Skinny Ms. http://skinnyms.com Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:20:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Fitness 101: Beginner’s Workout http://skinnyms.com/fitness-101-beginners-workout/ http://skinnyms.com/fitness-101-beginners-workout/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:31:28 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=2485 ]]>

by Skinny Ms.

Fitness 101- Beginner's Workout

In less than 5 minutes per day you can begin to get fit. Fitness 101 for Beginner’s is a workout designed for anyone new or returning to fitness. This routine is a great way to gradually build endurance and strength. The routine below requires no special equipment. Be sure to watch the video demonstrations of the exercises.  Let’s get moving!

Equipment Needed: Desk or kitchen countertop for pushups

What To Do For This Workout: Complete 2 rounds; rest 20 seconds after each move; perform routine 4 times weekly for 30 days

March in place – 1 minute
Body Squats – 15 repetitions
March in place – 1 minute
Standing Push-ups – 15 repetitions

March in place (knees up)

Body Squats

Standing Pushups

Would you like to transform your body with a step-by-step program that costs less than 50 cents a week? Then you’ve got to check out my Total Body Transformation Program designed for all fitness levels.

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3 Ways to Fulfill Food Cravings http://skinnyms.com/3-ways-to-fulfill-food-cravings/ http://skinnyms.com/3-ways-to-fulfill-food-cravings/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:30:50 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=390524 ]]>

By Skinny Ms.

3 Ways To Fulfill Food Cravings

You’re on a roll. You took a pledge to eat healthily, and your first three days have been a breeze. That is, until you have a bad day or pass some goodies in the office kitchen, and a craving kicks in! Don’t let your cravings get in the way of your healthy lifestyle. Satisfy them the nutritious way! We’ll help you through them with our three tips for fulfilling food cravings the next time you get the munchies.

1. Salty. A bag of potato chips is not the only option for fulfilling your salt cravings. Opt for one of the many healthy snack options that contain beneficial nutrients without the excess fat and calories. Homemade trail mix, hummus, popcorn, and nuts are just a few ways to tackle this craving. For a quick go-to recipe, try our Zucchini Hummus or our Slow Cooker Cinnamon & Honey Nuts.

2. Sweet. Don’t fight your sweet tooth. Indulge it the healthy way, by making smart snacking choices. Healthy sweets can be achieved by simply exchanging milk chocolate for dark chocolate or sugary candy for fresh, sweet fruit. Looking for a few recipes that promise to fulfill that sweet tooth of yours? Try our Berry Popsicle, Banana Blueberry Bars, or our Almond Butter Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies.

3. Crunchy. Crunch cravers love anything that with that crispy, crackling texture as they bite into it. You can easily satisfy your need for crunch in a healthy way by choosing nutritious foods like popcorn, roasted chickpeas, nuts, seeds, and even frozen grapes. To get your crunch on, try our Chili-Lime Spiced Pumpkin Seeds or our Skinny Peanut Butter-Yogurt Dip served with apple slices.

Whether you crave salty, sweet, or crunchy foods, there are ways to fulfill your cravings without giving in to unhealthy foods. With these tips, you can be confident that you’ll know just what to do when food cravings hit.

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Clean Eating Almond Butter Fudge http://skinnyms.com/clean-eating-almond-butter-fudge/ http://skinnyms.com/clean-eating-almond-butter-fudge/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:30:10 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=394618 ]]>

by Skinny Ms.

Almond Butter Fudge

If you’re looking for a bite to tame your sweet tooth without the guilt, this almond butter fudge will do the trick. It comes together quickly, and keeps well in the freezer for whenever you’re looking for a bite-sized treat. Rich in antioxidants and heart-healthy fats, you won’t be sorry you tried this fudge made with almond butter. This must be stored in the freezer for best results, as it will melt if left out.

