Category Archives: Healthy Cooking

Wicked Juicy Turkey Burger with Creamy Avocado & Mint Sauce

Wicked Juicy Turkey Burger | Money Savvy Living

 

I love a good, juicy burger.  But I don’t love the guilt that I feel after partaking in this indulgence…

 

I have tried healthier versions, such as veggie burgers or turkey burgers to try to find a good substitute for the traditional {delicious, mouth-watering} beef burger, but none have satisfied… until now.

 

Kitchen Accomplice Wicked Juice Burger | Money Savvy Living

 

I have recently discovered a wonderful little product from Kitchen Accomplice Wicked Juicy Burger Turkey concentrate, specifically formulated to be added to ground turkey.  This definitely enhanced the ground turkey and gave it a much more appealing taste for me.  Honestly, I actually even found that my burger didn’t taste that much different than a regular beef burger {big win!}, but I knew that it was much healthier… so no feeling guilty for indulging in this big, juicy burger!

 

I mean, this is the whole point of healthy cooking to me.  I don’t want to just eat something that’s good for me, I want it to actually taste good too and be enjoyable to eat.  I have bought food that is “healthy” for me, but tasted terrible and walk away from the table feeling full, but not satisfied, so I strive very hard to take all the types of foods that I love and just try to make them healthier.  I want to enjoy life, not deprive myself.

 

And I promise, you won’t feel deprived with this burger!

 

Wicked Juicy Turkey Burger with Creamy Avocado & Mint Sauce | Money Savvy Living

 

Wicked Juicy Turkey Burger (with Creamy Avocado & Mint Sauce)

Wicked Juicy Turkey Burger with Creamy Avocado & Mint Sauce

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2-3 tablespoons Wicked Juicy Burger, turkey concentrate
  • ¾ cup gluten-free panko bread crumbs (my favorite are the 4 Crumbs Italian seasoned GF panko)
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (you can go easy on the salt because the turkey concentrate already has salt in it)
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • finely chopped chives to taste

 

Mix until all ingredients are fully incorporated.  Go ahead and get your hands in there… you are going to need to form the burger patties anyways!

Grill burger patties until cooked completely (no pink).

 

Wicked Juicy Turkey Burger | Money Savvy Living

 

While it is much easier to buy pre-formed burger patties from the grocery store, I do like to make my own because I find that I don’t really need a true quarter-pounder… that’s a bit too much for me, so being able to make a burger a bit smaller for the kids and myself, and maybe adding a bit extra for my husband, still leaves plenty of extra ground turkey that I will use for meatballs… but that is a different post…

 

So, as part of my journey to make traditional fattening foods that I love a bit more healthy, I decided to plant my own little herb garden this year. I figure, they are perennials, so they should come back next year (I planted them in pots so I can take them inside in case of a harsh winter), they will look nice, and I can actually use them throughout the summer and early autumn in my cooking. Now if you don’t have your own herbs, it could get pretty expensive to buy all of this at the grocery store. But, I have probably spent around $15 for all of these herb plants (probably about what it would cost to buy fresh herbs at the grocery store for just this recipe!) and I can use them all summer long… and hopefully, they will make it through the winter and grow again next year! So making this will literally cost just a few cents by the time I average it out over everything I will use these herbs for this year. Well worth the initial investment!

 

Herb Garden | Money Savvy Living

Top: peppermint, spearmint, mojito Middle: dill, basil, thyme Bottom: lavender, chives

 

If you are new to gardening, here are some pointers on starting your own herb garden that are important to know, such as how to prepare the soil, where to plant your herbs, etc. Or, if you have limited space, or live in an apartment, you pay even want to consider a tower container garden, which is compact enough to go on a balcony or rooftop. Tower gardens are also especially good for very dry areas because they use less water as well…

 

Since I have all of these beautiful herbs right in my backyard, I decided to make a Creamy Avocado & Mint Sauce to compliment my turkey burger.

 

Creamy Avocado & Mint Dip | Money Savvy Living

 

And the best thing about this dip is that it is so versatile. It can be used on sandwiches, burgers, even on pasta… so I guess, it really is a sauce too! However you choose to use it…. healthy, fresh, delicious!

 

Creamy Avocado & Mint Dip | Money Savvy Living

 

However you decide to top your burger, I think you will enjoy the better, richer taste of this wicked juicy burger.

 

 

 

 

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Blueberry Chia Smoothie

 

Blueberry Chia Smoothie | Money Savvy Living

 

Need breakfast on the go?  Well, it doesn’t get any easier than this.  And that is one of the reasons that I love to make smoothies for breakfast… quick, easy, and healthy.

