December 15, 2012

Mmmmm Clafouti. A delicious, filling, and decandent breakfast or dessert. Low fat, low carb, and filled with protein and vitamins, waking up with a little clafoutis is the perfect ay to start your day!

Julia Child's Clafouti
serves 6-8 

1 1/4 cups milk (You can use any; I usually use 2% or Skim)
1/3 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 Tablespoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup flour
3 cups cherries, pitted
1/3 cup sugar
powdered sugar

In a blender blend the milk, sugar, eggs, vanilla, salt and flour. Pour a 1/4 inch layer of the batter in a buttered 7 or 8 cup lightly buttered fireproof baking dish. Place in the oven until a film of batter sets in the pan. Remove from the heat and spread the cherries over the batter. Sprinkle on the 1/3 cup of sugar. Pour on the rest of the batter. Bake at 350 degrees for about for about 45 minutes to an hour. The clafouti is done when puffed and brown and and a knife plunged in the center comes out clean. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, serve warm.

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Sirloin Over a Bed of Crunchy Salad

November 28, 2012

Red meat is not the evil step sister of chicken that we all think it is. When eaten in moderation and when the perfect cut is selected, red meat can over a big protein and vitamin bang for a low calorie buck.

Simple Sirloin Steak

6 ounces lean cut Sirloin steak

Liberally salt and pepper your steak, add to a piping hot cast iron pan (or grill) and sear for 3-4 minutes per side (depending on how well you like yours done).

Take off of heat and let rest 10-15 minutes before cutting. This rest period is uber important to a juicy piece of meat. If you cut into the steak before i has time to rest off of the heat, the juices will run everywhere and you will be left with dry, flavorless chuck of meat.

My Go To Simple Salad

35 grams black beans
35 grams sweet yellow corn
65 grams cucumber, seeds removed
50 grams red, white, or green onion
1/4 of a head of iceberg lettuce
50 grams chopped tomato
50 grams green pepper

Toss all ingredients together with 1-2 tablespoons of your favorite dressing. Enjoy!

Note: salad ingredients do not have to be exactly measured; the more veggies, the merrier!

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Quick and Easy Chicken Stir Fry

September 28, 2012

Ah stir fry; so easy, versatile, and is the perfect one pan meal to use up all leftover veggies in your fridge.
The vegetables are everything I needed to use up in my fridge before they turned and I had to throw them away. There is a lot of room in this recipe to get creative with ingredients, so don't let mine stop you. Use what you have and use what you like. I hate throwing away food, especially when you can make a dish like this and use them all up deliciously.


Baked Salmon Over a Balsamic Blue Cheese Spinach Salad

September 15, 2012

I love salmon. It is so delicious and the health benefits are endless. Jam-packed with protein, healthy fats, and taste, salmon is my favorite go-to lunch.  Eating salmon over a decadent spinach blue cheese salad is just bonus.


Cherry Banana Overnight Oats

September 08, 2012

Is there a simpler breakfast than overnight oats? Hearty, inexpensive, and takes minutes to make, this is my go to breakfast during the work week.  Once you find a base you like, the toppings and add-ins are endless!!

Vegan Chipotle Lime Tofu

September 04, 2012

I admit it: I used to be afraid of Tofu. I scoffed at, reasoning why eat tofu when meat is right there? Well scoff no more. Health-wise, the benefits of tofu can be argued, but no one can argue with how absorbent tofu is to flavor. Tofu picks up the flavors or marinades, rubs, dressings and more. What a versatile, delicious unscoffworthy find.

Chipotle Lime Tofu

1 16OZ package of Extra Firm Tofu (I have only used extra firm for this recipe, not sure how the other consistencies will work with it)

2 heaping TBSP of dry Chipotle seasoning (homemade mix or your favorite brand will do)

Juice from 1 lime, freshly squeezed

3 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Water (optional)

Slice tofu into inch thick slices; place between weighted paper towels (I placed my cast iron pan on top of the towels) to squeeze out excess liquid.

Mix Chipotle seasoning, oil, and juice in a bowl. If mix looks too dry, add water, one tablespoon at a time, to loosen mixture.

Add tofu to the mixture; coat well and evenly. Cover and place in refrigerator; let marinate for at least two hours.

Once the tofu has absorbed the marinade, you can either fry, bake, or grill it. I baked mine and served with a bean and veggie salad. Yum!

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Garlic Salmon

September 04, 2012

I believe in the simplicity of ingredients bringing out the best tastes. I never like recipes that have an over abundance of ingredients; it gets costly and annoying, two things delicious food should never be.

Garlic Salmon

1 salmon fillet [4 - 6 ouces depending on how hungry you are :)]
2 cloves garlic
Juice from half a lemon
Lemon slices

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Dress the salmon fillet lightly with salt and fresh cracked pepper. Chopped the garlic roughly (or finely if you prefer a milder taste.) Placed the salmon on a piece of tin foil and cover with the garlic, lemon juice, and two lemon slices. Fold the foil until you have a nice package and place in a 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes.

Enjoy with fresh salad and avocado slices.

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DIY Starbuck's Berry Hibiscus Refresher

September 04, 2012

I have the itiest, bitiest obsession with all Starbuck's products. The only thing is that for every delicious concoction I have to shell out five bucks.  My newest obsession is the Berry HIbiscus Refresher. Delightful fruity and refreshing, but I sip it down in minutes with it costing $5 for a medium and 70 calories.

My solution is a DIY version that is low on calories and cost.

DIY Starbuck's Berry Hibiscus Refresher

5-6 cups boiling water (depending on how strong you like)
4 drops liquid Stevia (optional)
Fresh or frozen blackberries and blueberries

Steep the tea bags in the boiling water; add sweetener. Let steep for at least one hour (I let mine go overnight, but definitely not necessary). Pour tea into a pitcher, add ice and berried. Refrigerate for an hour. Serve with more berries.

If you want to add in the missing caffeine, exchange one of the berry tea bags for a green tea bag.

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Tomato Garlic Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs and Legs

August 31, 2012

I love using chicken thighs and legs in slow cooker recipes. There are inexpensive, versatile, give a great deep flavor, and did I mention cheap?  If thighs and legs do not work for you, breasts (boneless or bone-in) work just as fine.


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