Have you made the mashed potato "buns" yet? They are pretty amazing! Their texture is very similar to bread so they make wonderful sandwiches or bagels!


You can shape the "bread" any way you like, but I like to use a donut pan so they have the shape of bagels. You can also form two round circles on a parchment lined cookie sheet to make traditional sandwich "buns".


I used two "buns" which was 1 Fueling, topped it with Pulled Root Beer BBQ Chicken I made in the Instant Pot. The recipe for the chicken is below as well! I topped it with ranch cole slaw and it was delicious! When making this little sandwich, you still have 2/3 Lean, 2 Greens, and 4 other Fuelings to complete your day! Enjoy!

Mashed Potato "Buns"

Ingredients:
1 Medifast or Optavia Mashed Potatoes (1 Fueling)
2 Egg Whites (1/7 Lean)
1 tsp Baking Powder (2 Condiments)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk the egg whites until foamy. Add the baking powder and mashed potatoes. Whisk until combined. Pour in a ziploc bag and shape the bread into desired shape or use a donut pan. If shaping yourself with a ziploc bag, use parchment paper over a baking sheet. If using a donut pan, lightly spray pan with cooking spray. Bake for about 7 to 9 minutes.

1 Serving with 1 Fueling, 1/7 Leanest and 2 Condiments



Instant Pot Pulled Root Beer 
BBQ Chicken

Ingredients:
32 oz frozen chicken breasts (4 Leaner)
12 oz diet root beer
3/4 cup G Hughes sugar free Hickory BBQ Sauce (12 Condiments)

Directions:
Place chicken breasts and 12 ounces root beer in the Instant Pot.
Use the poultry setting and change the time to 25 min. 
Do a 10 min NPR (natural pressure release). 
Drain and then shred. 
Add BBQ sauce and stir until combined.

4 Servings with
1 Lean and 3 Condiments per Serving



For the Sandwich:
Potato "Buns", 2 oz Pulled BBQ Chicken, 1/2 cup Cole Slaw Mix and 1 tbsp Light Ranch Dressing):

1 Fueling, 1/3 Lean, 1 Green, 1/2 Healthy Fat, and 3 Condiments
*You still need 2/3 Lean, 2 Greens, and 4 other Fuelings to complete your day.

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This makes a quick and easy dinner the whole family will love! I used my favorite sausage, Al Fresco Chicken Sausage with broccoli and spiralized zucchini to throw this dish together in a matter of minutes! Then I added some alfredo sauce, garlic powder and parmesan cheese! I know this is almost too simple to post, but it was too delicious not too! Enjoy!


Quick Sausage Alfredo with Broccoli and Zucchini Noodles

Ingredients:
1/4 cup Bertolli Light Alfredo Sauce (2 Condiments)
1/4 tsp garlic powder (1/2 Condiment)
1 tbsp reduced fat grated parmesan cheese (1/2 Condiment)
2 Al Fresco Andouille Chicken Sausage, sliced (1 Lean)
1 cup spiralized zucchini (2 Greens)
1/2 cup broccoli, cooked (1 Green)

Directions:
Heat a medium sized skillet over medium high heat. Add sliced sausage and brown on both sides. Add spiralized zucchini, cooked broccoli and 1 tbsp of water to the pan. Saute for 2 min. Stir in alfredo sauce, garlic powder, and parmesan cheese until ingredients are coated with the sauce. Heat for another minute or until heated thoroughly.

1 Serving with
1 Lean, 3 Greens, and 3 Condiments

Other sausage substitutes:
6 ounces Jennie-O Sweet Italian turkey sausage = 1 Lean
Gilbert Chicken Sausage: 2 links = 1 Lean
Al Fresco Sweet Italian: 2 links = 1 Lean


Disclosure: I receive free product in order to evaluate and comment on my experiences using Medifast products. Medifast products and the Medifast program are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or illness.


I wanted a dish that was light, refreshing, quick and easy! This tuna salad fit the bill! It has all the flavors of Summer and then some! Boasting flavors of lime, cilantro, and jicama!


I decided to use a combination of jicama and celery to give the salad a nice crunch, but feel free to choose one, the other, or both! Jicama is super crunchy, but has a slightly sweet delicate flavor. If you have a Trader Joe's near you, get the peeled, pre-cut jicama sticks for easy preparation.


Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl. It is just as yummy to eat it out of the bowl!


Stuff the tuna salad in a sweet bell pepper that has been sliced in half with seeds and membranes removed.


