Skinny Ms. http://skinnyms.com Thu, 02 Oct 2014 12:30:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Stuffed Philly Chicken Peppers Recipe http://skinnyms.com/stuffed-philly-chicken-peppers-recipe/ http://skinnyms.com/stuffed-philly-chicken-peppers-recipe/#comments Thu, 02 Oct 2014 12:30:55 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=405691 ]]>

By Skinny Ms.

Stuffed Philly Chicken Peppers Recipe

Looking for a healthy alternative to a Philly cheesesteak? This low-carb stuffed Philly chicken peppers recipe will definitely fit the bill. Made with all the right seasonings, and then baked into bell peppers, these are filling and delicious and will keep your diet on track without making you feel guilty. For a different take, try substituting turkey for the chicken or even using sweeter red or yellow bell peppers. Either way, these don’t disappoint!

Stuffed Philly Chicken Peppers Recipe

Stuffed Philly Chicken Peppers Recipe

Yields: 4 servings | Serving Size: 1 bell pepper half|Calories: 262| Previous Points: 6| Points Plus:  6| Total Fat: 13 g | Saturated Fat: 3 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 376 mg | Carbohydrates: 10 g | Dietary Fiber: 3 g | Sugars: 6 g | Protein: 25 g |

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 chicken breast filets, sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Balsamic vinegar
  • 4 green bell peppers
  • 2 slices provolone cheese, reduced fat

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until soft. Add the garlic and the chicken and cook unit browned. Stir in the salt, cayenne, and Balsamic. Continue cooking until chicken is cooked through.

Cut the bell peppers in half and remove the core and seeds. Fill the peppers with the chicken mixture and lay in a baking dish. Add a few tablespoons water to the bottom of the dish and cover tightly with foil. Bake for 35 minutes.

Remove the cover and top each bell pepper half with a half slice of provolone. Put back in the oven uncovered, and bake until cheese is browned and bubbly, 5-10 more minutes.

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H.I.I.T. Your Chest Workout http://skinnyms.com/h-i-i-t-your-chest-workout/ http://skinnyms.com/h-i-i-t-your-chest-workout/#comments Thu, 02 Oct 2014 12:30:30 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=403959 ]]>

By Skinny Ms.

HIIT Your Chest Workout

Results don’t come easy. That’s what separates you from everyone else. You’re willing to go the extra mile and put the hard work in! This H.I.I.T (High Intensity Interval Training) chest workout is going to push your body to its limit. Once you hit that limit, you don’t quit. You find that extra bit of energy and you keep pushing through!

H.I.I.T. workouts are the new craze for a number of reasons. Life is busy and spending an hour at the gym doesn’t always seem realistic. 30 minutes of H.I.I.T can offer the same benefits as 90 minutes of steady to moderate paced exercise. Within that short period of time, you’re building up your cardio and muscle endurance while also drastically increasing your metabolism, which helps blast unnecessary calories and fat. What are you waiting for? H.I.I.T it!

Equipment Needed: Interval timer, 1 set of light dumbbells (think 5-10 lbs.), 1 set of heavy dumbbells (think 15-20lbs.), workout bench, water to keep you hydrated.

What to do: Watch the videos below to get familiarized with each workout. Make sure you use the correct weights to maximize each circuit. Perform each workout for 30 seconds and rest for 10 seconds after. Complete 3 circuits.

Exercises:

1. Pushups- Try to do standard pushups for as long as you can and utilize the modified version if you need to. A modified version still is beneficial! Inhale on the way down and exhale on the way up.
2. Chest Press- Set of heavy weights. Make sure your lower back is flat against the bench to avoid any extra strain. Do not let your elbows go past the bench on the way down.
3. Chest Fly- Set of light weights. Slight bend at the elbow on the way down. Arms should be straight as you meet in the middle. Try to keep the weights in the middle of your chest, not the bottom or top of your chest.
4. Plyometric Pushup- Build up into the explosiveness and the ability to clap. Once again, you can do the modified version if you need to.
5. Dumbbell Pullover- One heavy weight in both hands or two light weights in each hand (make sure the weights are touching). When you bring the weight(s) up, make sure you stop in the middle of your chest and pull back as far as you can without excessive strain on the way down. You get to sneak in some back and abs work while doing this workout, also!

