Baked Eggs with Tomatoes and Pistou by Sun Basket- #FreshTastyValentines #sponsor #giveaway

Baked Eggs with Tomato and Pistou | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark - Sun Basket - #FreshTastyValentines

This Saturday someone made me breakfast. Someone went out of their way to make ME food. Someone went out of their way to shop for ME. Someone made me something healthy and delicious and gluten free and organic for ME. Okay, well maybe I did the cooking. But I didn’t have to menu plan. I didn’t have to shop. And I didn’t have to prep.

Baked Eggs with Tomato and Pistou | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark - Sun Basket - #FreshTastyValentines

Thanks to Sun Basket! Sun Basket helped me get my breakfast to the table in only 10 minutes! And boy was it delicious!

Baked Eggs with Tomato and Pistou | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark - Sun Basket - #FreshTastyValentines

Sun Basket is a meal delivery service that ships Paleo, Gluten–Free, and Vegetarian meals for 2, 4 or 6 family members for a flat fee per meal with delivery fresh from West Coast farms. Sun Basket always ships seasonal organic produce at the peak of freshness in a recyclable insulated package direct to your door. They even use grass -fed and antibiotic-free beef, poultry and seafood from Farmers and Fishermen they trust.

Baked Eggs with Tomato and Pistou | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark - Sun Basket - #FreshTastyValentines

And I definitely tasted the difference. Sun Basket provided me with my choice of weekly meals for this February’s event #FreshTastyValentines (a sponsored giveaway running February 1st-8th) hosted by Camilla at Culinary Adventures with Camilla.

The Giveaway Event You've Been Waiting For - #FreshTastyValentines | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Camilla was lucky to receive a Sun Basket kit too, because she resides in one of the select ship to states just like me. Sun Basket ships locally to CA, WA, CO, UT, OR, AZ, NV, & ID because they want you to get the freshest produce and proteins.

Baked Eggs with Tomato and Pistou | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark - Sun Basket - #FreshTastyValentines

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For my weekly meal choices, I opted for the Vegetarian meals. The fresh veggies and colorful sauces were what drew me to the Quinoa and White Bean Salad with Arugula, Blood Oranges and Mint; Hodo Soy Tofu Burgers with Sweet Chile Mayo and Oven Fries; Baked Eggs with Tomato and Pistou; and Kale-Cucumber-Pineapple Smoothies.

Baked Eggs with Tomato and Pistou | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark - Sun Basket - #FreshTastyValentines

The recipe I’m sharing today is the Baked Eggs with Tomato and Pistou. I will definitely be making this again!

Baked Eggs with Tomato and Pistou | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark - Sun Basket - #FreshTastyValentines

This healthy breakfast (or dinner if you like breakfast foods for dinner!) consists of tomatoes and white beans heated gently with a sweet spice blend of paprika and coriander and topped with eggs that are then baked to perfection and then topped with a savory pistou-basil and garlic sauce.

Baked Eggs with Tomato and Pistou | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark - Sun Basket - #FreshTastyValentines

I made mine with garbanzo beans because white beans haven’t been agreeing with me lately. But these were superb.

Baked Eggs with Tomato and Pistou | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark - Sun Basket - #FreshTastyValentines

To make this, you first heat 2 tsp of olive oil in a skillet. Then add the Sun Basket provided ingredients. First the 1/2 cup diced tomatoes and 1/2 tsp spice blend of sweet paprika and coriander, and when those are heated through the 1/4 cup white beans get stirred in. I used 1/3 cup garbanzo beans, cuz I prefer a lot!

The pan is then topped with 4 eggs, if it is oven safe. I transferred mine to an oven safe casserole. Slide the cracked eggs on top and bake at 350F for 6-10 minutes, depending on desired doneness of the eggs.

Baked Eggs with Tomato and Pistou | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark - Sun Basket - #FreshTastyValentines

Top with the 1/4 cup fresh pistou, a bit of sea salt and cracked black pepper and serve, two eggs per person.

Baked Eggs with Tomato and Pistou | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark - Sun Basket - #FreshTastyValentines

Can you say “Deliciousness”!!! Thank you Sun Basket!

