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Crispy Baked Zucchini Bites

Crispy Baked Zucchini Bites

I was lucky enough to get a boat-load of yellow zucchini from my sister a few weeks ago from her load of CSA goodies, and I made them into a quick baked and breaded side dish that is so good, that it can pass for a snack too. You are going to love these!

Just a few ingredients and it’s super fast once you get those few items lined up and ready to go:

Crispy Baked Zucchini Bites

Here’s the recipe and since I know you have all the ingredients already (including too much zucchini that you keep making the same boring-old way!) this one is a no-brainer to try!

Crispy Baked Zucchini Bites

Ingredients:

4 small to medium green or yellow zucchini
1/3 cup italian dressing
1/2 cup bread crumbs (regular or seasoned)
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/8 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. dried basil

♦Preheat the oven to 400*. Line a rimmed sheet pan with parchment or spray it.
♦Get two medium sized bowls. In one, add the dressing. In the other bowl add the rest of the ingredients, and mix until combined.
♦Cut the zucchini into coins about 1/4 inch thick. Place them all into the dressing and combine until coated completely.
♦Dip each into the breadcrumb mixture until coated on all sides. Place on the parchment lined pan.
♦Bake for 10 minutes on one side. Flip them over and bake for another 10 minutes.
♦Remove from the oven and serve!


NOTES:

  • This is a similar recipe to my favorite Crispy Chicken Nuggets recipe that I make all the time, or I also have used the breaded topping to bake tomatoes with some fresh basil and it’s fan-tab!
  • If you have the breading left over, you can save it in the fridge for up to a week- so save it!
  • I have used panko breadcrumbs too or a mixture of regular and panko and it adds a nice texture to this, so if you have them you can try that too.

Enjoy!

Crispy Baked Zucchini Bites


Linking up with Meatless Monday!

Easy, Healthy Meals with Noodles & a Thai Peanut Noodle Recipe

Look what I just made in 10 minutes:

Thai Peanut Noodles

This is an easy Thai Peanut Noodle dish that took me all of 10 minutes and a handful of ingredients.

Disclosure: I received samples of product from Fortune Noodles in order to review them for you here on the blog. As always I only give you my 100% honest opinion. See my full disclosures here.

Do you love noodles? I am not talking pasta. I am talking about the ramen-style noodles that you ate every day once you moved out of your parent’s house!  Honestly, I pack them in my kids’ lunches every week, and they are just about the only lunch that comes back totally eaten! We love it around here, and for a  hot meal, it is a great way to feed my kids fast!  I love that I can serve them alone with seasoning, or amp them up with lots of veggies or meat- and depending on what I put on them, my meal changes completely.

My kids love either plain buttered noodles, or instant soup Yakisoba style noodles (the thin, long, kind), but my husband and I love Thai sauces over rice noodles (flat, long) or Udon style (the round, wheat) noodles with teriaki or curry sauces.

Here’s a quick description of each kind that I got to sample from Fortune Noodles:

Yakisoba

Teriyaki SG Fortune Noodles

Udon

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Rice

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I love keeping “easy” food that is healthy on hand to make for easy meals in our busy schedules to make my life so much easier. These noodles are awesome. Unlike the dried up kind that sits in the cupboard, the Fortune Brand noodles are fresh, so you keep them refrigerated. They use no-GMO oils, natural colors, and no MSG. I love that their ingredients are 100% natural.

For my Thai Peanut Noodles, here’s what I did:

Thai Peanut Noodles

Thai Peanut Noodles

Ingredients

  • 1 package Fortune Thai Peanut Rice Noodles
  • 1 package firm tofu
  • 1 Tsp.oil
  • 1 cup broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and shredded
  • 2 TBSP peanuts
  • *Squeeze of lime, and sprinkle of cilantro or chives optional

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, heat the oil over medium/high heat. Meanwhile drain and cut the tofu into cubes. Layer it between 4 paper towels and press to absorb the extra water. Place the cubes into the hot oil. Flip to brown both sides.
  2. Add the vegetables and cover for 2 minutes.
  3. Open the Fortune Rice Noodles and puncture the bag- heat in the microwave for one minute to loosen the noodles (or you can run them under hot water).
  4. Add the noodles, 1/2 cup of water and the seasoning bag to the skillet and mix it all together. Cover and continue to cook 2 more minutes.
  5. Remove from the heat and add your chopped peanuts and cilantro or chives if desired. Squeeze a little lime over the top, and serve.
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I literally could eat noodles every day, as I sit here now dreaming of my favorite Thai places to eat and slurp up my noodles like they were running out of them. Back in the day (before kids!) and I had no food in my house at all, I would still find enough money to go out with my sister in law to our favorite Pho or Thai places just to get our fix on some noodles drenched in hot broth or yummy sauce! It was always worth it and crave-worthy. When I got married and then pregnant, my cravings were always for Thai rice noodles with peanut sauce. always. And so now, I still love noodles, but I can’t go out all the time- Making it myself is easier and usually healthier, but can be time consuming. I love that I can get a healthy, pre-packaged meal that is halfway homemade, but still gets me my craving indulgence!

The Fortune Noodles website has some great recipes too for making their packaged noodles and complete meal with added vegetables and meat (or tofu). Check them out here:

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Make this, I know you will love it!