 

This smoothie is packed with protein and healthy antioxidants.  Besides the whole foods based protein powder, blueberries provide many health benefits such as boosting the immune system, reducing belly fat, preserving vision, and improving heart and brain function.  Top it off with some chia seeds, which are also packed with antioxidants, high in omega-3 fatty acids and fiber, and may even be helpful with weight loss, and you will have a complete, healthy meal.

 

Blueberry Chia Smoothie | Money Savvy Living

 

This recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free:

Blueberry Chia Smoothie

 

Blend until smooth…and enjoy!

 

**Add less milk if you want a thicker consistency.

**Smoothie tip** using a frozen banana gives my smoothie a much creamier texture (almost like a milkshake!)

 

Blueberry Chia Smoothie | Money Savvy Living

 

*This post contains direct links to my JP+ Virtual Franchise. Should you choose to buy a product through here, I would receive a commission.

 

 

 

Creamy Avocado & Mint Dip

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When ever you make a veggie tray to take to a party, you always serve it with dip, right?  It definitely tastes more appealing to eat vegetables when smothered in some sort of ranch or French Onion dip.  However, I always feel a bit guilty because I know that the benefit of eating all those good, fresh veggies was most likely just cancelled out by the artery-clogging fat of the dip.

 

I’m not alone in this feeling, am I?

 

So this year, I decided to plant my own little herb garden.  I figure, they are perennials, so they should come back next year, they will look nice, and I can actually use them throughout the summer and early autumn in my cooking.  Now if you don’t have your own herbs, it could get pretty expensive to buy all of this at the grocery store.  But, I have probably spent around $15 for all of these herb plants (probably about what it would cost to buy fresh herbs at the grocery store for just this recipe!) and I can use them all summer long… and hopefully, they will make it through the winter and grow again next year!  So making this will literally cost just a few cents by the time I average it out over everything I will use these herbs for this year.  Well worth the initial investment!

 

Herb Garden | Money Savvy Living

Top: peppermint, spearmint, mojito Middle: dill, basil, thyme Bottom: lavender, chives

 

If you are new to gardening, here are some pointers on starting your own herb garden that are important to know, such as how to prepare the soil, where to plant your herbs, etc.  Or, if you have limited space, or live in an apartment, you pay even want to consider a tower container garden, which is compact enough to go on a balcony or rooftop.  Tower gardens are also especially good for very dry areas because they use less water as well…

 

So now, instead of eating a fattening pre-made dip with preservatives and who-knows-what in it, this fresh dip is a much healthier alternative:

 

Creamy Avocado & Mint Dip | Money Savvy Living

 

And the best thing about this dip is that it is so versatile.  It can be used on sandwiches, burgers, even on pasta… so I guess, it really is a sauce too!  However you choose to use it…. healthy, fresh, delicious!

 

Creamy Avocado & Mint Dip | Money Savvy Living

 

 

Creamy Avocado & Mint Dip

Creamy Avocado & Mint Dip

  • ½ cup shredded cucumber (squeeze liquid out)
  • 3 cups fresh mint leaves (I use a mixture of peppermint, spearmint, & mojito)
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 large garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • Chives
  • Dill
  • ½ avocado (you can add the entire avocado if desired)
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Put all ingredients into a food processor, except for the olive oil.  Start to pulse the food processor and blend ingredients, drizzling in the olive oil slowly.

 

I love to add herbs and ingredients by taste, so you may want to start with this recipe and then tweak it a bit by adding more of any ingredients of the flavors that you want to bring out…

 

Creamy Avocado & Mint Dip | Money Savvy Living

 

*This post contains direct links to my JP+/TG Virtual Franchise. Should you choose to buy a product through here, I would receive a commission.

Orange Julius Copycat Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Strawberry Banana Smoothie | Money Savvy Living

 

A smoothie from Orange Julius is one of my favorite treats! I remember the taste of an Orange Julius as a kid and thinking that it tasted like a creamsicle in the form of a drink—so good! Well, over the years, it has gotten even better and now there are several flavors to choose from. My absolute favorite now is the Strawberry Banana Smoothie.

So even though these are a low-fat, relatively healthy treat, it can get pretty expensive to buy them very often, so I had figured out a way to get a very similar, frothy drink right at home!  This way I can save a bit of money, and add a little “protein boost” to it as well…

 

Orange Julius Copycat Strawberry Banana Smoothie | Money Savvy Living

 

Orange Julius Copycat Strawberry Banana Smoothie

In a blender, add the following:

 

Blend until smooth…and enjoy!

 

Orange Julius Copycat Strawberry Banana Smoothie | Money Savvy Living

 

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Cinnamon Roll Smoothie

Cinnamon Roll Smoothie |Money Savvy Living

 

Who doesn’t love a warm, gooey cinnamon roll?!  That is one of my favorite breakfast treats.  Of course, I don’t love all the fat and calories that are packed into those decadent pastries.

