Monday, October 24, 2016

Delicious Stuffing Candy

This is delicious candy recipe that is in the theme of Thanksgiving. It's called Stuffing Candy - because it is stuffed with all your favorite candies, yet is done in a nutritious way.

Delicious Stuffing Candy

2 cups of chopped honey roasted peanuts
1 cup of raisins
1 cup of broken pretzel sticks
12 oz. chopped white candy corn M and Ms
1 tbsp. butter

1. mix the peanuts, raisins and broke pretzels together and evenly flatten in a baking dish
2. in a double broiler melt the M and Ms with butter - stir until smooth
3. pour the M and M smooth melted mixture over the pretzel/peanut/raisin mix and flatten and smooth evenly
4. place in fridge for a couple hours allowing it to harden a little
5. take out and brake into little pieces


Delicious Stuffing Candy

This is delicious candy recipe that is in the theme of Thanksgiving. It's called Stuffing Candy - because it is stuffed with all your favorite candies, yet is done in a nutritious way.

Delicious Stuffing Candy

2 cups of chopped honey roasted peanuts
1 cup of raisins
1 cup of broken pretzel sticks
12 oz. chopped white candy corn M and Ms
1 tbsp. butter

1. mix the peanuts, raisins and broke pretzels together and evenly flatten in a baking dish
2. in a double broiler melt the M and Ms with butter - stir until smooth
3. pour the M and M smooth melted mixture over the pretzel/peanut/raisin mix and flatten and smooth evenly
4. place in fridge for a couple hours allowing it to harden a little
5. take out and brake into little pieces


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Pumpkin Cake

Welcome to post #2 for fall. We are having Pumpkin Cake today! Yummy!!

Pumpkin Cake

2 cups of whole wheat flour
1 cup of brown sugar
1 cup of apple sauce
1 cup of canned pumpkin puree
2 eggs
1 stick of butter
1 tsp. vanilla
dash of salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. baking soda
3 tsp. baking powder

1. Mix the brown sugar, whole wheat flour, salt, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder together
2. add in the apple sauce and pumpkin puree
3. soften the butter and then add that in and mix well

Preheat oven 350
Bake for 45 minutes in a bundt pan
Let cool

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip

Happy Fall!

So for fall, I am going to post 10 fall recipes. Each recipe I post in October and November will be 100% fall related.

Here is our first one:
(And yes I know it's not healthy, but we can't always be healthy)

8 oz. cream cheese
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
2 tbsp. sugar
1 package of instant pumpkin spice pudding
graham crackers

1. Soften the cream cheese and mix into the cinnamon and sugar
2. add in the instant pudding mix
3. place in fridge for 1 hour
4. serve with graham crackers

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Ginger Snap Cookies

These are 'OMG melt in our mouth delicious, so delicious cookies'. I know you are going to devour these and then be so mad because there aren't left! Most cookies can be very unhealthy, but if you follow my recipe they will be healthy and so, so good!

Ginger Snap Cookies
1/2 c. apple sauce
1/2 c. white sugar
1 mashed banana
1 egg
2 cups. of whole wheat flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tbsp. ground ginger
3/4 c. brown sugar

1. mash the banana and then add it to the apple sauce - mix well
2. add in the egg
3. mix together the flour, baking soda, brown sugar, white sugar and cinnamon
4. mix your flour mixture with the apple sauce mixture and then add in your ginger
5. cover and place in fridge for at least 1 hour (no more than 4)

Preheat over to 375

Make small balls and place on baking sheet and then use a fork to push down on balls.

Sprinkle with colored sugar if you must for a holiday feel.

Bake for 18 minutes


Sunday, September 25, 2016

Chicken with Apple and Brussels Sprouts

So this recipe I found when I was looking for a simple fall recipe idea. I changed it a little to fit the needs to "healthy".

Chicken with Apple and Brussels Sprouts

4 chicken thighs - dark meat for taste purposes only
 2 red apples
12 oz. of Brussels sprouts
 2 tbsp. whole grain mustard
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. fresh thyme
1/2 c. 100% apple juice mixed with tsp. red wine vinegar and dash of sugar (mix it well)

1. slice the apples into wedges and trim and the cut in half the Brussels sprouts
2. cook them in a skillet with the apple juice mixture - watch closely so they do not burn
3. clean the chicken and take the skin off.
4. sprinkle it with salt, mustard grain and thyme and then place in freezer bag. Add the apple, Brussels sprouts and apple juice mixture into freezer and marinate overnight

Preheat oven to 350
Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes - baste every 15-20 minutes

Serve

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Chocolate Fruit Salad

So sometimes it is that time of the month you just need some chocolate! But remember when it is that time of the month, chocolate is probably not the best way to go. When you're feeling moody, bloated and like you just gained about 20 lbs in 7 days, you need to eat healthy! But, come on I know you want something sweet too! So this recipe is perfect. It will satisfy your chocolate cravings, yet still give you the feeling that you did something good for your health.

