Tasty Tuesday: Wicked Good Chicken Burgers

Today’s recipe is courtesy of Wicked Good Spice Mixes.  I met these amazing ladies at the Brick Farmer’s Market.  I found them last year BUT I have been using the heck out of their products this year.  I hit them every Saturday to make sure I have enough of the Peach and Wild Berry Infused Balsamic Vinegars.  I was a total salad dressing girl until I started using these with their organic olive oil.  Now, I’m hooked.  So check out these recipe….
Ingredients:
2 lbs of Lean Ground Chicken Breast or Ground Turkey
1 small jalapeno peppers , seeds removed, diced
5 cloves of garlic, finely diced
2 medium onions diced
1 10oz package of frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed to remove moisture
1 tablespoon of Garlic Explosion ( More if you love garlic as much as I do!)
1 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
2 tablespoons of olive oil
Directions:
  • In a large skillet, heat olive oil and saute garlic and onions until caramelized and soft.
  • In a large bowl, mix chicken breast, jalapeno peppers, salt and pepper,garlic and onion mixture and Achilles heel Blend and Garlic explosion blend and spinach
  • Form mixture into 8 large burgers or 12 smaller burgers.
  • Heat a griddle pan and cook burgers  for about 4 minutes and turn.  Burgers should be nicely browned and check to make sure they reach an internal temperature of 170 degrees.
Serve with roasted veggies or salad and ENJOY!

Want to know more about Wicked Good Spice Mix Co?  Here is what they have to say on their website:  The main reason we started this company was to show people how easy, healthy and fun it can be to make a delicious meal at home!  I always think the hardest thing about cooking is how much of this spice and how much of that spice you should add.

So go ahead and throw all of those spices you use infrequently and start using our spice blends! They are fresh and economical!  Our blends are perfectly formulated to use for just about everything you like to cook.  Recently we have added fruit infused balsamic vinegars and olive oils to our collection.
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Tasty Tuesday: Healthy Lunch Box Ideas

I know it is WAY too early to think about “healthy school lunches”, right?  BUT these are also some great ideas to use for trips to the beach or the park or even those outdoor activities this summer.

I never thought of Belinda as a fussy eater, she just knew what she wanted and it was one battle I did not want to fight.  So for lunch was usually carrots and dip or peanut butter and no jelly.  She wanted nothing to do with anything “green” but she did like “finger foods” for lunch so baby carrots were always good.

I’m sure some of you have a problem getting your kids to eat healthy.  Although I think it is a little easier these days.  Thanks to Thirty One for these yummy ideas!  We’ve searched far and wide to bring you the most delicious snacks you can easily swap out to boost your kids’ nutrition. (And they’re all perfect to pack in our colorful and hard-working insulated lunch bags!)

Swap out PB&J for a PB&B

We all remember pulling a pale, squashed PBJ out of our lunch bags as kids… with that dark purple splotch of jelly seeping through the soggy white bread. (Bleh.)  I loved it BUT Belinda didn’t do jelly.  Why not give your kids a healthy sammie worth celebrating? A peanut butter and banana sandwich on whole wheat or put it in a wrap.  It is packed with 17 g of protein, 7 g of fiber, complex carbs and healthy unsaturated fats. This combo can help kids feel full and energized throughout the afternoon.  Slicing up half a medium banana instead of spreading on two tablespoons of jam adds potassium and cuts out 10 g of sugar! You can even layer in sliced strawberries for a touch of sweetness and a big dose of vitamin C.

Swap out juice boxes for a reusable water bottle

Single-serving drink boxes are convenient and fun, but many also contain artificial color, flavoring and preservatives. Even 100% fruit juices can contain up to 20 g of sugar per pouch!  Instead, try infusing a pitcher of water with citrus slices, torn fresh herbs or muddled berries at home. Combine together herbs and fruits (like strawberry-basil or blueberry-mint) for a refreshing change of pace. Leave your pitcher to infuse overnight in the fridge and pour into a leak-proof water bottle.

