, 44 g carb, 3 g fiber, 9 g pro, 10% calcium

MAKE IT A 400-CALORIE MEAL:
1. Top with yogurt: Add ¾ cup low-fat or fat-free plain yogurt as a topping to your fruit-filled breakfast. Calories: 120; Total Calories: 400

Recipe courtesy of: http://www.prevention.com/weight-loss/diets/400-calorie-spring-and-summer-recipes?s=3

400 calorie meals

eggs-benedictMexican Eggs Benedict

Bursting with vibrant colors and flavors, this brunch recipe features a fresh tomato-avocado salsa in place of high-fat hollandaise sauce. If tomatoes are not in season, substitute a bottled tomato-based salsa or use canned diced tomatoes, preferably no-salt-added.

PREP TIME: 20 MINUTES / COOK TIME: 12 MINUTES / SERVINGS: 4

3 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
⅓ c chopped Hass avocado (¼ avocado)
2 Tbsp finely chopped red onion
1 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
2 tsp fresh lime juice
½ tsp salt
⅛ tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 tsp white vinegar
8 large eggs
8 c baby spinach
4 light (100-calorie) multigrain English muffins, split and toasted
4 Tbsp low-fat plain yogurt

1. COMBINE the tomatoes, avocado, onion, cilantro, lime juice, ¼ teaspoon of the salt, and the pepper in a bowl. Set the salsa aside.
2. BRING 2″ of water to a very gentle simmer in a large skillet. Add the vinegar. Carefully break the eggs into the skillet, holding them just above the water level so they slide in without breaking the yolks. Simmer for 5 to 6 minutes, or until the egg whites are firm and the yolks have barely started to set. One at a time, lift the eggs out with a slotted spoon and place on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess water.
3. MEANWHILE, coat a large nonstick skillet with olive oil and heat over medium-high heat. Add the spinach and cook for 1½ to 2 minutes, tossing often, until wilted. Sprinkle with the remaining ¼ teaspoon salt.
4. ARRANGE 2  English muffin halves on each of 4 plates. Top each half with ½ cup spinach. Place 1 egg on top of each muffin half. Spoon ½ cup salsa over the eggs and serve with 1 Tbsp yogurt. Serve hot.

NUTRITION (per serving) (1 serving = 2 muffin halves, 2 eggs, ½ c spinach, ½ c salsa, 1 Tbsp of yogurt) 300 cal, 14 g fat, 3.5 g sat fat, 690 g sodium, 35 g carb, 12 g fiber, 21 g pro, 20% calcium

Recipe courtesy of: http://www.prevention.com/weight-loss/diets/400-calorie-spring-and-summer-recipes?s=2

400 Calorie Meals

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Scramble 1 whole egg with 1 egg white in a skillet coated with a teaspoon of olive oil. Place on toasted whole wheat English muffin and spread with 1/4 c mashed Hass avocado. Top with 1 slice reduced-fat Cheddar cheese or mozzarella  and tomato slices.

Total calories: 397

Nutrition tip courtesy of:Prevention Magazine

Everyday Eating

superfoods6 superfoods you should eat everyday….

1. Avocados

Some nutritionists recommend eating an avocado every day. High in oleic acid, avocados guard against breast and oral cancers while maintaining healthy eyesight.  According to some studies, avocados can lower cholesterol by up to 17%. Best of all, the high antioxidant levels protect against free radicals that cause aging. If 322 calories per avocado is unmanageable, try eating one-half fruit instead.

2. Broccoli

At 27 calories per half-cup serving, fiber-rich broccoli is loaded with vitamin C, beta carotene, calcium and folic acid. A cruciferous veggie, broccoli is rich in antioxidants that protect against aging, cancer and heart disease. Because it’s high in fiber, broccoli aids digestion and promotes elimination, while the calcium keeps bones healthy. For maximum benefit, broccoli should be eaten several times every week.

3. Quinoa

High in protein, quinoa is a filling and fiber-rich complex carbohydrate that cleans the intestinal tract. Taken daily, it can reduce constipation and help the liver to eliminate waste products. Because it’s gluten free, quinoa is a great option for anyone allergic to wheat . Low in fat and calories, a cup of quinoa delivers more protein than one egg. Eat quinoa for breakfast, and it will keep you going strong until lunch.

4. Salmon

Low in calories and high in omega-3 fatty acids, salmon has anti-inflammatory properties that keep joints healthy. The anti-aging omega-3 fatty acids increase collagen and elastin production, keeping skin firm and nourishing hair. A brain food, salmon sharpens cognition and reduces depression. Two servings of salmon every week may help protect against breast, colon and rectal cancers while lowering blood pressure.

5. Eggs

For years people have thought a diet high in eggs leads to unhealthy levels of cholesterol. However, recent studies show no connection between eggs and stroke or heart attack in healthy adults. At 75 calories, eggs are an excellent low-calorie source of pure protein that’s easy to absorb. Amino acids help repair muscles after a workout, while the vitamins and minerals nourish hair and nails

Nutrition Tips courtesy of: http://www.womenshealthandfitness.com.au/diet-nutrition/healthy-eating/504-super-fitness-foods-to-eat-everyday?showall=&start=4