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Slowcooker Green Chicken Tortilla Chili Soup

Slowcooker Green Chicken Tortilla Chili Soup | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Have you ever been to those home parties where they sell you amazing dishes and unique microwavable crocks all while satiating your cravings for unique foods like fruit pizza and microwavable chicken chili? Well I’ve devoured said microwavable chicken chili at numerous home parties and had quite a hankering for it a while ago.

Slowcooker Green Chicken Tortilla Chili Soup | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I’ve been sitting on this post waiting for just the opportune season to share it. And with this crazy but much needed California rain and wonderful winter chill, I figured now was a better time than any.

Slowcooker Green Chicken Tortilla Chili Soup | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I made this chicken chili with the flavors of my craving in mind but this pretty much turned out as a near cross breed to chicken tortilla soup with all the yumminess I added. But hey, whose complaining?

Slowcooker Green Chicken Tortilla Chili Soup | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

So I crumbled tortilla chips on mine. Please, do not alert the carb police!

Slowcooker Green Chicken Tortilla Chili Soup | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I took the guesswork out of the cooking steps and made this in my slowcooker. My husband shredded the chicken for me before I came home from work, so all I had to do was come home and eat it! It’s loaded with green vegetables and so delicious!

Slowcooker Green Chicken Tortilla Chili Soup | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Fresh bone in chicken breast gives this soup a rich broth while tender dark meat adds more deep flavors.

Slowcooker Green Chicken Tortilla Chili Soup | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Fiber full beans and tangy tomatillos put the “chili” in the soup.

Slowcooker Green Chicken Tortilla Chili Soup | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

This flavor packed chili soup will definitely cure any comfort food craving.

Slowcooker Green Chicken Tortilla Chili Soup | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Slowcooker Green Chicken Tortilla Chili Soup

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours, 10 minutes

Total Time: 8 hours, 30 minutes

Number of servings: 8

Per Serving 224 calories

Fat 12 g

Carbs 12 g

Protein 17 g

8


Slowcooker Green Chicken Tortilla Chili Soup

Ingredients

  • One whole bone in chicken breast
  • 1 pound boneless chicken thigh
  • 1 large zucchini, quartered lengthwise, then diced
  • 1 large green bell pepper, seeded and diced.
  • 2 poblano chilies, seeded and diced
  • 3 tomatillos, diced
  • 1 large white onion, diced
  • 7 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp chili powder (depending on spice intensity)
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp celery salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon chicken bouillon
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 cups of water
  • 2 - 14 oz cans white beans, drained and rinsed

Instructions

  1. Prepare the vegetables by dicing the bell peppers, poblano chiles, tomatillos, onions, and zucchini into equal small dices. Smash the garlic with the back of a wooden spoon and leave whole.
  2. In a large skillet (or in a slow-cooker with stovetop setting), heat to medium and add 1 Tb oil and then add all the vegetables. Sautee lightly about 3 minutes. Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper. Push the vegetables to the side and sear the chicken lightly on each side.
  3. Add the vegetables to the bottom of the slow-cooker and top with the chicken. Add the remaining spices, chicken bouillon and bay leaf. Add the beans and 6 cups water.
  4. Cook on low heat for 6-8 hours.
  5. Carefully remove the chicken from the pot and shred into bite sized pieces, throwing out the chicken bones and bay leaf.
  6. Return the chicken to the pot and stir gently.
  7. To serve, ladle into bowls and top with tortilla chips, shredded cheddar cheese, diced avocado, and/or chopped cilantro, if desired.

Notes

To serve, ladle into bowls and top with tortilla chips, shredded cheddar cheese, diced avocado, and/or chopped cilantro, if desired. (Nutrition not included.)

Cheesy Chili Tots – #SRC

Cheesy Chili Tots | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

My finickiest shark has been on a chili fry kick since the beginning of summer. Yes, I know these are a bit on the fatty side, but he’s a bit on the thinner side, a nasty side effect of his ADHD medication. But a plus to chili fries is they are typically gluten free, and therefore autism friendly. Win, win, and happy mom!

Cheesy Chili Tots | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Another happy note: I got to review Amy’s blog over at Amy’s Cooking Adventures this month for Secret Recipe Club. It’s this super cool recipe where a group of us food bloggers sneak onto another’s blog, explore it, cook it and share it. I love Amy’s blog. I’ve actually been stalking her blog for awhile, as I’ve actually linked with her on other events before too!

