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Easy-Peasy Pizza Pinwheels


If you and your family loved “Pizza Bombs“- this recipe is a must make! It would also be an excellent addition to your #SuperBowl spread! Let’s be real, who doesn’t like pizza?!  But let’s get creative and think outside of the pizza box.  Create this easy, nutritious and kid-approved recipe for your family and leave them begging for more! This is another great opportunity to get the kids in the kitchen to help out!  Let them roll out the dough and sprinkle on their favorite toppings!

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1 tube Pillsbury Artisan Whole Grain Pizza Crust
1 can Pizza Sauce
1-2 Cups Shredded Pizza Cheese Blend
1 packet Beef Crumbles
Toppings of Choices


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Open pizza dough and lay flat.  Using a rolling pin, roll out to desired thickness.ImageImage
3. Spread pizza sauce over entire pizza dough, reserving some for dipping. Image
4. Sprinkle shredded cheese and beef crumbles.  Image
5. Add any additional produce at this time.  Tip: Create your family member’s individual pinwheels by separating the desired ingredients as shown.
6. Starting at one end, roll pizza dough and press together edges to seal.Image
7. Using a serrated knife, cut into slices. Place on a greased baking sheet, cut side down.Image
8. Cook for 15-17 minutes, depending on thickness.
9. Enjoy!

Super Bowl Light Philly Cheesesteak Dip


Superbowl weekend is upon us and whether you’re hosting or attending a party, you need to make something that’s going to please the crowd.  Why not breakaway from the classics and serve something new this year?  While we’re at it, let’s lighten it up too! 😉 This Philly Cheesesteak dip is so yummy and it’s a recipe you will be asked to make again and again.  (It’s a good thing it’s super easy!)  By making a simple switch of using low-fat cottage cheese and low-fat sour cream instead of regular cream cheese, we achieve a similar creamy consistency without the excess calories!  Serve it up with some whole wheat pita chips because the average tortilla chip just can’t hang with this recipe:)

Prevent the super-stuffed Super Bowl feeling and make sure to get up and move around during the game.  Make up fun challenges for you and your family to do, such as jumping jacks for every touchdown or push-up and sit-ups for every penalty.  Your kids will have a blast with it! 🙂

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1 15 oz. package Beef Roast and Au Jus
Olive oil cooking spray
1 red pepper, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1 medium onion, diced
1/2 Cup mushrooms, chopped
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 Cup low-fat cottage cheese
1/2 Cup low-fat sour cream
2 Cups low-fat sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 Cup Au Jus (reserved from roast)
1/2 tsp mustard powder
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1. Heat beef roast in microwave, per instructions on package.
I love this product for appetizer and dip recipes, so simple and easy to use!

2. Meanwhile, add diced peppers, mushrooms, onions and garlic to a non-stick skillet.  Cook over low to medium heat for 4-5 minutes, or until tender.
Tip: Once roast was finished in the microwave, I added 1/4 Cup of Au Jus to my skillet.

3. Spray slow cooker with olive oil cooking spray and add cottage cheese, sour cream and shredded cheese.  Combine thoroughly.

4. Remove roast beef from package and set Au Jus aside.  Shred roast with two forks and add to slow cooker.
5. Combine vegetables into slow cooker and stir until evenly combined.  Add mustard powder, Worcestershire sauce and an additional 1/4 Cup of Au Jus.
6. Cook on High in slow cooker for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally.


Mediterranean Beef Frittata


Last week I promised you a new breakfast recipe and I delivered! This Mediterranean Beef Frittata is not only FULL of nutritious ingredients but it’s also absolutely scrumptious!

The ingredient roster for this recipe is stacked.  Fueling you and your family with the essential nutrients they need is a piece of, well, frittata! When your breakfast contains nutrient-rich lean beef,  you are provided with ample protein to keep you feeling satisfied throughout the morning!  It also gives us iron, zinc and B vitamins. #winning  Combine that with eggs, Greek yogurt and a bunch of nutrient-rich vegetables and you have a breakfast of champions! Serve with a side of whole wheat toast or oats and a glass of low-fat milk and you have yourself a completely balanced meal.

