Fitness Crazed Foodie
Lover of all things food and fitness related
I constantly hear people say they can never think of something creative to make for dinner, or healthy is boring, or they don't want to eat chicken every night, etc. etc. etc. I get it, "chicken is so boring". I've been there. It's a bad rut to get into because it's an easy excuse to go out to eat instead of cooking in. So, if you're a believer of this statement, or are currently in this rut, then I have a solution: ground turkey!
I use BARE 99% fat free white ground turkey meat. Each 4oz serving has 120 calories, less than 1g of fat, and more than 25g of protein. The package of meat is 5 servings (for super cheap!), which makes basically enough for a whole week's worth of meals! But obviously we don't want to keep repeating the same recipe everyday, so I have 3 different ways you can enjoy the ground turkey!
1. Turkey burger
For the patties, I just combine the meat with garlic salt, pepper and one egg white! The picture on the left is a turkey patty with tomato, onion and avocado on a lettuce "bun". On the right is a turkey burger deconstructed into a salad. I put the patty on a bed of spinach with the tomatoes and onions, with a side of reduced-sugar ketchup and mustard for some dipping. Both come pair great with a side a roasted sweet potato fries that I baked in the oven for 35 minutes at 425 degrees.
2. Zoodles with Turkey Meatballs
Combine turkey meat with salt, pepper, Italian seasoning and 1 tbsp parmesan cheese. Roll into four 1oz meatballs and cook in one frying pan until browned all around. In another pan, cook up the spiralized zucchini (I use one whole zucchini) until soft. Add low-sugar marina sauce, spinach, chopped tomatoes, garlic, and sprinkle with parmesan cheese and oregano seasoning. Wallah! The perfect substitute for the classic spaghetti and meatballs.
3. Egg Scramble with Ground Turkey
When I make omelettes or scrambles, I usually use 2 whole eggs and 2 egg whites with sautéed veggies and ground turkey. Just cook up the ground turkey in one pan until light brown, and add veggies of your choice to the pan. Common additives: spinach, asparagus, onion, tomato, mushrooms, tomatoes etc. In another pan, cook up the eggs until almost all cooked through. Combine the two pans and scramble it all up! This has a ton of protein and is perfect for any time of the day (who doesn't love breakfast for dinner?!).
Ok ok this is my last pumpkin recipe... I'm getting pumpkin-ed out and it's only November. Not good. I'm going to have to take a short break from pumpkin spiced everything because Thanksgiving is just around the corner and we all know what kind of desserts come with that holiday...
This last pumpkin recipe is a healthy, high protein, low carb shake. I'm calling it a shake because when I picture smoothies I think of fruit and yogurt, but when I think of shakes I think of creamy and filling. This recipe is definitely more of the creamy and filling type, without any fruit. BUT it is still healthy and great substitute for dessert cravings or just for a high protein meal and/or snack.
I based this recipe off of Quest Bar's Pumpkin Spice Latte. If you want a hot treat with lots of protein, try out that recipe! I usually drink my coffee black, so instead of making this latte I decided to change the recipe around and make a shake with the Pumpkin Pie Quest Bar. The bar has 21g of protein and very few grams of sugar, so it is a great base for the shake to fuel you for a couple hours.
Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake
1 Pumpkin Pie Quest Bar
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup water
Couple dashes of cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice
Handful of ice cubes
Optional: 1/2 tbsp light agave, or 1 package of sweetener (I use Equal)
Calories: about 275
Heat up the Quest Bar in the microwave for 20 seconds, or until very gooey. Put the bar in the blender with all the ingredients. I would blend everything up and taste it before deciding whether to add extra sweetness to it. Some people don't like very sweet things, so if that's you and you think it needs more flavor, add more cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice instead of sweetener.
It's as easy as that. Enjoy!
Side note- If you make smoothies/shakes a lot, I highly recommend to get the Nutribullet or VitaMix or any other brand that has a single serving blender! It is so simple to just make one serving, put a lid on it, and take it to-go with you. Even if you aren't on the go, you can make the serving and wash out the cup really easily, instead of the entire blender. Definitely makes my life easier!
I really like fall if you can't tell.
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