Tuesday, December 8, 2015

RECIPES!!! Trainer Favorites!

Here's the list of our trainers' favorite recipes
We hope you enjoy!! 

Remember - you can't out-train a bad diet :)

Not so Fried Chicken - Not so Fried French Fries and Steamed Broccoli 

4 oz of Organic Chicken per person in your household
Box of Panko Bread Crumbs
1 pint of LowFat Buttermilk
Red Pepper flakes 

1.  Cut Chicken in strips
2.  Let marinate in buttermilk for 30 minutes
3.  Coat with Panko and Red Pepper Flakes
4.  Place on a greased baking sheet

** Bake for 15 minutes at 450 then flip and bake for 15 more minutes.

NSF French Fries
½ sweet potato per person in your household
Texas Seasoning with Jalepeno  (http://www.larrysmeat.com/product.php?productid=16187&cat=249&page=1)

1.  Cut potato into strips 
2.  Sprinkle with Texas Seasoning
3.  Place on Greased Baking Sheet

** Bake for 15 minutes at 450 then flip and bake for 15 more minutes.

Cold Sesame Noodle Salad

4 portions
Highlights: 13 grams protein, vegan friendly and gluten free, good for carbo-loading!
greatly adapted from http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/guy-fieri/dang-cold-asian-noodle-salad-recipe/index.html

1 package soba noodles* (you can sub in your favorite whole grain noodles too)
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar or white vinegar
1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce/gluten free soy sauce**
1 teaspoon hot chili oil (optional)
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce***
5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil or peanut oil (this oil is optional, really!)
1-2 carrots, very thinly julienned
5 green onions, bottom 4 inches, thinly sliced
1 thinly sliced large cucumber or 1 Cup thinly sliced napa cabbage or bok choy
Bunch of minced fresh cilantro leaves, however much you like
Toasted sesame seeds and/unsalted peanuts, for garnish

Optional: 1 thinly cooked shredded chicken breast 

1.  Boil noodles according to directions. When finished, place noodles in an ice water bath to cool.  Drain and set aside. Sometimes I just make this, rinse and drain, and let it sit out until room temp while I prep the rest.
2.  In a medium bowl mix sesame oil, vinegar, soy sauce, hot chili oil, hoisin and extra-virgin olive oil or peanut oil. (You can actually leave out all but the sesame oil and thin out the sauce with vinegar or sherry)
3.  Combine prepared vegetables and noodles and sauce (start off with half the sauce and add to taste). Add chicken if you want (I find that the chicken really doesn’t add anything to the dish, but certainly adds protein.) Mix thoroughly and chill.
4.  Garnish with sesame seeds or peanuts. Serve cold or room temp.

*Read labels to ensure buckwheat soba noodles are gluten-free. Eden foods has a variety
**Soy sauce contains a fair amount of sodium, even lower-sodium varieties. To reduce further, eliminate soy sauce and add another 1-2 tsp of Hoisin Sauce + tsp of vinegar to thin it out.
***Store bought hoisin or use this homemade recipe: http://www.grouprecipes.com/47010/homemade-hoisin-sauce.html

485 Calories, 19.6g total fat (13.2 monounsaturated, 2.8 sat. fat, 3.4 polyunsat. if all of the oil is used), 71 grams total carbohydrate, 13 grams protein, 1.5 g fiber

Turkey Stuffed Peppers


1 lb lean chopped turkey meat
1 garlic, minced
1/4 onion, minced
1 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp cumin powder
salt to taste
3 large sweet red bell peppers, washed
1 cup fat free chicken broth
1/4 cup tomato sauce
1 1/2 cups cooked rice
Olive oil spray
1/4 cup reduced fat shredded cheese

Heat oven to 400°. Spray a little olive oil spray in a medium size saute pan and heat on a medium flame. Add onion, garlic and cilantro to the pan. Saute about 2 minutes and add ground turkey. Season with salt and garlic powder, and cumin and brown meat for several minutes until meat is completely cooked through. Add 1/4 cup of tomato sauce and 1/2 cup of chicken broth, mix well and simmer on low for about 5 minutes. Combine cooked rice and meat together.

Cut the bell peppers in half lengthwise, and remove all seeds. Place in a baking dish.Spoon the meat mixture into each pepper half and fill it with as much as you can.Place all stuffed pepper halves on the baking dish and pour the remainder of the chicken broth on the bottom of the pan. Cover tight with aluminum foil and bake for about 35 minutes. Top with shredded cheddar cheese and enjoy.

