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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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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Easy Indian Curry with Steak and Veggies

Easy Indian Curry with Steak and Veggies

Easy Indian Curry with Steak and Veggies

I recently discovered Sharwood brand Indian sauces at my local Costco and I’m in love! I make an effort to have sauces stocked up in my pantry. As long as I have a good sauce: marinara, curry, salsa, etc. I can typically add veggies and protein to whip up a yummy meal in less than 30 minutes. Especially on busy weeknights, Viagra Hapi sauces are my savior!

Easy Indian Curry with Steak and Veggies

In typical fashion, this meal is just a combination of ingredients and leftovers that I already had in the fridge: grilled grass-fed flank steak left over from the weekend, shredded carrots, a yellow squash, onion, and one bell pepper.

Easy Indian Curry with Steak and Veggies

Easy Indian Curry with Steak and Veggies

You’ll need:

  • 1 lb cooked grass fed beef cut into thin slices then diced
  • 6 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 yellow squash, cubed
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 orange bell pepper, cubed
  • two 14 ounce jars of curry: Tikki Masala or Butter sauces are my favorites! (You can find Indian sauces at most grocery stores, health food stores, Trader Joes, Whole Foods, and even Costco!)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tbs olive oil or avocado oil (I also get my avocado oil at Costco, it’s much cheaper there!)
  • 1 tsp sea salt and pepper
  • several sprigs fresh cilantro as garnish

In a large skillet over med-high heat (I find cast-iron works best) add a drizzle of oil, diced onions, and salt and pepper and saute until onions for about 2-3 minutes. Then add yellow squash and bell peppers and saute until the onions start to brown at the edges.

Easy Indian Curry with Steak and Veggies

Next add shredded carrots, cooked beef, curry sauce and water. A note about adding water: I poured 1/2 a cup of water into each empty jar of curry, put the lid back on and shook, then added that water to the skillet. This way I make sure to get any extra sauce out of the jar as it tends to be thick and sticks to the edges! 

Stir at let simmer for about 20 minutes.

To serve, pour over quinoa (or plain zucchini noodles if you want it to be paleo or carb free) and garnish with fresh chopped cilantro. Enjoy!

Easy Indian Curry with Steak and Veggies

This is such a fast and easy meal to make anytime. The best thing about this type of recipe is that you can make a million variations using whatever you have at home! I think any of the following would be delicious!

Veggies:

  • broccoli
  • zucchini/yellow squash
  • peas
  • carrots
  • mushrooms
  • bell peppers
  • cauliflower
  • green beans
  • kale
  • spinach
  • onions
  • collard greens

Protein

  • chicken
  • chickpeas
  • lentils
  • steak
  • lamb
  • bison (I’ve made this recipe using ground bison – also grass fed from Costco – and it was delicious!)
  • ground turkey

I hope this recipe inspires you to stock your pantry with healthy sauces, they really do come in handy!

Easy Indian Curry with Steak and Veggies
Recipe Type: Dinner
Cuisine: Indian
Author: Linda Wagner
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 lb cooked grass fed beef cut into 1 inch slices
  • 4 – 6 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 yellow squash, cubed
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 orange bell pepper, cubed
  • two 14 ounce jars of curry: Tikki Masala or Butter sauces are my favorites! (You can find Indian sauces at most grocery stores, health food stores, Trader Joes, Whole Foods, and even Costco!)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tbs olive oil or avocado oil (I also get my avocado oil at Costco, it’s much cheaper there!)
  • 1 tsp sea salt and pepper
  • several sprigs cilantro as garnish
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet over med-high heat (I find cast-iron works best) add a drizzle of oil, diced onions, and salt and pepper and saute until onions for about 2-3 minutes. Then add yellow squash and bell peppers and saute until the onions start to brown at the edges.
  2. Next add shredded carrots, cooked beef, curry sauce and water. A note about adding water: I poured 1/2 a cup of water into each empty jar of curry, put the lid back on and shook, then added that water to the skillet. That way I made sure to get any extra sauce out of the jar as it tends to be rather thick and sticks to the edges!
  3. Stir at let simmer for about 20 minutes.
  4. To serve, pour over quinoa (or plain zucchini noodles if you want it to be paleo) and garnish with chopped cilantro. Enjoy!

