Avocado Salsa

Ever since the Fitbloggin Avocado contest, I’ve been completely hooked on avocados.  I just can’t get enough of them.

And… next week, as part of my prize pack for winning 2nd place in the recipe contest, the commission is sending me an ENTIRE BOX of California Avocados.  Can you imagine??? I’m so excited!

I’ve been eating a lot of carrots lately as snacks, and I wanted a different kind of dip to use with them.  I always like to put something on them… whether it’s Laughing Cow Cheese (a fave!) or one of my homemade healthy dips.  Then, I found this idea…

Avocado Salsa | No Thanks to Cake

How delicious does that look? And, why haven’t I tried something like this before???  Adding an avocado to your favorite salsa gives it a creamy and decadent texture… perfect for dipping chips, vegetables, and it even can be used as a salad dressing!  So good!

Avocado Salsa

From The Picky Palate Cookbook

1 (14.5oz) can diced tomatoes
1 (10 oz) can diced tomatoes with green chilies
2 small avocados, mashed
½ cup cilantro, chopped
2 tsp. fresh garlic, minced
½ lime, juiced
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp black pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Combine all the ingredients in a food processor. Pulse until blended.

Avocado Salsa | No Thanks to Cake

Avocado Salsa | No Thanks to Cake

Avocado Salsa | No Thanks to Cake

Avocado Salsa | No Thanks to Cake

2.  Store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.  Serve with veggies or baked chips.

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Chinese Green Beans with Ground Turkey

I love this recipe.  Another amazing Pinterest find, I made it just a few days after I found it!

Chinese Green Beans with Ground Turkey | No Thanks to Cake

It combines one of my favorite vegetables – green beans – with lean ground turkey.  Uh-mazing!  The flavors remind me a lot of those yummy chicken lettuce wraps at PF Changs, but with extra veggies!  Speaking of extra veggies, I doubled the green beans in the dish to add extra volume and color.

Try this dish… it’s delicious and cooks up in no time!

Chinese Green Beans with Ground Turkey

Adapted from The Weary Cook

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS

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1 tsp. sesame oil
1/3 large onion, sliced thin
2 cloves garlic, minced or crushed
1/2 lb. extra lean ground turkey
1 tbsp. chili garlic sauce
1 tbsp. hoisin sauce
1 tsp. crushed ginger
1 lb. washed and trimmed green beans (or Chinese long beans if available)
1/2 tbsp. soy sauce
1/2 tbsp. seasoned rice vinegar

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Add sesame oil, and sauté onions and garlic for about 2 minutes.

Chinese Green Beans with Ground Turkey | No Thanks to Cake

 

2.  Stir in ground turkey and sauté 3-5 minutes, until meat is mostly cooked. Crumble meat as much as possible.

Chinese Green Beans with Ground Turkey | No Thanks to Cake

3.  Stir in chili garlic sauce, hoisin sauce, and ginger.

Chinese Green Beans with Ground Turkey | No Thanks to Cake

 

4.  Add green beans and soy sauce, and stir to coat.

Chinese Green Beans with Ground Turkey | No Thanks to Cake

 

5.  Continue cooking over high heat for 7-9 minutes longer, stirring frequently, until beans are slightly tender.

Chinese Green Beans with Ground Turkey | No Thanks to Cake

6.  Stir in rice vinegar, and cook one minute longer. If desired, serve over cooked rice or quinoa.

Chinese Green Beans with Ground Turkey | No Thanks to Cake

Chinese Green Beans with Ground Turkey | No Thanks to Cake

Chinese Green Beans with Ground Turkey | No Thanks to Cake

Per 1/2 recipe serving:

CAL 245; CARB 23g; FAT 5g; PROT 31g; FIB 8g; WW Points Plus: 6

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Mocha Icebox Dessert

When 4th of July rolled around and Tiffany asked me to bring a dish to her cookout, I knew that I wanted to bring dessert.  Any chance to put together a healthier, yet decadent dessert… I’m in.

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This dessert is one my mom used to make when I was little.  Surprisingly, being the pickiest human on the planet… I loved it from a young age!  Cool whip, mocha mousse, and fluffy lady finger cookies make the most perfect dessert!

This was a delicious trip down memory lane and a fluffy light way to enjoy a sweet treat.  Enjoy!

Mocha Icebox Dessert

Serves 9

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INGREDIENTS

16 large marshmallows
6 Tbsp. hot water
2 1/2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
1 Tbsp. butter
3/4 tsp. instant coffee - I used Starbucks Via
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 containers thawed Cool Whip Light
1 (3 oz.) pkg. lady finger cookies
1/4 tsp. salt
Chocolate Curls, for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Heat marshmallows, water, cocoa, butter, coffee, and salt over medium heat, stirring constantly, until marshmallows are melted. Remove from heat. Let stand until thickened.

