Monday, November 28, 2011

Turkey Tortilla Soup

Hope everyone had a lovely National Eating Day!!! I’m sure you are all still somewhat stuffed, I know I am. So what about getting back on that healthy eating train? I’m sure most of you still have leftover turkey and are probably running out of creative options (if not you can use chicken breast). Try this tasty option Turkey (Chicken) Tortilla Soup.

  • 1 can low sodium corn, rinsed
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed
  • 3-4 c chopped turkey (2-3 large chicken breasts)
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 cans low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1-2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 diced medium red onion
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 jar enchilada sauce
  • 1 jar mild salsa
  • 1 c chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 bag of blue corn chips
  • 1 container of fresh salsa (flavor to your liking)
  1. In a crock pot, add corn, black beans, turkey/chicken, tomatoes, onion, enchilada sauce, basil, garlic, cumin, chili powder, salsa, and chicken broth.
  2. Set on high for 3.5 to 4 hours, stirring occasionally.
  3. Serve with fresh cilantro, broken blue corn chips, and fresh salsa!

What’s great about this recipe? It not only satisfies the taste buds, but the high fiber satisfies that growling tummy without a lot of calories or fat.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Travelin' Smart

Traveling is probably one of my favorite hobbies. Travel seekers love the experience of new sites, people, and yummy cuisine. What’s the best way to travel without breaking the pocket book or the diet regime?

Find a hotel with a mini-fridge and microwave!

Pack things like:
  • Blue corn chips and fresh salsa
  • Nitrate and hormone free turkey or chicken breast
  • Cereal/Oatmeal
  • Milk
  • Whole grain bread or whole grain tortillas
  • Lettuce, Tomatoes, Green Onion (already cleaned and prepared)
  • Fresh fruit
  • Trail mix/Granola
  • Low-fat/non-fat Greek yogurt
  • Peanut butter filled pretzels
  • Deli Mustard/Sandwich Spreads
  • Hummus, Celery, Carrots
  • Trail mix/protein bars (low in sugar and sodium)
  • Water
  • Wine/Beer

Often times when traveling we forget our mid-meals, which causes us to eat much more for breakfast, lunch and dinner…fussing with our metabolism. Packing snacks, breakfast and lunch items not only saves you money but also doesn’t destroy all that hard work you put in for that sexy travel wardrobe. Now go ahead and splurge on that fancy dinner and feel good about savoring that decadent dessert, you are on vacay!

And don’t forget! Prep items:
  • Plastic baggies
  • Knife
  • Spoons
  • Bowls
  • Wine/Beer opener