Easy Indian Curry with Steak and Veggies

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Paleo Kale Cobb Salad

Paleo Kale Cobb Salad

Paleo Kale Cobb Salad

This is a healthier take on one of my favorite salads, the traditional Cobb. Cobb Salads typically have some not-so-healthy ingredients like bacon and blue cheese which are very acidic to the body.  I decided to omit the blue cheese and bacon and substituted some yummy and flavorful cooked veggies in their place.

If there is one thing that I see universally, it’s that most people do not get enough Kartal escort alkalinity from vegetables and greens on a daily basis. By far, as a nation we are overly acidic!  As a rule, I always try to have at least 1-2 servings of veggies at each meal. It’s crucial to weight loss and overall health.

Paleo Kale Cobb Salad

I love salads like this during the colder months. It is absolutely FREEZING here in Texas, as it has been in most parts of the country. On these chilly days a raw salad just doesn’t sound appetizing. The roasted and cooked veggies, warm rotisserie chicken and hard boiled eggs in this dish make this salad stick to your ribs and feel more like comfort food!

Paleo Kale Cobb Salad

I tend to be a little lazy with my cooking as many of you know, so even though this dish turned out beautifully, it’s really just a bunch of leftovers! As always, feel free to copy these recipes precisely or use what you already have on hand.

  • I used a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken from my local health food store. Costs about the same and is SO MUCH easier than doing it yourself!
  • I made these roasted root veggies earlier in the week according to this recipe and found inspiration on pinterest using this recipe for zucchini and corn (I omitted the cheese and added extra pepper!).
  • For the hard boiled eggs (which I rarely make because they always come out terribly wrong) I used this recipe from Martha Stewart. And for the first time in my life, they came out perfectly cooked!!

Paleo Kale Cobb Salad

For the base of your Paleo Kale Cobb Salad you can use any greens you like: spinach, romaine, arugula, swiss chard, kale, watercress, you name it!

I used kale and tossed it with my favorite Garlic Expressions salad dressing and a drizzle of siracha for extra kick! Then layered it with chopped grape tomatoes, a sliced hard boiled egg, shredded rotisserie chicken, roasted root veggies, and cooked zucchini with corn.

Healthy meals like this are such a great way to re-purpose your leftovers! Have fun trying different combos and let me know what you come up with!

Paleo Kale Cobb Salad

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Quinoa & Black Bean Detox Soup

Quinoa & Black Bean Detox Soup

Quinoa & Black Bean Detox Soup

Let me start off by saying these photos are very misleading. The soup looks kind of “blah” and uninteresting but I promise it is SOOOO good! Especially with all the cold weather we’ve been having, this is a super healthy soup that’s warming, comforting and good for you!

I also love this soup because it something that you can throw together any night of the week using whatever you already have on hand in your pantry. I know most people usually think of “detoxing” in terms of following some kind complicated meal plan or supplement regimen but I’ve honestly found that eating simply and nutritiously is the BEST way to detox.

Quinoa & Black Bean Detox Soup

Eating an abundance of alkaline rich foods (think vegetables and greens) will detox the body and make you feel and look amazing too!

This soup is loaded with veggies but feel free to modify by using whatever you already have on hand: broccoli, cauliflower, bell peppers, peas, green beans, spinach, kale, and turnips would also be lovely additions to this soup.

