Jalapeno Pepper Poppers

 Posted by on October 7, 2013
Oct 072013
 

roasted pepper daddies

Original vs. Substitute Sam

Stuffed peppers are an one of my favorites, but they are a lot of work so when I make them I make A LOT. Packed with lean protein sources and one helluva spicy kick, Jalapeno Pepper Poppers have significantly less calories and saturated fat than traditional recipes.

      • 18g of protein per serving
      • Greek yogurt provides quality protein and healthy probiotics
      • 80% less fat by using turkey bacon, cottage cheese, and low fat cheese blends

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Ideation

vikings suckSeeing summer days slowly slip away sucks, but thankfully fall is just around the corner which means two things:

1. Vikings Football

2. Farmers Markets

Since the Vikings are now 0-3 and Christian Ponder cashed in his 1st round paycheck for a hot girlfriend and a house on Lake Minnetonka I guess that leaves Farmers Markets.

My old roommate Sam and his fiance, Anna, brought me to the farmers market by Target Field where the deals are ridiculous. It was like buying dollars on the penny!

$.50 for a HUGE sweet potato? $3 for a grocery bag full of jalapeno peppers? 

YES PLEASE!

These weren’t just any old jalapenos either. They were matured, with beautiful cracks and deep colors of red that mean one thing… SPICE!

With that amount of high quality jalapenos and my newest gift–The Pepper Daddy–my next move was logical.


Recipe

1. Place oven rack in a middle-low position, pre-heat oven to 425 F and fill a large bowl or sink with water to rinse and store jalapenos after cleaning

floating jalapenos in water

cleaned jalapenos
2. Cut the tops off the jalapenos and use a small knife or peeler to hollow the inside of each jalapeno. It’s important to find jalapenos with large tops for easy cleaning and filling.
  • 12 large jalapenos (400g)
3. In a bowl combine chopped bacon, scallions, Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, cumin, and salt and mix well (taste the mix to adjust flavoring as necessary)
  • 4 slices of turkey bacon finely chopped
  • 1/3 C finely chopped scallions (50g)
  • 3/4 C Oikos non-fat  Plain Greek Yogurt (175g)
  • 3/4 C cottage cheese (175g)
  • 2 TSP cumin
  • 1 TSP salt
4. Using a small spoon, fill each jalapeno with mix from step 3 and use a skewer or straw to push filling to the bottom of each jalapeno

filling jalapenos

5. Place finished jalapeno peppers in The Pepper Daddy and place the rack in oven

stuffed peppers

6. Bake at 425 F for 35 minutes (until peppers begin to roast and develop a brown coat)

 

7. Enjoy!

roasted pepper daddies


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Strawberry Cheesecake Pie

 Posted by on September 22, 2013
Sep 222013
 

strawberry cheesecake pie

Original vs. Substitute Sam

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Ideation

After Simply Sinless Pie Crust was discovered it gave me an excuse to start experimenting with all sorts of pies. Naturally, I went to the blog that sparked my curiosity in healthy substitutions, Chocolate Covered Katie.

The first recipe I ever tried from her was a chocolate pie filling with tofu and it turned out surprisingly delicious. Combining a few of her ingredients with my previous kitchen adventures with protein powder I was able to create a delectable pie filling that’s high in protein and low in calories.

I chose to omit some ingredients in her original recipe that led to a few less-than-perfect pie fillings (including a sloppy showing at a family Christmas party), but I always remind myself a failure is a perfect opportunity to find a creative way around it.

This is especially true in the kitchen where the worst that happens is you have to eat your mistake by yourself. It was from these mistakes this recipe was born!


Recipe

1. Prepare Simply Sinless Pie Crust and begin baking while we prepare the filling

 

2. In a blender/bullet combine and puree
3. Pour 3/4 of the filing into the prepared Simply Sinless Pie Crust and save 1/4. Combine strawberries with remaining mix and puree
  • 1/3 C strawberries (75g)
4. Slowly pour strawberry puree in a circular pattern around pie filling. Place a chopstick or skewer in the middle of the strawberry puree and begin a side to side motion to design the pattern.
5. Place pie in the fridge and allow gelatin and pudding mix to set for at least 2 hours (longer the duration the more firm it is).

 

6. Remove, slice, and enjoy!

strawberry cheesecake pie


Tip: Texture is more similar to pudding pie than cheesecake, try experimenting with other flavors of pudding and protein and let me know if you find any keepers.

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Shrimp Ceviche Salad

 Posted by on September 12, 2013
Sep 122013
 

shrimp ceviche

Original vs. Substitute Sam

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Ideation

During my last week at Target helping train in some new employees I met another person who enjoys cooking just as much as I do and we quickly became friends. One day while we were talking the topic of food blogs came up and of course I had to give myself a shameless plug.

We talked about our styles of cooking, mine focusing more on healthy than a specific region while Basil’s emphasized a fusion of latin and caribbean cooking centered on a paleo lifestyle.