Chocolate Fruit Salad -Servings Size: 2

Banana
5 Large Strawberries
1/2 pint of fresh blueberries
Slices oranges
1/2 bag of semi sweet chocolate (melted in double broiler)

1. slice the fruit as you wish!
2. add the fruit to a bowl!
3. drizzle chocolate over it as if it were salad dressing

Optional - you want add toppings?
Raisins
Chopped Nuts

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Man Sandwich - Healthy Way

So I know everyone has heard of the "Manwhich", but normally a "Manwich" is really not that healthy and not good your liver, colon or weight. However, my "Manwich" which I have changed to Man Sandwich is healthy and is good for your body and overall health...but it still is filling and probably will not leave room for any dessert....LOL

Man Sandwich

1 whole wheat pita
hummus
2 slices of thinly sliced mozzarella low fat cheese
2 slices of tomato
2 slices of red onion
3 slices of avocado
1 Morning Star Soy Fake Chicken Patty
squeeze of lemon juice




1. spread a generous amount of hummus inside the pita pocket
2. melt the 2 slices of cheese on the burger and then carefully place inside pita pocket
3. add in the avocado slices, tomato slices and red onion slices
4. squirt in the lemon

Eat Up!!


Optional - Add some soy chips or blue corn chips on the side. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Summer Fruit Soup

This a wonderfully light soup that will leave you so full of summer love you will be wishing it could be summer all year long. It's a perfect appetizer or even can be served as a dessert.

Summer Fruit Soup

2 pounds of watermelon chunks (which is about 4 cups)
1/2 mango (chunks)
1/2 c. orange juice
1/2 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 c. sparkling (Poland Spring) fruit flavored water

 In a blender - mix them all together. Chill up to 8 hours (or overnight)

Serve with some fresh ginger as a garnish.

Yummy! 

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Broiled Flounder with Creamy Lemon Sauce and Steamed Asparagus

So this is maybe one of my healthiest and most nutritious meals yet. I promise that you'll love it. It's good for weight loss, maintaining a healthy weight and just being overall a healthy person. It's all pretty kid friendly - considering what it is.

Broiled Flounder with Creamy Lemon Sauce 
1 package of frozen flounder (the kind I buy normally has 6 pieces in it)
1/4 cup of melted butter
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 glove of minced garlic
1 tsp. of Worcestershire sauce
salt/pepper to taste

1. bake DEFROSTED flounder in the broiler for 15 minutes
Meanwhile, melt butter in warm pan and add the lemon. garlic and Worcestershire sauce
2. While the fish is still hot pour the sauce over the fish and then sprinkle with your salt and pepper blend

Asparagus
1 pound of asparagus (clean)
olive oil
Parmesan cheese
Onion Salt
Garlic Powder

1. Preheat oven to 450
2. sprinkle olive oil on top of asparagus and mix so it's coated well.
3. sprinkle 1/4 tsp of garlic powder and 1/2 tsp. onion powder (mixed together) on asparagus and pour about 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese on top
4. Bake for 25 minutes

Serve both w/ a glass of your favorite red wine and some garlic bread. Yummy!!!


Monday, August 1, 2016

Summer Squash Casserole

This recipe is a super healthy and super easy one. I know you will love it!!


Summer Squash Casserole

4 cups of sliced yellow squash - mashed
1/2 cup of chopped onion
1 cup cheddar cheese
2 eggs beaten
3/4 c. soy milk
1/4 c. melted butter
salt
35 round crackers - crushed

Preheat oven to 400

1. Mix the mashed squash with the chopped onion
2. add the crushed crackers and cheddar cheese, eggs and milk and butter together and mix well
3. then add the squash/onion mixture and cracker/cheese mixture together
4. spread evenly on a baking dish
5. sprinkle salt over it

Bake in oven for 30 minutes at 400


Monday, July 18, 2016

Vegetable Summer Salad

This salad is 100% dedicated to all veggies that popular and ripe in the summer. I know what is is like to want a food but you cannot get because either it's out of season and not being sold anywhere or it's out of season and costs an arm and a leg. This recipe, titled, Vegetable Summer Salad it a salad recipe that has all your summer veggies. So...they're easy to find, cheep to buy and super yummy to eat!

