Friday, April 18, 2014

Caramel Nut Bars

So this recipe is by no means healthy except for the fact that it has nuts which have lots of good protein. And the caramel is homemade - so you might say it is natural. But besides for that it isn't healthy, it is not low in calorie and it may leave you feeling a bit guilty. But it will also leave you feeling satisfied, feeling in love with this recipe and feeling like you want more. In this recipe my motto is to love a little. Counts you licks...not your calories! Enjoy!!

Caramel Nut Bars
1 cup of cashew halves
1 cup of crushed almonds
1 cup of salted peanuts
1 cup of pretzel thins crushed
1 cup of crushed graham crackers
2 tbsp. honey
dash of cinnamon
1 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of half and half cream
6 tbsp. on unsalted butter
dash of salt

Add Chocolate (optional)
6 oz of semi sweet chocolate chips
1 tbsp of butter (melted)

1. mix your cashew halves, crushed almonds, peanuts and pretzel thins together - set aside
2. in a medium saucepan pour 1 cup of sugar and continually stir until it turns in a dark brown
3. add in the butter and slowly allow it to melt into the sugar
4. add in the salt and cream and continue to stir until it becomes a thick brown cream
5. set aside for it to sit for 2 minutes - use immediately. You can though store it for up to 1-2 weeks but make sure that you reheat it before you use it.

6. place the crushed graham crackers down on top of a baking dish or wax paper.
7. pour the caramel on top and then add the crushed nuts - don't worry if they mix together or not.
8. cover and place in freezer for 1 hour
9. in a medium sauce pan melt semi sweet chocolate chips with 1 tbsp. of melted butter
10. drizzle the chocolate over the nuts
11. allow it to thaw and for the chocolate to dry - about 30 minutes.

Serve! I know it isn't really that healthy but I promise you it will be tasty.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Matza Tuna Ziti

I created this amazing recipe whewatn I was planning to make matza brie with an whole box of matza but ended up only needing 1/2 the box. I didn't know what to do with the other half of crushed matza. It was then that I came up with making tuna matza ziti. On Passover, Jewish people are not allowed to eat bread in any form. We can only eat matza. This recipe is very tasty. It kosher for Passover. But I promise you that even if you are not Jewish and aren't required to eat matza you will love this!!

1/2 box of crushed matza
2 eggs
2 cans of tuna
2 tbsp. of light mayo
1/2 onion
2 cups of shredded or sliced mozzarella cheese

1. mix the matza with egg
2. place half the egg/matza mixture into a baking dish
3. place 1 can of tuna down on top of the egg/matza mixture
4. sprinkle a layer of the mozzarella cheese
5. repeat
6. slice onions and place on top of final layer of cheese
7. bake in oven at 350 for 35 minutes

Serve and Enjoy! I am sorry but I don't have a photo of this one. :)

Summer Spinach and Beet Salad

This recipe I created because I was trying to use 3 cans of beets that was in my house. My mom buys things a lot without any purpose for them. I truly hate having left overs or things being unused or with no purpose. So with some web searching, some alternations and little creative thinking I cam up with this healthy and delicious recipe. Enjoy!!

2 cups of fresh baby spinach
1 15 oz. can of beets (sliced- not grated)
1 8 oz. can of mandarin oranges
1 cup of sliced feta

2 tbsp. of light olive oil
1 tsp. of red wine vinegar
1 tsp. of tarragon vinegar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. sugar

1. place the spinach on a plate and then in any order drizzle each ingredient on
2. Mix the dressing ingredients together and pour over salad

Serve immediately.
Serving Size: 2

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Broccoli Mango Grape Salad

This is a very popular salad in my house. It goes extra well in baked BBQ Salmon (recipe to follow). It's pretty simple. The dressing is a little annoying and cutting up the mango is also kind of annoying. But I promise you it's totally worth it. You will absolutely love it!

Broccoli Mango Grape Salad
2 heads of broccoli
1 mango 
1 cup of grapes
1/2 cup of light mayo
2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. Jane's Crazy salt
1/2 packet of Equal

1. steam the broccoli until a little soft but still firm
2. cut the grapes in half
3. cut the mango into 1/2 inch chunks
4. pat the broccoli dry and then add in the mango and grapes
5. mix the mayo, red wine vinegar, vegetable oil, Jane's Crazy, onion powder and equal
6. marinate in fridge for at least 30 minutes
7. serve and enjoy!!

BBQ Salmon
4 oz. salmon florets
BBQ sauce

Coat the salmon with BBQ sauce and bake at 350 for 30 minutes