Make it ahead of time to have as a “re-heatable” breakfast option throughout the week or serve as weekend brunch!

1 lb lean ground beef
1 red pepper, diced
6-5 asparagus spears, chopped
1/2 onion, diced
1/2 Cup mushrooms, diced
1/2 Cup arugula, chopped
1 Tbsp minced garlic
Dash of salt & pepper
7 large eggs
1/4 Cup milk
1 6 oz. container NonFat Greek Yogurt
1 Cup Feta cheese
2 tomatoes, sliced
1 Tbsp dried oregano

1. Preheat oven to 425.  Brown ground beef, draining any excess fat. Once beef is fully cooked, add red pepper, asparagus, onions, mushrooms, arugula, garlic, salt, pepper and combine evenly.  Reduce heat and let simmer, stirring occasionally. IMG_9837

2. In a medium sized bowl, combine eggs, milk, Greek yogurt and feta.  Whisk ingredients- whisk it real good.


3. Spray a 9 x 13 dish with cooking spray and evenly add beef and vegetable mixture.  Top with egg mixture.  You may have to stir it to make sure the feta cheese gets evenly distributed.  Garnish with sliced tomatoes and sprinkle with oregano.

Now, I know what you’re all thinking, frittatas are supposed to be made in a pie dish- I know this.  Here’s the deal, if I were having some fancy pants guests over and wanted to serve this recipe, then I would reduce it and bake it in a pie dish and make the presentation just right.  Lucky for me, my family doesn’t wear fancy pants and this new mom is all about efficiency.  I made this recipe BIG so I can get several meals out of it.  🙂 I’m all about the cook once, dine twice(..or three times) strategy! 


4. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until thoroughly cooked.  Remove from oven and let set for 5-10 minutes before slicing.



If some of the ingredients I used don’t fit your family’s preferences, feel free to adjust!  It’s a great way to sneak in some extra “green stuff” that they typically wouldn’t be excited about eating.  Works for my family! 🙂

Have a GREAT week!!

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Asian Flank Steak

ImageI’m baaaaaack! It feels so good to be back providing weekly recipes to you all, and at an ideal time!  With the New Year, everyone is feeling re-energized and motivated to get into the kitchen and cook real, wholesome and nutritious meals for themselves and their families! Which is why I couldn’t wait to bring this recipe to you.  It’s a twist off of one of my all-time favorite recipes to make, East Meets West Steak Salad, featuring a flank steak.  The flank is one of my personal favorite cuts.  It’s very lean, meaning minimal fat, and is very versatile.  It slices up nice and thin- perfect for salads, wraps, stir-fry, etc. 
In this recipe, I paired it with a simple quinoa salad with sliced peppers and avocado.

1 lb Flank Steak
3/4 Cup Asian Dressing

1 Cup Quinoa
1 Red Pepper
1 Green Pepper
1 Avocado
1 Tbsp Chili Powder
1 Tbsp fresh chopped cilantro

1. Place steak in a food safe plastic bag with Asian dressing.  Place in the refrigerator and allow steak to marinade for 2-4 hours, rotating occasionally. 


2.  Add quinoa to 3 cups of boiling water.  Cook for 10-15 minutes or until it becomes “fluffy”.  Drain any excess liquid.  Add chopped peppers, avocado, cilantro and chili powder. ImageImage

3. Remove steak from marinade and with a paper towel remove any remaining marinade.  Turn broiler on high and cook steak for 12-14 minutes, flipping once.  Use an instant-read thermometer to check internal temp of 145° F for medium rare and 160°F for medium. Remove steak from oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes before slicing.  Be sure to slice against the grain, which will be very visible.  Image

Another easy and convenient option for this recipe would be an Asian Salad mix. Simply add your steak and dressing! Image

I hope you enjoy this recipe and find other ways to include flank steak into your menu’s at home!
See you next week for a simple and nutritious breakfast recipe!!

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