Vegetable Summer Salad

2 cucumbers
1 pint of cherry tomatoes
1 pint of blueberries
2 bags of baby spinach
1 yellow pepper
1 red onion
1 can of of garbanzo beans
(optional- avocado)

Mix together:
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. of sugar
dash of garlic powder

1. dice the cucumbers, slice the cherries tomatoes, dice the red onion, yellow pepper
2. mix with baby spinach and then add the blueberries and garbanzo beans
3. right before serving add your dressing

Serve! (Serves 6)

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

4th of July Healthy Salad

2 large bags of baby spinach
1 pint of blueberries
1/2 pint of strawberries - sliced thinly
crumbled up Feta cheese

Dressing 
Mix together some dijon honey mustard, some soy sauce, a little onion salt and brown sugar and dab of olive oil. 

4th of July Healthy Salad
slice the strawberries
wash the blueberries

throw everything into a bowl and mix in dressing, toss and serve! That's it!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Cheesecake Cookies

Cheesecake cookies are so delicious and so simple, I promise you that when you're done making these you will ask yourself why you have never made them before. Here is the simple and healthful recipe...

Cheesecake Cookies
1 package of cinnamon graham crackers
1 package of regular cream cheese
dash of milk
2 tbsp. of sugar
chocolate syrup
crushed Reese's peanut butter cups

1. soften the cream cheese - then add dash of milk and sugar.- Whip it really good!!
2. spread evenly on the graham crackers.The crush the Reese's peanut butter cups and sprinkle over the graham cracker and cream cheese layer - put in freezer for at least 4 hours (or overnight)
3. remove graham cracker and cream cheese and pour in zig zag form the chocolate syrup. Place in fridge for a few hours so it can harden. Serve! YUMMY!!!


Sorry I forgot to take a picture. But it is GOOD!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Graduation Hat Treats

So this graduation season!
I have a neighbor graduating from high school, I graduated high school 10 years ago, my cousins graduated college this year and many other people all around the globe graduated. So in honor of the graduates we will be making GRADUATION HAT TREATS. Yah! Congrats to all the grads!

Graduation Hat Treats

1 package of Peppermint Patties
Peanut Butters
M and Ms
Mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
Red Licorice (Not Twizzlers LICORICE)

1. open all the Mini Reese's up and spread across your table
2. Put a dab of peanut butter on the bottom of peppermint patties and then stick it to the cups
3. Cup the Licorice into small pieces
3. put another dab of peanut butter on top of the peppermint patties and stick on the M and Ms and Licorice on top.

All Done!


Sunday, June 5, 2016

Oreo Cookie Pie

It's summer! This is a perfect thing to make for when your kiddos come home off the bus on their last day of school!


Oreo Cookie Pie 
4 cups of Turkey Hill All Natural Vanilla Bean
1/2 package of Newton's Oreo cookies

1. soften the ice cream and spread evenly over a baking dish
2. crush about 10 cookies and then sprinkle evenly over the ice cream

Place in freezer for 3 hours.

Repeat these steps 2 more times.

All Done!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Salmon Puff Pastry Rolls

This is a wonderfully light and healthy recipe perfect for lunch or an appetizer. It can be made the day before you are eating it or the day of. It can be served warm or cold. Basically it's a perfect recipe for any occasion, meal, time of day and mood you are in - especially if you are in a healthy one!

Salmon Puff Pastry Rolls
1 box of puff pastry sheets
4 cans of 4 oz. canned salmon
2 tbsp. of light mayo
a dash of paprika, onion powder and pepper
1 egg
sesame seeds

Cucumber Cream Sauce
1/2 cup of sour cream
3 tbsp. of white vinegar
1 tbsp. sugar
2 large cucumbers - peeled and thinly sliced
1 tbsp. of onion powder


1. mix sour cream, white vinegar, sugar, onion powder together - add in thinly sliced cucumbers and cover and place in fridge overnight

Salmon Puff Pastry Rolls

Preheat oven to 350

1. flatten out two puff pastry sheets
2. rub some olive oil on it
3. mix can salmon with mayo and seasonings
4. evenly distribute salmon on puff pastry sheets - then roll it
5. beat egg and brush it over roll and sprinkle sesame seeds
6. place in oven for 35 minutes at 350

remove - allow it to cool enough for you to slice.

Serve with cucumber cream sauce - to serve use slotted spoon so you don't get the cucumber slices, just the taste!


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Baked Potato Soup

This is a wonderful soup that will leave all your guest, family and friends full and happy. It's really easy and perfect dish to serve if you want to keep it simple.

