Weeknight Power Bowl

The Healthy Bachelorette: Weeknight Power BowlFull steam ahead! I’m back in my 7th out of 10th class in grad school (yes this is taking forever…), working full time at Pure Barre and as a Coach for All Access Internships. Woah buddy.  All great things – but sometimes it just doesn’t allow for making healthy bachelorette meals. (Though did you hear the news?! Bachelorette only for a little while longer!)

Meal planning really helps during these busy weeks, and be sure to check out our healthy meal planning tools.  These are the kind of weeks when you revert back to college and instead of doing laundry – you just buy more underwear. Yeah that happened.

Check out my weeknight power bowl! The majority of this recipe is prep, especially if you use chicken that you already cooked earlier in the week. It is a yummy, healthy and fresh meal for one that you can save for the next night, or even bring for lunch the next day. It provides lots of color from the vegetables that serve as your base, and you top it all off and make it more than your typical boring salad by adding hummus, avocado and a fun lemon cilantro vinaigrette. Did you know that the Vitamin E in olive oil helps you absorb the nutrients in your vegetables? See, salad dressing isn’t always a bad thing! Enjoy and happy cooking 🙂

Weeknight Power Bowl

Serves: 1 and 1 leftover

Ingredients

  • 6 cups baby spinach
  • 1/2 of a hot house cucumber, washed and sliced into half moons
  • 8 campari tomatoes, washed and quartered
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced into 6 pieces
  • 6oz grilled chicken, cubed
  • 4 Tablespoons pine nut hummus
  • 4 Tablespoons cilantro
  • 1 lemon, cut in half
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil, divided (I used dill infused for more flavor)
  • Pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Set out a large salad bowl and a tupperware bowl.
  2. Add 3 cups of the baby spinach to each bowl, and top with 1/2 of the cucumber slices, 4 tomatoes, 1/8 cup red onion, 3 avocado slices and 3oz of the grilled chicken.
  3. Add 2 Tablespoons of the pine nut hummus to the center of the bowls.
  4. Top each bowl with cilantro, squeeze one half of the lemon onto the salad and drizzle 1 Tablespoon of olive oil.
  5. Top with fresh ground pepper, and serve!

The Healthy Bachelorette: Lunch!

 

Lunch ready for tomorrow! And check out this fancy planner that I got to design with Erin Condren for Pure Barre. It also has a meal planning dashboard – pretty awesome!

 

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BLT Spaghetti Squash Boats

This fall I joined the Hub City  Farmers Market CSA – Fall Farm bag, and am really loving it! I have heard about CSA’s before, and have had friends who have joined them, but 4 servings of produce every week was just too much food and it would have gone to waste. This farm bag is perfect as it supports local farmers with produce that has been picked within the last 24-48 hours and is only $15 per week for 8 weeks. Every Saturday, I select which items I would like in my farm bag, and the bag is actually delivered to my office on Tuesday! It is a very exciting part of my day. This season is almost over, but if you live or work in the the Spartanburg area, I would highly recommend the Hub City Farmer’s Market CSA program for Spring.

Since it is a fall farm bag, we have been getting a lot of fall squashes such as butternut, acorn and of course spaghetti squash! This has caused me to get quite creative with my fresh recipes (exactly the result I wanted out of this program). This week I got a little creative with my spaghetti squash.

If you have never had spaghetti squash, I highly recommend you try it. It is a gluten free option to spaghetti, is a whole food (no added chemicals, preservatives, fat or salt) and actually has way less calories than real spaghetti. One cup of spaghetti has 221 calories, compared to spaghetti squash which has about 40 calories per cup –  that is over 5x the calories! And I promise you, the texture and the flavor is way better than bland out of the box spaghetti. Try using spaghetti squash in any dish you would typically use spaghetti noodles (with pesto, marinara sauce etc).

Recently, I have really been obsessed with these “spaghetti squash boat” recipes you see on Pinterest . It’s super easy, just roast the squash, add in your toppings, roast a little more and serve. Check out my BLT Spaghetti Squash Bowl below and don’t be expecting leftovers .. you will want to eat it all!

