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Excellent Recipes Celebrating Mardi Gras and Lent!

It is NEVER the wrong time of year to try some new things in the kitchen! Boredom is absolutely one of the number one reasons people fail to stick with healthy habits, so mix things up with some new recipes and take in the spirit of the season!

Mardi Gras

Fat Tuesday is well known as a holiday for binging on heavy foods in preparation for the fast of Lent, but we have some delicious recipes for you to try out that will delight your taste buds AND protect you from regret!

Gumbo

This fantastic Gumbo Recipe combines Shrimp and Chicken with a bunch of veggies and BIG flavor to create a dish you won’t forget!

Jambalaya

What’s the difference between Jambalaya and Gumbo you might ask? While Gumbo is more of a stew, Jambalaya is more of a rice-based dish essentially.

This Jambalaya Recipe may just become a year-round staple as it is light and filling at the same time, packs big cajun flavor and that Andouille Sausage is just the icing on the cake so-to-speak!

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, the 40 days before Easter Sunday. For many, this is a day of an abstinence from all meat and foods made with meat, along with each Friday during lent.

There are many meals that are complete and tasty that don’t include meat! From a non-religious standpoint, many people choose to practice Meatless Mondays, or just choose one day a week to abstain from meat consumption for health or environmental reasons.

Whatever the reason, we’ve got a Whole-30 Approved, Veggie Power Bowl for you! And best of all, it’s simple:

Roast a pan of vegetables, make a simple sauce (whisk lemon juice, tahini, garlic, cumin, small amount of water and salt), and serve with hard boiled eggs or beans like garbanzo or black beans. Check the recipe here!

Lenten Fridays

Lent has begun for many, and some have a tradition of fish on Friday’s! Another great many of us just need an excuse to incorporate more fish in our diet.

Fish is a great part of a balanced diet with high protein and low fat. Even fatty-fish (like salmon) have huge amounts of beneficial omega-3 fat that helps offset our often high omega-6’s that can come with overconsumption with red-meat. Never tried fish tacos? You’re missing out!

Check out these Mahi-Mahi Blackened Fish Tacos! Going low carb? Skip the tortilla and make it into a bowl with extra cabbage!

While EVERY day may not be a holiday, that doesn’t mean you can’t be grateful for every new day and new beginning!

According to UCLA’s Mindfulness Awareness Research, finding happiness and gratefulness in each day literally changes our brain and makes us healthier and happier!

Let’s be grateful for the impending return of Spring, and don’t forget Sunday, March 10th begins Daylight Savings Time! Set your clocks ahead when you go to bed!

It’s time to leap ahead into spring cleaning our mindset, simplifying our lives and homes, and start planning your spring garden!

Chicken and Shrimp Kabobs by Ellipse Fitness

Hi Everyone,

  What a better way to use all those fresh vegetables from your own garden or from your local Farmer’s market than this yummy kabob recipe!  Not only is it fresh and delicious, it is packed with protein to keep your cookout nutritious!  The marinade that is used is very light and will not add unwanted calories and fat to your meal!

Chicken and Shrimp Kabobs

1     Lb. chicken breasts, cubed

15-20 Shrimp

3     Small zucchini, each cut into 4 pieces

1     Large onion, cut into 12 wedges

12    Large fresh mushroom caps

2     Bell peppers, cut into 2-inch pieces

9     Cherry tomatoes

Baste:

1 1/2 Tsp. fresh chives, chopped

1 1/2 Tsp. fresh dill weed, chopped

1/4   Tsp. garlic salt

1/4   Tsp. lemon juice

Directions:  Alternate chicken and shrimp with the veggies on the kabob sticks.  Baste mixture over kabobs.  Grill 10-15 minutes.  Baste again, if necessary.

Serves:  3-4

Total Calories: 259   Carb=22g Prot=40g Fat=3.4g

Ellipse Tip:  Use any fresh veggies from your garden as the vegetables mentioned in the recipe are for suggestion only.  Want a bit more zest?  Marinate your vegetables and meat in the baste for a hour in the refrigerator before cooking to seal in the flavor!

