Greek Turkey Burgers & Cilantro Lime Shrimp

Hey howdy hey readers! So I know it’s not a Monday, but I wanted to get a post in before the end of the week and I figured I would put up a couple recipes I used recently. Last week I meal prepped lunches & dinners as I was trying to focus on my nutrition, so I made turkey burgers for lunch (along with a delicious tzatziki sauce) and cilantro lime shrimp for shrimp tacos for dinner. The turkey burgers were 163 calories each (before adding pitas and the tzatziki which was only 21 calories a serving) with 19g of protein in each serving. The cilantro lime roasted shrimp was 113 calories per serving with 28g of protein. As always, at the end I’ll add the recipe write-ups to make shopping easier.

We’ll start with the turkey burgers, as they involve more prep time and actual cooking. I started by making the tzatziki sauce so it had more time to soak in the flavors while the burgers were cooking. The tzatziki is just 7 oz. low fat Greek yogurt, 1/4 tsp minced garlic, 1/4 tsp dried dill, juice of half a lemon, and a dash of salt.

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Super tasty and low fat tzatziki! 

To start the burgers, make sure your spinach is thawed out and if not go ahead and defrost it. You want to dry out the spinach as best you can, I did my best to wring it out with paper towels so that it doesn’t weigh down the burgers. Then you chop up the spinach to avoid getting any long stringy pieces, as well as chopping the sun dried tomatoes and 1/4 of a red onion. In a mixing bowl combine the chopped veggies with the ground turkey, feta, minced garlic, oregano, salt and pepper. You want to mix it well so all of the filling is evenly distributed.

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It doesn’t look super appetizing at the moment, but here’s the burger mix. 

This mix will make 6 pretty good sized patties, make sure to form them tightly as you don’t want to lose any of your filler ingredients! I also advise making an indent in the center of each patty the size of 2 thumbs so when you’re cooking them in the skillet they don’t turn into softballs.

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Patties all ready to go into the pan! 

Cook the burgers over medium heat, I did 3 at a time in about a tbsp of olive oil for each side. I cooked them covered in a skillet for about 3 minutes on each side. Since these are turkey burgers and not beef burger, I wanted them to be cooked all the way through instead of keeping them a little rare like I normally would.

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Patties all done cooking and ready to be put away for consumption throughout the week. 

The way I served my turkey burgers was on a Flatout Foldit pita, atop a bed of arugula. I also spread the tzatziki on both halves of the pita/bread and topped with another sprinkle of feta. With all of that, each lunch topped out at around 300 calories- which is not too shabby in my book. Especially for something that tasted so good.

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A tasty, low-cal lunch! 

Next up was the cilantro lime roasted shrimp for my tacos! You want to preheat your oven to 400 degrees before you start working on the shrimp. Now unless you want the extra work I had, buy your shrimp peeled and deveined. I used 1.5 lbs of shrimp because I wanted 6 servings for my tacos. You begin by making the sauce/glaze which consists of 3/4 cup chopped cilantro, red wine vinegar, olive oil, lime juice, minced garlic, red pepper flakes, smoked paprika, lime zest, salt, and pepper whisking to combine.

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A very cilantro-heavy sauce for the shrimpies. 

After your sauce is prepared, you want to pour it over the shrimp and mix it well so the shrimp are thoroughly coated. After you’ve mixed it well, you evenly distribute the shrimp onto a foil lined cookie sheet so that they’re in a thin layer.

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Ready for the oven! 

After cooking for 10 minutes, pull the shrimp out and garnish with some fresh cilantro if you so desire. I set aside my shrimp for dinner but then packed away the rest in tupperware for my tacos!

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A lot of delicious shrimp for dinner! 

As for my shrimpies, as I mentioned I put them in tacos for dinner. I used 2 carb balance tortillas each night topped with half an avocado, shredded lettuce, red onion, and some tomatoes. Each dinner was about 500 calories with a lot of fresh and healthy ingredients to satiate my frequent craving for Mexican food and stick to my healthier lifestyle.

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Voila! Shrimp tacos! On the first night I tossed a bit of the extra feta in there for a bonus treat. 

