Mac n Cheese for My Grown Up Self

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After a bit if inspiration last night, I came up with Cheesy Quinoa and Chicken! (Aka Mac n Cheese for my grown up self.) In college I lived off Mac n Cheese and had a real craving for it yesterday.

This recipe makes two medium sized portions and pairs well with a salad or veggies.

What you’ll need:
1 to 2 chicken breasts
1/4 cup Colby jack cheese
1 egg
3/4 cup of quinoa

It’s a pretty simple recipe and only takes about 20 minutes to complete. Just FYI I mix the egg in with the quinoa and cheese on the stove top, then stick the mixture in the oven for 5 minutes at 350 degrees to cook it through.

Lasagna Roll Ups

Lasagna Roll Up

Ingredients:

– 9 -12 whole wheat lasagna noodles

– 15 oz of skim milk Ricotta cheese

– 1 cup mozzarella cheese

– 1 large egg

– 1 medium bell pepper (diced)

– handful of sliced bella mushrooms (diced)

Directions:

– Put noodles on to boil you will want time for these to drain and cool down before you lay them out. Dice the bell pepper and mushroom and sauté with a teaspoon of olive oil for five to ten minutes. In a large bowl mix the ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, egg, bell pepper and mushrooms.

Lay the cooled and drained noodles on a clean surface. Spread mixture onto the noodles, about 3 tablespoons on each noodle.

Bake the lasagna roll ups at 450 degrees for 20 minutes.

The whole meal takes about 30 minutes and makes 6-8 servings.

Nutritional Information: (for 8 servings)

Calories   Carbs    Fat    Protein

Kroger – Whole Wheat – Whole Grain – Lasagna Noodles, 9 pieces dry  648        148   4      25
Cheese – Ricotta, part skim milk, 15 oz  586        22  34      48
Kraft – Low Fat Mozzarella Cheese Shredded, 1 C  180        8  0      36
Kroger – Grade A – Large Eggs, 1 egg  70        0  5      6
Prego Traditional – Spaghetti Sauce, 2 cup  280        52  6      8
Raw – Bell Peppers, 1 Medium  25        6  0      1
Organic – Baby Bella Mushrooms, 106 g  20        2  0      3
                                                                                 Per Serving:  226        30    6       16

Black Bean and Corn Salsa Quinoa

I just have to say this was one of the best 15 minute meals I’ve made in a while.

Ingredients:

  • black bean quinoa
  • black bean corn salsa
  • avocado
  • frozen black bean corn medley
  • chicken sausage

This meal is extremely simple:

Boil the quinoa, pan fry the sausage, microwave the frozen veggies and add in the avocado and corn salsa to taste.

And the final product looks a little bit like this…

Excuse the messy bowl, but I was so hungry I couldn’t wait one more second! This meal is about 200 calories and filling! The best part… it made three servings so I have two pre-made lunches for this week!

Side note: This is seriously the best salsa I have ever eaten!

Avocado, Egg, Mozzarella & Balsamic Sandwich

I got a little inspired today after my work out. Out of my craving came this beauty!

Ingredients:

1 small avocado

1 egg

1/4 cup of mozzarella cheese

1 tbsp of mayo

Side salad:

handful of cherry tomatoes

handful of green olives

2 fresh okra

It was a quick, easy and delicious meal! The best part I input all the ingredients into my calorie tracker and this meal (not including the wine) is only…

460 Calories!