Pushups

Chest Press

Dumbbell

Plyometric Pushup

Dumbbell Pullover

Check out these other H.I.I.T workouts:
ABS H.I.I.T. Workout
HIIT Your Legs Workout
H.I.I.T. Your Arms Workout
Melt Fat in Minutes with this HIIT Routine
Fat Blasting HIIT Workout – Burn Fat up to 24 Hours

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Sweet Morning Breakfast Quinoa http://skinnyms.com/sweet-morning-breakfast-quinoa/ http://skinnyms.com/sweet-morning-breakfast-quinoa/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 12:30:46 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=405858 ]]>

By Skinny Ms.

Sweet Morning Breakfast Quinoa

Wake up to a delightful breakfast and some fun facts. Fact: quinoa is a complete protein, which means it contains all of the nine essential amino acids. Fact: cranberries are a superfood that is available year-round. Fact: almonds may help reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes. This recipe will fuel you through a long day, and make you a little smarter, just by reading it!

Sweet Morning Breakfast Quinoa

Sweet Morning Breakfast Quinoa

Yield: 4 servings | Serving Size: 1 cup | Calories: 307 | Previous Points: 6 | Points Plus: 8 | Total Fat: 9 g | Saturated Fat: 4 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 101 mg | Carbohydrates: 51 g | Dietary Fiber: 5 g | Sugars: 15 g | Protein: 8 g

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups apple juice (unsweetened)
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, freshly grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk, unsweetened from carton (don't used canned coconut)
  • 1 cup sweet potato, peeled, seeded, diced
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons toasted almonds
  • 2 tablespoons dried cranberries or raisins
  • 1/2 cup diced apples (optional)

Directions

Rinse and drain quinoa and place in a medium sized pot. Add apple cider, ginger and salt. Cook on medium heat till it comes to a boil. Cover and simmer (stirring occasionally) for about 15 minutes until liquid is evaporated.


Meanwhile in a microwave safe bowl add 1/3 cup water and sweet potato. Cover bowl and cook for about 3 minutes. Give it a stir and cook for 2 minutes more until potato is fork tender.

Take potato out of bowl and place in a food processor or blender and process until smooth and pureed.


Once quinoa is cooked, fluff with a fork and whip in sweet potato puree and coconut milk. Cook uncovered over low heat for about 5 minutes more to thicken up, stirring occasionally.


Evenly divide quinoa in 4 bowls and top with almonds, dried fruit, and apples if desired.

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Try these Quinoa recipes:
Quinoa Banana Berry Smoothie
Quinoa Protein Bars
Quinoa Chocolate Drops

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Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Latte Cake http://skinnyms.com/slow-cooker-pumpkin-spice-latte-cake/ http://skinnyms.com/slow-cooker-pumpkin-spice-latte-cake/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 12:30:44 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=410975 by Skinny Ms. There’s nothing like the flavor of everyone’s favorite coffee-shop drink, turned into a cake! Full of incredible pumpkin spice flavor, cooked in a crockpot, and made with only clean-eating ingredients, this delicious cake is sure to be … ]]>

by Skinny Ms.

2014-10 Pumpkin Latte 4

There’s nothing like the flavor of everyone’s favorite coffee-shop drink, turned into a cake!

Full of incredible pumpkin spice flavor, cooked in a crockpot, and made with only clean-eating ingredients, this delicious cake is sure to be a classic.

Moist and delicious, this pumpkin-latte flavored cake is made even more amazing with a ribbon of spiced pumpkin cooked right into it. While your sweet tooth enjoys the indulgence, your body will enjoy an abundance of health benefits from the pumpkin. Naturally low in calorie, chock-full of Vitamin A, and brimming with cancer-fighting antioxidants, this pumpkin cake is a dream dessert! Tasty, healthy, and so simple to make!