 

Every now and then, I do allow myself to have a cinnamon roll (maybe a few times a year!)  But now, I can have some of those ooey, gooey delicious cinnamon roll flavors any time that I want in my breakfast smoothie.

 

Cinnamon Roll Smoothie | Money Savvy Living

 

This recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free:

Cinnamon Roll Smoothie

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1½ cup almond milk
  • ½ cup coconut water
  • cinnamon to taste
  • splash of pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup Vanilla Juice Plus+ Complete protein

 

Blend until smooth…and enjoy!

 

**Add less milk if you want a thicker consistency.

**Smoothie tip** using a frozen banana gives my smoothie a much creamier texture (almost like a milkshake!)

 

*This post contains direct links to my JP+ Virtual Franchise. Should you choose to buy a product through here, I would receive a commission.

 

 

 

Very Berry Banana Yogurt Smoothie

Very Berry Banana Yogurt Smoothie | Money Savvy Living

 

I absolutely love to start my day with a smoothie.  I have never been really interested in eating a big breakfast.  I was one of those kids that literally had to gag down breakfast before going to school each day.  Although, if I don’t eat breakfast at all, I am sooo hungry by mid-morning.  So, for me, drinking a smoothie is an easy way to get the nutrition that I need without having to eat a huge breakfast.

 

But having the exact same smoothie everyday can get a bit boring, so I like to change it up with different seasonal fruits and flavors.  However, I do like to freeze fresh fruit when it is in season and use it in my smoothies in the winter…  I must admit that adding in frozen fruit gives my smoothie a much creamier texture (almost like a milkshake!), so sometimes I use a frozen banana or add a few ice cubes just to give it that creaminess!

 

Very Berry Banana Yogurt Smoothie | Money Savvy Living

 

Very Berry Banana Yogurt Smoothie

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 strawberries
  • handful of raspberries
  • 1 scoop of plain or greek yogurt
  • 1½  cup almond milk
  • ½ cup coconut water
  • ¼ cup Vanilla Juice Plus+ Complete protein

 

Blend until smooth…and enjoy!

 

**Add less milk if you want a thicker consistency.

 

*You can use any protein powder that you like, but I prefer the Juice Plus+ Complete because it provides hidden veggies as it is a whole food based protein shake!

 

Very Berry Banana Yogurt Smoothie | Money Savvy Living

 

*This post contains direct links to my JP+ Virtual Franchise. Should you choose to buy a product through here, I would receive a commission.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookies

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookies | Money Savvy Living #glutenfree #healthy

 

Even though I try very hard to eat healthy and feed my family healthy foods, sometimes, I just have a sweet tooth.  I don’t want to feel like I am depriving myself, so having a treat now and then is good…

But what if I could have a treat that is relatively healthy too?  That’s a win-win!

A friend had shared a recipe for chocolate chip cookies made with chickpeas (I would have probably never thought to do that!), but I tried it and liked it, so I decided to put my own little twist on it:

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookies | Money Savvy Living #glutenfree #healthy

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookies

 

  • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • ½ cup natural cream peanut butter (or any nut butter you like)
  • 2 Tbsp. raw honey, melted
  • 2 Tbsp. agave necter
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 Tbsp. gluten free all-purpose baking mix
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

 

Mix all ingredients in food processor, except for chocolate chips.  Blend until smooth.  At this point, stir in chocolate chips. Now, you can either roll into 1 inch balls and place on parchment lined cookie sheet, slightly flatten; or you can simply spoon-drop them on and bake for 12 minutes at 350 degrees.

 

Easy, right?

And so good, you won’t even know that they’re healthy too!

 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookies | Money Savvy Living  #glutenfree #healthy

ENJOY!

Sweet Potato and Banana Cookies

Sweet potato banana cookies | Money Savvy Living

Sometimes you just crave something sweet.  But your inner, healthy self knows just how bad sugar is for you… so what can you do to satisfy your sweet tooth without overloading on sugar? Make some sweet potato and banana cookies.

Okay.  I know that sweet potato and cookie are not typically used in the same sentence, but if sweet potato pie can be a classic dessert, then so can sweet potato cookies.

I have to say, the thing that I like most about these cookies is that they are not sweetened with sugar… raw honey is used instead.  (Of course, there is a bit of sugar in the semi-sweet chocolate chips, but you really don’t even have to add these unless you want to.)

sweet potato trio

Sweet Potato and Banana Cookies

Sweet Potato and Banana Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup real butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 medium-large sweet potato, mashed
  • 1 medium banana, mashed
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup all purpose gluten-free baking mix (**or for a bit of a healthy boost, replace the baking mix with Vanilla Juice Plus+ Complete)
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 3 Tbsp raw honey, melted (warm in microwave until liquid)
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Cream together: butter, vanilla, sweet potato, and banana.
  4. Add egg, honey, and baking soda, stir until combined.
  5. Add in oats, baking mix, and chia seeds, stir until combined.
  6. Add in chocolate chips (optional)
  7. Spoon onto cookie sheet. Bake for approximately 15 minutes or until lightly golden.
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These cookies truly are delicious… and it’s a sneaky way to get your kids to eat sweet potatoes and chia seeds.  The best part is, you don’t even have to feel guilty about eating cookies now.

