Low Carb, High Protein Make-ahead Zucchini Fritters.

Need an easy grab and go breakfast when the morning rush got you like whoa? I got you covered with these make ahead low carb high protein zucchini fritters.

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These zucchini fritters make for an easy on the go breakfast option.

These make-ahead zuke fritters are not only great straight out of the pan they are also pretty delicious cold from the fridge the next day. (And the day after that too!)

You can eat them as they are (may I reccomend a sprinkle of salt and dash of hot sauce?) or as a bun for a sausage patty. I personally eat them alone, one handed. Usually while rushing to get my oldest to the bus stop on time.

They can make a nice lunch too. As an accompaniment to a BAS salad or bowl of soup.

My favorite part of them is their volume.  One serving is eight fritters. Yes, EIGHT! They make me feel like I am eating much more than I am, helping to keep my full for hours.  If 8 fritters seems like too much for you, no problem! Just have a half serving.

Alright, let’s get to it:

 

Low Carb, High protein Zucchini Fritters
  • 2 Tb coconut flour
  • 5 eggs
  • 3 TB egg white
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp onion
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 large zucchinis, grated (should be about 4 cups)

 

  1. After grating the zucchini, using a paper towel squeeze out the excess water. (The drier you can get it the better).
  2. Using a whisk (or fork) beat the eggs, whites, coconut flour, garlic powder, onion powder and salt and pepper.  (The coconut flour will want to clump, just keep whisking).
  3. Heat a large skillet over med high heat and spritz with cooking spray.
  4. Using a ¼ cup OR an ice cream scoop, scoop and put in hot pan. Light press them out, into a 4 in pancake. (my skillet can only hold 4 at a time, so plan to be batch cooking).
  5. Cook for 3-4 mins per side.
  6. When done, set on paper towel to cool. If storing, wait till fully cooled. Blot again with paper towel and store in fridge for 3-4 days.

Makes 16 4 inch fritters.

Nutrition for 8 (YES, that’s right I said EIGHT fritters): Calories: 260 Fat:14g Carbs: 12g Protein: 22g

 

Inspired by Zucchini Pancakes in Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo.

 

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Quick and Easy on the Go Protein

It happens to be back to school time around these parts, and I know (first-hand) how chaotic mornings can be.  So real quick I wanted to share with you one of my meal preps that help me have a healthy breakfast even when we are running late and no one can find their shoes. (Seriously, what is it with the shoes?!)

All you need is a carton of egg whites, silicon muffin tray, spray oil and an oven.  If you are a bulk store shopper (like at Costco or Sam’s) you can buy a case of egg whites and freeze them.  Then each week I just take out what you need.

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Easy peasy and versatile egg whites

These egg white muffins will cook in 15 minutes and will keep in a sealed container in the fridge for 5 is days.

These little unassuming things are incredibly versatile.  They are pretty bland, but that is part of what makes them so versatile.  If you wanted you can easily add fresh veggies or meat and cheese to them.

I personally like to put one or two on an English muffin with a slice of Canadian bacon and eat while sitting in the school carpool lane.  Sometimes I even enjoy them straight from the fridge with a generous sprinkle of salt.

You can also put them in a burrito, add to a sandwich, or smear them with avocado or hummus.

 

Each patty has only 17 calories with 4 grams of protein.

Easy Peasy Make Ahead Egg White Thingies
  • 1 12 oz carton liquid egg whites
  • Spray oil
  • Silicon muffin tray or silica muffin liners (I don’t recommend
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Spray silicon muffin tray (or regular tray with silicon liners) with spray oil.
  3. Pour equal amounts egg whites into each tray.Cook for 15-18 minutes. They are done with the tops are fully set (I prefer mine to start to get a little crispy around the edges.
  4. Remove from oven and let cool 5-10 minutes.  Once cool blot with paper towel and store in sealed container in t

One Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Sweet Potatoes, Canadian Bacon and Egg Breakfast (Paleo friendly, Wheat free, Dairy free)

Mornings are tough.  Eating healthy in the mornings can be even tougher.  The real trick to a smooth morning is prepping as much as possible the night before.

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Since we don’t need to make the morning any more hectic, this recipe  only dirties one pan. Less clean-up is always a win. Plus, it doesn’t require constant supervision while cooking.  Freeing you up to do other, more important things.  You know, like convincing children to put on their clothes. Or taking a shower.

For this one pan brekkie, prep the Brussel sprouts, sweet potatoes and ham the night ahead.  You can even prep the ingredients a few nights ahead of time.  The trick is using time when you have it available. I personally like to do some prep work every night while I am cleaning up from dinner. The kitchen is already in disarray so I won’t have to clean it twice.

But veggies for breakfast?!

We really need to be eating vegetables at every single meal.  Yes, that includes breakfast. Not only do they provide much needed micronutrients (vitamins, minerals and phytonutrient) they also can help us feel full and have less cravings later in the day.

