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Apple & Cheddar Grilled Cheese!

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This weeks post is another featured recipe by my coworker, fitness guru & yoga teacher: Tina Fenninger! She keeps me so motivated with her healthy lifestyle and clean eating ideas. This meal is delicious, healthy and so easy to make!

“This apple and cheddar grilled cheese takes the popular comfort food favorite and gives it a healthy twist by using sweet, juicy apple slices. If you use with low-fat spread and reduced amount of cheese, it’s perfect for active people trying to eat well.”

•Easy to make, less than 15 mins

•Vegetarian

Ingredients:

•2 slices whole wheat bread

•2 teaspoons low-fat butter substitute

•2 thin slices sharp cheddar cheese

•½ green apple

Directions:

•Heat a frying pan over a medium-high heat and spread ½ teaspoon low-fat butter substitute on each side of the bread slices, covering all four sides.

•Place one thin slice of cheddar cheese on each slice of bread.

•Slice the apple into 4 thick slices and lay them all on top of one slice of cheese.

•Sandwich the two slices of bread together, making sure all the cheese and apple slices are kept tucked inside and place the sandwich into the hot frying pan.

•Press down on the sandwich with a spatula for a few seconds and leave to cook for around 5 minutes or until golden.

•Flip the sandwich over and press down on the top with a spatula for a couple of seconds again. Leave to cook for a further 5 minutes, or until the outsides are golden and the cheese is melted.

Yum!!

Recipe by: Tina Fenninger

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Vegetarian black bean and spinach lasagna!

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I love spinach! I could eat it every day. In a salad, in a wrap, on my pizza, but I’ve never made a lasagna with spinach. Tonight is the night! One of the main reasons I love this beautiful green super food is because it has so many nutrients! Researching, I’ve read that this meal contains iron, fiber, vitamin A, C, K, carotenoids, calcium, and much more!

It is known to slow down certain cancers, to make your bones strong, lower blood pressure, and prevent eye problems! Spinach is so easy to incorporate into any meal!

Here is my delicious spinach lasagna and ‘no garlic bread’ pita crisps:

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What you’ll need:

  1. A 13×9 oven safe lasagna dish
  2. 9 lasagna noodles (of your choice) I’m using the presto noodles
  3. Spinach – 2 cups
  4. Yellow peppers diced – 1 cup
  5. Red Peppers diced – 1 cup
  6. Black Beans (canned and rinsed) – 1 cup
  7. 800 ml of pasta sauce
  8. Cheese (shredded)
  9. Low fat Sour Cream – 1 cup
  10. Two tortillas
  11. Vegetable oil -1 tsp
  12. Roasted garlic
  13. Chili or paprika seasoning

How to prepare:

  • Preheat oven according to lasagna noodle instructions. I chose the presto noodles (because I am a little lazy)
  • 375F for me!
  • Rinse black beans in strainer
  • Brush pasta sauce on bottom of lasagna pan
  • Place 3 presto noodles on top of the sauce
  • Brush sour cream on top of the noodles
  • Distribute 1/2 a cup of black beans on top of the sour cream
  • Distribute half of the spinach, peppers and finally the pasta sauce on top
  • Place 3 lasagna noodles and repeat with the rest of the ingredients starting with the sour cream
  • Add remaining 3 noodles, and brush pasta sauce on top
  • Crumble the cheese over the sauce
  • (If you have sauce left over, pour around the sides of the noodles to prevent the noodles from becoming too crispy)
  • Cover with tinfoil
  • Bake for 40 minutes
  • Remove tinfoil and bake for another 10-15minutes
  • Let cool and enjoy!

*These instructions are guidelines only. Cooking times and oven temperatures may vary*

Pita Crisps:

  • Keep oven at 350F
  • Place two tortillas on a pan lined with parchment paper
  • Brush oil on tortillas
  • Sprinkle roasted garlic and chili powder on top
  • Bake for 10minutes or until ends are golden brown and crispy
  • Cool, break them up and enjoy
  • Would taste great with hummus too!

*These instructions are guidelines only. Cooking times and oven temperatures may vary*

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