Quinoa & Black Bean Detox Soup

Quinoa & Black Bean Detox Soup
Author: Linda Wagner
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Cook time:
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Serves: 7-8
Ingredients
  • 2 quarts chicken stock or [url href=”http://lindawagner.net/blog/2014/01/easy-chicken-kale-vegetable-soup-paleo-gluten-free-dairy-free-low-carb-the-magic-of-bone-broth” target=”_blank”]bone broth[/url]
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 16 ounce can of organic diced tomatoes
  • 1 6 ounce can tomato paste
  • 1 16 ounce can organic black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 medium zucchini, cut into slices
  • 2 medium yellow squash, cut into slices
  • 5 large carrots, peeled and into slices
  • 5 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 Tbs whole grain mustard
  • 1 Tbs [url href=”http://www.amazon.com/Frontier-Natural-Products-Seasoning-2-86-Ounce/dp/B001KWF2O6/lind-wagn20″ target=”_blank”]Adobo seasoning [/url]
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp minced onion flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1-2 avocados and 3-4 sprigs parsley as garnish
Instructions
  1. Place a large pot or dutch oven over med-high heat. Add a dash of olive oil, diced onion, carrots, and celery. Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper and let cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent (about 5-7 minutes).
  2. Then add zucchini, yellow squash, canned tomatoes, tomato paste, chicken stock, spices, whole grain mustard, and water. Stir, and taste, adding more sea salt as needed.
  3. Next add drained black beans and quinoa. Cover and cook another 20-30 mins or until veggies and quinoa are fully cooked.
  4. Serve piping hot and garnish each bowl with avocado slices and chopped parsley. Serve with toasted E[url href=”http://www.amazon.com/Food-Life-Ezekiel-Original-Sprouted/dp/B005G1MQI2/lind-wagn20″ target=”_blank”]zekiel bread[/url] (you can find it in the freezer section at your local health food store) and viola! A super healthy, low cal, gluten free, dairy free soup that has wonderful flavor and will soothe the soul on a cold winter day.

 

Quinoa & Black Bean Detox Soup

Enjoy this super healthy and detoxifying soup anytime! Kids and adults both love it and it’s also a great one to freeze for later!

You can also make this paleo friendly by using shredded chicken or cubed beef instead of the beans and quinoa.

You can see all of my healthy soup recipes here and if you would like to try my Soup Diet for Weight Loss, you can check it out here. Enjoy!

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Gluten Free Asian Noodle Salad

Low Cal Asian Noodle Salad via Linda Wagner

Gluten Free Asian Noodle Salad via Linda Wagner

This Gluten-Free Asian Noodle Salad instantly became a favorite of mine! It’s an even lighter take on my traditional Chinese Chicken Salad. I’ve added gluten free “rice stick” noodles which give it really nice texture. I found these rice stick noodles at Porno my local health food store (Central Market if you are in Texas) but you can also find them at Asian groceries or online. Here are the ones I used, also known as vermicelli.

The great thing about these noodles is that they are super clean and made of simply rice and water. That’s it! They are very versatile and can be eaten hot or cold and added to soups, salads, and spring rolls.

Gluten Free Asian Noodle Salad via Linda Wagner

This awesome recipe takes just minutes to throw together and will fit with almost any dietary needs or restrictions. It’s great for weight loss as well as being:

  • gluten free
  • dairy free
  • low sugar
  • low cal
  • low fat
  • vegan

My mom said that she always used these rice noodles as her secret weapon to lose weight when she was young! These noodle salads taste absolutely amazing while still being filling and satisfying.

Gluten Free Asian Noodle Salad via Linda Wagner

Gluten Free Asian Noodle Salad

(printable recipe at the bottom of this post)

For the salad you’ll need:

  • 8 ounces rice stick noodles (also known as vermicelli)
  • 4 cups shredded green and purple cabbage (you can also find pre-shredded slaw mixes in the produce section at your local Whole Foods, Central Market or health food store)
  • 1 zucchini, shredded in the food processor
  • 1 cup shredded carrots (I always just buy a bag of julienne carrots at the grocery store)
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 Tbs black sesame seeds as garnish (optional)
  • 1 hot pepper, sliced as garnish (optional) – I used a Fresno chili for the pretty red color but jalapeno would work as well

For the dressing you’ll need:

