Grilled Watermelon with Fresh Herbs and Parmesan

Oh, friends… this dish tingled my tastebuds.

Grilled Watermelon with Fresh Herbs and Parmesan | No Thanks to Cake

I spotted a picture of grilled watermelon on Pinterest, as featured by my friends over at PopSugar Fitness. Since making the decision to grill avocados a few months back, I’ve become a little more curious about grilling the unexpected.

This dish blew me away…  Who knew that so much flavor could develop in just 8 minutes on the grill??  It also gave me an opportunity to use my fresh basil that I’ve been growing and to use fresh mint for the first time.  The end product is one that I will definitely be making again before the season ends…

Grilled Watermelon with Fresh Herbs and Parmesan

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS

Grilled Watermelon with Fresh Herbs and Parmesan | No Thanks to Cake

1/2 thick slice of watermelon, quartered

3/4 Tbsp. fresh basil, chiffonade-style

3/4 Tbsp. fresh mint, chopped

1/2 – 1 tsp. grated parmesan cheese

about 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil

salt

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Preheat your grill to medium heat.

2.  Brush your watermelon on both sides with your favorite olive oil.  Note:  I used Kristos.

Grilled Watermelon with Fresh Herbs and Parmesan | No Thanks to Cake

3.  Place watermelon on the grill and turn after 3-4 minutes, or once grill marks have been created.

Grilled Watermelon with Fresh Herbs and Parmesan | No Thanks to Cake

4.  Remove from the grill to a cool plate.  Slice your herbs into ribbons.

Grilled Watermelon with Fresh Herbs and Parmesan | No Thanks to Cake

5.  Sprinkle herbs onto the watermelon, and using a microplane grater, grate the parmesan lightly onto the fruit.

Grilled Watermelon with Fresh Herbs and Parmesan | No Thanks to Cake

6.  Sprinkle lightly with salt, optional.  And, get ready to be wow’ed….

Grilled Watermelon with Fresh Herbs and Parmesan | No Thanks to Cake

Grilled Watermelon with Fresh Herbs and Parmesan | No Thanks to Cake

Grilled Watermelon with Fresh Herbs and Parmesan | No Thanks to Cake

Per 2 triangles of watermelon serving:

CAL 113; CARB 12g; FAT 7g; PROT 1g; FIB 1g; WW Points Plus: 3

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Edamole

My favorite restaurant in Nashville closed its doors a few years ago now.  I remember that I’d always show up at Rumba, thirsty for their mojitos and hoping that their edamole had made a reappearance on the menu.  Sadly, on my last visit to the place, the edamole did not appear.

Ever since then, I’ve been trying to come up with just the right combinations to make this dish.  I’ve made it with too much avocado, edamame that was too crunchy, and then last week… I made it just right.

Just in time for the California Avocado recipe contest I was participating in.  It was a tough decision between the Grilled Avocado Caprese and this dish, but in the end, both recipes win.  I mean, take a look at this stuff…

Edamole | No Thanks to Cake

It has the perfect pairing of edamame and avocado.  Mixed with just the right aromatic ingredients, it is perfect on a pita chip.  Try this one…

Edamole

Inspired by Rumba Nashville

INGREDIENTS

Edamole | No Thanks to Cake

1 California Avocado, ripe

1 cup frozen edamame, shelled

½ cup diced red onion

¼ cup chopped cilantro

1 roma tomato, seeded and diced

2 tsp. garlic

1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Prepare your edamame per the package instructions until tender, not crunchy.  Note:  I cooked mine in the microwave with water.  Also important, the edamame must be soft.  Crunchy will not work.

Edamole | No Thanks to Cake

2.  Once the cooking process is completed, run cool water over the beans in a colander to cool them off and stop the cooking process.

Edamole | No Thanks to Cake

3.  Add edamame to a food processor.  Add avocado.  Pulse until combined.

Edamole | No Thanks to Cake

Edamole | No Thanks to Cake

4.  Add cilantro, onion, garlic, and lime.  Pulse to combine.

Edamole | No Thanks to Cake

Edamole | No Thanks to Cake

5.  Move the mixture to a bowl.  Add the tomatoes by hand.  Stir to combine.

Edamole | No Thanks to Cake

Edamole | No Thanks to Cake

6.  Serve with pita chips and enjoy!!

Edamole | No Thanks to Cake

Edamole | No Thanks to Cake

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Quest Bar Cookies

Ok, y’all, I’m interrupting today’s typical programming to advise you of something that I just learned…

Did you realize that today is

National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day??

Now, this “holiday” would have flown right by without notice, if my friends from Quest Nutrition hadn’t reached out to me to notify me of the event!

Now.. you know someone with a blog called “No Thanks to Cake” has  a few favorite chocolate chip cookies…

ChickFilA Chocolate Chunk Cookie | No Thanks to Cake

Chickfila has an INSANE chocolate chunk cookie!  

My work likes to order Chickfila’s catering quite often, and they always bring a tray of cookies.  I usually try to say no, but if I do… I always describe them as “worth-it” cookies.  So good!

Woody Creek Chocolate Chipper | No Thanks to Cake

Woody Creek Bakery and Cafe sells these tiny chocolate chippers that I think are awesome too.  Their tiny factor makes them perfect when you just need a bite of cookie!

Today, I met a brand new Chocolate Chip Cookie that is totally guilt-free, made from real ingredients, and loaded with protein:  The Quest Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bar. O-M-G!!!

Quest Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bar | No Thanks to Cake

The lovely folks over at Quest sent me a whole box of these cookie dough bars, as well as a variety pack of their other flavors.  They are SO GOOD!  To find out which local stores sell these bars in your area, click here.

