Piña Colada Salad
This delightful mix of fruit, veggies, and healthful fats was created by our lead chef/Go Figure co-owner David MacDonald. It’s a lovely way to enjoy our warmer seasons with flavors that make us think of sun and tropical beaches.
Try it on the side with your favorite protein, or mix into the salad some chicken breast, white fish, shrimp or salmon. Make sure to share it with a friend, or you’ll be tempted to eat it all yourself!
Mix together all of the following:
4 Tbsp. Grapeseed oil
4 Tbsp. 100% pineapple frozen juice concentrate (no added sugar)
½ tsp. coconut extract (optional)
Add and mix into above dressing:
¼ cup finely chopped sweet onion
¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut (found in health food stores)
1 sweet and juicy orange, peeled and cut into smaller pieces
½ cup toasted, chopped walnuts (roast on low heat on stovetop or oven )
Let sit for 15-30 minutes to integrate flavors.
Before serving, mix in and toss:
1 bunch of baby spinach
Enjoy your visit to the tropics, remind yourself that this is healthful food and not dessert, and then come on back to Montana!
Copyright David and Cheryl MacDonald, 2011
*Another tasty recipe brought to you by Go Figure chef, David MacDonald
1 lb. chicken breast, cut into pieces ½ tsp. salt
1 sweet onion, cut into strips 1 tsp. garlic salt
½ bunch cilantro, chopped Bibb lettuce
4 Tbsp. olive oil 1 avocado, chopped
2 tsp. chili powder 1 large tomato, chopped
1 each red and yellow pepper, cut in strips
1 jalapeno pepper, chopped (remove seeds if you don’t want it too hot)
Take 2 saute pans, about 10 inches large. Split olive oil between them.
In pan #1:
Saute chicken until almost done. Stir in 1 Tbsp. chili powder and salt and finish cooking chicken. Let sit.
In pan #2:
Add onions, jalapeno, and peppers. Saute until soft and stir in 1 tsp. chili powder and garlic salt.
Take individual pieces of Bibb lettuce, and add a small portion of chicken and pepper mix to each. Mix avocado, cilantro and tomato together and use as garnish. Enjoy!
(For variety, try replacing chicken with other proteins like beef or ground turkey.)
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Copyright David and Cheryl MacDonald, 2014
Spring Cleaning Soup
Our Go Figure chef, David, was looking for a quick dinner, so he started pulling things out of the freezer and fridge that needed to be used up and came up with this yummy soup. This is a great meal to have when you feel you need some starchier carbs or something more substantial.
5 Sabatino’s chicken mozzarella sausages, cut in approx. ¼ inch slices (ask Costco butcher for location; unless you have a dairy sensitivity, the little bit of cheese that’s in here will not interfere with weight loss.)
1 small can tomato paste 1 Tbsp. agave
½ chopped onion 1 tsp. each salt, garlic salt, and pepper
3 stalks celery, chopped 2 quarts water
4 cloves garlic, sliced ¼ cup tamari (soy sauce without sugar)
2 Tbsp. olive oil Leafy greens: spinach, kale, or chard
1 tsp. each: dried oregano, basil and thyme
½ cup cooking sherry or red wine (alcohol is cooked off)
2 cups frozen veggies (whatever’s in your freezer, or green beans)
½ cup canned black beans (rinse thoroughly and drain)
½ cup quinoa-corn pasta
Bring water to a boil, add pasta, and cook according to pkg. directions, about 7 minutes or until soft. While pasta is cooking, pre-heat soup pot and add olive oil. Sauté onions, celery and then add sausage, garlic and rest of ingredients except water, pasta, and leafy greens
Pour pasta with the water it was cooked in, into the soup mix. Simmer for 15 minutes or as long as you want. Add salt and pepper to taste and any of the leafy greens.
Wait until you have been on the program for at least 6 weeks to include the beans and pasta. The quinoa-corn pasta has no wheat or white flour in it, and can usually be eaten in small quantities without interfering with weight loss. The same with black beans.
Copyright David and Cheryl MacDonald, 2013
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- ¼ cup grated parmesan
- 1 t. dried parsley
- 1 t. dried oregano
- 1 t. salt
- Minced onion to taste
- 1 lb. ground beef (or ground turkey or other meat)
- Olive oil
- 15 oz. can tomato sauce
Combine eggs, parmesan, seasonings, and onion. Stir in meat and mix well. Wet hands and mix small one inch meatballs. Heat oil and brown meatballs. Heat tomato sauce to a boil, mix in seasonings to taste such as additional oregano or Italian seasoning. Lower to simmer, add meatballs, and cook covered for about 10-15 minutes, or until ground meat is completely cooked.
Instead of pasta, serve with a nice salad and a sautéed veggie mix, such as zucchini, onion, red peppers with an oil and vinegar marinade. Enjoy!!
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