This salad is currently one of my favorite salads so I thought I would share it with you guys! I sauteed shrimp in a non-stick skillet with Mrs. Dash seasoning, but you can use whatever seasoning you prefer. Then I added the cooked shrimp to a bowl of spring mix, cucumbers, and tomatoes. I tossed in some diced avocado as an additional healthy fat for the shrimp. You can also make this salad with chicken! Just omit the avocado. A drizzle of light ranch dressing and sugar free bbq sauce completes this delicious salad!

I recently tried Sweet Baby Ray's no sugar added bbq sauce and I fell in love! It is more Condiments, but it is well worth it if you prefer a thicker bbq sauce. 1 tbsp of this bbq sauce is 2 Condiments while G Hughes sugar free bbq sauce is only 1 Condiment per 1 tbsp. Both are great options! 

What's the easiest way to drizzle on the ranch dressing and bbq sauce? Weigh it out! Place your bowl with all the ingredients on a food scale. Zero out the scale and set it to grams. Then drizzle the dressing and bbq sauce on the salad until you reach the desired amount. Enjoy this yummy salad!

 Bbq Ranch Shrimp or Chicken Salad

9 oz raw shrimp ~ should yield 7 oz cooked (1 Leanest) *
1/2 tsp Mrs Dash garlic and herb seasoning (1 Condiment)
1 cup (42.5 g) spring mix (1 Green)
1/2 cup (52 g) cucumber, sliced (1 Green)
1/2 cup (74.5 g) cherry tomatoes, halved (1 Green)
1.5 oz diced avocado (1 Healthy Fat)
2 tbsp (30 g) light ranch dressing (1 Healthy Fat)
1 tbsp (16 g) Sweet Baby Ray's no sugar added bbq sauce (2 Condiments) *

Spray a nonstick skillet with cooking spray. Add shrimp and season with Mrs dash seasoning. Cook on medium high heat cooking 2 to 3 min on each side until shrimp is pink and cooked through. Set aside and let cool.

In a large bowl, add spring mix, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, shrimp, and avocado. Drizzle ranch dressing and bbq sauce on top.

Makes 1 Serving
1 Leanest, 2 Healthy Fats, 3 Greens and 3 Condiments

* Want chicken instead? Use 6 oz cooked chicken and omit the avocado.

* You can also use G Hughes sugar free bbq sauce instead of Sweet Baby Ray's. 1 tbsp would be 1 Condiment rather than 2 Condiments.

Curry roasted cauliflower soup is healthy and delicious! Roasted cauliflower is simmered in vegetable broth, curry, cumin, garlic, and onion powder. Then lite coconut milk is stirred in. Use an immersion blender or handheld mixer to blend the soup until smooth. It is perfect for the upcoming Fall season!

I served this soup with two Trader Joe's shrimp burgers which are absolutely amazing! I always make sure to have them stocked in my freezer! They work so well with this dish because they are perfectly seasoned and count as 1 Leaner for two burgers. Don't have a Trader Joe's near you? Use 9 ounces of shrimp cooked in 1 tbsp light butter or 1 tsp olive oil as an additional Healthy Fat and add them to the soup! Or pick up a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store and use 6 ounces of the breast meat. Chop it up and add to the soup or serve on the side! Enjoy this warm delicious soup!

 Curry Roasted Cauliflower Soup


1 ½ cups (186 g) roasted cauliflower florets (3 Greens)

¼  teaspoon curry powder (½ Condiment)

¼  teaspoon cumin (¼ Condiment)

⅛ tsp garlic powder (¼ Condiment)

⅛ tsp onion powder (¼ Condiment)

⅛  tsp salt (½ Condiment)

1 cup vegetable broth (1 Condiment)

½ cup water

¼ cup lite coconut milk (1 Healthy Fat)

Garnish: 1 tbsp chopped cilantro (1/16 Condiment)


To roast cauliflower: Preheat oven to 450°F. Place cauliflower florets on a baking sheet and spray cauliflower with cooking spray. Bake in the center of the oven until browned and tender, about 25-30 minutes, turning the florets occasionally so they are evenly cooked.