Greek Turkey Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce 

Tzatziki ingredients

  • 7 oz. plain greek yogurt
  • 1 medium fresh lemon
  • ¼ tsp minced garlic
  • ¼ tsp dried dill


  1. Prepare the sauce by combining the yogurt, ¼ tsp minced garlic, dry dill, juice of half the lemon and a dash of salt. Stir everything to combine and then refrigerate to allow the flavors to blend while you make the burgers.

Greek Turkey Burger ingredients

  • 1.25 lb. ground turkey
  • 6 halves sun dried tomatoes
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 2 oz. frozen spinach
  • ¼ cup crumbled feta
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp minced garlic


  1. Thaw the frozen spinach and squeeze out as much moisture as possible. Roughly chop the spinach to prevent long stringy pieces. Also chop the sun dried tomatoes and ¼ of the red onion.
  2. In a bowl combine the ground turkey with the spinach, sun dried tomatoes, red onion, feta, ½ tsp minced garlic, dried oregano, egg, bread crumbs, ½ tsp of salt and some freshly ground pepper. Stir everything until it is evenly combined. Shape the mixture into six patties.
  3. Cook the burgers on a counter top grill, a non-stick skillet or over open flame. I did mine in a non-stick skillet over medium heat, covered for 3 minutes on each side.


Cilantro Lime Roasted Shrimp 


  • 1.5 lbs shrimp, shell off and deveined
  • ¾ cup of fresh cilantro, diced
  • 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • juice of 1 lime (about 1 tablespoons)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon of red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon of pepper
  • zest of one lime


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. In a small bowl mix, ¾ cup of fresh cilantro, red wine vinegar, olive oil, lime juice, 2 minced garlic cloves, red pepper flakes, smoked paprika, lime zest, salt, and pepper. Whisk until combined.
  3. Pour cilantro lime sauce over shrimp that has been patted dry, toss to coat everything.
  4. Spread seasoned shrimp out on a baking sheet, making sure they are in a single layer.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until pink.



Tuna Patties & 21 Day Fix Approved Chicken Enchiladas

Time for another couple of recipes on this week’s edition of Meal Prep Monday- this week I made tuna patties/burgers for my lunches and 21 Day Fix chicken enchiladas for dinner. Both of these are fairly low cal and high in protein. Each tuna burger is 230 calories with only 10g of fat and 24g of protein per serving, I served mine on a sandwich thin for an extra hundred calories. You could add tartar sauce or lemon if you so desire. Each serving of the chicken enchiladas is 530 calories at just 10g of fat and 57g of protein, I’ve been craving Mexican food lately and enchiladas are a personal favorite of mine so I was looking for a healthier recipe. In the past I’ve made a chicken enchilada casserole that was pretty good but I wanted the real thing, well a healthier version of the real thing. This one definitely satiated my craving! My tuna patties recipe can be found here, at Simply Recipes. The 21 Day Fix chicken enchiladas is courtesy of Burn This Mama Down- here.

I decided to start with the tuna patties first, as the recipe recommended I chill them for an hour before cooking, so that they stay together better. As usual, I slightly altered the ingredients in the recipe to suit me and recommend you do the same. In place of Dijon mustard (which I dislike), I used Ken’s lite honey mustard and instead of crumbling up white bread I used seasoned whole wheat bread crumbs (which I had on hand). I also skipped the part that suggested I saute the patties in olive oil and butter, instead just using the olive oil. After combining all of my ingredients and shaping the tuna into patties I let them chill in the fridge for an hour as I started prepping my enchiladas.


These babies are ready to chilllllllllllllll (haha pretend I’m funny)

Seeing as how I want to keep the recipes separate, we won’t do things exactly chronologically in this write up. So skipping ahead by an hour, I heated up a tablespoon or so of olive oil in a medium-large skillet and put these patties in to cook.


Let’s get cookin’, good lookin’ (I’ve got jokes) 

After 3 or so minutes on each side (and another tablespoon of olive oil before flipping) these patties were done and ready to be packed up for my lunches for the week. The recipe made 4 patties and seeing as how my Fridays tend to be a little off the cuff for meals , it was perfect to get me through the week. Plus when you have more than 5-6 servings of the same food in a week it starts to get a little monotonous.


These patties are a little crispy, but for my first try not bad! 