Baked Potato Soup
6 white potatoes - peeled and cubed
28 oz. vegetable broth
1 tsp. of onion powder
1 celery stalk
splash of milk
bacon bits
cheddar cheese
monterary jack cheese
green scallions
cooked broccoli florets


1. peel the potatoes and cut into chunks
2. wash and chop celery
3. put celery, potatoes and onion powder and veg. broth into pot
4. bring to boil - lower flame and simmer for 25 minutes
5. puree it. pour back into bowl and splash of milk
6. serve in bowl with a choice of the toppings!

You can allow your guests to choose what they want on top of their soup and what they don't want. It's almost like making an omelet but with soup! Choose your fillings or choose your toppings!

Delicious!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

The "Healthy" and "Unhealthy" Watermelon Popsicle

So I saw these on pinterest and I just had to make them! They look like so much fun. There are two ways to have watermelon popsicles at your next summer BBQ. Here are both recipes. One is SUPER easy and one is pretty complicated but totally well worth it!

Easy and Healthy Watermelon Popsicles

Cut watermelon into triangles aka pizza slice looking pieces. Stick a Popsicle stick into the bottom. All done!


Hard and Unhealthy Watermelon Popsicles

1 small watermelon cubed
1 tsp. of lemon juice
handful of crushed ice
1 tsp. white sugar

12 kiwis - peeled and cubed
1 tsp. of lemon juice
handful of crushed ice
1 tsp. white sugar

coconut milk

12 popsicle sticks

1. in a blender blend the watermelon, lemon, ice and sugar together then pour into a popsicles dish and stick popsicle stick inside.throw some raisins inside. put in in the freezer for 4-8 hours
2. then pour a little coconut milk on top of watermelon and place back in freezer for 1-2 hours
3. in a blender blend kiwis, lemon, ice and sugar and then pour in top of the coconut milk. place back in freezer for 1 hour.

Remove and Serve!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Citrus Orange Baked Chicken

Citrus Orange Baked Chicken
6 chicken legs
1 orange - slices
2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
1/2 cup of orange juice
1 tsp. of honey
1 tsp. of soy sauce
dash of garlic salt

1. mix Dijon, OJ, honey, soy sauce and garlic salt together
2. marinate chicken over night
3. remove chicken from marinate and then pour the marinate over the chicken
4. slice 1 of the oranges and place it randomly around the chicken
5. bake in oven for 350 for 1 hour and 20 minutes

Optional - add another orange slices as a garnish

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Breakfast Casserole for Champions

In April is when a lot of 5Ks and half marathons kick off. It seems like almost every Sunday starting in mid April there is some 5K or half marathon benefiting some worthwhile cause. I am an avid runner - running between 45-65 miles a week, I therefore can appreciate any good run. Before a run you want to have something light - small bowl of oatmeal and some fruit. When you run you don't want anything too heavy in your stomach. However after the race - depending on far you've run you will want to replenish your stomach with something tasty and healthy. This is my Breakfast Casserole for Champions. It's a breakfast dish that is perfect for runners. It will leave you feeling satisfied but not too satisfied where you feel like you just undid your whole run and all the calories and fat you burned.

Breakfast Casserole for Champions - Serve 6
6 Eggs
2 cups of cooked broccoli
1/2 cup of chopped red onions
1 clove of fresh garlic - crushed
1 large tomato chopped
1/4 cup of bacon bits - found in salad dressing aisle
1 cup of shredded Swiss cheese
challah bread - cubed

Preheat oven to 375
1. beat the eggs
2. add in the cooked broccoli, chopped onions, tomatoes, garlic, bacon bits and shredded Swiss.
3. pour into a pan and smooth it out so all the ingredients are spread out evenly
4. bake in oven for 30 minutes - remove
5. place cubed bread
6. bake for another 30 minutes

All Done! Yummy! Serve!


Sunday, May 8, 2016

Nutella Smores

Nutella Smores
Nutella
Large Marshmallows
Cinnamon Graham Crackers

Just like regular old time smores - this recipe is the same! First you spread the nutella on the graham crackers, then you melt roast the marshmallows and then you stick it on the graham crackers.


Simple and Delicious!
                                                

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Fish Tacos

This recipe may seem daunting and hard but I promise you that if you just take a deep breath and relax and focus on the task at hand you will find that it is actually very, very easy.

Fish Tacos
1 package of frozen fish fillets (I recommend tilapia) - defrost
flour
2 eggs lightly beaten
1 tbps. of melted butter
whole wheat bread crumbs mixed with parmesan cheese, chili powder, paprika and onion powder
lettuce
slices of tomatoes cut into fourths
slices of purple onion
shredded cheddar and mozzarella mixture (Mexican Blend)

Melt butter on frying pan
1. Pat the fish in the flour well.
2. then dip each piece of fish into the egg and make sure the whole piece is covered in egg
3. coat it with the bread crumb and spice mixture
4. place fish into pan and fry each side for 3-4 minutes

Repeat until all fish is done.

