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Green beans are one of my favorite vegetables. They are often a go to for dinner because they cook up so quickly and are cheap. Publix often has conventional green beans on sale for $.99/lb. I’ve seen Florida grown organic green beans in the Greenwise section, but the price tag of around $4.99 has kept me from purchasing them.
Green beans are found on the Dirty Dozen Plus list and while I do like to purchase organics as often as I can. That extra $4 would make quite a dent in our grocery budget.
I love my beans to still have crunch to them, but if you prefer softer green beans you can first boil for 2-3 minutes, then saute, following the recipe below.
Garlic Green Beans
- 1 lb green beans, washed and ends trimmed
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet to medium high heat. Add green beans and spices. Sauté 7-10 minutes, stirring often.
We all need some easy go to recipes that we can whip together as a quick side for dinner. This garlic bread recipe is just that for me. When I plan our meals for the week I don’t really plan for the sides. I will buy some lettuce to make a quick salad, we always have a few different fruits on hand, and if we are having soup I try to remember to buy a loaf of bread. Since two of use don’t usually finish and entire loaf of bread I often cut up the extras and stick it in the freezer. I have used all sorts of different breads and rolls, really whatever I can find in my freezer before dinner.
This recipe is pretty versatile sometimes I add fresh grated parmesan or mozzarella cheese, sometimes I used fresh garlic instead of powdered, it just comes down to what I have on hand at the time. Tomorrow I will be sharing a stuffed shells recipe. Prepare this garlic bread and toss it in the oven while cooking the shells. Add some fruit or veggies and you have dinner.
Easy Garlic Bread
- 4 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- ½ loaf French or Cuban bread, sliced in half
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a small bowl mix together butter, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder, spread evenly on each half of the loaf of bread.
- Wrap bread in foil and place in oven for 10-15 minutes. Open foil and continue to cook 5 minutes to crisp the exterior of the bread.
I’m a huge fan of throwing a quick salad together as a side with dinner. Typically I can find a few different veggies in my fridge to add to it. Not only are salads easier than cooking anything, you typically benefit the most from vegetables when they are raw.
As much as I love ranch, Caesar, and other fattening dressings I am also a big fan of vinaigrettes, but I have yet to find a bottled balsamic vinaigrette I like. Most are too sweet, a few I’ve tried don’t even taste like balsamic… I often just want a simple dressing so I can enjoy the flavors of my salad.
I recently worked with the local Junior League to put on a Make a Meal cooking demo for teens. There were a few different recipes I put together for them to try and this was the easy salad dressing recipe we gave them. A few refused to try it when they saw it had mustard in it, even though we told them you can’t taste the mustard. But overall it was well received.
I mix it up in a bowl and then transfer it to a mason jar for storage. It will keep in the fridge for about two weeks. Let it sit at room temperature for a few minutes before using it, because the olive oil with harden in the fridge. Give it a shake and spoon some onto your favorite salad.
Quick Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette
Serves: 1½ cups
- ½ cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 cup olive oil
- In a medium bowl, whisk together vinegar and mustard. Add salt and pepper.
- Slowly add olive oil, whisking constantly until well combined.
I used to buy those Jiffy cornbread mix boxes, they were easy and quick. That was until I came across this cornbread recipe a few years ago. I haven’t turned back to those little blue boxes since. Today I present one of my favorite things to make in a cast iron skillet, probably the reason I registered for one, cornbread! No boxed mix can beat a simple homemade cast iron cornbread. This is always my go to recipe when I want some cornbread. All of the ingredients are standard in my kitchen, so unless for some reason I am out of corn meal, I can always whip up this quick side.
This time I decided to spice it up a bit with some fresh jalapeno, I only used one small seeded and diced jalapeno and it really didn’t add too much. If you are looking for a kick to your cornbread add two.
I like to double the recipe because my cast iron skillet is huge. In order to fill it up you need to double it. Plus them I am left with plenty of leftovers. It freezers great. Extra cornbread + extra chili (coming tomorrow) = plenty of lunches throughout the next week.
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Easy Side: Homemade Cornbread
- 1 ¼ cup All purpose flour
- ¾ cup corn meal
- ¼ cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup milk
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- 1 egg, beaten
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees, if using a cast iron skillet allow the skillet to heat up in the oven.
- Whisk together dry ingredients. Stir in milk, oil, and egg, until just moistened. Carefully remove cast iron from oven and pour batter into it. Bake 15 minutes until golden brown.
- If using glass baking dish cook 20-25 minutes.
Adapted from Everything is Homemade
This week #SundaySupper is focusing on all things skinny and let’s face it after all that Valentine’s Day candy and chocolates we could all probably use that. My jeans tell me I could use a few more skinny #SundaySuppers.
I wanted to try something that I hadn’t tried yet, Mashed Cauliflower. I keep hearing about it being a substitute for mashed potatoes, yada , yada, yada… I don’t really eat mashed potatoes too often, but I am a big fan of cauliflower in any way, shape, or form so I wanted to test out a recipe.
