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Lately I have been making a lot of pizza…boboli makes it so easy with their yummy pizza crusts and once you top them you just need to bake them for 8-10 minutes…dinner in an instant which is what I love! The other night I put together this yummy pizza with ingredients in my fridge…and it was DELICIOUS! I will definitely be making it again soon!

Ingredients:

  • 1 boboli 8 inch pizza crust
  • Basil pesto
  • Fresh spinach (washed)
  • Mushrooms, washed, sliced, and uncooked
  • Fresh garlic (just put a little since there is already lots in the pesto…I love garlic so I always include it in here but if you are not a garlic lover feel free to skip it)
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Feta cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil
Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  • Place pizza crust on a cookie sheet. Top pizza with pesto, garlic (and spread it into the pesto), spinach, and mushrooms. Drizzle olive oil over the mushrooms since they are going on uncooked.
  • Top with cheeses, sat, and pepper.
  • Place in the oven and cook for 8-10 minutes. Let cool and enjoy!
Note: I didn’t put specific amounts of ingredients since you can really put as much as you like of anything on the pizzas. To each their own! ๐Ÿ™‚
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Hi guys! Obviously I am still on my flax kick. I ๐Ÿ™‚ just LOVE it and it always makes me feel so good about what I am eating when I add it in. I put this together for a late night snack the other night when I wanted something sweet and healthy. It’s perfect for breakfast, a snack, or a sweet treat. You can use whatever fruit and yogurt you like (use Greek yogurt if you want more protein).

Ingredients:

  • 1 nonfat vanilla yogurt (or yogurt of choice)
  • Drizzle agave nectar
  • 3 tbsp. golden ground flaxseed
  • Fruit of choice (I used fresh peaches, blueberries, bananas, and kiwi)
Directions:
  1. Scoop yogurt into a large bowl. Add in flax and stir in.
  2. Wash and cut fruit. Add to yogurt and flax mixture.
  3. Drizzle agave nectar on top (as much as desired- the more you put the sweeter it will be) and gently mix everything together.
For those new to flax and are wondering what it is ๐Ÿ™‚
Flax has several important health benefits. #1: It is an easy way to sneak some omega-3โ€ฒs into your diet, an important nutrient that many of us are deficient in. Just one serving of flax gives you 2800mg of omega-3โ€ฒs, which is better than none! #2: Flax is a rich source of fiber- just 3 tbsp of it yields a huge 5g of fiber! Aย Lignansย nd how easy is it to mix 3 tbsp of flax into a smoothie, yogurt, oatmeal, or any of your other favorite foods! #3: Flax is high in lignans, which are plant estrogens or phytoestrogens (which contain lots of powerful antioxidants that will make you healthy). are common in most plant foods, but flax has 75x more than any other plant food!

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This appetizer sampler was inspired by a lot of random things in my refrigerator… another time that my scrounging has led to yumminess! Sometimes I will make this for a little dinner for myself or I will make it for a group if I am entertaining. I didn’t list amounts in the ingredients since you can pretty much just make as much as you need! I love cheese and crackers at any time and the salami is an added yummy factor. Asparagus and proscuitto is a simple appetizer that a lot of people think sounds complicated but it it super easy and quick to prepare. Babybel cheeses are little and fun and they have so many different flavors to choose from: Original, Bonbel, Gouda, and White Cheddar (and I may be forgetting one or two). Try this little appetizer platter and you will wow everyone- yourself included!

Ingredients:

  • Your favorite crackers (I like the big round whole wheat ones)
  • Sliced deli cheese (I like all kinds but especially Swiss and Cheddar for this)
  • Salami
  • Prosciutto
  • Asparagus
  • Babybel cheese (I love all flavors!)
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Olive Oil
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Drizzle olive oil over a large baking sheet and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cut ends off of asparagus and rinse. Pat dry and roll asparagus in oil, salt, and pepper and place on baking sheet. Put in the oven and cook on both sides until it starts to brown (turn it after about 5 minutes but check in on it depending how hot your oven is).
  2. While the oven is preheating and asparagus is cooking, work on everything else. ๐Ÿ™‚ Cut cheese slices into 4 and assemble salami and cheese onto the crackers. I like the big round crackers since the salami fits perfectly on top (I use Safeway brand whole wheat crackers but I am sure there are a ton of other similar kinds).
  3. When asparagus is done cooking, let it cool and then roll it the long way in the prosciutto.
  4. Arrange everything on a large serving plate (or you can have a plate for each appetizer if you are making lots of each). Something else fun that I like to do is make a little plate for everyone that I am entertaining but you can do whatever you want to. ๐Ÿ™‚
Serve with: White or red wine and/or cocktails. This is a perfect starter for an Italian meal- I used it as my starter for a meal of stuffed shells and Caesar salad and it was a perfect pairing. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Hi everyone! Here is my latest flax smoothie recipe! Hopefully no one is sick of these recipes yet because I guarantee they are going to keep coming! ๐Ÿ™‚ I made this smoothie for a pre-hot yoga snack tonight… I was hungry but didn’t want to have something too heavy that would slow me down in class. And the best part about it is that it makes 2 smoothies so I had one before class and the other one after class! It’s a perfect pre and post workout drink. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love how flax makes me feel… literally I just FEEL healthier when I eat foods that I mix flax into. Probably because how can you feel bad when you are getting so many health benefits from something so small? Not to mention the other healthy ingredients in it… bananas are FULL of potassium, pineapple has lots of vitamin C, and peaches are high in vitamin C and vitamin A. I also used nonfat yogurt, which boosts my dairy intake while keeping my fat intake down. And the result is a super healthy super yummy smoothie!

