Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Lean Green Quinoa
-1 c quinoa
-2 c reduced sodium vegetable broth
-4 c chopped spinach, fresh
-2 c broccoli, chopped
-3 cloves garlic, chopped
-1 tbsp olive oil
-2 tbsp lemon juice
-1/2 c walnuts, chopped
makes 4 serving
-Add quinoa and broth in a pot, bring to bowl. Reduce heat and simmer until quinoa is done, about 15 minutes
-Lightly sautee vegetables in olive oil for 2 minutes and add lemon juice. Sautee for another 2 minutes, or until broccoli is tender
-Toss vegetables with quinoa
-Add walnuts and parmesan cheese (to taste) before serving
-Add sea salt and cracked pepper to taste
-Enjoy your meal in less than 20 minutes, start to finish!
See, healthy food can be quick, cheap, and delicious!!
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Saturday, February 11, 2012
I know how it is- you want to do something special for your loved one, but don't have the time to make an impressive, gourmet dessert. Well look no further. Cheap, easy, tasty, gluten-free, impressive... what's not to love?
German Chocolate Cake Balls (gluten-free)
-1 box chocolate gluten-free cake mix (love Betty Crocker)
-1/2 c coconut pecan frosting
-dark chocolate chips
-shredded, unsweetened coconut
For detailed, step by step picture instructions, click here.
-Bake cake according to instructions. Let cool, and crumble into small pieces
-Add frosting and mix well
-Roll cake into small balls and freeze for 30 minutes
-Melt dark chocolate. Using a toothpick, dip cake ball and "knock" off excess chocolate
-Roll in coconut and let dry in a styrofoam block
See how easy? Just wait until you taste them...simply delicious.
Enjoy my friends, and have a blessed Valentine's Day with your special someone.
Friday, February 10, 2012
Raspberry Peach Macarons
-1 c powdered sugar
-3/4 c almond meal
-2 large egg whites, room temperature
-1/8 tsp white vinegar
-1/4 c caster sugar (1/4 c granulated sugar can be substituted)
-1/2 tsp raspberry extract
-Preheat oven to 375F.
-Pulse powdered sugar and almond meal in a food processor until combined.
-Add egg whites to bowl and beat at medium speed until foamy. Add vinegar and beat until soft peaks form. At this point, reduce mixer speed to low and add caster sugar. Add food coloring and extract. Beat until stiff peaks form.
-Add almond/sugar mixture to egg mixture, and fold until mixture is smooth and shiny.
-Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
-Using a gallon sized bag, cut a small hole in the tip. For those of you who have a pastry bag/tip, use that. Use the bag to pipe 1 inch rounds on the baking sheet, spaced about 1 inch apart.
-Tap the baking sheet against the counter and let sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes.
-Before baking, turn oven down to 325F. Bake for 10 minutes, until macarons are crisp and firm.
-Let cool on tray and transfer to wire rack.
-Spoon about 1 tsp peach preserves between two cookies, and poof- you've got a macaron.
Enjoy my friends, and most importantly- be creative and have fun.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
The different kinds of dried berries in this granola give it the perfect amount of sweetness (And don't forget their added antioxidant value!). Don't like berries? Fine with me! Just substitute them with your favorite fruit, or leave them out completely. That's the beauty of this recipe- you can tailor it to exactly how you want. Walnuts are my favorite nut, but if you prefer cashews, or peanuts, or almonds, by all means use those instead. It's like making your own custom-made car, but a hell of a lot cheaper and tastier. Another great thing about this recipe is how easy it is to make! You can whip up a batch quicker than it takes to pick out all of the raisins in your store-bought granola.
Try this tasty oat concoction in yogurt, cottage cheese, or on top of sliced fruit...or my personal favorite- by itself! It's seriously so delicious that you may be tempted to eat all of it. At only 160 calories per serving, it's the perfect snack! Throw it in your gym bag for post workout, bring a bag with you when hiking (perfect backpacking snack), or toss some in your desk at work for that 3 pm slump. Or you know, all of the above!
3.5 c gluten free oats (I used Bob's Red Mill)
1/2 c water
1/2 c canola oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 c agave nectar
1/4 c honey
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 c walnuts
1/2 c dried cherries
1/4 c dried blueberries
1/4 c dried cranberries
Preheat oven to 200F
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (easy cleanup, yay!)
Lay mixture on baking sheet, and bake for 1.5-2 hours, while stirring every 20 or so minutes
The granola is done when the oats are slightly browned
Enjoy, my friends!