Maybe it’s just me, but seems to take me forever to get back on track when I decide to throw all caution to the wind and eat whatever I desire. We had “dinner on the ground” at church the Sunday before Valentine’s Day and that was the beginning of my downward spiral. The following week I indulged a lot. Then I topped it off yesterday with a number one combo from Sonic. Time for a get real talk with myself.
I have started this week much better, but my goodness, it’s like starting over again! Healthy living is tough! Sometimes I wish I had never been raised on biscuits, gravy, country ham and fried salmon patties! Life would be so much easier now! It seems that what I have established so far is my downfall last week is due to church and mama, lol.
Flatbreads have quickly become one of my favorite meals while trying to eat healthier. A few of my favorites are Buffalo Chicken Flatbread, Shrimp Verde Flatbread (recipe on NJSD), and this Cucumber Caprese Flatbread. I found this recipe while visiting my mom and looking through her Diabetic Living magazines. I love the recipes in her magazines so much that she recently gave me a gift subscription.
These recipes are packed with flavor, and because I can eat the entire flatbread I do not feel deprived! I typically prefer to make homemade dressing. However, for 1/2 tablespoon of dressing I found that Newman’s Own Light Balsamic is very good. If you still prefer to make your own because of salt content I will include an amazing recipe below.
Cucumber Caprese Flatbread
- 1 light original oval flatbread (I used Flatout brand)
- ½ c. coarsely torn fresh arugula and/or baby spinach
- ¼ c. red and/or yellow cherry tomatoes, coarsely chopped
- ¼ c. English cucumber, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
- 1 tbsp. thinly sliced red onion
- 2 tbsp. torn fresh basil
- ½ tbsp. bottled light balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing
- 2 tbsp. roasted red pepper hummus
- 1 tbsp. crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese
- Cracked Black Pepper
- Preheat oven to 425℉. Place the flatbread on a baking sheet. Bake 5 to 7 minutes or until lightly browned and edges are crisp. Transfer to a wire rack; cool.
- Meanwhile, in a large bowl combine the arugula (and/or baby spinach), cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, and basil; toss with vinaigrette.
- Spread hummus on cooled flatbread. Spoon tomato mixture over hummus. Sprinkle with feta cheese and black pepper. Cut into wedges and serve.
- Weight Watchers Smart Points = 3 points
Reduced Fat Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing
- 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
- ½ tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp. brown sugar
- ½ tsp. minced garlic
- ½ tsp. dried basil
- ½ tsp. salt
- Whisk all ingredients together, pour over salad and toss.
- Weight Watchers Smart Points = 4
We all get comfortable with our normal, or I know I do. My normal was a handful of dinner meals that I made on a routine basis. They are easy, need no recipe, and I always know my family will enjoy them. Finding new, healthy recipes can sometimes be a challenge. Not because I have little kids to please, but because Greg is so hard to please.
I had never heard of this burger until I was researching recipes. With the ingredient list, I knew it would was something we would enjoy, and it did not disappoint! We ate our burgers in lettuce wraps, but a whole wheat bun or English muffin would be a nice addition. The turkey burgers themselves have a ton of flavor, the pickled vegetables add a fantastic component, then top that off with the mild heat of the sriracha sauce, and it is terrific! This burger will most definitely be part of my new normal!
Banh Mi Turkey Burgers
- 1 lb. 99% fat free ground turkey
- 1 tbsp. fish sauce
- 1 tsp. fresh lime juice
- 2 tsp. soy sauce
- 2 garlic cloves, grated
- 2 tsp. fresh grated ginger
- ½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
- ¼ c. chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 - 2 green onions, chopped
- 1 tbsp. sesame oil
- Pickled jalapenos
- Lettuce leaves or buns
- PICKLED VEGETABLES:
- ¼ c. sliced English cucumber
- 1 carrot, peeled and grated
- 1 -2 radishes, grated
- 2 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 tbsp. fresh lime juice
- ¼ tsp. salt
- pinch granulated sugar
- SRIRACHA SAUCE
- ⅓ c. fat free plain Greek yogurt
- 2 tsp. Sriracha
- In a large bowl, gently mix turkey, fish sauce, lime juice, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, black pepper, cilantro, onions, and sesame oil. Cover bowl with plastic and place in the refrigerator to marinate for 30 minutes.
- In the meantime, mix the cucumber, carrot, and cilantro in a bowl. Add the lime juice, salt and sugar and toss to coat. Refrigerate until ready to use.
- To make sauce whisk the yogurt and Sriracha in a small bowl and set aside.
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Remove the turkey from the refrigerator. Divide into 4 sections and gently pat out the burgers. This will be a little messy. Gently place the burgers in the heated skillet and cook about 5 to 6 minutes per side or until cooked through.
- To assemble, place burger on lettuce leave or bun and top with Sriracha Sauce and a tablespoon or so or the pickled vegetables.
WW Freestyle Points = 1 point per serving
I went years without eating canned tuna. For the simple fact that I had eaten so much of it when I would diet that I could no longer stand it. Even now, I’m not so sure I could just pop open a can of tuna and eat it straight from the can as I have in the past.
