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Thursday, November 03, 2011

Hey Spark Buddies! I've been making a lot of delish foods lately. Trying to do totally clean meals...sometimes I succeed, sometimes I don't. Still, cooking anything is better than eating fast food, right? So let's get started!

This is a Vegan Banana Walnut Pancake, topped with sliced strawberries and peaches. I love fruit. I don't really buy into the whole "limit your fruit because it has too much sugar" I mean, you'd have to eat A LOT of fruit to even equal the sugar that most people get from there thrice daily sodas. Here's the recipe :
The recipe calls for almond milk and I used regular skim milk, but they turned out great! Very hearty! Usually I can eat quite a few pancakes before I'm full but I had trouble even finishing my second one. Also, I had extras to save and freeze for later. Made a wonderful weekday breakfast!

This is a stir fry I made a while back. I know I posted this picture before but didn't really talk about the dish. I didn't use a recipe but this is how I made it:
1 pound chicken breast
1 crown broccoli
1 red bell pepper
1 small onion
1/2 cup chicken broth
3 tsp olive oil
1 tbsp garlic black bean paste (available at most big grocery stores in the Asian food section)
salt and pepper to taste

Chop onion and cut broccoli into pieces, heat oil in 10 inch skillet, add onion and broccoli and cook for 3 minutes. Cut red bell pepper into long strips. Add to pan with broccoli. Cook 2 more minutes. Add chicken to pan and cook for 3 minutes, then add chicken broth and stir. Add black bean paste (it will thin out in the broth) Cook together until chicken is done and veggies are tender.

Some people add the broccoli later, but I find I am always waiting for it to cook when I add it after the chicken. Also, if you like your stir frys extra saucy for some rice, just use more chicken broth and black bean paste. Also, for an added zip, add 1-2 tbsp of brown sugar. Yummy!

This is just some fruit I got at a local farmers market. It was so beautiful!

Turkey Meatloaf! The recipe I used had you cook it in the microwave, but I opted for the oven. Cooked at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. If you like a little spice, I mixed ketchup with some tabasco and put it on top of the meatloaf for the last 10 minutes of cooking. Here's the recipe:

Beef Enchiladas! Oh my gosh, I'm getting hungry right now just thinking about how good these were! These are great because they are so simple but taste restaurant quality. The calories are relatively low as long as you use really lean ground beef. I used 93/7%. I didn't use a recipe for these because I have been making them for several years but I went on spark recipes and found one that's similar to what I do so you can have an idea...

Chicken Fajitas! These are one of the easiest things to make so it's a staple in my house. We have them probably once a week.
1 lb chicken breast
1 red bell pepper
1 small onion
1 package McCormick fajita seasoning
chop the onion and bell pepper and cook in 1 tsp oil. Put in bowl and set aside when veggies are almost done.Cut chicken into small strips. Add one more tsp olive oil to pan and cook chicken through. Add veggies back to pan. Add fajita mix and 1/4 cup water. Stir well, turn heat to a simmer and cook 3-5 minutes. Serve with warm wheat tortillas. I know the fajita seasoning is probably not considered "clean" but I've tried to mix my own seasoning and it never turns out as good.

Hope some of these dishes looked good to y'all! Let me know if you try any of them, I would love to hear how they turned out :) Peace!
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