5 Min Spinach & Goat Cheese Quesadilla Recipe

5 Min Spinach & Goat Cheese Quesadilla Recipe

5 Min Spinach & Goat Cheese Quesadilla Recipe

Thank you all for bearing with me while I work on a few other projects I have going on! I apologize for the lack of posts, but I will try to share and blog recipes as much as I can! Since my life has been extremely hectic lately, I’ve really been leaning on 5 Min Meals to stay healthy! I know time is usually a very big obstacle for most people when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and I want to show you that a healthy, meal can be made in just minutes!!

5 Min Spinach & Goat Cheese Quesadilla Recipe 1

These 5 Min Spinach & Goat Cheese Quesadillas  are easy to make and really delicious! Both kids and adults will love this easy recipe! These quesadillas keep well in the fridge for a few days so feel free to make them ahead of time to take to work or school for lunch.

5 Min Spinach & Goat Cheese Quesadilla Recipe 4

5 Min Spinach & Goat Cheese Quesadilla Recipe

You’ll need:

  • 2 tortillas – I like using uncooked tortillas, I found Two Tias brand at Costco
  • 1 handful baby spinach
  • 2 Tbs chevre style goat cheese crumbles
  • 1/4 an avocado
  • salsa

Place one tortilla in a large cast iron skillet over med-high heat. Layer it first with 1 Tbs goat cheese crumbles, then add avocado, fresh spinach leaves, another Tbs of goat cheese, and then finally, top with the second tortilla. Let sit for about 2-3 mins, continuously checking the bottom of the tortilla. Once the tortilla has started to brown. Press down with a spatula and then flip the entire quesadilla over. Let sit for another 2-3 minutes.

Once your tortilla is browned on both sides, remove from skillet and cut into 4 sections with a very sharp knife.

Serve with your favorite salsa and enjoy!

5 Min Spinach & Goat Cheese Quesadilla Recipe 2

This recipe is really delicious and makes a great meal, snack, or appetizer that everyone will love!

As always, feel free to make substitutions according to your personal taste preferences.

You can see more of my fast easy 5 min meals here, enjoy!!

5 Min Spinach & Goat Cheese Quesadilla Recipe 3
5 Min Spinach & Goat Cheese Quesadilla Recipe 6

5 Min Spinach & Goat Cheese Quesadilla Recipe
Author: Linda Wagner
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • You’ll need:
  • 2 tortillas – I like using uncooked tortillas, I found this brand at Costco
  • 1 hadful baby spinach
  • 2 Tbs chevre style goat cheese crumbles
  • 1/4 an avocado
  • salsa
Instructions
  1. Place one tortilla in a large cast iron skillet over med-high heat. Layer it first with 1 Tbs goat cheese crumbles, then add avocado, fresh spinach leaves, another Tbs of goat cheese, and then finally, top with the second tortilla. Let sit for about 2-3 mins, continuously checking the bottom of the tortilla. Once the tortilla has started to brown. Press down with a spatula and then flip the entire quesadilla over. Let sit for another 2-3 minutes.
  2. Once your tortilla is browned on both sides, remove from skillet and cut into 4 sections with a very sharp knife.
  3. Serve with your favorite salsa and enjoy!

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Spicy Avocado Toast

Avocado Toast with hot sauce

Avocado Toast with hot sauce

Spicy Avocado Toast

Grabbing a quick bite on this busy day! A busy schedule is no excuse to eat poorly, this Spicy Avocado Toast makes a great healthy meal in minutes!

You’ll need:

  • 2 slices Ezekiel bread, toasted
  • 1 small avocado
  • hot sauce – I love Cholula
  • sea salt & pepper
  • 1 ripe Roma tomato, cut into slices

Smear one side of each slice of toast with 1/2 avocado. Drizzle with hot sauce and top with tomato slices. Add sea salt and fresh cracked pepper.

Voila! A fast, easy meal in minutes!

