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50-Calorie Chocolate Protein “Truffles”

These taste too-good-to-be-true!  A good alternative to a pre-workout protein bar.

ecbb0866835a692a_bite.xxxlarge_2x1/2 cup raw almonds
1/2 cup golden raisins
3/4 scoop chocolate plant-based protein powder (1 scoop is about 35 grams; I used Vega)
Pinch of sea salt
1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut

Add almonds to a food processor or high-speed blender. Process nuts a few minutes until a creamy almond butter forms.

Add raisins and mix until smooth.

Add in the protein powder and salt; blend until thoroughly combined.

Roll dough into 12 balls (make them smallish), coat each ball with shredded coconut, and place on a plate or pan.

Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes. Store uneaten balls in an airtight container.

Mini Meat Loaves

 

A tangy Ketchup and Dijon Mustard Glaze helps the meat loaves bake to a golden brown and provides great flavor

5280711/2 cup ketchup
1-1/2 T Dijon mustard
1 pound ground sirloin
3/4 cup finely copped onion
1/4 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
1/2 t salt
1/2 t dried oregano
1/8 t black pepper
1 large egg, lightly beaten
Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Combine ketchup and mustard, stirring well with a whisk.  Reserve 1-1/2 tablespoons ketchup mixture.  Combine remaining ketchup mixture, beef and next 6 ingredients (beef through egg) in a large bowl, stirring to combine.

Divide beef mixture into 4 equal portions.  Shape each portion into a 4 x 2-1/2 inch loaf, place loaves on a jelly roll pan coated with cooking spray.

Spread about 2 teaspoons reserved ketchup mixture evenly over each loaf.  Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes or until done.

4 Servings (1 loaf) – 255 Calories, 27 g protein, 15 g carbs, 8 g fat, 944 mg salt

Veggie Pizza with Cauliflower Crust

Who doesn’t love PIZZA?  This recipe has a great balance of flavors, making it hard to believe that the crust is made with cauliflower, and an entire personal-sized pizza is only 350 calories.

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1 head cauliflower (about 3 lb.), roughly chopped
2 tsp. olive oil
1/2 cup sliced cremini mushrooms
1/2 cup sliced red bell pepper
1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1/8 tsp. kosher salt
3 cloves garlic, minced
2-1/2 oz. shredded part-skim mozzarella (about 2/3 cup)
2 large egg whites
1/2 oz. grated parmesan
1/2 cup thinly sliced seeded tomatoes
2/3 cup fresh baby spinach

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  In a food processor, pulse half of cauliflower 10 to 15 times or until finely chopped (like rice).  Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet.  Repeat with remaining cauliflower.  Coat cauliflower with cooking spray.  Bake, stirring once, for 25 minutes.  Let cool.  Increase oven temperature to 450 degrees.

Warm a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add 1 tsp. oil; swirl to coat.  Add mushrooms and bell pepper; sauté until tender, about 5 minutes.

Place cauliflower in a clean kitchen towel and squeeze until very dry.  In a large boawl, combine cauliflower, remaining 1 tsp. oil, 1/4 cup basil, 1/8 tsp. black pepper, salt, garlic, 2 oz. mozzarella, egg whites and Parmesan.  On a parchment-lined baking sheet, press mixture into two 8-inch circles.  Coat crusts with cooking spray.

Bake crusts until browned, about 20 minutes.  Remove from oven; top evenly with mushroom mixture, tomatoes, spinach, remaining 1/4 cup basil, remaining 1/8 tsp. black pepper and remaining mozzarella.  Bake until cheese melts, about 7 minutes.

2 Servings, 350 Calories per serving. 16 g fat, 11 g fiber, 26 g protein, 658 g sodium