But Amy, when I saw these Chili Tots…Oh I immediately thought how perfect it was for Finicky Shark! Gluten free, meaty, cheesy, potatoey (is that a word?). And this was her dinner! How much more personal to Amy can we get than that! I love to share my secret bloggers’ more personable recipes. It really gets to the gut of their blog.

Cheesy Chili Tots | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Amy started her blog almost like me, inspired by her picky child, her oldest boy Dude. Amy loves to read and sew and would be a school teacher had she not made the respectful decision to stay home with her kiddos. Amy’s reference to her home as “organized chaos” rings true to me too! So funny!

Cheesy Chili Tots | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Of course I could have made her Homemade Egg Noodles which called to my inner child, but nagged at my lazy self. Amy’s super Easy Slow Cooker Risotto is definitely in my make later book. I did base my chili for this recipe on her Hearty Garden Chili here. I swapped veggie for veggie and added canned chili instead of beans. I also swapped ground beef for ground turkey sausage. Either way, it was delicious and even more delicious the very next day!

Cheesy Chili Tots | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Now let’s cook!

Cheesy Chili Tots | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Add the mushrooms to the browned meat.

Cheesy Chili Tots | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Stir in the tomatoes and red wine.

Cheesy Chili Tots | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Stir in the canned chili with beans.

Okay, now stuff your face, as Amy says. 😉

And check out the other SRC recipes below.

Cheesy Chili Tots | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Cheesy Chili Tots

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Number of servings: 6

Per Serving 763 calories

Fat 48 g

Carbs 50 g

Protein 33 g

6


Cheesy Chili Tots

Ingredients

  • 1 32 ounce bag potato tots or rounds
  • 1 lb ground turkey breakfast sausage
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup mushrooms, diced
  • 1 roma tomato, diced
  • 1 cup sweet red wine
  • 1 Tb canola oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 15 oz cans spicy chili with beans
  • 5 oz cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 5 oz monterrey jack cheese, shredded

Instructions

  1. First bake the potato tots as directed on the packaging, (approx 425F for about 12-15 minutes).
  2. In a large skillet set over medium heat, brown the ground turkey and diced onion in the canola oil. Cook 5 minutes, breaking down the sausage. Add the minced garlic. Season with salt.
  3. Stir in the mushrooms and saute 1 minute. Add the tomatoes and red wine and reduce heat slightly. Cook down wine about 5 minutes. Stir in the canned chili and simmer about 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally until heated through and flavors have combined.
  4. Serve chili ladled over potato tots and sprinkled with shredded cheese.

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Gourmet Warehouse Golden Carolina Pulled Pork

GW Golden Carolina Pulled Pork | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

The season has changed. Fall has come to welcome crisp cool mornings and calm breezy nights. Soups and stews are making their grand reentrance into cozy kitchens and warm breads and pies are baking in hot ovens.

I can tell you I’ve been using my slow cooker more and finding many ways to incorporate winter vegetables in our meals. Especially since my Beautiful finally arrived! Stay tuned for more about her 😉

…but first, I must divulge this recipe…

GW Golden Carolina Pulled Pork | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Summer has come to an end but BBQ doesn’t have to. Not with the variety of spices, rubs and sauces that Gourmet Warehouse has to offer. They have all the tastes from Italy to New Orleans and Jalapeno to Strawberry. Mustard based to Honey based, Dry Rubs to Sweet Sauces.

GW Golden Carolina Pulled Pork | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I made the most succulent pulled pork with Gourmet Warehouse’s Applewood Smoked  Rub and Seasoning and Golden Carolina BBQ Sauce. The Applewood Smoked Rub and Seasoning has sweet hints of apple with the smokiness of mesquite firewood and a slight kick of spice with brown sugar notes. The Golden Carolina BBQ Sauce offers the savory tang of mustard with a smooth sweet classic bbq sauce appeal. These two products combined packed a punch to my tender pulled pork!

GW Golden Carolina Pulled Pork | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Cook your pork anyway you like, but use these two condiments to set your pork over the top!