In a small saucepan, add broth, ½ cup water and roasted cauliflower. Stir in curry powder, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt.

Bring to a boil and cook covered on low for 15 minutes. Stir in coconut milk.

Use an immersion blender (or regular blender in batches) and blend until smooth. Add additional water to get it to desired consistency. Top with cilantro.

Makes 1 Serving

3 Greens, 3 Condiments, and 1 Healthy Fat

Serve with a Leaner option

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This is a great way to use up all that yummy zucchini! It has all the flavors of pizza in a low carb casserole dish and it is absolutely delicious! It's super easy to make and has quickly become a family favorite!

The bottom layer is a baked zucchini crust made with shredded zucchini, three types of cheeses and eggs. Then it's topped with a mixture of lean ground beef and marinara sauce. You can also use Italian diced tomatoes instead of marinara sauce if your prefer. This would be a great option if you want some texture from the chunks of tomatoes! Finish it off with a sprinkle of cheese and your favorite toppings! I used chopped sweet red bell peppers and jalapenos! Use your choice of three approved Greens! This casserole dish is so versatile!

This would also make a great freezer meal! I like to limit myself to only one casserole type dish or a dish with lots of cheese to only once or twice a week as a  personal preference so this is great for freezing leftovers! Portion out the casserole into six servings. The easiest way to do this is to cut the casserole in half lengthwise and then cut across into thirds. If you prefer, you can weigh your portions so that the portions are similar. Place the servings you would like to freeze into individual freezer safe containers. Let cool completely, label, and freeze up to 3 to 4 months. When ready to eat, thaw in the fridge overnight. Reheat in the oven or microwave until warm. Enjoy this rich decadent casserole dish!

Zucchini Pizza Casserole
Slightly adapted from Taste of Home

4 cups shredded zucchini (8 Greens)
2 eggs ( Lean)
½ cup fresh grated parmesan cheese (8 Condiments)
1 ⅓ cup reduced fat mozzarella cheese, divided (1 ⅓ Lean)
1 cup reduced fat cheddar cheese, divided (1 Lean)
1 ½ lbs 90 to 94% lean ground beef ~ 18 ounces cooked (3 Leans)
½ cup chopped onions (8 Condiments)
1 tsp minced garlic (1 Condiment)
2 (14.5 oz) cans of Great Value Italian diced tomatoes, blended 
or 1 ¾ cup of an approved marinara sauce (7 Greens)
1 ½ cups chopped bell peppers (3 Greens)
1 ounce pickled jalapenos ~optional (1 Optional Snack)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Place shredded zucchini on a clean kitchen towel. Let it sit for 30 min and then squeeze out moisture. Combine zucchini, eggs, parmesan cheese,  cup mozzarella cheese, and ½ cup cheddar cheese in a large bowl. Press mixture into a greased 9 x 13 inch or 3 quart baking dish. Bake for about 25 min.
In a large skillet, cook ground beef, onions, and garlic over medium heat until meat is done. Drain liquid. Stir in marinara sauce. Pour the mixture over baked zucchini crust. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and top with chopped peppers and jalapenos, if desired. Bake an additional 20 minute or until heated through.

Makes 6 Servings
Each serving provides:
1 Lean, 3 Greens, 3 Condiments and  Optional Snack

* Choose a brand of tomatoes that is less than 5 g of carbs per ½ cup serving. Great Value is a great brand to use.

Guidelines for choosing a tomato sauce (¼ cup serving):
less than 50 calories
less than 5 g carbohydrates
less than 200 mg sodium
less than 3 g of fat

 Who doesn't love chicken parmesan? My family and I love this recipe! It did not disappoint! Unlike other chicken parmesan recipes, this one does not use breadcrumbs, which makes it a great low carb option!

The chicken comes out perfect and moist every time! Roasting at a high temperature keeps the chicken delightfully juicy and flavorful!

