Happy Eat Better Together Month, #RIPPEDFamily! The month of October is super special to us for so many reasons. We’re celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness Month and supporting the strong survivors who are battling with and have battled with breast cancer. It’s National Positive Attitude Month and you know we’re all about good vibes in our fitness family. Our health and fitness regimens depend on a positive attitude to help us live our best lives. And last but not least, it’s Eat Better Together Month, and you know we can’t let this month go by without talking about the last letter in R.I.P.P.E.D.; our (D)iet!
To help you stay on track this month, we’ve created a three-course meal plan that you and your family are sure to love.
“Fried” Green Bean Fries
This is a simple low-carb starter you and your family or guests can snack on before dinner is ready to be served. These crunchy mock-fries are healthy and delicious, so trust us when we say you can’t just have one. But that’s okay—because the best thing about this recipe is that it’s guilt-free! You can even enjoy them with your main course.
- 1-pound fresh green beans, trimmed, or try Trader Joe’s bagged frozen variety.
- ¼ cup flour
- ½ cup bread crumbs (or panko)
- 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
- 1-teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon Mrs. Dash onion and garlic flavor
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Cooking Spray
- 2 eggs, beaten
Spinach & Turkey Meatloaves
This rich meatloaf recipe will win you cool points at the dinner table. The turkey makes for a leaner main dish than if you opted for the traditional beef, and adding spinach is the perfect way to incorporate more nutrients without compromising flavor. It’s a win-win! Let’s not forget about the cheddar cheese—we’re drooling just thinking about it. You can pair this with a side of brown rice, quinoa, zucchini noodles or even your mock-fries starter.
INGREDIENTS: Makes 7 servings
- Fat-free cooking spray
- 2 celery stalks, finely minced
- 1 large sweet Vidalia onion, grated (use a hand grater)
- 3 large handfuls (about 3 cups) of spinach, rough chopped
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
- 2 to 3 large garlic cloves, finely minced into a paste
- ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
- 2 heaping tablespoons tomato paste
- 1-teaspoon sea salt or kosher salt
- Fresh ground black pepper, as needed
- A handful of fresh parsley, rough chopped (plus extra for garnish)
- 1.3 pounds (about one standard size package) 93% lean ground turkey
- 2 egg whites
- 1 cup reduced-fat cheddar cheese (you can use low-fat cheddar cheese if you’d prefer)
- ½ cup whole-wheat panko or whole-wheat regular breadcrumbs
- ¼ cup tomato sauce or 3 tablespoons ketchup
Oreo Mini Cheesecakes
Now for the grand finale! After such a hearty meal, remember to control your portions, because you’re going to want to make room for this dessert. This cheesecake recipe includes all the things that make our tummies happy: chocolate and cheese! And you don’t have to worry about working a little extra hard in R.I.P.P.E.D. class the next day, because we’ve modified the traditional cheesecake recipe to make sure you’re not straying from your diet.
INGREDIENTS: Makes 12 cheesecakes
- 9 Oreos separated into 18 halves (I used Trader Joe’s GF Joe Joe’s)
- 8 ounces fat-free cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup low-fat ricotta cheese (you can use fat-free but it can sometimes seem grainy)
- 1/4 cup granulated stevia (I would reduce if using concentrated powder)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional)- I used vanilla cake Protizyme
We’ll be celebrating Eat Better Together Month on Facebook by sharing tasty R.I.P.P.E.D.-approved recipes all month! Follow our RIPPEDFans Facebook Page for regular recipe updates to help you stay on track.