A Simple Tool to Help with Your New Year’s Goals

A Simple Tool to Help with Your GoalsThe New Year is upon us, and one of my favourite Christmas gifts this year inspired me to make a post about it. I thought many of you could use this item to help with your New Year’s goals. You may have even heard of it before: The Paderno World Cuisine Spiralizer.

The Spiralizer I received was a basic 3 blade model – which is probably all you really need. However, they also have a 4 blade, if you are interested.

It comes with 3 blades, which make noodles, ribbons, and quick work of shredding. It can be used on any fruit or vegetable – including cabbage, carrots, zucchini, apples, potatoes, and more. I made Zucchini Noodles my very first time using it, and in LESS THAN A MINUTE, I had an enormous bowl full of noodles that I topped with marinara. I didn’t even bother to cook or heat it – but those noodles were textured like, and tasted like, real spaghetti. It was amazing. All for less than 150 calories(with the marinara!).

Simple switches for New Year's Goals

Use the ribbon blade to make roll-ups with your zucchini – fill them with sliced meats, pesto, herbed goat cheese, sundried tomatoes, or anything else you like. It would make for a healthy and reasonably low calorie snack.

It shreds heads of cabbage quickly, and you can make healthy baked apple chips/rings, or your own sweet potato curly fries, plus much more.

This is an easy, quick, and relatively low-cost tool that you can use to make healthy and low-calorie dinners, lunches, and snacks that taste great, but don’t make you feel as if you’re suffering. I hope you all give it a try.

I’ve found a few cookbooks dedicated to recipes for the Spiralizer, as well. You can finds links to a few of them below:

– The Spiralizer Cookbook: 70+ Quick and Easy Recipes for Delicious, Satisfying Main Dishes, Soups, Salads, Side Dishes and More…

– Inspiralized: Turn Vegetables into Healthy, Creative, Satisfying Meals

– The Skinny Spiralizer Recipe Book: Delicious Spiralizer Inspired Low Calorie Recipes For One. All Under 200, 300, 400 & 500 Calories

– The Spiralizer Recipe Cookbook: Over 30 Recipes for your Spiralizer Spiral Slicer – Zucchini Noodles, Paleo and Wheat Free Recipes and much more (Spiralizer Series) (Volume 1)

If you have a Paderno Spiralizer, let me know in the comments what kind of healthy recipes you’ve been making with it. I wish you all a healthy and happy New Year!

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Lemon-Ginger Sesame Chicken Salad

This Lemon-Ginger Sesame Chicken Salad is not an exact science.

Lemon Ginger Chix Salad

I threw it together today with some healthy ingredients I had on hand.You can switch out vegetables, use a meat substitute, use different spices, or subtract the noodles if you like.

I use mostly approximations in much of my cooking. If you’re not BAKING something, there’s no need to be exact.

Anything goes, really.

Lemon-Ginger Sesame Chicken Salad

serves 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 1 pkg. of fresh boneless, skinless chicken tenderloins
  • approx 1 tbsp of melted/warmed Coconut oil (I used Ziggy Marley’s CocoMon Lemon-Ginger Coconut Oil)
  • 1 tbsp dried or fresh chopped cilantro
  • a few dashes of sea salt
  • fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • approx 1/2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • approx 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • approx 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • fresh or frozen(thawed) chopped broccoli (lots!)
  • a whole lot of sliced organic carrots
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp dried ginger(add an extra tsp if you are not using lemon-ginger flavoured coconut oil)
  • a few shakes of onion powder
  • 3-5 stalks of chopped celery
  • approx 6 oz of boiled and cooled Soba or Udon noodles
  • 3/4 cup Fage Greek Yogurt (0% or 2%)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F.

Spread 1/2 of warmed coconut oil on bottom of a small glass pan. Put chicken tenderloins in pan, then pour the other 1/2 of the coconut oil on top. Spread it around, making sure to coat each piece entirely. Sprinkle on a little bit of onion powder, then top with a generous dusting of cilanto. Bake in oven for 30 minutes.

While baking, combine all remaining ingredients in a large bowl, except greek yogurt.

When chicken has cooked and cooled, break into small pieces. Then, combine with greek yogurt and the rest of the salad.

Let chill in refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving.

That’s it! Easy and healthy. Hope you all enjoy the recipe! I’d love to hear what you thought of it in comments below.