Shrimp and Crab Stir-Fry

 

Hi Everyone,

Time to dust off the stir-fry pan or Wok!  This recipe is low calories, totally filling, and very simple to make!  Eating your veggies will not only provide you with all the vitamins and minerals that your body needs on a daily basis, it will also help you stay full longer.  Staying satisfied will help curb cravings and lead you into temptation.

Crab and Shrimp Stir-Fry

1  8 Oz. Package Imitation Crab Meat

24 Pre-Cooked Shrimp

2  16 Oz. Bags Frozen Mix Stir-Fry Style Vegetables

2  Tbsp. Reduced Sodium Soy Sauce

2  Cups Water

2  Tbsp. Chicken Bouillon Granules

2  Tbsp. Corn Starch

6  Cups Cooked Brown Rice

Directions:  In a large stir fry pan over medium heat, combine crab, shrimp, and 2 cups of water.  Cook for 5 minutes; then add vegetables, soy sauce, and chicken bouillon granules.  Increase heat, cover and cook about 10 minutes until vegetables are cooked through.

Combine the cornstarch with a 1/4 cup of water in a separate glass, and stir to a water like consistency.  Slowly add this mixture to the stir-fry pan to thicken the base of your stir fry.

Cook rice according to package directions.

Serve over rice and enjoy!

Serves:  6

Total Calories: 231   Carb=35g Prot=19g Fat=1.5g

Ellipse Tip:  Instead of the crab and shrimp, you can also use chicken, lean steak, pork, or tofu in this recipe as well!

Shrimp & Crab Wrap

Shrimp and Crab Wrap

12   Pre-cooked Shrimp, chopped

1/2 Cup Imitation Lump Crab

4     Tbsp. Fat-free Plain Greek Yogurt

1     Heaping Tbsp. of Dry Ranch Dressing Mix

1/2 Small Tomato, chopped

1/4 Cup Shredded – Reduced Fat Cheddar Cheese

2     Large Lettuce Leafs

2     Whole Wheat Tortillas

Directions:  Chop pre-cooked shrimp, crab meat, and tomato; add to mixing bowl.  Stir Greek Yogurt and Dressing Mix into the same bowl.  Place large lettuce leaf on each tortilla, top each with 1/2 of the seafood mixture, and sprinkle each with 1/2 of the cheese.  Roll into a wrap and enjoy!

Serves:  2

Total Calories: 234   Carb=28g Prot=27g Fat=2.8g

Tiffany’s Tip:  If you are not a seafood fan, you can swap the shrimp and crab meat out for canned chicken, diced chicken breast, leftover turkey, or leftover pork tenderloin!

Favorite Pairings by Ellipse Fitness

Hi Everyone ~

Here are a few favorite pairings of Ellipse!

1.  Mix 1 Cup Milk with 1 Scoop WHEY Protein Powder.  Add Special K Added Protein Cereal!  Complete package breakfast with Protein, Milk, and Carbs!  Add fresh fruit if you’d like!

2.  Fat Free or 1% Cottage Cheese whipped in a blender to a smooth consistancy.  Add Fat free, Sugar free Pudding mix and it tastes like cheesecake!  My favorite pudding mix flavor is cheesecake, but you can also use chocolate or vanilla!

3.  Mmmmm…Egg Beaters with 2 tablespoons of Mrs. Renfro’s Salsa!  You just can’t go wrong!  Slide this on a whole wheat tortilla and make a Mexican Omelet Wrap!

4.  A small carton of Fat-free Plain Greek Yogurt mixed with taco seasoning mix.  I use this as a dip and use the Quaker White Cheddar Rice Cakes for dipping!

5.  Eggo Nutri-Grain Low Fat Waffles topped with Sugar Free Strawberry preserves are a breakfast favorite!  Or…enjoy this anytime with a 1/2 cup of cottage cheese!

6.  Need to whip up dinner in a hurry?  Grab some pre-cooked shrimp and toss with fresh peppers and a 1/2 cup of Uncle Ben’s Wild/Brown Rice!

Tiffany’s Tip:  Don’t get bored with your meal plan!  Keep it interesting and try new things.  You never know what might be your next “favorite”!