Vegetarian Tortilla Soup

1 dried smoked chili pepper or 1 poblano pepper Olive oil 1 medium white onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced. 1 to 2 medium jalapeños (optional, use one for medium spicy soup and two for spicy soup) 1 teaspoon ground cumin 14-ounce can crushed tomatoes or chunky tomato sauce* 32 ounces (4 cups)…

Mediterranean Spaghetti Squash Bowls

spaghetti squash & filling 2 spaghetti squash 2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided 1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and drained, or 1 ½ cups cooked chickpeas 1 red bell pepper, chopped ⅓ cup chopped red onion (about ½ small onion) ¼ cup thinly sliced Kalamata olives 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil…

Creamy Spaghetti Squash w/Ricotta & Spinach

3 1/2 pound(s) uncooked spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise and seeded 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil 1 small uncooked onion(s), finely chopped 2 cup(s) grape tomatoes, halved 2 clove(s), large garlic clove(s), chopped 6 oz fresh baby spinach, (about 6 cups) 15 oz part-skim ricotta cheese 1/2 cup(s), shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided 3 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese, divided 1/4 cup(s) basil, fresh, chopped 1 tsp table salt 1/2 tsp black pepper,…

Fresh Tzatziki

1/3 cup(s) plain low fat Greek yogurt 1/8 cup(s) English cucumber(s), diced (2 Tbsp) 1 Tbsp uncooked red onion(s) 1 Tbsp dill, or mint leaves, finely chopped 1 tsp minced garlic 1 pinch table salt 1 pinch black pepper, freshly ground Stir all ingredients together. Keep refrigerated until serving. photo and recipe: weightwatchers.com

Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip

1/2 cup fat-free plain Greek Yogurt 1 tbsp spiced seasoning mix, ranch variety 1 tsp chives, minced 1 pinch black pepper 1 cup sweet red peppers, or other bell peppers, cut into strips Combine yogurt with seasoning mix. Thin out with water, if desired. Garnish with chives and black pepper. Serve with bell peppers. photo…

Ranch Veggie Bars

1 (8 oz) can crescent rolls (or the seamless sheets they sell now!) 8 oz cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup mayo 1/2 cup sour cream 2 (.05 oz packets) buttermilk ranch dressing powder 2 cups chopped broccoli florets 2 cups chopped cauliflower florets 2 cups chopped carrots Heat oven to 375°F. Spray a 13×9 pan…

Shepherd’s Pie

Buffalo Steaks 11/2 pounds buffalo steaks, or beef steak, or lamb 4 tbsp apple cider vinegar 2 tsp fresh or dried rosemary 2 tsp thyme 1 tsp black pepper 2 tbsp ghee or olive oil Vegetable Medley 3/4 cup chicken broth 1 can tomato paste 1 cup water 1 tsp fresh or dried rosemary 1…

Sautéed Kale

2 bunches kale, stems removed and leaves cut into 1/4 inch-strips 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 tbsp lemon juice 3 tbsp cooking fat sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste Heat a large skillet over a medium hear and cook the garlic in the cooking fat until fragrant, but not browned, about 30 seconds….

Tomato & Egg Stir-Fry

They can seem like an unlikely combination, but tomatoes tend to always go well with eggs. This is a great egg stir-fry that is also cheap because the ingredients used are very basic. Great to prepare when you’re on the go. cooking fat six eggs 4 firm, yet ripe tomatoes, sliced in wedges 2 green…

Vegetable Gazpacho

Gazpacho is a cold tomato-based soup perfect in the summer time for a satisfying, yet refreshing soup with an acidic taste. 5 medium tomatoes 1 red onion, minced 1 bell pepper, minced 1 cucumber, diced 1 garlic clove, minced 2 tbsp fresh parsley 2 tbsp fresh basil 2 tbsp fresh cilantro 4 cups tomato juice…

Lean Clean Bowl

adapted from recipe by toneitup.com 16 ounces tempeh OR veggie patties 1/4 cup of vegetable broth 2 cups veggies of choice 1 1/2 cups marinara sauce 2 teaspoons oregano Italian seasoning to taste handful of fresh basil leaves In a large pot, cook tempeh over medium heat with half of broth. When tempeh begins to…

Redneck Caviar

1/2 cup olive oil 1/4 cup sugar (see notes) 1/4 cup white wine vinegar 1 teaspoon chili powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 pound Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced 1 (15 ounce) can black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed 1 (11 ounce) can super sweet corn, drained (see notes) 1 red onion, diced 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper 1 cup chopped cilantro 1 avocado, diced (optional) In a…