This recipe I got from Whole Foods and while it was good and I enjoyed it I don’t think you could pass this off for potatoes to any one. Guess what it tasted like? If you guessed mashed cauliflower you would be correct.
Mashed Cauliflower for Skinny #SundaySupper
- 1 head of cauliflower or 1 bag of chopped and washed
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- salt and pepper
- If using a head of cauliflower chop and wash.
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add cauliflower and cook about 10 minutes, until tender.
- Save about ¼ cup of cooking liquid and drain remaining water.
- Return cauliflower to pot and mash with potato mashed. Add oil. Add cooking liquid 1 tablespoon at a time.
- Season with salt, pepper, and chives.
Sizzling Skinny Appetizers & Soups
- Napa Cabbage wrapped Chinese Spring Rolls by Small Wallet Big Appetite
- #DairyFree Cream of Broccoli Soup by Galactosemia in PDX
- Easy Vegan Lentil Soup by NeighborFood
- Spicy Asian Chicken Noodle Soup by Food Lust People Love
- Tomato Basil Soup by No One Likes Crumbley Cookies
- Skinny Beef Chili by Webicurean
Healthy Skinny Mains & Sides
- Chicken with Herb Tomatoes and Pan Sauce by Hezzi D’s Books & Cooks
- Kale Salad with Pomegranates, Apples and Walnuts by The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
- Skinny Salad Wraps by MamaMommyMom
- Mashed Cauliflower by Supper for a Steal
- Lamb Florentine Burger with Tzatziki by Country Girl in the Village
- Skinny Avocado Egg Salad Wraps by The Daily Dish Recipes
- Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad by Family Foodie
- Parchment-Poached Salmon by Simply Gourmet
- Maddy’s Arugula Salad by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Cauliflower Pizza by Cravings of a Lunatic
- Light chicken enchiladas by My Cute Bride
- Pear Almond Arugula Salad with Honey Vinaigrette by Vintage Kitchen
- Pasta Primavera by Crazy Foodie Stunts
- Cauliflower Fried Rice by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Ahi Tuna Salad by The Urban Mrs
- Soba Noodles with Edamame and Green Onions by Hip Foodie Mom
- Scallops Hong Kong Style by Magnolia Days
- Slow Cooker Pork and Green Chile Stew by Momma’s Meals
- Roasted Garlic, Chicken & Herb White Pizza by Dinners Dishes and Desserts
- Polynesian Salad with Pineapple Vinaigrette by Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Herb Roasted Salmon with Steamed Cabbage & Peas by The Lovely Pantry
- Turkey and Black Bean Taco Burgers by In The Kitchen With K P
- Salmon Tikka Wraps with Cucumber Raita by Soni’s Food
- Whole wheat pasta with Spicy Roasted Cauliflower by Crispy Bits & Burnt Ends
- Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs by I Run For Wine
- Chipotle Black Bean Burgers with Baked Garlic Home Fries by Curious Cuisiniere
- The Ninja Baker’s Sake & Miso Salmon by Ninja Baking
- Roasted Sweet Potato, Quinoa and Black Bean Burgers with Parsnip Fries by Gourmet Drizzles
- Slow Cooker Chicken and Smoked Sausage Cassoulet by The Weekend Gourmet
- Cumin Roasted Cauliflower and Carrots by Mangoes and Chutney
- Italian Sub Salad by Diabetic Foodie
- Swiss Chard and Quinoa Croquettes by The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Broccoli Patties with Arugula and Champagne Vinaigrette by Sustainable Dad
- Raw Kale Salad with Chickpeas and Salmon in Orange Dressing by Shockingly Delicious
- Greek Yogurt Egg Salad Sandwich by Damn Delicious
- Confetti Cabbage and Salmon Wraps by The Roxx Box
- Escarole and Beans by Midlife Roadtrip
- Cajun Black Beans by Ruffles and Truffles
- Caprese salad by The Little Ferraro Kitchen
- Skinny Wholegrain Fettuccine Alfredo with Greek Yogurt & Coconut Oil by Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
Guilt Free Skinny Desserts & Snacks
- Chocolate Avocado Cake by Gotta Get Baked
- Tiramisu Parfaits by Kudos Kitchen by Renee
- Sugar Free Banana Almond Muffins by What Smells So Good?
- Strawberry Coconut Cinnamon Buns by Juanita’s Cocina
- Warm Apple Crumble by Mama’s Blissful Bites
- Dark Chocolate-Dipped Apricots by girlichef
- Homemade Protein Bar Recipe by Masala Herb
- Skinny Chocolate Almond Pudding by Basic N Delicious
Wine Pairing Recommendations for Skinny Sunday Supper by ENOFYLZ Wine Blog
What a list! It shows how healthy can be delicious too. There is no need to sacrifice flavor when you eat right. What is your favorite way to incorporate good nutrition in your life?
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