“Christmas is coming the goose is getting fat, please to put a cookie in the old girl’s hat..” Do you like my version of the song? Do you have all your Christmas, Chanukah, Festivus or whatever it is you celebrate, recipes ready? I’ve been doing lots of research on what Christmas cookies to make this year. I’m thinking chocolate candy cane cookies, white chocolate cranberry oat, and chocolate peanut butter crisps. But, I need some practice first, a warm up if you will – and so here it is. These are quite delicious AND most importantly, they have fruit in them so they are totally healthy. You can eat ten in one sitting and you don’t even need to worry. I hear pomegranates are packed with antioxidants and so is chocolate so if you eat enough of these they may even make you look more youthful. Chocolate Cheers to that! Continue reading
Did you eat enough turkey last week or are you ready for more? I know I risk being outcast for saying this, but I think the turkey is the least exciting part of Thanksgiving. Its all about the sweet potatoes, the stuffing, pumpkin cheesecake, wine! So I am not “turkeyed out” I’m ready for more! These meatballs are quite healthy yet super tasty. If you want to serve them as a party appetizer just make them a little smaller. Otherwise, serve them full size as an entry with brown rice, leftover mashed potatoes, or whatever you’re in the mood for. Continue reading
Have I mentioned before that I am part French? It’s not something I tend to brag about but after tasting this dish I’m considering posting a French Flag on my front door. The French invented wine sauce right? Or was it the Italians? Whatever, this recipe tastes French so I’m gonna stick with that. AND, I didn’t even have to cheat on my diet when I ate this. Unlike the delicious BBQ pulled pork sandwich I had for lunch and the sugar cookie flavored frozen yogurt I had for a snack….oops. So, if you feel like enjoying a dinner of Turkey’s ugly stepsister, the chicken, cook this up tonight. You won’t be disappointed!
I know it doesn’t look like there’s chicken in that picture but I promise there is, its just covered in lots of good, healthy stuff – like cheese and wine… Continue reading
I’m Baaaccckkk. I’ve been too busy cheating on my diet to bother posting any healthy recipes on my blog. But it’s time to get my a** back in gear – Thanksgiving is just three days away! Gotta shed a pound or two so it’s not so bad when I gain five in one day. So, if you need a last minute veggie side for your Thanksgiving meal – here it is! Just add some asparagus to your shopping list and you are good to go. This recipe is quick, easy, nutritious and delicious – the fabulous four. Continue reading
I’ve always prided myself on the fact that I am the opposite of a picky eater. I’ll eat just about anything you put in front of me with the exception of pickles and green olives and I’ve been like that for as long as I can remember. I used to beg my parents to let me order off the “grown up menu” as a kid because chicken fingers and spaghetti were nowhere near as good as shrimp scampi or chicken cordon bleu. But recently I realized I may not be as adventurous of an eater as I like to think. There are still some foods I’m a little apprehensive of and curry is one of them. I bought red curry paste for the first time to make this recipe and it wasn’t scary at all, it was delicious! Continue reading
I’ve been doing pretty good on my cleanse diet and haven’t had too many cravings for bad food. However, a few days ago I had an overwhelming desire for dessert – chocolate dessert. I tried to suppress the urge as long as I could but it wouldn’t go away. So I flipped through the dessert section of Bethenny Frankel’s book and found this recipe for chocolate cake with peanut butter glaze. I’m not gonna lie, this doesn’t exactly taste like Duncan Hines but, if you’re on a diet like me or if you have a loved one with a gluten intolerance, it gets the job done in satisfying a chocolate craving. It’s also Vegan if you use soy milk for the glaze so its a good treat to make for your hippie friends too. Continue reading
I’m not gonna lie, I was a little apprehensive about trying black bean burgers. For some silly reason I imagined them tasting like dried out bean mush. Luckily, that is not the case at all. These were delicious! I scarfed mine down and found myself wishing I could have another. I think I would make these again even if I wasn’t on a diet! In other exciting news, I figured out how to posts hyperlinks in my blog today. I think everyone but me knew how to do this but I’m finally with it. Now I can write things like: check out this cute dress I ordered today. A new dress and a tasty, healthy burger – I’d have to say today was pretty good for a weekday. Continue reading
Mmmm Pad Thai Noodles. Mmmm to all Thai food. I have Thailand on my travel bucket list. Although, I hear that real Thai food is insanely spicy, as in burn your tongue off spicy. I wonder if there is some sort of exercise I can give my taste buds to slowly work up their spice tolerance if I ever end up planning a trip to Thailand? I’ll add that to my list of random questions for Google. So this is another recipe courtesy of Bethenny Frankel and I have to say I was quite impressed. When you make the sauce it seems like such a small amount for all the noodles, and I was very tempted to make more but a little goes a long way and this was very flavorful. I made it a little more filling by adding some chicken. The recipe says it serves 4 – I say more like 3 or even 2 if you are really hungry. If you’re not familiar with Asian cooking and the list of ingredients intimidates you, don’t worry, you should be able to find everything you need on the international food isle of your grocery store.
It’s day 4 of the health cleanse and I’ve already lost 3.5 pounds! And it really hasn’t been that bad considering I get to eat delicious soups like this one. I don’t know how I didn’t discovery Barefoot Contessa earlier. I’ve been watching Giada and Rachel Ray for years but for some reason never thought to watch Barefoot Contessa. Boy was I missing out. Everything she cooks is beautiful and decadent. I had to take the decadent out of this soup by leaving out the butter and reducing the amount of half & half but I’m sure its even more delicious if you include these. In other news, I haven’t turned orange yet despite all the pumpkin and butternut squash recipes, maybe I need to try harder? Continue reading
It’s Day 2 of the health cleanse and while I’m surviving, I am dying for a Latte and a Big Glass of Wine. Maybe a wine flavored Latte? I’m surprised Starbucks hasn’t invented that one yet. I should give them a call and try and get some royalties for my genius idea. Anyway, I purchased Bethenny Frankel’s book “The Skinnygirl Dish” and plan to make lots of recipes from it during this cleanse. I love Ms. Frankel’s Skinnygirl Margaritas so I figure her food must be pretty good too. These tacos aren’t overly exciting but they can be made in about ten minutes and they are guilt free, both of which make them quite valuable!