Now on to the chicken enchiladas! First you’re going to need to preheat your oven to 350. The prep for this one takes a bit longer, as the recipe calls for the chicken breast to be already cooked and shredded. So I used a quick and easy method to cook the chicken with a southwest flair. I simmered 3 cups of chicken broth on the stove and added my 3 breasts as well as 2 bay leaves. I cooked the chicken for about 16 minutes- 8 on each side flipping them halfway through. Because cooking on the stove top isn’t always accurate I used a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature was 165 before I set them aside to shred. While I was waiting on the chicken to cook and cool, I combined the rest of the ingredients into a large bowl (15 oz of black beans, 2 cans Rotel 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt, and 2 tsp Mrs. Dash Southwest Seasoning) and after shredding the chicken I added to the bowl and mixed.


I know, it doesn’t look very delicious now but wait- there’s more! 

Next we’re going to heat up our tortillas in the microwave for a bit so they are easier to handle. The ones I used were Mission “super size” white corn tortillas and I made a line of filling in the center and then rolled them up placing the seams down in the pan. After doing that 9 more times, you’ve got a full pan of enchiladas (or in my case 2). I used one large can of Old El Paso red enchilada sauce to cover them and then sprinkled about a cup and a half reduced fat Mexican cheese on top before placing them in the oven for 30 minutes.


All 10 enchiladas, covered with sauce but pre-cheese. 

After 30 minutes in the oven, the chicken enchiladas were done cooking and ready to pack up for my dinners. Because as usual I used a larger amount of chicken than required (2.4 lbs instead of 2), I ended up with extra filling for the enchiladas so I just put them into each container along with 2 enchiladas. they fell apart a bit when packing up, but they don’t need to be pretty, just tasty.


Fresh out of the oven, still looking pretty and smelling delicious. 

This week’s recipes were relatively easy to make and super delicious. As always, I’ll write up the recipes with my modifications below, if you decide to try either one out feel free to comment and talk about your experience. Happy prepping!

Tuna Patties 

4 servings – 230 calories each


  • 12 oz. tuna (canned or bagged)
  • 2 teaspoons Ken’s lite honey mustard
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp water (or liquid from the tuna)
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 Tbsp chopped green onion
  • Salt & ground pepper to taste
  • A couple squirts Crystal hot sauce
  • 1 egg raw
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil


  1. Drain tuna: Drain the liquid from the tuna cans. If you are using tuna packed in water, reserve a tablespoon of the tuna water, and add a teaspoon of olive oil to the tuna mixture in the next step.
  2. Mix tuna with mustard, bread, zest, lemon juice, water, parsley, chives, hot sauce, salt, pepper, egg: In a medium bowl, mix together the tuna, mustard, torn white bread, lemon zest, lemon juice, water, parsley, chives, and hot sauce. Sprinkle on salt and freshly ground black pepper. Taste the mixture before adding the egg to see if it needs more seasoning to your taste. Mix in the egg.
  3. Form into patties, chill: Divide the mixture into 4 parts. With each part, form into a ball and then flatten into a patty. Place onto a wax paper lined tray and chill for an hour. (You can skip the chilling if you want, chilling just helps the patties stay together when you cook them.)
  4. Sauté in skillet: Heat the olive oil and a little butter (for taste) in a cast iron or stick-free skillet on medium high. Gently place the patties in the pan, and cook until nicely browned, 3-4 minutes on each side.

21 Day Fix Approved Chicken Enchiladas 

5 servings – 530 calories each


  • 3 chicken breasts (cooked and shredded as described above)
  • 15 oz. can of black beans (reduced sodium) – drained and rinsed
  • 2 cans Rotel tomatoes & diced green chilis (no salt added) – drained
  • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tsp Mrs. Dash Southwest Chipotle Seasoning
  • 10 corn tortillas
  • 1.5 cups reduced fat Mexican cheese
  • 1 large can Old El Paso red enchilada sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Combine chicken, beans, chilis, tomatoes, yogurt and seasoning in a large bowl.
  3. Heat tortillas in the microwave before assembling.
  4. Add chicken mixture to each tortilla, roll up, and place in baking dish seam side down.
  5. Pour enchilada sauce over enchiladas so that all of the tortillas are covered.
  6. Sprinkle evenly with cheese.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes.


1 serving of the tuna patty – on a sandwich thin with some arugula and all 5 servings of enchiladas with the leftover filling. 

