Baked Southwestern Empanadas

“We are addicted to Mexican!”  My husband declared this to me as we were in the middle of feasting on chips, salsa, beans, and rice this week.  Sooooo…..maybe it’s true.  And maybe I’m ok with that.  Who am I kidding?  I’m totally ok with that!!!

Now that I have confessed, allow me to introduce my latest creation to you: the Southwestern Empanada.  These are baked, almost vegan, high in protein, and less than 300 calories each.

Southwestern Empanada Recipe by Amanda's Apron

Protein Mashed Potatoes

I know what you’re thinking. Mashed potatoes are not a health food. And you’re right. But I have some fantastic news for you!  You can now indulge without the bulge!!!

Healthy Protein Mashed Potato Recipe | Amanda's Apron

I came up with this idea partially on accident, partially after talking with Hanna, who has written a guest post for me here.  She is a fitness pal of mine and talked about adding garbanzo beans to her mashed potatoes to give her extra protein.

Healthy Garden Sauce

A plus about living in Florida is that the climate is ideal for fresh garden ingredients nearly year round.  I keep trying to find pluses so I don’t become bitter about our 80 degree winter.  As a born and raised Floridian, January should be at least 70 degrees, if not 65.  I digress.  Back to the garden!

Produce at my local farmer's market | Amanda's Apron food blog

I visited my local farmer’s market this week as usual and found some lovely little ingredients.  I was also asked how to make a healthy red sauce without sugar in it on Facebook, so I combined thoughts to create this Healthy Garden Sauce.

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