Feb
23

I had oatmeal, a chocolate protein shake, and broccoli for dinner tonight. Wait… what?! Yes, it’s that time of year. Warm weather is on its way, and soon I’ll be spending my days in oversized sunglasses and a bikini. That’s my plan.

I’m getting ready by eating simple meals, but that only gets you so far. I’ve also been attending hot yoga classes. I’m really hoping the next time I go the guy next to me doesn’t smell like Campbell’s chicken noodle soup. Broth sweat is not cool dude!

Anyway, I’m getting prepared and I’m sure you all can relate. This is real life. I know you want chocolate cake and fluffy cream cheese frosting… I do too. But let’s just play it cool this weekend, okay?

Time to hush up and make some healthy, delicious chili!

 

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Jan
21

Because of my general lack of time these days, I haven’t been in my kitchen in a week. The truth is, although I’d love to bring you recipes, I can’t bear myself to take pictures in the dark.
 
Don’t worry! I can’t be away for too long. Baking and cooking is in my soul, it’s just what I do. Making pies for hunnys. I’ll be back soon with some sweet delights and healthy bites. I’ve also been working on developing a Pinterest site, a tailored newsletter for all of you, plus Valentine’s day goodies!
 
Today, I’m having a guest blogger for the first time ever. She made Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies. Crazy awesome, I know! I hope you enjoy her healthy recipe.
Take it away Carly!

Jan
15

I don’t know why but drinking a large cup of hot cocoa before bed makes me incredibly happy. Just one of my newfound obsessions. Other things I’m into lately consist of cinnamon roasted almonds, smiling at everyone I see, working out to this song, and avoiding traffic at all times. At one point this week I was contemplating buying a bus so I could ride the shoulder. It was the only solution I could think of until I discovered the DC Metro. Good news: since I won’t be purchasing a bus, you are still safe on the road.

Besides that I’ve been mega busy! Meeting fabulous new friends, working out at 5am (it has to be done), and working on my 23 things list. I’ve got a couple checked off.

It’s restaurant week in DC as well, which means I finally got to experience lobster for the first time. Baklava too! Finally the world makes sense to me.

…I went on a date too. But that’s a different story for a different time.

We’re here to focus on Burgers people. Simply good and totally dreamy! I’m just looking out for you. 

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Dec
01

Lettuce wraps in December? What’s up with that?

They happen to be really incredible and despite my efforts to use Turkey Day leftovers, it didn’t happen.  After my battle with the flu, I didn’t want anything heavy. I know your body needs a break from that comfort food too! Lettuce wraps with sassy sauce and delicious toppings might do the trick.

I made these lettuce wraps once before for some guys. There were not any leftovers. Why do guys love buffalo sauce so much? It’s a little mind boggling.

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Nov
01

 

Was it you who ate all the leftover candy from Halloween?  Did you rummage through your child’s bucket to find your favorite kind?  Did you promise to eat just one piece, but indulged in about 17?  No willpower?

I’ve totally been there.

We need to pull it together.  How about a cure for that Halloween candy hangover?

This Asian Edamame Salad should do the trick. It’s full of good nutrients your body will love.  This salad is ultra healthy and amazing over a bed of lettuce or even some black beans.  It includes a soy sauce, garlic and ginger dressing that you’ll devour.

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Oct
16

Do you ever have those days where you want to do absolutely nothing, yet you have a to-do list that you can’t wrap your brain around?

That’s me right now.  Stuck in a moment of laziness slash relaxation.

It feels good to stop the noise for a moment and let my brain actually think.  Happy thoughts of soup.

Tomorrow seems like a better day to get things done anyways, right?

Today is a good day for movie watching or a fall bike ride.  Even better for carving ridiculous things into pumpkins. Seriously, who started carving pumpkins anyway?

Sticking a knife in a vegetable and carving faces in it is totally random.

What would you do if I asked you to carve an apple? Not normal.

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Oct
06

I must stop eating cupcakes.