I placed the chicken on a cup of cooked spaghetti squash (2 Greens). Then spread 1/2 cup of Great Value Italian diced tomatoes, blended (1 Green) on top of the chicken. To finish it off, I sprinkled mozzarella cheese on top. If you do not want to add mozzarella cheese, increase the amount of chicken. I left the measurements at the end of the recipe! This is a meal the entire family will love!

Chicken Parmesan

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts * (2 Leaner)
1/2 cup reduced fat parmesan cheese, grated (4 Condiments)
1/4 tsp salt (1 Condiment)
1 tsp dried basil (1/2 Condiment)
1/2 tsp dried oregano (1/2 Condiment)
1/2 tsp paprika (1 Condiment)
1/2 tsp garlic powder (1 Condiment)
1 tbsp butter, melted (2 Healthy Fats)
1 cup reduced fat mozzarella cheese ~ cheese that is 3 to 6 g fat/oz (1 Lean)
1 1/2 cups Great Value Italian diced tomatoes, blended or 3/4 cup low carb marinara sauce (3 Greens)
3 cups spaghetti squash, cooked (6 Greens)

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with non-stick foil.
In a medium sized bowl, combine parmesan cheese, salt, basil, oregano, paprika, and garlic powder. Set aside.
Pound the chicken breasts thin. Toss the chicken with melted butter in another medium sized bowl, coating evenly. Then dredge the chicken in cheese mixture.
Place on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes or until chicken is completely cooked. 

For each serving: 
Place 4 ounces chicken on top of 1 cup (155 g) spaghetti squash, and add about 1/4 cup blended tomato sauce or low carb marinara sauce. Top with 1/3 cup reduced fat mozzarella cheese.

Makes 3 Servings
Each serving provides:
1 Leaner, 3 Greens, 3 Condiments and 1 Healthy Fat

* This tastes just as yummy without the mozzarella cheese added on top! If you would like to omit the mozzarella cheese, use 1 1/2 lbs raw chicken and increase the butter to 1 1/2 tbsp. It will provide 3 servings with each serving providing 6 ounces of lean protein with 1 Health Fat.

This is a healthy twist on the classic burger! Don't get me wrong! I still love lettuce buns, but these pepper buns are a definite game change and another great way to enjoy burgers without all the carbs. 

Eat the peppers raw for a nice fresh crunch or grill them along side your burger for soft, tender sweet bell peppers. Top with your favorite sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, and pickles for a complete lean and green meal! I used light thousand island dressing for a Big Mac style burger but light ranch dressing is also another favorite! Or try it with 2 tbsp of guacamole and 1 tbsp salsa as an additional condiment. There are so many ways to enjoy this burger so let's get our grilling on!

Bell Pepper Burgers

2 medium size sweet bell peppers ~ 298 g total after removing stems, seeds and membrane (4 Greens)

For Burgers:
1 lb 94 to 96%% lean ground beef * (1 Leaner)
1/2 tsp seasoned salt (2 Condiments)
1/4 tsp black pepper (1/2 Condiment)
1/4 tsp garlic powder (1/2 Condiment)
1 tsp worcestershire sauce (1 Condiment)

2 tbsp light thousand island dressing (or use 2 tbsp light ranch dressing, 1 1/2 tbsp light mayonnaise, 2 tbsp guacamole or another Healthy Fat option)
1/2 cup (36 g) iceburg lettuce (1/2 Green)
1/4 cup (60 g) sliced tomatoes (1/2 Green)
56 g pickle slices ~ I only used a few slices (1 Optional Snack)

Remove the stem and cut the peppers in half lengthwise, removing seeds and membrane. Set aside.
Gently mix ground beef, seasoned salt, black pepper, garlic powder and worcestershire sauce in a large bowl. Make 2 large patties.
Broil or grill over medium heat for about 4 to 6 min on each side until a thermometer reaches 160 degrees. Do not overcook your burgers or your burgers will be dry.
Add 1 tbsp light thousand island dressing on two pepper buns. Place burger on top. Add an additional 1 tbsp of light dressing on top of burgers. Then add lettuce, tomatoes, and pickles.

