Lunch

Banana Peanut Butter Protein Shake

Posted by on May 4, 2013 in Breakfast, Drinks, Healthy Recipes, Lunch, Recipes | 0 comments

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Sometimes No, let’s not lie — I always crave something sweet. But dessert isn’t always in the cards for eating healthy so this banana peanut butter shake always does the trick for satisfying my cravings. Not only is it great for tricking my taste buds, it’s also my go to recipe for a hearty after workout shake. If you want to get really healthy, trade the peanut butter for 1/3 cup of raw peanuts and mix until smooth. Hope you enjoy!

Ingredients

1 banana
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1 tablespoon protein powder
1/2 cup milk (dairy, almond, soy…I used almond)
1/2 cup ice

Directions

Add all ingredients into blender and blend until smooth. I prefer using my Magic Bullet. Works perfect!

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No Food in the Fridge Salad

Posted by on Jan 23, 2012 in Dinner, Healthy Recipes, Lunch, Recipes | 2 comments

It’s 6pm; You get home; You’re starving; You open the fridge only to discover nothing there worth eating. You don’t want to leave the house because you’re tired and you don’t want to order in because you’ve been trying not to so often. This has happened to me several times, which is exactly how I created this recipe! I don’t usually eat a ton of canned food, but when you need it fast, this is a yummy and fast way to go.

There are a few things that are almost always in my cupboard, and they all go great in this recipe. Plus, even better is if you have a few other ingredients you can kick this up a notch. The first time I made it, my husband was super impressed — had no idea I had made it out of laziness, not creativity. No reason to enlighten him, right?

Tomato, Corn, Bean and Chile Salad

1 can corn

1 can beans (I prefer black, but this time I went with kidney since I didn’t have any…go figure)

1 can diced tomatoes

1 small can green chiles

1/2 cup green onions, chopped (if you don’t have any, add 1-2 tsp onion powder)

1-2 cloves garlic, minced (again, if you don’t have it, add a tsp garlic powder)

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste)

1 teaspoon cumin

Directions:

This is really complicated. Open all the cans, pour contents into a bowl with onions and garlic, and stir. This is even better the next day once the flavors have melded together.

Now that it’s made, here are a few ways I’ve eaten this:

Add to a tortilla and make a burrito

Add to a quesadilla

Serve on top of lettuce for a fiesta salad

Eat with chips like salsa or nachos

Add to pasta

Eat plain :)

Easy peasy. Enjoy!

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Healthy Chicken and Spinach Tacos

Posted by on Jan 14, 2012 in Dinner, Health & Fitness, Healthy Recipes, Lunch, Recipes | 4 comments

My husband and I have been trying to cook healthy, so while I went on a quick jog, he took over the kitchen with his version of healthy tacos. They had a very different flavor than my traditional Mexican recipe, but boy were they yummy. I guess I should let him cook for me more often!

Chicken and Spinach Tacos

Serves 2

1 chicken breast
1 red onion
2 cloves garlic
1 tbsp olive oil
juice of 1/4 lime 
1/2 tsp chicken bullion
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp allspice
3-4 cups spinach 
salt and pepper to taste 
2 Roma tomatoes, chunked
1 avocado, sliced

Directions

Heat up oil in pan and saute onion until they turn opaque. Turn it to medium low, add spices, garlic, and lime juice. Add in chicken and stir until fully cooked.  Stir in spinach until wilted, about one minute. Serve on tortillas with tomatoes, avocado slices and cheese or other garnish.

What are you having for dinner tonight?

You can find this and other Angie’s Nest recipes on My Fitness Pal. Search “Angie’s Nest – Healthy Spinach and Chicken Tacos” in the food search. 

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Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup is Good for the Soul

Posted by on Jan 6, 2012 in Dinner, Healthy Recipes, Lunch, Recipes | 3 comments

I don’t know about you, but everyone and their dog seems to be sick right now. Pneumonia. Cold. Stomach flu. You name it. Ew. So when I woke up yesterday with a swollen right tonsil, I feared what might be coming. I’ve been drinking plenty of water and tea with lemon and honey, but nothing gets the job done quite like some homemade chicken noodle soup. The saltiness of the broth and the yummy veggies, chicken and noodles — mmm. Might be enough to make me feel like new again. Even better, it’s easy peasy to make and freezes like a charm if you want to make a large batch and have it on hand. I love freezing it in cubes and then bringing it to work on a cold day.

Homemade chicken noodle soup recipe

Chicken Noodle Soup

1 tablespoon butter
1/2 an onion, chopped
8 cups chicken broth
1-1 1/2 cups cooked chicken, sliced/shredded 
1 1/2 cups noodles (I really like these fusili noodles, but you can also use egg noodles)
1 cup carrots, sliced
1 cup chopped celery
1 teaspoon rosemary
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
1/2 teaspoon savory spice 
salt and pepper to taste

Melt butter in a pot over medium heat and cook onion and celery until tender. Add chicken broth, chicken, carrots, noodles and spices. Boil then reduce to a simmer for about 20 minutes.

You can find this and other Angie’s Nest recipes on My Fitness Pal. Search “Angie’s Nest – Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup” in the food search. 

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