BLT Spaghetti Squash Boats

BLT Spaghetti Squash Boats

Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 1 Medium Spaghetti Squash
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 4 pieces nitrate free bacon (I used Applegate)
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 6oz bag baby spinach
  • 2oz goat cheese, divided
  • Black Pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Cut the both ends off of the spaghetti squash, then cut it in half. Scoop the seeds out with a spoon.
  3. Drizzle 1 Tablespoon of olive oil and grate fresh black pepper over each half of the spaghetti squash.
  4. Place the spaghetti squash face side down on a cookie sheet. Bake on 425 for 35-40 minutes.
  5. While the spaghetti squash is cooking, cook the bacon in a large frying pan on medium-low heat trying not to char it.
  6. Once the bacon is cooked, place on a plate with a paper towel and pat off the extra grease.
  7. Add the spinach and halved tomatoes to the pan and cook for 1-2 minutes until spinach is wilted.
  8. Once the spaghetti squash is roasted, remove from oven and turn over face side up. Fill the middle of the spaghetti squash with the spinach and tomatoes and top with crumbled bacon and 1oz of crumbled goat cheese.
  9. Roast for another 5 minutes on 425, and serve!

Strawberry Lemonade Wine Pops

Strawberry Lemonade Wine Pops from TheHealthyBachelorette.com

Thank god it’s July! Anyone who knows me knows that June has been a crazy month, and I am very excited to welcome all that July has to bring 🙂

It has been unusually hot in South Carolina the past couple of weeks, reaching 100-120 in the afternoons (check out our Insta pic here, and yes I had the car maintenance completed). What better way to cool down than with some Wine Pops! These will not only serve as a cool treat in the summer, but they are more than appropriate for happy hour as well. Similar to our Vodsicles, I used the Zoku Popsicle maker, and have found that 3 cups of liquid is the perfect amount.

Happy 4th of July everyone! We be sure to share some festive pics and videos on Facebook and Instagram. Be sure to follow us!

What boozy pops are you looking to see on the blog this summer?

Strawberry Lemonade Wine Pops

Servings: 6 Pops

  • 2 cups Trader Joe’s Organic Strawberry Lemonade (or similar)
  • 4oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 4oz Pinot Grigio

Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl or pitcher, add the lemonade, lemon juice and wine.
  2. Fill the mold 3/4 full (until the fill line) with wine mix.
  3. Place the Popsicle sticks and tops back into the mold. Freeze overnight,  at least 10 hours.
  4. Remove from mold, and enjoy!!

Zoku Popsicle Maker

Ginger Sesame Almond Kale Salad

There is nothing like a fresh, homemade salad dressing!  As a person who did not grow up with it, I can truly appreciate homemade dressing and all its wonderful uses.  I can also appreciate something that so delightfully masks the bitter and mostly unenjoyable flavor of kale!  Lets be serious, it does’t taste too good if you only wash it, chop, and throw it into your bowl with a typical bottled salad dressing- not the way to go folks! Don’t get me wrong, I love to eat kale, but there are many things we can do to spice up that flavor.  I hope everyone is feeling more relieved that the Dietitian agrees that kale tastes horrible and simply needs a little TLC, nbd.  Please enjoy your next kale salad as follows!

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Ginger Sesame Almond Kale Salad

Serves: 2 (with leftovers)

Makes approximately 1 cup of dressing, Can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days. 

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups washed and chopped kale
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 tbsp + 1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 4 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp agave or honey
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 small garlic clove, chopped
  • 3 heaping tsp minced fresh ginger
  • 4 tsp sesame seeds
  • 3 tbsp slivered almonds
  • 3 tbsp dried cranberries

Directions:

1.  Place chopped kale in a large bowl and keep to the side.

2. Place the next 8 ingredients in a blender, blend on high for 10-15 seconds until dressing is completely combined. Please note you can also make this in a bowl with a whisk!

3. Once dressing is complete, mix in the sesame seeds.

4. Dress the kale salad to your liking and mix in the cranberries and slivered almonds.  This salad tastes best if you let it sit for 10-15 minutes prior to serving!

Blending the dressing!