More clean eating fudge recipes:
Unbaked Fudge Cookies
Clean Eating Fudge Brownies
Slow Cooker Fudge

Clean Eating Almond Butter Fudge

Clean Eating Almond Butter Fudge

Yields: 16 servings | Serving Size: 1 square|Calories: 129| Previous Points: 3| Points Plus:  1| Total Fat: 12 g | Saturated Fat: 4 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 16 mg | Carbohydrates: 3 g | Dietary Fiber: 1 g | Sugars: 0 g | Protein: 3 g |

Ingredients

  • 1 cup natural, creamy almond butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch sea salt

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Stir until smooth. Line a square cake pan with parchment paper. Spread the mixture evenly in the pan and pop in the freezer. Freeze for several hours. Remove from the pan and cut into squares. Transfer the squares to a plastic bag or airtight container. Store in the freezer.

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5 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint http://skinnyms.com/5-ways-to-reduce-your-carbon-footprint/ http://skinnyms.com/5-ways-to-reduce-your-carbon-footprint/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:12:51 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=395649 ]]>

by Skinny Ms.

5 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint We all want to leave a clean and healthy environment for our children, nephews, nieces, and grandchildren, but it’s easy to feel as if the problem is too large for any one of us to solve alone. Fortunately, every small change made by a single person adds up to big changes when it comes to the health of our planet. Our personal actions can affect the environment for generations to come, and change is easier than you may think.

Here are 5 ways to promote a healthy planet and a healthier you:

1. No More Bottled Water! Believe it, or not, you can get H20 right from your tap nowadays. Worried about contaminants? It’s easy to filter your own water and carry a reusable water bottle. Buying bottled water, at an average cost of about $1 a bottle, will not only put a dent in your pocket book, but creates an enormous amount of waste.
2. Go Unplugged. Unplug kitchen appliances when you’re not using them, look for an energy efficient sticker on all kitchen appliances, and try to use appliances that reduce energy usage in creative ways. This will help you to cut down your bills and save natural resources.
3. Burn your body’s own energy. Good news! The energy your body produces is renewable. Choose to walk whenever you can. Take the stairs, ride bikes, or run outside rather than using a treadmill at the gym. These simple choices can make a huge difference to both your own health and the health of the planet.
4. Buy locally farmed foods. Buying imported foods or foods that are transported for thousands of miles means a lot of fuel was expended. When you go to your local farmers market, you are not only supporting your local farm and your local economy, but you’re also decreasing the amount of fuel used to bring your food to the table.  Plus, the less time that passes between when your produce is picked at the peak of its freshness until it is served, the better, because more nutrients are preserved in the food. And, it tastes better, too.
5. Reduce disposables and reuse products. It’s getting easier and easier to buy products that are made to be reusable. Swap plastic baggies, disposable cups, bottles, and silverware that are designed for one-time use for reusable alternatives. It may take a bit of planning, but once you have reusable products on hand, it’s simple to give up the wasteful alternatives:

Go Green. Here are some of our favorite green products:

A Dragon Fly Natural Rubber Performance Yoga Mat (Value: $75)  A premium quality mat for all workouts, not only yoga. This ultra thick mat is super comfortable and has enough padding that you won’t hurt your back or hands when doing yoga or crunches. The Dragon Fly Performance mat is perfect for floor exercises and core exercises or pilates. It is slip-proof and looks so perfect for spring with the fun dragon fly pattern.

2 sets of 2 (4 total, Value of 39.90) Spruce/Silicon Wine Glass/Cups  from ReUseIt.  great for outdoor dinner parties, camping and more- a lot more elegant and functional than a throw-away plastic cup. These stemless wine “glasses” are a lot sexier than a cheap throwaway, and they won’t break!

Spruce Silicon Wine Glasses

2 Reisenthel EasyBags from ReUseIt (value 39.90) These bags fit directly into your cart, and then fold over to take on-the-go. When not in use, they are easily rolled up and easily tucked into your handbag.
…and the Wonderbag Slow Cooker (value 50.00) Just bring your favorite recipes to a boil, and then insulate with the Wonderbag Slow Cooker. Your dishes will continue to cook for 12 hours, without gas or electricity. For every one Wonderbag purchased, the company donates one to a South African family in need. Love this!