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Latte Cake

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Latte Cake

*Nutrition calculation does not include optional coconut whipped topping Yields: 16 servings | Serving Size: 1/16th of cake | Calories: 248 | Previous Points: 5 | Points Plus: 7 | Total Fat: 6 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 31 mg | Sodium: 83 mg | Carbohydrates: 47 g | Dietary Fiber: 2 g | Sugars: 32 g | Protein: 4 g |

Ingredients

  • 1 (28 ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 2/3 cups coconut palm sugar
  • 2/3 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla or maple extract
  • 2 tablespoons espresso powder or decaf instant coffee (optional)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • nonstick olive oil cooking spray
  • 1 batch Skinny Ms. Nondairy Whipped Topping (optional)

Directions

In a large bowl, combine 1/2 the can of pumpkin puree, flour, 2 eggs, coconut sugar, almond milk, canola, 1 1/2 tablespoons of pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, vanilla, and espresso powder together. Mix with an electric mixer until smooth and well combined.

In a second bowl, whisk together remaining pumpkin, 1 egg, 1/2 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice, and honey.

Spray the bottom of a 7-quart slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Spread half the cake batter into the bottom of the crockpot. Spread the pumpkin mix on top. Top with the remaining cake batter. Cover and cook for 2-3 hours on low.

NOTE: Different crockpots cook cakes at different times, so if this is the first time you're cooking a cake in your slow cooker, stay nearby and test every 20-30 minutes after the first 2 hours of cooking. You'll know when it's done because the center of the cake will spring back when touched lightly.

Allow cake to cool slightly before removing the lid. Slice and serve topped with our Non-dairy Whipped Topping. Enjoy! Serves 12

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11 Things You Didn’t Know Were Possible With Quinoa http://skinnyms.com/11-things-you-didnt-know-were-possible-with-quinoa/ http://skinnyms.com/11-things-you-didnt-know-were-possible-with-quinoa/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 12:30:42 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=402354 ]]>

By Skinny Ms.

11 Things You Didn't Know Were Possible With Quinoa

That fiber-rich, protein-packed little seed, quinoa, is so much more versatile than most people think! Try these recipes for a healthier twist on some sweet, spicy, and hearty favorites.

1. Puffed Quinoa Peanut Butter Balls    

Puffed Quinoa Peanut Butter Balls

Vegan, gluten-free, and no-bake – what a simple treat! Get the recipe here.

2. Quinoa Peanut Butter Fudgesicles

Quinoa Peanut Butter Fudgesicles

As far as quinoa recipes go, this just might be the most indulgent. Get the recipe here.

3. Thai Quinoa Chili

Thai Quinoa Chili]

Chili like you’ve never imagined it! Get the recipe here.

4. Black Quinoa Cookies

Black Quinoa Cookies]

Green spelt flour and black quinoa combine to make one cool cookie recipe. Grab it here.

5. Quinoa Black Bean Burgers

Quinoa Black Bean Burgers

This delicious burger recipe, complete with an exciting pineapple salsa, will leave you satisfied without the meat. Get it here.

6. Protein Bowl

Protein Bowl

This sweet breakfast cereal preparation gives you a whole new perspective on quinoa. Get the recipe here.

7. Chipotle Quinoa Casserole

Chipotle Quinoa Casserole

Enjoy a Tex-Mex twist with this quinoa casserole recipe!

8. Quinoa Stuffing

Quinoa Stuffing

This stuffing recipe features butternut squash, celeriac, and, of course, quinoa! Get it here.

9. Quinoa Crisp and Berry Parfait

Quinoa Crisp and Berry Parfait

This parfait, perfect for breakfast or dessert, is full of antioxidants! Get the recipe here.

10. Quinoa Spring Sushi

Quinoa Spring Sushi

Replace traditional sushi rice with nutrient-rich quinoa for a super healthy sushi roll! Get the recipe here.

11. Quinoa Onion Rings with Horseradish Dip

Quinoa Onion Rings with Horseradish Dip

This is one of those dishes with quinoa that proves nearly anything can be made healthily! Get the recipe here.

