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Chuck’s Yummy Egg Surprise August 17, 2011

My husband is not a chef, and he doesn’t cook often, but when he does we’re usually in for a pretty good treat.  We were looking for something to kick up the excitement with our eggs, and I think he went above and beyond the task.  This recipe takes some time to chop veggies, but after all that work is complete it’s pretty simple.  I love simple, especially when it’s tempting to the eyes and belly.

Let’s get to the YUM!  You will need the following ingredients:

3 egg whites

splash of non-fat milk

1/4 of a small red onion chopped

3-4 baby portabella mushrooms chopped

3-4 cherry tomatoes chopped

handful of baby spinach

feta cheese

salt and pepper

red pepper flakes

extra virgin olive oil

cooking spray

1 medium-sized ramekins

***ingredients are for an individual serving***

Drizzle a non-stick skillet with olive oil over medium-high heat.  Cook the onions until they’re translucent.  Then add the chopped mushrooms and let them saute….the will shrink in size and caramelize a bit.  Last, add the chopped tomatoes.  Cook for 1-2 more minutes and set aside.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  If you like a little kick add some red pepper flakes.  A little goes a long way! 

Combine the egg whites and milk, then pour them into a ramekins that has been prepared with cooking spray. The milk with make the eggs fluffy.  Add the cooked veggies to the egg whites.  Place a handful of baby spinach on top of all ingredients.  Place the ramekins into the microwave and cook 1-2 minutes.  Keep an eye on the eggs, so it does not overflow.

Plate onto a dish and sprinkle with feta cheese.  So pretty, and oh so good! Once again have fun in your kitchen and experiment.  Switch the veggies, cheese and spices to see what egg surprise you might come up with.  Also, you could make a large batch and cook in prepared muffin tins in the oven.  Then store them in your fridge for the week to come.  This would allow for a real quick bite to start off any day during the week. Or, add some fresh fruit and have a pleasant brunch for the weekend.

Enjoy!

 

Ginger-Peach Smoothie August 1, 2011

There is nothing better than the simple satisfaction that comes from putting yummy goodness into a blender…pressing puree…and then enjoying a frothy, healthy, fulfilling smoothie.  With the invention of the smoothie there is no reason not to have time for a good start to your day.  This month’s featured smoothie is the Ginger-Peach Smoothie from Weight Watchers.  Ginger has many health benefits, as do Peaches. 

Ginger can help stimulate digestion, relieve nausea, and sooth cold symptoms to name a few. Peaches are a powerful anticarcinogenic.  Which simply means it’s believed to fight some cancers since it contains high level of antioxidants.  They are also believed to help with digestion due to their high water and dietary fiber content.  The nice thing about peaches is they can be found year round in your grocery store freezer section.  Always seek frozen fruits that have no added sugar.

Let’s get to the YUM!  You will need the following ingredients:

1-2 pieces of crystallized ginger (can be found at your local health food store.)

2 tbsp of agave nectar

1 cup of unsweetened, sliced, frozen peaches

1 banana

1/3 cup of nonfat, plain, Greek yogurt

3 tbsp of orange juice

1/2 cup of water

handful of ice cubes

Combine all ingredients into blender.  Puree until smooth.  Depending on level of hunger could yield 1-2 servings. 

Enjoy!

 

Chewy Goodness July 26, 2011

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There’s nothing I enjoy more than a chewy snack.  It’s even better when a little gets stuck to your teeth….. creating the perfect opportunity to make a silly face while  trying to un-lodge it with your tongue.  Oh, you know what I’m speaking of, because we have all been there at least once, or twice.  There are many goodies that can create this exact possibility,  but today I’m enjoying the chewy goodness of Ginger Chews made by the Ginger People company.  Not only is this a fun little bite to eat, but it has many health benefits too.  Ginger is believed to stimulate digestion, naturally freshen breathe, relieve nausea, sooth cold symptoms and relieve headaches. 

I buy my Ginger Chews in bulk at Whole Foods.  I like to set them out in a pretty bowl for everyone to enjoy.  The great thing is that 1-2 can really settle a sweet tooth, while entertaining the mouth with its spicy, sweet, chewy goodness.  If you haven’t had them before, I truly recommend giving them a try.   Want to learn more?  I got my information about the benefits of ginger from http://hubpages.com/hub/Ginger-The-Benefits-How-to-Use

Enjoy!