GW Golden Carolina Pulled Pork | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I used my Ninja Oven and Slowcooker on the Convection Oven setting to steam roast my pork tenderloin in only 45 minutes in a good 1/3 cup of Golden Carolina BBQ Sauce.

GW Golden Carolina Pulled Pork | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

After searing a nice char on it first of course with 3-4 Tb of the Applewood Smoked Rub and Seasoning.

GW Golden Carolina Pulled Pork | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Just look at that juicy tenderloin-seared and ready to steam cook.

GW Golden Carolina Pulled Pork | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And there it is, steamy and ready for another bath of sauce.

GW Golden Carolina Pulled Pork | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I shredded, pulled and sliced it to my desire and doused drenched it in even more Golden Carolina BBQ Sauce, about 1/4 cup.

GW Golden Carolina Pulled Pork | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Go ahead and stir a few tablespoons into a can of baked beans too! You won’t regret it.

GW Golden Carolina Pulled Pork | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And the star of the show…

GW Golden Carolina Pulled Pork | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

My family really loved this meal and the special ingredients we used. We will gladly use these bbq favorites again. 🙂

 

 

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays-Baked Beans

Pioneer Woman-Baked Beans | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

If someone was to tell you they made a big batch of baked beans in the morning before work would you think they were crazy?!

I did just that one morning! But after tasting these beans from The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays and seeing how simple it was to put these together, I didn’t think I was crazy. It was genius!

These beans are so simple to make and so delicious, full of tender bell peppers and bursting with BBQ pizazz, they taste like you’ve spent hours in the kitchen making them.

And oh, the beautiful bacon strips on top…

Pioneer Woman Baked Beans | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I think we should all be crazy and make these before work!

And enter this GIVEAWAY for The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays too yes!?!

Ingredients:
12 slices bacon, divided
1 large onion, diced
4 bell peppers, diced
4 28 oz can pork and beans, drained
1/2 cup BBQ sauce
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
2 Tb yellow mustard

Pioneer Woman Baked Beans | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Begin by dicing 6 pieces of the bacon and sautéing them in a large dutch oven over medium heat with the onions, cooking until the onions are translucent.

Pioneer Woman Baked Beans | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Add  the bell  peppers and cook a bit more.

Pioneer Woman Baked Beans | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Stir in the pork and beans. (I didn’t drain mine.)

Pioneer Woman Baked Beans | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Bring to a simmer then add the remaining ingredients.

Pioneer Woman Baked Beans | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Bring back to a simmer, then transfer to a large baking dish.

Arrange remaining 6 bacon slices on top of the beans and cover with saran wrap. Refrigerate until ready to bake.

Pioneer Woman Baked Beans | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Bake, uncovered at 325F for 2 hours.

Cool before serving.

Pioneer Woman Baked Beans | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And please don’t forget to enter! 🙂

Baked Beans

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours, 20 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Number of servings: 24

Per Serving 414 calories

Fat 24 g

Carbs 20 g

Protein 30 g

24


Baked Beans

Weight Watchers PointsPlus®: 11

*Nutritional value may vary depending upon which ingredients are used.

*PointsPlus® calculated by Famished Fish and in no way endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Ingredients

  • 12 slices bacon, divided
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 bell peppers, diced
  • 4 28 oz can pork and beans, drained
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 Tb yellow mustard

Instructions

  1. Begin by dicing 6 pieces of the bacon and sautéing them in a large dutch oven over medium heat with the onions, cooking until the onions are translucent.
  2. Add the bell peppers and cook 4 minutes more.
  3. Stir in the pork and beans. Drained or undrained.
  4. Bring to a simmer then add the remaining ingredients.
  5. Bring back to a simmer for about 5 minutes, then transfer to a large baking dish.
  6. Arrange remaining 6 bacon slices on top of the beans and cover with saran wrap. Refrigerate until ready to bake.
  7. Bake, uncovered at 325F for 2 hours.
  8. Cool before serving.

 

 

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays – Cookbook Review and Giveaway

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays - Cookbook Review and Giveaway | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Cookbooks: I love them! (Remember me, age 5 and reading cookbooks?) Cookbook reviewing—even better!

I love the ones laden with food photos and quirkiness. I love the ones that are so vibrant you can literally taste the food off the pages!