Yes, I can.

Yes, I will.

Do you have this problem too?  If so, let’s practice the art of resistance together. It’ll be fun! Sort of like a club.

Except I’m not giving out fancy membership cards. Sorry to let you down like that.

Seriously though! Not baking is hard when you are an addict.

I need a support group. Maybe we could be friends on Facebook, or we could follow each other on Twitter?

Social network support groups for baking addicts would be totally acceptable.

Healthy things would happen more often in the kitchen.

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Sep
12

Sorry I haven’t blogged in awhile, I just got done visiting my grandparents.  It was an amazing trip.  I’ve picked a few highlights to share with all of you!

 Yoga at 10,000 feet on top of the Sandia mountains

This was the perfect day.  My grandpa drove my Mom and I to the Sandia mountains.  I packed my Grandpa a Ham & Swiss sandwich, which he loved of course.  Afterwards we went to a small thrift store, where I found some old cookbooks and random treasures.

Visiting a french pastry shop. Yum.

I found this place in Santa Fe.  It was absolutely fantastic! I think the best part of it were the amazing crepes. Blueberry, raspberry, and nutella too. Highly recommended.

Eating authentic Mexican street food

The best part of the southwest is the amazing Mexican food. I love spicy food, so of course I didn’t mind eating it everynight. Mmmm Sopapillas, tamales, and green chile!  My grandma gave me some of her recipes. Look for them soon!

riding the train to Santa Fe

This might have been my favorite day.  We took the train to Santa Fe and shopped in the plaza and in old town.  It was full of unique street vendors selling food, jewelry, and art.  It’s easy to fall in love with the culture.

The zoo with my Grandparents

 Look at these cuties! We got to spend the day at the zoo.  My grandpa even found a wild snake wandering around. He’s such a sly guy. I’ll miss them.

 

I wish vacations didn’t end… What would you do if they didn’t?

I’d eat waffles every morning. Maybe even for dinner.

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Sep
01

My Grandma told my Grandpa when she was in 6th grade that she was going to marry him.  Now they’ve been married for almost 60 years.  How incredible is that?

I’m visiting them in New Mexico right now. The tumbleweeds are just as common as the Walmarts here.  Definitely not tropical.

I have been laughing non-stop since I got here though. For instance, my 76 year old Grandma does Zumba. I witnessed it today. Certainly was a sight.

Whatever she is doing though, it works. She woke up at 7am, did Zumba, and made me authentic Spanish rice.  Not many Grandmas pump it out to hip hop these days.  She puts spice into each day with her active lifestyle.

Thanks Grandma for being so sassy.  You inspire me to keep grooving.

But now, back to you.

Let’s get YOU groovy Like healthy delicious groovy.

Brown Bag ChallengeThe Food Netowork is teaming up with fellow food bloggers to host a Brown-Bag Challenge, a month-long initiative to eat consciously and save money by packing a lunch each weekday instead of eating out. Share what you’re eating on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #brownbag.

It’s easy and the Food Network has some great resources to help you stay on track including recipes, nutrition advice and a lot more!

I’ve thought 3 reasons why you should do this:

1. You can lose weight before all of the holidays and be really ridiculously good looking while you pile turkey in your mouth at Thanksgiving.  People will wonder how you do it.

2. If you’re single, you can attract a potential boy/girl with really delicious food that you will learn how to cook. If you’re attached, you can cook these meals together and both save money for a lovely evening of champagne poppin.

3. You can save about five dollars a day.  That’s 100 a month.  That’s a massage. Or clothes. Or some really expensive bubbly. Cha Ching.

Please excuse all the alcohol references, clearly I’m craving wine right now.

Don’t you love a good challenge?

I knew you would.

Alright, time to get your dancing shoes on and play that salsa music, because I made a healthy little Mexican dish to knock your socks off!

