A Healthy Meatball Sub

Hey ya’ll! It is Thursday. My week is actually pretty relaxing since now all I will be doing is working on research and other little science nerd projects. I have an awesome recipe to share with ya’ll! I love meatball sub sandwiches that are rich in cheese, sauce, and meat. However those things are totally not calorie friendly. Instead I decided to brainstorm my own healthy recipe for a meatball sub and I came up with something pretty delicious if I do say so myself!

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Healthy Meatball Sub Sandwich

6-7 veggie patch meatless meatballs
2 super thin slices of mozzarella cheese
1 tbsp of Contadina low calorie Tomato sauce
2 slices of sandwich thins
non-stick cooking spray

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1. First you need to microwave the vegetable meatballs in the microwave. The box said 20 seconds, but it took me around 40 seconds to almost a minute in some cases because they would not get hot enough.

2. Then place all the meatballs in an orderly pattern on one slice of bread.

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3. Take a few thin slices of mozzarella and place on the meatballs. If you want it to be super cheesy, I would add more cheese. However you should remember that the calories add up when you consume more cheese.

4. Turn on your panini machine and spray both sides of the bread with non-stick cooking spray. Place onto the panini machine and cook until the cheese is completely melted. Turn the machine off and carefully take off the sandwich.

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5. Take off one slice of bread and pour on the 1 tbsp of sauce. Make sure you don’t spill it because that will lead to one messy sandwich. I would recommend wrapping it in a paper towel as you eat it because the sauce can sometimes leak out of the bottom if it isn’t thick enough.

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Noms. This sandwich is so good. A normal sub sandwich that you could get at Subway or at another sandwich shop can contain around 650 calories, 25-40 g of fat, and 56-60 g of carbohydrates. That is an excessive amount of fat that is in one menu item plus the amount of calories is way more than one should be spending on one sandwich. My sandwich contains 290 calories, 7 g of fat, and 25 g of carbohydrates. That is definitely a better switch and in my opinion a tastier option. Those other meatball sandwiches usually taste artificial to me unless you order from a legit Italian restaurant. I am definitely using this as my treat every once and a while with fresh mozzarella. I love when cheese melts to the point that it is stringy. Seriously who doesn’t like cheese?!? Obviously if you don’t, you need therapy. These meatless meatballs were really good too. They were packed with various spices and flavors. They were so good that my mom went out to buy another box and we ended up finding falafel too, which I’m excited to eat soon. Falafel sandwich will definitely be a new trend. Noms. I have a weakness for falafel. Jew problems. Or maybe falafel is just that good!

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I love the way the bread gets browned too by the panini machine. A panini machine may be one of the best inventions I’ve ever seen or owned (besides my kitchen aid mixer). You can make tons of things on a grilling machine. There was actually an awesome post on buzzfeed with like 25 things you can make on one. I will definitely have to try out some of those recipes! I hope you all have an awesome day. I’m going to be getting my nerd on and researching angiogenesis on prostate cancer with broccoli and tomatoes effects on this process. Go functional foods!

What is your favorite sandwich?
Have you ever cooked something unusual on a panini machine?

Easy Caprese Sandwich

Hey ya’ll! Today was my official last day of class. I am so excited. I had an exam, which I think I rocked because I finished in 18 minutes. Go Lindsay. Anyways lets get on to the good stuff: food. One thing I love to enjoy is anything with mozzarella and tomatoes. What does that sound like? Caprese salad. However those ingredients can get really heavy in calories, so I thought why not create a light version? Then I had the greatest idea to combine it with my love for pressed paninis. Best decision ever.

photo(2)Easy Caprese Sandwich

2 slices of 40 calorie bread
4-5 slices of tomato
a few extremely thin slices of fresh mozzarella
fresh basil leafs

photo(4)1. Turn on your pannini machine to medium-high heat and let it warm up.

2. Take your tomato slices, mozzarella slices, and basil and put it on one side of the bread.

photo(1)3. Place the other piece of bread on top and spray both sides with non-stick cooking spray.

