Family, Food, Kids

Avocado Pineapple Blueberry Salad

Perfect Summer Salad
Perfect Summer Salad

During the heat of the summer, I love trying different salads, however I can’t take credit for this one. My husband pulled this one together. We seem to be on an avocado kick right now so sticking with that theme, here’s a great refreshing salad with or with out avocados.

Avocado Pineapple Blueberry Salad

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 6 cup of mixed Greens
  • 3/4 cup of diced Pineapple (fresh or canned) – can grill if time permits
  • 3/4 cup of fresh Blueberries
  • 3/4 cup of diced Avocados
  • 1/4 cups of thinly sliced Red Onions
  • 3/4 cup of Lemon Vinaigrette
  • Dash of Salt and Pepper
  • Fresh Parmesan Cheese

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, toss the mixed greens with dressing; reserving 3 tablespoons of dressing.
  2. On five to six separate plates, evenly disperse all the greens.
  3. In the same large bowl add the pineapple, blueberries, avocados, onions, and remaining dressing;
  4. Disperse the mixture evenly over the greens. Add seasoning and sprinkle with cheese if desired. Serve immediately.

This salad was a hit with the family, however the kids preferred the salad with out the avocado’s. We also kept it very simple by using bottled Lemon Vinaigrette, but you can make your own or use any kind of Citrus Vinaigrette.

It’s a quick and yummy summer salad! On this particular night, we didn’t have enough time to grill the pineapple, but I do highly recommend grilled pineapple.  We love it!

Drinks, Family, Kids

Summer Smoothies

Banana Strawberry Smoothie

We love smoothies in the summer time.  Heck, we like them all the time. There are so many different types of smoothie recipes out there, but this first one is my absolute favorite.  I always have all the ingredients in the kitchen. Yogurt is always in the fridge and Costco‘s Kirkland Frozen Three Berries or any other frozen berry variety. My best recommendation is to double the recipes.

The Banana Berry Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup of vanilla yogurt or any berry type
  • 3/4 cup of orange juice
  • 1 cup of Costco’s Kirkland frozen three berries (any kind is fine)

Directions

  • Blend all ingredients for 30 seconds to make 2 healthy servings.  Yummy!

Here is another great smoothie recipe based on ingredients we had at home…

The Banana Pineapple Smoothie

Banana Pineapple Smoothie

 

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • Hand full of ice cubes
  • 1/3 cup of fresh pineapple or canned pineapple
  • 1 cup of orange/pineapple juice (or any variety)
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla

Directions

  • Blend all ingredients for 30 seconds to make 2 healthy servings. Yummy!

The beautiful thing about smoothies is you can get creative, try different flavors, use what you have at home and enjoy!

Family, Food, Kids

Mexican Casserole and it’s light!

This mexican casserole was a huge success! It’s hard to believe it is light and only 6 points for those watching their weight watcher points.  Plus my kids absolutely loved it!

RECIPE

What you will need…Mexican Casserole Ingredients

  • 1 lb extra lean ground beef (drained)
  • 1/2 cup onion (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup canned jalapeno slices, chopped or green chilies
  • 2 cups fresh tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 (15 ounce) can kernel corn (drained)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans (rinsed/drained) – Ortega
  • 1 (1/14 ounce) package taco seasoning mix – Old El Paso
  • 8 corn tortilla’s – Mission
  • 3/4 cup non fat or light sour cream
  • 1/3 bunch of cilantro, chopped to taste (less or more)

Directions:

  1. Brown ground beef and chopped onions in large skillet; brown 10-12 minutes or until cooked, stirring constantly. Drain well to remove fat.
  2. Add corn, black beans, tomatoes, chilie’s or jalapeno’s and taco seasoning; mix well. Reduce heat; simmer 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile spray  a 12 x 8 inch (2 quart) baking dish with non stick cooking spray. Cut each tortilla in half, place 8 halves in bottom of sprayed baking dish, overlapping slightly.
  4. Spoon half of beef mixture evenly over tortillas. Spoon sour cream over beef mixture; spread evenly. Top with remaining 8 tortilla halves and remaining beef mixture. (Cover tightly with foil and freeze for later or cook as directed below).
  5. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven; sprinkle with cheese. Cover; let stand 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro. Serve with fresh lettuce, tomatoes, salsa, black olives, etc…

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This recipe is super easy, but it does take a little time in the kitchen.  I made this casserole on my own with out my little helpers.  It was a “solo cooking day” where I put on my tunes, enjoy a nice glass of wine, and cook dinner for the family. 

Do you have any great Weight Watcher recipes like this one?  This one is delicious!