Blending the dressing!

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Happy Birthday To Us!

HB Bday

Today is The Healthy Bachelorette’s 1st birthday! Our first year has been a very successful one, publishing over 70 recipes. 

We wanted to take a second to say THANK YOU to our blog subscribers. We love writing healthy recipes and are so glad to have such a fun audience to share them with.

A recap on The Healthy Bachelorette’s 1st year:

Thank you again and cheers to another great year. We can’t wait to see what is next to come!

– Brittany & Meaghan

Please leave any recipe ideas/requests in the comments below.

Mint & Lime Skinny Sweet Tea

Mint  and Lime Skinny Sweet Tea from The Healthy Bachelorette

Your long weekend starts NOW! I have been in craft cocktail mood lately posting all of these drink recipes, but I promise I will get back to blogging about food soon 🙂

Here is a Memorial Day Weekend cocktail recipe that uses one of our favorite products, Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka! Before we started our “real jobs,” Meaghan and I took a trip out to Wadmalaw Island, SC (45 min from Charleston) to the Firefly Distillery and Irvin House Vineyards. I believe our actual words were “why go wine tasting when you can go vodka tasting?!” We had a blast at the distillery, it is a very quaint farm with lots of dogs and wildlife. Bonus: they give you a free Firefly shot glass for tasting! Since 2011, I have been quite a few times, and may now have a complete set of Firefly shot glasses. Ok maybe I like Firefly a little too much…

The Healthy Bachelorette's at Firefly in Charleston, SCMeaghan & Brittany at the Firefly Distillery June 2011

The Healthy Bachelorette <3 FireflySo many Firefly shot glasses

We hope you enjoy this delicious cocktail that uses Firefly Skinny Tea and LaCroix sparkling flavored water, totaling in only 96 calories per drink!  Have a great Memorial Day Weekend!

Mint and Lime Skinny Sweet Tea

Mint & Lime Skinny Sweet Tea Cocktail

Ingredients for 1 drink:

Directions:

  1. Add the mint leaves and Firefly Vodka to the bottom of a small mason jar. Muddle the mint to infuse the Skinny Tea with the natural flavor.
  2. Add 6oz of La Croix Lime to the mason jar. Fill the rest of the jar with ice.
  3. Garnish with a lime wedge and enjoy by a bonfire on a warm southern summer night.

Calories: 96

Has anyone else been to the Firefly Distillery? Which flavor is your favorite?

No-Bake Peanut Butter Banana Coconut Breakfast Bars

Sometimes, mornings are hard.  I recently had an unfortunate morning that involved my phone alarm not going off, spilling a bag of coffee grounds all over the kitchen floor, and worst of all – forgetting my well packed bag of food for the day!!  I’m sure you’ve been there and its not fun!! These types of days usually result in a medley of unorganized eating patterns because a rough morning really screws with my whole day.  These 5 Ingredient no-bake bars are a great staple to keep in your freezer to grab when you’re simply on the go, in need of a snack, or having a disastrous morning!  Not too mention, the Trader Joe’s Coco Chips I used as a topping are AHHmazing.

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Peanut Butter Banana Coconut Breakfast Bars

Makes 4 Bars!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups Whole Rolled Oats
  • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter of your choice
  • 1 medium mashed banana
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • Handful of Trader Joe’s Coco Chips on top (Can also use 2 tbsp regular shredded coconut)
  • Optional extras: cranberries, chocolate chips, slivered or whole almonds/pecans, chia seeds, flaxseeds

Direction

1. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, peanut butter, mashed banana, and cinnamon.  It works well to microwave the peanut butter for 15 seconds to soften it slightly, prior to mixing.  Mix well until thick mixture is well combined.

2. Place a large piece of plastic wrap in a loaf pan, this will allow you to easily remove the bars when finished. Press the, oatmeal mixture into the bottom and evenly flatten.  Top the mixture with the honey and coco chips.  Wrap up with the extra plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 1 hour.  Slice and serve, keep in the fridge for 5 days or freeze individually wrapped!

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Individually wrapped and ready to go!

Individually wrapped and ready to go!