Makes 2 Servings
Each Serving provides
1 Leaner, 3 Greens, 2 Condiments, 1 Healthy Fat, and 1 Optional Snack

* If you prefer to use 85 to 94% lean ground beef, use 14 ounces raw weight and omit the Healthy Fat. You can use one additional Condiment per serving such as 1 tbsp sugar free bbq sauce, 1 tbsp low sugar ketchup or 1 tbsp yellow mustard.

Growing up, my father served in the Air Force and my mom worked at the Chow Hall, the military cafeteria where the soldiers ate, so my sisters and I were in charge of making dinner on the week days. One of our most recurring meals was just cooked ground beef with rice. Obviously, we got bored eating the same thing over and over again so we would experiment with different spice combinations and sauces to see who can out do the other. This recipe is based on one of those random concoctions. 

Instead of ground beef, I used ground turkey to make this dish leaner so that I could add a Healthy Fat. I also used sweet red bell peppers, but you can use any color you like. The red ones just happen to be my favorite because they are the sweetest of the bunch and I love that red pop of color! You can try using half of a red bell pepper and half of another color for a more colorful dish! Along with the ground turkey and bell peppers, this dish has a combination of minced garlic, chipotle chili pepper, cumin, smoked paprika, soy sauce, and a little bit of salt. Chipotle chili pepper is smoked, dried jalapeno grinded up into powder form so if spicy is not your thing, use chili powder instead. I happen to love that little bit of kick! All cooked together in one skillet, makes this dish a quick and easy meal! The best part about this ground turkey pepper skillet recipe? It is so versatile! Add 2 Greens of your choice and 1 Healthy Fat to complete you Lean and Green meal. Here are some options!

The first option is to make it into a salad! Who doesn't like a yummy crisp salad? Add 2 cups (85 g) of mixed greens (2 Greens) with a drizzle of your favorite approved dressing (1 Healthy Fat). I used light ranch dressing which goes well with the little kick of chipotle pepper. If you are a fan of Bolthouse Farms Dressing, I have a list of their dressings and how they are counted. Check it out!

The second option to enjoy them as zucchini boats! Zucchini boats are quickly becoming popular in the low carb community and for good reason! Zucchini boats make a great low carb, gluten free option that you can stuff with all kinds of things. To make them cut off the ends of 2 zucchini and then slice in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seedy center of the zucchini leaving a 1/4 inch rim to create boats. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 min. You should have 6.3 ounces or 180 g cooked zucchini (2 Greens). Scoop the turkey pepper mixture into the boats and cook for an additional 5 minutes or until heated thoroughly. Top with 2 tbsp sour cream (1 Healthy Fat) or 2 tbsp guacamole (1 Healthy Fat) and fresh cilantro.

The third option is to enjoy it over cauliflower rice! Top 1 cup (180 g) cooked cauliflower rice (2 Greens) with the ground turkey and peppers mixture. Add 1.5 ounces avocado (1 Healthy Fat) and garnish with cilantro.

Voila! Three ways to use your ground turkey pepper skillet! Also try it on top of a cauliflower pizza crust or make them into lettuce wraps! Make a double or triple batch and freeze the unused portions for later! I hope you enjoy this childhood concoction as much as me!

Ground Turkey Pepper Skillet

1 red sweet bell pepper, chopped (2 Greens)
1 tsp minced garlic (1 Condiment)
1 lb ground 95 to 97% lean ground turkey * (2 Leaner)
3/4 tsp chipotle chili pepper powder or chili powder (1 1/2 Condiments)
1/2 tsp cumin (1/2 Condiment)
1/2 tsp smoked paprika or paprika (1 Condiment)
1/4 tsp salt (1 Condiment)
1 tbsp soy sauce (1 Condiment)
1 tbsp fresh cilantro for garnish

Heat a non stick skillet sprayed with cooking spray over medium heat. Add peppers and cook until peppers are tender, about 5 min. Add 1 to 2 tbsp of water to the skillet to continue browning the peppers halfway through, stirring frequently. Add garlic and cook for about a minute more. Set the peppers aside.
Add the ground turkey, chipotle chili pepper powder, cumin, smoked paprika, salt, and soy sauce to the skillet and cook over medium heat. Break the turkey up with a wooden spoon while cooking. Once the turkey is almost cooked, add peppers back to the skillet. Continue cooking until cooked through. Remove from heat and garnish with fresh cilantro if desired.

