Oranges just do not get the credit that they deserve. We all know that they're the Vitamin C champions and I'm sure many of us grew up drinking a glass of orange juice the moment that we felt the onset of a cold. Not only do they pack a lot of great vitamins and nutrients but their wonderfully clean citrus scent can freshen a room in a heartbeat and just so happens to be one of my favorite smells! This delicious citrus fruit is great paired with so many flavors and can be both sweet and savory. I mean, clearly this fruit deserve more credit that it typically receives, right?
I don't know about you all, but my Holidays started in July. Lakeside. With cocktails. And I have basically been battling the healthy eating, weight maintenance, keeping-in-good-shape since then. It's been a long Holiday season...In my efforts to lose the Holiday weight I have decided that healthy soups are going to be a prominent feature in my day-to-day life in addition to eating healthy, working out daily, and sticking to my Arbonne healthy-eating cleanse. Here's hoping it works out!
Whenever I host a gathering I like to make sure that I provide a variety of food that appeals to most dietary restrictions and allergies. As a host it is important to me to ensure that all guests feel like they have a selection of food to choose from, too. Everyone has seen the standard crudite platters that are bland or boring with standard vegetables and a runny ranch dip to accompany it; that just isn't my style! I like platters that have multiple components, that are colorful, and that can combine a couple of dishes in one cohesive and beautiful offering.
I've previously posted about my love for my Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad and this one is a little similar in the base and the minimal dressing that I use. I am one of those weird people who prefers very light dressing - if you can even call my go-to a dressing... This salad is great because I use 3 salad bases interchangeably depending on which one I have readily available or which one sounds good at the time I am grocery shopping. I use Lacinato Kale, Swiss Chard (any variety), or shaved Brussels Sprouts. What I love about all 3 of these superfoods is how rich and flavorful they are and also their great hearty texture which really makes it feel so filling. It also stands up to just about everything you pair with it, which I love.
Much like other larger families, we primarily shop at Costco for the majority of our weekly bulk groceries because with three growing kids, they can eat a lot! And, like a lot of people when shopping at Costco, our eyes are much bigger than our actual stomachs!
At one of our weekly Costco trips a few weeks ago I saw a big bag of delicious Coconut & Cashew Butter granola and had to have it! Weeks later and I ate maybe 1/2 cup of the 42 cup bag. I guess I thought I would eat it far more than I really did… Granola is tricky like that! It seems like a healthy choice; I swear I will snack on that instead of Cheeze - it’s but in reality – I don’t. I am not a cereal eater so it wouldn’t serve as a replacement for that in the mornings and I don’t eat yogurt so using it as a healthy crunchy topping didn’t happen, either.
Enter – COOKIES. I do love cookies. I especially love oatmeal cookies. So with the left-over bag of granola I figured granola is made out of oats, oatmeal cookies are made out of oats, and that seemed to make sense as a delicious cookie option. They turned out really yummy and had a subtle coconut taste to them. They were soft, though not chewy like a standard oatmeal cookie.
A light but very hardy vegetarian recipe perfect for an Autumn or Winter dinner.It is much quicker and easier to purchase the butternut squash already peeled and cubed in the package – you can usually find this at your local supermarket. If you cannot find this and use a whole butternut squash, it is safest to cut it into 1/4’s and then peel it and cube it.
I love salads. And I love vegetables. So naturally, this salad is perfect for me! What’s so great about it (besides everything!) is that if you tend to eat a lot of salads this is a great option for something a bit unconventional to break up the monotony of lettuce or spinach salads.
Another great thing about this salad is that you can really change it up to suit your taste buds or dietary needs/restrictions. You treat the shaved brussel sprouts like any other salad base so you can add just about anything to it and it tastes great! And, obviously it is a very healthy base, too!
Summer brings the best of things; sun, outdoors, trips to Lake Tahoe, and light healthy dishes. I especially love summer dishes that require minimal cooking – or can be barbecued – and can be served at room temperature.
My favorite summer dish is a Corn, Jalapeno, and Avocado salad with lime and extra virgin olive oil. This combination is to-die-for! There are many variations of this salad that can be made depending on what sounds good and what you have on hand, but, I always use this recipe as the base.
If it weren’t for my DVR I would not have been able to make this deliciousness. I was home one night about 18 months ago (I remember specifically because I was pregnant with Poppy) and I was watching one of my favorite Foodnetwork shows; Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. On the episode they went to a diner that made all sorts of unique things, one of which was a Blueberry, Basil, and Goat Cheese pie. I know it might sound odd. Actually, to me it just sounds delicious. But to others, it might sound odd. As with most of these episodes they showed the Chef making the item, in this case the pie, but they don’t provide the exact measurements or recipe. Bummer! I promptly ran to my computer and began searching for the recipe. I couldn’t find it anywhere. I was so disappointed. And than I remembered I could rewind the episode and just watch really closely to get an idea of the amounts of the ingredients. I must have watched that portion of the segment about 20 times over and over. I was confident I had a good idea of how much of each ingredient to use. So, a few days later I gave it a shot. Since I never had the original I had nothing to base mine on, but if I had to guess, I’d say it was pretty spot-on! I’ve made this pie a few times now and each time the measurements vary because I hadn’t found an exact recipe for it… until now! That’s right. I finally found the recipe. Thanks, Foodnetwork.com!
I still didn’t follow it precisely and it turned out tasty as usual. However, I would make one change for the future bake-sessions; pre-bake the pie crust. I didn’t make mine fresh due to lack of time so I used a frozen pie crust I just thawed and unrolled. Whether I make my own or use a pre-made next time, I’ll definitely bake it first because I think a crispy bottom crust would perfect this pie!