Quick (Healthy) Family Recipes!

Smoothies | Breakfasts | Brunch | Dinners | Snacks 

One area of my life that targets Self-Care, Wifin', and Mommin' is throwing down in my KITCHEN!  (It's seriously so therapuetic and rewarding for me, and so much healthier than fast-food for my marriage and family!)

So, to help out other wives and moms who are ready to trade in the hot pockets for a quick home-cooked meal (that your hubby + kids will love), I am listing some of my FAVORITE recipes here!

Shrimp Caesar Salad


Ingredients:

  • Shrimp (I prefer Argentina Shrimp)
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Caesar Dressing
  • Croutons
  • Shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • Salt/Black Pepper (if preferred)

Next, prepare the meal:

1. Warm a skillet on medium heat and add in your cleaned shrimp. Allow your shrimp to cook until pink and on each side.

2. While your shrimp is cooking in the skillet, chop your romaine lettuce for the salad and get rid of the core. (Unless you want to eat that, too. I personally don't care for the taste!)

3. Throw your chopped romaine into a salad mixing bowl and dress the salad with your caesar dressing. Toss the dressing around until the lettuce is evenly coated.

4. Add in the croutons and shredded parmesan and toss that into the salad until evenly distributed as well.

5. By now, your shrimp should be done. Toss them into the prepared salad.

6. Plate your food and enjoy!

This meal typically takes me 7-10mins to prepare and is a family fave! Couple it with some garlic bread and you've got it made! Enjoy!


Smothered Salisbury Steak + Jasmine Rice

Ingredients:

  • Jasmine Rice
  • Water 
  • Ground Turkey or Ground Beef
  • Flour (or gravy packs, if you prefer)
  • Diced Peppers and Onions
  • Butter
  • Seasonings (your choice!)

Next, prepare the meal:

1. Begin preparing your Jasmine Rice according to the instructions on your label. (Different brands require different preparation). 

2. While your rice is heating to boil, season your ground meat well and patty your meat into palm size hamburger-like patties.

3. Prepare your skillet (for your meat) by putting it on medium heat. Once the skillet is heated to medium temperature, line up your meat patties on the skillet and cover the skillet.

4. Once your jasmine rice has come to a boil, turn it down to low heat, cover and allow it to continue to cook as described on your label. Be sure not to OVERCOOK your rice!

5. Flip your patties in the skillet once you see that they have cooked through that top layer and add in your diced peppers and onions while the opposite side cooks through.

6. Once your meat has finished cooking, remove the meat from the skillet, turn it down to low heat, but DO NOT drain the fat/liquid. You will use this with your flour (or gravy mix) to make the gravy for the meat.  Add in your flour and seasonings (and if needed,  more water) and stir until brown and thickened. Then, put your meat back into the skillet and cover the dish allowing the gravy to cook through the meat for approx. 7 minutes.

7. After your meat is completed, plate your food and enjoy!

This meal takes approximately 30 minutes and is SUPER filling. Your hubby + kids are sure to love it! Enjoy!

Tacos! (even if it's not TUESDAY!)

Ingredients:

  • Flour Tortillas
  • Shredded Greens 
  • Tomatoes
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Protein (Chicken, Beef, Shrimp, etc.)
  • Diced Peppers and Onions
  • Sour Cream/Guacamole
  • Spicy Sauce (if you like a little kick!)
  • Seasonings (your choice!)

Next, prepare the meal:

1. Stack your tortillas and wrap them as a whole in aluminum foil. Place them in the oven that is pre-heated to 175 degrees.

2. Season your protein well and place your protein in a skillet on medium heat. (You may choose to use olive oil to grease your skillet if needed.)

3. Place your diced peppers and onions in the skillet once the meat is about 3/4 cooked. (You do not want your peppers and onions to get soft, but you do want them warm and firm).

4. Once your meat is done cooking, take your tortillas out of the oven. Dress your tortillas with the ingredients from the skillet first and then top them off with any other ingredients of your choice!

This is a quick 10min meal that gets HIGH NUTRITION to your family for less than the fast-food cost! Enjoy!

Spaghetti + Meatballs!

Ingredients:

  • Spaghetti Noodles
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Ground Beef or Turkey
  • Your favorite seasonings
  • Shredded Parmesan Cheese (optional)

Next, prepare the meal:

1. Place a pot of water on the stove to boil with a little salt in it. (Salting the water helps give more taste to the noodles!) Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

2. While the water is preparing to boil and the oven is heating, season your meat well and form into balls.

3. Line up your seasoned raw meatballs in a casserole dish and place it in the oven for 35 minutes.

4. By now, your noodle water should be boiling. Take your Spaghetti pasta and place it in the salted boiling water to cook for approx. 10mins. Be sure not to overcook your noodles, they may become quite mushy if you do!

5. Once the noodles are done, drain the water and allow them to settle in temperature while your meat finishes.

6. Place your pasta sauce into a skillet/pan on top of the stove and season it to taste. (Some people like adding sugar, or other spices to the sauce to make it perfect.) Allow your sauce to heat until bubbling and then reduce the heat.

