Foodalicious Friday

Posted: May 27, 2011 in Recipes

Colbie Caillat on the cover... but the recipes were much more exciting to me, not gonna lie.

It’s been a while since I’ve done a solid, genuine foodie Friday. And man do I have some good recipes! They’re all from my Fitness magazine and man are they exactly what I look for—simple, few ingredients, but different from your everyday PB&Js and chicken breasts. Win. (Oh and before I forget—have a great holiday weekend and I’ll be back on Monday 🙂 )

Breakfast (about 300 calories):
Banana-Nut Protein Pancakes

  • 1 banana
  • ¼ c. rolled oats
  • 2 Tbsp low-fat cottage cheese
  • 2 egg whites
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp. chopped walnuts
  • 2 tsp. maple syrup

In a blender, combine banana, rolled oats, low-fat cottage cheese, egg whites, and vanilla extract—blend until smooth. Stir in chopped walnuts. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and coat with nonstick cooking spray. Pour batter into skillet to make two 4-in. pancakes; cook 3 mins on each side. Drizzle with maple syrup.

Lunch (about 400 calories):
Thai Shrimp Po’ Boy

  • 2 oz. cooked shrimp
  • 2 tsp. prepared Thai chili-garlic sauce
  • Whole-grain hero roll
  • 3 Tbsp. avocado (sliced or chopped or whatever)
  • ¼ c. sliced cucumber
  • ¼ c. shredded carrots
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped cilantro
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice

Coat the shrimp (tails removed and sliced lengthwise) with the Thai sauce. Slice the roll lengthwise and fill with shrimp, avocado, cucumber, and carrots. Top with cilantro and lime juice.

Dinner (about 500 calories):
Blue Burger with Zucchini Parmesan Wedges

  • 4 oz. lean ground beef
  • 2 Tbsp. blue cheese
  • Whole-grain sandwich thin
  • Romaine lettuce leaves (2 should do it!)
  • 1 zucchini
  • 4 Tbsp. parmesan cheese

Mix together the beef and blue cheese and form into a patty. Cook on a grill or frill pan 4 mins each side or until internal temp reaches 160 degrees. Serve on a toasted sandwich thin with the romaine. Preheat boiler and cut the zucchini is half widthwise and then cut each half into 4 wedges. Sprinkle with the parmesan and broil on a baking sheet for 8 mins until the cheese is melted and the zucchini is tender-crisp.

Dessert! (about 150 calories)
Indoor Raspberry S’more

  • 1 tsp. raspberry jam
  • 2 graham crackers
  • 1 large marshmallow
  • ½ oz. square of dark chocolate

Spread the jam on 2 graham crackers (don’t break them apart!) and top with the marshmallow and dark chocolate. Microwave it for 10-15 sec. until the marshmallow begins to melt.

There! A whole day’s worth of meals and a dessert—doesn’t it all look really good? I was impressed with the ideas because I actually have a lot of the ingredients at home, for once, and I don’t need to spend a lot of time preparing and cooking things. A lot of it is simple and easy to make larger quantities of if there is more than one person.

So what’s your favorite healthier version of a decadent meal or dessert? I’m cooking more these days and always open to new suggestions!


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