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Broke & Chubby

Affordable and Appetizing

 

For most of my life, I've had a self diagnosed eating disorder called half-bulimia. I binge eat, but skip the purging part. I'm putting an end to that. 

 

Good news is, I love to cook. I am a firm believer in trying anything once. What I am not, is an innovative cook. I haven't really tried to develop my own recipes... until now! Woohoo! What I've found most frustrating, as a person who pretty much lives paycheck to paycheck, is that healthy food is really. friggin. expensive. Thanks, America. Now I'm on a mission: to make cheap, healthy and delicious meals. Seems simple enough, right? We will see!

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    Wannabe Chicken Nuggets
    Dinner 9/21/13
    Approximate Calories: 323 per serving (not incuding mashed potatoes and green beans)
    2 Chicken Breasts (or 3 small ones!)
    1 cup oats
    1 egg
    1 egg white
    1 tsp cayenne pepper
    1 tsp red pepper flakes
    1 tsp fiery seasoning
    Salt & pepper to taste
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  • Cut chicken into nugget sized pieces
  • Using a blender/food processor (I use a magic bullet), blend the oats and seasoning to create a flavored flour
  • Whip up your eggs in a bowl
  • Dip the chicken into the eggs, then into the oatmeal flour
  • Place onto a baking sheet with a little cooking spray
  • After you've put the nuggets onto the sheet, spray some more cooking spray on top
  • Bake them for 10 minutes or so, flip them and bake for another 3-5
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    Oatmeal-Banana Pancakes
    Breakfast: 9/19/13
    Approximate Calories: 200
    1/2 cup oats
    1/3 cup water
    1 banana
    1 egg
    1/4 tsp cinnamon
    • Turn your oats into oat flower by using a food processor or blender. 
    • Add wet ingredients. I'd recommend chopping up your banana into fine pieces. 
    • Blend until it's a thick, soupy consistency.
    • Cook for about 30-45 seconds on each side over medium heat on a non-stick pan.

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    Stovetop Tilapia Burgers
    Dinner: 9/18/13
    Approximate Calories: 350
    Frozen tilapia
    1/4 cup panko
    1/2 egg
    1 tsp garlic
    1 tsp McCormick Fiery Seasoning
    A pinch of salt and pepper
    2 tsp olive oil
    • Thaw the tilapia. I usually just sit it in a bowl of room temperature water for a half hour or so. 
    • Cut it up into small pieces. What size? Whatever size your blender/food processor can handle.
    • Add tilapia, panko, egg, garlic, seasoning with a little salt and pepper and blend. Shouldn't take more then a couple minutes to get to the consistency you want.
    • Heat the olive oil in a non-stick pan over medium heat.
    • Form the tilapia into a patty and cook on each side for 4-5 minutes. The edges should turn white, that's when you know to flip it. 

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    Baked Oatmeal Crusted Chicken
    Dinner: 9/15/13
    Approximate Calories: 400
    1 chicken breast
    1/2 cup quaker oats,
    1 tsp cayenne pepper
    1 tsp red pepper flakes
    1 tsp cinnamon
    1/2 tbsp olive oil
     
    • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
     
    • Combine all of your dry ingredients into a bowl. 
    • Lightly coat your chicken breast in olive oil.
    • Dip your chicken breast into the dry mixture and pat it in so it's fully covering every bit of the chicken.
     
    • Brush a little non-stick (spray, oil, whatever works- you don't need much) on your pan.
    • Place chicken in the pan. 
    • Drizzle honey (optional) 
     
    • Bake for 30 minutes, flipping halfway through.

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    Tuna, Egg & Avocado Salad
    Dinner: 9/14/13
    Approximate Calories: 170 per serving
    4 eggs
    1 can chunk tuna (in water)
    1 avocado
    1/2 tbsp Flax
    Salt & Pepper, seasonings
     
    • Boil water with 1 tsp salt and add eggs
    • Let eggs boil for 10 minutes
    • Remove eggs and put them in a bowl of ice water, let sit for 5 minutes, remove
    • Chop up finely
     
    • Chop up avocado and add to the egg mixture
    • Add tuna and mix together with salt, pepper, flax and whatever seasonings
     
    Obviously this is a large portion. For dinner, I took a couple scoops and put them in an Olé fiber wrap, which I love because they have that sticky consistency like Chipotle's wraps therefore actually seal the ingredients inside.

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    Quinoa & Lean Beef Stuffed Peppers with Roasted Cauliflower
    Dinner: 9/12/13
    Approximate Calories: 520
    Bell Peppers
    Trader Joe's Quinoa
    Lean beef
    Smoked Gouda
     
    Cauliflower
    Salt, pepper, garlic, lemon juice, "fiery" seasoning
    Olive oil
    Parmesan cheese
    • Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees
    • Coat the cauliflower with seasoning and oil
    • Spread on a baking sheet over wax paper
    • Bake for 10 minutes
    • Add parmesan
     
    • Lower the heat to 350
    • Cut the tops of the peppers off, remove the seeds and bitter white parts
    • Fully cook the beef on the stovetop
    • Add in quinoa and mix until fully combined
    • Stuff peppers with the mixture 
    • Cook for 30 minutes, make sure to leave the cauliflower in the oven!
    • Add smoked gouda, cook for 5-10 minutes until fully melted

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    Pan Seared Tilapia, Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans
    Dinner: 9/11/13
    Approximate Calories: 450
    Frozen tilapia
    1/8 cup flour + spicy seasonings  + flax seed
    2 tsp olive oil
    2 baby red potatoes
    Frozen green beans
     
    • Heat the oil on medium
    • Cook tilapia, about 4-5 minutes per side
     
    • Microwave potatoes for 3 minutes
    • Mush with salt and pepper
     
    • Boil water
    • Add green beans, let simmer for about 7 minutes
    • Strain

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    Overnight Blueberry Oats
    Breakfast: 9/11/13
    Approximate Calories: 250
    1/2 cup oatmeal
    1/2 cup almond milk
    1 tsp flax seed
    Cinnamon (to taste)
    Splenda (to taste)
     
    • Combine all ingredients in a sealable container
    • Let sit in the fridge for at least 4 hours.
    • Dig in! 

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