Skinny Slow Cooker Pernil Pork & Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Top of the day to you, readers! I’ve decided to post another in depth Meal Prep Monday post after some requests. This week I chose a less hands on meal prep, skinny slow cooker pernil (Puerto Rican) pork and cinnamon roasted sweet potatoes with cranberries. Both of these recipes come from other sites (courtesy of Pinterest) so of course I would like to credit the original recipes before I get into my prepping. The pork recipe can be found here courtesy of skinny taste. The cinnamon roasted sweet potatoes & cranberries recipe is located here, from Little Bits Of. Now, on to my version of the recipes and how I prepped them.

We’ll start with the Pernil Pork, as it was a longer process (as any slow cooker meal is). I would like to begin by saying that this has already become my favorite pork recipe and I’ve only had one out of my 6 servings so far. The pork is moist and tender, while also being incredibly flavorful despite using so few ingredients. I used a 2.4 lb extra lean pork tenderloin for my recipe instead of the shoulder it called for, mostly because it was on sale at Publix (which affects many of my decisions) and also because I just prefer the extra lean meat for my calorie counting lifestyle. Slightly different than other slow cooker recipes, this one requires marinating the pork overnight with crushed garlic, in a combination of orange and lime juice, with spices- cumin, oregano, salt, and pepper.


Right now it looks super unappetizing, but this makes incredible pork. I swear. 

After letting the pork marinate overnight, you cook it on low for about 8 hours (mine ended up being closer to 9 due to a late run because of inclement weather). I don’t think the extra hour did any harm to the pork, if anything it probably just made the meat more tender and easy to shred. So after the 8 hours on low, you remove the pork loin and shred it. You also want to remove all of the liquid from the pot, reserving 1 cup of it.


After 8.5ish hours, that pork is nice and tender for shredding. 

After shredding, place the pork back in the slow cooker along with the cup of liquid and add additional salt, pepper, and cumin to taste. The recipe says to cook for another 15-30 minutes on low, but I elected to try it on high for 30 minutes to try and give it a little crisp. Some pieces got a bit crispier, but if I wanted carnitas type pork, I probably should’ve broiled it. No biggie. After the additional time, the pork was perfect. Juicy without having an excess of liquid and cooked to perfection. I decided to split my pork up into 6 servings of about 158g of meat which comes to 221 calories per serving with 37g of protein. You could use this meat for tacos or serve it over rice, but I wanted to cut back on carbs this week so I’m just eating the meat by itself. Trust me when I say it’s delicious enough that it needs no toppings or extras.


The finished product, 6 servings of the best pork I’ve ever made. 

Next, we’ll move on to the cinnamon roasted sweet potatoes. As some of you may know, I’m rather obsessed with sweet potatoes. They’re one of my favorite side dishes and I make them probably at least once a month as part of my meal prep. Whether it be baked, mashed, or otherwise. This week I decided to try a new recipe recommended to me by my godmother, Suzanne. Truthfully the prep for this didn’t take much, just skinning and chopping sweet potatoes and mixing them up with the cranberries (I also added a half cup of chopped pecans because it sounded like the perfect addition). Then coating them in melted coconut oil (1 tbsp) and 1 tbsp maple syrup for sweetness (I used butter lite syrup as it’s what I had on hand) and sprinkling with cinnamon and salt. Then you pop them into the oven at 400 degrees for about 45 minutes.


Before the roasting, just a lot of great colors in here. 

After I removed them from the oven, I separated the recipe into 6 approximately even servings to be put into Tupperware for the week. Some people suggested adding a bit more maple syrup for flavor, and I might try that on my next serving as the cranberries make it a bit sour. The sweet potatoes come out nice and crispy almost like home fries, which unfortunately you lose with microwaving, but they’re still very tasty. The pecans add a nice crunch to make up for that though. If I were to attempt this recipe again, I might skip the cranberries (I just don’t particularly care for the sour aspect) and just keep it sweet potatoes and pecans. This dish comes out to 6 servings at 189 calories with only 4g of fat but 41g of carbs because sweet potatoes. Low carb isn’t something I stick to at all, so it doesn’t make a difference to me. Plus sweet potatoes are better for you than white potatoes anyway.


My 6 mostly equal servings all portioned out for the week. 

For convenience I’ll also include the recipes below for a more organized look at each dish. These are copy/pasted directly from the source.