Servings: 6 servings (1/2 pepper) • Time: 55 minutes • Old Points: 4 • Points+: 5
Calories: 184.7 • Fat: 2.3 g • Protein: 20.8 g • Carb: 20.2 g • Fiber: 1.6 g  

Healthy Crock Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

4 uncooked boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 (15 oz) can crushed tomatoes, undrained
1 (10 oz) can red enchilada sauce
1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained & rinsed
1 medium onion, chopped
1 (4 oz) can chopped green chile peppers
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 package frozen corn (about 14 oz)
2 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 bay leaf
corn tortillas
cooking spray

Place chicken, tomatoes, enchilada sauce, black beans, onion, green chiles, corn and garlic into your crock pot. Pour in chicken broth, and season with cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper, and bay leaf. Cover, and cook on Low setting for 6 to 8 hours or on High setting for 3 to 4 hours.
When fully cooked, pull chicken out and shred. Place back inside crock pot. 
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly spray both sides of tortillas with cooking spray. Cut tortillas into strips using a pizza cutter, then spread on a baking sheet. Sprinkle some Lawry's seasoning salt or just plain salt and pepper if desired.
Bake in preheated oven until crisp, about 10 to 15 minutes. To serve soup, top with cheese, avocado, green onions or any other add-in you like and then sprinkle tortilla strips on top. ENJOY!!

Shared by TFC Personal Trainer, Tabitha Harper ~ Texas Fit Chicks The Colony

Spicy Turkey Chili

1 ½ lbs Lean Ground Turkey
1 medium onion, diced
1 medium bell pepper, diced
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
1 tbsp red pepper flakes (adjust to taste)
1 can diced tomatoes with juice, no salt added variety
1 small can tomato sauce, no salt added variety
1 can yellow corn, no salt added variety
1 can black beans, low sodium variety
1 can kidney beans, low sodium variety

1. Brown turkey in a large pot. After 1 minute, add onion, bell pepper, garlic, and seasonings.
2. Cook until turkey is no longer pink.
3. Add canned ingredients and bring to a boil.
4. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 30-45 minutes.
Can be garnished with light shredded cheese, light sour cream, crushed tortillas strips, or your topping of choice.


Easy Turkey Tacos

1 lb ground turkey
1 can Rotel 
Fresh Avocado
Whole Wheat Tortillas

Brown ground turkey and add Rotel.  Simmer for just a few minutes and then make tacos with your choice of toppings.  I usually don’t use cheese and I sometimes just make a salad out of it with the spinach and don’t even use the tortillas.  Top with with salsa and fresh avocado for sure!
You can serve with whole grain tortilla chips if your guests insist!

Dark Chocolate Almond Clusters

I cup plus 3 tablespoons dark chocolate chips
Dried cherries (optional)
1 ½ cup whole raw almonds
Handful coconut shavings 

1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Start melting dark chocolate in a pan on low heat.  If you want the sweet cherry taste add the cherries to the chocolate now.

2. Place a teaspoon of melted chocolate on parchment paper; top with a small handful of almonds. Drizzle almonds with one tablespoon melted chocolate. Repeat process with remaining almonds and chocolate until your pan is full.

3. Sprinkle with coconut if you wish and refrigerate for 10 minutes.

Makes 32 pieces 

Sweet Potato Fries

1 Sweet Potato
1t olive oil
1t brown sugar

1. Pre-heat oven to 425
2. Slice potato into fries, leaving skin on
3. Toss potato with brown sugar and olive oil
4. Lightly spray pan - place on cookie sheet in oven

Bake at 425 for 13 minutes. Flip fries on sheet, placing them back in oven for another 14 minutes, toss and let cook for an additional 5 mins.  Serves 1 ~ enjoy!

Quinoa + Spinach Salad Recipe 
with Grape Tomatoes, Feta

This naturally gluten-free salad is dairy-free vegan. If you eat dairy food, a crumble of goat cheese or feta would be fabulous and you can be creative and additional vegetables. Recipe by: http://glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com/


Extra virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
About 1/2 to 2/3 cup cooked quinoa per person
1 generous cup washed organic baby spinach leaves per person
A handful of organic grape tomatoes per person, halved
1 scallion per person, washed, sliced
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
Sprinkle of fresh or dried herbs- parsley, thyme, basil, or mint
Tiny sprinkle of nutmeg
Squeeze of fresh lemon juice or rice vinegar


Gently heat a large pan (I used a wok). Pour in some extra virgin olive oil. Add the garlic; stir and warm the oil for a minute. Add the cooked quinoa and heat through. Add the baby spinach leaves, tomatoes and scallions. Season with sea salt and fresh ground pepper. Sprinkle with nutmeg and herbs. Stir to mix. Sprinkle with lemon juice and stir. When the spinach begins to wilt remove from heat (I don't like soggy spinach so I cook this very quickly).

*You can also make this a cold salad as well. Cook quinoa add chopped spinach and vegetables then chill in the refrigerator


3 1/2 teaspoons sugar, divided 
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ancho chile powder
1/4 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1 1/2 pounds peeled and deveined large shrimp 
5 teaspoons olive oil, divided
1/2 cup chopped onion 
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper 
2 teaspoons bottled minced garlic
2 teaspoons bottled minced ginger
1 (10-ounce) package frozen whole-kernel corn
1 1/2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1/2 cup chopped green onions 

Combine 2 teaspoons sugar, chili powder, chile powders, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a shallow dish. Add shrimp to spice mixture; toss well to coat.
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1/2 cup onion, bell pepper, garlic, and ginger to pan; sauté 3 minutes. Add remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar and corn to pan; cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in vinegar; cook 30 seconds. Transfer corn mixture to a bowl; stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 cup green onions.
Wipe pan with a paper towel. Heat remaining 2 teaspoons oil in pan over medium-high heat. Add shrimp to pan; sauté 3 minutes or until done, turning once. Serve with corn mixture.

