Satisfy Those Cravings

2014-03-18 09:49:55

We all have cravings for those foods that we know we shouldn't eat. Chinese food, pizza, chocolate, that deep- dish apple pie drizzled with caramel sauce and ice cream. If you're anything like me, you find them hard to resist and over time you know you're going to give in and enjoy the taste. It's the after effect that I don't enjoy. The bloating, feeling of unease and guilt behind ruining a healthy streak isn't worth that delicious food.

Thankfully there are healthy options. Here are just a few recipes for healthy options to those foods that we live.

Chinese Style Fried Rice

  • 1 cup sweet peas
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 carrots diced
  • ½ small green pepper diced
  • 2 cups brown rice, cooked
  • 2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tsp ginger
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  1. Heat the oil I a wok or are sauté pan. Turn the head down and add the garlic and ginger stirring quickly so they don't burn. Add oil.  Once the spices are browned add the cooked rice, and vegetables, toss to coat.  Add to this mixture red pepper flakes, and soy sauce. Stir together and allow to cook until vegetables are soft but firm.
  2. Make a hole in the middle of the mixture and crack an egg into the hole.  As the egg heats scramble it together; once cooked, combine with rice.  Turn off the heat, and add scallions, sesame seeds and more soy sauce for taste.

Healthy Pizza

  • 2 whole wheat flatbreads about 7" across
  • 2 table spoons of tomato sauce
  • 1 tomato thinly sliced
  • ½ cup of shredded mozzeralla cheese
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 1 green pepper sliced
  • 1 cup of pineapple
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 F
  2. Spread the tomato sauce on the bread. Add a thin layer of cheese. Top with tomato, onion, sliced pepper and pineapple. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake for 7 minutes or until the cheese is golden and melted. 

Tex- Mex Taco Salad

  • 1/2 cup prepared salsa
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces lean ground beef or turkey
  • 1 large plum tomato, diced
  • 1/2 cup canned kidney beans, rinsed (see Tips for Two)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 4 cups shredded romaine lettuce
  • 1/4 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  1. Combine salsa and sour cream in a large bowl.
  2. Heat oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring often, until softened, 1 to 2 minutes. Add beef (or turkey) and cook, stirring often, until cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes. Add tomato, beans, cumin, chili powder and salt; cook, stirring, until the tomato begins to break down, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat, stir in cilantro and 2 tablespoons of the salsa mixture.
  3. Add lettuce to the remaining salsa mixture and toss to coat. Divide the lettuce between 2 plates, top with the cooked meat and sprinkle with cheese.

Turkey Gorgonzola Burgers

  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 3 oz Gorgonzola cheese, chopped
  • ½ cup sun- dried tomatoes, drained and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp cumin powder
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 6 100% whole- grain buns
  • 6 tbsp barbecue sauce
  • Shredded cabbage
  1. Preheat grill to medium. Combine first five ingredients and salt and pepper to taste in a bowl. Lightly mix together and form into 6 patties. Brush them with oil.
  2. Grill burgers for 4 to 5 minutes per side or until internal temp is 165°F. Toast buns for 2 minutes. Serve burgers on buns; garnish with barbecue sauce and cabbage, if desired.

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Alivia Crossinger

2014-03-19 07:53:42
I'm about 60 pounds overweight right now. I blame it entirely on my not being able to turn down comfort foods that are filled with fats and starches. Great blog, it made me look up other alternatives. I want to be healthy and I want to get back to the person I used to be so I'm going to try out your recipes. Keep 'em coming!

Sherryl Woods

2014-03-20 09:17:39
I made a salad last night using a vinegar and lemon dressing with spices. I thought it wouldn't turn out but it was actually really good. Can you do a completely condiment based blog? I heard that's where our salt intakes shoot up. Thanks!


2014-05-16 11:04:32
These recipes are great. I am a HUGE fan of take out food and find it so easy to just pick up the phone, and order some food when I get home from work. I'm going to try out some of these recipes and start finding some of my own!

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