Mocha Icebox Dessert | No Thanks to Cake

Mocha Icebox Dessert | No Thanks to Cake

Mocha Icebox Dessert | No Thanks to Cake

2.  Combine 2 1/2 cups Cool Whip, 1/4 tsp. vanilla, and marshmallow-cocoa mixture.  Fold until combined.

Mocha Icebox Dessert | No Thanks to Cake

Mocha Icebox Dessert | No Thanks to Cake

3.  Line bottom and sides of ungreased baking dish 8 x 8 x 2 with ladyfingers.

Mocha Icebox Dessert | No Thanks to Cake

4.  Spread marshmallow mixture evenly over ladyfingers. Cover and refrigerate until set about 5 hours.

Mocha Icebox Dessert | No Thanks to Cake

Mocha Icebox Dessert | No Thanks to Cake

5.  Combine 2 cups Cool Whip with 1/4 tsp. vanilla.  Spread on top of the pudding dish.  Top with chocolate curls created with a vegetable peeler and chocolate bar at room temperature.

Mocha Icebox Dessert | No Thanks to Cake

Mocha Icebox Dessert | No Thanks to Cake

Mocha Icebox Dessert | No Thanks to Cake

Per 1/9th recipe:

CAL 268; CARB 44g; FAT 9g; PROT 2g; FIB 0g; WW Points Plus: 7

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Jenny Volumizing: Taco Salad with Mexican-Spiced Croutons

I’ve been eating more Jenny food recently.  While I know it’s good for my waistline, it’s also super handy for my crazy summer schedule too.

I thought June was the busiest… but now, I’m seeing that it is just the whole darn summer.  Travel, vacation, work trips, projects… it’s all happening at once!  August will be calmer, right?

Regardless of the hectic nature of summer, I still make time to get a little creative in the kitchen.  When Darsie reached out to me a few weeks asking for suggestions for how to mix up the Jenny Craig Turkey Burger, I realize that I hadn’t spent much time experimenting with this dish… and decided to take a stab at some fun recipes using it!

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For those of you on the Jenny Craig program – YES!  That is the turkey burger, but it’s in quite the disguise.  If you are looking to mix up your menu, this recipe is one to try!

Taco Salad with Mexican-Spiced Croutons

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

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1 Jenny Craig Turkey Burger

1/4 red onion

1/4 bell pepper

2 tsp. taco seasoning

1 1/2 cup butter lettuce

1 tomato, seeded and diced

1/3 cucumber, quartered

2 Tbsp. salsa

1 Tbsp. light ranch (optional)

cooking spray

cumin + taco seasoning

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2.  Cook bun in the microwave for 20 seconds to defrost.  Remove to a cutting board, and cut bread into crouton-sized pieces.  Spray with cooking spray and sprinkle with cumin and taco seasoning.  Toss to coat.

Jenny Volumizing: Taco Salad with Mexican Spiced Croutons | No Thanks to Cake

Jenny Volumizing: Taco Salad with Mexican Spiced Croutons | No Thanks to Cake

3.  Place on a cooking sheet and bake for 6 minutes until croutons are toasted.

Jenny Volumizing: Taco Salad with Mexican Spiced Croutons | No Thanks to Cake

4.  Cook the turkey burger on a plate in the microwave for 70 seconds.

Jenny Volumizing: Taco Salad with Mexican Spiced Croutons | No Thanks to Cake

5.  Place in a food processor and pulse to create a taco meat consistency.  Note: I chopped veggies in the processor too, thus the color variation you may see.

Jenny Volumizing: Taco Salad with Mexican Spiced Croutons | No Thanks to Cake

6.  Sauté diced peppers and onions in a saute pan sprayed with cooking spray for 2 minutes.  Add meat and continue to cook for an additional 2 minutes.

Jenny Volumizing: Taco Salad with Mexican Spiced Croutons | No Thanks to Cake

Jenny Volumizing: Taco Salad with Mexican Spiced Croutons | No Thanks to Cake

7.  Add taco seasoning and a sprinkle of cayenne to the meat mixture.  Add 2 Tbsp. of salsa.

Jenny Volumizing: Taco Salad with Mexican Spiced Croutons | No Thanks to Cake

Jenny Volumizing: Taco Salad with Mexican Spiced Croutons | No Thanks to Cake

8.  Prepare a salad base with your favorite veggies on it.  For me, that was cucumbers, tomatoes, and orange bell pepper.

Jenny Volumizing: Taco Salad with Mexican Spiced Croutons | No Thanks to Cake

9.  Add meat, drizzle with light ranch.  Note:  If you prefer not to use the ranch, simply add a little extra salsa.  

Jenny Volumizing: Taco Salad with Mexican Spiced Croutons | No Thanks to Cake

10.  Add croutons, and enjoy!

Jenny Volumizing: Taco Salad with Mexican Spiced Croutons | No Thanks to Cake

Jenny Volumizing: Taco Salad with Mexican Spiced Croutons | No Thanks to Cake

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