Then he mentioned a cooking contest he’d entered against his friend who had a culinary degree. His friend had challenged him to a cooking contest and Basil choose one of his staples, ceviche. After hearing Basil explain how it was made and the reactions both the judges–who were a group of common friends–and the competing chef I had to ask him for the recipe.

His original recipe calls for fresh raw shrimp, but since my first time making the dish will be for a group of friends as well I chose to use the next freshest option of in-shell pre-cooked shrimp instead.

Thanks for the recipe Basil, keep them coming!


Recipe

1. Thaw shrimp in cool water, pat dry with paper towels and chop into 1/2 pieces
  • 10-15 shrimp (225g)
2. Transfer to a medium non-reactive bowl (i.e. silicone, glass, ceramic, stainless steel) and juice the lemons, limes, and oranges by halving and squeezing them into the bowl.
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 lime
  • 1 orange
3. Dice cucumber, onion, jalapenos and stir into shrimp mixture and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • 1 cucumber (250g)
  • 1/2 red onion (150g)
  • 2 jalapeno peppers (50g)
  • 1/2 green bell pepper (125g)
4. While the mixture refrigerates, dice avocado, tomato, cilantro and toss with oil in a separate bowl.
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 vine tomato
  • 1 TBSP cilantro (adjust to taste)
  • 1-2 TBSP olive oil
5. Combine mixtures together in the non-reactive bowl and salt to taste. Garnish with salt and pepper if desired.
  •  salt/pepper to taste
6. Enjoy!

ceviche


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Peanut Butter Pleasure

 Posted by on September 2, 2013
Sep 022013
 

peanut butter pleasure

Original vs. Substitute Sam

nutrition facts


Ideation

Peanut butter in any form is my kryptonite. Traditional peanut butter is calorically dense and if I knew there was peanut butter in my cupboard it’d be gone within a matter of days, but refusing to buy it was only half the battle. By watching FOOD Network I’m frequently exposed to food commercials and when any type of peanut butter product was advertised (i.e. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Smucker’s Peanut Butter, etc.) I’d have ridiculous cravings.

Then I found a product called PB2 (which can be read about in my Cooking Substitutes) and my life changed forever. A peanut butter in powdered form with a fraction of the fat and calories as traditional peanut butter?

Mind. Blown.

I started out mixing it with milk and dipping celery and carrots into it and quickly finished my first jar. I wanted to find more creative ways to get my peanut butter fix so I ordered the twin pack from Amazon, which comes in vacuum sealed packages that do not store or pour well once opened. I decided to transfer the PB2 to a mason jar for storage and ease of use. Almost all of the PB2 fit, except for about 2 TBSP that I was not sure what to do with.

As I reached up to put the jar of PB2 powder next to my jars of protein, cinnamon, and guarana powders I noticed how similar the textures were, remembered I had 2 TBSP of leftovers, and had a moment of brilliance all at once.

The result was the birth of Peanut Butter Pleasure.


Recipe

1. Add in this order: milk, PB2, and protein powder to a blender/bullet and blend for 15 seconds
2. Add in handful of ice and blend (add in more ice for a thicker/creamier textured malt)
  • Ice cubes
3. Enjoy!

pb2


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Berry Smart-Start Smoothie

 Posted by on August 20, 2013
Aug 202013
 

smart-start smoothie

Original vs. Substitute Sam

nutrition facts


Ideation

Sure, it might not be the most beautiful thing you’ve ever drank, but it just might be the healthiest. I was introduced to this smoothie by a good friend of mine, Ben, as a senior in college. As he described it to me I was skeptical whether he was drinking it with enjoyment or just choking it down for the nutrients, but once I tried this smoothie it quickly became a staple in my diet for several reasons:

1: Convenience. It takes less than 5 minutes to prep and can be drank on the way to work or workout.

2: Satiety. This smoothie has plenty of fiber and protein to keep us satiated.

3: Nutrition. Odds are you wouldn’t be on this site if you didn’t care about eating healthy and this smoothie packs nearly a days worth of nutrients into one delicious drink which is why I use this as my post-workout, pre-work drink.

The list of reasons could go on, but I’d like us to remember as much as possible so I’ll make one last plug for trying this. There are several studies suggesting starting with a healthy breakfast sets the tone for the rest of the day’s choices and I personally hate starting off on the wrong foot!


Recipe

1. Add water to blender/magic bullet first, then add in flax/chia, protein powder and blend for 20 seconds
2. Add in spinach and banana then puree
  • 1/2 C fresh (a tightly packed handful) or frozen (50g)
  • 1/2 fresh or frozen large banana (75g)
3. Add in frozen mixed berries and ice and finish blending until smooth
  • 1 C frozen mixed berries or feel free to substitute for all blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, etc. (120g)
  • 1-3 ice cubes as needed (texture varies based on frozen vs. fresh ingredients used)
4. Enjoy!

smart-start smoothie


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