Spaghetti Squash Taco Casserole

Guys!  I've created again!  And I'm gonna call this one an awesome winner!!
Technically it should probably be called taco seasoning spaghetti squash lasagna, buuuut that just doesn't roll off the tongue in the same way.  :)

I didn't have much on hand, so I got a little creative and it turned out delicious! 
(even the little man loved it!)

1 lb turkey burger
2 1/2 Tbsp taco seasoning
1/4 c water
1 spaghetti squash
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1 14 oz. diced tomatoes with chilies
1 1/4 c. shredded low-fat cheese (I used a mexican blend)

Cooking the spaghetti squash
Preheat oven to 375C.  Cut the spaghetti squash in half.  Mix the olive oil, salt, and 1/2 Tbsp taco seasoning.  Spread the olive oil/taco seasoning over the spaghetti squash. Flip the spaghetti squash face down onto a cookie sheet with foil.  Bake 40-50 min. depending on size of spaghetti squash.
Turkey Burger
Brown turkey burger.  Drain.  Add 2 Tbsp taco seasoning and 1/4 c. water.  Set aside

Puttin' It All Together
Once spaghetti squash is done cooking, allow to cool 5 to 10 min.  Scrape out squash into a large mixing bowl.  Add cooked turkey burger, 1 c. cheese, can tomatoes (drained).  Mix well.  Dish into an 8x8 pan.  Bake 25 min @ 375C.  Remove and sprinkle ~ 1/4 C. cheese on top.  Broil for 2-3 min.  Aaaaand voila!

Makes about 4 lean and green servings

Mom's Stroganoff Casserole ~ The Cauliflower Rice Version

Growing up my mom would make what she called "Stroganoff".  It was one of my favorites.  Now that I'm an adult, however, I realized that this wasn't really anything near stroganoff. haha.  BUT it has remained a comfort food for me over the years.  In short -- it was rice, hamburger, cream of mushroom soup, green beans, and seasonings.  I know, random.  But it was a good and an easy go-to for my mom.  The other night I was thinking this sounded good, buuuut rice just isn't in the books for a lean and green along with the cream of mushroom soup.  So I came up with my own lean and green version of one of my childhood comfort foods.  :D

1 lb. cooked turkey burger
2 lb bag of cauliflower florets (or a large head of cauliflower)
1 can green beans
1 tsp. minced garlic
2 tsp. olive oil
4 wedges light laughing cow cheese
2/3 c. Low-fat shredded cheese
1/4 c. Low-fat shredded cheese
1/2 to 1 tsp. basil (about this amount)
Salt & Pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350°C.  Blend the cauliflower into little bits (similar to rice).

Put in a pot and add garlic, oil, basil, salt and pepper (and any other seasoning that you want to experiment with).  As that is heating up cut up the laughing cow wedges and put them in the pot.  Stir regularly until the cauliflower is tender and the LC cheese is melted in.  Add the 2/3 c. shredded cheese.  Stir until cheese is melted.  Stir in green beans and turkey burger.
This step probably isn't necessary, but it makes all nice and hot and makes the cheese nice n' melty on top.  Put mixture into 8x8 or 7x11 pan.  Cover with foil.  Bake for 20 min.  Remove from oven and sprinkle ~1/4 c. cheese and put back in the oven for 2-3 min.  Turn the oven to broil for another 2-3 min until the cheese is a little brown/crispy.  Pull it out and serve.  I'm weird and like to eat it with a little ketchup, but it's tasty all by itself :)

This makes about 4 servings.  Maybe a little more, but I share small bits with my little guy :)

Weeeeellll, I hope you enjoy this comfort food replacement.  Let me know if you have any suggestions or modifications that you tried and liked.

Bon Appetit!

Stir Fry with Cauliflower Rice

I'm no pro when it comes to Asian food, but I was happy with it.  It was pretty good and pretty dang easy.  You are free to switch things up a bit more if you'd like to make it better.  Comment if you have any better recommendations!  :)

1/4 cup Soy sauce
1/2 cup Chicken broth
1 head of Broccoli
1/2 bag of String green beans (costco size...I love Costco! haha :) Sorry, I didn't measure exactly.
2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar (that's all I had on hand...I'm thinking sesame seed may be better)
1 Tbsp. Olive oil
1 Tbsp. Minced garlic
1 tsp. Ginger (I used powder)
3 packets of Stevia in the Raw
Salt & Pepper to taste
1-1.5 lb Beef or Chicken (sliced in small stir fry strips)
Large bag of cauliflower florets or head of cauliflower

Blend the cauliflower to tiny pieces...voila! cauliflower rice!  Put it into a microwaveable bowl and cover with plastic wrap.  Microwave for 5 min.  Stir.  Microwave another 5 min.  Stir.  Let sit for 5 min.  Check how tender the cauliflower is.  If needed microwave an additional 5 min.

Mix soy sauce, chicken broth, vinegar, olive oil, ginger, and garlic together.  Cook chicken or beef on simmer in half of the sauce.  If you are doing beef, make sure not to overcook or you'll have some tough beef stir fry.  Add the remainder of the sauce with the broccoli and green beans. I cooked the veggies separately since they have a different cooking time than the meat.

There you have it... Stir Fry with Cauliflower Rice.  I ended up needing to add a little salt on top.  I wouldn't call it perfect, I'll probably tweak it in the future to make it better.  I'd call it a good start for a first go!

(This ended up giving me about 3-4 lean and green meals.  You'll probably needed to do more meat to make it enough lean depending on whether you are doing chicken or beef...)


Chicken-wrapped Asparagus

Guys!  I did it again!  I wrote down a recipe!  Can I get a woot woot? .... 
okay, sweet, now on to this glorious yumminess.

I wanted to try something different and stumbled into making this after looking for some inspiration. 

4 chicken breasts, thawed, cut in half long-ways
1 bunch of asparagus
Olive oil
1/2 tsp Basil
1/4 tsp Salt
Pepper to taste
1/2 tsp Minced garlic
1/4 cup low-fat Mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 375°C
Asparagus: Saute the asparagus in olive oil until bright green and set aside.
In a gallon Ziploc bag, add 2 Tbsp of Olive oil, basil, salt, pepper, and garlic.  Mix.  Add chicken and toss around until the chicken is pretty well covered in seasonings.  You can let this sit and marinade some, but I didn't and it still turned out delish.  Spray baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.  Using some fabulous coordination... wrap a few (5-7 stalks) of asparagus with two "filets" of chicken.  Pop in the oven for 25-30 min. (Bake until chicken is fully cooked) Pull out and sprinkle mozzarella cheese across chicken.  Put back in oven for additional 3-5 min for cheese to melt.  Turn on broil for 2-3 min to give the cheese the yummy golden crisp (watch it...don't get crazy and forget or you'll regret it!).  Pull it out and voila!  Done!  Delicious chicken-wrapped asparagus.  Seriously, this was a good one!  The flavors work so good with each other.