Vegetables are relatively low in sugar while being high in water and fiber.  Both water and fiber can help us to feel full. When we feel and satisfied not only are we less likely to overeat. Also when we regularly include fibrous veggies in out meals we naturally will eat less of the more calorically dense foods.

Where’s the grain?

Not everyone does best with grains based breakfasts.  Some people find, when they start their day off with certain foods, even if they are generally considered healthy, their cravings are more ravishing all day long.  The trick is to experiment and find what works best for you.  You may find that by omitting grains (cereals, toast, oatmeal) you feel better. Or perhaps, you may feel hungry all day long if you forgo your usual grain based breakfast.  Try both and find what works well for you.  If it turns out you need those grains in the morning, just swap out the sweet potatoes in this recipe for a slice of toast.

 

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One Pan Brussels Sprouts, Sweet taters, Canadian bacon and eggs

 

1 lbs Brussel sprouts

1 Tb olive oil

Salt

2 cups chopped diced Sweet potatoes (about 200 grams, or one large)

8 oz Canadian Bacon (look for a lower fat variety, like Niman Ranch or Boars head)

4 Eggs

 

The night before:

Chop clean and prep the Brussel sprouts. Cut the bottom of and cut in half.  Throw in the fridge.  Peel and dice the sweet potatoes.  Throw in pot of water and boil till JUST for tender.  (I like to do this to a bunch of potatoes, then I have them ready all week long). Chop the Canadian bacon. Place all prepped items in fridge.

 

In the morning:

Preheat oven to 400.  Toss brussels sprouts with olive oil and salt.  Spread out on pan, in a single layer.  Put in oven for 15 mins. This is a great time to hop in the shower, make coffee or try and convince the children to put clothes on.

After 15 mins give them a stir.  Toss in Canadian bacon and sweet taters. Cook for 10 mins.

Remove from the oven and make four wells, and spritz the wells with cooking spray.  Crack eggs in to wells and put back in the oven.  Depending on how you like your eggs cook 5-10 mins.  (I found at 10 minutes the yolks were fully set)

 

Nutrition for ¼ the pan:

298 calories. 28 grams of carbohydrates. 11 grams of fat. 25 grams of protein.

 

one pan roasted

 

Low Carb High Protein Make Ahead Lasagna Jars

These little lasagna jars are not only healthy and tasty but also incredibly easy to prepare. They make a great meal prep option.  They can be stored for months in the freezer or kept in the fridge for 3 days.  I personally like to keep a few in my freezer as an option for those days where things do not go as planned and I need a quick meal. Just knowing they are in there keeps me from ordering take out or going to a drive through.

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Instead of noodles, this recipe uses zucchini.  I found slicing the zucchini thinly gave it the best texture. You can use a mandoline slicer or a shop knife.

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While I used a jarred marinara (Amy’s brand) you could easily use homemade it you want.  Either way, make sure to pick a lower sodium and lower sugar option.

The most important aspect of this recipe is what you choose to store the lasagna in. If you plan to freeze these, make sure you use a freezable container. Also, it is helpful to use containers that are oven safe, that way they can go straight in the oven without dirtying another dish.   Wide mouth mason jars, Pyrex glass storage containers or Glasslock containers all work.  Just make sure you don’t put a frozen dish right in the hot oven, the abrupt temperature change can make the glass crack or shatter.

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Makes 6 pint sized mason jar servings.

  • 1 lb extra lean (99% lean) ground turkey
  • ½ onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves, minced
  • 1 jar Marinara Pasta Sauce (look for a lower sodium and lower sugar variety, I like Amy’s brand)
  • 3 Tb egg white
  • 1 cup low fat cottage cheese
  • 1 medium zucchini
  • ¾ cup part skim shredded mozzarella
  • chopped fresh basil

 

  1. Using a mandoline, thinly slice the zucchini. You can slice by hand, but the thinner the better.
  2. Spritz large skillet with cooking oil and sauté onion till translucent.
  3. Add ground turkey and brown.
  4. Add minced garlic, and cook for 1 min.
  5. Pour in marina sauce
  6. Meanwhile in a small bowl, combine cottage cheese and egg white.

Assembling jars

  1. Line up 6 containers. And layer half the zucchini slices in the bottom of the jars.
  2. Next add cottage cheese mixture to each jar.
  3. Then add meat and sauce.
  4. Repeat with remaining cottage cheese and then sauce mixture.
  5. Top with half the zucchini slices.
  6. If you plan to cook them immediately, top with cheese, about 2 Tb per jar, and bake at 350 for 15 mins. Or until the mixture is bubbly and the cheese is melted.Otherwise store in the fridge for 3 days or in the freezer for 3 months.Top with cheese before cooking. (And I recommend defrosting before cooking if frozen.) You can bake for 20 minutes at 350. Or use the microwave (keep in mind the cheese won’t get all crispy and brown in microwave)
  7. Sprinkle with fresh basil and enjoy!

Nutrition for 1/6 the recipe:

Calories: 238 Fat: 8 grams Carbohydrates: 12 grams Protien:31 grams

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