Makes 2 servings
Each serving provides
1 Leaner, 1 Green, and 3 Condiments
Add 1 additional Healthy Fat plus 2 Greens.

* If using 99% lean ground turkey, use 18 ounces raw weight and add 2 additional Healthy Fats

I grew up eating this salad and it brings back some favorite childhood memories. Have you tried this salad yet? This Tomato Cucumber Cottage Cheese Salad is the perfect salad to enjoy during the hot Summer months or even all year round when you are searching for a quick and easy protein packed meal to prepare! 

This super filling nutritious salad is made with cottage cheese, fresh halved cherry tomatoes, cut up cucumbers, and sliced avocado keeping this dish light, refreshing and delicious! The ever so popular Everything but the bagel seasoning blend of sesame seeds, poppy seeds, dried garlic and onion, and sea salt makes this salad even better!

Tomato Cucumber Cottage Cheese Salad

1 1/2 cup (12 ounces) 2% cottage cheese (1 Leaner)
1 cup (149 g) cherry or mixed small tomatoes, halved (2 Greens)
1/2 cup (52 g) cucumber, striped with a peeler, sliced 1/4" thick and quartered (1 Green)
1 1/2 ounces avocado, sliced (1 Healthy Fat)
1/2 tsp Everything but the bagel seasoning (2 Condiments)
Garnish with green onions, if desired

Place cottage cheese in a large bowl.
Add tomatoes and cucumbers.
Top with sliced avocado and then sprinkle 
Everything but the bagel seasoning. 
Garnish with green onions, if desired.

Makes 1 Serving
1 Leaner, 3 Greens, 2 Condiments, and 1 Healthy Fat

Craving Bang Bang Shrimp?

This recipe is absolutely delicious and it is super duper easy to make requiring only a few ingredients! A mixture of thousand island dressing and sriracha tastes absolutely amazing together and the sriracha gives it a subtle bit of heat. Toss the sauce with air fried shrimp (or shrimp cooked any way you like ) then serve it with chopped cabbage and sliced avocado. Sprinkle a little bit of Everything but the Bagel Seasoning and you have a scrumptious Lean and Green meal that will continue to be on repeat. Thanks to Tylena Adudu for sharing this delicious recipe! It sure does hit the spot!

Copy Cat Bang Bang Shrimp

10 oz of raw shrimp, tails removed, peeled and deveined (1 Leanest)
1 1/2 oz of Avocado (1 Healthy Fat)
1 1/2 cups (4.71 ounces) cabbage, chopped (3 Greens)
2 tbsp Lite Wishbone Thousand Island (1 Healthy Fat)
1 tsp sriracha (1 Condiment)
1/4 tsp Trader Joe's Everything but the bagel seasoning (1 Condiment)

Cook shrimp in the air fryer for about 6 min at 400 degrees, shaking the basket halfway through. If you do not have an air fryer, you can use your preferred cooking method of choice. Weigh out 7 oz of cooked shrimp.
Add sliced avocado and chopped cabbage to a serving bowl; set aside.
Add Thousand Island dressing, hot sauce and cooked shrimp in a small bowl tossing to coat. Then add shrimp to the avocado and cabbage bowl.
Sprinkle Everything but the bagel seasoning on top.

Makes 1 Serving
Each serving provides
1 Leanest, 3 Greens, 2 Condiments, and 2 Healthy Fats

This is a tried and true recipe that is so easy to make! Enjoy it as a quick weeknight meal or at your next potluck or gathering! It has loads of flavor, yet it is only made with three ingredients! Say what? 