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13 Clean & Lean Workout Snacks http://skinnyms.com/13-clean-lean-workout-snacks/ http://skinnyms.com/13-clean-lean-workout-snacks/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:32:00 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=400344 ]]>

By Skinny Ms. 13 Clean & Lean Workout Snacks Staying fueled during a workout is key, and recovering afterward is just as important. Our homemade treats can be thrown in your gym bag or whipped up in a flash post-workout for the energy, protein, and nutrients your active body needs.

1. Superfood Energy Bars with Cacao

Superfood Energy Bars with Cacao thissrawsomeveganlife.com

These pretty little bars are packed with healthy seeds, nuts, and dates. Get the recipe here.

2. Coconut & Flax Granola Bars

Coconut & Flax Granola Bars sarahfit.com

Replenish yourself with these protein-filled homemade bars. Find the recipe here.

3. Protein Cookie

Protein Cookie sweetherseyliving.com

Give your muscles the protein they need to recover with this peanut buttery cookie recipe.

4. Homemade Citrus Energy Drink

Homemade Citrus Energy Drink khattameetha.com

Electrolytes and vitamin C are all you need in an energy drink. Skip the sugary ingredients and additives in store-bought varieties and make your own for a pre-workout boost with this  recipe.

5. Quinoa Protein Bars

Quinoa Protein Bars skinnyms.com

This recipe features one of nature’s complete sources of protein and essential amino acids, quinoa.

6. Skinny Peanut Butter and Yogurt Dip

Skinny Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip
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The perfect workout snack. Get the recipe here.

7. Post-Workout Shake

Post-Workout Shake picky-palate.com

Restock your protein stores with this recipe, which contains baby spinach, banana, flax seeds, and almond milk.

8. Spicy Swiss Chard Chips

Spicy Swiss Chard Chips familyspice.com

Swiss chard is high in biotin, a vitamin needed to help the body synthesize protein. Get this spicy recipe here.

9. Paleo Banana Chia Bites

Paleo Banana Chia Bites runningtothekitchen.com

Keep it Paleo with this nutrient-packed mini muffin recipe.

10. Pineapple Turmeric Smoothie

Pineapple Turmeric Smoothie myvega.com

Replenish your glycogen stores and get a load of antioxidants from spices in this post-workout smoothie recipe.

11. Avocado Cilantro Hummus

Avocado Cilantro Hummus cleananddelicious.com

This snack has the perfect carb-to-protein ratio to replenish your body post-workout. Get the recipe here.

12. Big 5 Superfood Smoothie

Big 5 Superfood Smoothie skinnyms.com

Low on energy? This superfood smoothie, containing green tea, will give you the boost you need to get into your workout. Get the recipe here.

13. Morning Workout Hydrating Juice

Morning Workout Hydrating Juice peanutbutterandpeppers.com

Add this tasty and hydrating juice recipe, complete with pineapple, carrot, and coconut water, to your arsenal of clean workout snacks. And, of course, be sure to like our Facebook page and follow us on Pinterest for tasty recipes, clean eating tips, and healthy lifestyle resources.

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Rosemary and Lemon Herbal Tea http://skinnyms.com/natural-rosemary-and-lemon-tisane/ http://skinnyms.com/natural-rosemary-and-lemon-tisane/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:30:12 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=405817 ]]>

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Natural Rosemary and Lemon Tisane

Herbal tea or Tisane, is any beverage infused with herbs, plants, spices, or roots in hot water. Unlike popular black and green teas, tisane doesn’t normally contain caffeine. Tisane is often used for its medicinal value, but it can also be enjoyed for its flavor. This tisane is made with two fresh ingredients taken straight from nature.

If you find yourself feeling tired and stressed, the rosemary in this tisane can increase circulation and boost immunity, which will increase your energy levels. The lemon is an immunity booster and an anti-inflammatory ingredient. Drink this tisane and enjoy great flavor and a host of health benefits.