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 4 oz. container canned pineapple (I buy the Dole in 100% juice individual pre-packs)
  • 1 4 oz. container canned peaches (I buy the Dole in 100% juice individual pre-packs)
  • 2 cups ice cubes
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 vanilla yogurt
  • Drizzle of agave (as much as you would like, it just makes it sweeter so if you like sweet put a lot!)
  • 3 tbsp. ground flaxseed
Directions
  1. Place all ingredients in your blender and blend until everything is mixed together and it is your desired consistency. Drink up and enjoy! And feel GREAT about what you are putting in your body. ๐Ÿ™‚

Pre-blended: just throw EVERYTHING in the blender!

Ready to drink!

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This was another of those “let’s use up stuff in the house before it goes bad” recipes and it turned out DELICIOUS! In fact, I will probably make sure to keep all of the ingredients in my house so that I have them to make this yummy smoothie. ๐Ÿ™‚ Words cannot describe my current flax obsession. I love love love it and adding it into oatmeal, yogurt, smoothies, and baked goods makes me feel so good about what I am eating!

Here is the recipe for tonight’s smoothie… picture to follow soon!

Serves: 1-2

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 6 oz. vanilla greek yogurt (I love Chobani and remember greek yogurt is PACKED with protein!)
  • 3 tbsp. ground flaxseed
  • 2 cups ice cubs
  • Drizzle of agave nectar

Directions:

  1. Put all ingredients in blender and blend until desired consistency. Drink up and enjoy this healthy smoothie. Yum!!

Stay tuned… more flax smoothie recipes to follow soon! xo

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This recipe is an upgrade on one of my absolute favorite comfort food recipes, broccoli casserole. ๐Ÿ™‚ Some of my favorite foods are pasta, cheese, and veggies and the addition of ham to this casserole adds extra protein and LOTS of flavor! I decided to toss ham and mushrooms into the casserole tonight since I had them in my fridge and I am a huge fan of using things in my fridge before they go to waste. This recipe is one of my favorites because you can assemble it in advance, pop it in the fridge, and cook it when you are ready to eat. I did all of the prep, went to yoga, then came home and popped it in the oven, cooked it for 30 minutes and it was piping hot and ready to eat! The best part? LEFTOVERS! After eating my dinner, I put the rest it into tupperwares and placed them in the fridge so now when I need a quick lunch or dinner this week I can pop one in the microwave for 2-3 minutes until hot and ready to eat. A yummy meal in an instant!

Here is the recipe for this yummy casserole:

Serves: 6-8

Ingredients:

  • 2 small heads of broccoli, rinsed and chopped
  • 8 oz. mushrooms, rinsed
  • 1 green pepper, rinsed and chopped
  • 1/2 cup white onion, chopped
  • 4 celery stalks, rinsed and chopped
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese (I buy it pre-grated!)
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 12 oz. wide egg noodles
  • 8 oz. chopped black forest ham (I used the sliced deli meat since I had it in the fridge. It was super easy to just chop it up into little pieces to toss into the mix)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Rinse and chop veggies and place in a large mixing bowl. Add in ham. Mix together gently.
  3. Add in cream of mushroom soup and mix in gently.
  4. Cook pasta noodles according to package instructions and mix in when they are done and drained.
  5. Add in cheese and mix in.
  6. Add salt and pepper as desired.
  7. Place mixture into a large casserole dish (you may need to use two since it makes a lot) and put in the oven and cook for 30-40 minutes, until noodles start to brown and casserole is cooked through.

Note: I LOVE veggies and cannot get enough of them. If you or the people that you are cooking for are not huge veggie lovers, feel free to cut the amount of veggies in half that you use. But remember that the more veggies, the healthier your meal! ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy!

Egg noodles cooking away!

Veggies and ham waiting for the pasta and cheese!

The finished product!

Leftovers for the week!

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Hello everyone! I know it has been awhile but I am back with a few new yummy recipes! This one is for super healthy and delicious flax smoothies. I am currently obssessed with flax as should everyone else be, since it is a fabulous and easy add-in to add lots of extra nutrition to your meals.

Flax has several important health benefits. #1: It is an easy way to sneak some omega-3’s into your diet, an important nutrient that many of us are deficient in. Just one serving of flax gives you 2800mg of omega-3’s, which is better than none! #2: Flax is a rich source of fiber- just 3 tbsp of it yields a huge 5g of fiber! Aย Lignansย nd how easy is it to mix 3 tbsp of flax into a smoothie, yogurt, oatmeal, or any of your other favorite foods! #3: Flax is high in lignans, which are plant estrogens or phytoestrogens (which contain lots of powerful antioxidants that will make you healthy). are common in most plant foods, but flax has 75x more than any other plant food! With all this being said, who doesn’t want a flax smoothie? ๐Ÿ™‚

Here is the recipe for my super yummy and nutritious flax smoothie!

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fruit of your choice (for the smoothie in this picture I used strawberries and raspberries)
  • 6 oz. yogurt of choice (1 container of your favorite- I used peach greek yogurt (for extra protein) for these smoothies)
  • 2 cups ice
  • 1/2 cup liquid (I used 1/4 orange juice and 1/4 skim milk- feel free to use 1/2 just milk or 1/2 just juice, whatever sounds good to you)
  • 3 tbsp. ground flax
  • Drizzle of agave nectar on top

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients in your blender and mix until you get the consistency that you like for your smoothies. If necessary, you may want to add a little water if it is too thick or some more liquid. Enjoy!!

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