Skinny Slow Cooker Pernil Pork 


  • 3 lb boneless pork shoulder blade roast, lean, all fat removed (I used 2.4 lbs of extra lean pork tenderloin instead)
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tbsp coarse salt
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tbsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp crushed black pepper
  • 3 oranges, juice of (1/2 cup)
  • 2 limes, juice of


  1. Using a sharp knife, cut slits into the pork and stuff holes with half of the crushed garlic. Combine the remaining ingredients and pour over pork. Place in the ceramic part of the crock pot, cover and refrigerate, turning pork occasionally so the marinade covers all of pork.
  2. The next day, remove the crock pot and cook on low, 8 hours.
  3. After 8 hours, remove pork and shred using two forks. Remove liquid from crock pot and add pork back to crock. Add about 1 cup of the liquid back and adjust salt, pepper and cumin (you will probably need to add more). Let it cook another 15-30 minutes.

Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Cranberries 


  • 6 cups chopped sweet potatoes (about 2.6 lbs)
  • 8 ounce bag of cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (melted)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • (Optional) half cup chopped pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl combine sweet potatoes, cranberries, pecans, coconut oil and maple syrup. Stir mixture until potatoes and berries are evenly coated.
  3. Then sprinkle on cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon of salt and stir to coat evenly. Pour onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  4. Roast for 40 – 50 minutes for until a fork easily pierces through the sweet potatoes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Enjoy!

This week I don’t have a fancy plated picture for you, as I reheat the potatoes in the Tupperware to save on dishes, but trust me you don’t need the presentation because the food speaks for itself! Would love to hear back from anyone who tries these recipes!

Mighty Meal Prep Monday!

Good day readers! I’ve decided to try something new this week and see what kind of a response it gets from you all, if it’s a success I might consider making it a regular part of the rotation. As many people know, part of my healthy lifestyle for the last 19 months or so has been meal prepping my dinners on Sunday/Monday and having delicious healthy food for the week. This week I’m going to share with you all not only my recipes, but also some pictures of the in progress cooking and my experience with it. Today I’ve made balsamic caramelized onion turkey burgers which I got from a recipe here! As well as a side of what I’ve dubbed “Brussel Sprouts Suzanne” as my godmother created the recipe and introduced me to brussel sprouts which I’ve found to be delicious!

I decided to make the brussel sprouts first as they required less actual cooking, since they’re oven roasted. So once I finished the prep work I could let them roast for a while and start prepping the necessary ingredients for the turkey burgers. The brussel sprouts prep is pretty simple- for the actual sprouts you just need to wash, remove the stems, and quarter the sprouts. Once you’ve fixed your sprouts, it’s time to chop up some bacon! The way Suzanne taught me to prepare it is 2-4 pieces of bacon per 10-15 brussel sprouts which is enough for 2 servings. Because I was making 5 servings, I used 6 pieces of bacon. Once you’ve got all your ingredients in an oven safe baking dish, drizzle with 2-4 tablespoons of olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt and mix it well. Once your oven is preheated to 400 degrees, you’re going to roast the sprouts for 25-30 minutes stirring once about halfway through. Once they’re done cooking and removed from the oven, drizzle balsamic glaze on the whole dish and then mix it up before serving. The way I prepared it, each serving came in at 171 calories with 11g of fat (that’s the bacon mostly) and 7.5g of protein (which is more than I expected).


I’m super proud of my presentation here, the dish is absolutely delicious! 

My next step in prep (hehe that rhymed), was caramelizing the onions for out turkey burgers! You can read detailed instructions in the link I posted above. I used yellow onion because it’s my favorite and was on sale, so I halved and sliced 3 large onions and added a half cup of balsamic vinegar to a pan with a lid and let this cook on medium heat for 20 minutes. After that time, I removed the top and stirred the onions allowing the liquid to disappear is what causes the onions to caramelize. Once all the balsamic vinegar is gone, add 1/3 cup of water and stir the onions frequently until the water evaporates as well. After all is said and done, you’ll finish with 8 servings of balsamic caramelized onion to top your turkey burgers, each serving of onions is 32 calories.


