Recipes

PIZZA PIZZA------PIZZA
by Ashley Sikes

Yes....Pizza!!!  Even a healthy lifestyle can include PIZZA!!!  I am an avid lover of the classic...."the cheese, the folding".  However I am not a fan of the cheese that forms on my booty and thighs.  I also do not prefer the folding tires around my waist!  So I decided that if I wanted to have my pizza and eat it too, I would need to revamp this Friday Family Classic!!  The possibilities are endless but the concept is simple....healthy choices for the bread, veggies to give you more substance and light cheese rather than the completely covered icing look.  I will always love my Mellow Mushroom slice of heaven, but for this healthy mom trying to instill healthy habits in her 4 growing kids, this is my pizza of choice!
 
Ingredients:
Small whole wheat flour tortilla
Pizza sauce of choice
Veggies of choice
Low fat mozzarella
seasoning to taste
 
Preheat your oven to 400*, or fire up that grill!!!  Take one small tortilla and spread with the pizza sauce.  As my kids avoid the veggies like the bubonic plague, I like to lightly sauté veggies and puree them with Pomi strained tomatoes and add fresh herbs.  Homemade sauce really taste so much better and you can make a large batch and freeze in small portions for easy use.  This method also allows the sauce to double as a great pasta topping!!! I love the Pomi tomato line because there are no added ingredients or salt. 

On to the meat....or no meat!!  For me, I like to pile mine high with fresh veggies....spinach, onion, bell pepper,  zucchini, jalapeno.....basically whatever I have in my fridge.  Then I LIGHTLY add the cheese!!  lastly I add more seasoning....this usually entails crushed red pepper, basil and parsley.  Depending on the fridge occupancy I may or may not use fresh herbs, but the spice cabinet is always stocked.

 As for the kiddo.....we use turkey pepperoni and they prefer the string cheese.  They have so much fun creating their own pizzas and making designs with the cheese

Once the pizzas are assembled I place in the oven until the cheese is melted and starting to turn golden brown.  I like mine extra crunchy.

To serve, I always make a green salad.  Since I have so many veggies on the pizza I keep the salad simple...Romaine Hearts and Cucumber.  I top it with a simple vinaigrette and voila a healthy family friendly PIZZA dinner is served!!

Vinaigrette:

Whole Grain Mustard
Lemon Juice
chopped red onion

There is no secret recipe here....I basically finely chop some red onion and add the mustard and lemon juice until I get the desired consistency! 



TWISTED TUNA SALAD
by Ashley Sikes



 
1 can solid white albacore tuna
1 tbsp red onion chunked
1 stalk celery chunked
Fresh jalapeno pepper (to taste)
1 tbsp nonfat Greek Yogurt
1 cup fresh spinach
1 tsp lemon juice

 
Take boring tuna to the next level!!!  Forget the mayo and pickles, this tuna packs a punch and is filled with healthy nutrients to keep your body fueled and ready to go!!!
I like to use my ninja to make my tuna, but you can easily do it by hand if you chop the veggies smaller.  In my ninja I start first by pulsing the onion, celery and jalapeno.  Then I add the spinach.  Finally I add the Greek Yogurt, tuna, and lemon juice.  I gently pulse until mixed through.  
Above I have served the tuna on a bed of baby arugula surrounded by Campari tomatoes and finished with whole flax seeds.
 
BREAKFAST BOWL
by Ashley Sikes
Breakfast does not have to be boring or always come with bacon!! Move over Fast food...this breakfast bowl is packed with healthy nutrients to start your day off right. And the best part is that it's faster than the drive thru!!!

Breakfast Bowl:

4 skinny asparagus chopped...
1 mini bell pepper sliced
1 red container egg whites
Small handful of fresh spinach
1 TBSP shaved Parmesan (optional)


Sauté asparagus and bell pepper for two minutes. Add egg whites and scramble until just set. Add spinach and toss until wilted. Top with shaved Parmesan cheese!!

 
 
 
 
 
 
Looking for an alternative to your squash intake...try this yummy butternut squash and shrimp salad!!! comment or Contact me if you want the recipe!!


 




 


Veggie Egg White Muffins!!

21 day fix approved!!

1 green container chopped spinach...

1 green container mixed veggies
(For these I used 1/2 green of asparagus, 1/4 green leeks, 1/4 green mini bell peppers)
1 red egg white
1 red chopped raw shrimp
Seasoning (I used Mrs. Dash all purpose)

Preheat oven to 400.

Mix all the above ingredients in a large bowl. In a prepared 6 serving muffin tin, divide evenly. Bake until puffy and set about 15 minutes.

3 muffins equal one green and one red container!!

These are great to make ahead of time. You can store them in the fridge and pop them in the microwave when ready to eat!!