- Pre-cooked meat: chicken, lamb, or beef
- 3 vine ripe tomatoes, cut into chunks
- 1 red onion, thinly sliced
- ½ European seedless cucumber, cut into bite-size chunks
- 1 small red bell pepper, seeded and chunked
- 1 small yellow or orange bell pepper, seeded and chunked
- 1 cup Kalamata black olives
- Several sprigs fresh flat-leaf parsley, about ½ cup
- 4 oz. feta
- 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed in palm of your hand
- Coarse salt and black pepper
- Whole wheat pita bread
Combine meat, vegetables, olives, and parsley in a large bowl. Place feta on top of salad. Combine oil, vinegar, and oregano in a small container with a lid. Shake vigorously to combine oil and vinegar and pour over salad and cheese. Season with salt and pepper and let the salad marinate until ready to serve.
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Wait until week 6 on program to include feta (eat sparingly).
Pita bread is for serving others or if you are on a 3-day reset or maintenance.
Basil Lemon Shrimp
Another tasty dish from Go Figure chef/co-owner David MacDonald
This recipe is perfect for a summertime BBQ! It’s quick and easy to prep and only takes a few minutes to grill.
1 lb. peeled, thawed raw shrimp ½ tsp. salt
¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice ¼ tsp. pepper
¼ cup olive oil 1 medium garlic clove, chopped
1 tsp. agave ½ small bunch fresh basil
Blend all ingredients in blender, except shrimp (that would be interesting!) Mix shrimp with blended sauce and marinate for about ½ hour. Cook on medium heat until done, about 5 minutes. Enjoy!
Please Note: Shrimp is only 28 calories/ounce, so to get 140 protein calories you would need to eat 5 ounces of shrimp. It’s important to get enough of it, along with your healthy fats and veggies, or you will go away feeling hungry after eating it.
Copyright David and Cheryl MacDonald, 2013
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Fun Feta Burger
Change your everyday burger into one with a little kick.
1 lb. lean ground meat of any type (turkey, bison, beef, chicken etc.)
Divide meat into serving size you need (about 4-5 servings/lb.) Roll into individual balls. Press a small amount of feta into the center of each ball. Shape meat around feta into a patty. Season with salt, pepper or Montreal Steak Seasoning.
Heat a small amount of olive or grapeseed oil in a pan and cook patties all the way through, turning once. Depending on thickness, about 10-15 minutes.
Instead of a bun and fries, serve with lettuce, tomato, onion and your favorite veggie sticks: celery, cucumber, broccoli florets, pickles. Have a little homemade guacamole on the side (more avocado, less mayo or sour cream) for some good fats. Enjoy this easy and fun meal with very little clean-up too!
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Chopped Veggie Salad
This recipe is great because it can be served as a side or as an entrée.
1 red bell pepper
1 yellow bell pepper
1 small English cucumber
¼ red onion
A few celery stalks
1 tbs. olive or grape seed oil
1 tsp. red wine vinegar
Chopped parsley and cilantro
Chop all ingredients and add together with dressing. This can be served as a side, or over a bed of romaine with some added chicken or turkey for a meal. Make extra and keep it in the fridge for later. Even spice it up with some chopped jalapenos!
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