The onions, mid-caramelization

The final part of my prep was tackling the turkey burgers, the toughest part of the day for sure. Combine all of the ingredients listed and form into 8 burger patties, be sure to make an indent in the center of the patties as they will expand when you put them on the hot skillet. I used a cast iron skillet, because the only grill I have is a George Foreman and I wanted to make sure I didn’t lose any flavor. They could just as easily be grilled, either way you want to use medium high heat. The recipe called for cooking the burgers 7 minutes on each side, adding the provolone cheese for the last minute. I forgot to add the cheese to the first 3 until after I had already plated them, so that’s why 3 of them look a little funky. I’m sure they’ll taste the same though. You can also serve the burgers on whatever you choose, I bought french hamburger buns from the Publix bakery as they were also on sale this week and clock in at 160 calories a piece. Though it could just as easily be served without the bun, on a lettuce wrap, or a sandwich thin if that tickles your fancy. The burgers (without bun or onions) are each 173 calories with 8g of fat and 22g of protein.


All my burgers, in different states of done (and 3 wonky ones with partially melted cheese). The center burger and the one directly to the right were fresh off the pan. 

For your convenience, I’ve listed all the ingredients below and a photo of the finished product all plated and fancy. If anyone attempts this meal prep I would love to see pictures or hear your reviews.

Brussel Sprouts Suzanne 

5 servings – 171 calories each

  • 25-30 brussel sprouts
  • 6 pieces bacon chopped (I used center cut because of calorie content)
  • 2-4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2-4 Tbsp balsamic glaze
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Remove stems from brussel sprouts and quarter them tossing the extra pieces into the dish as well.
  3. Chop bacon into medium to small pieces and add to baking dish.
  4. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt.
  5. Mix the dish so that all the sprouts have olive oil on them and the bacon is distributed equally.
  6. Roast for 15 minutes, stir, and roast for another 15 minutes.
  7. Remove the pan and immediately drizzle with balsamic glaze, stir and serve.

The following is the exact recipe I used, copy and pasted from The Foodie and The Fix blog.

Balsamic Caramelized Onions

8 servings – 32 calories each

  • 3 large onions (any kind will do, but I usually use white or red), cut in half and then sliced
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  1. Put your sliced onions and vinegar in a large skillet with a tight fitting lid. If you don’t have one you can use a pot instead, but the process may take a bit longer. Cover and cook about 20 minutes.
  2. Take off the lid and continue to cook, stirring every few minutes, until there is no liquid left. Once this happens, the onions will start to caramelize. You’ll then add 1/3 cup of water, stirring again until there is no liquid left.
  3. Repeat this process until onions are fully cooked and caramelized. Set aside.

Turkey Burgers 

8 servings – 173 calories each

  • 2 lbs ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 TBS Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp fresh cracked black pepper
  • 2 tsp (3 large cloves) of garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbs dried thyme


  • 8 slices provolone cheese
  • balsamic caramelized onions
  • whatever you want to put it on: whole wheat bun, english muffin, pita, greens, etc..

To make the burgers:

  1. Mix together all ingredients, form into 8 burger patties.
  2. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Make sure it’s nice and hot before adding your burgers or they may stick. You can also cook these in a cast iron skillet.
  3. Either way, using medium-high heat, they should take about 7 minutes on each side. Flip only once to get the juiciest burgers and cook until the burgers reach 165 degrees or if you don’t have a thermometer, until they’re hot and no longer pink on the inside.
  4. Put a slice of provolone on each one and close the lid until melted (this will only take a minute or so).
  5. Serve each tasty turkey burgers on whatever you like, such as a whole wheat bun, english muffin, greens, etc., along with about 1/8th of the caramelized onions.


The finished product- a delicious dinner for under 600 calories!



Preppin’ With The Best

Ok so maybe I’m not the best, but it was hard to come up with a play on words in song lyric form for this one that made sense! This week I’m going to share another one of the secrets to my success in weight loss, the magic of meal prep. Meal prepping has become a crucial part of my weight loss and fitness regimen and has allowed me to continue making great progress. Some people take time on Sunday or Monday to prep all of their meals for the week, but I prefer to just prep dinners and have a protein shake every morning for breakfast. This way, I can pre-log 2 of my meals ever day ad have a better idea of what calories I have left for lunch and snacking (which is a crucial part of my nutritional regimen). But I’ll talk more about snackage later on!

