Comfort Food with a Twist

I’ve been storing up recipes and meal photos so I’m able to share a bunch all at once! You’re in for a treat today! I have everything from Pizzas to Burgers to Philly Cheese-steaks and Grilled Cheeses…ALL with a little twist!!

In our house it’s all about delicious, homemade food while trying to stick to healthy options. Being healthy doesn’t have to be boring and taste like cardboard! As long as you stick to some basics, you’d be surprised how changing one detail can make something more figure friendly AND still taste delicious.

Breakfast / Waffle Grilled Cheese

IMG_5671Here’s a take on that famous grilled cheese, turned healthier and for breakfast!

Frozen Waffles (wheat or gluten free)Sugar free jam
Lowfat Greek Yogurt (I like Fage 0%)
Cottage Cheese
Agave
Confectioner’s Sugar
Butter (homemade or Kerrygold)

No need to thaw the waffles. Spread jam onto one of the waffles. Mix 1/2c of yogurt with 1/4c cottage cheese and spread on the other waffle. Put the two pieces together like a sandwich. Heat a pan with some butter and cook until golden, low and slow, on both sides. When it’s done, drizzle with agave, top with fresh fruit and a sprinkle of sugar. ENJOY!

Lunch / Eggplant Burger with Tomatillo Salsa

IMG_5336 IMG_5335Great for Meatless Monday or anyone trying to cut meat out of their diet

Eggplant
Rolls (we prefer Arnold Rounds)
Greek Yogurt
Sriracha
Tomatillo
Onion
Tomato
Jalapeno

Peel and slice Eggplant into 1/2″-3/4″ rounds and microwave for 3-5 minutes until tender. Meanwhile, chop and add to a bowl: tomatillo, onion, jalapeno, and tomato. Let the salsa sit for 20 minutes or all day, the longer it sits, the better. Fire up the grill and cook eggplant until warmed through and toast rolls. Mix yogurt and sriracha in bowl. Spread the “mayo” mixture onto the roll and top eggplant with homemade salsa.

*When grilling, I LOVE to add any fresh veggies to the grill to enjoy as a side. They taste amazing and there’s no pots and pans to clean!

Dinner / Philly Cheese-steak Stuffed Peppers

IMG_5344Philly Cheese Steak without the guilt!

Peppers
Onions
Garlic
Oil (avocado or evoo)
Steak (I used minute steaks, but will get deli roast beef next time as the steak was tough)Swiss Cheese
Worcestershire Sauce
Low Sodium Soy Sauce

 Cut tops off peppers and scoop out the insides (the bigger the pepper the better so you can fit LOTS of goodies in there). Meanwhile, saute onions and garlic in some oil until soft and translucent. Add steak and sauces and cook just enough to warm through and incorporate the flavors. Stuff peppers with meat and onions. Top peppers with cheese and bake 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes until they are soft and cheese has melted.

Brown rice (cooked) is also a great addition to these peppers and helps to fill you up and stretch the meal further!

Naan Baked or Grilled Pizza

IMG_5331Who has time to make dough? Who has time to even roll out store bought dough?

Naan (we prefer Wheat by Stonefire)
Sauce (see recipe below)
Veggie Toppings / Meat / Beans
Cheese

Pizza Sauce
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can tomato paste
2T good olive oil
2 cloves of garlic
s+p
Throw everyone into the pot (don’t saute garlic). Heat through before using on pizza. Can stored for a couple days or frozen.

Using a pizza stone with the over on 450-500 degrees, heat or grill the Naan while prepping the sauce and toppings, until partially toasted. Add your sauce and whatever toppings you want (onions, peppers, mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes, beans, etc….and cheese). Cook for 10-15 minutes until crust is crispy and cheese in melted. If using meat such as chicken or ground beef, cook in a pan first and then add it to the pizza. (bbq chicken pizza, black bean bbq pizza, buffalo chicken pizza, margherita pizza, Hawaiian pizza…so many choices!)

We like to freeze leftover sauce in ice cube trays – English Muffin Pizzas don’t get any easier when the sauce is already portioned out.

Cocktails / Coffee Mudslide

IMG_54033t sugar free mocha cappuccino powder (Caffe D’Vita)
4oz Kahlua Ready to Drink Mudslide
8oz Water
Ice

Blend until smooth. Garnish with coffee beans

Margarita

2oz Tequila
Splash Lime Juice
Splash Cointreau

Mix and pour over ice. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Other waist-friendly drink options:
Vodka + Sprite Zero
Rum + Diet Coke
Gin + Diet Tonic
Vodka + Cranberry
Vanilla Vodka + Diet Ginger Ale

All recipes are my own unless otherwise noted. All brands mentioned were by my own choice, I have not been compensated for any item mentioned in this blog. Please drink responsibly.

*Waffle recipe adapted from Food Network*
*Peppers recipe adapted from Lauren Gleisburg*
*Drink recipe Cocktails for Dieters / Facebook*

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