What’s for Lunch: Avocado Tuna Lettuce Wraps

Since the Taco Lettuce Wraps turn out so great I thought I would try another version. These ones were delicious too; perfect for a nice light, refreshing, summer lunch!

Avocado Tuna Lettuce Wraps

I took my lettuce leaves, spread avocado, topped it with tuna (mixed with cream cheese) and a few slices of cucumber. Perfect. Quick and easy too!

I used 7 romaine leaves, 1/2 an avocado, 1 can of tuna, 2 tbsp of cream cheese and 1/4 of a cucumber.

Total calories: 364 Calories

What’s For Dinner: Baked Chicken Parmesan and Oven Roasted Cauliflower

This was delicious. I love Skinnytaste.com – so many great calorie friendly recipes. I often don’t follow the recipes exactly; sometimes I have to modify for what I have on hand but they always turn out great!

Tonight I made Baked Chicken Parmesan and Oven Roasted Cauliflower. These recipes went well together, they both needed the oven on 450° and both took about 20-25 minutes. Everything was ready at the same time. I served mine up with a side salad.

Baked Chicken Parmesan and Oven Roasted Cauliflower

Total Calories: 459 Calories

A very delicious dinner for under 500 calories. My toddler LOVED the chicken! Dinner was prepared, cooled and cleaned up in under an hour so that was great too!

What’s for Dinner: Lettuce Tacos

I love tacos but the calories from the tortillas add up fast. Solution, use lettuce for your wraps!

Lettuce Tacos

Take your favorite taco toppings, put in lettuce and enjoy! It doesn’t get much easier than that.

In mine I had tzatziki, ground beef, tomatoes, onions, red pepper, avocado, cheese and hot sauce.

Total Calories: 584 Calories

Another great dinner, under 600 calories and super quick and easy to make.

What’s for Breakfast: Blueberry Yogurt Overnight Oats

This is such a quick, easy, delicious and healthy breakfast. I have discovered that I enjoy oatmeal more cold than I do hot so this is perfect for me. The toppings and things you can add are endless giving you an easy breakfast that can be different every day of the week.

Blueberry Yogurt Overnight Oats

This morning I added:
1/3 cup oatmeal
2/3 cup water
1/4 cup honey greek yogurt
1/2 tbsp ground flaxseed
1/2 tbsp chia seeds
1/3 cup blueberries

Mix it together and let it sit overnight in the fridge. I use quick oats for mine so I often only let it sit for an hour or two before eating it.

Total calories: 305 calories

It really is perfect for a quick breakfast. I usually rotate between this and eggs; often hard boiled eggs because they are easy to pack and eat once I get to work.

What’s For Dinner: Grilled Chicken Bruschetta

Grilled Chicken Bruschetta – skinnytaste.com

I loved everything about these. Super super easy, delicious, full of flavour and low in calories. These cooked up super fast and dinner was on the table in about 30 minutes. My husband even ate them and he dislikes tomatoes.

I used chicken breasts sliced in half to make them nice and thin, this is easier to do if you cut your meat still partially frozen. My husband commented on what an awesome job I did slicing the chicken. I felt very proud.

Grilled Chicken Bruschetta

I served mine with some homemade bread, cottage cheese and sliced cucumbers. The bread was perfect for dipping in the extra bruschetta sauce but not really calorie friendly. I will be making these again very very soon but next time I will be skipping the bread. Dinner was about 700 calories with the bread, without the bread it is very calorie friendly.

What’s For Dinner: Pioneer Woman’s Pea Salad

I knew I had to try the Pioneer Woman’s Pea Salad as soon as I saw the recipe and I am so glad I did.

I have made it twice in the last few days. The first time I took it to a party with a cucumber salad, both salads were served with hot dogs. Delicious way to make hot dogs just a little bit healthier (if that is even possible!). It perfectly filled the spot of a pasta salad.

The second time I served it with homemade pasta… not so healthy. Serving it with pasta was a weird combo, I wouldn’t do that again. But it was perfect for leftovers in my lunch the next day.

Pioneer Woman's Pea Salad

The Pioneer Woman’s Pea Salad

I didn’t have a red onion so I used a sweet white one instead. I also left out the parsley, because, yuck.