Probably the best investment I made for meal prepping has been my crock pot, it was about $20 to buy and I use it at least every other week. It gives me the freedom to do other things like school or work while my food cooks and when I get home at the end of the day, I have several days of food waiting for me. I get the majority of my recipes from Pinterest, typically by searching “skinny crock pot ___” based on what meat I have to work with or whatever is on sale at Publix that week. About the only thing I don’t use the crock pot for is seafood, though I have seen some recipes for various shrimp dishes. The easiest crock pot recipe I have is for buffalo chicken, it involves putting 2 pounds of chicken (preferably boneless skinless breasts) in the crock pot and covering it with half a bottle of buffalo sauce and a packet or ranch dressing. You let it cook for 6-8 hours, shred, and bam you’ve got 4 days of chicken ready for you to put in a wrap or sandwich, or I just eat it on its own. I typically make my meat in the crock pot and then cook whatever side dish I decide elsewhere, lately I’ve been using a lot of sweet potatoes. Baked sweet potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, sweet potatoes in place of home fries… I’m kind of addicted. Also, I advise investing in some portion sized Tupperware, it’s been so awesome to be able to divide my stuff up into equal portions for the week. Plus there’s the added bonus of getting to reheat in the Tupperware and using less dishes for the lazy!

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A couple of weeks ago (haven’t used my crock pot in the new place yet) I made honey garlic chicken in the crock pot and mashed sweet potatoes (told you I was obsessed). 


Sometimes when I’ve got more time available or I’m just in more of a hands-on mood I’ll prep something on the stove/in the oven. A recent fan favorite (and by fans, I mean my godmother and her family) is the skinny shrimp scampi I made. My mom was predominantly Italian, so I ate a lot of pasta growing up and it’s still a dish I love to have from time to time as long as it fits within my calorie goal. This dish is pretty easy to make, and I was lucky enough to find shrimp was on sale at Publix when I made it. Scampi is usually a butter-heavy dish that has a pretty high fat content, but this recipe is about 475 calories per serving and has less than 11 grams of fat. You can find the recipe I used here:

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The delicious shrimp scampi on my first attempt (I added spinach/kale/chard mixture to it for a little color).

I mentioned earlier that I have protein shakes for breakfast (pretty much) every morning, if you’re curious what goes in it I figured I would include my “recipe”. I put quotes around it, because it’s less of a recipe and more a bunch of stuff I toss into the magic bullet and turns out delicious. I start with a cup of almond milk (you’re more than welcome to use regular milk, I just use it because it’s lower calorie), add half a frozen banana, a handful of frozen strawberry halves, a tablespoon of peanut butter, and a scoop of protein powder. Now protein powder is something you have to try out different brands until you find one that you like. I started with Slim Fast that Ariel left behind for me (until I found out that it had barely any protein content), tried Muscle Milk for a bit (but it was a little sugary for my liking, and finally ended up sticking with Publix Greenwise brand. I use chocolate, but again you could use whatever you prefer.

The last thing I would like to touch on is the importance of having healthy snack foods available to you. While this isn’t exactly meal prepping, it is part of my weekly meal plans so I count it. I’m a big fan of snacking between meals, and I’ve found that having healthier alternatives keeps me under my calorie goals. One of my favorite snacks is Greek yogurt, I usually have the Dannon light and fit ones because they’re only 80 calories but pack 12 grams of protein in each serving. Having a high protein content means you stay full longer and aren’t tempted to eat junk food. I also keep various Fiber One snacks on hand, I like the brownies for a sweet treat at only 90 calories.  As for something a little saltier, I try to have Cheezits (which are pretty low-calorie for 29 pieces) or veggie straws in the house (only 130 calories for 38 sticks). Fruits are also a good way to get some complex carbohydrates and keep things lower calorie. Believe me when I say that snacks can be a big part of “dieting” and not keep you from losing weight.


I seriously cannot get enough of these things, that satisfy that salty craving without taking away too many of my calories for real food. 

So now you’ve all got a better idea of what goes into meal prepping and the process I’ve used to lose some of my weight. If you’re interested in seeing more of my recipes, check out my Pinterest boards especially Healthy Living (  ) and Crock Pot Recipes ( ) as it’s where I pin most of the ones I use. Any questions for me can be directed to the comments below or if you have any insight to your own meal plans I always appreciate more info! Also I should probably add that no one paid me for endorsements in this post, I just really really like food and sharing the food I like with others.

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Here’s a bonus picture of my godbrother Hayden helping me cook the shrimp scampi after our workout when I went to visit them. He loves to cook and is always happy to assist me!