Asian Style Pan Fried Green Beans

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Can Fried be healthy? Deep fried – no, but flash fried with a light amount of oil…yes!

I love this side for lunch or dinner as can accompany just about anything! Here, it is shown paired with a Trader Joe’s Veggie Burger for lunch, but also goes great with steak, chicken or fish. Many of the ingredients are the same as my Asian Chicken Salad so buying almonds and sesame seeds is not a waste!

Also, typical super markets will mark up sesame seeds. Do not fall for this trick! (Don’t you hate how they mark up international and organic foods?) Buy your toasted sesame seeds at your trader joes, commissary or international market for half the price!! A good price is 1.50$ – 2$ a bottle.

 

Ingredients – (serves 2)

2 cups Green Beans (fresh OR frozen)

Sesame Oil

Soy Sauce

Miso broth from Trader Joes OR Chicken/Vegetable Broth

Toasted Sesame Seeds

10 sliced or chopped almonds

 

Directions

First, in an ungreased pan, turn the heat up to medium high and add almonds. Toast until browned (watch closely they burn easy! Transfer almonds to the serving bowl.

Drizzle Sesame Oil (about 2 tsp) in the pan and turn the heat up to High. Add green beans and brown. Add a splash of Miso, or other broth and cover and turn the heat to medium. Cook for 2-3 minutes until tender. Take the lid off and add the soy sauce and almonds. Toss until liquid evaporates.

Serve and sprinkle sesame seeds all over top!

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Spanakopita Scramble

If you know what spanakopita is you probably already love it – if not, prepare to fall in love!

This is the traditional spanakopita which is Greek phyllo dough filled with spinach, feta cheese, scallion/onion and egg.

This recipe is awesome because it is so healthy and can be made with that extra spinach you have in the fridge or even frozen spinach. If you use frozen spinach – MAKE SURE you microwave and firmly press all the excess water out through a strainer. Or else you will end up with watery scrambled eggs…NOT yummy. Fresh spinach is much easier to prepare (and I think tastes much better too) because it wilts so easily. Artichokes are optional in this, and if you can’t get them cheap – just omit artichokes all together.

Prepare to start your day off right – with veggies and lean protein – you won’t get those EXTREME hungries and crash you get around 10am if you ate a bowl of cereal.

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Ingredients

2 eggs OR 3 egg whites – beaten until fluffy

2 scallions sliced thin, light green parts only

handful of spinach

1/2 artichoke chopped/torn

pepper

1/2 TBS feta cheese

 

Directions

Swipe a menial amount of butter in the pan (or use cooking spray for no-fat)

Add sliced scallions and heat on medium low until cooked slightly. Add the beaten eggs and a bit of pepper. Add artichokes and spinach on top and scramble! Once eggs are cooked (and don’t over cook!! Keep heat on medium!!) Serve and top with a sprinkle of feta cheese! (I recommend not using the no-fat feta. The regular kind tastes better and a little goes a long way. Just use sparingly! )

Enjoy the day to the fullest!