Replace pasta or rice in your next dish for quinoa. Quinoa is a complete protein, as it contains all nine essential amino acids the body needs. Each 1 cup serving provides 8 gm protein.
1/5 of an avocado (1 oz. serving) has 50 calories, 4.5 gm fat and nearly 20 vitamins and minerals. Although avocados have more fat than any other fruit, they are heart-healthy mono and polyunsaturated fats that may help reduce cholesterol levels and heart disease risk when consumed in moderation.
To keep muffin batter from turning purple, toss frozen blueberries with flour before adding them to mix. To add more nutrients and fiber to baked goods, substitute half of the all-purpose flour called for whole-wheat flour. If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, you can use 1 tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice plus enough milk to measure 1 cup. Stir and let stand for 5 minutes. You can also use 1 cup of plain yogurt or 1-3/4 teaspoons cream of tartar plus 1 cup milk.
This recipe is a great way to portion control your meats and packs well for an easy lunch. Since pre-ground meats often come in 1 lb. packs, try doubling this recipe and freezing the leftovers for another dinner. The oats aren’t enough to add significant fiber, but they hold moisture. If your family likes mushrooms, you can try adding some of those (chopped) too.