Our roomy new Lunch Buddy Thermals feature an elastic-topped mesh side pocket that’s perfect for toting the kids’ water bottles to school and back each day. (And the fun prints are irresistible!)

Swap out applesauce for apple slices

Packing a large, sliced apple instead of a cup of applesauce can double your kids’ fiber intake (5.4 g vs 2.7 g), boost their vitamin C (10.3 mg vs 2.7 mg) and provide them with the beneficial antioxidants contained in the skin of the apple.  Kids love to eat raw apples plain as a healthful snack, or dip slices in a delicious nut or seed butter for added protein and a salty kick. If you want to keep the convenience factor, toss in a whole apple or nab a segmented slicer tool to make quick work of lunch prep.  If you do decide to sometimes opt for applesauce, look for healthier varieties made without added sugar or artificial preservatives. Or make your own unsweetened applesauce, and be sure to leave the skins on!

Swap out chips for nearly anything else

Do your kids crave something salty to go with their meals? (Us too!) Steer clear of the fat, sodium and calorie bombs that are potato chips, which have been scientifically linked to weight gain, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.   Instead, why not offer your kids one of these tasty (and nutritious) treats?

  • Roasted pumpkin seeds
  • Deli turkey-wrapped cucumber slices
  • Nuts (Be sure to check your school’s allergen policy first)
  • Edamame, boiled or shelled and roasted
  • Air-popped popcorn (It’s a whole grain!)
  • Cheese cubes
  • Whole wheat pretzels
  • Celery sticks with nut or seed butter and raisins, or with cream cheese and dried cranberries
  • Swap out pudding cups for Greek yogurt
  • Kids love spooning up creamy treats at lunchtime. But when you’re packing their lunch bags, think Greek: While the calorie count and amount of calcium are essentially the same, a serving of Greek yogurt can provide as much as 20 times the protein of an individual pudding cup.

Stick to plain Greek yogurt for the least sugar, and add sliced berries or a little honey for sweetness. If the kids want the flavored kind, choose one with sugar near the end of the ingredient list: The first three ingredients should be milk, live and active cultures and fruit.

Keep their yogurt – and the rest of their healthy food swap-outs – cool until lunchtime in a classic Thermal Tote personalized with your child’s name and favorite embroidered Icon-It design. Your kids will be eating healthy and noshing in style!

 

What is your kids’ favorite lunch?  Share it with us…. Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Tasty Tuesday: Cranberry Tuna Slaw

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I’m a total salad girl!  I eat some variation of a salad every day for either lunch or dinner and sometimes BOTH!  I love finding new options to make.  Check out this one from Hungry Girl!

1/4th of recipe (about 1 1/3 cups): 118 calories, 2g total fat (<0.5g sat fat), 270mg sodium, 16.5g carbs, 3.5g fiber, 9.5g sugars, 8.5g protein, Freestyle™ SmartPoints® value 3*

Prep: 5 minutes     Chill: 15 minutes    MAKES 4 SERVING

Ingredients:

4 cups broccoli cole slaw (about one 10-oz. container or one 12-oz. bag)
1/2 cup canned water chestnuts, drained and roughly chopped
1/4 cup sweetened dried cranberries, chopped
1/4 cup light sesame ginger dressing (like Newman’s Own Sesame Ginger Dressing)
One 5-oz. can albacore tuna packed in water
1/4 cup chopped scallions
2 tsp. sesame seeds

Directions:

  1. Place slaw, chopped water chestnuts, and chopped cranberries in a large bowl. Add dressing, and stir to coat.
  2. Drain tuna, add to the bowl, and stir to mix. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, at least 15 minutes.
  3. Serve topped with scallions and sesame seeds.

NOTE;  Double the recipe and it is a great salad for an upcoming picnic.

There is no better way to carry your salad (for lunch or a picnic) then in a Thirty One thermal.  So many options to pick from….

Check out the options for lunch, each one will meet a different need depending on what you carry for lunch…

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Headed to a picnic or the farmer’s market, check out this thermal…..