Place the fish on a paper towel.

Place your hard tacos on a plate. Then put the fish, about 5 of the fourths in each taco, a few slices of lettuce, purple onion and about palm size of cheese. Then put a dollop of any condiment you'd like.
(Ranch, Thousand Island, French, Sour Cream, Mayo)

Serve!

Yummy!!!!!!!!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Candy Blondies

Sometimes you just can't eat healthy and need to have a little something sweet. So here it is!

Candy Blondies
1 stick on unsalted butter
1 cup of light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup of 100% natural peanut butter
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup of 100% whole wheat white flour
1 1/2 cups of your favorite crushed candy (M&M's, Butterfinger, Crunch, Heath, Kit Kat, Hershey's)

1. Preheat oven to 350 and line a baking dish  with parchment paper. Lightly grease.
2. In a large bowl combine the melted butter and brown sugar. Mix well and then add egg and vanilla
3. Mix the peanut butter and make sure all wet ingredients are mixed well.
4. Add salt and flour and 1 cup of your candies
5. Spread brownie batter in a the dish evenly and then sprinkle with remaining candies
6. bake for 25-35 minutes- test with tooth pick.

YUMMY!

Butterfinger Blondie 
M&M Blondie 
Candy Corn Blondie 

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Sweet Potato French Fries

Let's face it everyone loves french fries! If you tell me you don't then you are lying. The best kind I think we can all agree is the golden arches famous fries AKA McDonald's. Ray Crock the founder of McDonald's was famous for his fries back in the day and even today all fast food restaurant chains are compared to greasy, crispy, thin, melt in your mouth, mouth watering high calorie but delicious beyond delicious french fries. This recipe I have created is almost as good as McDonald's. I say almost because even I know that nothing will ever compare to their's LOL

Sweet Potato French Fries
6 large sweet potatoes (I normally say that 1 potato feeds 2 people).
olive oil
cinnamon
salt
pepper
paprika
cumin
onion powder

1. Slice of the potatoes into thin - 2 inch - strips
2. pour oil over it
3. mix all spices together then pour fries in a bag and spices in as well.
4. mix it well. allow it to marinate it the oil and spices for a few hours mixing and rubbing every 30 minutes
5. pour olive oil into a pot and heat it up. place one fry in at  a time. THIS IS ESSENTIAL or it will clamp together. Remove once the fries turn golden brown. Pat hard with a towel removing all excess grease and unwanted fat and calories.

Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs

Eating outside is fun and this a fun dish you can easily make outside as well as eat outside with your family. It is super healthy and super tasty. I promise you that everyone in the family will devour it!

Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs
2 - 4 large boneless chicken breast
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp olive oil
1 clove of crushed garlic
1/4 tsp. dried ginger

1 pineapple cut up
2 green peppers
1 large red onion

1. In a bowl marinate the chicken in soy sauce, oil, ginger and garlic for 2 hours or overnight. The longer the better
2. preheat the grill and then put the chicken on the grill - for about 7 or 8 minutes on each side
3. the cut the pepper, pineapple and onions and throw in on the grill for about 5 minutes - or until lightly browned.
4. allow all food to cool long enough for you to be able to touch it.
5. then place then on the skewers alternating between each food.


Preheat oven to 350

place skewers in oven for 5 minutes to reheat. The serve! Delicious! 

Monday, March 21, 2016

Easter Dessert: Cookies


Easter Cookies
1 stick of butter
3/4 Cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 Cup granulated sugar
1 Egg(s)
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 Cups all-purpose flour
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1 Teaspoon ground cinnamon
dash of salt
3 cups of quick oats - dry
1 cup of Easter M and Ms

Heat oven to 375°F.
1. In large bowl, beat margarine and sugars until creamy. 
2. Add egg and vanilla; beat well.
3.  Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt mix well. Add oats; mix well. 
4. add in M and Ms;
Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets. 
5. Bake 18 minutes. Let cool

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Easter Dessert - Cupcakes

Easter Carrot Cupcakes
2 cups of whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup of coconut oil1/2 cup of vegetable oil1/2 tsp. sea salt2 tsp. of ground cinnamon (excellent for burning fat)2 tsp. of baking soda 1 tsp. of vanilla4 organic cage free eggs2 4oz. jars of carrot baby food - 100% natural1/2 cup of grated carrots