That's right! Only three ingredients! Chicken, root beer, and of course your favorite BBQ sauce! My personal favorite is G Hughes Carolina Sweet Heat! It is sugar free, low in calories, only 1 g of carbs for 2 tbsp and it tastes so delicious! Hallelujah!

Throw the chicken, root beer, and a 1/2 cup of BBQ sauce in the slow cooker and let it work it's magic. You can also use Dr. Pepper or Coke, but I prefer good old fashioned root beer. Drain some of the liquid from the chicken if you prefer, but I like to keep some to keep it more saucy. Then it's off to shredville using two forks! Add 1 cup more of BBQ sauce and give it a good stir. Then enjoy it with your favorite veggies and one additional healthy fat to make a complete Lean and Green meal. 

My favorite way to eat my Greens with only a healthy fat available and no condiments is to use an approved dressing for flavor. This could be a yummy salad using a variety of veggies with your favorite dressing. I absolutely love ranch and ranch is pretty awesome with BBQ flavors! You could also use a vinaigrette such as Italian or balsamic dressing as a marinade for an assortment of veggies such as yellow squash, zucchini, tomatoes, mushrooms, etc. Let them marinade for about 30 min or longer for extra flavor and then toss them on the grill, roast them in the oven or cook them in an air fryer.

Can you freeze this recipe? You sure can! Allow the chicken to cool to room temperature. Pack in a freezable Ziploc bag making sure to flatten the bag and remove the air as much as possible. Label the bag with the name and date. Then store it in the freezer for up until 3 months! When you are ready to eat it, thaw in the fridge the night before and reheat. I hope you enjoy this simple family friendly meal!

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken

2 lbs boneless, skinless, chicken breasts (4 Leaner)
1 cup diet root beer
1 1/2 cups G Hughes Carolina Sweet Heat BBQ Sauce, divided
(12 Condiments) *

Place chicken at the bottom of a slow cooker.
Whisk together root beer and 1/2 cup bbq sauce in a bowl.
Pour bbq mixture over chicken and toss to coat.
Cook on Low 6 to 7 hrs or on High 3 to 4 hours.
During the last 20 min of cooking, drain some of the liquid.
I like to keep some of the liquid to make it more saucy.
Then shred the chicken with two forks.
Add 1 cup bbq sauce to the chicken, stirring until combined. Continue cooking for 20 min. Enjoy!

Makes 4 Servings
Each serving provides
1 Leaner and 3 Condiments
Add 3 Greens and 1 Healthy Fat to complete your Lean and Green meal such as 3 cups mixed greens and 2 tbsp of an approved salad dressing.

* The Carolina Sweet Heat flavor is the only G Hughes BBQ sauce that is just 1 Condiment for 2 tbsp. All the other flavors are 1 Condiment for 1 tbsp. If using another flavor, add 1/4 cup bbq sauce with the root beer and use an additional 1/2 cup to stir in at the end, a total of 3/4 cup.

Enjoy this simple light refreshing shrimp salad over the upcoming warmer months! The lemon juice, dijon mustard and fresh dill gives this salad some zing! The mayo makes it creamy while the celery adds a nice crunch! Adding old bay seasoning kicks it up a notch and the splash of hot sauce gives it a little but of heat! Serve it over a bed of lettuce or with your favorite veggies!

Shrimp Salad

14 oz cooked shrimp, peeled, deveined, tails removed,
chopped into small pieces (2 Leanest)
1/2 cup celery, diced (1 Green)
6 tbsp light mayo (4 Healthy Fats)
1 tsp dijon mustard (1 Condiment)
2 tsp lemon juice (1 Condiment)
1 tbsp fresh dill, chopped (1/16 Condiment)
3/4 tsp old bay seasoning (3 Condiments)
1/2 tsp Frank's hot sauce (1/12 Condiment)

green onions if desired, but subtract
from your Greens

Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Serve with lettuce or your favorite veggies!

Makes 2 servings
Each serving provides
1 Leanest, 1/2 of 1 Green, 3 Condiments and 2 Healthy Fats
(Add 2 1/2 Greens to complete your Lean and Green meal)

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