I love The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays. If you have anything holding you back from following a good recipe, like the lack of being able to follow a recipe, then The Pioneer Woman is for you! I mean, she turned her blogs into cookbooks. And she leaves out NOTHING from her recipes. You need step-by-step instructions, then she’s your gal!

Southern comfort with homemade goodness in easy full color instructions will have you turning each page for more.

From delicious brunch time favorites… (Recipe found here!)

Like savory bagels soaked in a flavorful egg and milk mixture overnight, then smothered with cheeses and chives, that make simple bagels and cream cheese seem like Kindergarten food.

Pioneer Woman-Bagel and Cream Cheese Baked French Toast | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

 

To colorful party friendly appetizers… (Recipe found here!)

Like crispy oven baked potatoes topped with colorful Southwestern flair.

Pioneer Woman-Southwestern Potato Skins | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

 

To savory family favorite side dishes… (Recipe found here!)

Like slowly cooked pink beans packed with sweet onions and peppers and salty bacon.

Pioneer Woman-Baked Beans | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

 

The Pioneer Woman cooks it all.

Enter our Giveaway below to get a chance to cook your own from The Pioneer Woman, and visit my fellow bloggers recipes for more from The Pioneer Woman!

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Easy Black Bean Patties

Black Bean Patties - Black Bean Fiest Taco Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I had every intention of making Chris Freytag’s Black Bean Patties from her Choose This cookbook for dinner. And I sort of did. Do you ever get home knowing you have all the ingredients for a meal, only to find you are missing something, or it’s just not quite the same? That’s how I was with this recipe. It called for a can of black beans. So I opened up the black beans and attempted to pour them into a colander to rinse them-and they stuck. I had opened a can of refried black beans. So although these beans have added fat and altered my nutrition information, this recipe turned out wonderfully just the same, because of course, I still used them.

Black Bean Patties - Kid Friendly Black Bean Cheeseburgers | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Most of my famished fish enjoyed these. As for my finicky shark, he won’t eat anything that is soft in texture and will never touch refried beans, only whole beans. I made the kids burgers out of these patties, with just toasted white bread, American cheese singles and ketchup. My oldest son Angel told me these were “magical”, and requested seconds. My youngest son Nicolas ate some, but would prefer I leave out the red pepper flakes. My finicky shark Jesse had a cheese and ketchup sandwich 😛

Easy Black Bean Patties

Ingredients:
1 20oz can refried black beans
2 slices whole wheat bread
1/3 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp chili powder
3/4 tsp whole cumin
3/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
dash turmeric
dash hot sauce
2 Tb egg whites
1/2 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend

Basically I mixed all the ingredients in a food processor.

Black Bean Patties - Black Bean Fiest Taco Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Then I scooped them into 1/3 cup portions and browned them on a griddle sprayed with cooking spray over medium heat for 5 minutes per side.

Black Bean Patties - Black Bean Fiest Taco Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Be careful when flipping these over; they are very fragile.

Black Bean Patties - Black Bean Fiest Taco Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

We adults ate our black bean patties on a green salad drizzled with ranch dressing and a bit of hot sauce, with a side of broken tostadas. I also topped them with my Inside Out Jalapeno Poppers.

Black Bean Patties - Black Bean Fiest Taco Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

These are very vegetarian friendly and full of fiber and protein. You can’t beat that. These have a flaky outside, a tender inside and are packed with a punch of flavor. Why not try these for your Meatless Mondays. Enjoy.

 

Easy Black Bean Patties

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Number of servings: 6

Per Serving 401 calories

Fat 6 g

Carbs 65 g

Protein 25 g

6


Easy Black Bean Patties

Weight Watchers PointsPlus®: 10

*Nutritional value may vary depending upon which ingredients are used.

*PointsPlus® calculated by Famished Fish and in no way endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Ingredients

  • 1 20oz can refried black beans
  • 2 slices whole wheat bread
  • 1/3 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 3/4 tsp whole cumin
  • 3/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • dash turmeric
  • dash hot sauce
  • 2 Tb egg whites
  • 1/2 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend

Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a food processor, beginning with the bread, onions and garlic and adding the beans and seasonings and finally the egg whites and cheese.
  2. Spray a nonstick griddle with cooking spray and heat over medium heat.
  3. Scoop patties into 1/3 cup servings and flatten lightly with a spatula sprayed with cooking spray.
  4. Cook for 5 minutes on one side, flip carefully and cook for 5 minutes more.

