BARBACOA TACOS

The other day I was looking for a new way to make my tacos. I am so over using the same sauce and getting the same taste. Now don’t get me wrong I love the way my tacos taste, but I just needed a CHANGE!

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Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

If you are ready to get your life all the way, then get ready. This recipe is the real deal.

It’s quick, easy, and delicious. It’s a perfect change-up from your regular noodles. Read More

How to gain 5 pounds in 10 minutes Mac and Cheese

Maybe it’s just my metabolism but I think I could gain 5 pounds just by sniffing this mac and cheese. I’m used to making my mac and cheese with cauliflower (https://belladonnasflashlight.blog/2018/06/22/cauliflower-mac-and-cheese/ ) but this time I went all out and made sure I had all the ingredients that would make my greedy husband and son smile.

I didn’t hold back on the calories with this goody and sometimes you shouldn’t but just be mindful of your servings. Portion control is everything and a little exercise before consumption is highly recommended.

Oven on 375°

10 to 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 Box of pasta
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 cups of milk
  • 3 tbs butter
  • 2 cloves of garlic or 1tbs of garlic powder
  • 1 cup mild cheddar
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar
  • 1 cup mozzarella
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese

Cook your pasta as suggested on the back of the packaging. Drain and shake parmesan cheese and melted butter on top and set aside.

In a large bowl add your eggs, milk garlic powder pepper and salt. Stir until everything is mixed thoroughly. Set aside.

Sprinkle your cheese all on top of your pasta in a large nonstick pan. Then pour your milk mixture on top. Using a wooden spoon push down on the mixture to make sure your milk is evenly distributed on your dish. Place in oven for 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool for 5 to 10 minutes and serve warm.

 

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~Belladonna~

 

Enchiladas The Keto Way

Sometimes I lie in bed thinking about food and what I should make for dinner the next day. Did I mention that I’m full when I do this? As you all know I love Pinterest and that is my go-to spot to find awesome meals.

Well, just the other day I stumbled across a real beauty. I look for low carb meals to prepare for dinner. So, I mostly rely on Keto recipes. But I have to either reduce or eliminate the cheese on the desired meal.

I always add more carbs to my meals for my family. So after I remove my portion I will then continue to prepare their dish. For instance, I added black beans to the enchiladas and then wrapped the mixture into soft shells. For my Pescatarian I added meatless sausage and all of the same ingredients below.

Once you get used to preparing 3 separate meals for everyone you will move quickly through the kitchen.  A sense of pride will come when you discover a multitude of ways to prepare the same meal that will please everyone.

Okay 4 ways to eat this

  1. Over a bed of lettuce
  2. Over Cauliflower Rice
  3. Soft shell or hard shell taco
  4. Meatless Sausage

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Pound skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 Onion
  • 3/4 cup Enchilada Sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 Avocados
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 4 ounceGreen Chile peppers
  • 2 Tbs Coconut Oil
  • Iceberg lettuce or your choice of lettuce

Non Keto Add in

  • Black beans
  • Soft tortilla shell

Pescatarian Add in

  • Meatless Sausage separate pan

And all the same ingredients listed above

In a large heated pan add coconut oil and sear both sides of chicken breast. Remove from pan and add onion enchilada sauce water and green chili peppers add shredded chicken thighs back to the pan or keep them whole.

If using meatless sausage cook it the same way and at the same ingredients.

Next the choice is yours. Choose one of the four options or all of them. 😁

You could have chosen any blog to read but you chose mine and I’m honored!

~Belladonna~

 

Shrimp Tacos 🌮 and Burritos 🌯 🌯

Ummm No I will not wait for Taco Tuesday to have some fun. I dive into my tacos any day of the week. I will mix up my main ingredients so that I can keep it fun and tasty. I like to try healthy light options so that I won’t feel guilty. Not to mention it allows me to have a few chips, queso and a margarita!
Enough chit-chat, let’s start digging into these tacos and burritos.
Here is the quick and easy recipe. Don’t be afraid to switch up the ingredients and have fun with it.