Maybe even some pounds too…

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Easy & Healthy Mexican Chicken Soup
 
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Recipe type: Soup
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An easy and healthy soup with chicken and mexican spices.
Ingredients
  • 4 cups of chicken broth
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 pound of cooked shredded chicken breast
  • 1 can of corn kernels, fresh or frozen
  • 1 - 15 oz can of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans (14.5 ounces) fire roasted diced tomatoes with juice
  • 3 cloves garlic, mince
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 large green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 large red bell pepper, sliced into strips
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons of ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons of chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of oregano
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon of Tabasco sauce or Hot salsa (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place a soup pot over medium heat and add olive oil. Add onions, green pepper, red pepper, garlic, jalapenos and cook until just tender.
  2. Next add chicken broth, water, tomatoes, and red pepper; cook about 15 minutes or until veggies are tender.
  3. Add cooked chicken, corn, black beans, cumin, pepper, chili powder, garlic powder and oregano. Add salt to taste and Tabasco sauce or salsa if you’d like it spicer.
  4. Cover and simmer for about 30 minutes stirring every 10 minutes.
  5. Serve with baked tortilla chips. Garnish with avocado, cilantro, low fat cheese, or low fat sour cream if desired.
  6. Makes about 6 servings.


Aug
25

I know what you’re thinking.  You’re thinking about the title of this post.  But before I can explain it, I have to tell you something.

I’m completely jealous right now. Like green eyed full of envy jealousy.

The blogger that inspired me to create my own blog, Emily from SugarPlum, is doing something that food bloggers only dream about… She’s cooking with Giada De Laurentiis! Big congrats Emily, you deserve it!

I love Giada. She’s authentic, adorable and she puts Italian words into English conversation. Plus she’s an amazing chef.  I’ve been watching her religiously on the Food Network.  Ridiculously addicting.

The Food Network is taking over.

Sandwich King, Giada, Bobby Flay, Paula… oh and Cupcake Wars! What a great show. I even emailed the people from Cupcake Wars to see if I could compete on the show, but they said you need to have your own business. Well guess what, my ‘business’ is baking ridiculously amazing cupcakes. Just ask my mom, friends, or my dog.

What? Animals have rights. And Lucky loves cupcakes. Point is, the Food Network is missing out on my lovely cupcakes.

But this isn’t about cupcakes or Giada.

This is about potatoes. Sweet ones. With a little bit of spice. Okay, okay and everything nice. Just cause I made them for you. ha.

Spicy sweet potato fries.

Super easy, super healthy. And they are super super yummy. Wait, what? Super is a weird word.

But listen, if you want to eat healthy and you crave fries, these babies will welcome you with open arms.  Sweet potatoes have lower carbs and they are complex, meaning your body takes longer to digest them. That equates to you feeling fuller, longer.

That also means you won’t be going back for that second piece of pie… or third.  And I’m sure you like making healthy choices.

Or maybe you don’t?

If that’s case, we should become friends.  Because you’ll choose these over Mickey D’s fries any day.

 

Alright…  I’m getting to the blueberry part.

No silly it’s not tomato ketchup, it’s blueberry ketchup. It’s sweet, but salty… and it’s good.  

 

Spicy sweet potato fries and blueberry ketchup: A match made in heaven.

 

 

Where are your favorite french fries from? Do you make your own? Buy them? Are they from a restaurant/fastfood place? 

For Blueberry Ketchup, see recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie

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Spicy Sweet Potato Fries with Blueberry Ketchup
 
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Recipe type: Side Dish, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free
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Spicy sweet potato fries paired with a cooling delicious blueberry ketchup.
Ingredients
  • 4 Medium Sweet Potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon of cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon of chili powder
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and spray pan with non stick cooking spray.
  2. Cut sweet potatoes to resemble French fries.
  3. Combine sweet potato strips, salt, olive oil, cumin, and chili powder in bowl. Toss with hands so sweet potatoes are fully coated.
  4. Place potato strips on pan.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes, then stir and bake another 15 minutes or until fries are crispy and golden.
  6. Serves 4
 
 
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