I really didn’t know what to call this recipe. I started out with “Lemon Shrimp & Pasta” or even “Skinny Shrimp & Pasta” but that wouldn’t do justice to this dish. It has a wonderful blend of flavors from the kalamata olives, lemon zest, parsley & feta cheese. “Lemon” or “Skinny” was too one dimensional and not fair. “Greek” seemed more appropriate to me. So Greek Shrimp & Pasta it is
Greek cuisine is the perfect example of traditional Mediterranean healthy eating. It’s based around a variety of colorful and flavorful foods that are high in nutrients and low in fats. For this recipe I decided to use spinach pasta to add a healthy dose of fiber instead of getting empty calories from regular pasta.
This is such an easy meal to make and it’s perfect for weeknight dinners or a fancy weekend lunch. I cannot wait to make this again!
Just like 70% of the population, I went on a diet at the beginning of the year. I really despise the word diet. It should be “lifestyle change”, but for me I’ve been living this lifestyle for almost 7 years! I always eat healthy, I go to the gym 4 times a week, don’t smoke and rarely drink booze (okay, only on a few social occasions where I like to get tipsy – because one drink will do that to me lol!). But honestly I indulged a lot the last months of the year and especially the holidays. And I mean A LOT! This left me with some unwanted fluffy weight and that’s not O.K. The older we get the harder it is to take it off so I need to act now before it’s starts creeping on me one pound at the time.
This means I’m working on de-fluffing. The way to do it is by cutting and tracking my calories for a couple of months. In my opinion, the key to losing weight is counting calories. When your diet stalls, how can you troubleshoot what’s wrong if you don’t have any idea how many calories you consume a day? Exactly
I’ll be sharing many more recipes soon that are figure-friendly along with their calorie count. This will help you and I stay on track.
This recipe is for one person but you can easily double it or make multiple batches to freeze and eat when you have no time to prepare breakfast. They are healthy, easy to make and delicious! They are not too fluffy since they contain almost no flour. The bananas make them sweet enough that you won’t need much syrup….always a good thing right?
(Note: My protein powder is 31 g for 1 serving for 120 calories/1g fat/3g carbs/24g protein (Gold Standard 100% Whey ) Weigh your portion instead of using your scoop to measure. Use the recommended grams for 1 serving of your favorite protein powder. However, your protein powder may have a different amount of calories and will affect the amount of calories noted for this recipe.
Author: Fit, Fun & Delish!
Serves: 4 Pancakes
2 egg whites
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
65 g banana
1 teaspoon chia seeds
⅛ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon lemon zest
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 Tablespoon oat flour (or all-purpose flour)
In a medium bowl, smash the bananas with a fork
Add the remaining of the ingredients and combine all ingredients until smooth
Heat a small nonstick pan over medium/low and coat with cooking spray.
Pour ¼ cup of the batter onto the pan. Cook until bubbles break the surface of the pancakes, and the undersides are golden brown, about 2 minutes. Flip with a spatula and cook about 1 minute more on the second side.
I pride myself on how good I make Albondigas soup. After all, it tastes just like how my mom used to make it. When you learn from the best there’s a good chance you’ll do alright as well! When I get asked what my family’s one traditional dish is, I always have to say Albondigas. This soup (Mexican Sopa) is very close but since it’s not a complete meal I have to put it in second place. Growing up these two were my favorite and now they’re my sons’ favorites too.
When I began to cook consistently in my early twenties, I used to call my mom all the time asking her how to cook my favorite dishes she made. Her isntructions always were: Add about 1 pound of meat, a dash of this, a pinch of that, a bunch of this, blah blah blah! Ugh! When you’re learning a new recipe, my “dash of this” can be very different than your “dash of this”! But I always took notes like I was going to be tested on it later….keeping up with good cooks is serious business you know? Basically, I wanted to be the good student I never was in high school Anyways…….I had a few failures but to my surprise, the dishes were spot-on most of the time. Because of this “intense training”, I think I’m able to adapt recipes very quickly or even create my own. However, I’m keeping this one intact…..well almost. I added green beans because you know, they’re good for you
How did you learn to cook? Was it from a cookbook, on your own or a family member?
When made with low fat ground beef, this dish automatically becomes a super healthy meal. It’s high in protein, has good carbs and all the veggies will ensure that you get all of the vitamins and nutrients that you need. There is nothing better than when a comfort meal is also healthy. I hope you get to make this!
Three strikes, you’re out!!! Well, not quite but it was close enough! This is the third recipe I prepared for this blog since my last post and quite frankly I was very disappointed with the other two. If you follow me on Instagram (ehem, I hope you do!), you probably saw the photo I shared where I mentioned I was gifted with TWO big bags of lemons and was wondering what to do with them. Ever since then, I’ve been obsessed thinking about making the perfect recipe to share with you all.
My first attempt was a Lemon Cake. It came out delicious but something happened during the baking process and it didn’t rise properly. It also cooked too fast so it was too brown on the outside. In other words…..too ugly to photograph
For my second attempt I defaulted to my delicious Protein Lemon Pancakes. I photographed them and was ready to share the recipe with you but there was something about the photos I didn’t like. The colors were off and I just wasn’t proud of them. Yes, I can be weird like that so please don’t judge :p. I will eventually share that recipe with you because it’s just too good. Stand by for that one.
Finally I got it right on the third try! These lemons bars are delicious and very pretty too! The best part is they got the seal of approval from Mr. Delish. He calls himself a Lemon Bar Snob Connoisseur so that says a lot!
Sure you can make Lemon Bars from a box but why do that when you can make better ones yourself? Seriously guys, there is nothing more satisfying than making desserts at home with fresh ingredients.