Top the stuffed pepper halves with two slices of provolone cheese and broil until the cheese has melted. This is the type I cheese I used. If you do not want to add cheese to your stuffed peppers, use 7 oz of tuna for a full Lean.


The peppers will still be crunchy so if you prefer soft peppers, boil the pepper halves for 5 minutes or until desired tenderness. Then stuff the peppers with the tuna salad and top it with the cheese slices. Broil until cheese has melted. Enjoy!


Jicama Tuna Salad Stuffed Peppers

 Ingredients:
4.6 oz canned tuna, drained (2/3 Lean)*
1 1/2 Tbsp lite mayo (1 Healthy Fat)
1/4 tsp Trader Joe's chili lime seasoning or seasoning of choice (1 Condiment)
1 tsp dijon mustard (1 Condiment)
1 tsp lime juice (1/2 Condiment)
1/8 tsp fresh ground black pepper (1/4 Condiment)
2 tbsp fresh cilantro, finely chopped (1/8 Condiment)
1/4 cup celery, chopped (1/2 Green)
1/4 cup jicama, chopped (1/2 Green)
1 bell pepper sliced in half lengthwise, top and membrane removed (2 Greens)
2 slices Reduced Fat Provolone cheese slices (1/3 Lean)

Directions:
Drain can of tuna, empty in a small mixing bowl and shred with a fork. Add mayo, chili lime seasoning, dijon mustard, lime juice, black pepper and mix well. Add cilantro and celery. Mix to combine. 

Stuff the two pepper halves with tuna mixture. Place provolone cheese slices on each half. Broil the peppers for a few min or until cheese melts. If you prefer your peppers to be soft rather than crunchy, boil your peppers in boiling water for 5 min or until desired tenderness. Enjoy!

*If you do not want cheese, use 7 oz of tuna for a full lean and add 1 more Healthy Fat.

1 Serving with 
1 Lean, 3 Greens, 3 Condiments, and 1 Healthy Fat per Serving

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Looking for an easy side dish to serve with your Lean? These green beans are delicious and require only a few ingredients!


Green Beans Almondine

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups fresh green beans, washed and trimmed (3 Greens)
1/4 tsp garlic salt (1 Condiment)
dash of fresh ground black pepper, if desired
1 tsp sesame oil (1 Healthy Fat)
1 tsp lemon juice (1/2 Condiment)
1/2 oz sliced almonds (1 Optional Snack)

Directions:
Place green beans in a medium sized skillet. Add enough water to just cover green beans. Bring to a boil and boil for 3 to 4 minutes. Drain and place green beans in an ice bath to stop the cooking process.

Heat oven to 400°F. Place almonds in a single layer on a baking sheet and toast about 5 minutes or until fragrant and lightly golden, careful not to burn. Remove from oven.


Add drained green beans back to skillet and heat over low heat. Add salt, pepper, sesame oil, and lemon juice tossing to coat. Stir in almonds and heat for a few min or until warmed thoroughly.

1 Serving with
3 Greens, 1.5 Condiments, 1 Healthy Fat and 1 Optional Snack per Serving

Serve with a Leaner (no additional Healthy Fat required) or Leanest Lean (1 additional Healthy Fat required)

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I was going through some old posts on my blog and realized this recipe was never published! This makes a yummy sweet and savory sauce perfect for pork chops using only two ingredients. Just in time for grilling season!


Maple Dijon Pork Chops

Ingredients:
2 tbsp Walden Farms pancake syrup (1/2 Condiment)
2 tsp Grey Poupon Country Style Dijon Mustard (2 Condiments)
1/4 tsp Mrs Dash Garlic and Herb Seasoning (1/2 Condiment)
7 oz grilled sirloin pork chops, boneless (1 Lean)


Directions:
Season pork chops with Mrs Dash seasoning and grill pork chops until done about 5 to 7 min on each side. Combine syrup and mustard in a small bowl and pour over grilled pork chops.

1 Serving with
1 Lean, 3 Condiments, No Healthy Fat required


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If you haven't tried this pizza yet, you are missing out! Make this Buffalo Chicken Pizza at your next get-together! It is sure to be a crowd-pleaser! This entire pizza is less than 400 calories and only 8 grams of carbs! Pizza for only 8 grams of carbs? Yes! That's right! Using a Cali'flour Foods crust makes this possible! These pre-made crusts are delicious! Low carb, high protein, clean ingredients, gluten-free, no fillers or additives... what's not to love? Link to order the crusts below! Check out their current specials or use code SANDY to save 10% off your order over $50!


