Posts tagged ‘parsley’

July 9, 2013

Recovery Juice

Perfect for the wow-I-went-on-vacation-and-feel-like-a-balloon-feeling. Delicious and a healthy dose of veggies with your fruit.

Ingredients

1 sweet potato, scrubbed and the short ends cut off

1 cup baby spinach leaves

3 dinosaur kale leaves, washed 

1 inch ginger

1 apple

1 pear

1 stalk celery

Directions

Juice and love.

 

xx

 

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March 31, 2013

Spring Frittata with Asparagus, Leeks and Sweet Peas

This is a green spring favorite, and since I am also a self diagnosed mushroom addict, I added those as well. Frittatas are a fabulous way to enjoy your veggies and get in a fabulous dose of spring for breakfast. I don’t usually make sweet breakfasts because I am more so a savory person in the morning, but breakfast food is so versatile to me. This is something that would be great paired with a fabulous side salad with massaged kale (balsamic, dijon and black pepper are great together) for a quick easy to reheat lunch (super work  and school friendly). I love delicious meals that have some great nutritional power because who doesn’t love those meals that taste great and do great things for your body? With some green superstars like leeks, peas, asparagus, and mushrooms, you cannot go wrong. Get a gorgeous wedge for breakfast with some soothing mint tea, some coffee with cinnamon and some orange slices or some slices of toast if you want.

Ingredients

Serves 4

5 eggs

2 leeks, cleaned and diced

1 cup fresh English peas

1 /2 cup asparagus spears, cut into bite sized pieces

Goat cheese crumbles, as desired, or cheese of your choice

Fresh herbs, assorted, I used fresh flat leaf parsley and basil

1/2 cup nonfat milk, or whole milk (But I never keep this around the house so I use nonfat and I don’t taste much of a difference)

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon Greek yogurt, plain

Sea salt as desired

Freshly cracker black pepper, as desired

1 cup baby spinach leaves, julienned

Mushrooms, optional

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a baking dish, in your desired shape (round probably looks the prettiest). Spray the baking dish with PAM or coconut oil or olive oil. Whisk eggs and then add all ingredients except the cheese. Pour egg mixture into the baking dish and bake for 30 minutes or until the mixture has set. Keep an eye on this in case the edges brown quicker in your oven than mine.

Happy spring cooking everyone!

xx

R

March 11, 2013

Quinoa Egg Frittata

A veggie loaded superstar that fuels you all morning with a great combination of proteins and nutrients. Also it is so easy, you can make it for the week and it stores great in the fridge for you to warm up every morning.

Ingredients

Serves 6

6 eggs

1/2 cup egg whites

2 cups cooked quinoa

5 baby portobella mushrooms, chopped

1 teaspoon olive oil

6 cherry tomatoes, halved

2 cups spinach

2 sprigs parsley, chopped

1/2 cup low fat cheese, I used mozzarella

1 teaspoon pesto

2 tablespoons parmesan cheese

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix everything except cheese  in a big bowl and pour into a sprayed baking dish. Top with both cheeses and bake for 25 minutes or 30 depending on your oven. Slice into pieces and eat a slice in the morning all week, or great for a crowd!

xx

R

March 4, 2013

The Cleaner

This juice uses beets for detoxification of the blood and liver. I  have posted some facts about beet roots in this post:

Key Nutrients in Beet Roots:

Folic Acid (also known as folate) is critical to cellular division because it’s necessary
in DNA synthesis.  So without folic acid, cells do not divide properly.  Folic acid is
essential to everyone regardless of age, but it’s especially important in the
development of the nervous system of the fetus.  Deficiency of folic acid during
pregnancy has been linked to several birth defects including neural tube defects such
as spina bifida.

Manganese is essential particularly because it functions in many enzyme systems
including the enzymes involved in blood sugar control, energy metabolism, and
thyroid hormone function.  Manganese also functions in the antioxidant enzyme
superoxide dismutase (SOD).  Without superoxide dismutase cells are highly
susceptible to damage and inflammation.  Manganese also provides health benefits
for strains, sprains, and inflammation.

Potassium is an electrolyte similar to sodium and chloride.  Electrolytes are mineral
salts that conduct electricity when they’re dissolved in water.  Electrolytes are always
found in pairs.  Together they function in the maintenance of water balance and
distribution, kidney and adrenal function, acid-base balance, muscle and nerve cell
function, and heart function.  More than 95% of the potassium in the body is found
within the cells.

Betaine is the nutrient responsible for the purple-red color in beets.  The major
function of betaine within the body is to reduce the concentrations of homocysteine
(an intermediate in the conversion of the amino acid methionine to the amino acid
cysteine).  A higher than average homocysteine level has been implicated as the
cause of a variety of conditions such as atherosclerosis and osteoporosis.
Homocysteine can be harmuful to the blood vessels, thereby contributing to the
development of heart disease, stroke, dementia, and peripheral vasular disease
(reduced blood flow to the legs and feet).  Other nutrients that work to reduce
homocysteine levels are vitamin B12 and folate.  Since beets contain both folate and
betaine, the two nutrients work together to reduce homocysteine levels, thereby
preventing heart disease and osteoporosis.

Source: Every Nutrient

This is a lot of information to soak up in one post, but I do believe that the best medicine for future diseases is preventative. Did you know 80 percent of illness is preventable ? I started eating clean to feel better about myself and be the best version of myself, but it is also important to note that I wanted to inspire my family to make healthier choices as well. Since I bought a juicer, my parents drink more raw juice. My brother prefers strawberry and orange while I prefer beets, carrots, pears, apples, kale, spinach, ginger, and blood oranges. My mom and dad like the sweet carrot apple combinations and they are ingesting more raw nutrients, which makes me happy.

Ingredients

1 small beet

4 kale leaves, washed

1 cup spinach, packed

2 pineapple slices

1 small apple

1 small pear

1 inch ginger

Some parsley

Directions

Juice and drink immediately for the most health benefits, but if you are busy like me, I make it as late as possible the day before and then I put the juice into a mason jar so I can drink it for breakfast in the morning.

xx

R

January 11, 2013

Green Tea Green Monster Smoothie

This is your basic green smoothie with the punch from green tea, that you will notice but in a subtle way. I am rushing in the mornings most of the time so I take mine to go.

Ingredients

1 cup green tea, chilled (great to do this step the night before)

1/2 cup chopped apple

1/2 cup pineapple, diced

1/2 cup pear, diced

1 cup baby spinach leaves or 1/2 cup frozen spinach, thawed

Herbs, for toxin detoxification (parsley is a safe bet and so is cilantro)

Directions

Blend and pour into your container of choice or drink it immediately! Try to consume within two hours if you are taking it to go.

xx

Reth

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December 24, 2012

Lemon Whole Wheat Orzo with Sweet Peas and Parmesan

I love love love orzo. This great combination is a lighter take on the whole pasta side dish dish. Take it to a holiday party for a great dish that everyone will compliment you about.

Ingredients

Serves 2

1 1/2 cups of whole wheat orzo

3 cups low sodium chicken broth

1 cup peas, frozen or fresh, steamed

2 tablespoons parsley

1/2 lemon, juice only

2 tablespoons Parmesan

Directions

Bring the cups of chicken broth to a boil. Add while wheat orzo and cook through. Add peas. Add the juice of the lemon and the parsley.  The excess broth should be absorbed into the pasta but if there is too much liquid, drain. Add salt and pepper to taste. Top with cheese and serve.

Enjoy!

XX

Reth