Ground Sirloin with Spinach and Black Bean Taquito Recipe

My kids requested steak tacos tonight. I didn’t have steak or taco shells, but I did just watch Giada At Home and remembered her turkey taquito recipe. I altered it to fit my family’s request, made it a tad healthier, and this is what we came up with.

My daughter and son loved this crunchy and healthy dinner! They had fun dipping the taquitos in salsa and guacamole. It was a fun change to taco night. Get messy! Have fun! And eat healthy!

Ground Sirloin with Spinach and Black Bean Taquitos Recipe


1 lbs ground sirloin
about 6-8 corn tortillas
2 cups baby spinach- chopped
½ onion- chopped
1 can black beans- drained and rinsed
½ cup low fat cheddar cheese
1 tbsp olive oil
 1 tsp hamburger seasoning
salt and pepper to taste


1.)  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2.)  In a sauté pan on medium high heat, add olive oil for 30 seconds. Then add chopped onion and caramelize for about 5-7 minutes.
3.)  Add ground sirloin to the onion and sprinkle on hamburger seasoning and salt and pepper to taste. Chop meat and stir until meat browns.
4.)  Pour in black beans, and using a fork, mash the black beans right into the pan.
5.)  Add spinach and a little more salt and pepper to taste. Blend until spinach is wilted, about 2 minutes.
6.)  In a separate pan, warm to medium heat and spray with olive oil spray. Warm tortillas on both sides for 30 seconds.
7.)  Fill each tortilla with the meat mixture at one end and roll so the tortilla is completely wrapped where both ends are overlapping.
8.)  Spray a 9x13 baking dish and side by side place rolled up tacos. Sprinkle cheddar cheese on top.
9.)  Bake taquitos for 25-30 minutes. 


Skinny Warm Apple Pie Sundae

If you live in Chicago, it still feels like winter! My son requested a warm dessert tonight. He loves apple pie so I created a much healthier version and, even better, he helped make it!

We chopped up two apples, which I didn’t have time to peel, but feel free. He sprinkled on the cinnamon and poured in the water. He even enjoyed setting the microwave timer, watching every minute go by and stopping and starting it. When the apple was soft, we topped the apple mixture with vanilla frozen yogurt and crunchy granola. He gave a big thumbs up! Get messy! Have fun! And eat healthy!

Warm Apple Pie Sundae- 2 servings

2 apples- diced (Use your favorite flavor.)
½ tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp water
½ cup vanilla frozen yogurt
½ cup granola (I used 1 package Jolly Oak Blueberry Crunch Granola.)


1.)  In a microwave safe bowl, combine diced apple, cinnamon, and 2 tbsp water.
2.)  Microwave mixture for about 3-4 minutes. Stopping at each minute and stirring until apple is soft.
3.)  Equally divide warm apple mixture into 2 serving bowls. For each bowl, add ¼ cup vanilla frozen yogurt and ½ bag of Jolly Oak Blueberry Crunch Granola.


Skinny PB & Jelly Muffins

Here is a fun twist on your usual PB & J sandwich. Turn it into a muffin with nutritious ingredients! I used whole wheat flour for fiber, a touch of ground flaxseeds for omega-3s, and vanilla Greek yogurt for protein and sweetness.

Both my kids helped prepare these easy muffins. They mixed, measured, and carefully concentrated on adding the jelly to the middle. They turned out delicious for breakfast and an afternoon healthy snack! Get messy! Have fun! And eat healthy!

Skinny PB & Jelly Muffins
Yields 12 muffins

1 ¾ cups whole wheat flour
3 tbsp ground flaxseed
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp sea salt
1/4 cup sugar
¾ cup fat free milk or almond milk
2/3 cup natural peanut butter
½ cup vanilla Greek yogurt
2 eggs
¼ cup your favorite jelly (My daughter picked raspberry.)


1.) Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2.) In a large bowl, combine flour, flaxseed, baking powder, baking soda, sea salt, and sugar.
3.) Add in milk, PB, yogurt, and eggs until smooth.
4.) Fill muffin cups half full with batter and then add 1 tsp jelly.
5.) Fill rest of muffin cups with remaining batter.
6.) Bake 15 minutes or until lightly golden in color.
7.) Let muffins cool before enjoying!


Easy Baked Halibut with Pesto

I wasn’t sure how my kids were going to take to fish tonight but not only did they both eat it, I almost fell off my chair when my son asked for seconds! I took them to the local fish store with me this afternoon, and they enjoyed watching the live lobsters. We chose halibut to bring home for dinner.

This recipe is super easy, quick, and healthy. More importantly, everyone liked it! Get messy! Have fun! And eat healthy!

Baked Halibut with Pesto

4 4 oz skinless halibut filets- patted dry with a paper towel before putting in dish (ask them at the fish counter to remove the skin)
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice or 1 lemon fresh squeezed
¼ tsp salt and pepper
¼ cup pesto (I bought prepared but feel free to make your own.)


1.)  Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray 9x13 inch baking dish.
2.)  Arrange fish side by side in dish.
3.)  Salt and pepper the top of the filets.
4.)  In a small bowl, combine oil and lemon juice. Pour mixture over each piece of fish.
5.)  Bake until just opaque in center, about 10 minutes.
6.)  Lightly spread pesto on top of each piece and cook another 2-3 minutes or until fish is cooked through.