Preheat oven to 350*
1. mix all dry ingredients together (flour, sugar, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, baking soda)2. then mix the oils, eggs and vanilla3. mix the wet with the dry and then add in the baby food and carrots4. mix well and pour batter into your lightly greased and floured (whole wheat) pans5. bake in oven at 350* for 30-40 minutes (use tooth pick to test if it is done)6. let cool for 30 minutes before frosting it

Decorating
Put green icing in a large plastic bag. Cut a hole in the bag. Then squeeze the frosting on the cupcake. Take some Easter Candy and decorate the top however you'd like.
I like to put candy eggs and bunnies on mine.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Easter Dessert- Pretzel Rods

Happy Spring! So I don't celebrate Easter but that doesn't mean that I can enjoy some Easter desserts. Easter is a fun holiday for those who celebrate it. It's about their savior, G-d, spring time, egg hunts, chocolate and family time. Here is a good Easter recipe that you are sure to love.

Easter Pretzel Rods
12 salted pretzel rods
1 cup semi sweet
chips
1 tbsp. shortening
yellow sprinkles
light blue sprinkles
baby pink sprinkles
purple sprinkles
light green sprinkles

Mix all sprinkles together and lay out on parchment paper

1. Melt the semi sweet chocolate in microwave for 30 seconds in shortening
2. dip the pretzel rod sticks in the chocolate and then roll the pretzels on the sprinkle mixture
3. place it down on another set of parchment paper
4. place in fridge overnight

Take out a few hours before serving. Done!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Artichoke and Pasta Bake



Artichoke and Pasta Bake
1 pound of penne whole wheat pasta
1 jar of artichokes
1 onion
2 tbsp. of olive oil
1 cup of crushed fetta
Basil - optional

1. boil the water and then cook pasta for 6 minutes

Mean while, diced to onion and saute it in the olive oil
Preheat oven to 350

2. once the pasta is done drain and add the onions to the pasta and stir well.
3. add in the artichokes - slice them
4. add in the fetta and basil
5. pour into baking dish and bake for 25 minutes

Serve and Enjoy!


Monday, February 29, 2016

Kids Only: Candy Apples

So I am marketing this as a Kids' Only Dessert, but of course adults can eat and enjoy it too! It's super fun for all ages!


Candy Apples
6 apples
11 oz. caramels
2 tbsp. water

Microwave caramels and water for 2 1/2 minutes on High

Honey Roasted Peanuts
Dark Chocolate Chips
Raisins

Once you the caramels are melted role the apples in the caramel and then role them in the mixture of nuts, chips and raisins.

It's a healthier version to Candy Apples! I call it Trail Mix Candy Apples!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Potato Vegetable Soup

Most potato soups have cheese in them which can add an easy extra 400 calories per serving. By eliminating the cheese in the super healthy recipe - you will be getting many nutrients and save loads of unwanted calories and fat.
 

Potato Vegetable Soup
14 oz. Veg broth
4 white Idaho potatoes
4 celery stalks
10 oz. can of corn
3 carrots
1 cup of cooked peas

¼ tsp. onion
¼ tsp. salt

¼ tsp. pepper

1. cut the potatoes and celery into chunks and simmer them in broth for 20 minutes
2. puree it
3. diced the carrots and then microwave them for 3 minutes with 3 tbsp. of water in the bowl
4. add the cooked peas, carrots and corn to the soup
5. then add in the spices

Reheat and Serve!! 

Monday, February 15, 2016

Tomato Salmon

This recipe is delicious. If you love salmon then you will LOVE this. If you love tomatoes then you will LOVE this. If you don't like tomatoes or salmon you will LOVE this. Basically, no matter what you will LOVE this recipe.

2 pieces of salmon
1 large tomato - diced
1/4 tsp. oregano
1 clove of garlic
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 onion - chopped
1/2 pound of Penne (half a box)
marinara sauce
Parmesan cheese
lemon juice
olive oil

1. punch the salmon with a fork and pour a little bit of olive oil and lemon juice and some salt on top of the salmon. Bake for 25 minutes

Meanwhile - boil water and pour in pasta. allow it to cook for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile - dice the onions and tomatoes and crush the garlic. Pour the garlic, tomatoes and onions into a pan and cook in olive oil until its translucent.

Once the pasta is done mix in some marinara sauce and Parmesan.

Place the pasta in a bowl place the salmon on top and then pour your tomato, onion and garlic mixture on top. Sprinkle with oregano.

Serve! Yum!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Healthy Style Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut butter can either be a super healthy snack or a super unhealthy snack. It all depends on what brand and type of peanut butter you buy. Stay away from any peanut butter that has more than 2 ingredients. The only ingredients that should be in your peanut butter is PEANUTS and SALT. If there is ANYTHING else - STAY AWAY! I am sadly allergic to peanuts but I wasn't always. I developed is annoying allergy when I was in my early 20's. Yet, I can still say these peanut butter cookies are the best in the world...and very healthy!!