Rosemary and Lemon Herbal Tea

Rosemary and Lemon Herbal Tea

Yields: 1 serving | Serving Size: 1 cup | Calories: 29 | Previous Points: 0 | Points Plus: 0 | Total Fat: 0 g | Saturated Fat: 0 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 0 mg | Carbohydrates: 7 g | Dietary Fiber: 0 g | Sugars: 6 g | Protein: 0 g |

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped untreated rosemary needles
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped untreated lemon zest
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 teaspoon (more or less) honey, coconut palm sugar,or other clean eating sweetener

Directions

Add the rosemary and lemon zest in a tea strainer then leave it inside a cup.

Pour the hot water in the cup and steep for 15 minutes.

Sweeten and enjoy.

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If you liked our homemade tisane, you will also like our other tea drinks in Skinny Ms.:

Chamomile Tea

Pomegranate Orange Spice Tea

Green Tea Kiwi-Berry Smoothie

Green Tea Mango Smoothie

Cool Down Hibiscus Iced Tea

Nantucket Iced Tea

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31 October Recipes the Whole Family will Love http://skinnyms.com/31-october-recipes-the-whole-family-will-love/ http://skinnyms.com/31-october-recipes-the-whole-family-will-love/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:30:07 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=409880 ]]>

By Skinny Ms. 31 October Recipes the Whole Family Will Love

October, with its gusts of golden leaves and brisk weather, officially ushers in the fall season and ends with all of the festive treats of Halloween.  Fall is the time for roasting, braising,  and slow cooking.  Roasted root vegetables, pumpkins, apples, earthy mushrooms, warming spices, braised meats, soups, and casseroles all taste amazing this time of year. So warm up your kitchen with the delightful smells of these dishes on a chilly autumn evening and enjoy the nourishing fall flavors in each recipe tried.

 

Crazy Good Sautéed Mushrooms with Fresh Herbs

1. Crazy Good Sauteed Mushrooms with Fresh Herbs
Deeply savory with a sprinkle of herbs, mushrooms turn golden and lovely in a quick saute for an awesome, yet nearly effortless, side dish.

2. Slow Cooker Cranberry and Pumpkin Granola
Who can resist this perfect morning starter. Make a big batch and have it through the month on yogurt or with milk as cereal.

3. Roasted Beet Salad
Beets are sometimes called “dirt candy” for all of their sweet flavor and roasting is the best way to prepare them.

4. Fall Harvest Pizza
Roasted squash, beets, smoky eggplant, and goat cheese on a crisp crust make this the perfect seasonal pizza.

Swiss Chard Simple Sautè

5. Swiss Chard Simple Saute Recipe
It’s so important to get all of our dark leafy greens in to keep us healthy during the fall and winter months. Plus, this chard tastes fantastic and is a breeze to prepare.

6. Soba Salad with Honey Ginger Dressing
Buckwheat noodles, or soba noodles as they’re more often called, have no actual wheat or gluten in them. It’s tossed with crispy veggies and tangy sweet dressing for a fall pasta salad that’s great for lunch or served with fish for dinner.

7. Slow Cooker Cranberry Poached Pears
Cranberry juice with warm fall spices infuse these slow-simmered pears for a light dessert that can be served alone, paired with our coconut Whipped Topping, or drizzled with clean eating Caramel Sauce.

8. Overnight Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Steel Cut Oats
These will quickly become your go-to breakfast, relished for their comfort food dessert flavor and appreciated for filling you up on a chilly autumn morning.

9. Slow Cooker Cheddar Polenta with Winter Greens
We love making a rich and creamy cheesy polenta in the crockpot and topping with some simply sauteed dark leafy greens such as kale or collard greens. You could even top it with the swiss chard from #5 above.

Southwestern Baked Sweet Potatoes

10. Southwestern Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
We’ve heaped everything TexMex and yummy into these tubers, and the results are nothing short of fabulous. Have them for a big veggie side, for lunch, or even a small dinner.

11. Slow Cooker Beef Stew with Chickpeas
A hearty stick-to-the ribs beef stew with hunks of vegetables and chickpeas is just what you need to brighten and warm up a dark chilly evening.

12.  Clean Eating Apple Pie
A flaky crust and fresh apple pie filling come together to make this quintessential fall dessert, while still being clean eating.

13. Pork Sirloin Chops with Apples and Roasted Russet Potatoes
Pork chops with apples are a delicious pair, and this traditional dish is made even better with potatoes. Simply classic, it’s a go-to autumn dinner.

14.  Healthy Mashed Potatoes Wrapped in Spinach
Mashed potatoes become special wrapped in spinach leaves. Serve this as a delicious side dish.

Creamy Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

15. Garlic Mashed Cauliflower
Readers love this recipe because its low carb yet creamy. Just be sure to drain and dry the cauliflower and add the milk gradually to achieve the right consistency.

16. Easy One- Pot Chicken and Rice Dinner
It’s nice to have a one pot meal with less fuss to prepare then 3 different dishes made separately for just one dinner. It saves scrubbing a bunch of pots too!

17. Chicken Pot Roast
Put all of the veggies and the whole roasting chicken into the crockpot, set, and off you go. A whole meal will be waiting for the family.

18. Mediterranean Penne with Sun Dried Tomatoes
While tomatoes may no longer be at the peak of freshness in many parts of the country, sun dried tomatoes jarred in olive oil are still bursting with sweet flavor and brighten up this pasta.

19. Coconut Curry Chicken Soup
Warming, mild curry and coconut meet traditional chicken soup for a bowl brimming with belly warming flavor.

Butternut Squash Soup with Apple and Fresh Thyme

20. Butternut Squash Soup with Apple and Fresh Thyme
Apples lend sweetness to this velvety, pureed squash soup and sprinkled thyme leaves add delicate flavor.

21. Moroccan Root Vegetable Tagine
Moroccan spices warm up slow-cooked tender root vegetables. Heap this saucy meatless dish on to whole wheat couscous, brown rice, or quinoa for a nourishing meatless, yet hearty dinner.

22. Grandma’s Applesauce Spice Cake
Moist and flavorful, this is autumns answer to banana bread. Have it for dessert with an herbal tea or other warm drink.

23. Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes
Use fresh  pumpkin puree or purchase the canned (not pumpkin pie filling) and indulge in these fall pancakes for a leisurely weekend breakfast or brunch. Have them with our hot chocolate, cinnamon spiced coffee, or Pomegranate Orange Spice Tea.

24. Healthy Sauteed Rice with Peas and Chicken
We used red rice, but you could also use brown or forbidden rice for this recipe. It’s easy to put together and makes a nice one skillet meal.

Brussels Sprouts Smothered in White Sauce

25. Brussel Sprouts Smothered in White Sauce
We love these tiny little cabbages, what can we say? Sauteed in sauce here, roasted with shitake mushrooms or cauliflower, sauteed with cherry tomatoes.. there are so many ways to make the humble brussel sprout a dish that wows!

26. Slow Cooker Tamale Pie with Cornbread Crust
Overflowing with beans, corn, tomatoes, and cheese and topped with an authentic buttermilk cornbread crust, this is one seriously good tamale pie.

27. Pasta with Cauliflower and Raisins
This traditional Sicilian pasta dish is the perfect alternative to a heavy cream or tomato based saucy pasta. It’s something different and super tasty too.

28.  Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
All of the flavor of pumpkin pie in one luscious smoothie. Try making  homemade pumpkin puree for it, or purchase pumpkin puree canned.

29. Slow Cooker Cheesy Spinach Lasagna Recipe
It’s surprising at first how well this delicious lasagna cooks in the slow cooker. The noodles, sauce, cheese, and spinach all come together for easily removed, evenly cooked slices.

30. Lean Meatballs with Teriyaki Sauce
The tangy teriyaki sauce is what makes these meatballs special. Serve them for dinner with veggies and rice or with the Soba Noodle Salad with Honey Ginger Dressing above (#6).

31. Curry Roasted Acorn Squash
Naturally sweet and creamy with a mild curry powder, simple roasted acorn squash will quickly become a fall veggie favorite at your house, if it isn’t already.

