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Broccoli and Cheese Twice Baked Potatoes

Check out this delicious recipe I found at skinnytaste.com. If you want to sneak some vegetables into your family’s meal, this is the perfect side dish – great with chicken, steak or pork chops. I often add cauliflower to my mashed potatoes and no one really notices.

Ingredients:

  • (18 oz) 4 medium russet potatoes
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped broccoli florets
  • 2 cups chopped cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup low fat buttermilk
  • 1 tbsp minced chives (optional)
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded low-fat sharp cheddar cheese

Directions:

Pierce the potatoes several times with a fork. Place in the microwave and use your baked potato setting until the potatoes are cooked through, turning half way. (Or you can bake 1 hour in your oven at 425° F)

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, combine cauliflower and broccoli with a little salted water and cook, covered for about 3 minutes. Remove the broccoli with a slotted spoon and set aside, continue cooking the cauliflower until soft, about 5 more minutes. Drain and set aside in a large bowl.

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Cut the potatoes in half lengthwise. Scoop the flesh out into the large bowl with the cauliflower, leaving a ¼” shell. Place the potato shells on a baking sheet.

Mash the flesh with a potato masher or puree with a hand blender along with the cauliflower. Add the buttermilk and salt, mash until smooth. Fold in half of the shredded cheddar (and chives if desired).

Spoon the potato/cauliflower mixture back into the shells. Top with the cooked broccoli (I just inserted them in) and remaining cheese on top.

Bake for 5-10 minutes, or until heated through and the cheese is melted. (you can also microwave it for a few minutes if you prefer not to use the oven)

See the complete recipe here, http://www.skinnytaste.com/2013/01/broccoli-and-cheese-twice-baked-potatoes.html

Twice Baked Super Stuffed Cheesy Potatoes | Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 8 | Size: 1/2 loaded potato | Old Pts: 3 pts | Weight Watchers Points+: 3 pts | Calories: 146.5 | Fat: 3.5 g | Protein: 8 g | Carb: 23 g | Fiber: 2.5 g • Sugar: 1.5 g | Sodium: 152.5 mg (without the salt)

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BLT Salad

INGREDIENTS

1 cup cubed whole-wheat country bread
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 medium tomatoes, divided
3 tablespoon reduced-fat mayonnaise
2 tablespoon minced chives, or scallion greens
2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
5 cups chopped hearts of romaine lettuce
3 slices center-cut bacon, cooked and crumbled

COOKING DIRECTIONS

Step 1
Preheat oven to 350°F. Toss bread with oil and spread on a baking sheet. Bake, turning once, until golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes.

Step 2
Cut 1 tomato in half. Working over a large bowl, shred both halves using the large holes on a box grater. Discard the skin. Add mayonnaise, chives (or scallion greens), vinegar, garlic powder and pepper; whisk to combine.

Step 3
Chop the remaining 3 tomatoes. Add the tomatoes, romaine and croutons to the bowl with the dressing; toss to coat. Sprinkle with bacon.

Recipe provided by EatingWell.com and located on www.acefitness.org

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Elise’s Sesame Noodles

Whole-wheat pasta bolsters fiber and nutrients in this popular Asian noodle salad. The recipe is from Annelise Stuart of Germantown, New York.

INGREDIENTS

1 pound whole-wheat spaghetti
1/2 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoon sesame oil
2 tablespoon canola oil
2 tablespoon rice-wine vinegar, or lime juice
1 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
1 bunch scallions, sliced, divided
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided (optional)
4 cups snow peas, trimmed and sliced on the bias
1 medium red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 cup toasted sesame seeds

COOKING DIRECTIONS

Step 1
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook spaghetti until just tender, 9 to 11 minutes or according to package directions. Drain; rinse under cold water.

Step 2
Meanwhile, whisk soy sauce, sesame oil, canola oil, vinegar (or lime juice), crushed red pepper, 1/4 cup scallions and 2 tablespoons cilantro (if using). Add noodles, snow peas and bell pepper; toss to coat.

Step 3
To serve, mix in sesame seeds and garnish with the remaining scallions and cilantro.

Recipe provided by EatingWell.com and located on www.acefitness.org


I believe healthy eating is important if you want to live healthy & be YOUR best.
About Missy: Living healthy comes naturally to me. I live it & love it so I enjoy educating, motivating and helping others to do the same. I was born with a heart condition and had open heart surgery at the age of 8. I grew up being active and playing sports and am thankful to have my health. I’ve been in the fitness industry industry over 18 years and am ready to help you with your fitness and wellness goals. Call or email Missy to get started. Visit my website; www.workoutwithmissy.com

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Orzo Salad with Chickpeas & Artichoke Hearts

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup orzo, or other tiny pasta
1 1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, crushed and peeled
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 14-ounce c artichoke hearts, drained & chopped
1 7-ounce ca chickpeas, rinsed
1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
2 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
1 1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
1 large tomato, chopped
2 cups baby spinach leaves

COOKING DIRECTIONS

Step 1
Bring a small saucepan of water to a boil. Cook orzo until just tender, about 9 minutes, or according to package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water until cool. Press to remove excess water. Transfer to a medium bowl and toss with oil.

Step 2
Mash garlic and salt into a paste with the back of a spoon in a medium bowl. Whisk in lemon juice and pepper. Add the cooked orzo, artichokes, chickpeas, feta, dill and mint; toss gently to combine. Add tomatoes and toss again.

Step 3
Divide spinach between 2 plates and top with the salad.

MAKE AHEAD TIP: Prepare the salad—without the tomatoes and spinach—cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day. Add the tomatoes just before serving and serve over the spinach.

Recipe provided by EatingWell.com and located on www.acefitness.org


I believe healthy eating is important if you want to live healthy & be YOUR best.
About Missy: Living healthy comes naturally to me. I live it & love it so I enjoy educating, motivating and helping others to do the same. I was born with a heart condition and had open heart surgery at the age of 8. I grew up being active and playing sports and am thankful to have my health. I’ve been in the fitness industry industry over 18 years and am ready to help you with your fitness and wellness goals. Call or email me to get started.

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