Simple Cucumber & Watermelon Salad

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How adorable are these South Carolina wine glasses that one of my bridesmaids got us for our engagement?

Hi everyone! Sorry for being MIA for the last couple of months…I’m not sure if you heard the news yet – but I am excited to share with you all that Trevor and I are engaged!! Not only are we engaged, but Meaghan is my maid of honor! Super exciting 🙂

This healthy bachelorette has been wedding planning like woah! Of course, we have been meal planning and cooking healthy meals and I am excited to getting back to sharing some of my recipes with you all.

DSC_0698Here is a recipe I made the other night that is perfect for a summer weeknight dinner out on the porch, or to bring to your 4th of July picnic. It’s a great side dish for grilled salmon or chicken, or even put it on a bed of arugula for a refreshing summer lunch. If you start snacking it on for breakfast, that’s not the end of the world either. The best part? It has 5 just ingredients!

The Healthy Bachelorette: Simple Cucumber & Watermelon Salad

Simple Cucumber & Watermelon Salad

Serves: 2 servings, 2 leftovers

Ingredients

  • 3 cups watermelon, cut into 1″ cubes
  • 1 large local cucumber, cut into half moons
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese

Directions:

  1. Cut the watermelon and cucumber.
  2. In a large glass bowl, add the watermelon cubes, cut cucumber, olive oil and lime juice. Toss to combine.
  3. Add in the feta cheese and toss the salad to mix ingredients evenly.
  4. Serve cold – can store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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Breakfast Cranberry Carrot Muffins

Who knew muffins could include such random but delicious ingredients?  Why not put something better in there besides some super solid mystery fat and other big words we probably can’t pronounce?  Bananas, cranberries, oatmeal, and carrots make a surprisingly fantastic muffin.  So I cheated and bought the bag of shredded carrots and this suited my needs just fine.  If you are looking for more of a carrot cake consistency (hidden carrots) then you’ll need to shred them with the box grater yourself.  These taste just delightful toasted and with a little butter or jam on it. Perfect for breakfast or snack! NOM.

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Breakfast Cranberry Carrot Muffins

Makes: 12 Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup 1% milk (or milk of choice)
  • 2 cups shredded carrots (chop a little extra with a knife if using bagged carrots)
  • 2 medium ripe bananas, mashed

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 and spray or line a 12 tin muffin pan.
  2. n a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Sift well or mix with a fork until combined.
  3. Next add the oats, cranberries, olive oil, egg, milk, carrots, and mashed banana.  Stir well until all ingredients are blended.
  4. Divide the batter evenly in the muffin tin and bake for 15-18 minutes until cooked through.

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!

 

Creamy Broccoli Cheddar Soup

The weather has been frigid and dreary which means I don’t want to do anything except wear flannel pajamas, eat cheesy foods, and watch Rom-coms. Despite this,  I am determined to not let the annual “winter coat” back on (or, better known as the reason I have 8 pairs of jeans in varying sizes).  I love to make soup, especially the good and hearty type.  This soup accomplishes that perfectly and, as a bonus, is thickened with cannelloni beans making this a low-fat, high fiber version!

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Creamy Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Serves: 2 (+4 lunches!)

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 can cannelloni beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 carrots, peeled and minced
  • 3 cups of chopped broccoli
  • 2 cups of shredded sharp cheddar cheese, plus extra for serving
  • 1/2 cup 1% Milk, optional, and recommended 🙂
  • salt & pepper to taste

 

Directions:

  1. Heat a soup pot on medium and add the olive oil and onions. Sauté for 2 minutes until they turn clear.
  2. Add the garlic and sauté for another 2 minutes. (If it starts to become dry, add a tablespoon or 2 of water.)
  3. Add the stock and water to the pot.  Allow to simmer for 10 minutes.  (This is important as all of the flavors from the onion and garlic season the stock).
  4. Add the cannelloni beans and blend everything together using an immersion blender. This will create a nice puree of your aromatics and beans.
  5. Add the carrots and broccoli to the pot with the puree and allow the soup to simmer for another 5-8 minutes, until the carrots and broccoli are soft.
  6. Blend the soup again until it is almost entirely pureed.  Leaving some whole pieces of broccoli works well.
  7. Add the cheddar cheese (and milk, if desired), stir until melted,  and season to taste! Serve with extra cheddar.

 

*You can also use a regular blender, obviously!   When blending in step 5, leave about 2 cups of the soup in the pot and puree the rest.

*If freezing, do not add milk to the soup.  You can add milk when re-heating at a later point.

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!

My Workday Breakfast: Gluten Free Cinnamon Apple Quinoa with Nuts

Until recently, I would not have considered myself a “breakfast person.” In fact, I didn’t even like eggs until I met Meaghan in 2011 …. and I was 22. Back in our MUSC days, I used to eat a 1/2 cup of dry breakfast cereal every morning. There is even a picture of our pantry with all of our 12 cereals lined up in our Mt. Pleasant apartment. I would eat my dry cereal in the car, while driving to work (you can imagine what my car looked like).

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Then I got a job, moved to Greenville, and started trying to eat a big girl breakfast: oatmeal. I tried the instant oatmeal, then the organic instant oatmeal, and even tried making baked oatmeal. I never quite felt right after eating oatmeal, and was absolutely ravenous after 30 minutes.

In April we completed about 6 weeks with whole foods only: no processed out of the box type stuff, we made everything. During this time, I got hooked on this simple, yet healthy and very satisfying breakfast. Every Sunday night I make a big batch of quinoa with cinnamon apples and walnuts or pecans, and eat off of it throughout the week. This provides everything you need in a healthy breakfast: carbs from the apples and quinoa, protein from the quinoa and nuts and healthy fat from the nuts. This recipe has 5.2g of protein – almost as much as an egg!

Cinnamon Apple Quinoa from The Healthy Bachelorette

Cinnamon Apple Quinoa with Nuts

Servings: 6 (3/4 cup each)

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup skim milk
  • 2 small apples, chopped (I use organic pink lady)
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts of your choice(I typically use pecans or walnuts)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Cinnamon to taste

Directions

  1. Place the quinoa, water and milk in a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil, and reduce to simmer, stirring frequently to ensure the quinoa and milk do not brown to the bottom ~ 15 minutes.
  2. While the quinoa is cooking, melt the butter in a medium sized frying pan over medium-low heat. Add the chopped apples and season with cinnamon to taste. Stir frequently and cook for ~5 minutes.
  3. In a large serving dish with a lid, combine the quinoa, cinnamon apples and nuts and place in the refrigerator. (It will last up to 7 days.)
  4. Reheat 3/4 cup of the quinoa breakfast mix in the morning by placing in the microwave for 30 seconds – and you’re good to go!

Nutrition facts: 214 calories, 11.9g total fat, 3.2g saturated fat, 23g total carbs, 5.2g protein, 45mg sodium

What’s your go-to work day breakfast?

Mug: Fiestaware Poppy Jumbo Cup

Happy Birthday To Us!

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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

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