Diet Tip of the Week 8/14

BBQ Friendly Cucumber and Tomato Salad!

So simple and so delicious!!

You will need:
2 cucumbers-peeled and sliced or quartered
5 Roma tomatoes-quartered
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoons rice vinegar
Dill seasoning and salt and pepper to taste

Combine all above ingredients and shake well. Refrigerate for a few hours before serving.

Diet Tip of the Week 8/7

WOLFGANG PUCK’S GRILLED ROSEMARY GARLIC SHRIMP KEBABS: Summer is in full swing, so fire up your BBQ!

INGREDIENTS
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon zest, grated
2 or 3 fresh basil leaves, cut into fine julienne strips
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 lemons, cut into 8 wedges, seeds removed
8 sturdy fresh rosemary sprigs, each 6 to 8 inches long
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

INSTRUCTIONS
1. In a large nonreactive bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, lemon zest, basil, and garlic.
2. Add the shrimp, stir to coat them evenly, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and no more than 3 hours.
3. Preheat an outdoor grill, an indoor double-sided grill or the broiler. Strip the leaves from each rosemary sprig, leaving just a tuft at one end. With the knife or gardening sheers, trim the opposite end of each branch to a point. Soak in water for 15 minutes.
4.With the tip of a small, sharp knife, carefully remove any visible seeds from the lemon wedges. Set the wedges aside.
5. Remove the shrimp from the marinade and skewer them on the rosemary sprigs, passing the point of each branch through both the head and tail end of each shrimp and alternating the shrimp with lemon wedges on the skewers.
6. When the grill or broiler is ready, season the shrimp on both sides with salt and pepper to taste. Place the skewers on the grill rack directly over the fire, or under the broiler, and cook until they turn bright pink all over, 1 to 2 minutes per side, turning the skewers once with long-handled tongs.

Serve immediately, encouraging guests to slide the shrimp and lemon wedges carefully off their skewers and squeeze the warm lemon wedges over the shrimp.

*Courtesy of Wolfgang Puck’s “Wolfgang Puck Makes it Easy.”

Diet Tip of the Week 7/31

Spinach Chips Recipe

INGREDIENTS
Spinach leaves 2 Cups (32 tbs) (big, healthy looking leaves)
Extra virgin olive oil 1 Tablespoon (as reqired)
Italian seasoning blend To Taste
Sea Salt To Taste

DIRECTIONS:
GETTING READY
1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
2. Line a baking sheet with foil. Set aside.

MAKING
3. In a bowl, put the spinach leaves. Put olive oil and mix it well without breaking or tearing the leaves. (I put the oil in an empty “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter” spray bottle, and spray the leaves. I find it gives a more even coverage with less oil use)
4. Sprinkle salt and Italian blend and mix well till all leaves are coated.
5. Take the foil lined baking sheet and arrange the leaves in a single layer without any overlaps.
6. Bake in the oven for 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and let it sit on the baking sheet for another 2 minutes.
7. Using a spatula, transfer them into a bowl or plate.

SERVING
8. In a serving bowl or plate, serve the spinach chips with a nice dip and a refreshing beverage.

TIPS
Make them in batches. Do not overcrowd the baking sheet. Every leaf should be exposed to the heat.

To read more and view video and original recipe click HERE

Diet Tip of the Week 7/17

Some days you just crave a good juicy burger!

Make it IP friendly for all phases by making a Big Mac Salad! Perfect way to put an end to those cravings and stay on track! This salad is perfectly paired with turnip fries! Check out the recipe from mintedcotton.com and let us know what you think!

Diet Tip of the Week 7/10

CELERY & CUCUMBER SALAD WITH MINT & PARSLEY

INGREDIENTS:
6 celery stalks
1 English cucumber (seedless cucumber), peeled, seeded and thinly sliced crosswise
1/3 cup cup coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh mint
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS:
Toss together celery, cucumber, parsley, mint and oil in a bowl. Season to preference with salt and pepper.  Fresh summer salad from IP forum “RainbowSmiles” and Ideal Protein -Lohja Finland

Recipe of the Week: Chocolate Mug Cake

Ingredients:

1 Pkg Chocolate Drink

1 Egg White

1 Tsp Baking Powder

1 Tbsp of Olive Oil

1 Tsp of Splenda or Stevia

1 Splash of Vanilla

Directions:

1. Put the powdered drink mix in a BIG mug.

2. Add enough water to bring it to a slightly watery pudding consistency (around 4-6 Ounces)

3. Add ALL the other ingredients (egg white, baking powder, oil, sweetener and vanilla).

4. Mix it like crazy with a big fork until it is silky smooth.

5. Put the mug in the microwave for about 3 minutes ON TOP OF A BIG PLATE.

6. Watch it as it expands while cooking & contracts while cooling.

LET COOL AND ENJOY!

 

Baked Meatballs

Ingredients: 

1 pound lean ground beef
2 tsp dry minced onion
½ tsp garlic powder
1-2 eggs
½ tsp sea salt
¼ tsp pepper
Other seasonings to taste
Directions:

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl, mix should not be too wet, start with 1 egg if too dry add the second, shape meat into golf size balls, place on baking sheet with sides bake at 375⁰ for 15-20 minutes until meatballs are cooked through.