*You can add other veggies too, if you like. Spinach, arugula, cucumber slices, shredded carrots, sliced bell pepper, and/or sprouts also make a super yummy open faced sandwich! Kids love it too, you can even have them help build their own 🙂

Enjoy!!

Spicy Avocado Toast
Author: Linda Wagner
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 1
A delicious, healthy meal in 2 minutes!!
Ingredients
  • 2 slices Ezekiel bread, toasted
  • 1 small avocado
  • hot sauce – I love Cholula
  • sea salt & pepper
  • 1 ripe Roma tomato, cut into slices
Instructions
  1. Smear one side of each slice of toast with 1/2 avocado.
  2. Drizzle with hot sauce and top with tomato slices.
  3. Add sea salt and fresh cracked pepper.
  4. *You can add other veggies too, if you like. Spinach, arugula, cucumber slices, shredded carrots, sliced bell pepper, and/or sprouts also make a super yummy open faced sandwich!

 

You can see more of my fast easy 5 min meals here, enjoy!!

 

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5 Minute Chopped Chickpea Salad

5 Minute Chopped Chickpea Salad

5 Minute Chopped Chickpea Salad

I love this simple Chopped Chickpea Salad. It requires very little prep time and is super healthy!

5 Minute Chopped Chickpea Salad

5 Minute Chopped Chickpea Salad

You’ll need:

  • two 16 ounce cans of chickpeas, drained
  • 1 medium cucumber, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 white onion, diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cup parsley, chopped fine
  • juice of 2 lemons, about 4 Tbs
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika blend, I used this one
  • 2 Tbs goat feta cheese

5 Minute Chopped Chickpea Salad

Add all your ingredients to a large mixing bowl and stir with a wooden spoon until all ingredients are combined. Taste and adjust flavors as needed.

That’s it! A simple salad ready in 5 mins!

This is great on it’s own, as a side, on top of a green leafy salad, in pita bread, a cabbage leaf or lettuce leaf as a wrap! I also think it would pair very well as a side to grilled salmon or grilled steak. I hope you enjoy this easy 5 Minute Chopped Chickpea Salad as much as I do! You can see more of my fast easy 5 min meals here!

5 Minute Chopped Chickpea Salad

5 Minute Chopped Chickpea Salad
Recipe Type: salad
Cuisine: medeterranian
Author: Linda Wagner
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • two 16 ounce cans of chickpeas, drained
  • 1 medium cucumber, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 white onion, diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cup parsley, chopped fine
  • juice of 2 lemons, about 4 Tbs
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika blend, I used this one
  • 2 Tbs goat feta cheese
Instructions
  1. Add all your ingredients to a large mixing bowl and stir with a wooden spoon until all ingredients are combined. Taste and adjust flavors as needed.

 

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Raw Vegan Rainbow Roll

Raw Veggie Sushi Recipe via Linda Wagner

RAINBOW ROLL - Raw Veggie Sushi Recipe via Linda Wagner

Here in Austin, the weather is FINALLY starting to feel like spring! It’s been amazing to see the sun again and get to spend some much needed time outside. With warmer weather I always start to get questions on “how to lose weight and get in shape fast” and I always say my secret weapon is simply raw vegetables. Weather you juice them, blend them, or chew them, raw veggies are an essential part of cleansing and tonifying the body. Raw veggies are also loaded with amazing health benefits that will make you feel amazing from the inside out!

These beautiful Rainbow Rolls are one of my favorite healthy snacks and a great way to boost your raw veggie intake! These rolls are absolutely gorgeous and taste amazing! I admit, I used to be very intimidated with the thought of making any kind of sushi roll, but it’s actually super easy. Give yourself a few practice runs and you’ll get the hang of it in no time!

