Air Fried Baby Creamer Potatoes

If you’re looking for a healthier alternative to French fries, here’s one.

Ingredients

  • Baby creamer potatoes
  • Seasoning (I use Bruschetta seasoning mix)
  • Olive oil

Instructions

  1. Wash potatoes
  2. Cut potatoes in half
  3. In a bowl, slather potatoes in just enough olive oil to wet the surface of each potato
  4. In a bowl, sprinkle on seasoning and mix
  5. Preheat air fryer to 400 F
  6. Add potatoes to air fryer and cook for 10 minutes
  7. Flip potatoes
  8. Cook for another 10 minutes
  9. Eat

Air-Fried Chicken Breast Strips

Chicken breast meat is packed with protein and very little fat. But, it often comes out dry after baking. Here’s a recipe that is quick to cook and results in a more tasty, tender meat.

Ingredients

  • Chicken breast
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp ground mustard
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbs canola oil or olive oil

Instructions

  1. Mix all spices in a single spice dispenser
  2. Cut up the chicken breast into 1 inch wide strips
  3. In a bowl, rub olive oil over the chicken strips and sprinkle on the seasoning. Mix with hands to ensure complete coverage. 
  4. Set air fryer to a target thermometer temperature of 165 F.
  5. Insert thermometer such that tip is at center of thickest part of one chicken strips
  6. When air fryer has preheated, put all strips in
  7. When half way done, turn strips over
  8. When target temperature reached, remove legs and let stand for 5 minutes
  9. Eat

Broccoli, Chicken n Egg Scramble

Here’s another high protein, easy-to-cook, delicious meal for you.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen broccoli
  • 1 cup chicken breasts (for simplicity, I use the Costco Kirkland canned chicken breast chunks)
  • 4 eggs
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Salt n pepper to taste
  • 10 tablespoons olive oil

Instructions

  1. Put olive oil in 10″ pan on medium-high heat
  2. Put in chicken breast and cook
  3. Defrost broccoli in microwave and add to pan
  4. Sprinkle on some salt and pepper
  5. Add 4 eggs
  6. Sprinkle on some shredded mozzarella cheese
  7. Scramble
  8. Eat

This recipe is also good without the chicken.

High Protein & Healthy Smoothie

Get 40 grams of protein in a yummy smoothie drink.

Ingredients

  • Unsweetened almond milk (any brand)
  • Vanilla greek yoghurt with no or very little added sugar
    • Oikos Triple Zero Vanilla Greek Yogurt, 5.3 Oz. (15 g protein)
    • Dannon Light and Fit Vanilla Flavored Greek Yogurt (12 g protein)
    • Walmart Great Value Light Greek Vanilla Nonfat Yogurt, 5.3 oz (12 g protein)
  • 2 handfuls of frozen mixed berries (blueberries, raspberries, etc)
  • 1 scoop of 100% whey protein (25 g protein)

Instructions

Blend everything

Toasted Chipotle Steak n Cheddar Sandwich

So, the other day I went to Quizno’s and had this Chipotle Steak and Cheddar sandwich. It was mighty delicious so I had to try to recreate it.

Here’s how it came out.

It was actually really good so here’s the recipe. Note: I substituted steak with pastrami. You can also use roast beef.

Ingredients

  • Pastrami (from Costco) – may substitute with roast beef
  • sliced green bell pepper
  • sliced onion
  • cheddar cheese
  • Chipotle mayonnaise (substitute with hummus for healthier alternative)
  • Francisco Gourmet Sesame Seed Rolls

Instructions

  1. Slice the bell pepper and onions into slivers.
  1. Heat up some pastrami in a microwave at 50% power for 2 minutes. If the bell pepper and onion are cold from being in the fridge, heat them up along with the pastrami.
  2. Spread some Chipotle mayo on both sides of the bread
  1. Spread pepper and onion evenly on bread, add pastrami, add cheddar cheese and toast in over until cheese has melted

Remove from oven and enjoy!

Amazingly Good Air Fried Chicken Recipe

Ingredients

  • 6 chicken legs
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp ground mustard
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbs canola oil or olive oil

Instructions

  1. Mix all spices in a single spice dispenser
  2. Using a clean rag, grab part of the chicken skin with the rag and pull the skin off
  3. In a bowl, rub olive oil over each chicken leg and sprinkle on the seasoning. Mix with hands to ensure complete coverage.
  4. Let chicken marinate in refrigerator for at least 1 hour. The longer the better. Overnight is best!
  5. Set air fryer to a target thermometer temperature of 160 F.
  6. Insert thermometer such that tip is at center of thickest part of one chicken leg
  7. When air fryer has preheated, put all legs in the air fryer
  8. When half way done, turn legs over
  9. When target temperature reached, remove legs and let stand for 5 minutes
  10. Eat

Granola Yoghurt Parfait Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 container (150 grams) Dannon Oikos Triple Zero Vanilla Greek Yogurt (15 g protein, 0 g added sugar, 100 calories) – Target
  • A little bit of Kefir (Lifeway Kefir cultured lowfat milk 1% milkfat plain unsweetened) (1 cup / 240 ml / 110 calories, 0 g added sugar, 11 g protein) – Smart n Final
  • Handful of mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
  • ½ cup granola (Kirkland Signature Organic Ancient Grain Granola) – Costco
  • 1 tbsp crushed mixed nut topping

Instructions

Mixed everything

Shakshouka / Menemen Recipe

Moroccan Shakshouka and Turkish Menemen are very similar. Here’s my version of these dishes.

