What’s for Lunch: Chickpea and Tuna Salad

I was stuck on what to make for lunch today so I got creative. I knew I had some chickpeas so I decided to try making a salad. It turned out really good; I would totally make it again. Next time I would be less lazy and add diced veggies, like cucumber, peppers and maybe tomatoes. The veggies would also add a nice touch of colour.

Today’s lunch was perfect to throw in my purse and take with me to the beach for a lunch break walk.

Chickpea and Tuna Salad

1 cup chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/2 can drained tuna
1 tbsp olive oil
1-2 tbsp lemon juice
cumin, crushed red pepper and salt to taste

Mix together and enjoy!

I ate my salad with some baby carrots for a nice filling lunch.

Total Calories (without baby carrots): 406 Calories

So lucky to work so close to the beach.

Lunch break beach walk

What a beautiful day!

Recipe Review: SkinnyTaste White Bean Turkey Chili

This is the second time I have made this recipe. This first time was a while ago but I remembered it being really good so I decided to make it again. It was just as I remembered – DELICIOUS!

white beans

SkinnyTaste.comWhite Bean Turkey Chili

I did make a couple small changes. First I wasn’t using 3 pounds of ground turkey – at $5 a pound that is just too expensive. So I just used one. TIP: I buy my packs of ground turkey at Costco – you get 4 for about $20. Since I was using less turkey I used 5 cans of beans (instead of 4) – I think my cans might of been slightly bigger too. Also I didn’t use all cannellini beans like her recipe suggests. I used a mixture, 2 cans of chickpeas, 2 cans of navy beans and 1 can of white kidney beans. And it was awesome. I followed her seasoning suggestions in the recipe but next time I would make it spicier, it really wasn’t spice at all and I love spice.

The recipe makes lots and it is pretty easy. If you love beans you need to try this recipe out. According to her recipe it is only 211 calories per cup and it is very filling.

I took this to work to share with a co-worker. Both her and I did a bit of a cooking and split what we made. Perfect way to get some healthy lunches for work, with variation.

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

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

Quick and Easy Whole Crockpot Chicken Recipe

I don’t often buy whole chickens, I find them more expensive then buying pre-cooked roasted chickens. But occasionally they go on sale so I make them for something different. I find cooking them in the crockpot the easiest, especially during the week. You really can do anything with the chicken, googing whole crockpot chicken will give you tons of different ideas. I was short on time (and ingredients) so I keep my recipe simple.

You really don’t need olive oil and butter for the chicken, I was just trying to enhance the flavour? Actually I am not sure what I was thinking, I saw it on a recipe I looked up and thought it looked good. I didn’t use a lot of either, but enough to increase the calories. I didn’t really measure anything.

Quick and Easy Whole Crockpot Chicken Recipe

Quick and Easy Whole Crockpot Chicken Recipe

Ingredients
1 whole chicken
olive oil
your favourite seasoning
butter

Directions
1. Put butter inside the chicken. Brush on olive oil, sprinkle with your favourite seasoning.
2. Place chicken in crockpot and cook on low for 8-10 hours.

Calories are going to vary depending what part of the chicken you eat, if you leave the skin on, etc.

Easy huh? And it was delicious! I served mine with green beans.

Turkey Fajita Stir Fry Recipe

I wanted fajita’s but didn’t feel like buying wraps or pitas (they are expensive!) so I decided to try fajita filling with rice, pretty delicious! It was lacking a bit of spice, but we both enjoyed it for both dinner and and lunch the next day. It was nice and fresh without all the spice. Of course you don’t have to use turkey I just did because the grocery store had it pre-cut (I’m lazy!).

Turkey Fajita Stir Fry Recipe

5 servings

Ingredients
550 g turkey breast (approx)
1 tbsp olive oil
1-2 tsp garlic (I was lazy and used pre-chopped)
3/4 medium onion, sliced
1 medium green pepper, sliced
1 medium red pepper, sliced
1 1/2 cups corn (I used frozen)
1 tsp chili powder
2 tsp lemon juice

Directions
1. Heat olive oil and garlic in a pan on medium, add turkey and cook until meat is cooked through. While meat is cooking slice veggies.
2. Once is meat is cooked add onion, peppers, corn, chilli powder and lemon juice. Cook until veggies go soft, about 5 minutes.

Calories per serving
192 calories
3.5 grams fat
13.7 grams carbohydrates
23.7 grams protien

I served my fajita stir fry over rice – calories extra – I would make this again, it was quick and easy. Next time I would play with the spices a bit or maybe try a sauce, but it really was good like this.

Recipe Review: Chicken and White Bean Enchiladas

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Chicken and White Bean Enchiladas with Creamy Salsa Verde

I seriously love Gina and her recipes – they haven’t let me down yet. And this one was simply fantastic, my mouth is watering thinking about them.