I do not consider anything the Pioneer Woman cooks as healthy. But at least the calories on this were doable; however, I was a little be surprised to see that one serving was 186 calories… for a dish of peas! You could very easily lighten it up though, light sour cream, light mayo, less cheese, turkey bacon, etc.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1
Servings Per Container 12

Amount Per Serving
Calories 186 Calories from Fat 107.1
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11.9g 18%
Saturated Fat 5.7g 29%
Trans Fat g
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Sodium 396mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 8.4g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2.6g 10%
Sugars 3.1g
Protein 11.1g 22%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Stew-Pendous Ninja Beef Stew Recipe

This is based off this recipe Stew-Pendous Beef Stew with Biscuits (I LOVE these sisters). I skipped the biscuits and made a couple changes to the recipe based on what I had on had. You can see my ingredient list below.

2 pounds stewing beef
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups chopped onions
1.5 cups chopped celery
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 teaspoons herbs de provence
2 1/2 cups beef broth
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon sugar
2 cups chopped carrots
6 baby yellow potatoes
6 baby red potatoes
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup frozen corn

beef stew in the ninja cooking system

I browned my beef in the Ninja, after I added the veggies and cooked all together for a couple minutes. Then I just added everything else and cooked on low for eight hours. I totally cooked it too long but it was still tasty. Next time I made stew I think I will try a different recipe. There is one in the Loneyspoons Collection cookbook that is made for a slow cooker and says to cook for 8 hours – I wonder how that one differs.

Stew-Pendous Ninja Beef Stew Recipe
My calorie count for the stew ended up the same as the original – 399 calories per serving.

Honestly my love for this recipe wasn’t there like some of the others. This isn’t the first time I have made it but it has been a while. I don’t know if it was because I made it right after making soup or if I just didn’t like. Like I said, it was tasty it just didn’t appeal to me – maybe just because I cooked it too long. My husband really liked it though. Maybe I just don’t like stew?

Recipe Review: Smackaroni and Cheese (The Looneyspoons Collection)

Finally got a chance to cook out of my new cookbook – The Looneyspoons Collection – this same recipe can be found in Eat, Shrink and Be Merry but I used my new book :p I made this before a while ago but it was even better then I remembered it! SO AMAZING! I made a couple small changes, I used ground turkey instead of beef, left out the zucchini, and replaced light cheese whiz with jalapeno tex mex cheese whiz! The spicy cheese whiz added a nice little kick and flavour boost. I am pretty sure I am going to be making these recipe over and over – my man loved it. What’s not to love, pasta, meat and cheese. YUM!

The best thing was, dinner was ready in just half an hour!

Recipe Review: Smackaroni and Cheese (The Looneyspoons Collection)

There are two different versions of this recipe, one of them can be found here – it is different then the one I made.

Dinner: Frozen Meal Salad

Look at me, blogging again – weeeee. Really struggling to stay on track so just trying to do everything I can. So tonight I was alone for dinner and decided to make a frozen Weight Watchers Meal – Smart Ones Santa Fe Style Beans and Rice. I put it on top of some spring mix and called it a salad.

This is something I do often for lunches at work.

Weight Watchers Meal - Smart Ones Santa Fe Style Beans and Rice

Total calories: 330

Quick and Easy Dinner: Crockpot Roasted Chicken

I guess it is really more like steamed chicken when you cook in the crockpot. But whatever. I have posted about doing this before but I am posting about it again. Posting stuff like this helps keep me on track. I have been terrible about making dinners lately – seriously. Lots of frozen pizza and pre made food it is horrible. Really trying to get back on track with making nice dinners. The new cookbook I got the other day should help with that.

I love chicken. The thing that sucks about making your own chicken is that it costs the same or MORE then just buying it already cooked. Kind of stupid really but I am sure this is better for me. And I get the satisfaction or knowing I made it myself. I also find when I buy the pre-cooked chicken I ended up buying a pre-cooked side or something bad for me to go along with it for an instant dinner. Cooking the chicken myself leads to all around better and healthier cooked meal.

So yah, buy a chicken and stick it in your crockpot before work. I topped mine with salt, pepper, garlic powder and cajun seasoning. I poured a splash or a bit more then a splash of wine into the bottom of my crockpot. Put the lid on and turned it on low. I let it cooked while I was at work. Super easy.

When I got home I steamed some broccoli and made some mashed sweet potato. I did both things in the microwave. Dinner took less then 30 minutes to prepare in total and the chicken cooked itself while I was at work. Awesome.

Oh, and it tasted DELICIOUS!