RAINBOW ROLL - Raw Veggie Sushi Recipe via Linda Wagner

This roll alone is bursting with nutrients to support cellular detoxification and cleansing:

  • Cucumber is rich in B vitamins, water, electrolytes, silicon and sulfur to support hydration, liver, kidney, skin, and immune system health.
  • Carrots provide antioxidants and vitamin A which helps the liver to cleanse toxins out of the body. Carrots also support the skin and help to create that beautiful GLOW.
  • Green & Purple Cabbage is low in fat, high in fiber, supports healthy blood pressure, and acts as a natural anti-inflammatory. It is rich in vitamin C, vitamin K, B6, manganese, sulfur, and potassium. Cabbage also has well-known cancer preventative compounds lupeol, sinigrin and sulforaphane. They stimulate enzyme activity and inhibit the growth of cancer tumors. A Study on women showed a reduction in breast cancer when cruciferous vegetables like cabbage were added to their diet. (source)
  • Avocados are rich in vitamin K, folate, vitamin C, potassium, B5, B6, and vitamin E. They also contain high amounts of oleic acid which has been linked to reduced inflammation and been shown to have beneficial effects on genes linked to cancer!
  • Nori (seaweed) is surprisingly rich in protein – 100 grams of nori contain between 30 and 50 grams of protein, making it one of the plant world’s richest sources of protein! Nori is also naturally high in iron, iodine, vitamin A, vitamin C, thiamine, magnesium, riboflavin, niacin, folate, zinc, and potassium. It supports healthy cholesterol, acts as an anti-cancer agent (due to high amounts of vitamin C), supports healthy thyroid function, eyesight, and clear skin.

Who knew you could get that much nutrition out of a modest little veggie roll?!

RAINBOW ROLL - Raw Veggie Sushi Recipe via Linda Wagner

Raw Vegan Rainbow Roll

You’ll need:

This will make about 2 rolls, double, triple, quadruple your ingredients as desired!

Raw Veggie Sushi RollsPlace a sheet of nori shiny side down on a cutting board or sushi mat. Note, a sushi mat is extremely helpful but not 100% necessary.

At the bottom edge of your nori, layer on a small amount of each ingredient. Keep in mind, less is more for this step since most people tend to over-stuff. The more volume you have, the harder it is to roll.

Lift up the edge of the sushi mat closest to you with both thumbs then fold it over your ingredients, squeezing slightly to keep all the ingredients inside. Continue to roll your sushi until you get about an inch from the opposite end. Raw Veggie Rainbow Sushi RollsWet your fingers with some water and then wipe the remaining edge of your nori. Then finish rolling. This step ensures that your roll will stick together.

Use a very sharp knife to cut into 1 inch slices.

If you are like me, it’s much easier to learn when you have a great visual so I’ve included this instructional video by my friend Russel James, The Raw Chef, he’s much better at explaining the process than me!

I know it seems intimidating at first, but I promise the process is actually quite easy and once you make a few rolls, you’ll get the hang of it and want to make it all the time!

I used this dressing to dip and it was DELICIOUS!! You could also use a spicy peanut dip if you like something a little thicker. Both are fabulous!

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do! I’ll be posting more raw food recipes through out the coming weeks. In the mean time, you can see all of my raw food recipes here.

RAINBOW ROLL - Raw Veggie Sushi Recipe via Linda Wagner

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Raw Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie

raw mint chocolate chip smoothie

raw mint chocolate chip smoothie

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with this AMAZING Mint Chocolate Chip Shake!  This is what I love about raw foods, you can have delicious, decadent recipes like this and still be cleansing!!

I LOVED Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream as a kid and it’s still one of my favorite flavors. This shake tastes exactly like to the real thing!!

Raw Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth. I use VitaMix. You could also add some baby spinach to make it a more green in color and give it a boost in minerals!

This shake is sooooo good!! If you like Mint Chocolate Chip as much as I do, you will really love this recipe! Kids will love it too!