Notes

Serve on a green salad with tortilla chips or on sliced bread with cheese and ketchup for kids.

How will you serve your black bean patties?

You may also enjoy Baked Falafels

Eating Clean Around the World and a Book Giveaway

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What’s your resolution for the New Year? Is it organizing your life? Is it getting rid of household clutter? Is it spending more quality time with the family? Is it getting more exercise? Perhaps it is making better food choices for better health, like eating clean?

So what exactly is eating clean? Eating clean doesn’t always have to mean steamed vegetables and plain proteins. I love to shop along the outside of the grocery store. Take a look at your pantry and your refrigerator. Which of these has more abundance of foods? Which of these has a longer shelf life? We all know, the longer the shelf life, the more processed crud is crammed into the food right? But yet we still buy them! And the foods in our refrigerator are consumed quite quickly-because of their freshness factor!

You can learn more about clean eating in my friend Chris Freytag’s eBook and even WIN a copy from Chris herself! Chris Freytag is a nutritional and fitness expert who has literally helped me find a new and healthier self. I have followed Chris on Facebook for 2 years now, beginning with a motivational fitness group she started with her 10 Pound Slim Down workout series. I’ve used her eBook and love it! Check out my review on her page!

Famished Fish, Finicky Shark has teamed up Chris to give away a copy of her eBook Getting Started with Clean Eating.  Continue reading to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below.

Now the challenge. I challenge you this year to shop more on the outskirts of the grocery aisles and less in the middle. Buy whole wheat pastas and fresh herbs and vegetables and skip the packaged “helper” meals. Buy lowfat milk and natural cheeses and skip “cream sauces”. Stock up on packaged beans and lentils and skip the canned ones packed in sodium.

Orange is the new white! Substitute sweet potatoes for white. Choose fresh or frozen vegetables and avoid the ones sitting on the shelf for months. Eat more fruit! Fresh and frozen are all the rave.

Whole grains are cool! You don’t know how many times I’ve swapped whole grains in my kid’s food, or added oats to their pancakes and they had no clue. Make a cake from scratch and sneak in some whole wheat flour and ground flax seeds. Substitute apple sauce and fat free greek yogurt for the oil and butter in your baking. Look for raw cookie recipes like raw date cookies over butter filled sugar cookies.

Add plenty of healthy fat foods like avocados, olive and canola oil, nuts and seeds to your diet. And don’t forget that ever forgiving and satisfying rich dark chocolate. Consumed in moderation, it is a guilt free treat.

I spent the last month of last year preparing some additional clean eating meals for my family and readers. These meals are so rich and delicious, you will forget they are good for you. And some may be a bit higher in calorie, but added up with the healthy fats, they are still body beneficial.

Here are some of my original recipes, scattered from around the world.

America and Extra Fiber

Pumpkin Sage Quinoa

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Herb and Cheese Stuffed Pork Chops

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Mini Quinoa Quiches

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Pumpkin Black Bean Chilis

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Greece and Herbal Sauces

Greek Chicken Meatballs

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Baked Falafels in Pita Pockets

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Greek Herb and Citrus Roasted Potatoes (try these with sweet potatoes!)

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Garbanzo Bean Patties with Tzatziki Yogurt Dip

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Cuba and a Juicy Burger

Pineapple Avocado Turkey Burgers

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Italy and Tomatoes

Penne with Sundried Tomatoes with Baby Lima Beans and Crumbled Bacon

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Whole Wheat Stuffed Crust Personal Pizzas (sneaking in whole wheat for the kids)

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Lasagna Cupcakes

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China and Stir Fry

Spicy Shrimp with Cashews

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Mexico and Beans

Lightened Up Charro Beans

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India and Chicken

Baked Indian Chicken Drumsticks

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Thailand and Peanut Sauce

Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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And the treats

Gluten Free Double Chocolate Brownie Cookies

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Banana Key Lime Protein Smoothie

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So do you accept this challenge? A challenge to do good by your body and enrich yourself with good, clean nutrition. And your family’s?