Need help pick out the thermal best for you, message me and I will be glad to answer any questions.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

 

Tasty Tuesday: Pizza-fied Chicken

I don’t know about you but I get tired of chicken!  I love there are “zero” points because I am now eating more protein but it can be boring!  Thank you Hungry Girl for another yummy recipe!

Entire recipe: 272 calories, 8.5g total fat (3.5g sat fat), 633mg sodium, 6g carbs, 1g fiber, 2.5g sugars, 40.5g protein  Freestyle™ SmartPoints® value 2*

Prep: 10 minutes     Cook: 10 minutes   MAKES 1 SERVING

Ingredients

5 oz. raw boneless skinless chicken breast cutlet

Dash each salt and black pepper

1/4 cup canned crushed tomatoes

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 tsp. onion powder

3 tbsp. shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

4 slices turkey pepperoni (optional: roughly chopped)

Optional seasonings: additional salt and black pepper

Optional toppings: crushed red pepper, fresh oregano

Directions

  1. Evenly pound chicken to 1/4-inch thickness. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat. Cook chicken for 3 – 4 minutes per side, until cooked through.
  3. Meanwhile, to make the sauce, combine these ingredients in a small bowl: crushed tomatoes, garlic powder, and onion powder. If you like, add salt and pepper. Mix well.
  4. While still in the skillet, top chicken with sauce, and sprinkle with cheese. Top with pepperoni.
  5. Cover and cook for 2 minutes, or until sauce is hot and cheese has melted.

Why not make extra for lunch this week?  Freeze the leftovers and enjoy them heated up with your favorite side salad.  No better way to take lunch to work but in a Thirty One Thermal.  Did you know ThirtyOne had a NEW Crossbody Thermal Tote?

One of our most popular personal lunch thermals is now a crossbody! Stay on-trend at the office or school with our fashionable and functional Crossbody Thermal Tote cooler bag. Webbed handles plus a long, adjustable strap give you three ways to carry your snacks and drinks in style. Or give it as the perfect teacher’s gift! Choose personalization to make it even more special. AND a steal at just $20

Have a recipe you want to share?  Send me an email and if we use if in the blog, you will receive a FREE gift as a thank you.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Tasty Tuesday: Egg Roll in a Bowl

This YUMMY recipe is from Weight Watchers.

Prep Time: 10     Cooking Time: 20     SmartPoints™ value: 1     Servings: 8

Ingredients

1 pound(s) cooked 99% fat-free ground turkey breast
1 pound(s) packaged coleslaw mix (shredded cabbage and carrots)
½ medium uncooked onion(s), thinly sliced
1 Tbsp sesame oil
¼ cup(s) soy sauce
2 medium clove(s) garlic clove(s), minced
1 tsp ground ginger
2 Tbsp fat free chicken broth
1 pinch table salt, to taste
1 pinch black pepper, to taste
2 medium uncooked scallion(s), sliced
8 oz canned bamboo shoots, 1 can sliced bamboo shoots
8 oz canned water chestnut(s), 1 can sliced water chestnuts
14 oz baby corn ears, canned, cut each in halves or thirds

Instructions

1. Brown turkey over medium heat.
2. Add sesame oil and onion to pan with turkey. Mix together and continue cooking over medium heat.
3. In a small bowl, mix soy sauce, garlic and ginger together. Once onions have softened, add sauce mixture to the pan.
4. Immediately add the cabbage to the pan and toss to distribute ingredients together evenly. Add chicken broth, scallions, corn, water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, salt and pepper. Mix together. Cook until cabbage is wilted to desired crunch.

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 The Around the Clock Thermal retails for $30

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 The Go To Thermal (great for kids because it is machine washable) retails for $18 with sale prices from $10.99

 The LunchBreak Thermal retails for $25 with some prints on sale for $15.

 The Thermal Lunch Tote has long been a favorite and retails for $18.  Some prints are currently on sale for $10.99.

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Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!