Wonderbag Slow Cooker

 

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Zucchini Ribbon Salad With Pine Nuts and Parmesan Shavings http://skinnyms.com/zucchini-ribbon-salad-with-pine-nuts-and-parmesan-shavings/ http://skinnyms.com/zucchini-ribbon-salad-with-pine-nuts-and-parmesan-shavings/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:30:52 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=393625 ]]>

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Zucchini Ribbon Salad With Pine Nuts

Freshness is the first thing you’ll notice when you bite into this unique salad. Raw zucchini, sliced thinly and leaving just the perfect amount of crunch, combines so well with the delicate flavors of the toasted pine nuts, Parmesan, and mint. And to seal the deal? Use a generous amount of balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil. It’s every vegan’s and vegetarian’s dream dish. Plus, preparing this salad takes so little time and almost no effort. The next time you’d like to whip up something refreshing and healthy in the kitchen, consider this dish. It takes only a few minutes and serves up excellent results for both your palate and your body.

Zucchini Ribbon Salad With Pine Nuts and Parmesan Shavings

Zucchini Ribbon Salad With Pine Nuts and Parmesan Shavings

Yields: 6 servings | Serving Size: 3/4 cup | Calories: 220 | Previous Points: 6 | Points Plus: 6 | Total Fat: 19 g | Saturated Fat: 4 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 7 mg | Sodium: 111 mg | Carbohydrates: 7 g | Dietary Fiber: 1 g | Sugars: 5 g | Protein: 6 g |

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 2 large zucchini
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan or Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • 6 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher or sea salt to taste

Directions

In a small saucepan, over medium heat, toast the pine nuts until they start to change their color, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

With the use of a mandoline slicer or sharp knife, vertically slice the zucchini very thinly.

In a small bowl, whisk the balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil and salt.

In a large salad bowl combine the zucchini, pine nuts, Parmesan and mint. Drizzle with the balsamic dressing just before serving.

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More fantastic Vegan recipes:

Vegan Chocolate Banana Nut Bread
Raw Vegan Lemon Cranberry Cheesecake
Vegan Spinach and Artichoke Dip
Quinoa (Meatless) Meatballs
Slow Cooker Lentil & Veggie Stew

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6 Tips for Taming a Sweet Tooth http://skinnyms.com/6-tips-for-taming-a-sweet-tooth/ http://skinnyms.com/6-tips-for-taming-a-sweet-tooth/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:30:27 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=390210 ]]>

by Skinny Ms.

6 Tips for Taming a Sweet Tooth

Some positive changes are easier to make than others. If you have a sweet tooth, you know what I’m talking about. Whether you’re a chocoholic or a “dessert every night” kind of girl, you understand that making food choices that are high in processed sugar and fat aren’t good for your weight or your health. 

You already understand that too much sugar leads to obesity and a higher risk of chronic conditions like heart disease and type 2 diabetes. But excessive intake of the sweet stuff also makes some mental health conditions worse. If you struggle with depression or anxiety, too much sugar causes spikes and dips in blood sugar, which affects mood levels. Plus, too much sugar accelerates aging. It helps form free radicals, which damages skin cells, speeding up the aging process. To slash these risks, check out our tips for cutting your sugar cravings for good!

RELATED: 4 Healthy Alternatives to Diet Sodas and 5 Best Tips to Cut Out Soda Intake.

1. Go cold turkey
This can be a challenge, but it’s sometimes the best way to reboot your body. Eliminate all refined sugars for 2-3 days. You can make it a permanent lifestyle change or gradually add lower amounts of sugar back into your diet.

2. Eat fruit
From strawberries to bananas, fruits are ideal go-to foods when cravings strike. You’ll get the taste you crave along with a healthy dose of fiber, antioxidants, and other nutrients. This Skinny Fruit & Yogurt Salad is the perfect sweet tooth snack—it has only 136 calories and 0 grams of fat.

3. Eat 4-6 times throughout the day
Going too long between meals allows our blood sugar to drop, driving us to seek out sugary, fatty foods. Eat every few hours to keep blood sugar stable. Plan for healthy snacks with 50 Clean Eating Snacks or 12 Must-Have Workday Snacks.

4. Make a compromise
If you need to go sweet, combine it with a healthy food. For example, dip a few bites of banana into dark chocolate or toss a few chocolate chips into oatmeal. Just be sure to avoid store-bought trail mixes. Many brands contain too many candies and not enough good-for-you ingredients.