Healthy Style Peanut Butter Cookies
1 cup of softened butter
1 cup of 100% All Natural Peanut Butter
1 cup of All Natural Apple Sauce
1 cup of brown sugar
1 large egg
1 cup of whole wheat flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking soda

Put all ingredients into a bowl and mix well with an electric mixture (or by hand).

Grease a pan. Use an ice cream scooper to scoop out the dough and place down on greased pan. Then use a fork to push down on the scoops of dough.

Bake in oven at 400 for 15 minutes.

Serve and Enjoy!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Baked (Fake) Shrimp with a Vodka Cream Sauce

So one thing about me is I hate "extra stuff" in the house. I always feel the need to purge the kitchen of everything, which may sound strange to a foodie like myself. So I was looking in the cabinet and feeling bad that I had requested my parents buy vodka for my Penne Al A Vodka and I didn't use the whole bottle - my, my! LOL So, I therefore decided to create a new vodka recipe. Luckily, we also had some lonely sour cream in the house which I had used for Baked Salmon w. Cream Sauce recipe. So here is my elegant and delicious shrimp recipe.

Baked (Fake) Shrimp with Vodka Cream Sauce

1 package of Dyna-Sea shrimp - defrosted
1/2 cup of sour cream
2 gloves of garlic
1/2 onion
1/2 cup of vodka
olive oil
1 medium tomato

Place shrimp in baking dish and preheat oven to 375
1. crush the garlic and dice the onion and saute it in the olive oil
2. then add in the cream and vodka and stir over medium flame until you feel it is mixed in well
3. pour over the shrimp and bake for 10 minutes
4. dice the tomatoes - after 10 minutes add the tomatoes and then place back in oven for another 5-10 minutes

Serve Immediately! 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Pastrami Stuffed Chicken Breast

So this is what I call my "Wedding Recipe" because I picture it being served at a wedding. It's a fairly simple recipe, although it does take prepping time and marination time. If you're hosting a dinner party or a wedding I highly recommending serving it.

Pastrami Stuffed Chicken Breast
6 slices of chicken breast - you'll want to pound and pat it to make sure it's flat and thin
12 slices of pastrami from the deli
Zesty Italian Dressing
seasoned whole wheat bread crumbs (what I normally do is get whole wheat crumbs and then add spices myself- onion powder, dried parsley, paprika, garlic salt, pepper, cumin etc.)



1. marinate the chicken breast in salad dressing over night
Preheat oven to 350
2. lay out each chicken breast flat and then top each one with 2 slices of pastrami
3. roll it tight and then roll the chicken/pastrami roll in your bread crumbs. The crumbs will stick because of the wet dressing - it replaces the egg.
4. place down on a baking sheet or pan and bake at 350 for 30 minutes

That's it! I suggest serving it with marinated sweetened sweet potatoes or rice. For rice - just cook according to directions on box. For sweet potatoes, wash the potatoes, dice them and coat them in brown sugar, canola oil and cinnamon for a couple hours. Then spread evenly on baking sheet and pour marination over it. Bake at 450 for 50 minutes, stirring occasionally
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Monday, January 25, 2016

Creamy Spinach Soup

So I was thinking for weeks about a new possible soup recipe. As many of you know I pride myself on creating unique and delicious soups. I get inspired from posts I see on other blogs, pinterest and cook books to make my own. This one was a long time coming. I thought, I searched, I pinned and finally I came up with the most amazing spinach soup recipe. I promise you will love it and feel so good after eating it.

Creamy Spinach Soup

4 small white potatoes
3 celery stalks
1 tsp. olive oil
Vegetable Broth
handful of fresh spinach chopped
1 clove of garlic or 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder
dash of pepper/salt
splash of milk
handful of shredded cheese

1. cut the celery and potatoes and brown it in oil for 3 minutes
2. add in broth to just cover the potatoes and simmer for 20-30 minutes
3. add in handful of chopped spinach
4. puree it
5. add in milk, spices and cheese - stir

That's it! Enjoy! Yummy!

Best served with crackers, rice cakes or bread.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Delicious Chocolaty Brownies

I have to say I make the BEST brownies known to man. I have been complimented many, many times on my brownies. I make them moist and chewy. While they may not be the healthiest food, I substitute and alter some of the ingredients to make it a bit healthier.