These crusts count as 1/2 a Lean and 3 Greens for the whole thing on the 5 & 1 Optavia or Medifast plan! Spicy Jalapeno, Sweet Red Pepper, Original Italian, and Plain are all approved! My absolute favorite is jalapeno, but all of them are delicious! Check them out and start enjoying a healthier pizza!


Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Ingredients:
¼ Cup reduced fat mozzarella cheese (1/4 Lean)
1 ½ ounces skinless grilled chicken breast (1/4 Lean)
1 Tablespoon reduced fat cream cheese (1 Condiment)
3 Tablespoon Frank’s hot sauce, divided (1 1/2 Condiments)
1 Tablespoon reduced fat blue cheese crumbles (1/2 Condiment)
Garnish: Green onions, sliced

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake crust for 8 to 10 minutes.
Let cool for 10 minutes.
Combine chicken and 2 tbsp of Frank's hot sauce in a small bowl. Stir until combined. Set aside.
Mix cream cheese with remaining 1 tbsp of hot sauce until smooth. Spread over cooled crust. 
Add chicken and mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle blue cheese crumbles on top. 
Bake for 5 minutes or until cheese has melted.
Garnish with sliced green onions, if desired.

Makes 1 Serving (Entire Pizza)
1 Lean, 3 Greens and 3 Condiments per Serving




Disclosure: I receive free product in order to evaluate and comment on my experiences using Medifast products. Medifast products and the Medifast program are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or illness.


I am so excited for Friday Night Pizza Night because this pizza is absolutely delicious! I just love pizza in general but this one is quickly becoming a favorite of mine!


Instead of using typical marinara sauce, a thin layer of ricotta cheese is used at the base of the crust. A blend of mozzarella, feta and parmesan cheese is sprinkled on top along with fresh basil and Italian seasonings. Sooo good! This is another great way to use those yummy Cali'flour Foods Crust! Everyone knows how much I love their crusts which are 5 & 1 approved counting as 1/2 a Lean and 3 Greens for the entire crust! Four delicious flavors are approved: Plain, Original Italian, Spicy Jalapeno, and Sweet Red Pepper! Check them out if you haven't already! If you have these crusts, go make this pizza! Enjoy!


White Pizza

Ingredients:
1 Cali'flour Foods Pizza Crust (1/2 Lean, 3 Greens)
1/4 cup part skim ricotta cheese (1/4 Lean)
1/4 cup reduced fat mozzarella cheese (1/4 Lean)
2 tbsp reduced fat feta cheese (1 Condiment)
1 tbsp grated reduced fat parmesan cheese (1/2 Condiment)
2 tbsp chopped fresh basil (1/4 Condiment)
or 1/2 tsp Italian Seasoning (1 Condiment)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Bake pizza crust for 8 to 10 min.
Let cool for at least 10 min. 
Cooling helps the crust crisp up more.
Thinly spread ricotta cheese on cooled crust.
Sprinkle mozzarella, feta and parmesan cheese on top.
Spread chopped basil and Italian seasoning on top of cheese.
Bake for an additional 5 to 6 min or until cheese has melted.

1 Serving (Entire Pizza)
1 Lean, 3 Greens and 3 Condiments




Disclosure: I receive free product in order to evaluate and comment on my experiences using Medifast products. Medifast products and the Medifast program are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or illness.


I am a HUGE fan of chicken salads, especially during the Summer months when I do not feel like heating up the kitchen. They are quick and easy to throw together and they taste delicious!


This dish is also great to take to those potlucks or BBQ get-togethers you keep getting invited to but do not know what to bring. This is a definite crowd pleaser. And although... this recipe is called jalapeno popper chicken salad, it really isn't that spicy so don't let the name fool you.


This recipe calls for cooked chicken breasts so if you really want a shortcut, use rotisserie chicken found at your local grocery store. Remove the skin and bones and use the breast meat. Or if you have a Costco near you, Costco sells rotisserie chicken breast meat already cooked and shredded for you. I actually used leftover grilled chicken from the day before, but you can use the cooking method of your choice.