Ingredients

    2 cans black beans
    4 ounce can green chilies
    1 chopped green pepper
    1 chopped red pepper
    1 can refried beans
    6 ounce can enchilada sauce
    2 tablespoons cumin
    1 tablespoon black pepper
    2 teaspoons garlic
    2 teaspoons chili powder
    30 to 40 shrimps
    10 whole wheat soft shells
    Pack of hard shells
    Romaine Lettuce
    Guacamole
    Sour cream

Heat oven to 350°

Bake burritos for 15 minutes and broil for 3 minutes

In a heated pan add extra virgin olive oil and green pepper and red pepper. After those are sautéed add black beans, Refried beans, green chili peppers, enchilada sauce and seasonings.

Lastly add shrimp. It only takes a good four minutes for shrimp to cook.

When I made the tacos, I wanted my family to have more lettuce in their hard shells, so I thought of a creative trick. I placed a whole piece of lettuce inside the taco shell and then added my shrimp mixture. It worked perfectly!!!!

Please watch the video below (uh oh fixing video) and leave me a comment and any questions you may have. Please don’t forget to follow and watch all of my other yummy videos.

You could have chosen any blog to read but you chose mine and I’m honored!

~BellaDonna~

Twice Baked Sweet Potato 🍠

I am trying to eat clean and limit my cookie intake, but occasionally I get weak. Then I bake a dozen cookies and eat half of them in one sitting. So to prevent that from happening I made twice baked sweet potatoes.
Your desire for a 300 calorie cookie will be gone once you have eaten at least two of these yummy treats.
I have a large family, so I must use anywhere from 6-8 potatoes.

Please watch the videos below and enjoy this quick, easy and delicious recipe.

Ingredients

    • 7 Potatoes
    • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
    • 2 tbls of Melted Butter
    • 1 tbls ground cinnamon
    • 2 tsp NOT TABLESPOONS
  • Bake on 375 degrees for 40 minutes or until soft. Let them cool for 10 minutes. They are too hot to handle…trust me!

    Add all of your ingredients and mix.

    Time to put that delicious mixture bake into the potatoes and bake on 375 degrees for 10 minutes.

    You could have chosen any blog to read but you chose mine and I am honored.

    ~BellaDonna ~

    Feel Good Friday with Parmesan Crusted Salmon

    What are you eating this weekend and what are your workout plans? Now you know you need those workouts to be strong and lean. The weekend does not give you an excuse to quit. I can’t tell you how many times I woke up on a Monday and wanted to slap myself.

    It is so hard to not go all in and just celebrate the weekend by eating everything in site and please don’t get me started on my love for margaritas and red 🍷   I mean just let me live and eat and be happy until Monday gets here and I have to deal with reality.

    BUT……..

    Tell yourself NO! You have to make a choice. You can’t go all in for two or three days straight. Yes, you can have a cheat meal but not a cheat weekend and then wonder why your energy is low. Not to mention those work clothes fitting a little to snug.

    Now I’m not going to lie to any of you and tell you that I  will be a 100% clean eater. But I know one thing for sure, I will work out after I tear into this delicious pizza that I’m making tonight for dinner. So make sure you come back on Saturday for an amazing pizza recipe.

    Until then let’s jump into my Saturday go-to meal, Parmesan Crusted Salmon.

    It is easy to make, delicious and will allow you to have a little wine or your favorite cocktail and zero guilt.

    Here are the items you will need.

    • 2 lbs Wild Caught Salmon
    • Creole Seasoning
    • Pepper
    • parmesan Grated Cheese
    • Italian Bread Crumbs
    • Olive Oil
    • Foil

    preheat oven to 350 degrees

    Bake for 20-25 minutes

    Watch the video below and get started on this feel-good meal.

    You could have chosen any blog to read but you chose mine and I’m honored! 💗

    ~BellaDonna ~

    Not Your Average Stuffed Peppers

    Okay so I might be late to the movement but I love Quinoa. It is absolutely delicious with everything. The first time that I made it I used water and then I saw a recipe that changed my life. I quickly switched from water to chicken broth and it changed my whole mindset of Quinoa.

    But let me be completely honest and tell you that I don’t read directions well and because of that, I make foolish mistakes. For example, I didn’t know that I was supposed to rinse the Quinoa a few times before cooking. I simply ran water over it and threw it in the pot. The water was grimy and disgusting so I had to throw it out and start over again. Don’t even get me started on how I wasn’t prepared for how messy it can be while rinsing.