Enjoy!

Mango Salad with Feta Cheese

Mango Feta Salad |Money Savvy Living

 

Sometimes, you just want a light, delicious meal.  If you are tired of the standard meat and potatoes, then you must try this delicious summer salad.  Of course, it would compliment a chicken dinner with roasted redskin potatoes nicely, but it can definitely stand alone as the main dish.

 

Utilizing salads as a main dish can also help shrink your waistline a bit too…. a side-effect that I can totally appreciate!

 

One of the things that I love about making entrée salads is that you don’t need to measure anything exactly, you can just toss in any amount of anything that you like in, and it takes almost no time to prepare, especially if you make this salad without the grilled chicken.

 

Mango & Feta Salad

  • Time: 10 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • Mixed Greens (any type of lettuce that you like will work!)
  • Mango, diced
  • Shallot, finely chopped
  • Feta Cheese
  • Boiled Eggs, chopped
  • Avocado, diced
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Almonds, Pecans, or Walnuts
  • Grilled Chicken

Top with the salad dressing of your choice.  I usually like a vinaigrette or low-fat poppy seed dressing to keep the salad on the light side.

 

So before summer totally winds down, make one of these fresh, delicious salads for dinner.  Pair it with a glass of white wine.  Eat dinner outside on your deck.  And enjoy these beautiful summer nights before they are gone….

Homemade strawberry jam– money savvy and healthier than what you buy at the store

Homemade strawberry jam... delicious and makes a wonderful gift idea

Homemade strawberry jam… delicious and makes a wonderful gift idea

 

There is nothing better than homemade jam on a hot, homemade biscuit! One of my favorite indulgences– and it brings back wonderful childhood memories of my grandmother who always made special, bite-sized biscuits for us kids. Of course, my mother also made delicious biscuits which we would top with butter and strawberry jam. YUM. YUMM. YUMMMM…

 

Besides the fact that homemade jam is sooo much tastier than store-bought, it also comes with other benefits: no articial flavors, additives, or high fructose corn syrup… and it will save you money!

 

Making homemade strawberry jam consists of just three things: strawberries, sugar, and fruit pectin. This is huge when you consider that regular jam that you buy off the shelf at the grocery store has high fructose corn syrup, with other additives for color or flavor. I don’t know about you, but I’ll take strawberries and sugar over high fructose corn syrup and additives any day.

 

To buy a jar of strawberry jam at the store with high frustose corn syrup and other additives, you will spend about $0.17-0.22/oz. If you are fortunate enough to find a brand or line of product that doesn’t have the high frustose corn syrup, you will definitely spend more. Much more, in fact, anywhere from $0.25-0.38/oz. Making it myself, the final cost was $0.14/oz! So to buy the kind of jam at the grocery store that I make at home, I would spend 2-3 times as much!!

Homemade Strawberry Jam

  • Servings: approx. 28 ounces
  • Time: 30mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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3 cups crushed strawberries (2 pounds whole strawberries)
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp of fruit pectin

*optional*
1 tsp lemon juice
small pat of butter (I always put a little butter in to cut down on the foam)

  • Only use ripe berries at their peak
  • Wash strawberries, remove tops/stems
  • Crush with a potato masher. Pour into pan
  • Mix about 1/4 c sugar with the fruit pectin, add to strawberries
  • Bring to rolling boil
  • Stir in remaining sugar, bring to full rolling boil stirring constantly for 1 minute
  • Remove from heat, skim off foam
  • Pour into prepared jars (clean and dry)
  • Wipe away any excess from rim, place canning lid and ring on jar

**Jams are the only thing that I will can without using a canner or placing in boiling water. At this point, I invert for about 20 minutes. Place jars upright and check to be sure the lid is completely sealed (should not be springy) for storage.

 

But strawberry jam isn’t the only great summertime recipe, featuring this juicy, delicious fruit.  Here are some other great recipes for strawberries:

Best & Easiest Strawberry Pie Recipe / My Creative Days

strawberry pie

Strawberry Cheesecake in a Cup / Tastefully Frugal

Strawberry Cheesecake-In-Cup

Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles / Tastefully Frugal

Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles

Lemonberry Slush / Tastefully Frugal

Strawberry Lemon Berry Slush HERO

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