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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Mon. Dec 10th

Veggie Loaded Taco Salad for Lunch!

Daily Tidbit:    I have been a long time lover of Frosted Shredded Wheat cereal, so it is with much pride that I am happy to report that I have officially switched to Plain Shredded Wheat.  There is no Sugar in Plain Shredded Wheat and the variety I have been enjoying (Trader Joe's) only has 2 ingredients:  Wheat & Vitamin E for freshness.  That is it.  So yes it is not sweet, but I get my sweet fix from the Milk & the OJ or Smoothie that I drink with it.  

By making this switch I have eliminated 11 grams of added Sugar from my day, a step in the right direction.  If you are considering making a similar change,  here is a comparison between two low sugar cereal favs:  Corn Flakes & Shredded Wheat, they both have something to offer health-wise depending on your priorities (lowering Sodium & Sugar, or reducing Calories or increasing Fiber), check it out:


Shredded Wheat Cereal with Walnuts

Breakfast: Shredded Wheat & Walnuts
1 cup Plain Shredded Wheat (not frosted/ no sugar!)
1 cup Fat Free Milk
2 tbsp Plain chopped Walnuts
5oz Orange Juice
Regular Coffee, 1/2 tsp 100% Cacao Dark Chocolate Cocoa, splash of Fat Free Milk

*The Cocoa adds such a nice velvety chocolatey flavor to the coffee, it is almost like a Hot Cocoa-Coffee!  The Cocoa I'm using is 100% Cocoa, with no other ingredients, and no Sugar :)  Just a little trick I've figured out to get some more Dark Chocolate Antioxidants and yummy-ness into my day!


Veggie Loaded Taco Salad

Lunch: Veggie Loaded Taco Salad
1 cup Veggie Black Refried Bean Dip (recipe below) + 

1 cup Grated Zucchini, mixed in and heated and topped with:
Red Onions,
diced fresh Plum Tomatoes,
1/2 Avocado, diced &  
3 tbsp broken Yellow & Blue Corn Tortilla Chip pieces
Plain Hot Green Tea

I love this dish - there are the Veggies you can see (Red Onions, Tomatoes, Avocado) and then the Veggies you can't see....Pumpkin Puree in the Bean Dip with the Grated Zucchini mixed in, and by the way, super YUM!


Snack: 1 cup of Pistachios in the shell, which equals approximately 1/2 cup of actual nuts
Fat Free Milk

Whole Wheat BBQ Veggie Cheddar Pizza

1 Large Slice of Whole Wheat BBQ Veggie Cheddar Pizza
Dinner: Whole Wheat BBQ Veggie Cheddar Pizza 
2 Large Slices of Whole Wheat BBQ Veggie Cheddar Pizza (1/2 Pie), recipe below
Red Wine


Dessert:  1 Small Gala Apple, Water



Veggie Black Refried Bean Dip Recipe:
In a large bowl mix:
1 can Vegetarian Black Refried Beans with Jalapenos
1/4 cup jarred Medium Salsa
3 tbsp Water
1/2 cup Pure Pumpkin Puree
Mix items and heat in microwave until warm.  Top with 1/4 packed cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese and serve!

Whole Wheat BBQ Veggie Cheddar Pizza Recipe:
-1 store bought refrigerator Whole Wheat Pizza Dough, rolled out, forked to create air holes, and cooked at 425 for 5 minutes to prepare the crust for the toppings.
-Top crust with finely chopped & sauteed Onion, Mushrooms & Carrots, mixed with 1/2 cup bottled All Natural BBQ Sauce and 1/4 cup All Natural Ketchup & 1/2 cup No Salt Added Organic Marinara Sauce.  
-Top with shredded Part Skim Mozzarella Cheese & Cheddar Cheese. -Cook at 425 for another 10 minutes & serve!


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