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Raw Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie
Author: Linda Wagner
Prep time:
Total time:
Ingredients
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 2 bunches fresh mint leaves
  • 1/4 tsp mint extract
  • 2 dropperfulls Cocoa Extract
  • 2 dropperfulls Vanilla Stevia
  • 1 cup Almond Milk
  • Cacao Nibs as garnish
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth. I use VitaMix. You could also add some baby spinach to make it a more green in color and give it a boost in minerals!

 You can find more smoothie recipes here. Enjoy!!

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Beach Babe Juice Recipe for Weight Loss

Beach Babe Juice Recipe for Weight Loss via Linda Wagner

Beach Babe Juice Recipe for Weight Loss via Linda Wagner

It’s crazy to think that it’s almost mid February!! Spring break is only a month away and with spring break usually comes beaches and warmer weather (thank goodness)!! As you know, I love juicing as my go-to for a quick slim down. Plus it makes you feel absolutely WONDERFUL both inside and out! I know most of us are typically focused on the vanity of health but there really is no replacement for feeling good internally!

This Beach Babe Juice aids in weight loss while acting as a detoxifier and appetite suppressant when drunk first thing in the morning.

Beach Babe Juice Recipe for Weight Loss via Linda Wagner

Here is a breakdown of nutrients and benefits of the Beach Babe juice.

The carrots provide antioxidants and vitamin A which helps the liver to cleanse toxins out of the body. Carrots also support the skin and help to create that beautiful GLOW.

The citrus in this juice provides the body with hesperidin and diosmin which are bioflavinoids found in citrus fruits like lemons, limes and oranges. These bioflavinoids support:

  • fat metabolism
  • healthy cholesterol levels
  • active metabolic function
  • healthy veins (great for bulging veins and varicose veins!!)
  • immune system function
  • inflammation

Beach Babe Juice Recipe for Weight Loss via Linda Wagner

This juice also contains blackberries and raspberries which are bursting with skin clearing antioxidants. They’re also jam packed with polyphenol antioxidants, according to Dr. Perricone. Polyphenols fight free radicals and regulate skin’s blood flow, giving it rosiness and a youthful glow. Berries are also rich in antioxidants and anthocyanins which are associated with a lower risk of certain cancers, urinary tract health, memory function, and healthy aging. They also contain vitamin C which supports the immune system. When I have berries that have been in the fridge too long, I always throw them in my juice recipes, they have amazing health and anti-aging benefits! 

Beach Babe Juice Recipe for Weight Loss via Linda Wagner

Romaine lettuce is full of vitamin C, vitamin K, and potassium and is also low in calories. It is an extremely alkaline food which results in faster cleansing in the body.

Cucumber is rich in B vitamins, water, electrolytes, silicon and sulfur to support hydration, liver, kidney, skin, and immune system health.

Beach Babe Juice Recipe for Weight Loss via Linda Wagner

Beach Babe Juice Recipe for Weight Loss
Author: Linda Wagner
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 32 ounces
Ingredients
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 head romaine lettuce
  • 1 lemon, peeled
  • 1 lime, peeled
  • 1 orange, peeled
  • 2 apples
  • 1 pint berries – I used blackberry and raspberry
  • 4 large carrots
Instructions
  1. Simply Run all ingredients through a juicer (I recommend [url href=”http://www.amazon.com/Breville-800JEXL-Fountain-1000-Watt-Extractor/dp/B0002VAFVG/lindwagn-20″ target=”_blank”]Breville[/url]) and feel the ZING!! (Makes 32oz)
  2. Drink first thing in the morning as a replacement for your breakfast meal.

 

Beach Babe Juice Recipe for Weight Loss via Linda Wagner

Simply Run all ingredients through a juicer, I recommend Breville. (Makes 32oz) Drink this juice first thing in the morning as a replacement for your breakfast meal.

This juice is tart and tangy and SO good for you!!

You can see all of my juice recipes here. If you are interested in getting started with a juice cleanse start here!

If you are getting ready for a beach vacation, you may want to try skin brushing and these simple steps to ramp up your weight loss!

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