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Vegetarian Couscous http://skinnyms.com/vegetarian-couscous/ http://skinnyms.com/vegetarian-couscous/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:30:44 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=407136 ]]>

By Skinny Ms.

Vegetarian Couscous

Vegetables are an essential part of a healthy diet. But diversity is important in preventing us from losing interest in vegetable dishes. In this recipe, we mixed vegetables with couscous, a traditional North African dish of grains made of durum wheat. Couscous is usually cooked steamed, with broth or water, and then mixed with vegetables and sometimes with meat. This grain and vegetable dish is low in calories and tastes delicious. 

Vegetarian Couscous

Vegetarian Couscous

Yields: 4 servings | Serving Size: 1/4th of recipe | Calories: 375 | Previous Points: 7 | Points Plus: 9 | Total Fat: 8 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 1 mg | Sodium: 320 mg | Carbohydrates: 64 g | Dietary Fiber: 7 g | Sugars: 6 g | Protein: 11 g |

Ingredients

  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup bottled grilled peppers, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup leeks, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, diced (1 medium carrot more or less)
  • 1 cup zucchini, diced (1 medium zucchini more or less)
  • 1 cup eggplant, diced (1/2 medium eggplant more or less)
  • 1-1/4 cups dry couscous
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Fresh parsley, finely chopped

Directions

Over medium heat, in a large saucepan with half of the extra virgin olive oil, sautè the garlic until golden.

Add the peppers and toss for 2 minutes.

Add the leeks, carrots, zucchini, and eggplant. Cook for about 8 minutes or until they look slightly toasted.

Add the couscous and toss with the vegetables for 1 minute.

Pour the vegetable broth, cover and simmer on low - medium heat for 5 minutes or until the broth is completely absorbed by the couscous. Turn off the fire.

Drizzle the remaining extra virgin olive oil.

Sprinkle the parsley.

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Mexican Style Vegetarian Loaf

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Risotto with Broccoli Rabe, Ricotta, & Toasted Zucchini

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By Skinny Ms.

Who knows your body better than you do? No one, and that’s why this calendar is perfect for you. Forget the dumbbells and machines. Don’t even think about kettlebells, you are your own gym. In 4 weeks we’ll teach you how to train, slim, tone, strengthen, blast fat and sculpt a work of art, all with your bare hands and feet. You might want sneakers though.

Body weight workouts have a rap sheet of benefits. We”ll only cover 3 because we want you to jump into the calendar! Many people, especially beginners tend to get injured at the gym using weights or machines and trying to do more than their body can at the moment. There is no excessive resistance to cause injury in body weight routines, its just you and your muscles until fatigue. There will be lots of fatigue. Next, body weight workouts are naturally fat blasters! They are designed to be high intensity, fast paced and structured to keep your heart rate going and kick-start your metabolism. Lastly, its all about time. Where most workouts take 45 minutes to an hour, a body weight workout can take 4-20 minutes and give you just as great results. Speaking of time, you can do many body weight workouts at home. You don’t have to drive anywhere or wait for space to clear out at a machine. Your home can be your fitness club!

Our body weight calendar is meant to challenge you in more ways than one. The workouts are from Monday to Saturday, giving you Sunday off to recover and rejuvenate. Saturday is your decompression day; a little. Yoga to end the week is always a great way to regroup, find balance and transition into another week. From Tabata, H.I.I.T and Boot Camps, this calendar has enough variety to make everyday feel empowering and new. We aren’t there to shout at you during Boot Camp, but we’re there mentally cheering you on.

Also note, some workouts may ask you to complete the routine 2 or 3 times a week, for this calendar you only have to complete the routine that day. Friday’s week 2, 3 and 4 have a workout with day specific routines. Make sure you only stick to the routine designated for that day. Stretch, stay hydrated and most importantly stick to your commitment! The results come, and by the end of this 30 day workout you will see the change you’ve been working for.

Equipment Needed: Interval Timer, yoga mat, flat bench or chair, water for hydration, and towels

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The most important part of any calendar is the food you compliment it with. Use our food guides to make sure all the hard work you put in starts to show:
7 Decadent Smoothies Under 200 Calories
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