 

Linguine with Zucchini and Chickpeas July 18, 2011

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It’s truly summer, and it’s burning hot!  While it’s nice to eat the offerings of the season we don’t want to spend tons of time cooking, or heating our kitchens while we’re doing it.  So, I like to search for recipes that eliminate both issues.  I’ve come across this 20 minute meal from Real Simple magazine.  It’s fast and it calls for summer zucchini, but most important….it’s yummy.

Let’s get to the YUM!  You will need the following ingredients:

12 oz linguine ( I opted for the whole wheat version)

2 tbsp olive oil

3 small zucchini, cut into half-moons

1 15 oz can of chickpeas (garbonzo beans), rinsed

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 tsp of crushed red pepper flakes

1/2 cup grated parmesan

kosher salt

In order, to make this truly 20 minuets get your pasta water boiling before you start chopping veggies.  Cook pasta according to package and reserve 1/4 cup of water, drain and return to pot.

Heat oil in skillet over medium heat.  Add zucchini and 1/2 tsp of salt.  Cook zucchini, tossing often until just tender, 4-5 minutes.

Add chickpeas to skillet, along with garlic and red pepper flakes.  Cook until heated through, 2-3 minutes.

Toss the pasta with the reserved pasta water and 1/4 cup of the Parmesan.  Add the zucchini mixture to the pasta.  Plate and serve.

Imagine the possibilities of this dish.  You could interchange the veggies and the beans….maybe even the style of pasta to make a new and fun version that is still seasonal, quick and yummy.  Have fun with your food, and don’t be afraid to mix it up.  Who knows what new creations you’ll discovery in your own kitchen.

Enjoy!

 

Black Bean Burger Salad July 11, 2011

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This is one of my favorite go to quick lunches, and it’s so easy!  No real cooking skills required for success.  I came up with this one on my own, because I was in a mood for more veggies than bread.  I also wanted something that would sustain me for a few hours. 

Let’s get to the YUM!  You will need the following ingredients:

1 Morning Star chipotle black bean burger patty (I purchase these in bulk at Costco, but I’m sure you can find these at most local grocery stores in the freezer section)

1-2 handfuls of pre-packed spring mix lettuce

3 avocado slices

3-4 cherry tomatoes cut in fourths

1 scallion sliced

1 slice of provolone cheese

1 tsp of spicy mustard

While the bean patty is cooking (follow directions on box) I place the mixed lettuce on a plate.  During the last 15 sec of cooking I dress the bean patty with mustard and cheese.  This allows the cheese to melt bringing out a little more flavor.  Place the cooked patty on top of the lettuce.  Spread the avocado slices, tomatoes and scallions on top.  This is so enjoyable for such a quick meal.

I would recommend swapping the mustard for salsa, or maybe even drizzling the entire salad with lime juice for a little citrus kick.  Basically, have some fun and don’t be afraid to mix it up!  If you come up with something that makes you say YUM….please share your creation with us.

Enjoy!!!

 

Creamy Fruit and Berry Smoothie July 5, 2011

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I think most everyone appreciates a quick, healthy breakfast that you can take out the door and into the car.  SCreamy Fruit and Berry Smoothiemoothies by far are the best answer for such a situation.  Even better is a smoothie made with seasonal fruit.  I love food, but I don’t always know how to put the things I enjoy into a tasty combination.  Solution….cookbooks, wellness magazines, online foodies sites and anything else that might promise a yummy, quick bite!

I recently purchased Eat to Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman.  The book contains an interesting section of fruit and veggie smoothies.  I have tried several and they are all enjoyable, but the Creamy Fruit and Berry Smoothie is my favorite for this time of year.  It’s an excellent smoothie to take advantage of all of the berries that are currently in season.  I also like that it makes 2 servings.  This allows for several options; second breakfast for the next morning, lunch for later in the day with half of a sandwich, or a fantabulous way for your children to have a nutritious snack.

It’s also worth noting that this smoothie is a power house of antioxidants.  Antioxidants help to improve immune function and may protect our bodies from chronic disease.

Let’s get to the YUM!  You will need the following ingredients:

1 cup pomegranate juice

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/2 cup strawberries

1/2 cup blueberries

1/2 cup frozen peaches

1 banana

2 tablespoons ground flaxseed

Blend all of the ingredients in a high-powered blender until smooth and creamy. 

Enjoy!!!