Archive for August, 2012

August 31, 2012

Wheat Penne with Goat Cheese, Artichokes, Mushrooms and Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes

I love the flavors of all of these together! What are your favorite combinations?

Ingredients

1/4 cup wheat penne

1/8 log goat cheese

2 artichokes, in water, chopped

1 heirloom tomato, chopped

2 teaspoons olive oil

1 teaspoon minced garlic in water

1/4 cup mushrooms, chopped

Directions

Boil pasta according to package directions. Mix all veggies in a saute pan and add olive oil. Add garlic. Brown.

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August 31, 2012

Watermelon Feta Basil Salad with Balsamic

I love this combination and even though summer is coming to a close, Labor Day is Monday which means that fall is almost here. Keep this summer favorite around though if you can because it is always a hit.

Ingredients

1 cup of watermelon, cubed

1/6 cup of nonfat feta

2 basil leaves, chopped

2 teaspoons of balsamic vinegar

Directions

Mix all together and enjoy! It is really pretty on the plate too!

August 31, 2012

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August 30, 2012

Mushroom Egg White Scramble with Nonfat White Cheddar

I have a soft spot for mushrooms, I always have. This is a great breakfast, add some spinach and you are set.

Ingredients

1/4 shiitake mushrooms or baby portabellas

1 teaspoon olive oil

1/2 cup liquid egg whites

1/4 cup spinach

1/8 cup nonfat white cheddar, shredded

Directions

Mix all ingredients together except the olive oil. Saute in a pan with olive oil and serve with wheat toast.

August 30, 2012

Asian Quinoa

I am not a nutritionist but I am an avid food lover and I read about nutrition on a daily basis. I found that I make a conscious effort to think about what I am putting into my body and I am treating it much better than I am used to. I think that one you realize how many extraneous ingredients there are in things, it makes it much easier to cook your own food and make sure you incorporate lots of water, fruits, and protein into your diet. This one hits all three and you can make it anytime!

Ingredients

1/4 cup cooked quinoa

1/2 cup of edamame, shelled

1/4 cup cut red pepper

1/4 cup browned tofu in light olive oil

1/8 cup water chestnuts, chopped

1/4 cup baby corn, chopped

2 teaspoons light soy sauce

Directions

Brown all veggies with tofu and add quinoa. Warm through. Add soy sauce and mix well. Serve with a spinach salad!

 

August 29, 2012

Chai Quinoa

Sorry for the massive upload of posts today but things were slow at work today and I finally got a chance to catch up on everything. I am in the process of moving to NYC. It’s been really exciting at the new place I am working, and the city is really intoxicating. I miss all of the people in Philly but I go back on the weekends and it’s been nice to have a set routine everyday. I forgot how much I have missed it. It’s been nice to see all the differences in this city compared to the other ones I have lived in. It’s a new change and there is solace knowing that if I can make it here, I can pretty much make it anywhere. They were not lying though about how hard it can be in this city. You do need tough skin and you do need big dreams because often, you will be stripped of all of those expectations you came in the door with. You have to roll with the punches and that is exactly what I have been doing. I miss not having a place to call my own right now but my friends have been so amazing, and I cannot ask for anyone better in my life. When you really need something, people come through for you. I love walking on 6th Avenue to work everyday though, and the people I have been meeting have made me so happy. The last couple months were unpredictable and this is a pleasant change. It’s a new city and it’s a new me. And I really like her. She wears corporate clothes and makeup everyday and always has painted nails. She is polished and always seems ot have a plan. I don’t know who she is really because it is such a different me from a year ago, or even a c ouple weeks ago, but I think all of this is meant to happen for a reason.

I loveĀ all the great flavors of chai and this recipe is actually really greay at capturing all the flavors of it. Comment if you have a better version!

Ingredients

1/4 cup cooked quinoa

3 tablespoons chai tea

1 cup nut milk (coconut, soy, hemp, almond)

1/8 teaspooon cardamom

1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

Agave or stevia

Directions

Stir in quinoa with nut milk and warm through on the stove. Add spices and sweeteners and mix well.

Cheers!

August 29, 2012

Berry Nutty Quinoa

Berries and nuts and cardamom, oh my.

Ingredients

1/4 cup cooked quinoa

1 cup nut milk (soy, almond, hemp, coconut) unsweetened

1 teaspoon stevia

1 cup mixed berries

1/8 teaspoon cardamom

1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

Agave to taste

Ingredients

Warm the quinoa through with the nut milk. Add the rest of the ingredients and serve warm.

Cheers!

August 29, 2012

Pumpkin Spice Quinoa

Fall mode! I love anything pumpkin and this is a great way to enjoy the flavors!

Ingredients

1/4 cup cooked quinoa

1 cup nut milk (hemp, nut, almond, soy) unsweetened

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Directions

Mix quinoa with the milk on the stove until warmed. Add pumpkin pie spice and mix well.

Cheers!

August 29, 2012

Poached Egg on Whole Wheat Toast with Hummus and Sprouts

Hi everyone!

Happy Thursday! I have a fondness for that egg yolk yellow. In fact, it is one of my favorite colors and one of the reasons I like to make this as a breakfast or lunch. Eggs are amazing to include in your diet! They have gotten a bad rap in the past but if you eat eggs in moderate protions during the week, you are golden. They only have 73 calories! Ideally, eat four or five a week, one a day. Poached eggs are the lowest calorie way of cooking eggs and it is so easy.

Here’s what you need:

1 egg, organic if possible, fresh

1 slice mutligrain wheat bread, toasted

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon hummus

1/8 cup sprouts

Pepper

Directions

Boil fresh water on the stove. Add apple cider vinegar. Crack egg into a small glass. When the water is boiling, stir the water with a spoon and pour in the raw egg from glass. Lower heat to a moderate temperature and keep an eye on the egg. Try to keep the egg as together as possible. This process to cook the egg should only take a few minutes and do not worry if it does not come together perfectly the first time you try it! When the egg is poached, dry off with a paper towel and set it on a plate. On the toasted wheat bread, spread hummus and top with sprouts. Add poached egg. Add freshly cracked black pepper.

 

Enjoy!

 

Cheers!

August 29, 2012

Green Stomach Soother Smoothie

I love green smoothies and I love to start my mornings off with them. Sadly since I have not settled into a place yet, I have been staying with friends and I do not have my own fully stocked green smoothie selection for me, but soon enough I will move in fully to NYC and the apartment will be perfect. Here is a good one if you are having stomach problems or problems digesting and need an easy start in the morning! Happens to us all!

Ingredients

1 cup nut milk (hemp, soy, or almond)

1 big handful of spinach

2 teaspoons grated ginger

1/2 banana

1 teaspoon stevia

2 rings of pineapple

Directions

Blend well and enjoy! If the smoothie is too thick or hard to blend, add filtered water.

Cheers!