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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