Sunday, October 6, 2013
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Monday, September 23, 2013
So, the hubs and I have been introduced to a new product that we absolutely love.
I work crazy hours and have a crazy schedule, and I drink two things, coffee and water....and lots and lots of coffee to keep me going. Frankly, I'm addicted, and to be honest the only reason I would ever go without coffee would be a major medical procedure So back to Tuesday (a few weeks ago by now), by 3:00pm when I realized I had had only one cup of coffee and still had energy, clarity, felt wonderful, happy and hadn't bitten anyone's head off, I thought it was a miracle!! To this day, I now drink 1-2 cups of Organo Gold coffee a day. Each prepared cup of Organo Gold coffee has about 9mg coffee which you can see by simple math how much I was getting before to how little I take in now. That alone was a huge selling point for me, and then there are the other benefits I haven't even begun to mention:
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
So after a hard workout I love to replenish with a delicious healthy smoothie :) and one of my new obsessions is Chia Seeds! I throw into my little mini single serve blender- some greek yogurt, skim milk, frozen berries, half banana and sprinkle on Chia seeds and blend, blend, blend :0)
Chia seeds are an excellent source of protien, fiber, and antioxidants.
Monday, March 25, 2013
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
The hubs (and sometimes the kids) and I have been doing the "Insanity" workout for about three weeks now. We have finally gotten to where we are doing it earlier in the day, (opposed to late at night before bed, after dinner...yeah, not the best idea, but hey we were dedicated!) One of the hardest parts of this program is they want you to eat like 5-6 times a day (small meals) to help your metabolism (which seemed non-existent for me for so long!) Funny enough, I forget to eat half the time or am so busy, it has been a task figuring it in my schedule to "eat".
So, we got done with our workout yesterday, the fam took off to softball practice, and I grabbed the butternut squash I bought the other day and got to work. See, for me at least, once I work out that hard, I just want something light to eat. I have made sauteed butternut squash before, but wasn't sure how my family would respond to it. They are open to trying new things, as since they were little my rule was they always had to try something, if they didn't like it, they didn't have to eat it, BUT you never knew unless you tried it!
Sauteed Butternut Squash with Multi-grain Orzo
One large butternut squash, peeled and cubed
Olive oil (maybe about 2 TBSP)
Thyme (about 1/2 TBSP)
Rosemary (about 1/2 TBSP)
Minced Garlic ( 2+ TBSP)
Salt (to taste)
Pepper (to taste)
Hormel Real bacon pieces (totally add to your own taste!)
Pour olive oil in saute pan with cubes of squash, and toss to coat. Cook over med-high heat and add spices/herbs, stirring occasionally until tender. If you choose to include, add bacon pieces the last 5 minutes. The squash was our main dish so I decided to add a little of the bacon pieces to kick it up a little. I love keeping the bacon pieces on hand, they have 50% less fat than regular bacon, and are super easy to throw into a dish if you need to kick it up a notch.
OK, I promise I will try to get better with my recipes, but this is hard, most of the time when cooking I don't measure. (not like with baking, that's usually very precise) It's all about throwing different spices and herbs together, tasting, adding more, tasting again, and adding whatever else is necessary for your flavor palate.
So above is what I put in this dish, just not 100% sure on the exact amounts, so I estimated, but again, just make it to your taste.
To make the meal complete I made Orzo, which is a variety of pasta shaped like grains of barley or rice and paired that with some brussel sprouts, and voila! I will say, my kids liked it too!
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
One thing though, I made a lot of the details with brown fondant, but the modeling chocolate was white, so when I went to paint the goblet it was a much brighter gold than the fondant details. I had initially worried about that, but thought it would be fine once painted, but apparently the Gold gloss did not cover it enough.
I added a little brown color to the gold and it deepened the gold color. So, needless to say, next time I will just make dark modeling chocolate!
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
I started cooking my quinoa according to directions, and while it was cooking I chopped up some carrot, onion, garlic, and green pepper. (totally wish I had some mushrooms!) I threw them on the grill and sauteed them for a bit. Towards the end I added some spinach leaves.
Once the quinoa is cooked I add it to the vegetable mixture on the grill.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
I then put the apple in a large muffin liner, and stuffed it with the oat mixture, and let the excess drop around the apple,
Now, I suggest wrapping it up lightly in foil to give it somewhat of a steam effect. Pop it in the oven about 350 for 20-30 minutes depending on how soft you like your apple.
And dig in!!!
It really is a yummy treat, but next time I will probably use a Gala apple, or honey crisp. The Granny smith apple was a little too tart for me with this particular mixture. But try it out, play with flavors, add some cinnamon or nutmeg. I love playing with my food, ya never know what you might come up with!
Monday, January 28, 2013
I am going to give you at least 7 good reasons you need to add this superfood to your diet.
1~ it contains twice as much fiber as most other grains (so many reasons why that is a good thing-weight loss, helps reduce risk of heart disease, lowers cholesterol, and so on, google it, you will find more!)
2~Very rich in protein, (complete protein containing all nine essential amino acids)
3~Contains Iron (another great thing your body needs, google that one too)
4~Contains Lysine (helps with tissue growth and repair)
5~Rich in magnesium
6~high in Riboflavin
7~high in manganese
PLUS Quinoa taste great!
Check out this recipe I got from Eatingwell.com
Toasted Quinoa Salad with Scallops & Snow PeasFrom: EatingWell
Note: Be sure to buy "dry" scallops, which are scallops that have not been treated with sodium tripolyphosphate, or STP. Scallops that have been treated with STP ("wet" scallops) have been subjected to a chemical bath and are mushy, less flavorful and won't brown properly.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Ok, so, I'm making King cake (which is a really big deal down here around this time) and I make the rich, smooth dough, and put it in the bowl to rise. I check it almost and hour later, and it hasn't budged, and I think, well, it is pretty cold in here, maybe I should put it in the proofer. I put it in the proofer and come back almost another hour later, and look at it, and yep, again, nothing! I start analyzing what I did when I was putting it together, and came to the realization I left out the yeast. Augh! So, this dough is sitting there, I don't want to waste it, and I think, hmmmm,....cookies???
I weighed out pieces about 2 oz each, and rolled each one out really thin. I sprinkled cinnamon/sugar mix all over the dough and rolled it up and twisted it up into a round shape like a regular king cake, and then just smashed it really flat. I sprinkled them with a little more cinnamon sugar and popped them in the oven. Instantly out of the oven I topped them with my King Cake glaze, sprinkled on purple, green, and yellow sugars, and voila! King cake cookies!!! Taste good, smell good, look good, and all done by accident :0)
Monday, January 21, 2013
If you want to try your hand at candied bacon, try this easy two ingredient recipe:
(oh, and definitely eat in moderation, don't even try to make more than a few pieces, because trust me, you will not be able to resist eating them all!)
Line a small pan with foil.
lay out a few pieces of bacon.
Coat one side with brown sugar, then turn over and coat the other side with brown sugar.
Bake about 10 minutes (my convection I set about 325)
Take out, turn over, and bake another 5 minutes.
Take out turn over again, and another 5 minutes.
Keep doing this process until it is done to your liking.
When done, take out of hot pan and lay out on a piece of clean parchment to cool.