  • 1/4 cup Tamari (tamari is a gluten free soy sauce), you could also use regular soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 3 Tbs finely minced ginger (I peeled fresh ginger and used this hand held food processor to mince – You can also do it by hand but I find this process much faster and easier!)
  • 3 Tbs olive oil
  • 2 Tbs Hoisin sauce (I like this brand best, you can usually find it in the Asian section at your grocery store)
  • 1 Tbs Toasted Sesame Oil 
  • 1 tsp Spicy Chili Oil (optional but I had it on hand and knew it would make a great addition!)
  • 1 tsp Sriracha or more if you like it spicy!
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 5 chopped green onions, green and white parts

Gluten Free Asian Noodle Salad via Linda Wagner

*pictured here with Goji Detox Tea

In a small mason jar with lid add tamari, vinegar, minced ginger, olive oil, hoisin sauce, toasted sesame oil, chili oil, sriracha, sea salt and chopped green onions. Secure the lid and shake vigorously. Set aside.

Next, fill a large pot with salted water and bring to a boil. Add rice stick noodles and cook for 3 minutes then drain.

Gluten Free Asian Noodle Salad via Linda Wagner

Finally, in a large mixing bowl add cabbage, shredded carrots, shredded zucchini, cilantro, cooked noodles and enough dressing to coat and mix until well incorporated (kitchen tongs work well for this). Taste and adjust amount of dressing as needed.

Garnish with sesame seeds and hot peppers. You can also top with more cilantro and green onion if you like!

Divide into bowls or onto plates and enjoy!! Serves 4.

Gluten Free Asian Noodle Salad via Linda Wagner

If you’re getting bored of the same old salads over and over, this one is sure to spice things up! It’s so easy to throw together on a busy weeknight and you can feel great about eating it since it’s dairy free, gluten free, well combined, and vegetarian friendly. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Enjoy!!

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Gluten Free Asian Noodle Salad
Recipe Type: Asian, Gluten free, salad, appetizer, lunch, vegan
Cuisine: Asian
Author: Linda Wagner
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 4
This Gluten Free Asian Noodle Salad takes just minutes to make and is gluten free, dairy free, low sugar, low cal, low fat, vegetarian, and vegan friendly!
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces rice stick noodles (also known as vermicelli)
  • 4 cups shredded green and purple cabbage (you can also find pre-shredded slaw mixes in the produce section at your local Whole Foods, Central Market or health food store)
  • 1 zucchini, shredded in the food processor
  • 1 cup shredded carrots (I always just buy a bag of julienne carrots at the grocery store)
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 Tbs black sesame seeds (optional)
  • 1 hot pepper – I used a Fresno chili for the pretty red color but jalapeno would work as well (optional)
  • 1/4 cup Tamari (tamari is a gluten free soy sauce), you could also use regular soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 3 Tbs finely minced ginger (I peeled fresh ginger and used this hand held food processorto mince – You can also do it by hand but I find this process much faster and easier!)
  • 3 Tbs olive oil
  • 2 Tbs Hoisin sauce (I like this brand best, you can usually find it in the Asian section at your grocery store)
  • 1 Tbs Toasted Sesame Oil
  • 1 tsp Spicy Chili Oil (optional but I had it on hand and knew it would make a great addition!)
  • 1 tsp Sriracha or more if you like it spicy!
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 5 chopped green onions, green and white parts
Instructions
  1. Fill a large pot with salted water and bring to a boil. Add rice stick noodles and cook for about 3 minutes then drain.
  2. In a small mason jar with lid add tamari, vinegar, minced ginger, olive oil, hoisin sauce, toasted sesame oil, chili oil, sriracha, sea salt and chopped green onions. Secure the lid and shake vigorously. Set aside.
  3. Gluten Free Asian Noodle Salad via Linda Wagner
  4. Next, in a large mixing bowl add cabbage, shredded carrots, cilantro, cooked noodles and enough dressing to coat and mix until well incorporated (kitchen tongs work well for this). Taste and adjust amount of dressing as needed.
  5. Garnish with sesame seeds and hot peppers. You can also add more cilantro and green onion if you like!
  6. Divide into bowls or onto plates and enjoy!!