5. Read nutrition labels
It’s shocking to learn how much refined sugar is added to the foods we buy. How do you determine how many teaspoons of sugar are in a product? 4 grams = 1 teaspoon. The American Heart Association recommends that women consume no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar each day. Check out Quick Tips in Deciphering Food Labels.

6. Learn your craving triggers
Have you been “rewarding” yourself with ice cream at the end of a long day? Perhaps reaching for a candy bar during a rough day at work? Sugar is often used to soothe stress or anxiety. Take note of what you’re feeling when you reach for a sugary treat. If you’re noshing to de-stress, try a healthier stress relief technique instead. Enjoy a cup of unsweetened herbal tea, take a quick walk, or hit the gym.

You can do this! Start employing these sweet tooth tips in order to look and feel better!

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Sautéed Mushrooms with Fresh Herbs http://skinnyms.com/sauteed-mushrooms-with-fresh-herbs/ http://skinnyms.com/sauteed-mushrooms-with-fresh-herbs/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:00:43 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=386409 ]]>

Sautéed Mushrooms with Fresh Herbsby Skinny Ms.

 

A blend of olive oil with butter, balsamic vinegar, and some fresh chopped herbs make this sautéed mushroom recipe healthy and full of flavor. You can use white button mushrooms if that’s what you have on hand, but a few different varieties will give you even more depth of flavor. Top a piece of chicken or steak with these mushrooms to elevate your weeknight dinner, or just eat these sublime mushrooms on their own. If you’re looking for a delicious way to enjoy mushrooms, this superfood recipe is a good start.

You might also like:

Quinoa Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
Cremini Mushroom Soup
Slow Cooker Chicken and Mushrooms

Crazy Good Sautéed Mushrooms

Crazy Good Sautéed Mushrooms

Yields: 4 servings | Serving Size: 1/4 cup mushrooms|Calories: 43| Previous Points: 1| Points Plus:  1| Total Fat:  3 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 5 mg | Sodium: 17 mg | Carbohydrates: 3 g | Dietary Fiber: 1 g | Sugars: 1 g | Protein: 2 g |

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound mixed mushrooms of your choice, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons pure butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon freshly chopped thyme
  • 1 teaspoon freshly chopped rosemary
  • Sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste

Directions

Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the olive oil and butter. When the butter is melted, add the mushrooms.

Cook the mushrooms until they are brown and fragrant, approximately 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, and add the garlic. Cook for 1 more minute.

Add the balsamic vinegar and stir. Mix in the fresh herbs and serve.

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10 x 10 Climb and Descend Upper-body Workout http://skinnyms.com/10-x-10-climb-and-descend-upper-body-workout-challenge/ http://skinnyms.com/10-x-10-climb-and-descend-upper-body-workout-challenge/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:30:38 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=389775 ]]>

by Skinny Ms.

Climb and Descend Upper Body Workout Challenge

When you don’t have time to get to the gym for your favorite strength class, this workout will definitely give you the challenge you are missing. This upper-body strength workout, for all fitness levels, is designed to build endurance, while strengthening and toning your entire upper-body. The routine builds on itself with each round, with little to no rest recommended.  As each round progresses, start with the first exercise and work through each one until all exercises and reps are completed. Get ready for a CHALLENGE!

Equipment needed: For this exercise routine you will need one set of dumbbells of medium weight.

Repeat this workout 2 times weekly on non-consecutive days for optimal results.

What to do for this workout:
Beginner Workout –
Complete 1 round of Climb & Descend; rest as needed
Intermediate Workout –
Complete 2 rounds of Climb & Descend
Advanced Workout –
Complete 3 rounds of Climb & Descend

Review the videos below for exercise demonstrations.

