Eating Clean, Deliciously!!

So I’ve been pinning clean eating recipes for a while now and threatening promising to make them all the time. As usual, I get caught up in the cycle of making the same things all the time because, well, it’s easier. Now, however, I want to explore and try something different, healthier, and weight loss inducing. Bikini season is right around the corner and if I keep up this healthy eating kick, I’ll be ready for it in about 4-5 years, lol! So anyway, I wanted to share with you all a few of the recipes I tried to help us all get as fine as our bodies are willing to get this summer πŸ™‚

Garlic Mushroom Quinoa

Quinoa

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Quinoa
  • 1 tbs Olive Oil
  • 4 oz Canned Mushrooms (feel free to use fresh)
  • 5 cloves Garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Thyme
  • Sea Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 2 tbs freshly grated Parmesan

Cook quinoa according to package instructions. I used chicken broth instead of water. Heat olive oil in a separate pan. Add mushrooms, garlic, and thyme and sautee for 3-4 minutes. Stir mushroom mixture into quinoa, season to taste, add parmesan cheese.

This dish was honestly very good and I didn’t miss my usual unhealthy carb laden rice at all! Quinoa is 100% whole grain and is high in fiber, protein, gluten free, low on the glycemic index as well as a whole host of other nutritional benefits. Seriously, doctored up just the right way, this can be a go-to grain side dish.

Original recipe found here:

http://damndelicious.net/2014/05/02/garlic-mushroom-quinoa/

 

Oven Baked Parmesan Crusted Cod

Cod edit

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound Cod (fresh or thawed)
  • 1 tbs Parsley (dried)
  • 1 tbs Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tbs Olive Oil
  • 1 cup Parmesan Cheese (freshly grated)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Rinse fish pieces and pat dry, brush both sides with olive oil and set aside. Mix parsley, paprika, sea salt, pepper, garlic powder and parmesan cheese. Coat fish in mixture and place in lightly oiled (nonstick foil lined) pan. Press any excess mixture on top of fish and bake for 20 minutes or until fish flakes easily. Remove from oven and let stand 3-5 minutes while fish cools, it will form more of a crisp crust.

I liked this recipe because it is heavy on two of my favorite seasonings: paprika and parsley. It gives this dish such a powerful flavor, you will forget it is healthy. I added in garlic powder to the original recipe because well, I need garlic in everything to fight off vampiresΒ for added flavor. The recipe from which this was adapted called for tilapia and since it has been getting such a bad rap lately (seriously, google tilapia, it’s scary), I opted to use cod instead. Cod is known to be one of the “world’s healthiest fish” and is chock full of vitamin b12 and a great source of omega -3 fatty acids. It is high in protein and low in fat. With this recipe, I’m sure cod will become, if it’s not already, one of your favorites.

Original recipe found here:

https://www.101cookingfortwo.com/oven-baked-parmesan-crusted-tilapia/

 

Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies

Carrot Cake Cookies edit

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Instant Oats
  • 3/4 cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp Sea Salt
  • 2 tbs Coconut Oil
  • 1 large Egg
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 cup Pure Maple Syrup
  • 3/4 Grated Carrots
  • 2 tbs Golden Raisins (optional)
  • 2 tbs Chopped Walnuts (optional)

In a bowl, mix oats, flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. In a separate bowl, mix coconut oil, egg, vanilla until blended then add maple syrup. Combine dry and wet ingredients by slowly stirring in the dry ingredients. Fold the carrots into the blended mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit, line a baking sheet with nonstick foil or parchment paper and/or oil. Spoon cookie dough in rounded balls on cookie sheet. Bake for 12-15 or until it appears to have solidly formed together. Cool for 5 minutes unless you like a little mouth roof burn, lol.

I tried to be a little fancy with this recipe and created a cream cheese topping. Well, let’s just say we’re still in the developing phase on that so stay tuned for when it’s not a mini fail and can share an edible version of my recipe. Other than that, these cookies were moist, delicious and a great substitute for a more fattening carrot cake. It will satisfy your sweet tooth in a delightfully healthy way πŸ™‚

Original recipe found here:

http://amyshealthybaking.com/blog/2014/10/10/carrot-cake-oatmeal-cookies/#.VDlij9S9KK0

Cod Quinoa Broccoli edit

So that’s today’s episode of “Finally Try Out Those Pinterest Recipes You’ve Been Holding Onto for Years”. I hope you stay tuned for our next episode.

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