We have tried a number of new recipes as we build this healthy eating habit. This roundup will focus on the healthy recipes we have tried from the Mayo Clinic site (listed in order of preference).
Chicken Quesadilla (adapted)
- 2 oz chicken
- 1 whole wheat tortilla
- spoonful of cheddar cheese
- green peppers
Slice chicken breasts, onions, and green peppers and saute of medium-high heat until thoroughly cooked. Spread chicken and cheese over half of the tortilla. Fold tortilla in half and heat on a skillet over medium-high heat until cheese is melted. Cut and serve.
I LOVE flour tortillas! Seriously, it’s a problem. So I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked the whole wheat tortillas we bought. I have made this recipe twice already.
Beef Fajitas (adapted)
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- Ground black pepper, to taste
- 12 ounces beef sirloin, select grade, cut into strips 1/2 inch wide and 2 inches long
- 1 red bell pepper, cut into strips
- 1 green bell pepper, cut into strips
- 4 whole-wheat tortillas, about 8 inches in diameter, warmed in the microwave
- 1/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup salsa
In a small bowl, stir together the chili powder, oregano, paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Dredge the sirloin pieces in the seasonings, coating completely. We grilled the steak and veggies and then sliced them prior to serving.
I served this by putting the individual components on a plate like normal fajitas. We had cheese, guacamole, and salsa on the side. It was excellent.
Chicken and Spinach Calzones
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts (grilled and cubed)
- 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
- 8 ounces part-skim ricotta cheese
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
- 4 teaspoons Parmesan cheese
- 2 egg whites, divided
- Frozen whole-wheat bread rolls (16 ounces), thawed, not risen (separated into 6 equal pieces)
Heat oven to 350 F. Lightly coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
In a small bowl, combine the spinach, ricotta cheese, garlic, parsley, Parmesan cheese and 1 of the egg whites. Mix until well blended. Set aside.
In another bowl, use a wire whisk or fork to lightly beat the remaining egg white.
On a floured surface, press each piece into a circle. Using a rolling pin, roll each dough piece into ovals 8 inches long and 6 inches wide. Brush the edges of the dough ovals with the lightly beaten egg white. Place 1/6 of the chicken cubes in the center of each oval. Add 1/6 of the spinach mixture to each. Fold the dough over the filling, pressing the edges together. Crimp with a fork and place on the prepared baking sheet.
Bake until browned and crispy, about 15 to 20 minutes. Serve immediately.
This recipe is very tasty, but not perfect. If I make it again I will season the cheese mixture with salt and pepper. I would also flip the calzones halfway through baking because it seemed like the bottom got soggy.
There are a number of fantastic recipes on the Mayo Clinic site. I am excited to attempt more recipes as we continue to build on this habit.
Are you convinced? Please share share the Mayo Clinic recipe you plan on trying in the comments!