Combine all the yummy ingredients in a large bowl and stir until combined. I added this delicious seasoning from Feast Mode Flavors to my chicken salad which made it taste even better! It is one of my favorite seasonings from this company! I should know because I have almost every flavor! I am kind of addicted! Check them out! They make delicious seasonings with less sodium and clean ingredients! Healthy eating couldn't be easier! I am not an affiliate and all opinions are my own. I just love them so much so I wanted to share! Plus there is a promotion going on!


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I served this chicken salad on bibb lettuce, which makes a great presentation at your next get Summer get together! No messy hands and already portioned out for you! This can also be eaten on a cauliflower crust, stuffed in a cooked sweet bell pepper or with assorted fresh veggies! Enjoy this yummy recipe!


Jalapeno Popper Chicken Salad

Ingredients:
20 oz cooked chicken breasts, diced or shredded (4 Leaner Leans with turkey bacon)
8 slices turkey bacon, cooked and chopped (4 ounces Lean Protein)
1/2 cup 2% plain Greek yogurt (1/3 Leaner Lean)
1/4 cup chopped pickled jalapenos (4 Condiments)
1 tbsp juice from jarred jalapenos
4 ounces or 8 tbsp light cream cheese, softened (8 Condiments)
1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp light mayonnaise (4 Healthy Fats)
1/4 tsp garlic salt (1 Condiment)
1/2 tsp Feast Mode Asiago Jalapeno Seasoning or seasonings of your choice (2 Condiments)
2/3 cup reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese (2/3 Lean)

Directions:
Combine chicken, plain Greek yogurt, jalapenos, juice from jarred jalapenos, softened cream cheese, mayonnaise, garlic salt and Feast Mode Asiago Jalapeno Seasoning in a large bowl. Stir until combined. 

Gently stir in turkey bacon and cheddar cheese. Divide into 5 equal portions and serve as a lettuce wrap, on a cauliflower crust, stuffed in a cooked sweet bell pepper, or with an assortment of fresh veggies!

5 Servings (about 1 cup) with 1 Leaner Lean, 3 Condiments, and 1 Healthy Fat per Serving




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Looking for a delicious meal made with a few clean ingredients? This is it!
This dish is made with spiralized zucchini, taco seasoned chicken, cilantro, lime, and avocado! I love all those light refreshing flavors! It's perfect for summer, ready in less than 20 min, gluten free and totally healthy!


I cooked the chicken in a skillet, but if you want to take advantage of the beautiful weather outdoors, season the chicken with taco seasoning and throw it on the grill! Dice up the cooked chicken.

Shortcut tip: use 18 oz of cooked breast meat from rotisserie chickens found at your local grocery store. Decrease the taco seasoning to 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp, depending on your liking. Sprinkle it on the chicken and zucchini noodles along with the lime juice and cilantro. Then add the diced avocado at the end.

A simple and delicious weeknight meal!


Cilantro Lime Chicken
with Zucchini Noodles

Ingredients:
1.5 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breasts, chopped into 1" pieces 
(3 Leaner Leans)
4 1/2 cups spiralized zucchini noodles (9 Greens)
1/4 tsp garlic salt (1 Condiment)
1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper (1/2 Condiment)
2 tsp taco seasoning (4 Condiments)
2 tbsp lime juice (3 Condiments)
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped (1/2 Condiment)
4 1/2 oz avocado, diced (3 Healthy Fats)

Directions:
Spray a large skillet with cooking spray. Heat the skillet to medium-high heat and add the diced chicken breast. Season with taco seasoning. Cook until the chicken is lightly browned & cooked through. Once cooked through, transfer the chicken to a separate dish and set aside.

Spray the skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium high heat. Add the zucchini noodles & cook for 60 seconds stirring often. Add the chicken back to the skillet. Sprinkle the chopped cilantro & and add lime juice. Remove from heat & toss to combine. Season with garlic salt and black pepper. Divide into three equal portions (6 oz of cooked chicken and 1 1/2 cups of zucchini noodles). Add 1 1/2 oz of diced avocado to each serving. Enjoy!

3 Servings with 1 Lean, 3 Greens, 3 Condiments and 1 Healthy Fat per Serving


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Happy Mother's Day to all you beautiful Mamas out there!
I am blessed to be celebrating with my two special little boys and husband this Mother's Day! The weather will be wonderful this weekend which means lots of outdoor playtime and fun in the sun! But before we venture out and begin our day, we like to enjoy a hearty delicious breakfast!


This breakfast casserole is perfect for Mother's Day! It is full of turkey sausage, turkey bacon, eggs and cheese so it has tons of protein! What it does lack is breadcrumbs, but trust me... you won't miss it! Instead of bread crumbs, chopped up pieces of cauliflower florets are used. Say what? Yes!