Ingredients

  • 5 eggs
  • 1 8oz can of fire-roasted diced tomatoes (Target / FoodMaxx / Smart n Final)
  • 2 handfuls of frozen diced onions (Smart n Final)
  • 1/4 lb of ground beef
  • 2 tbsp wet minced garlic
  • 10 tbsp olive oil
  • Smoked paprika (not regular paprika)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, sliced (optional – remove seeds so you don’t sweat)
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste (optional)
  • Sourdough bread
  • 1/8 cup cilantro for garnish (you can also use Lightly Dried Cilantro)
  • Shredded parmesan or cheddar cheese (optional)

Instructions

  1. Pour olive oil in large 12″ pan on high heat
  2. Fry ground beef, onions, jalapeno pepper and garlic until slightly brown
  3. Pour in diced tomatoes and sprinkle in smoked paprika, salt and pepper to taste (optionally, add tomato paste) and cook for 5 minutes. Optionally add cheese.
  4. Put 5 slices of sour dough bread in toaster and toast until slightly hard
  5. Add eggs being careful not to break the yolk
  6. Cover and poach on medium heat until egg white changes from translucent to white. Turn off heat so that egg yolk is still runny.
  7. Garnish with cilantro
  8. Eat by scooping up Shakshouka with spoon and chase it with a bite of the bread

Quick and Easy Vegetable Stir Fry

There are many stir fry vegetables recipes online but they seem more complicated than they need to be (unless I’m just not picky enough about how stir fry vegetables is supposed to taste). The main thing the be concerned with is sodium / salt. You typically add soy sauce to the vegetables but unless you get low sodium soy sauce, the sauce will be already salty so you don’t need to add salt to the vegetables.

For the ingredients, all you need is a stir fry vegetable blend (I get mine from Costco) and soy sauce.

I sometimes add chicken to if I want to add protein.

To make the dish look colorful, I like to add one red bell pepper chopped into bite-size pieces.

You don’t need to defrost the vegetables. Just get a wok, put in some olive oil, wait a bit for the wok to heat up, throw on some frozen veggies, and toss periodically.

Once the veggies are soft, pour on some soy sauce and toss periodically again. the picture below shows it with chicken. If you want a darker look, add dark soy sauce. Dark soy sauce is less salty than regular soy sauce. After a while, give it a taste to see if it needs more soy sauce or not. If not, you’re done.

The soy sauce is only 15 calories / tbsp.

UPDATE: I tried some other recipes that call for a mix of various sauces and I think it did taste better BUT it come with a lot more calories to the all the sugar in Hoisin sauce. If you don’t care about calories, then try this recipe for the sauce instead:

  • 1 tbsp Hoisin sauce (90 calories)
  • 1 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp black vinegar splash of toasted sesame oil

If you do care about calories, omit the Hoisin sauce.

Beef Instead of Chicken

If you prefer beef, you can add precooked, pre-sliced beef sirloin (available at Costco).

Or, to get more for your money, you can buy pre-marinated tri-top (available at Costco).

I tried this out and it came out great. Just preheat an over to 375 (convection bake), stick in a thermometer and set the target temperature to 135. When it’s done, your oven will (should) beep. Take it out and leave for 10 minutes.

Then just add to your veggies.

Fire-Roasted Vegetables

Costco also sells frozen fire-roasted vegetables as well.

This was good but the vegetables were smaller and I didn’t care for some of the vegetables. Nevertheless, it was still very good. In the pic below, I added yellow bell pepper.

Quick and Yummy Pasta Recipe

1. Add water to a pot and bring to boil

Add salt to water to taste

2. Put pasta in a bowl

I prefer angel hair pasta. Since it’s long, break it into 3.

WARNING: Pasta will grow like crazy when cooked. Put half or a third of the raw pasta amount.

3. Cook the pasta

Put the pasta in the pot and cook till it reaches your desired hardness

4. Prepare meatballs

For convenience and speed, just buy pre-cooked, frozen meatballs. Then, heat them up in a microwave on high for 4 minutes.

5. Prepare pasta sauce

For convenience and speed, just buy premade pasta sauce. Rao’s marinara sauce is particularly good and available at Costco. Pour an adequate amount over the cooked meatballs.

then heat in a microwave for 2 minutes.

6. Strain pasta

When pasta is cooked, strain it and put it back into the pot.

7. Mix sauce, meatballs and pasta

Pour the sauce and meatballs into the pot of pasta and mix.

8. Serve and enjoy

Optionally top with grated parmesan cheese