Climb
10 Bicep Curls
10 Bicep Curls, 10 Hammer Curls
10 Bicep Curls, 10 Hammer Curls, 10 Upright Rows
10 Bicep Curls, 10 Hammer Curls, 10 Upright Rows, 10 Shoulder Presses
10 Bicep Curls, 10 Hammer Curls, 10 Upright Rows, 10 Shoulder Presses, 10 Overhead Tricep Extensions

Descend
10 Bicep Curls, 10 Hammer Curls, 10 Upright Rows, 10 Shoulder Presses, 10 Overhead Tricep Extensions
10 Bicep Curls, 10 Hammer Curls, 10 Upright Rows, 10 Shoulder Presses
10 Bicep Curls, 10 Hammer Curls, 10 Upright Rows
10 Bicep Curls, 10 Hammer Curls
10 Bicep Curls

Bicep Curls

Hammer Curls

Upright Rows

Shoulder Press

Overhead Tricep Extension

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15 Dinners Prepared in 10 Minutes or Less http://skinnyms.com/15-dinners-prepared-in-10-minutes-or-less/ http://skinnyms.com/15-dinners-prepared-in-10-minutes-or-less/#comments Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:30:13 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=390905 ]]>

by Skinny Ms.

15 Dinners Prepared in 10 Minutes or Less

Have you ever gotten exhausted from simply reading a recipe? Some dishes require a good deal of prep, and that often translates into time you just don’t have. It can be tricky to carve out a half-hour or more to chop, dice, mix, stir, and watch over a meal. You need quick dinners that can be prepared in ten minutes or fewer.

These recipes are ideal because prep time is minimal. As a result, you get extra time to sneak in a workout while dinner is in the slow cooker, or help your child puzzle through homework at the kitchen table while burgers are on the skillet. What’s more, these meals are the kind you’ll feel great about serving. Our clean eating recipes ditch processed ingredients, which are often loaded with calories and additives, and instead nourish the body with healthy ingredients. Think lean protein, fiber, antioxidants, and nutrients.

Whether you’re new to slow cookers or a crockpot vet, you may also like 5 Tips for Perfect Slow Cooking, 12 Rules of Slow Cooking, and 8 Best Slimming Slow Cooker Recipes.

Turkey Burger with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Feta Cheese
1. Turkey Burger with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Feta Cheese
This is one of those 10-minute dinners that delivers on the hassle-free, quick prep factor. This recipe pairs well with a green salad or Crispy Oven Fries.

2. Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken
Prep time for this dish, one of our fan favorites, clocks in at about 10 minutes. It offers plenty of flavor, and, with less than 200 calories per serving, you’ll feel fab about digging into this easy chicken dish.

Slow Cooker-Hearty Vegetable and Bean Soup

3. Slow Cooker Hearty Vegetable and Bean Soup
This 10-minute dinner may become a busy weeknight go-to recipe. The soup is thick and filling, and it’s easy to substitute ingredients to accommodate your tastes or which ingredients are in season.

4. Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken Soup
If quick dinners are a must for you, then this soup should be on your radar. It’s easy to make and has far fewer calories than traditional Mexican recipes—but just as much taste.

5. Slow Cooker Lentil Veggie Stew
This stew packs a nutritional punch because it’s packed with cholesterol-lowering lentils and vegetables. Fill the slow cooker in the morning and come home to this delicious meal.

Thai Chicken Lettuce Cups

6. Thai Chicken Lettuce Cups
If you want light, quick dinners, bookmark, pin, or save this recipe. Brown ground chicken, dice veggies, and you have a refreshing dinner that’s fast and low in calories—just 120 per cup.

7. Skinny Burrito in a Jar
Need a quick dinner? Try this unique meal in a jar. It takes 5 minutes or less to prepare, and it’s the perfect dish to serve when you or your loved ones are coming home late. Enjoy it straight from the jar or add the mix to a whole wheat wrap.

8. Slow Cooker Polynesian Chicken
This is a winner that’s so simple the kids can help you make it. Combine ingredients in the slow cooker, and in 4-5 hours you’ve got a tasty, no-fuss meal that includes whole grains, protein, fruits, and vegetables.

9. Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Roast
This meal is easy to prepare and delivers the right blend of veggies and lean meat. Pair it with a green salad and dinner is ready!

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

10. Skinny Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
You’ll love this 10-minute dinner because it’s quick, delicious, and filling. This slow cooker dish has only 269 calories per serving, making it a smart choice whether you’re trying to lose weight or maintain a healthy one.

11. Skinny Slow Cooker Black Bean and Veggie Soup
Cilantro, fire-roasted tomatoes, green chili peppers – they’re all here in this simple recipe. Chop the veggies, add beans and spices, and you’re on your way to a warm, comforting meal.

