Collard Green & Potato Hash Wraps

Whether you are starting the New Year with weight loss goals or healthier meal choices  this is the recipe for you and your family. These wraps are a healthy kid friendly meal! The hash is adapted from Nourishing Meals and the black bean salsa from my sister-in-law! Together they make for a powerful palette 🙂

*Gluten Free & Dairy Free *

Servings: 10

Ingredients:

Hash:

  • 3 cups Yukon gold or little yellow Potatoes (anything will work) diced into small chunks
  • 2 cans black beans (drain well and cook separate to begin)
  • 1 head a collard greens (peel off and cut off ends)
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 3 tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 1-2 teaspoons of Chipotle chilli powder
  • 1-2 teaspoons of oregano
  • 1/2 dozen eggs (cooked separate – scrambled eggs)
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • Salt & Pepper

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  •  1 avocado
  • Pico de gallo
  • 1/4 red onion diced
  • 1 lime (squeeze the juices!)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of mayo

Black bean Salsa: 

  • 1 can black beans
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 2 stalks of green onions
  • 1 lime squeezed
  • 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of Agave

Directions:

1. An hour before you are ready to cook dinner, put all the black bean salsa ingredients into a bowl and mix together.  Then let it sit in the fridge.   (When cutting up cilantro for salsa chop up extra ahead of time for the hash and leave aside)

2. Heat up onions for the Hash in a sauce pan and sautee for 5 minutes. Add in potatoes, oregano, and chipotle chilli powder. Cook on medium heat for 10-15 minutes.

3. Heat up 2 cans of black beans in a separate pot. Once cooked, place them in with the potatoes.20140107-003103.jpg

4. Meanwhile, put all the guacamole ingredients into a bowl and mix together.

5. Heat up eggs in a skillet and scramble them.

6. Once everything is cooked, take a Wet a paper towel and place it on a microwave safe plate. Place big pieces of collard greens (4 at a time) on plate. Then top them with another wet paper towel.  Microwave for 1 minute.

7. Put ingredients into the collard green: Potato Hash, Scrambled egg, guacamole, and salsa- then wrap up!

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Wordless Wednesday…kinda not really

My slacking on posting is due to holiday preparation. This year is a year of “Firsts” without dad, and a year of “Firsts” with McKinley.

1. McKinley and I made Santa letters!

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2. We did get around to putting up and decorating the trees. McKinley was very helpful. She likes the lights 🙂

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3. And we put our stockings up.

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4. Thanksgiving was hard, but we were blessed to have two wonderful meals spent with our loving family.

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5. I had my first Black friday
shopping experience. Damage was done.

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6. AND…drum roll please…History was made. The Detroit Lions kicked some major ass. “Go Lions!!!”

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Tasty Tues: Easy Baked/Stuffed Chicken

The other night I had company over (not a normal occurrence) and I looked in my fridge and let out a sigh. Ugh there is nothing to eat. At this point it was to late for grocery trips. So, I had to make do.

I ended up making chicken stuffed with a tomato/basil goat cheese spread baked in stewed tomatoes with sautéed onions and fresh basil. Uhh… yum. Oh yeah, with yukon gold potatoes and a simple side salad.

Prep time: 20mins
Cook time: 45mins

Ingredients:

  • Chicken Breasts
  • 1 package of Tomato/basil goat cheese
  • 1 can of Hunts stewed tomatoes
  • 1 chopped yellow onion
  • 1 tablespoon of Olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Motz and parmesan (but you can use anything)
  • Fresh basil

Directions:
1. Take chicken pieces and create pockets or slices in them.

2. Stuff chicken breasts with goat cheese

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3. Let Olive oil heat in a pan, then add the Chopped onion and sauté for 3 mins.
4. Add stuffed chicken breasts and sear them on both sides.
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5. grease bottom of a baking dish that is at least 2qt thick.
6. Place chicken breasts inside baking dish, and pour can of Hunts stewed tomatoes over top

7. Add onions on top.

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8. Sprinkle cheeses on top and fresh basil.
9. Place in the oven at 400 for 45mins.
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I forgot to get an end picture! Arg! Anyways it was a simple delicious meal with random items. Make do!!

(Still no decorations up and the first snow fall is making me feel even more behind. Seriously Target, stop with the holiday music it’s the 12th).

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Kale Chips…So hot right now.

IMG_1487Everyone has been asking for this delicious snack recipe.

Quick & easy!

Great for lunches!

Late night cravings for salt?

Ingredients: 

  • Kale
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Curry powder (optional)

Directions: 

1) Preheat Oven to 425.

2) Chop up kale

3) Dip kale in Olive oil (put into bowl) and lay out on baking sheet.

4) Bake 5 minutes

5) pull out and flip kale over. Then salt those bad boys and add some curry powder.

6) Bake another 5 minutes and BAM! You have a delicious snack.

I’ve been known to eat the entire first batch by myself.. in under 10 minutes.  They are addicting. Be careful 😉

Thanks to clearchangeprogram for recipe! 

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Buckle Down: Days 4-7

I just realized I had all these detox draft posts and they never actually posted.  I’m still trying to understand the updated app version on my smart phone. So, I am combining days 4-9 in one post. (Whoops my bad y’all).

Detox Day 4: Day 4 is the same as day three except you add more scoops of the nutritional beverage. So bottoms up!

Days 5-7: You can do it! At this point, I’m feeling awesome. I have no headaches and a lot more energy. Rolling out of bed is a piece of cake.  However, for these three days you can only eat: cruciferous vegetables, apples, pears, and spices. So..it’s hard.  Again, you have to plan for it.

Also, you now are drinking the nutritional beverage to 2 scoops 4 X a day. Yum. I actually look forward to the shakes.  The best shake to make is: Apple juice (100%) and nothing added with 1 whole pear the scoops of shake and cinnamon.  Takes like you’re drinking apple pie.

Snack idea: Kale Chips (really easy to make…and really addicting).

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Day 8: You’ve pretty much done the detox! Add back in rice, fruits, and veggies. Reduce shake to 2 scoops 3X today.

Day 9: Slowly add.  2 scoops 2X today, slowly adding food choices back in..

Yay! I’m 5 pounds lighter and feeling healthy and great!  Once you are done doing a detox you want to have a plan in place for a healthier lifestyle and depending on symptoms, maybe stay clear of some of the foods you have already eliminated.

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