I find these bars to be so much more filling and to have a much better flavor that most bars I come across.  They also have REAL ingredients, which makes me feel a little better about eating them as well.

For months, I’ve been seeing Quest “cookies” on Instagram and Pinterest, so I decided to try to make a batch of these baked goods in honor of National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!  Check out how good they came out!

Quest Bar Cookies | No Thanks to Cake

I made my batch of “cookies” with the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough flavored bar, but I can imagine that any of their flavors would be fabulous made into cookies.  AND… there’s just one ingredient.  See below!

Quest Bar Cookies

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

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1 Quest protein bar – Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough flavor or other flavor

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2.  Unwrap your Quest bar, and cut it into 8 pieces.

Quest Bar Cookies | No Thanks to Cake

3.  Place your cookie pieces in a microwave-safe bowl lined with plastic wrap.  Soften the pieces in the microwave for 13 seconds.

Quest Bar Cookies | No Thanks to Cake

4.  Roll each piece into a ball.  Flatten the “dough” slightly before placing in the oven.

Quest Bar Cookies | No Thanks to Cake

5.  Bake for 7 minutes.

Quest Bar Cookies | No Thanks to Cake

6.  Enjoy them with milk.

Quest Bar Cookies | No Thanks to Cake

7.  OR… make them into sandwiches using PB2.  Yum!

Quest Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Sandwiches with PB2 | No Thanks to Cake

Quest Bar Cookies | No Thanks to Cake

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Quest Nutrition.  While I received free products to sample and experiment with, all opinions expressed above are my own.

What’s your favorite healthy way to enjoy chocolate chip cookies?

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Chocolate Covered PopChips + {GIVEAWAY}

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by PopChips and invited to sample some of their delicious chips.

I’ve been a HUGE fan of PopChips for some time, and I was super excited about the chance to try the new flavors.  PopChips also gives me an opportunity to share these tasty chips with one lucky reader… see below.

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Popchips are one of my favorite alternatives to chips.  They’re “popped” in a way, as opposed to fried, which make them a healthier choice.  And, there are so many great flavors to choose from… I got to enjoy the Sweet Potato, Sour Cream and Onion, Barbecue, and Salt and Vinegar to name a few!  So delish!!  These bags also come in snack-sized bags clocking in at 100 calories, which made them perfect for snacking.

You might remember the last time I worked with PopChips, I shared a recipe for Pop Chip-Topped Taco Soup.

PopChip Topped Taco Soup | No Thanks to Cake

So, this time around, I decided to go for something a little sweeter, something I think you’ll enjoy a lot…

Chocolate Covered PopChips | No Thanks to Cake

Don’t they just look amazing??  This three-ingredient treat combines salty and sweet in the most tasty way… I recommend storing these guys and eating them one by one when you need to satisfy a craving.  I know this can be tough to do, but so worth it!

Chocolate Covered PopChips

Serves 15

INGREDIENTS

Chocolate Covered PopChips | No Thanks to Cake

1 snack-sized bag of plain Popchips

1/2 cup chocolate chips (enough for dipping)

sprinkles

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Place your chocolate chips in a microwave safe glass container.  Microwave for 20 seconds, and then stir.

Chocolate Covered PopChips | No Thanks to Cake

2.  Place glass back in the microwave and heat another 20 seconds.  Stir once again.

Chocolate Covered PopChips | No Thanks to Cake

3.  Place glass in the microwave for another 10 seconds, and stir again.  There will be a few lumps in the chocolate.  Keep stirring until the chocolate is completely smooth.

Chocolate Covered PopChips | No Thanks to Cake

4.  Dip the chips in the chocolate, coating half of the chip.  Place on wax paper to cool.

Chocolate Covered PopChips | No Thanks to Cake

5.  Top with sprinkles, if desired, and allow chocolate to harden.  Note:  I totally think you should!  I mean, look how cute they look now!

Chocolate Covered PopChips | No Thanks to Cake

6.  Serve and enjoy!

Chocolate Covered PopChips | No Thanks to Cake

Chocolate Covered PopChips | No Thanks to CakeChocolate Covered PopChips | No Thanks to Cake

Per chip:

CAL 45; CARB 6g; FAT 2g; PROT 0g; FIB 0g; WW Points Plus: 1

Note: There was some melted chocolate leftover; however, I estimated the nutritional information based upon using all of the chocolate.  I’d rather overestimate than underestimate.

Now, I mentioned there was also a GIVEAWAY underway!

I’m not the only person that is a HUGE fan of PopChips.  Biggest Loser Trainer Jillian Michaels is also a huge fan!  She has even posted a few recipes of her own on the PopChips blog.  I wonder if she’s tried dipping them in chocolate yet…

Jillian Michaels PopChips | No Thanks to Cake
Jillian is busy touring the country right now, speaking to crowds of men and women about how to be healthy, successful, and happy!  And, I will be attending her “Maximize Your Life” show in Denver tonight!  The Denver show tonight is part of her “Maximize Your Life” tour.  To see find out when Jillian will be in a city near you, click here.

To celebrate Jillian’s tour and their support of people getting healthy worldwide, PopChips has offered to award one lucky NTTC reader with a ONE-MONTH SUPPLY of their tasty PopChips and a Jillian Michaels workout DVD.  To enter to win, complete the Rafflecopter below!  Note:  US Residents only, no P.O. Boxes please.

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Disclosure: PopChips provided me with a month’s supply of chips to snack on and experiment with; however, the comments, recipe, and opinions in this post are my own.

 

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