Slow Cooker Pomegranate Chicken Breasts

12. Slow Cooker Pomegranate Chicken Breasts
The pomegranate flavor comes from no-sugar-added juice, so you don’t need to worry about cutting and de-seeding a pomegranate. Serve this with a salad for a healthy, quick meal that’s under 300 calories per serving.

13. Paleo-Friendly Meaty Veggie Roll-ups
Sometimes you barely have time to eat, much less to prepare a complex meal. These roll-ups, which are made from veggies wrapped in unprocessed deli meat, are the perfect solution. They take minutes to make, and you can easily substitute meats and veggies to suit your tastes.

14. Turkey Veggie Burger
Burgers are a hit any time of year, and this tasty version is no exception. Grate carrots and zucchini, mix them with lean turkey and spices, and then cook the burgers on your skillet or outdoor grill. Serve with a salad or a side like these Sweet Potato Fries.

Slow Cooker Chicken Chili
15. Slow Cooker Chicken Chili
Chili is always a crowd pleaser, making this one of our favorite quick-prep, 10-minute dinners. This healthy chili is low in calories (just 142 per serving) and high in taste.

Enjoying quick dinners doesn’t mean you need to call for unhealthy take-out. These fast prep meals are a smart addition to your menu planning.

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Vegetarian Panini with Roasted Peppers and Goat Cheese http://skinnyms.com/vegetarian-panini-with-roasted-peppers-and-goat-cheese/ http://skinnyms.com/vegetarian-panini-with-roasted-peppers-and-goat-cheese/#comments Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:30:52 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=394841 ]]>

by Skinny Ms.

Vegetarian Panini with Roasted Peppers and Goat Cheese

Why buy strips of roasted peppers packed in oil-filled jars? You can achieve a fresh, delicious flavor in your own kitchen when you buy whole red bell peppers, and char and peel them using our simple technique.

These freshly roasted peppers top a generous smear of gooey goat cheese and sliced sweet onions, sandwiched between crisped slices of whole grain bakery bread. You don’t need to go to an Italian restaurant to get your favorite panini! Make this pressed sandwich at home from these few quality ingredients.

Sometimes it really is about life’s simple pleasures.

Not a fan of goat cheese? Our 3 Cheese Creamy Pasta Filling actually can be used as an out-of-this-world sandwich spread in place of the goat cheese.

MORE: Veggie Pesto Sandwich and Roasted Pear Sandwich with Baby Spinach

Vegetarian Panini with Roasted Peppers and Goat Cheese

Vegetarian Panini with Roasted Peppers and Goat Cheese

Yields: 4 servings | Serving size: 1 Sandwich | Calories: 219 | Previous Points: 4 | Points Plus: 6 | Total Fat: 7 g | Saturated Fats: 2 g | Trans Fats: 0 g | Cholesterol: 7 mg | Sodium: 170 mg | Carbohydrates: 32 g | Dietary fiber: 4 g | Sugars: 7 g | Protein: 8 g

Ingredients

  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded
  • 4 sweet onion slices
  • 4 tomato slices
  • 4 tablespoon soft goat cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 (small slices) whole grain artisan bread

Directions

Roasted Pepper Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

NOTE: I recommend roasting several peppers at once and using for other recipes. Try Homemade Tomato Paste which is delicious as a spread or in pasta dishes.

Place whole bell pepper on its side on a cookie sheet lined with foil. Roast pepper for approximately 20 minutes. Turn pepper over and allow to cook 20 additional minutes. Pepper will be charred when fully roasted.

Remove cookie and allow pepper to cool about 5 minutes. Place pepper in a ziplock bag and close the zipper. Allow pepper to steam inside for about 15 minutes. Remove pepper, slice open vertically, remove seeds and stem. Peel away skin and discard along with seeds and stem.

Slice peppers into 1" vertical strips.

Panini

Brush oil evenly over one side of bread slices. Heat either a Panini press or nonstick skillet to 350 degrees or medium heat. Add to dry side of 4 slices of bread: roasted pepper strips, onion, tomato, goat cheese, thyme, and salt pepper. Place other slice of bread on top, oil side up.

Heat Panini until bread is crispy and all the ingredients are hot.

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