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Peach and Heirloom Tomato Salad Recipe

Peach and Heirloom Tomato Salad Recipe

 

These two ingredients make a perfect sweet and savory pair. If you’ve never tried peaches and heirloom tomatoes together, I challenge you to try it out today! In this recipe, they get extra zing from feta cheese and fresh mint. Heirloom tomatoes can be found in a variety of colors, from yellow and green to deep purple! Choose a mixture of colors to add extra appeal to your plate.

Total Time: 15 min.
Prep Time: 15 min.
Cooking Time: None
Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:
2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
3 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
2 Tbsp. finely chopped mint (or basil, chives, or parsley)
¼ tsp. sea salt
¼ tsp. ground black pepper
4 medium ripe peaches, sliced
4 medium heirloom tomatoes, sliced into wedges
2 Tbsp. crumbled feta cheese

Preparation:
1. Combine oil, vinegar, mint, salt, and pepper in small bowl; whisk to blend. Set aside.
2. Arrange peaches and tomatoes on a large serving platter.
3. Drizzle evenly with dressing.
4. Top evenly with cheese.

Chicken Breast with Feta & Artichoke Recipe

Here’s a Greek-inspired recipe that is just 207 calories per serving, featuring artichoke hearts, sundried tomatoes, and crumbled feta cheese! 

artichokeTotal Time: 1 hr. 28 min.
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cooking Time: 18 min.
Servings: 8

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup nonfat plain yogurt
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 Tbsp. chopped fresh oregano, divided use
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley, divided use
  • 1-1/2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 8 (4-oz. each) raw chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese (about 5 oz.)
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 cup canned artichoke hearts, packed in water, drained
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped, reconstituted in hot water for 10 minutes, drained
  • Nonstick cooking spray

Preparation:

  1. Combine yogurt, garlic, 2 Tbsp. oregano, 1 Tbsp. parsley, lemon juice, and pepper in a medium bowl; whisk to blend.
  2. Place chicken in a glass dish. Top with yogurt mixture. Marinate in the refrigerator, covered, turning once, for at least 1 hour or up to overnight.
  3. Preheat grill or broiler on high.
  4. Combine cheese, tomato, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, remaining 1 Tbsp. oregano, and 1 remaining Tbsp.parsley in a large bowl; mix well. Set aside.
  5. Grill or broil chicken for 4 to 5 minutes on each side, or until no longer pink in the middle. Set aside.
  6. Heat oven 350° F.
  7. Place chicken on a baking pan lightly coated with spray. Top each piece with 1 rounded Tbsp. of cheese mixture. Bake for 5 to 8 minutes, or until the cheese is lightly browned.

Nutritional Information (per serving):

Calories: 207
Fat: 7 g
Cholesterol: 84 mg
Sodium: 662 mg
Carbs: 8 g
Fiber: 2 g
Sugars: 5g
Protein: 28 g

Mint Chocolate Truffles Recipe

Mint Chocolate Truffles

Total Time: 4 hrs. 10 min.
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cooking Time: None
Yield: 12 servings, 1 truffle each

Ingredients:
5 oz. dark chocolate, 70% cocoa or higher, finely chopped
1 Tbsp. coconut oil
½ cup lite coconut milk
½ tsp. pure mint extract (or pure vanilla extract)
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa

Preparation:
1. Place chocolate, coconut oil, and mint extract in a small bowl; mix well. Set aside.
2. Bring coconut milk to a gentle boil in small saucepan over medium heat.
3. Add coconut milk to chocolate mixture; Whisk gently until combined.
4. Place chocolate mixture, covered, in refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight.
5. Using a melon baller or spoon, scoop out 1 Tbsp. of chocolate mixture. Roll into a ball. Roll in cocoa powder until evenly coated. Repeat steps five and six until there are twelve truffles.
6. Store in refrigerator for up to one week or in freezer for three months.

Nutritional Information (per serving):
Calories: 98
Fat: 7 g
Saturated Fat: 4 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 4 mg
Carbohydrate: 7 g
Fiber: 2 g
Sugar: 3 g
Protein: 1 g

P90X/P90X2 Portions (per serving)

1 single snack

Body Beast Portions (per serving)
1 balanced liquid
1½ fat

*Recipe by Team Beachbody

Spiced Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Save your waistline and skip the typical cranberry sauce recipes that are just loaded with sugar! Trust me, this spiced cranberry sauce recipe tastes so much better anyway!