What diet changes have you made this year? Please comment below and let me know if one of these meals is a favorite of yours!

And don’t forget to enter the GIVEAWAY!
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Lightened Up Charro Beans and Baked Taquitos

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So you’ve ate all the turkey you could eat and shopped all the Black Friday sales you could shop. The holiday season is approaching there is no better time to focus on you. Put the stretchy pants away, remain focused and healthy and get a jump start on your New Year’s resolution, if it’s getting in shape and eating right of course.

That’s what I’m doing anyway. I’ve begun a new Beachbody workout routine by Shawn T called T25. I’m on day 3 and love it so far! But to work the body you need to fuel the body. And I’m gonna do it all around the world.

Starting off with Charro Beans. In case you’ve never heard of this wonder food, it is typically a large pot of pinto beans cooked almost like a soup, with chunks of chorizo, bacon and maybe hot dogs, with a large ham hock for flavor and plenty of tomatoes, onions and chiles. Topped with cilantro it is goodness in a bowl. You can order this dish at many Mexican restaurants by the name of Frijoles Charros de la Hoya, which means Charro Beans from the Pot.

But this doesn’t exactly sound like a clean way to start eating clean, so I’ve made this lighter version, based on this slow cooker recipe by Slender Kitchen, and oh is it good!

Here are the Charro Bean stars:

1 lb pinto beans
1 large onion
2 large tomatoes
2 jalapeños
3 cloves garlic
4 oz lean ground turkey
6 oz Canadian ham
1 Tb bacon grease
6 cups chicken broth
3/4 cup cilantro

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First I quick soaked my beans in the morning. Pick through the beans for any rocks or dirt. Pour them in a large pot or bowl and cover them with boiling water you’ve heated in a kettle. Cover and let them soak all day, about 8-12 hours.

(You can also make these in a slow cooker all day! Pick through and rinse the beans as above and set aside; sauté everything as below; add the veggies to your slow cooker, then add the beans and boiling broth and set it for 8-10 hours.)

After the beans had soaked all day, I rinsed them under clean water and heated another kettle of water. Then I began by chopping the onion, tomatoes and jalapeños, mincing the garlic and dicing the Canadian ham. I browned the turkey and diced ham in the bacon fat in a large Dutch oven over medium heat.

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When the turkey was browned, I added the onion, tomatoes, garlic and jalapenos and cooked until the onions were slightly tender, about 4 minutes.

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Then I added the pinto beans.

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I poured 6 cups of the boiling water over the bean mixture and added 6 tsp of chicken bouillon to make a chicken broth.

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Then I covered the beans and let them cook about 1 hour and 20 minutes, until they were tender and gave when smashed with the back of a spoon.

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That’s it. Then these were removed from heat, ladled into bowls and sprinkled with chopped cilantro for a fresh green taste.

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My don’t those look good! My husband really enjoyed these-he had two bowls and ate it like soup.
Looking for a quick clean eating breakfast? Try making charro beans and egg whites!

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A Tale of Two Chilis-Spicy Pumpkin Black Bean Chili with Turkey

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I don’t know about you but we have a lot of pumpkin left over from Halloween. Yes, we actually still do! I need to make some pie! Or figure some way to make sweet pumpkin tamales for Thanksgiving.

But not all things pumpkin have to be full of sugar. You can actually make some good clean whole food with pumpkin. So one day in my slow cooker I cooked up a pound of black beans AND 5 pounds of fresh pumpkin. And I created two unique flavors.

I came home and made Spicy Pumpkin Black Bean Chili with Turkey and “Baked” Sweet Pumpkin Black Beans. I absolutely LOVED the turkey chili, especially leftover for lunch, as the flavors mingled more the next day. And I enjoyed serving the “Baked” Black Beans with “Hoctopi”, perfectly named by my 9 year old Angel, which are turkey sausages cut into octopus shapes.

Now you can just as easily use 2-3 cans of black beans and one 29oz can of pumpkin purée for each of these chilis, but I love the idea of making these completely from scratch!

First, in your slow cooker, pour in one pound of dry black beans which have been picked through of all rocks and sand.

Lay 5 pounds of cut and seeded pumpkin on top of the beans and cover with water within an inch of the top. There is no need to peel the pumpkin, you will scoop the pulp out later. Add one Tb of salt, cover and set on low for 8-10 hours.

