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Mexican Chicken Salad

This is  a spicy alternative to regular chicken salad. Loaded with calcium from the cheese and greek yogurt and nutrients from the diced veggies. Ingredients:Canned ChickenPlain non-fat greek yogurtdiced tomatoesdiced onionsdiced green peppersnon-fat or low-fat shredded cheddar cheese Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Refrigerate and serve.

Spicy Pulled Pork

Pulled pork is great by itself, as a sandwhich, on a salad, or in a wrap. There are many ways to make it...this is one of my favorites: Ingredients:Boneless Pork ShoulderMcCormick Mexican Fiesta Seasoning Packet1/4 cup water1 tablespoon olive oil1 tablespoon red wine vinegar1 chopped red bell pepper1 choppped orange bell pepper1 chopped yellow bell pepper1/4 cup diced onions 

Cajun Veggie Jambalaya

Jambalaya is dish that originated in the caribbean and it's based on meat, veggies, stock and rice. When we went to Spain our favorite dish was called Paella, which is very similiar to Jambalaya, it was just originated in Spain. It contains meat, veggies, and rice. These dishes are easy to prepare and have a great mix of protein, complex carbs, and colorful vegetables. I make my Jambalaya with extra veggies for extra nutrition, color, and flavor! ingredients:Spicy Chicken Sausage (4 links)Frozen cooked small shrimp (1 package)1 red bell pepper

Roasted Butternut Squash with Spinach

I LOVE roasted butternut squash...especially when you add spinach, onions, and dried cranberries. It's the perfect healthy side dish alternative to sweet potato casserole, because you can savor the sweetness without all the fat and calories. PLUS added nutrients with the SPINACH! Ingredients:Butternut Squash--chopped into 1inch sqaures (you can now buy them pre-cut if your short on time)Bag of baby spinach1 sweet onion- diced1 cup dried cranberries1 tbsp olive oil  Directions: 

Sweet Potato Apple Stuffing

This recipe is a healthier alternative to regular stuffing. Using whole wheat bread, apples, and sweet potatoes for added nutritional value! Sweet Potato Apple Stuffing Ingredients:2 large sweet potatoes 1/4 cup low-fat butter or margarine1 ½  cups chopped raw onions ½  cup diced celery 2 cups chopped apples (I prefer granny smith)1/2 cup water

Encouraging Weight Loss through the Holidays

 1. Stick to your exercise routine-- Put it in your calendar. Plan ahead, make a schedule and stick to it! 2. Eat a Healthy Breakfast-- Make sure its loaded with nutrients--> Low-fat greek yogurt, oatmeal or eggs and FRUIT. 3. Drink Water ALL day-- This will help the body better detoxify, protect and moisurize joints, kickstart metabolism, and absorb nutrients. 

Fire Roasted Mexican Chicken Soup

This soup is so easy to prepare and only has 5 ingredients! You can never say you don't have enough time to cook a meal again!! I like to put all my ingredients in a crock pot for several hours to really let the flavor absorb, but you can definitely put them in a big pot on the stove and just quickly heat up if you're in rush. Ingredients: box of Low sodium chicken broth12.5oz can of chicken (in water)can of low sodium corn (drained)

Lean Beef Veggie Tacos

Tacos can be a healthy meal, especially when you add in lots of diced peppers, onions, & mushrooms!  Opt for Lean Beef...turkey and chicken are also great options. And use whole grain tortillas. I like to add diced cucumbers on top for an extra crunch!  Ingredients:1lb lean ground beef1 taco seasoning packet1/2 cup waterDiced red peppersDiced green peppersDiced sweet onionDiced mushroomsWhole grain or Whole Wheat Taco Shells

Salsa Hummus

 Hummus is a great dip for veggies! It's easy to make and packed with nutrients. There are many variations to make it, but here is a simple recipe: 
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