Delicious Chocolaty Brownies
3/4 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2/3 cup melted butter 
1/2 cup boiling water
2 cups sugar
2 eggs

1-1/3 cups whole wheat flour flour
1/4 teaspoon salt


Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 13x9x2-inch baking pan or two 8-inch square baking pans.
1.  Mix together cocoa and baking soda in large bowl
2. Add in 1/3 cup butter. Add boiling water; stir until mixture thickens.
3. Add in sugar, eggs and remaining 1/3 cup butter; stir until smooth.
4. Add flour, salt
5. Pour into prepared pan.

Bake 35 to 40 minutes for rectangular pan
Cool completely

Frosting
Mix together coco powder and hot water a vanilla


Serve! 

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Classic Italiano Pasta

Mama Mia! In this post I am featuring a classic pasta dish. It was bring your heart and soul right into Italy and will make you feel like you're actually in Venice, Italy. This pasta recipe is so savory and so divine it will leave you only wanting more.

Classic Italiano Pasta
1 pound of penne pasta
dash of salt
1 clove of garlic
1 tbsp. of olive oil
2 cups of your Marinara sauce
white wine
Parmesan cheese
Fresh basil

garlic bread and red wine

1. boil the water - once the water is boiling add the box of pasta- add a dash of salt
2. while it is boiling - crush your garlic clove and cook it in the olive oil.
3. allow the pasta to boil for 10 minutes - the drain it a few times making sure all the water has been drained out
4. add in the olive oil/garlic mixture and stir
5. add in your sauce and stir well - bring flame low and then add in some white wine - I don't have a measurement I basically just go as I feel. But I'd say about 3-4 tbsp. Stir together
6. Bring flame high and stir - DON'T LEAVE THE STOVE
7. Once it's simmering hot, place into bowls and sprinkle a generous amount of Parmesan cheese and little bit of fresh basil to garnish

Serve with a glass of RED wine, and garlic bread!

YUM! Italiano!

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Homemade Mozzarella Sticks with Marinara Sauce

So it's getting cold outside and I'm sure all you want is to be in the warmth of your home or in your car with the heat blazing....Or actually I'm sure you'd rather be in sunny Miami or San Diego, right? I know I would. This recipe will warm your body and your heart. It's ultimate comfort food done in a low fat healthy way. It will leave you feeling satisfied and good about yourself - not full, bloated or guilty.

Homemade Mozzarella Sticks with Marinara Sauce
10 string cheeses
1 egg
whole wheat flour
1 tsp. paprika
seasoned bread crumbs
olive oil for frying
marinara sauce

1. unwrap each string cheese and place in a bowl
2. then beat your egg in a separate bowl
3. sprinkle flour and paprika over a place and coat each string cheese in it
4. then dip each string cheese into the egg
5. put about a cup of the bread crumbs onto a plate and roll each string cheese into the bread crumbs

Repeat these steps for each string cheese

6. heat the oil in a pot and carefully place each string cheese into the oil - frying them until their golden brown. Remove from heat and place on paper towel

7. Warm up marinara sauce

Serve! Yummy in my Tummy!

Benefits of Olive Oil
Olive oil is a very healthy oil. It has healthy fats and has been linked to preventing cancer, Type 2 Diabetes. It also helps your nails to grow strong and your hair to grow, stay strong and stay shiny. People who eat a diet rich in olive oil as opposed to other fats live longer and healthier lives.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Breakfast Pizza

This is the best breakfast you will ever eat!

Breakfast Pizza
So first thing is first - you need to think what you're favorite pizza topping is. The ones I suggest using are: red peppers, broccoli, mushrooms, black olives, onions, and pizza cheese.

Then you need to get frozen pizza dough. Defrost it
Flatten out your pizza dough.

Then you want to sprinkle cheese over it - generously. Then add your diced veggies
on top of the cheese.

Bake in oven at 450 for 10 minutes.

Serve! 

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Zucchini Pancakes

So this a really easy recipe. I made this for Chanukah this year but never got around to posting it. It is a twist on the traditional latkehs.

Zucchini Pancakes
2 large zucchinis
1 egg
1/4 c. whole wheat flour
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1 tbsp. Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. cumin
olive oil for frying

Dressing
1/2 cup of low fat mayo, 1 tbsp. Parmesan cheese, scoop of regular cream cheese, 1/2 tsp. onion powder, dash of garlic powder, lemon juice

1. Shred the zucchinis - add in the egg
2. mix the flour and seasonings together
3. then mix the zucchinis, egg with dry mixture
4. heat skillet with oil - form zucchinis with your hands into little pancakes
5. fry on each side for about 3-5 minutes, flipping occasionally

Dressing - mix all the ingredients together and serve on top of zucchini pancakes

Happy Chanukah!