I have seen cauliflower used to make pizza crusts, cheese sticks, muffins, and bread, so why not be a substitute for bread crumbs? By golly, the cauliflower makes this breakfast casserole delicious! Not to mention, this recipe is so easy to make! You could even prepare it ahead of time, refrigerate covered with foil and bake the next day!


Start off by browning the turkey sausage in a large skillet. Once it is cooked, weigh out 8 ounces because that's all you will need for this recipe. No need to drain the meat either because the drippings from the pan will caramelize the onions and cauliflower nicely!


Add two cups of cauliflower and 1/4 cup of chopped onions to the pan with sausage.


Then sprinkle this seasoning over the sausage cauliflower mixture as well as salt and pepper. I recently found out about these incredible tasting seasonings and now I am hooked! They are full of flavor without all the sodium, MSG, or gluten! The Feast Mode Asiago Jalapeno tastes awesome on eggs so I added it to this breakfast casserole. This post is not sponsored by them nor am I an affiliate, I just love them so much! Feel free to substitute with your desired choices of seasonings! 1/4 tsp of this seasoning is 1 Condiment.


Spread the sausage and cauliflower mixture in a 9 x 13 baking dish.


Add cooked turkey bacon.


We can't forget the cheese because cheese makes everything better! 
I used 2% Mexican style cheese blend because I love the blend of Cheddar, Monterrey jack, Colby and Mozzarella cheeses! Soooo good!


I used a combination of egg whites and large whole eggs to bulk up the casserole. Two cups of egg whites is one Leanest Lean while 3 eggs is one Lean. Big difference in volume! Talk about an all you can eat egg buffet when you use egg whites or egg beaters! One small carton of egg whites is what you will need for this recipe.


Combine the egg whites, large eggs, and unsweetened almond milk in a large bowl. Whisk until mixed well.


Pour the egg mixture over the sausage and cauliflower. Sprinkle remaining 1 cup of cheese on top.


Bake for about 40 to 45 min. Garnish with green onions if desired. Slice into 8 equal portions.

Baked casseroles can be frozen, up to 2 months. Thaw in refrigerator overnight and bake at 350 degrees for about 20 min or until heated thoroughly.


Look at those bits of turkey bacon and sausage! Soooo yummy! If you look closely, you can also see the chopped cauliflower. What a great way to sneak those veggies in if you have picky eaters!


Since a serving of this recipe is 1 Lean and 1/2 a Green, I served this with chopped zucchini, yellow squash, and cherry tomatoes cooked in the air fryer.


I sprayed them lightly with cooking spray and added Feast Mode Garden Veggie Seasoning. That's it! I cooked the squash at 400 for 12 to 14 min, adding the cherry tomatoes halfway through. A delicious quick and easy side dish that goes well with anything! I used Code ANDI25 to save 25% off my order.

Enjoy your weekend and remember... food does not have to be boring! Creating healthy, delicious food to help you along your weight loss journey!


Cauliflower Breakfast Casserole

Ingredients:
1/4 cup onion, chopped
2 cups cauliflower florets
or seasonings of your choice
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
*6 slices turkey bacon, cooked and cut into pieces
2 cups 2% Mexican style shredded cheese
8 large eggs
16 oz egg whites or egg beaters
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Lightly spray a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
In a large skillet over medium high heat, brown turkey sausage.
Measure out 8 ounces of cooked turkey sausage with a food scale and return back to skillet.
Add cauliflower and onions; saute until caramelized.
Season with Feast Mode Asiago Jalapeno Seasoning, salt and pepper or seasonings of your choice.
Spread sausage and cauliflower mixture in prepared baking dish.
Sprinkle turkey bacon and 1 cup of shredded cheese 
on top of sausage and cauliflower.

In a large bowl, whisk eggs, egg whites and 
unsweetened almond milk together.
Pour egg mixture over sausage, cauliflower, bacon, and cheese.
Sprinkle remaining 1 cup of cheese on top.
Bake for 40 to 45 min or until eggs are set.
Let cool for 5 min. Garnish with green onions if desired.
Cut into 8 equal portions.

8 Servings with
1 Lean, 1/2 of a Green, and 1 Condiment per Serving

*Don't want turkey bacon? Increase the turkey sausage to 10 oz, cooked and add 9 eggs instead of 8.




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