A semi treat meal, The Bachelor finale, grain free pizza and a scary Tuesday

One of my favorite meals of all time is homemade tostadas with spanish rice on the side. It’s not the healthiest, cleanest meal in the world, but it’s not the worst!! I had been craving carbs all last week, so Sunday night I thought that maybe I need listen to my body and make a semi treat meal for my husband & I. I decided to lighten up my favorite meal and make that! If you ever want a good treat/cheat meal, this is a good one to try! The whole meal is under 500 calories if you can believe that!

This rice is adapted from my my mom’s recipe. I’ve changed the seasoning up a little bit, but it’s pretty much the same as hers.

Ingredients:
-2 tbsp olive oil
-1 cup of medium or long grain white rice
-1 can of diced tomatoes
-1 can of low sodium chicken broth
-2 tsp sea salt
-1 tbsp garlic powder
-1 tsp red pepper flakes
-black pepper to taste

You will need to use a large non-stick skillet type pan with a tightly fitting lid. Heat pan on med-low heat. Add oil, add rice and brown the rice lightly (watch it carefully it can burn pretty quick)! . After rice is browned turn the heat to a low summer and add the tomatoes with the juice, the chicken broth and all seasonings (FYI the pan will sizzle up pretty good when you add the tomatoes and broth so don’t stand too close)! Stir gently and put lid on.

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Simmer with lid on for 30-35 min. The finished masterpiece will look like this!

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To lighten up the tostada part of this meal, I made my own tostada shells! They were soooo good!! Better than store bought or fried ones!! Plus they were so easy!

I put 4 corn tortillas on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and lightly sprayed them with olive oil spray (both sides of tortilla) and baked in a pre-heated oven at 350 for 10-15 min.

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Finished shells look and taste amazing! I’m thinking I can use these for an array of recipes! I know that I’m not re-inventing the wheel here, but these shells made me so excited!

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I topped my shell with 1/2 cup of fat free beans, 1 oz of grass fed beef, lettuce, tomatoes, nonfat Greek yogurt and hot sauce

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The calorie count on one tostada with toppings is approx. 265 calories.

The calorie count on the spanish rice is approx. 218 calories for 1 serving (full recipe serves 4)

A really good, filling treat meal for under 500 calories??? Yes please!!!

Monday night was a big event … The finale of The Bachelor!!! I was excited to watch, but at the same time I was kind of sad (yes, I’m kind of weird)! I became a little obsessed with this show. Normally I don’t get this over the moon for a tv show but for some reason I got really invested in this one. It’s now Wednesday and I’m still a little sad that its over.

Anyway … I had to make something special to eat for the finale. I felt that a pizza would be perfect! So I made one of my favorite grain free pizza recipes from one of my favorite blogs! Stuft Mama Pizza This crust is so easy to make and is so tasty! I topped mine with pizza sauce, 1 string cheese, tomato, rosemary ham, and fresh jalapeƱos.

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300 calories ( including my toppings) for all this deliciousness! Amazing right?

Back to The Bachelor. The finale was a nail biter! I was surprised at the end. I really did not see that coming!

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Yesterday I found out that Sean is going to be on Dancing with the Stars. I have never watched that show, but now I am!! My heart is not as broken now because at least I can see him on DWTS! Haha.

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On a more serious note … Yesterday I had to take my mom to the ER … She was so sick and really scared my sisters and I. She had some tests and a catscan done. Long story short she was hit with a horrible migraine. So glad it was nothing more serious, but it was quite a scare! The reason I mention this on a blog for healthy food, is because after being in the ER at the hospital for 6 hours yesterday I saw a lot of terrible things back there. You don’t really (I mean REALLY) realize the value of your health until you are in an ER. That is the last place you want to be! Yesterday gave me even more motivation to do what I’m doing! Health is the only thing we have! If you don’t have your health, then you have nothing. What is health? Food. What’s the quickest way to the ER? Food. It’s the food you choose that determines where you will end up. I choose health! What about you??? My goal with this blog is to help anyone that wants help eating clean! It’s the only way to go!

I got to end the day on a happier note

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Louie was happy to see me yesterday too. Can’t you tell????

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Xx

Jalapeno, spinach turkey burgers, The Bachelor, and Louie …

Monday nights have become my favorite night of the week …. why? The Bachelor! OMG I am obsessed with this freaking show! I can’t get enough of that hunk Sean! He is so fine!!

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I should mention that I have never really watched The Bachelor prior to this season, but I am now officially obsessed and I will be very sad after it’s over, as I have become actually excited for Monday’s (in the history of my life, I have never been excited for Monday’s). Anyhow … on Monday’s I try to make something special to eat while I watch The Bachelor. Last night, I came up with these turkey jalapeno spinach burgers. It is no secret that I do not like the taste of ground turkey on it’s own. I need to jazz it up if I eat it. Spinach and jalapenos were the perfect thing for this turkey!

Here’s the stuff I used … I put about 2 tsp of chili powder, 1 tbsp of garlic powder, and salt & pepper to taste …

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I chopped up about 2 cups of spinach and diced the whole jalapeno. Don’t rub your eyes at this point! I forever am rubbing my eyes after dicing jalapenos. I know … duh!

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I put the spinach, jalapenos and spices in the bowl with the turkey and mixed it up with my hands! I then quarter them (making a cross pattern with my hands) so that you have 4 equally sized burgers. Genius right??!!

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Form into patties and place on a hot grill pan for approx. 15 min. per side. I ALWAYS check with a meat thermometer though. 160 is perf!

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You will have 4 really tasty turkey burgers. I was proud of my grill marks!!

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I made my sweet & spicy sweet potatoes on the side!

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Sorry this post is sooooo long, but when I woke up this morning, I had this idea. I would post my jalapeno spinach turkey burgers with an explanation of who Louie is … not that you care, or even will notice … but it’s been on my mind. So here it goes …

This is Louie …

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This is me and Louie (she looks so happy that I’m smothering her with kisses right!??)

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Louie loves lettuce … like seriously will bite your finger off to get to it. Do you see the ferocious look in her eyes?????

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She loves to eat it, but loves to rub her face all over it. I like to think that she is pretending to be a big cat in the jungle …

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Louie just really loves lettuce …

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