However, when you put a spin on it with avocado, pickled onions, and green olives, I can totally enjoy some tuna. This recipe came from Cooking Light magazine and has quickly become a new favorite of mine.
Avocados are much higher in fat than most other fruits, but they are rich in vitamins and minerals, such as B-vitamins, vitamin K, potassium, copper, vitamin E and vitamin C and contain a lot of fiber. They have been associated with a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease and may be useful for weight loss. That’s a win-win in my book!
Tuna, Avocado, and Pickled Onion Open Faced Sandwich
- ¾ c. red onion, sliced thin
- ⅔ c. apple cider vinegar
- ¼ c. water
- 1 tsp. sugar
- 4 slices wheat bread
- 4 oz. chunk white albacore tuna in water, drained
- 2 tbsp. fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
- 8 bottled green olives, sliced
- 2 medium avocados, peeled and sliced
- Bring onion, vinegar, water, and sugar to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Remove pan from heat; let stand 5 minutes. Drain.
- Divide the avocado slices evenly among bread slices; mash with a fork. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Top evenly with tuna, onions, and olives. Sprinkle top with salt and pepper. Garnish with parsley.
- Each serving = 8 WW Freestyle Points.
Today’s recipe comes straight from Weight Watchers. I was quite shocked when I first tried it. Who knew Weight Watchers had such awesome recipes?
I want to tell you a little story just as a testament to just how good this Shrimp Verde Flatbread is. Greg was out of town on business the night I made this for myself. Wes lives at the house, works during the day and works on his masters online at night. He is not the most daring person when it comes to his food. He is a meat and potatoes kind of guy, and he is perfectly happy that way. Many times when Greg is traveling, Wes and I do our own thing for dinner. He will grill up something for himself while I make my own meal. Wes was in the kitchen when I took this flatbread out of the oven, so I asked him to try it. About the only thing he gets excited about it football, hunting, and fishing, so he didn’t say too much other than it was “pretty good.” Pretty good in this house means just okay. However, he went about his business and came up to me a little later wanting to know if I had the ingredients to make another Shrimp Verde Flatbread. I don’t know if I have described him well enough for you to know just how huge this was, but that speaks volumes!
The fresh sauce is really what makes this flatbread so wonderful. When making your flatbread, I have one little tip for you. If you have lime juice that separates from the sauce as you spoon it on your flatbread just leave it in the food processor. I made the mistake of pouring the juice left in the bottom of the food processor bowl onto mine, and it made those areas of the flatbread soggy. I did not do that to Wesley’s and his stayed crispy and delicious!
Shrimp Verde Flatbread
- 1 Flatout Light Original flatbread
- 3 oz. cooked shrimp, peeled
- ¼ c. part-skim mozzarella cheese
- ¾ c. cilantro
- 1 medium garlic clove
- 1 small jalapeño, seeds and veins removed
- 1 tbsp. fresh lime juice
- Preheat oven to 375℉. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Place flat-out on parchment and bake for two minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
- In the bowl of a food processor combine cilantro, garlic, jalapeño, and lime juice. Process until well blended and spreadable. Season with salt and pepper.
- Spread the green sauce over the flatbread. Arrange cooked shrimp over the sauce and scatter with cheese.
- Bake at 375℉ for 4 minutes. Serve immediately.
- WW Freestyle Points = 4
When the kids were younger, and I was the carpool driver and room mom and housekeeper and cook, among many other things, I relied on easy, quick dinner meals. My kids liked food that could be eaten with their hands. Chicken Fingers, hot dogs, and sandwiches were always a hit around our house.
This fantastic pork tenderloin sandwich will satisfy everyone in the household by offering a variety of toppings everyone can make the sandwich their own.
By pounding the pork thin, it cooks up fast. Therefore it cooks up fast. If necessary, cook two slices of meat at a time. Keep warm on a baking sheet in a 300ºF oven until all four are done. Add additional oil to the skillet if needed.
Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches
- 1 lb. pork tenderloin
- ¼ c. all-purpose flour
- ¼ tsp. garlic salt
- ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1 tbsp. milk
- ½ c. seasoned fine dry bread crumbs
- 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
- 4 lg. hamburger buns or kaiser rolls, split and toasted
- Optional: ketchup, mustard, tomato slices, onion slices, and/or dill pickle slices
- Trim fat from meat. cut meat crosswise into four slices. Place each slice between two pieces or plastic wrap. Using the flat side of a meat mallet, pound meat lightly until about ¼-inch thick. Remove plastic wrap.
- In a shallow dish stir together flour, garlic salt, and pepper. In another shallow dish combine egg and milk. Place bread crumbs in a third shallow dish. Dip meat into flour mixture to coat. Dip into egg mixture, then into bread crumbs, turning to coat.
- In a large cast-iron or other heavy skillet heat oil over medium heat. Add meat; cook for 6 to 8 minutes or until meat is slightly pink in center, turning once.
- Serve meat in buns with toppings of choice.