7. Once your meatballs are cooked throughout, remove them from the dish and add them to the sauce pan. Allow them to marinate in the sauce WITHOUT HEAT for approximately 10mins.

8. Place your pasta on a place and top it with a heap of meatballs covered in your delicious sauce! Feel free to top your dish with that shredded parmesan or maybe a little parsley if you are feeling fancy!

This meal takes approx. 35-45 mins to prepare and is extremely filling for a fraction of the price of other meals! Enjoy!

Greek Collard Wraps!


Tzatziki Sauce

  • 1 cup full-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2.5 ounces cucumber, seeded and grated (¼-whole)
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh dill
  • Salt and pepper to taste

The Wrap

  • 4 large collard green leaves, washed
  • 1 medium cucumber, julienned
  • ½ medium red bell pepper, julienned
  • ½ cup purple onion, diced
  • 8 whole kalamata olives, halved
  • ½ block feta, cut into 4 (1-inch thick) strips (4-oz)
  • 4 large cherry tomatoes, halved

Next, Prepare the Meal:

1. Mix all of the ingredients for the tzatziki sauce together and also store in the fridge. Be sure to squeeze all of the water out of the cucumber after you grate it.


2. Prepare collard green wraps by washing leaves well and trimming the fibrous stem from each leaf.


3. Spread 2 tablespoons of tzatziki onto the center of each wrap and smooth the sauce out.


4. Layer the cucumber, pepper, onion, olives, feta and tomatoes in the center of the wrap. I’ve shown them spread out in a line to display each ingredient, but when assembling these wraps it works best to keep all of the ingredients close and toward the center of the leaf. Imagine piling them high rather than spreading them out!


5. Fold as you would a burrito, folding in each side toward the center and the folding the rounded end over the filling and roll.


6. Slice in halves and serve with any leftover tzatziki or wrap in plastic for a quick lunchtime meal!


This makes a total of 4 wraps, 1 per serving. Each serving comes out to be 165.34 Calories, 11.25 g Fat, 7.36g Net Carbs, and 6.98g Protein.


Dark Chocolate + Cranberry Nut Mix!


This is SUPER simple, and one of my favorite snacks. Of course, be sure to eat in moderation because the dried fruit carry a good dose of sugar, and the nuts + seeds pack in tons of protein and healthy fats!


Ingredients:

  • Whole Lightly Salted Cashews
  • Whole Lightly Salted Almonds
  • Dried Fruit (cranberries, cherries + blueberries are my family's personal favorites)
  • Dark Chocolate Chips OR Crumbled Dark Chocolate Bar (you can find this in the Baking Isle at your grocery store)
  • Shredded (no sugar added) coconut
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • (unshelled) Sunflower Seeds

Next, Prepare the Snack:
Simply toss all of the ingredients together and store in a closed container or baggy!

Voila! Now, you've got a snack that will help kill that sweet tooth (or even that salt tooth) without giving your body processed "foods" & poor nutrition that may have fulfilled this craving in past-times!

Berry Detox Smoothie!



Ingredients:

  • Ice
  • Detox Berry Greens Blend Mix (click here to order)
  • Handful of Spinach (Optional)
  • Your Choice of Frozen Fruit (optional)
  • 8oz of 100% Fruit Juice of your choice or H2O
  • Blender (tool)

Next, prepare the smoothie:

Throw all of the ingredients in your blender and blend until smooth. Add more ice if needed!
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Keto Pizza Dip!


Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup Rao’s tomato sauce
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
(Pepperoni, Peppers, & Olives Dish)
  • 6 slices pepperoni, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon diced green pepper
  • 4 pitted sliced black olives
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste
(Mushroom and Peppers Dish)
  • 1 tablespoon diced green pepper
  • 2 tablespoons diced baby bella mushrooms
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Next, Prepare the Dish:

1. Pre-heat oven to 350F. Measure out the cream cheese and microwave for 20 seconds until room temperature.

2. Mix the sour cream, mayonnaise, and 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese into the cream cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

3. Divide the mixture between 4 ramekins.

4. Spoon 2 tbsp. Rao’s Tomato Sauce over each ramekin and spread out evenly.

5. Measure out 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese and 1/4 cup parmesan cheese. Sprinkle mixture over the top of the sauce evenly, then add toppings of choice to your personal pan pizza dips.

6. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until cheese is bubbling. Remove from the oven and let cool for a moment.

7. Serve with some delicious keto breadsticks or pork rinds!

Yields 4 servings of Personal Pan Pizza Dip. Each serving comes out to be:

Pepperoni, Peppers, & Olives: 435.5 Calories, 40.08g Fats, 5.63g Net Carbs, and 13.08g Protein

Mushroom and Peppers: 357.5 Calories, 32.69g Fats, 5.31g Net Carbs, and 10.85g Protein.