    The bottom line here is, rinse the Quinoa in this!

    Let’s get started
    Ingredients

    5 Red Peppers
    1 cup of Quinoa
    1 can of Black Beans
    1 Large Tomato
    1 tbsp of Oregano
    1 tsp of Black Pepper
    1 tsp of Salt
    6 ounces of Fresh Mozzarella (already sliced if you like)
    6 tsp of olive oil

    Here is full video from beginning to end.

    Cook the quinoa with chicken broth and let that thicken. Add tomato, black beans, and seassonings. Let simmer

    Slice off the tops of each red pepper and rinse inside and out. Stuff the quinoa mixture inside, place mozzarella on top, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil.
    Set oven to 375 degrees and cook for 10-15 minutes. Turn oven on broil and cook for additional 3-4 minutes.

    serve while nice and warm,

    You could have chosen any blog to read but you chose mine and I’m honored.

    Bella Donna

    Protein Cakes 🥞

    What if I told you that I have a recipe that will make your pancakes taste like a yellow cake. But with great benefits and no need to use syrup, your cakes will be sweet enough.

    If many of you are like me then you want to give your family as well as yourself a great protein based breakfast. Lets face it pancakes do not have a significant amount of protein. I know that you can buy pancakes that will contain 14 grams of protein or higher. But you will be paying WAY to much for it. I don’t know about you but I like to save money 💰.

    So I  did something so simple and affordable and changed my pancakes forever. The best part of this recipe is that you can change it every time you make it. I have added fresh blueberries, walnuts, pecans, bananas, dark chocolate chips. The list can go on and on, but I think you get the point.

    Watch the video below, get out your ingredients and lets go!

    Ingredients 1

    • 1 box of pancake mix
    • 2 cups of milk
    • 1 cup of coconut milk
    • bag of dark chocolate chips, or anything of your choice
    • 8-10 scoops of vanilla protein

    Please let me know what you think of this recipe.

    You could have chosen any blog to read but you chose me and I am honored!

    ~Bella Donna~

    Baked Bow Tie pasta and Chicken

    I’m always trying to find a new recipe for a great pasta dish. Pasta is a great source of protein for athletes that need to feul up the night before a big game. Also awesome to eat at least 3-4 hours before a game. Since my house is full of athletes I try to think of new ways to amp up my dishes so they don’t get boring. I don’t know about you but I hate cooking the same crap over and over again. I’d rather not cook if I have to do that.

    I like to keep my family guessing and see their expressions when they take that first bite. I truly get offended if they don’t say how much they like it…no pressure though! LOL

    For me a meal is much more than a meal, its an event and it brings my family together. Nothing better than a feel good meal that will put everyone in a really good mood and forget about anything  that may have made you upset during the day. Sometimes with my kids schedules it is impossible to sit down and all it at the same time. But at least 5 times a week, we make that happen. My time with them will not always be at my finger tips so I take advantage of the time I have now.

    Okay lets dig into this delicious dish. Grab your ingredients and watch the video below.

    Ingredients

    • 1 onion
    • 3 tbsp butter
    • 1 tbsp flour
    • 2 cups milk
    • 2 cups chicken broth
    • 2 cups mozzarella
    • 1 box of bow tie pasta
    • 3 tbsp garlic goat cheese
    • 1 can of alfredo sauce
    • 3 cups of spinach
    • 4-6 chicken breasts

    Start with butter and sauté one onion, whisk in flour until smooth. Add  milk, chicken broth. Next add goat cheese and keep stirring until it is completely melted, alfredo sauce and spinach.

    Add bow tie pasta after it is cooked and water is drained. Sprinkle mozzarella and place dish in oven on broil for 3-4 minutes. Cheese will be dark golden and a beautiful crust will form.

    If you want to add chicken for that extra protein, all you need to do is season it and bake for 20 minutes on 350 degrees.

    Now the way that I like to serve this dish is by slicing the dish and taking out one scoop. Once you do that you will see all the yummy liquid. place the chicken in there and flip it once, then put the chicken on your plate and top it with the baked bow tie pasta.

    I hope you all enjoy this recipe and let will share your reactions with me.

    You could have chosen any blog to read but you chose mine and I am honored!

    ~Bella Donna~