10 Minute Protein Pancakes

Protiein Packed Pancakes

Start your week off right with these 10 Minute Protein Pancakes. I love breakfast for dinner, and these provide you with plenty of great flavor and protein. They contain chia seeds – the highest known plant source of omega 3’s and omega 6’s. These are also said to help to energize and detox the body. I made these for the kids, and they loved them (they had no idea what was inside).  Thanks to Veria.com for sharing this recipe, one that you should keep in your files for sure.

Easy Strawberry Smoothie with Greek Yogurt

If you’re looking for a recipe that is gluten-free and high in protein try this easy Strawberry Smoothie with Greek Yogurt. The typical brand of vanilla Greek yogurt (I used Chobani) has 120 calories, 13 grams of protein, 16 carbohydrates and no fat. This recipe makes a great quick breakfast in the morning, before or after workout pick-me-up or after school healthy snack. It would be great for Valentine’s morning too!  If you don’t have fresh strawberries, you can always use frozen. Frozen fruits and vegetables are picked at their peak and flash frozen so they have the same nutritional content. See more recipes and ideas using frozen fruits, vegetables and dairy items at Easy Home Meals. Enjoy and have a great week ahead!

 

Blackberry Glazed Turkey Tenderloin Salad

I have been getting so many questions at all of my recent health/wellness speaking engagements about lean proteins. Since people tend to forget about turkey (except during Thanksgiving), how about cooking turkey tenderloins? This recipe for Blackberry Glazed Turkey Tenderloin Salad is a 30 minute, simple recipe that is fresh, fast and pretty. The most difficult part is turning on the grill. The barbecue sauce, paprika and blackberry preserves add great flavor to the turkey. Enjoy the turkey sliced over a salad (such as above) or paired with grilled asparagus and a quinoa side dish for a healthy dinner.

Breakfast Quinoa with Cranberries and Apples

Quinoa (pronounced Keen-wah) is the wonder grain and one of the best plant sources of protein. It’s loaded with protein, fiber and is gluten-free. It’s so versatile, and when my sister came across this recipe in Ellie Krieger’s book, “So Easy”, she told me I had to test it out. I changed the recipe slightly using Pink Lady apples, more cranberries and walnuts instead of pecans. It was out of this world. Her recipe suggests to top it with milk, honey and cinnamon, but it was great all by itself. I love it because it’s so easy, filling and has no added sugar. It’s also bursting with great flavor. My kids loved it too, and I enjoyed serving them a hot healthy breakfast.

Low-Fat & High Flavor: Edamame Salsa

If you’re looking for a quick appetizer or awesome side to go with fish, chicken, turkey or pork, look no further than this Edamame Salsa. Edamame are so fresh, flavorful and low in calories and fat, but they are also high in protein, fiber and a good source of calcium. I love cooking with edamame because my 3 kids love them. This is just one simple way to serve them. See my recipe for Edamame Corn Salad which was featured this summer in the Birmingham Magazine and has been a top popular post on this site.

Healthy Vitamin and Protein-Packed Salmon in Under 30 Minutes: Almond-Crusted Salmon

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There are so many great ways to cook salmon, and I often receive requests for new ways to prepare it. Almond-Crusted Salmon is one of my staple recipes that I love, especially since my kids will eat it too. I feel so healthy eating it, and I have to admit that salmon and almonds are two of my favorite ingredients. The basic combination of ground almonds, panko breadcrumbs, Dijon mustard, honey and Italian parsley flavors it to perfection and adds a great crunchy texture. You can find panko breadcrumbs in your local grocery where commercial breadcrumbs are sold.

Great Skillet Shrimp Supper: Fire Roasted Shrimp with Feta

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I had some leftover shrimp, fresh chopped onions, zucchini and squash from the farmer’s markets over the weekend and decided to make a really easy, healthy main dish. I love cooking in the skillet and then finishing it off in the oven, and that works great with this dish which is like a shrimp vegetable lasagna without the noodles. It’s high in protein, low in carbs and delicious.