Recipe: Baked Tuna Cakes

I just kind of made these up while I went along. They turned out great. Very delicious. I served mine with a nice side salad.

You really could adjust this recipe anyway you like. Easily use different crackers or bread, could probably even leave them out. Replace the dressing for a different taste. Next time I would use more chili powder because I hoped they would have a bit of spice to them and they didn’t.

This made two large cakes. You could probably get 3 out of it too and they would still be a decent size.

Baked Tuna Cakes Recipe
Serves 2

Ingredients:
1 can light tuna, drained
1/3 cup corn
1/2 stalk celery, minced
1/2 large carrot, minced
1 tbsp green onion, minced
4 original breton crackers, crushed
1 egg
2 tbsp bolthouse caesar parmigiano
.5 tsp chili powder

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees and line baking sheet with foil.
2. Use food processor to crush crackers, mince celery and carrot. Mix all ingredients together.
3. Form into two large patties.
4. Spray large frying pan with non-stick spray. Play tuna patties into pan and cook over medium heat, a few minutes eat side until golden brown.
5. Place on prepared baking sheet and bake for approx. 10 minutes.

Nutritional Information for Baked Tuna Cakes
per 1 cake
226 calories
8.4 grams fat
15.4 grams carbohydrates
2.1 grams fiber
22.3 grams protein

Bolthouse Caesar Parmigiano Yogurt Dressing

I came across this dressing while looking to try something different. Bolthouse Farms makes all sorts of different flavours, I just picked this one because I love caesar dressing.

It is delicious.

The best part is, it is made with yogurt – thus reducing the calories. It is about half the calories of most other full fat creamy/caesar salad dressings and it doesn’t lose any flavour. The yogurt does give it a bit of a delicious tangy taste.

This stuff really is good. Really good. I am looking forward to using it all so I can try some of the other flavours. Not every day you find a delicious creaming salad dressing for 40 calories a TBSP. I know there are other options out there but they always have that “light” or “fake” taste – not this one though! I found it with the other refrigerated dressing.

Nutritional Information for Bolthouse Caesar Parmigiano Yogurt Dressing
per 2 tbsp
80 calories
6.5 grams of fat
3 grams carbohydrates
1 gram protein

Pineapple

Pineapple is a fruit I often over look because it is hard to get at. I like quick fruit, something I can throw in my lunch and be done with it – pineapple isn’t really that fruit. You can buy it fresh pre-pealed and ready to eat but it is a tad expensive.

I ended up with some fresh pre-pealed pineapple recently. OH MY GOSH. It really is a super delicious fruit. I know it is, but because I don’t buy it often I forget how awesomely delicious it really is. I think I am going to make more of an effort to buy fresh pineapple this year. A whole pineapple is pretty cheap if you are willing to slice it up. Perhaps I could find a youtube video or something on how to do it easily and quickly.

1 cup (155 grams) of Pineapple only has 78 calories! What a delicious treat.

Recipe: Baked Garlic Meatballs

I just want to start this recipe by saying: in no means do I consider myself a chef, or a person who should even be allowed to really write recipes. By no means should the recipes I post be in a book. That being said, I think I am a decent cook and I like experiment with making things. Especially things with lower calories. I post recipes on my website. I do not make them a million times to get that perfect recipe to post it, I simply just post what I make the first time. Unless or course it is totally gross. Lots of times I post it here for myself, just in case I want to make it again. Or just in case some else wants to try it.

Anyway, I just wanted to clear the air of that. Now, on to some baked meatballs!

This recipe uses something a bit weird. A Bit different. Honestly, I hate recipes that do that – so I apologize. I bought this at Costco Johnny’s Garlic Spread & Seasoning – see this stuff:

Because well, isn’t it obvious? HELLO GARLIC BREAD! Anyway… I got this idea to start using it in things other then garlic bread from one of those sample people at Costco. So, here it is in meatballs! I have used it in other things like burgers, I am sure you will see those recipes later. Of course, any garlic seasoning with do.


The meatballs turned out awesome! But really how hard is it to screw up a meatball. I served mine with a nice salad.

Ingredients
550 grams lean ground beef
3 tbsp garlic seasoning
4 tbsp bbq sauce
1/2 medium onion, minced
1/4 cup green onion, sliced thin
1 large carrot, minced
1 medium celery stalk, minced
1 large egg
1 tsp hot sauce

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line baking sheet with foil.
2. Add all ingredients to a bowl. I find my mini food processor comes in very handing to mincing the onion, carrot and celery.
3. Form into balls and place on baking sheet.
4. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Until cooked through.

I ended up with 35 meatballs.

Nutritional Information for Baked Garlic Meatballs
per one meatball
38 calories
1.1 gram of fat
1.6 gram of carbohydrates
5.1 grams of protien

Recipe: Stuffed Green Peppers (no rice)

I enjoyed these… the boyfriend, not as much. But he doesn’t like weird vegetables like green peppers. Hope you saw the sarcasm in that, green bell peppers are not weird at least not to normal people.

They turned out not bad. I could see having fun with these and adding different things/spices for a different taste. For this recipe I used chili tomatoes and some chili powder. Next time I might poke some holes in the green peppers before I fill them up, just to help some of the extra liquid drain while cooking. I wrote this recipe using 5 medium bell peppers, I probably could of used more like 6 – MAYBE 6.5 or 7. I had some filling left, but my peppers were on the smaller side. Stupid store didn’t have any nice ones. Just keep that in mind, not that spare filling is a bad thing… but it would change the calories/nutritional information of each serving.

Stuffed Green Peppers (no rice) Recipe
5 servings, 2 halves (whole pepper) per serving

550 g extra lean ground beef
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 medium onion, minced
1 1/2 cups yellow corn
1 can (540 ml) canned tomatoes, chili flavor
1 can (146 ml) tomato paste
chili powered, to taste
5 medium green bell peppers
60 g cheddar cheese, grated

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Brown extra lean ground been, onion and garlic. Once cooked stir in corn, tomatoes, tomato paste and chili powder. Let simmer for a couple minutes.
3. While the meat mixture is simmering cut your peppers in half lengthwise, remove white bits, seeds and stems. Place in shallow baking dish… really use whatever dish you want, deep even – go for it! There will be a tiny bit of dripping in the bottom, so maybe don’t use your good pie plate or anything.
4. Fill peppers with meat mixture. Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes.
5. Removed peppers, top with cheese and place back in over for a couple minutes. Until the cheese is melted.

Nutritional Information Stuffed Green Peppers
per 1 serving, 2 halves
356 calories
12.3 grams fat
26.3 carbohydrates
5.7 grams fiber
36.5 grams protein

I found the calories very good for the serving size, and I didn’t feel like it needed more cheese or anything. Not that more cheese is every bad… while unless you are trying to lose weight. 😉

Healthy Planet Thai Coconut Soup

This is one of my favourite soups ever. Fresh, healthy and delicious. I picked mine up at Costco but I have seen it at the health food store and my local super market. I have tried other flavours but I LOVE this one. Such a wonderful taste. It is great on it’s own or with stuff added (like red peppers, spinach and shrimp!) I usually pair mine with a salad for a nice lunch. It does have a bit of a kick (spice) to it, but not too bad. You will never ever find anything this good from a can. Trust me on this.

It is slightly expensive, at around $5 a bag ($8 for two at Costco). There is roughly two cups a bag, not sure if the Costco bags are bigger. But it is totally worth it! Delicious! Calories are very low for how deliciously awesome it is.

Healthy Planet Thai Coconut Soup Nutritional Information
per one cup of soup
140 calories
9 grams of fat
19 grams carbohydrates
2 grams fiber
2 grams fat