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Disclosure: I received samples of product from Fortune Noodles in order to review them for you here on the blog. As always I only give you my 100% honest opinion. See my full disclosures here.

Linking up this week with Deborah & Sarah for Meatless Monday along withFood, Pleasure and Health and The Fit Foodie Mama for another ALL veggie link-up! Great way to start the week! Come by and check them out!

Easy Cabbage Saute & Advocare 24-Day Challenge Meal Plan

fast and easy cabbage sauteI thought since, I have been following my Advocare® 24-Day Challenge (affiliate link) all week, that I would share my meal plan for the week along with a super yummy, and vegetarian dish to make, Cabbage Sauté. This is a go-to side dish that I make a lot, but particularly now on the 24-Day clean eating plan. You will love it as a side dish too, but you can add some brown rice and a protein like tofu (or chicken) and this is a complete and delicious meal.

cabbage saute is easy and fast!

Easy Cabbage Saute

Easy Cabbage Saute

Under 5 ingredients, and minimal chopping make this a great vegetable to serve up for a weeknight dinner!

Ingredients

  • 1-2 Tbsp.olive oil (or coconut oil)
  • 1/2 head of green cabbage
  • 2 carrots
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 1/2 to 1 Tbsp.Bragg Liquid Aminos or Coconut Aminos*
  • 1/8 tsp. ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Heat 1 Tbsp. oil in a large saute pan over medium heat.
  2. Rough chop the cabbage into chunks. Add to the pan.
  3. Peel and shred the carrots. Add to the pan.
  4. Peel and dice the onion. Add to the pan.
  5. Add the aminos and pepper and cover, continuing to cook until wilted and lightly caramelized, for about 10 minutes, stirring half way through.
  6. If you need to, continue to cook with the lid off for 5 additional minutes until done.
  7. Serve.

Notes

*Bragg's Liquid Aminos and Coconut Aminos are soy-sauce alternatives. You can certainly use soy-sauce, or tamari if you prefer.

**Make it a meal: Serve with grilled chicken or tofu, and rice.

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This is a good go-to recipe, because, even if you don’t plan for it, cabbage keeps in the refrigerator for a really long time, and everyone has carrots and onions around most of the time. I like this recipe for breakfast with an egg on top, or if I add Addell’s chicken sausage with apple (no dairy). Or for dinner, if I am eating only this, I would add grilled chicken, or the chicken sausage, or tofu and whatever leftover rice I have. I like that it is great to just have around so I am not worried about what to make. It is perfect for clean eating, Whole-30, Advocare, or Paleo eating.

Now some background on eating while doing the Advocare® 24-Day Challenge (affiliate link), because they want you to eat every 3-4 hours. That is 3 meals, and 3 snacks. Lots of food, so you have to be ready to know what you can eat!

The basic dietary suggestions of the challenge are the following:

Eat More:

  • Veggies: salads, steamed, roasted
  • Fruit: fibrous and low glycemic choices (apples, grapefruit, berries)
  • Healthy Fats: avocado, nuts/seeds, olives/olive oil
  • Clean Proteins: feed muscle and reduce appetite (tuna and salmon will aid in cleansing: eggs/chicken/beef would be secondary options; stay away from processed lunch meats)
  • Clean Complex Carbs: rice, hummus, oatmeal, sweet potato

Avoid or Minimize:

  • Fried foods, refined sugars, corn or white starches
  • Refined wheat products: bread, crackers, etc.
  • Dairy: cheese, yogurt, milk, white sauces or dressing
  • Alcohol: you’re on a cleanse…hold off if you can
  • Coffee or soda: drink water or SPARK

And without further ado, I give you an easy to follow plan for the first week of the Advocare® 24-Day Challenge (affiliate link):

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I try to keep it planned ahead, keep it as simple as possible, make a lot of food ahead of time:

  • hard boiled eggs
  • brown rice
  • cut up veggies for snacking
  • buy lots of fruit
  • grill a bunch of chicken breasts
  • make a pot of soup

Great condiments:

  • salsa
  • hummus
  • Coconut aminos
  • Oil and Vinegar
  • Rice cakes

Simplicity and planning ahead are key when following any eating plan, and this is the same idea. I use some recipes that are crockpot, and some make-aheads for say, salads. I do a big grocery shop for all the pantry items and basics (like chicken breasts or lettuce) so I am ready for the week. Let me know if you have any questions, and I will be 100% honest. If I don’t know the answer, I will direct you to someone who does!

What do you think? Would you follow a plan like this?  I put the supplements and Advocare® products in bold in the plan, so you could still follow it as a clean eating, protein-strong, small meals throughout the day type of plan no matter if you use the products or not!

Have a great rest of the weekend, my friends~ and consider joining along for next week’s eating plan too, for days 8-14!

cabbage saute is easy and fast!

I am sharing today’s post with fitness and food over at Ilka and Angela’s blogs and including it in tomorrow’s Meatless Monday posts with Deborah and Ann Marie. Go check these bloggers out!


Disclaimer:  I am not a nutritionist, doctor or expert and everything I share in this post is my experience or links from others also sharing their experiences.  I am a distributor for Advocare® and this post does contain affiliate links, so if you order from any links here, your costs NEVER change, but I will receive compensation.  Please see my disclosure policy for more information.