Spiced Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Total Time: 30 min.
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cooking Time: 20 min.
Preparation Difficulty: Medium
Yield: 16 servings, ¼ cup each

Ingredients:
½ cup fresh orange juice
½ cup 100% apple juice
1 tsp. finely chopped orange peel
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
¼ tsp. ground ginger
1 (12oz.) bag fresh cranberries, rinsed
1 cup chopped raw pecans
½ cup raisins
2/3 cup canned crushed pineapples, packed in juice
2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup

Preparation:
1. Bring orange juice, apple juice, orange peel, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger to a boil in medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
2. Add cranberries. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, uncovered, for about 10 to 12 minutes.
3. Add pecans, raisins, and pineapple; cook for 2 minutes or until heated through.
4. Remove from heat and stir in maple syrup.
5. Cool before serving.

Nutritional Information (per serving):
Calories: 91
Carbohydrate: 12 g
Protein: 1 g
Fat: 5 g
Saturated Fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 2 mg
Sugar: 8 g
Fiber: 2 g

P90X/P90X2 Portions (per serving)
½ fruit
1 condiment

Body Beast Portions (per serving)
1 fruit
1 fat

Congrats 5-Day Fire Starter Challengers!

Congratulations to the following November 11-15, 2013 participants of the 5-Day Fire Starter Challenge for sticking to the provided meal plan, staying accountable and for hanging in there for ALL 5 DAYS! I hope you all continue to adopt healthier eating habits beyond this challenge! Mama is proud of you all! :)

Araceli CovarrubiasAraceli Covarrubias - Fire Starter Challenge Graduate

Jasmin FlaminiaJasmin Flaminia  - Fire Starter Challenge Graduate

Katherine Torres-Hertz
Katherine Torres-Hertz  - Fire Starter Challenge Graduate

Nancy Gallegos
Nancy Gallegos  - Fire Starter Challenge Graduate

Sean Reed
Sean Reed - Fire Starter Challenge Graduate

Veronica Pulido
Veronica Pulido - Fire Starter Challenge Graduate

Mango Chicken Skewers Recipe

 

  • 1 tsp. lime rind, gratedMango Chicken Skewers Recipe
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tsp. honey
  • 2 mangoes
  • 1 sweet red pepper
  • 1 small red or sweet onion, cut into 1-inch chunks

In a small bowl, create marinade by whisking together lime rind and juice, oil, garlic, chili powder, salt, and cayenne pepper. Cut chicken into 1-inch cubes and place in separate bowl. Pour half of the marinade over top, toss to coat, and let stand for 20 minutes. Stir honey into remaining marinade and set aside. (Better yet, cover and refrigerate separately for up to 4 hours.) Meanwhile, cut off mango flesh from each side of pit. Cut in a grid pattern of 3/4-inch squares in flesh of each side down to (but not through) the skin. Gently push skin to turn inside out, and cut off the flesh. Chop any flesh left on pit. Core, seed, and cut red pepper into 3/4-inch pieces. Alternately thread mango, pepper, onion, and chicken pieces onto each of 8 skewers. Brush with half of the reserved honey marinade. Discard marinade used for chicken. Place kabobs on a lightly greased grill over medium-high heat; close lid and grill, turning and basting chicken once with remaining honey marinade until fruit is softened and chicken is no longer pink inside (about 8 minutes). Makes 4 servings.

Preparation Time: 40 minutes
Cooking Time: 8 minutes

Nutritional Information: (per serving)
Calories: 225
Protein: 14 g
Fiber: 4 g
Carbs: 35 g
Fat Total: 8 g
Saturated Fat: 1 g

Tropical-Lime Flavored Water Recipe

Tropical Lime Flavored waterMake your water more refreshing as a tropical beverage with pineapple, mango, and lime. This yummy drink has less than 10 calories!

Total Time: 5 min.
Prep Time: 5 min.
Cooking Time: None
Preparation Difficulty: Easy
Yield: 1 serving

Ingredients:
1 cup ice ¼ cup diced pineapple
¼ cup diced fresh mango
3 slices fresh lime
1¼ cup cold water

Preparation:
1. Place ice in tall glass; set aside.
2. Combine pineapple, mango, and lime in large cocktail shaker. Mash well with back of a wooden spoon or muddler.
3. Stir in water; cover and shake.
4. Strain into ice-filled glass and enjoy.

*For a clear beverage, strain through a cheese cloth.

Nutritional Information (per serving):
Calories: 9
Fat: 0 g
Saturated Fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 0 mg
Carbohydrate: 2 g
Fiber: 0 g
Sugar: 2 g
Protein: 0 g

Chocolate & Vanilla Shakeology Parfait

Who says Shakeology always has to be served as a drink? Try this recipe for a tasty and healthier parfait to satisfy your taste buds, mind and body at breakfast time… or even at dessert-time too!

Chocolate & Vanilla Shakeology Parfait

 

Total Time: 15 min.
Prep Time: 5 min.
Cooking Time: None
Servings: 1

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt, divided use
  • 4 tsp. Chocolate Shakeology
  • 4 tsp. Vanilla Shakeology
  • 3 medium strawberries, chopped
  • 1/2 medium banana, chopped
  • 1 tsp. sliced raw almonds

Preparation:

  1. Combine 1/4 cup yogurt and Chocolate Shakeology in a small bowl; mix well. Set aside.
  2. Combine remaining 1/4 cup yogurt and Vanilla Shakeology in a small bowl; mix well. Set aside.
  3. Layer half chocolate yogurt mixture, vanilla yogurt mixture, strawberries, and banana in a medium dessert cup; repeat. Chill for 10 minutes; top with almonds and enjoy!

Nutritional Information (per serving):

Calories Fat Saturated Fat Cholesterol Sodium Carbs Fiber Sugar Protein
253 3 g 0 g 10 mg 210 mg 30 g 5 g 18 g 30 g

P90X/P90X2 Nutritional Information:

Protein Fruit Dairy
1 1 1/2


Body Beast Nutritional Information:

Fruit Protein Liquid Balanced Liquid Protein
1 1 1 1

Chicken Piccata Recipe

One of my favorite dishes to make is Chicken Piccata. Chicken Piccata RecipeTry this recipe it out. After one bite, you’ll find it hard to believe that this flavorful, tender chicken piccata is good for you!

Total Time: 30 min.
Prep Time: 7 min.
Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:
4 (4-oz.) each raw chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
1 Tbsp. whole wheat flour
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
½ cup low-sodium, organic vegetable broth
6 Tbsp. capers
1 (14-oz.) can quartered artichoke hearts, packed in water, drained
2 cups sliced mushrooms

Preparation:
1. Place chicken in a resealable plastic bag. Add flour and seal. Shake to coat chicken.
2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
3. Add chicken, cook for 3 minutes on each side, or until browned.
4. Add garlic; cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until tender.
5. Add lemon juice, broth, capers, artichoke hearts, and mushrooms; cook, turning chicken halfway through, for 12 to 15 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink in the middle.

Nutritional Information (per serving):
Calories: 240
Fat: 10g
Saturated Fat: 2g
Cholesterol: 73mg
Sodium: 560mg
Carbohydrate: 10g
Fiber: 2g
Sugar: 3g
Protein: 27g

P90X/P90X2 Portions (per serving)
1 protein
½ fat
1 vegetable
½ condiment

Body Beast Portions (per serving)
3 proteins
1 fat
2 vegetables

 

Curried Quinoa & Peas with Cashews and Fresh Mango

Tempt your tastebuds with this delicately spiced quinoa dish. It gets sweetness from mangos and crunch from cashews.

curried-quinoa-peasTotal Time: 22 min.
Prep Time: 15 min.
Cooking Time: 7 min.
Preparation Difficulty: Super Easy!
Yield: 1 serving

Ingredients:
½ tsp. coconut oil (or olive oil)
¼ medium onion, finely chopped
1 very thin slice fresh ginger, peeled, finely chopped
½ clove garlic, finely chopped
¼ to ½ tsp. curry powder
1 dash Himalayan salt (or sea salt)
2/3 cup cooked quinoa
¼ cup frozen peas
3 Tbsp. coarsely chopped raw cashews (1 oz.)
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
¼ medium ripe mango, chopped

Preparation:
1. Heat oil in medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
2. Add onion; cook, stirring frequently, for 3 minutes, or until translucent.
3. Add ginger, garlic, curry powder and salt; cook, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes, or until fragrant.
4. Add quinoa and peas; cook, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes, or until well mixed and heated through.
5. Remove from heat; let stand for 5 minutes.
6. Stir in cashews and cilantro; serve warm topped with mango.

Getting Fit Tip: 1 cup uncooked quinoa generally yields 3 cups cooked quinoa. As a convenience, you can cook some up in advance, store it in the refrigerator, and use it for up to 4 days.

Nutritional Information (per serving):
Calories: 398
Fat: 18 g
Saturated Fat: 4 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 339 mg
Carbohydrate: 51 g
Fiber: 7 g
Sugar: 12 g
Protein: 13 g

P90X/P90X2 Portions (per serving)
1 carb/legume & tuber
½ fruit
1 fat

Body Beast Portions (per serving)
2 starches
1 fruit
2 fat
½ legumes

*Recipe from Team Beachbody