Posts tagged ‘healthy’

February 26, 2013

A Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia Breakfast Treat!

Chia seedsI have a new favorite breakfast that is healthy and doesn’t have a Mc in front of it!  God, I love the Egg McMuffin.  This one is made from Chia seeds.  I always want to eat chia seeds, but they are kind of gross and slimy.  Especially when they bloat.  And yep, they are the very same seeds from Chia pets.  Ch-ch-ch-chia!

I stumbled across this yogurt type recipe on Pinterest.  Successful recipes on Pinterest…who knew that was even possible?!   I made a few adjustments to the original recipe to tailor it to my own taste.  It also originally called for almond milk, but that is not a staple in our house.  The last time it made an appearance, the husband looked at me like I was trying to poison him.


Chia Seed Breakfast Bowl

  • 1 mashed banana
  • 2 tbsp of Chia seeds
  • ½ – ¾  cup of milk
  • 1 cap full of vanilla
  • Juice of half an orange
  • Tiny squirt of honey
  • Few dashes of cinnamon

Mash the banana first and then mix in all the other good stuff.  Cover and refrigerate overnight.  It will be ready and delicious in the morning.  Sometimes I get a little crazy and add sliced almonds or raisins just before serving.




November 7, 2011

Cilantro Green Beans

I am addicted to green beans.  It is one of my many addictions, but this one has stood the test of time.  I am constantly finding ways to reinvent them and still maintain their healthy qualities. Meaning not covered in butter.

I came up with this recipe based on things we had in our fridge.  You can use any mushroom you have, but shiitakes are in season at the moment and have an amazing earthy flavor that makes the beans a little special.

Green beans
Shiitake mushrooms
Chopped cilantro (only fresh!)
Olive oil

Saute the sliced mushrooms with a little butter and olive oil.  Toast chopped walnuts in the mushroom pan with the leftover oil.  Boil the green beans with plenty of salt in the water.  This opens up their flavor.  Also be sure to the keep the beans pretty crisp.  No one likes a limp bean. Drain the beans and toss with olive oil, lemon juice to taste, and fresh chopped cilantro.  S&P to taste.  Plate as you desire with the mushrooms and walnuts.  I like to pile it all.


March 6, 2011

Jiggly Body Parts Prevention

After a week of gorging on beer, cheese and more bread than you can find in a bakery, I  became terrified body parts might start to jiggle.  I dedicated Saturday to fitness and clean(er) eating.  Our produce co-op delivery helped me with this mission.  A couple of my favs of the day are below.  You will notice that I still couldn’t ditch the cheese.

Exercise bike (I prefer the upright bikes)
2 minute warm up
90 seconds as fast you can (maintain it the entire 90 sec!)
30 seconds of recovery at a slow speed
Repeat 8x
10 minutes at moderate speed

Kale salad:
Fresh kale
Red onion
Fresh Parmesan shavings

For the dressing, mix white balsamic vinegar, white wine vinegar, olive oil, honey, and salt.  Let the dressing marinate on the salad for a few minutes before serving.

Cauliflower soup:
2 tbsp of butter
1 medium onion
2 cloves of garlic
1 head of cauliflower
1-2 cans of low salt chicken stock
Parmesan cheese
White truffle oil

Melt butter in a large pot.  Add the onion and garlic and cook until tender.  Add cauliflower and saute a few minutes.  Add broth, cover and simmer 20 minutes (or until tender).  Transfer to a blender a puree until desired texture.  I like mine a little lumpy.  Return to pot and simmer.  Add S&P until taste.  Stir in fresh parmesan cheese.  Lastly, add a couple drops of truffle oil before serving!

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