Sunday, April 13, 2014

Egg & Hash Brown Breakfast Bowl

One of my absolute favorite brunch places here in Atlanta serves a breakfast skillet with hash browns, eggs, cheese, and avocado.  For those of you not familiar with skillets, they are a dish that is prepared and served in a skillet with a combination of types of ingredients.  The breakfast skillet is one of our favorite items on the menu.

I have been thinking about recreating a slightly healthier version of this menu item for months.  I finally came upon the decision to ditch the skillet and just create a bowl type dish with similar ingredients.  To lesson the amount of carbs I reduced the amount of hash browns.  For a lower fat dish I substituted some of the whole eggs with egg whites (not to worry I kept one whole egg).  To add some flavor I sauteed some onions and bell peppers before scrambling the eggs.  You could also add spinach or tomatoes during this process.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Easter Egg Greek Yogurt Cheese Dip

Better late than never.  I have a few super cute ideas for fun Easter themed recipes, but haven't gotten the chance to spend some time in the kitchen lately. Guess you will have to wait until next year for most of them!  I did finally have a few moments this rainy weekend to work on one of my ideas.

The inspiration for this recipe came from another recipe I saw on Pinterest (what else offers so much creativity).  I came across a recipe for a cheese dip shaped in a carrot and colored orange (with shredded cheese).  Instantly I knew I needed to recreate this in a healthier version in the shape of an Easter egg.

To lower the calories and fat content I used 0% fat Greek yogurt and low fat shredded cheese in the recipe.  Fresh peppers and onions were mixed in with Worcestershire sauce.  The combined ingredients create a delicious fresh appetizer.   Perfect to serve with your favorite whole wheat or lower calorie crackers.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Peanut Butter and Jelly Oat Pancakes

Having time for recipe creation and blogging seems to be more and more difficult these days. Fortunately I have a few recipes in the reserves for when there is no time for recipe creation.  This is another one from the reserves that I have been working on for some time.

I absolutely love pancakes - if I could eat them for every meal I would!  Some of my favorite previous pancake recipes are Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Oat Pancakes and Flourless Pumpkin Oat Pancakes.  I see a common theme...oats!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Garlic Beef Vegetable Pasta

Todays recipe is an Asian inspired dish with significantly fewer calories.  The combination of flavors are delicious and prove healthy food can taste good!  Ingredients such as garlic, ginger, broth, and soy sauce add a tremendous about of flavor without adding excessive calories.  In a post a few weeks ago I discussed how to add flavor to your meals without breaking the calorie bank.

I have been waiting to share this recipe for months in hopes I would have a chance to take a better picture in natural sunlight.  However I haven't had the opportunity and can not keep this recipe a secret any longer!!

Back in December I received this amazing Spiral Vegetable Slicer from Amazon.  Seriously one of the best things I have ever discovered!  Within minutes this plastic slicer allows me to slice, shape, and form vegetables into some fancy shapes - including spaghetti shapes (aka "veggie pasta).  Here is a pic of the vegetable pasta before I put it into the beef dish.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Easy Peanut Butter Granola Bites

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending a weight management conference held by the Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group in St. Louis, Missouri.  I attended the conference with about 200 other registered dietitians and weight management professionals.  The conference allowed me to network and collaborate with some of the top weight management professionals nationwide.

In a future post I will share some of the new products I learned about.  I am very excited about some of the new products I was able to try!

Today's recipe features a super easy recipe to make peanut butter granola bites!  In fact this is our first granola bar type recipe, but certainly not the last.  You only need a few ingredients to have this complete recipe.  All you need is peanut butter, honey, and chia seeds.  This is a no bake recipe - simply mix the ingredients and refrigerate!

Your family's dietitian,
Kristen Smith

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