Thursday, February 27, 2020

80--- Beet Pad Thai

I love the glory that some less popular vegetables are getting now due to their miraculous ability to form beautiful noodles {I'm looking at you butternut squash and zucchini}.  Spiralized vegetables are a FUN way to incorporate them into filling, nutritious meals.  My local grocery store sells fresh beet noodles and I'm here for it!  Green Giant also sells spiralized beets in the frozen section if your store doesn't have fresh available.

If you don't love beets, substitute spiralized butternut squash or yams!

Beet Pad Thai {with Turkey}
Serves 4

2 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
2 shallots, sliced
1 lb lean ground turkey
24 oz spiralized beets (may substitute yam noodles)
4 Tbsp powdered peanut butter (I used PB Fit)
6 Tbsp coconut aminos (may use low sodium soy sauce)
4 Tbsp rice vinegar
2 tsp minced ginger
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 Tbsp fish sauce
1 tsp lime juice (I often use 1/4 tsp True Lime instead)
2 tsp Sriracha for heat, if desired
4 green onions, sliced
1 jalapeno, sliced (optional)
Chopped peanuts, if desired

Combine powdered peanut butter, coconut aminos, rice vinegar, ginger, garlic, fish sauce, lime, and sriracha in a small bowl or jar and mix well to combine.  Set aside.

In a large skillet or dutch oven heat sesame oil over medium high heat.  Add shallots and saute until fragrant, 3-4 minutes.  Add ground turkey and saute until cooked through.  Stir in peanut sauce.

Place fresh spiraled beets into a microwave-safe bowl and cook for 5 minutes, until slightly softened.  Add spirals to the skillet mixture and stir to combine.  Reduce heat to medium low, cover and cook for additional 3-4 minutes, or until sauce is slightly thickened and spirals are softened to desired consistency.

Serve immediately garnished with green onions and sliced jalapeƱos, if desired.

Nutrition info per 1 serving: 317 calories, 17 g fat, 26.5 g protein, 14 g carbohydrates, 3.5 g fiber

Monday, February 3, 2020

80(ish)--- Greek Yogurt Cinnamon Rolls

Inspired by the amazing Skinny Taste bagel recipe (hello air fryer), these cinnamon rolls are the perfect little treat.  

Yes that really is the ingredient list.

No, they don't need to rise prior to baking.

Yes it's really that simple.  And delicious!

Greek Yogurt Cinnamon Rolls
Makes 6

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour, divided
1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp white sugar
1 egg white, beaten
3 Tbsp brown sugar
2 Tbsp butter
1/2 Tbsp ground cinnamon
Dash salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a small baking dish with baking spray.

Combine 1 1/4 cups flour, baking powder, sugar, and Greek yogurt in a mixing bowl.  Stir with a spatula until combined, then use your hands to gently knead until a dough is formed.  Use remaining flour to lightly flour a rolling surface, then transfer dough to the surface.  Knead just until a solid dough is formed, adding a few additional dashes of flour if needed.  Use a rolling pin to roll the dough into square, 1/4-1/2" thickness.

In a microwave-safe dish combine butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt.  Microwave for 45-60 seconds, or until butter is melted.  Mix well.

Spoon butter mixture over the dough, then roll the dough into a log.  Cut into six even slices and transfer into the baking dish. Brush rolls with a beaten egg white.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until dough is cooked through and tops are golden brown.

Glaze if desired and serve warm.

Nutrition info per 1 roll: 172 calories, 4.5 g fat, 6.5 g protein, 27 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber