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These delicious Chicken Mushroom Pot Stickers are filled with healthy ingredients and can be either steamed or fried. They’re tastier than any dumplings you’ll get at a restaurant! Serve them with a hoisin and soy dipping sauce for a delicious appetizer or light meal.

How to Fold Dumplings

Don’t worry, it’s not as hard as it looks! There are several different ways to fold dumplings, but I’ll show you two of my favorite.

The Easiest Way to Fold Dumplings

Place a spoonful of your filling in the center of the dumpling wrapper. Use your finger to wet the edges/circumference of the dumpling wrapper with water. Then bring up all of the outside edges to meet in the middle like a parcel. Pinch at the top.

The Best Way to Fold Dumplings

The easiest way isn’t always the best. This way is better because it holds together more effectively so none of that delicious filling escapes. Start at above with the filling in the center of the circle and by wetting the outside edges. Next, fold the wrapper in half. Start folding over the edges and crimping by folding back on each fold.

Chicken Mushroom Pot Stickers – Healthy Steamed Dumplings 
Chicken Mushroom Pot Stickers - Healthy Steamed Dumplings!
Ingredients
Dumplings
Dipping Sauce
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the mushrooms, onions, ginger and garlic until all of the liquid has evaporated. Allow the mixture to cool.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the chicken and mushroom mixture with the soy sauce. Spoon about 1 teaspoon of filling into the center of each wrapper. Wet the edges with water using your fingers and fold into dumplings.
  3. To steam: line your bamboo steamer with parchment paper. Put some water in a pot or skillet that fits under your steamer and bring to a boil. Steam the dumplings for about 10 minutes.
  4. To fry: Heat a large skillet over medium-high and spray with avocado oil. Fill with the dumplings in a single layer. Brown the dumplings on both sides and then add ¼ cup water and cover to steam. Once the water has evaporated, remove the dumplings and let them cool.
  5. To make the dipping sauce, combine the ingredients in a small bowl. Enjoy!

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Dumplings – also known as potstickers or “jiaozi” in Mandarin – are delicious wheat wrappers stuffed with vegetables and typically some pork or shrimp. My Vegetable Tofu Chinese Dumplings are the tastiest pot stickers you’ll ever try. They also happen to be vegan! They include tofu so you get a healthy dose of plant-based protein. Served with a savory dipping sauce, I dare you not to eat them all in one sitting! Chinese dumplings are very similar to Japanese gyoza. As history tells it, the Japanese borrowed the dumpling idea and adapted it slightly. The main difference is gyoza are smaller than dumplings.

How to Fold Dumplings

Don’t worry, it’s not as hard as it looks! There are several different ways to fold dumplings, but I’ll show you two of my favorite.

The Easiest Way to Fold Dumplings

Place a spoonful of your filling in the center of the dumpling wrapper. Use your finger to wet the edges/circumference of the dumpling wrapper with water. Then bring up all of the outside edges to meet in the middle like a parcel. Pinch at the top.

The Best Way to Fold Dumplings

The easiest way isn’t always the best. This way is better because it holds together more effectively so none of that delicious filling escapes. Start at above with the filling in the center of the circle and by wetting the outside edges. Next, fold the wrapper in half. Start folding over the edges and crimping by folding back on each fold.

Vegetable Tofu Chinese Dumplings – Vegan Pot Stickers


Vegetable Tofu Chinese Dumplings - Vegan Pot Stickers
Servings
5
Servings
5
Ingredients
Dumplings (potstickers)
Dipping Sauce
Instructions
  1. Cut your tofu in half horizontally. Place it on several layers of paper towels and put on a plate. Cover with more paper towels and another plate. Put something heavy on top (I like to use a big can of soup or a full water pitcher) and let this sit for about 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat some avocado oil over medium heat. Saute the onion, garlic and ginger and saute until the onions are translucent. Add the carrots and cabbage and saute until soft. If there is any liquid, drain it with a colander. Stir in the hoisin sauce and cilantro.
  3. Cut the pressed tofu into ¼” cubes. Put in a bowl and add the tamari and red pepper flakes if using. Add the tofu to the vegetable mixture and mix to combine.
  4. Fill each wonton wrapper with about 1 tsp of the filling. Brush the sides with water and shape into half moons or little purses.
  5. Heat a large skillet over medium-high and spray with avocado oil. Fill with the dumplings in a single layer. Brown the dumplings on both sides and then add ¼ cup water and cover to steam. Once the water has evaporated, remove the dumplings and let them cool.
  6. Make your dipping sauce by combining the ingredients in small bowl. Enjoy!

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Your dessert prayers have been answered. These Low Carb Brownies are incredibly delicious and made with almond flour so you’re getting filling protein and fiber. They’re also vegan, keto, paleo and gluten-free (is there anything they can’t do?). Get ready for chocolate cake fudge brownie goodness now!

You can make these brownies with eggs or for them to be vegan, use my technique for chia eggs. It’s super easy: to replace 1 egg, use 1 tablespoon of chia seeds and mix with 3 tablespoons of water. Let this mixture sit for at least 5 minutes and voila – the chia seeds form a gel that helps your baking bind together, just like an egg would! If you use chia eggs you can also eat the batter. Bonus!

If you’re a visual person like I am, check out my video on how to make chia eggs.

How to Make "Chia Eggs" - Vegan Egg Substitute for Baking - YouTube

The other twist you can make with these Low Carb Brownies is to turn them into 2-bite brownies (or 1 bite brownies if you really believe in yourself). All you need is a mini muffin tin! Just make sure you grease it with some coconut oil before you fill with brownie batter. You’ll get about 24 two bite brownies or 15 bigger brownies out of this recipe.

Other than the almond flour, you’ll also be using a zero calorie/low carb sweetener to keep these keto and low carb. You can use a stevia or monk fruit blend or erythritol, whichever you prefer. You can read more about the health benefits of stevia and find out whether monk fruit is healthy and how they impact blood sugar levels if you’re interested.

I love adding some extra crunch to my brownies so I like to sprinkle some sliced almonds on top. If you prefer, you can also mix them into your brownie batter. Totally your call!

Low Carb Brownies with Almond Flour – Vegan, Keto, Paleo and Gluten-Free

Hope you enjoy my low carb brownies. Take that, cravings!


The Best Low Carb Brownies - Keto, Paleo, Vegan and Gluten-Free
Your dessert prayers have been answered. These Low Carb Brownies are incredibly delicious and made with almond flour so you're getting filling protein and fiber. They're also vegan, keto, paleo and gluten-free (is there anything they can't do?). Get ready for chocolate cake fudge brownie goodness now!
Servings Prep Time
15brownies 6minutes
Cook Time
15minutes
Servings Prep Time
15brownies 6minutes
Cook Time
15minutes
Ingredients
Dry Ingredients
Wet Ingredients
Toppings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8 x 8" pan with parchment paper. If you're making brownie bites, grease a mini muffin pan with some coconut oil.
  2. If you're using chia seeds instead of eggs, make the chia eggs. In a small bowl, mix 2 tbsp of chia seeds with 6 tbsp water. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes before adding to the other wet ingredients.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the dry ingredients. In a larger bowl, combine the wet ingredients. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until combined.
  4. Bake for about 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Sprinkle with sliced almonds. Let your brownies cool before cutting them. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
The Best Low Carb Brownies - Keto, Paleo, Vegan and Gluten-Free
Amount Per Serving
Calories 138 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.3g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 29mg 10%
Sodium 72mg 3%
Potassium 6mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 10g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 0.3g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 1%
Calcium 3%
Iron 3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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If you aren’t making mouthwatering beef in your Instant Pot, it’s time to start! This recipe for Instant Pot Korean Beef Tacos with Kimchi Slaw are unbelievably tasty and super easy to make. The beef is bulgogi style – a type of thin Korean beef or pork that’s typically grilled or pan-fried.  In this recipe, you’ll be cutting your beef into chunks and searing in your Instant Pot. Gotta love these one pot meals!

The meat and the slaw are low carb and keto friendly. You can either serve on lettuce wraps or pick up some low carb tortillas. These Instant Pot Korean Beef Tacos are also paleo, Whole30-friendly and gluten free as long as you choose tortillas that check the boxes that matter to you.

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Here are some of my favorites. Stock up on the ones you like – I always keep a few in the freezer for a quick meal option.

Low Carb Tortillas

Mama Lupe Low Carb Tortillas

  • 3 grams net carbs

Ole Mexican High Fiber Low Carb Flour Tortillas

  • 5 grams net carbs

La Banderita Carb Counter Whole Wheat Wraps

  • 5 grams net carbs
Paleo Tortillas

Julian Bakery Paleo Wraps
These are also organic, gluten-free, keto and low carb (6 grams net carbs)

Pure Paleo Coconut Wraps
The only ingredients are coconut and salt. How simple is that?

Gluten-Free Tortillas

Del Campo Soft Corn Tortillas

Organic Veggie Wraps
These veggie wraps are also paleo. The only ingredients are lettuce, spinach, flax and coconut with turmeric and salt.

And now, back to the succulent beef that will shred easily between two forks and pairs perfectly with spicy kimchi slaw and a drizzle of sriracha.

Whether you're #keto, #lowcarb, #paleo or #glutenfree, you'll love these Korean Beef Tacos!
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For toppings, you can also add cilantro and sesame seeds to further up the flavor and texture experience.

Instant Pot Korean Beef Tacos (Bulgogi) with Kimchi Slaw – Gluten Free, Low Carb, Keto

Get ready to add these Korean Beef Tacos to your regular dinner rotation! Great for entertaining too as everyone can decorate their own.

I hope you love these tacos as much as we do!

 

Instant Pot Korean Beef Tacos (Bulgogi) with Kimchi Slaw - Gluten Free
These Korean Beef Tacos with Kimchi Slaw are unbelievably tasty and super easy to make in your Instant Pot. They're gluten-free and depending on the tortillas you choose, can also be low carb, keto, paleo and Whole30-friendly.
Servings
12tacos
Servings
12tacos
Ingredients
Korean Beef
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Energy bite and energy ball recipes are a dime a dozen, but it’s difficult to find a recipe that contains enough protein to keep you satisfied. These Double Chocolate Protein Bites are no bake, vegan and gluten free and have the protein pumped up with chocolate protein powder. For two protein bites, you’re getting an impressive amount of protein – 14 grams! Plus 4 grams of filling fiber and for only 200 calories.

Energy bites that are no bake, vegan and less than 200 calories for two - with 14 grams of protein! Get the recipe:
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These protein bites taste like chocolate chip cookie dough and I’m officially obsessed. They keep well in the fridge for 2 weeks or in the freezer for 4 months or so (but they never last that long in my house). The oats provide fiber, the peanut butter provides healthy fats and they don’t contain any refined sugar. All of these elements make them a filling snack that helps stabilize your blood sugar levels for a steady supply of energy (and fewer cravings).

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The key to delicious protein bites is you have to love the taste and texture of the protein powder you’re using.

How to Choose the Best Protein Powder

Wondering how to pick out a healthy protein powder when there are so many options? Check out my blog posts about how to choose a healthy protein powder for you and whether you really need protein powder to build muscle or promote weight loss.

Here are a few of my favorites:

The Best Vegan Protein Powders

Orgain Organic Plant Based Protein Powder

Garden Of Life Sport Organic Plant Based Protein

Vega Clean Protein Powder

The Best Protein Powders that Aren’t Vegan

NOW Sports Egg White Protein Powder, Creamy Chocolate

Kaizen Naturals Whey Protein

Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey Protein

The best protein bites you've ever had: Chocolate Peanut Butter, anyone?
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bites – No Bake, Vegan and Gluten Free!

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bites - No Bake, Vegan and Gluten Free!
These Double Chocolate Protein Bites are no bake, vegan and gluten free and have the protein pumped up with chocolate protein powder. For two protein bites, you're getting an impressive amount of protein - 14 grams! Plus 4 grams of filling fiber and for only 200 calories.
Servings
12protein bites
Cook Time
0
Servings
12protein bites
Cook Time
0
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, mix all of the ingredients together. The mixture should be sticky and not dry. If it seems dry add more almond milk, a 1/2 tbsp at a time.
  2. Roll into 12 balls. Eat 'em and love 'em! Store in the fridge or freezer.

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Looking for a super easy and delicious Instant Pot recipe? Look no further than my Instant Pot Picadillo (a.k.a. Cuban Spiced Beef) with Salsa Verde. It’s gluten free, high in protein and delicious served over brown rice or for a low carb or keto meal, serve it over cauliflower rice or on its own. This recipe freezes well so it’s fantastic for meal prep. I love the combo of the umami/savory and acidity – my husband loved this so much he wants a double batch next week!

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Have you ever made brown rice in the Instant Pot? I like to make a big batch on Sunday or Monday and then portion it out into freezer bags for a few meals so I don’t have to cook it for each meal. It makes getting dinner ready so much quicker!

We also bought a smaller second Instant Pot to make brown rice alongside the main dish on those nights that we aren’t so prepared. In the Instant Pot, brown rice only takes 15 minutes compared to the 45 minutes on the stovetop. Plus, my stovetop brown rice always boils over and makes a big mess. Not fun! Anything I can do to save on clean up and time is worth it, so loving our baby Instant Pot. Here are the ones I have and love:

The Best Instant Pots to Order

Instant Pot Ultra 6 Quart 10-in-1 (for main meals)

Instant Pot Duo Mini – 3 Quart (for rice another side dishes)

Instant Pot Picadillo (Cuban Spiced Beef) with Salsa Verde – Gluten Free

Let me know if you tried this recipe – I’d love to see how it turned out and what you thought! Tag me on social media @80twentyrule and #80twentyrule and I’ll be sure to see it.

More Delicious Instant Pot Recipes

Healthy Jambalaya with Shredded Chicken Breasts and Brown Rice

Vegan Brown Rice Pudding – Gluten Free and No Refined Sugar

What type of Instant Pot recipes do you want to see? I’d love to create something new for you!


Picadillo (Cuban Spiced Beef) in the Instant Pot with Salsa Verde and Brown Rice - Gluten Free
This delicious Picadillo Instant Pot recipe combines extra lean ground beef with delicious spices, tomatoes, red bell peppers and capers for a healthy Cuban meal. It takes less than 25 minutes to make and freezes well.
Servings
8
Cook Time
20minutes
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A delicious bowl of soba noodles topped with delicious peanut sauce and loaded with colorful veggies and protein-rich shrimp. My mouth is watering just thinking about it! My gluten-free Shrimp and Soba Noodle Stirfry with Peanut Sauce is one of those surprisingly easy and amazingly tasty recipes you’re going to want to make again and again. You’re welcome!

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How to find gluten free soba noodles

If you haven’t tried soba noodles yet, it’s time to add them to your shopping list. Soba noodles are Japanese noodles traditionally made from buckwheat. And no, “buckwheat” does not contain any wheat. It’s gluten-free (confusing, but true)!

If you want this shrimp and soba noodle stirfry to be gluten free, you do want to check out the ingredients on your soba noodles, because some varieties will have wheat flour added. To save you some time, here are some brands I love that contain only buckwheat:

King Soba Gluten Free Organic 100% Buckwheat Noodles

Muso From Japan Organic 100% Buckwheat Soba Noodles

There are also some other gluten-free soba noodle options that have buckwheat mixed with other healthy ingredients:

King Soba Gluten-Free Organic Buckwheat Sweet Potato Noodles

King Soba Gluten-Free Organic Buckwheat, Quinoa and Brown Rice Soba Noodles

If you can’t find soba noodles at your grocery store, you can also substitute with brown rice spaghetti noodles or  other thin pasta.

Now back to the bowl…!

I’m obsessed with noodles but it can be tough to control the portion size. That’s why I’ve added carrot ribbons into this recipe. They help to add nutrients and up the vegetable content in this dish, but they also help add fiber and bulk to your meal so you end up full on fewer calories. Win-win-win! If you can find heirloom carrots in different colors, your noodle bowl will be even more gorgeous. Plus, multi-colored carrots have a variety of different phytonutrients… the purple ones are my favorites!

Plus I’ve added in some Chinese vegetables. The most common one you’ll see at a regular grocery store is bok choy or baby bok choy which will work perfectly. You might also see other Chinese greens such as choy sum or yu choy, Chinese broccoli, napa cabbage, watercress and more. Experiment with different types – they’re all packed with nutrition!

How does this shrimp and soba noodle bowl compare to restaurant versions? So happy you asked! Here’s how one serving of each stacks up:

Restaurant Shrimp and Noodle Stir Fry Bowl

  • 870 calories
  • Carbs: 115 grams
  • Fat: 43 grams
  • Sodium: 1660 mg

Yikes! Too many noodles and sugary sauces make this meal a blood sugar disaster. This is the carb equivalent of having 7 pieces of bread.

80 Twenty Nutrition Shrimp and Soba Noodle Stir Fry

  • 390 calories
  • Carbs: 32 grams
  • Fat: 5 grams
  • Sodium: 253 mg

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Shrimp and Soba Noodle Stirfry with Peanut Sauce – Gluten-Free

Time to get cooking (and you know what comes after cooking, right? The eating and enjoying)!!!

Let me know if you tried this recipe – I’d love to see how it turned out and what you thought! Tag me on social media @80twentyrule and #80twentyrule and I’ll be sure to see it.

Looking for some other takeout-inspired recipes for healthy and quick dinners?

Check out my:

Kung Pao Cauliflower Chicken – Low Carb and Gluten Free

Pad Thai with Zoodles – Low Carb, Vegan and Gluten Free

Healthy Egg Fried Rice – Vegetarian and Gluten Free

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Eat when you’re hungry, stop when you’re full. If only it was that easy. Sometimes we eat when we’re hungry, other times we eat for other reasons. Maybe it’s because you’re bored, tired, lonely, angry or sad. If this happens occasionally it’s probably not a concern. If it happens often and it’s getting in the way of your goals and conflicts with your values, that’s when it’s important to stop and choose to act in a different way. Here are 201 things to do instead of eat when you aren’t hungry.

Take a look and write down the ideas that really speak to you. Write them down on a card you can keep in your wallet or put them in your phone as a note so you can access them when you need them.

If you’re hungry or otherwise realize it’s time to eat (it’s been more than 4 hours since you ate something or you’ve exercised and need more energy, etc.) by all means, eat and enjoy! Your body needs fuel.

Another note: you might find that some of these suggestions are triggering for you. For example, going to the movies when you’re having cravings for something buttery, salty or sweet could mean you end up caving and having those foods when that wasn’t what you really wanted to do. Choose ideas that feel helpful to you – everyone is different!

201 Things to Do Instead of Eat When You’re Not Hungry
  1. Visualize a stop sign
  2. Observe, label and accept your emotions
  3. Dance to your favorite song
  4. Go for a walk
  5. Call a friend or family member
  6. Text someone to let them know you’re thinking of them
  7. Plan a vacation
  8. Make a list of places you want to travel to
  9. Make plans with a friend
  10. Take the dog for a walk
  11. Pet your dog, cat or gerbil (or visit a pet store)
  12. Sing along to your favorite song
  13. Make a playlist of songs that make you happy
  14. Draw
  15. Paint
  16. Do a crossword puzzle
  17. Listen to a podcast
  18. Design a website
  19. Journal
  20. Organize your closet
  21. Shine your shoes
  22. Organize a drawer
  23. Clean the bathroom
  24. Give yourself a manicure
  25. Give yourself a pedicure
  26. Do a face mask
  27. Take a bath
  28. Research places to volunteer
  29. Break down a large project into smaller steps
  30. Set goals
  31. Do pushups
  32. Do yoga
  33. Stretch
  34. Use a foam roller
  35. Sip on herbal tea
  36. Make a meal plan for the following day or week
  37. Make a list of home improvement projects
  38. Start or continue a home improvement project
  39. Visit an animal shelter
  40. Knit
  41. Crochet
  42. Watch your favorite TV show
  43. Go to a movie
  44. Go people watching
  45. Try a new class
  46. Watch an online lecture
  47. Look at cute animal photos online
  48. Pick out a gift for yourself
  49. Pick out a gift for someone else
  50. Go for a run
  51. Go for a bike ride
  52. Meditate
  53. Practice deep breathing
  54. Moisturize
  55. Watch funny videos
  56. Write a short story
  57. Write a poem
  58. Join an improv class
  59. Go to a museum
  60. Go to an art gallery
  61. Identify 5 things you can see
  62. Identify 5 things you can touch
  63. Identify 5 things you can hear
  64. Go through old photos
  65. Make a photo album or photo book
  66. Pay bills
  67. Schedule work emails
  68. Learn a language with an app or audio program
  69. Read
  70. Make a list of books you want to read
  71. Make a list of movies you want to see
  72. Write a letter to someone you admire
  73. Write a letter to someone you’re pissed off at
  74. Write a letter to someone you haven’t talked to in awhile
  75. Go to the gym
  76. Go to a pool and swim
  77. Put an ice pack on your neck and face
  78. Rearrange furniture
  79. Look at real estate online
  80. Volunteer at a soup kitchen
  81. Practice affirmations
  82. Focus on your goals
  83. Take a self defense class
  84. Drink a big glass of water
  85. Do some Tai Chi
  86. Look up nature walks and hikes near you
  87. Go out in nature
  88. Go for a drive
  89. Do some gardening
  90. Jump up and down
  91. Write and schedule some work emails
  92. Go to a library
  93. Read good news websites
  94. Go to a concert
  95. Start a meetup group
  96. Join an online support group
  97. Go swing on a swing
  98. Go down a slide
  99. Do a cartwheel
  100. Identify 5 things in your environment that are green
  101. Identify 5 things in your environment that are red
  102. Mold something out of plasticine or clay
  103. Identify 5 things in your environment that are blue
  104. Buy yourself flowers
  105. Send someone flowers
  106. Do karaoke: Sing to a karaoke app, online video or channel
  107. Jump rope
  108. Hit a pillow
  109. Go to a driving range
  110. Go to a batting cage
  111. Go to a science center
  112. Get a goldfish
  113. Find a charity you want to support
  114. Donate to a charity
  115. Go to a sports game
  116. Go play pool
  117. Plan a party
  118. Invite someone over
  119. Invite someone to meet up
  120. Play an instrument
  121. Try a new hairstyle
  122. Try a new makeup look
  123. Do a hair conditioning mask
  124. Make some jewelry
  125. Make candles
  126. Light a fragrant candle
  127. Masturbate
  128. Ask someone for help
  129. Plan rewarding and fun activities for the week
  130. Visit a spa
  131. Take a nap
  132. Bang on a drum
  133. Make a to do list
  134. Prioritize items on your to do list
  135. Do something on your to do list
  136. Sign up for a workshop
  137. Go to a part of town you haven’t been to before
  138. Ride the subway/streetcar/bus
  139. Go to a bookstore and browse
  140. Pray
  141. Paint a wall
  142. Make a vision board
  143. Make a collage
  144. Make a list of things you’re grateful for
  145. Make a list of things you’re good at
  146. Dribble a basketball
  147. Color
  148. Do needlepoint
  149. Scream into a pillow
  150. Do jumping jacks
  151. Write a letter to a politician
  152. Go bowling
  153. Cuddle
  154. Take a shower and alternate between hot and cold water
  155. Plan a weekend getaway
  156. Throw rocks into a lake, river, pond, etc.
  157. Enter a contest
  158. Learn about a culture you’re curious about
  159. Squeeze a stress ball
  160. Play solitaire
  161. Play a game online or on an app
  162. Do a jigsaw puzzle
  163. Do a sudoku
  164. Go horseback riding
  165. Go to a zoo or petting zoo
  166. Take a dance class (online or in person)
  167. Brush your teeth
  168. Floss
  169. Chew gum
  170. Read a magazine
  171. Empty your email inbox
  172. Sort your mail
  173. Watch a home video
  174. Vacuum
  175. Wash the floors
  176. Lift weights
  177. Brush your pet
  178. Update your address book
  179. Test drive a car
  180. Do a random act of kindness
  181. Mend clothes that are torn or have missing buttons
  182. Plant an herb garden
  183. Plant a tree
  184. Do laundry
  185. Try aromatherapy
  186. Clap along to an upbeat song
  187. Listen to an audiobook
  188. Play with your kids (or visit friends or family with kids)
  189. Play chess
  190. Shop for clothes online
  191. Practice photography
  192. Get rid of unneeded files on your computer, cloud, etc.
  193. Start your own business
  194. Do some origami
  195. Make paper airplanes and fly them
  196. Make goo
  197. Clean your computer screen and keyboard
  198. Iron
  199. Pluck your eyebrows
  200. Exfoliate
  201. Massage your face, shoulders or feet
  202. Make someone a gift (lots of fun easy ideas online)

Are there any activities you’ve found helpful? Please share – you could really help someone else.

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Moussaka is comfort food in a pan. Think of it as a Greek lasagna: creamy sauce, layers of deliciousness and the umami yum of tomatoes. Classic moussaka recipes use potatoes, but I left them out to make my Moussaka (Eggplant Casserole) keto and low carb. Plus, this recipe is gluten-free. It makes lots of leftovers so it’s a great Sunday meal prep recipe. It also freezes well so you can set some aside for those nights when you just don’t feel like cooking.

Now moussaka is not a quick recipe, but it is fairly easy. You do need time on your side, because you have to roast all of the eggplant before you assemble and bake the moussaka. Trust me, it’s totally worth it. I looked forward to eating this so much that I had it every day for a week. If you don’t have several hours set aside to make your moussaka, not to worry. You can make it in stages. I’ll explain more below!

Some recipes have you take some of the eggplant skin off, but I’ve tried it both ways and found that it’s just as delicious without having to do that. And I’m all about saving time and skipping steps you don’t need! How’s that for saving you time?

Mouthwatering Moussaka (Eggplant Casserole) – Keto, Low Carb and Gluten-Free

Get ready to have a new favorite recipe. Move over, shepherd’s pie. See ya later, boring casseroles. It’s all about the moussaka!


Moussaka (Eggplant Casserole) - Keto, Low Carb and Gluten-Free 
This authentic Greek Moussaka recipe is keto, low carb and gluten-free. It's the perfect comfort food and freezes well so it's a great option for meal prep.
Servings Prep Time
8 1hour
Cook Time
2hours
Servings Prep Time
8 1hour
Cook Time
2hours
Ingredients
Meat Sauce
Bechamel Sauce
Instructions
Roasted Eggplant
  1. Preheat your oven to 400F. Cut your eggplant width-wise into circles 1/3 of an inch thick. Cover two baking sheets with paper towels or clean dish towels. Spread the eggplant slices onto the towels and sprinkle with salt. Let them sit for about 15 minutes so some of the moisture comes out. Rinse the eggplant slices in a colander and then pat them dry with more towels.
  2. Take the towels off of the baking sheets and cover with parchment paper. Make a single layer of eggplant slices on the prepared baking sheets (so they're not overlapping).
  3. Bake the eggplant for about 20 minutes or until it starts to turn golden brown. Turn off the oven.
Meat Sauce
  1. In a large skillet over medium high heat, saute the onion in avocado oil until translucent. Add the garlic and saute for another 2 minutes.
  2. Add the ground beef and cook about 12 minutes or until no longer pink. Stir in the rest of the meat sauce ingredients. Cover and simmer on medium low for 15 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
Bechamel Sauce
  1. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and cook for 2 minutes, whisking often.
  2. Whisk in the milk, stirring constantly. Whisk in the cream. Bring it to a boil and simmer on low for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and and add salt and pepper.
Moussaka
  1. Prepare a 8x13 inch pan by spraying or drizzling with avocado oil. Create a layer with 1/3 of the eggplant slices (it's ok if they overlap). Cover with half of the meat sauce. Add another layer of eggplant and the rest of the meat sauce. Then layer with the rest of the eggplant.
  2. Crack the egg into a small bowl and beat lightly. Whisk the egg into the bechamel sauce and pour the bechamel sauce over the moussaka, spreading evenly with a spatula.
  3. Sprinkle the cheese over the moussaka. Bake in your preheated oven for 45 minutes. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

This moussaka freezes really well either before or after you bake it.

If you don't have time to make the whole recipe in one stretch, make the eggplant and meat sauce one day and then make the bechamel sauce and assemble your moussaka another day.

Nutrition Facts
Moussaka (Eggplant Casserole) - Keto, Low Carb and Gluten-Free 
Amount Per Serving
Calories 497 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29g 45%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 139mg 46%
Sodium 493mg 21%
Potassium 604mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
Sugars 8g
Protein 41g 82%
Vitamin A 14%
Vitamin C 15%
Calcium 15%
Iron 4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Got a hankering for some cornbread? It really is comforting and the golden color is super appealing. I wanted to create a healthy cornbread recipe that can be your go-to every time that cornbread craving hits. This recipe can be made vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free depending on your needs and preferences. I’ve also included more readily available ingredients to make it easy on you!

To help bring down the calories and bump up the nutrition, I’ve used whole grain flour and replaced some of the fat with nonfat Greek yogurt (you can also use coconut yogurt if you want it to be vegan or dairy-free). Plus, this  can easily be made gluten-free. Here’s how this healthier cornbread measures up compared to the restaurant version (and yes, it’s just as delicious and satisfying)!

Restaurant Cornbread:

  • 340 calories per piece
  • 21 grams of fat
  • 8 grams of saturated fat
  • 1 gram of fiber
  • 540 grams of sodium

Consider that you’d probably add fat to this or eat it with something else to round out a meal and this can add up pretty fast!

80 Twenty Nutrition’s Healthy Cornbread:

  • 95 calories per piece
  • 3 grams of fat (so you can add your butter or vegan margarine and enjoy!)
  • 1 gram of saturated fat
  • 3 grams of filling fiber
  • only 171 mg of sodium (a third of “theirs”).

Note that this cornbread won’t be oily like you’re used to because we’ve cut the fat big time. And if you’re making the vegan version, the addition of coconut oil will give it more of a tropical aroma and flavor (which actually works really well).

Healthy Cornbread – Vegan and Gluten-Free

Ready to get your bake on? Let’s do this!

Let me know if you tried this recipe – I’d love to see how it turned out and what you thought! Tag me on social media @80twentyrule and #80twentyrule and I’ll be sure to see it.


The Best Healthy Cornbread - Vegan, Gluten-Free and Delicious
This cozy and comforting cornbread is lower in calories, fat and sodium and higher in fiber than your typical cornbread. It's extra delicious served warm with some butter or vegan margarine.
Servings
12
Servings
12
Ingredients
Dry Ingredients
Wet Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8" square pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the dry ingredients.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the wet ingredients together. Then slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, stirring just until combined.
  4. Pour the cornbread mixture into your pan and smooth with a spatula so it's even. Bake for 18 minutes or until golden.
  5. Let your cornbread cool and cut into 12 pieces. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
The Best Healthy Cornbread - Vegan, Gluten-Free and Delicious
Amount Per Serving
Calories 95 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.2g
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 171mg 7%
Potassium 27mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 1g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 2%
Calcium 6%
Iron 4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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