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This is how they will look when they are done.

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For this post I’ll share the Spicy Pumpkin Black Bean Chili with Turkey. (Click here for the “Baked” Sweet Pumpkin Black Beans with Hoctopi.)

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First scoop out the pumpkin from the rind and purée in batches in a blender to make enough puree for about 30oz of fresh pumpkin. Set aside.

Then continue with these list of ingredients.

Spicy Pumpkin Black Bean Chili with Turkey
2 Tb bacon fat or canola oil
1/3 onion
1 stalk celery
1 clove garlic
1 jalapeno
2 tomatoes
12 oz belgiun ale beer
20 oz lean ground turkey
3 cups black beans drained
29 oz pumpkin puree
2 Tb brown sugar
2 Tb ketchup
1 Tb apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp liquid smoke
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
4 dashes hot sauce
dash cinnamon

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First dice the onion, chop the celery, mince the onion, chop and remove seeds from the jalapeno, and dice the tomatoes.

In a large Dutch oven, heat the bacon fat over medium heat. If you don’t have bacon fat, you may use canola oil. I keep a jar of strained bacon fat in my refrigerator and refill it whenever I make bacon.

Add the garlic, onion and jalapeno and sauté about 3 minutes until tender.

Add the turkey and cook until browned, about 8 minutes.

 

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Stir in the tomatoes and cook 2 minutes more.

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Pour in the entire bottle of beer, but take a swig if you must.  Now for this I really wanted to use Pumpkin Ale, but I had none :-(, so I used his brother, this Belgium stuff right here by the same Blue Moon company. You really can taste it in the chili. Delicious!

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Simmer a few minutes more to allow the beer to reduce a bit. Then stir in the black beans.

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Finally stir in the pureed pumpkin and remaining ingredients.

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Continue cooking, uncovered over medium heat, until thickened, at least 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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Serve with a dollop of sour cream or Greek yogurt and some chives. Feel free to add some cheese too. I was keeping it light here.

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This makes about 6, 1 1/2 cup servings. I love this chili. It is full of health ingredients, plenty of fiber, low in fat, and loaded with protein. This really is a clean eating meal. And can be gluten free by substituting red wine for the beer or using gluten-free beer.

Enjoy healthy pumpkin eaters.

Spicy Pumpkin Black Bean Chili with Turkey

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 10 hours, 45 minutes

Total Time: 11 hours, 30 minutes

Number of servings: 6

Per Serving 623 calories

Fat 15 g

Carbs 83 g

Protein 41 g

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Spicy Pumpkin Black Bean Chili with Turkey

Weight Watchers PointsPlus®: 16

*Nutritional value may vary depending upon which ingredients are used.

*PointsPlus® calculated by Famished Fish and in no way endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Ingredients

  • 2 Tb bacon fat or canola oil
  • 1/3 onion
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 12 oz belgiun ale beer
  • 20 oz lean ground turkey
  • 3 cups black beans drained
  • 29 oz pumpkin puree
  • 2 Tb brown sugar
  • 2 Tb ketchup
  • 1 Tb apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 4 dashes hot sauce
  • dash cinnamon

Instructions

  1. First dice the onion, chop the celery, mince the onion, chop and remove seeds from the jalapeno, and dice the tomatoes.
  2. In a large Dutch oven, heat the bacon fat over medium heat. Add the garlic, onion and jalapeno and sauté about 3 minutes until tender.
  3. Add the turkey and cook until browned, about 8 minutes.
  4. Stir in the tomatoes and cook 2 minutes more.
  5. Pour in the entire bottle of beer.
  6. Simmer a few minutes more to allow the beer to reduce a bit. Then stir in the black beans.
  7. Finally stir in the pureed pumpkin and remaining ingredients.
  8. Continue cooking, uncovered over medium heat, until thickened, at least 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  9. Cool slightly and serve.

Notes

This really is a clean eating meal. And can be gluten free by substituting red wine for the beer or using gluten-free beer. Serve with a dollop of sour cream or Greek yogurt and some chives and some cheese if desired. This will change the nutrition slightly.

How do you plan to use your leftover pumpkin this season?

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