I didn’t change much with this one – I did have to use some higher calorie tortilla’s because low calorie ones simple don’t exist and Canada. Also, the higher calories ones come in a 15 pack for $3.99 at Costco (read: I am cheap). I also used regular cheese.

Chicken and White Bean Enchiladas

As you can see I forgot to put the green stuff on top (was just going to use green onions.) I bought a cooked chicken for the chicken, I am lazy like that. I also find it cheaper – plus there is lots of chicken left to make another chicken recipe tonight. Oh, and I really didn’t have that much cheese on them – it just melted really nice and made it look like lots. That is one plus of using regular cheese or low-fat cheese; it melts way better. I gave up on “light” cheese ages ago.

Anyway, these were great. The boyfriend didn’t really love them – I think it was the mess I made cooking them that he didn’t like. It was a fair mess – but worth to me. YUM! Can’t wait for lunch leftovers. I think the biggest beef I had was that it cost $5 for the green chiles – still awesome though and I could see myself making these again.

Low Calorie Cookie Recipe – Oatmeal, Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip

After an awesome workout on my Wii Fit, I proceeded into the kitchen to make cookies. The recipe was a weight watchers recipe that I modified – that recipe was 90 calories a cookie; according to caloriecount mine were 80! The original recipe was just peanut butter with some crunchy peanut butter and peanut butter chips.

I did make them for work tomorrow, but of course I had to eat ONE… and some batter too. Seriously, who can resit three of the best cookies mixed together? Oatmeal, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip. Yum Yum. My mouth is watering still thinking about the warm tray of cookies still on the stove (damn, make that TWO cookies eaten).

low calorie, oatmeal, peanut butter, chocolate chip cookies

Sorry for sharing the picture with you – I bet you want to run off and make some cookies now don’t you? So sorry again.

I am so horrible at actually measuring what I am doing, but I will try and share the recipe with you.

Ingredients + Directions

In one bowl mix together:
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup oatmeal
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Set aside.

In another large bowl:
3 tbsp softened butter
1/4 cup peanut butter
Cream together together and then add:
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp packed brown sugar
Cream together together and then add:
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Beat together.

Makes 20 cookies; give or take.

Calories per cookie:
80 calories
4.4 grams of fat
8.2 carbohydrates
0.5 grams of fiber
2 grams of protein

Stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Mix in 1/4 cup chocolate chips. Form into balls, place on non-stick baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm with glass of milk (optional and extra calories).

Adventures with Tofu

I have had Tofu before – added in stuff or deep fried at a Japanese restaurant. But I have never made it for myself or even bought it. Yesterday a friend showed me this recipe for Spicy Sweet and Sour Tofu. I thought it looked good, I had everything but the Tofu, so on my way home I picked some up. Pretty cheap, $2.50 for a blob of it.

tofu

Looks better in the photo then it did in real life. It also had this smell to it. But anyway. Following the recipe (sorta) I smushed it in some paper towel (to dry it?). Letting it sit for about 30 minutes. Then I chopped it up and fried it in some oil and garlic (now that sounds healthy.)

tofu frying in garlic

There is no real reason for the above photo, I just like to post pictures – and I got a new camera to play with hehe. Anyway after that I added the sauce (found here). It looked pretty good, especially when I stirred in the green onions.

spicy sweet and sour tofu

Doesn’t that look good? The end result wasn’t bad. I didn’t jump for joy and go, “OH MY GOD I LOVE YOU TOFU” – I wish it had of. Tofu seems really good for you, high in protein and calcium and low in fat (except when you fry it in oil). I have been trying to eat more calcium, so I was happy to see how much was in the Tofu. I would like to eat it more, but I dunno if cutting it up in chunks and serving it as a main dish is the way to go. Unless of course it is Agedashi Tofu. I might try buying it again and cutting it smaller and adding it to something like spaghetti. Maybe.

The boyfriend stuck his fork in and said “I don’t think I can eat this.” In the end he had a small nibble, he said it tasted like nothing but he couldn’t eat a big chunk of it.

And that ends that cooking adventure with Tofu.

Recipe Review: Baked Lump Crab Cakes with Red Pepper Chipotle Lime Sauce

Baked Lump Crab Cakes with Red Pepper Chipotle Lime Sauce

I really love Gina and her recipes, I have not tried a bad one yet. And this one I think takes the cake (pun intended). These were so super delicious. I used canned crab and changed the sauce a bit because I am lazy (mayo, chipotle pepper powder, lime juice) – but other then that I stayed right on track with these. They were so worth! Next time I would make them a little bit sooner – between putting in the fridge and baking I ate later then I like, but that was totally my own fault!

I enjoyed crab cakes with a side salad. I also bought a new dressing tonight, light honey dijon (very nice as well!)

crab cakes

Total dinner calories: approximately 370

Dinner was nice and light but very filling. I will be making these crab cakes again and again; I am going to have to keep my eye open for canned crab on sale! Thanks Gina for another awesome recipe.