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Game Day Layered Spicy Black Bean Dip

Ingredients

1 medium avocado, pitted (about 1 cup mashed)
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon lime zest
1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon pepper, divided
1 (15-ounce) can low-sodium black beans, rinsed and drained
1 teaspoon Tabasco
1/3 cup chopped red onion, divided
1 cup jarred salsa
1 cup reduced-fat sour cream
1/4 cup chopped tomato
1/4 cup chopped scallionsLarge bag of tortilla chips for serving (such as Food Should Taste Good)

Preparation

Prep Time: 20 Minutes Total: 20 Minutes
1. Mash avocado, lime juice, lime zest, and half of the salt and pepper in a bowl; set aside.
2. Mash beans, Tabasco, and remaining salt and pepper in another bowl.
3. Place black bean mixture on the bottom of a 4-cup crock or glass bowl. Layer avocado mash on top of beans, then sprinkle with 1/4 cup of the red onion. Top with salsa, then with sour cream. Top with chopped tomato, scallions, and remaining red onion.
4. Serve dip with tortilla chips.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 199
Fat: 9.6g
Cholesterol: 12mg
Protein: 6g
Carbohydrate: 23g
Sugars: 2g
Fiber: 6g
Sodium: 345mg
Saturated fat: 2.9g
Monounsaturated fat: 4.9g
Polyunsaturated fat: 1.1g

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Keeping it going with our Game Day countdown! Honey – Ginger Chicken Bites

Ingredients

2/3 cup honey
2 tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
2 teaspoons dark sesame oil
1 teaspoon grated orange rind
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/4 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces (about 16 thighs)
Cooking spray
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons water
2 teaspoons sesame seeds, toasted (optional)

Preparation

Combine first 9 ingredients in a large zip-top plastic bag; seal and shake well. Add chicken; seal and toss to coat. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight, turning occasionally.Preheat oven to 425°.Remove chicken from bag, reserving marinade. Arrange chicken in a single layer on the rack of a broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Bake at 425° for 20 minutes, stirring once.While chicken is cooking, strain marinade through a sieve into a bowl; discard solids. Place marinade in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook 3 minutes; skim solids from surface. Combine cornstarch and water in a small bowl; stir with a whisk. Add cornstarch mixture to pan, stirring with a whisk; cook 1 minute. Remove from heat; pour glaze into a large bowl.Preheat broiler.Add chicken to glaze; toss well to coat. Place chicken mixture on a jelly roll pan; broil 5 minutes or until browned, stirring twice. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, if desired.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 179
Calories from fat: 22
Fat: 4.4g
Saturated fat: 1g
Monounsaturated fat: 1.4g
Polyunsaturated fat: 1.2g
Protein: 18.2g
Carbohydrate: 17g
Fiber: 0.1g
Cholesterol: 76mg
Iron: 1.1mg
Sodium: 430mg
Calcium: 14mg

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Featured Fit Girl Recipe of the week- STUFFED PEPPERS

Ingredients

4 bell peppers (any color)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 teaspoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 small onion, chopped
8 ounces 90-percent lean ground turkey
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup long-grain white rice
1/3 cup brown lentils
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill, parsley or 1/4 teaspoon dried mint
Shredded cheese optional

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Cut the tops off each pepper, reserve them and hollow out the insides of the peppers of any seeds and seed walls. Sprinkle the insides with a pinch salt and a pinch pepper and set aside. Heat 1 teaspoon of the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat and add the garlic and onions. Cook until softened, 3 minutes, and then add the beef, oregano, cinnamon and cumin. Cook, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink. Stir in 1 tablespoon of the tomato paste until it coats the meat and is slightly darkened. Stir in the broth, rice and lentils. Remove from the heat and set aside until the liquid is absorbed and the mixture is cooled slightly. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Divide the filling among the peppers and place the tops back on. Set the peppers upright in a small baking dish, such as an 8-inch square baking dish. Whisk 1 1/2 cups water with the remaining tablespoon of tomato paste and olive oil. Pour into the dish around the peppers. Cover tightly with foil and bake until the peppers are tender and the rice and lentils are cooked through, about 1 hour 15 minutes. Carefully transfer the peppers to a serving dish and pour the cooking liquid into a medium nonstick skillet. Boil over high heat until the sauce is thickened and reduced to about 1/2 cup. Remove from the heat and add the dill. Season with salt and pepper. Serve the sauce with the stuffed peppers.

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Calories: 320
Total Fat; 11 grams
Saturated Fat: 3 grams
Protein: 20 grams
Total carbohydrates: 37 grams
Sugar: 5 grams
Fiber: 8 grams
Cholesterol: 37 milligrams
Sodium: 426 milligrams

Today’s Featured Fit Girl Recipe Cuban Halibut with Black Bean & Orange Quinoa

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 4-oz halibut fillets, skin and bones removed
  • Marinade
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • Juice 1/2 lime
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper

QUINOA

  • 1 tsp peanut oil
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 bunch or bag spinach (9 oz), roughly chopped
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 cup cooked black beans
  • 1 orange, sectioned with juice
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Set oven to broil. Place halibut in a large bowl.
  2. Prepare marinade: In a small bowl, mix together orange and lime zests, lime juice, salt and pepper. Pour marinade over halibut and set aside.
  3. Prepare quinoa: In a large sauté pan, heat oil on medium. Add onion, cumin, oregano, salt, pepper and garlic. Cook for 3 minutes, until spices release their aroma and onion begins to soften. If onion starts becoming too brown, add 1/4 cup water. In batches, add spinach and cook, covered, for 3 to 4 minutes, until slightly wilted. Add quinoa and 2 cups water. Increase heat and bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Cook, covered, for 10 minutes. Add beans and cook for 5 more minutes. Then gently mix in orange sections and juice, orange zest and cilantro. Heat through for 1 more minute.
  4. Meanwhile, place halibut and marinade on a baking sheet and broil in oven for about 8 minutes. Serve halibut over quinoa mixture.

Nutrients per serving (1 halibut fillet and 1 1/2 cups quinoa mixture): Calories: 374, Total Fat: 6.5 g, Sat. Fat: 1 g, Omega-3s: 640 mg, Omega-6s: 1,480 mg, Carbs: 47 g, Fiber: 9 g, Sugars: 3 g, Protein: 34 g, Sodium: 640 mg, Cholesterol: 36 mg

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