4. Once the machine is heated, place your sandwich in the press and make sure it is tight on the bread.

5. Once the cheese has melted, remove the sandwich from the press and enjoy.

photo(3)Look at the melty goodness of this sandwich. If you want to make a good grilled cheese or have a sandwich with a melted cheese, you are better off using a fresh, full fat version. The fat free versions of cheese don’t melt well because they lack a multitude of ingredients that are in fresh cheese. This was such a good treat to have. I will definitely be making this sandwich a lot. I think next time I’m going to add some pesto on the bread to bring in a nice combination of flavors.

photoHopefully everyone is having a fantastic Monday because I know I am! Now I just have to get to studying for my Medical Nutrition Therapy final that is on Thursday. I feel pretty good about it, so I’m not too worried or stressed about studying hardcore!

What is your favorite type of sandwich?
Do you like your sandwich grilled or not?

WIAW #5 and Trader Joes Finds

WOW! I haven’t blogged in a week. That was like a mini uneeded vacation. I partially didn’t blog because I was in Dallas a couple of days, and I was out having fun instead of having time for my computer. Also this is going to sound totally crazy, but at my mom’s my computer does not work with the internet there, so it is literally impossible to blog there unless I have everything pre-loaded and just hit publish. Obviously I am not that advance, but I am back. It is What I Ate Wednesday, so I definitely had to pop in for that. Plus I have a ton of recipes coming ya’lls way and a trip to this amazing Israeli market in Dallas. Shout out to Jenn for hosting this day, she really is awesome for coming up with this.

Tropical Sunrise Oats. These oats are ridiculously tasty, and the mix of orange, pineapple, and mango definitely gives you a boost of energy in the morning. Of course I had to throw in some chocolate chips to give it that sweetness that I’m always craving.

For lunch it has been my classic peanut butter, raspberry jam, and banana sandwich. This is my go to meal when I don’t have a lot of food in my pantry and I want to eat something that is filling, but low calorie. This always hits the spot to. It is something about that classic combination of peanut butter and bananas. The sweetness of the jam makes it that much better.

Hello favorite snack. Arctic Zero Cookies and Cream topped with gluten free chocolate chips, marshmallows, and banana slices. Oh man. This is definitely one of my top two favorite flavors of this “ice cream”. It hits the spot on a hot day, and you totally aren’t breaking the bank calorie wise. Since the whole pint is only 150 calories, if you gorge down the entire thing it isn’t that bad.

Let me get to the good stuff. The Trader Joe’s finds. Oh yes. It was a glorious moment when I stepped out of the car to enter this beauty. Finally Trader Joe’s has reached Texas. Now I just need one in Austin. Luckily San Antonio is getting one in September, and that is only about a 40 minute drive from my apartment. Success. I will def be doing like monthly drives to that Trader Joe’s and the two story forever 21 (gotta through in some shopping).

Meet my best friend. The falafel chip. I have a deep love for anything falafel, as we can see from my frequent trips to St. Pita’s. These chips are life changing. They actually taste like falafel. It is quite scary actually to imagine how they get all the flavors of a falafel and put it in to a small chip. I’m not complaining though because these are amazing. I’ll probably have to stock up on these when I go to Boston – I can just see myself now, carrying like huge trader joe’s bags onto the airplane alongside a Mike’s Pastry box. Laugh as much as you want, but I will have all the goods.

So I actually have a lot of best friends because these guys are also on the top of my list. Banana slices covered in dark chocolate. You really can’t get better than that. These are one of the main reasons we went to Trader Joe’s. My entire family loves them, and we even finished one box before we left Fort Worth…..we were hungry. If you ever go to Trader Joe’s, I definitely recommend these.

There is a trend here. Chocolate and snack foods. Who needs meals when you have dark chocolate bars? This is healthy. Really though. The higher percentage of cacao the better for you. Chocolate has shown to be very important in heart health, so go out there and buy yourself some chocolate (make sure it is cacao).

These are white something something peaches, but man they are delicious and really juicy. The fruit is one of the reasons why I love TJ’s. You can buy apples for 68 cents a pound! Um what? YES. I think my mom and I got about 14 apples for pretty cheap. Then we got these peaches for like 50 something cents, which was definitely a smart buy. The only other fruit we got were strawberries, and they were perfect.

