Sweet Potato Hash

I LOVE carbs it is not a secret ha! I know for a fact that is how I became 50 lbs overweight and I also have learned the difference between good carbs and carbs that are not so good for you. Nope, they are not all created equal and YES we ALL need carbs..... Literally, your brain functions on carbs so take them away from your diet and you will be foggy and let's not forget HANGRY. 

The #1 carb that you should be eating more of is sweet potatoes. They are so yummy and will keep you full and your body happy! Think I can chase my toddler around all day kinda energy. 

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  1. I have been LOVING these for breakfast paired with some carmalized red onions and eggs. I have made these into a SIMPLE meal by pre-cooking the sweet potato because when the mood strikes and you need food the last thing I want to do is wait too long to make it. By that time I will end up grabbing something I should not have. 

SUPER SECRET NINJA TRICK is to scrub the skin, stab a few time ha, and then cook in the microwave. once cooled enough just cut them into little disks so they are ready when you are! 

INGREDIENTS 

  • 1 medium sweet potato
  • 1 tsp olive oil 
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • OPTIONAL thin sliced red onion 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Scrub the sweet potato, poke a few holes with knife or fork.
  2. Place in Microwave ( I use the Potato feature ) cook until soft
  3. Allow a few minutes for cooling so you can cut the potato into disks leaving the skin on because there are so many nutrients in the skin. ( PREP TIP: you can stop here and once cooled put in the fridge then pop them out any time you want them)
  4. Preheat nonstick pan to medium-high heat, add oil. Once the pan is hot add your sweet potatoes ( I love to cook onions with this at the same time too) sautee for about 3 minutes on each side flipping until both sides are toasy brown and slightly crispy. 
  5. Salt and pepper to taste and ENJOY! 

 

 

Easy Cheesy Garlic Bread

When ever I have soup and pasta or heck just a drive by craving for some garlic bread the first thing I think is the yummy frozen garlic bread that just gets popped in the oven, it's so easy right!?!? Well this one is just as easy! I had enough when one day I developed a homemade tomato soup and HAD to have some garlicky cheesy goodness to dip into it! 

Give this a try and PLEASE whatever you do DO NOT turn your nose up just because of the ingredients because if you do it is your loss! Here is the deal most people hate cottage cheese it gets a terrible wrap for its texture issues however throw into a food processor and add a few goodies and it is a creamy delicious spread that is high in protien and also super satisfying! I use the very same technique in my favorite easy lasagna which is a HUGE hit with the ladies in my challenge group working on getting fit. They can not believe that it tastes so amazing and is that easy to put together! Not to mention it is 100% on plan to help them achieve their fitness goals. I created this blog to show you that it is not only possible but easy to create family friendly, crave-able foods that you can enjoy while meeting your fitness goals! 

Serves 2 people  Containers- 1 Yellow 1/2 Red 1 Blue  Difficulty- EASY  TIME- 10 Min

INGREDIENTS 

  • 2 100% whole wheat tortillas or Flatout 
  • 1 cup 2-4% cottage cheese ( please do not use fat free)
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt & pepper to taste 
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 

DIRECTIONS 

  1. Preheat oven to 425
  2. Place 2 tortillas on a baking sheet, cook in oven for about 4-5 min turning a few times until crispy. ( don't walk away from these they can burn quickly, you are looking for lightly browned and crispy)
  3. While the tortillas are crisping place cottage cheese, oregano, salt & pepper, farlic powder and Parmesan cheese in a food processor or blender. Blend on high until smooth about 30 seconds 
  4. Remove crispy tortillas from oven, spread 1/2 the filling on each one and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Optional garnish with a bit more oregano.
  5. Place back into oven until the cheese is melted- Sometimes I'll place the oven on broil for 30 seconds to get the browned bubbly cheesy goodness going! 
  6. ENJOY and share with a friend!