Oh, the cravings! They come out of nowhere and the next thing you know you’re shoving a gooey slice of greasy pizza in your mouth or taking a big bite out of that Big Mac. Can you taste it now? Well hold it right there. Instead of indulging in those notoriously unhealthy meals, celebrity chef Paula Hankin has a few ideas that are just as quick, tasty and way, way better for you.
Check out the video above where she explains her Quinoa burgers that are super delicious. They are surprisingly quick to whip up, you can top them with your favorite kind of cheese and then stick them in an adorable lettuce pocket with tomato and onion. Voila! You’ll feel nice and full after something yummy, your burger craving is satiated and you didn’t consume a million calories!
While we were at super fun and friendly playspace Frolic in NYC, Paula also explained one of her favorite treats: the mini whole wheat tortilla pizzas. Come on, how delicious does that look? Again, good for your figure and your time frame. A winning combination! They are as simple as topping a tortilla with your favorite sauce, cheese, protein and a few veggies. Paula chose ground turkey, mushrooms and olives but feel free to great creative in your concoctions. For both recipes so you can try these treats at home, just see below.
1 cup of cooked quinoa (any color)
Coarsely graded zucchini
1/2 cup of graded Parmigiano cheese
1 1/2 cloves of garlic
2 teaspoons of olive oil
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/4 of pepper
1/2 cup of whole wheat pancake bread crumbs
mix all ingredients in a bowl
Let mixture sit for 5 mins in the fridge
Heat a no-sick frying pan with 2 teaspoons of oil
With ice cream scoop, scoop out patties and place in pan
Cook 3-4 mins on each side until golden brown. Pick your cheese and serve in lettuce with tomato and red onion.
Mini whole wheat tortilla pizzas
Pre-heat oven to 425
Spray cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray and place tortilla on tray
Top with fat-free shredded mozzarella cheese , favorite store-bought or home-made tomato sauce and top with you favorite toppings. I used ground turkey , fresh black olives and fresh mushrooms. Bake for 9-12 until cheese is bubbling and tortilla crisp.
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