These were an amazing found. I also got the mahi mahi ones too. Since I’ve gone pescatarian, I’ve been on the search for a good frozen fish burger. When I saw these at Trader Joe’s I was so excited. They are really low calorie, delicious, and provide a ton of healthy nutrients like Omega-3’s.

Welcome to heaven. You can thank me later. This is probably the most amazing discovery in the entire world. Oh god I had some of this on a toasted english muffin. Mind blowing. Seriously, run to your local Trader Joe’s and stock up on this stuff immediately. Oh man I could totally have a cabinet just dedicated to this stuff because it is just that amazing. I can eat it straight out of the jar, on oatmeal, on pancakes, or on top of pretzels. The combinations are endless. You will be so happy you bought some for yourself.

Some of the other Trader Joe’s finds we had were pita chips, rosemary raisin chips, two different types of cheeses, and two buck chuck of course. Can’t go to a TJ’s without getting some of that two buck Chuck. I used to go to Boston, and load up my suitcase with this stuff. Yes, I’m cheap and I like cheap tasty things.

WIAW on Your Healing Diet

Hey ya’ll! One of my favorite parts of being a part of the healthy living community is the greatest day of the week: What I ate Wednesday. Thank you to the lovely Jenn for hosting such a fun day where everyone shares what they have been eating. I especially love the recent themes of sensible snacking because what can I say, but I love to snack. My brothers call me snacky or snack monster. It is all out of love or at least I hope it is. Anyways lets get to the fun of what I ate while following Your Healing Diet!

Thank god on Your Healing Diet you can consume whole grains because I might die if I was not able to get my weekly bowl of oats (more like 3 times a week oats). For this week I had a typical creative Lindsay bowl of oats that was super delicious. They are Apple Pie Cheesecake Oats. The recipe will definitely be coming soon to an audience near year, but everything in the bowl fit in with the diet since it was just oats, almond milk, water, cooked apples with cinnamon, and some other delicious things. Oatmeal is definitely something great to eat if you need to be full for a long period of time because the fiber in it provides that satiety to keep you going.

Here is my snacking. Since I have class from 8 am to 2 pm every single day of the week, I have to pack a bunch of snacks to eat throughout the day. The taffy isn’t on Your Healing Diet, but I thought I deserved a little treat of an apple and cinnamon flavored candy. My other snacks are a granny smith apple, a pear, a bag of cherry tomatoes, a bag of cherries and blueberries, and a chocolate covered cherry granola bar. The granola bar is a little processed, not on the plan, but it has a lot of fiber and I think kashi is one of the better options out there if you are going to consume any processed foods.

This is my favorite sandwich ever. I love making peanut butter and jellys with fruit in the middle. I used 100% whole wheat bread, PB2, bananas, strawberries, and an organic all natural raspberry jam from central market. Totally on the plan and totally delicious. I eat this as a snack sometimes, but I also have it as a lunch like I did this day. I served it with carrots and celery, which are not in the picture. I guess I like to eat rabbit food.

To be honest, this is not really on any plan. Whatsoever. Do I care? Not really since I was given a box of truffles by a really nice guy. They are lava cake truffles and they are mind-blowing. Seriously. Go out and get one. Godiva offers a free membership, where they give you a card and you can go each month and get a free truffle. Umm helloooo. Best deal. My mom and I go every month together. It is one of our fun mother daughter traditions.

How can you say no to that? When you bite into the decadent chocolate truffle there is a thick creamy chocolate and a liquidy chocolate that oozes out into your mouth when you bite into it. The truffle is also dusted in light powdered sugar. I only eat one every few days, and I justify it on Your Healing Diet by saying that chocolate is good for you. Ha ha ha.

For dinner, I’ve been enjoying a nice tofu stir-fry. This is definitely on Your Healing Diet. Since it is a mainly plant-based diet, if you want something that is meat like then tofu is your way to go. I personally love tofu, so following this plant based diet is not a problem. I just chop up my tofu into small squares, throw it in the pan, dump in the broccoli, and add some type of sauce to mix it up in. I usually serve it over a bed of brown rice or I just eat it all by itself.

I hope everyone has a fantastic Wednesday and What I ate Wednesday. If you want to go drool over food, I would definitely head over to Peas and Crayons for the weekly food event.

What have you been snacking on lately?
What is your favorite flavor of truffle?