We hope you enjoy these recipes from the training team at Texas Fit Chicks Boot Camp!
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Protein Pancakes

Ingredients (Serves 1)
1/4 cup oats {regular or quick}
1 egg or 1/4 cup egg substitute
1/4 cup low-fat cottage cheese
1/8 tsp baking powder
1 tsp honey, optional

For extra protein LeighAnne and Meridith add 1/2 scoop vanilla whey protein and 1/4 cup vanilla unsweetened almond milk (if mixture is too thick after whey is added)
Add all of the ingredients to a food processor or blender. Blend until completely combined and smooth. Let sit for at least 5 minutes.
Heat a large non-stick skillet or griddle over medium heat.
Add pancake batter to pan {it makes about two regular sized pancakes}. Cook for about 3-4 minutes or until tiny bubbles form on the top of the pancake.
Flip and cook another 2-4 minutes until done.
Serve with a little real maple syrup and/or a small pat of butter.

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich using Chicken Breast

1 pound of boneless, skinless chicken breast tenders
Spice Rub
1.5 tablespoons paprika
1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
1/2 tablespoon dark brown sugar
1/2 tablespoon dry mustard
1 1/2 teaspoons salt

• Mix all of the spices together in a small bowl & reserve in a spice shaker

BBQ Sauce (adapted from foodnetwork.com)
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 1/2 tablespoons light brown sugar
2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper
1/4 tablespoon onion powder
1/4 tablespoon ground mustard
1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
• In a small saucepan, combine all ingredients.
• Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to simmer.
• Cook uncovered, stirring frequently, for 1 hour 15 minutes.

• Using 1 tablespoon of the spice mixture, rub onto the chicken breast, coating each piece evenly. Then place in a ziplock bag & refrigerate for about 30 minutes to an hour
• Preheat oven to 350 degrees
• Lay chicken onto a large, baking sheet lined with parchment paper
• Season with an additional tablespoon of the spice rub mixture
• Bake for 20-30 minutes (Oven times vary, and chicken breast is notorious for having the potential to be kind of dry, so you don’t want to overcook it. After 20 mins., keep an eye out. Mine was fully cooked & juicy after 24 minutes.)
• Remove chicken from oven.
• When cool enough to handle, chop coarsely to your liking. I pulsed the chicken in the food processor for a better “pulled” consistency.
• Add the chicken to a bowl, (season with additional salt & pepper to taste, if necessary)
• Fold in a bit of the BBQ sauce to your liking
• Spoon pulled BBQ chicken onto a soft, toasted bun

Maple-Mustard Glazed Chicken


2 teaspoons olive oil
4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast  halves
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup maple syrup 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
2 medium garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 tablespoon stone-ground mustard

1.  Preheat oven to 400°.
2.  Heat a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Sprinkle chicken with pepper and salt. Add chicken to pan; sauté 2 minutes on each side or until browned. Remove chicken from pan. Add broth, syrup, thyme, and garlic to pan; bring to a boil, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add vinegar and mustard; cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Return chicken to pan, and spoon mustard mixture over chicken. Bake at 400° for 10 minutes or until the chicken is done. Remove chicken from pan; let stand 5 minutes. Place pan over medium heat; cook mustard mixture 2 minutes or until liquid is syrupy, stirring frequently. Serve with chicken.

Garlic Shrimp with White Beans and Tomatoes

1 pound medium peeled and deveined shrimp
4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 teaspoon pimenton (smoked paprika)
3 garlic cloves, minced and divided
1/2 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes
1 bay leaf, broken into pieces
1 14.5-ounce can petite-diced tomatoes, drained
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 15-ounce cans white beans, drained
1 cup chicken broth
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Heat a large skillet over medium-high. Toss shrimp with 1 tablespoon oil and pimenton. Add shrimp to skillet; sauté 1 to 2 minutes; add half the garlic the last few seconds of cooking. Spoon shrimp into a bowl and set aside. Return skillet to heat; add 2 tablespoons oil, pepper flakes, bay leaf, and remaining garlic. Cook till garlic is golden, a few seconds. Add tomatoes; cook till most of the liquid evaporates, 2 minutes. Add tomato paste; cook till tomato mixture darkens. Add beans and broth; simmer till it's a thick stew, 5 minutes. Stir in shrimp and parsley; cook till heated through. Drizzle with remaining oil. Serves 4.

Calories per serving: 436
Carbs: 37 G
Fiber: 9 G
Protein: 35 G
Fat: 17 G


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