Sunday, February 28, 2010

Sweet Potato

Just wanted to share my love for the simple sweet potato/yam. Its seriously is one of my favorite things, it requires nothing added. Just wrap this little one in foil, place  the oven at 375 for about an hour....and enjoy it any way you like.

Sure you can mash it up and add stuff to it. But enjoying the sweet potato just the way it is, is my fav!!

Do you have a good recipe for a sweet potato? Feel free to share, and I will give it a try!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Baked Chicken with Crumbled Goat Cheese and Sliced Almonds

Happy Friday!

Well I am home, sick just getting over the flu and I'm also snowed in! Its a bit boring for me to do nothing, so I made a new recipe.

I have a difficult time eating meat for a few reasons so I usually opt for vegetarian options and the odd turkey and chicken meals. I found organic grain fed NGMO (not genetically modified) at Zehres. Its pricey, about $10 for 2 chicken breasts, but I feel you cant put a price on your health. I want to eat right for the long term and short term benefits.

I crumbled up so soft unripend cracked pepper goat cheese and mixed in sliced almonds in a little bowl. I prepped the chicken and put it on a foil wrapped cookie sheet. Then topped with the cheese/nut combo. I also put foil on the top of the cookie sheet to steam/bake the chicken. (a-ha! no added fat for cooking!!)

Put in the oven at 425 for 15 minutes and VOILA, a great dinner or lunch.

Ronnie put his in a pita with spinach and gobbled it down before I could ask "Did you like it??", I guess he did! I put mine on a plate, and reluctantly realized that I have NO veggies left in the house!! Grrr...I opened up a can of   salt-free corn and salt-free green beans. Put together, and YUCK! The corn and green beans were horrible! I used to like these?? How come they tasted so bad? Is is just because they are salt free?? Either way, I WILL NEVER BUY THOSE CANNED VEGGIES AGAIN!



So I enjoyed my chicken SOLO! It was very good!!!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Turkey Sandwich w/ Salad Selections!!

I love a good turkey and I found a really great tasting deli meat from Sobey's. It is Nitrate free, and low fat, its name is "Sweet Mesquite". Its a nice taste and dry...not wet and artificial tasting.

I cooked up some lowfat chickpea falafels and drizzled with  low fat yogurt cucumber dip...mmmmm (all store bought!!)

I toasted 2 slices of Eziekel Bread, spread a thin layer of hummus, added sprouts and turkey. I paired it up with some cold salads that they sell, and really enjoyed a quick lunch.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Spaghetti Squash!!



Spaghetti squash contains many nutrients, including folic acidpotassiumvitamin A, and beta carotene.

I cut one medium sized spaghetti Squash in 1/2, removed the seeds and fiberous stuff....baked in the oven with the skin facing up at 350 for 60 minutes.

Once I removed it from the oven, I started scraping out all the good stuff with a fork! To my amazement (this is my first time baking it!) It looked just like spaghetti!!! I was so excited! 

Then I heated a tablespoon of olive oil and minced garlic, cracked black pepper and seal salt in a large pan. I added the spaghetti squash to coat evenly and sprinkled with light feta! This dish was amazing, and so versatile. Its a dieters dream too because there is only 45 calories to a cup of spaghetti squash!

Have fun with it, you can even add tomato sauce or whatever you prefer as a topping. This is a good base for so many dishes, and I know I will experiment with others!! ENJOY!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Whole Wheat Vegetarian Pizza



This pizza totally assisted in my craving!
I bought whole wheat pizza dough from the bakery, put some low acid/sodium pizza sauce on, and shredded lactose free "Allegro" (a bit more expensive...but totally worth it!!!)

Then I chopped up green and red peppers, green olives and spinache on top! Baked in the oven for 12 minutes at 375 and absolutely loved every single bite!!!!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Live for Today

I have recently lost a great friend. So I wanted to share a personal story with you in the hopes that you can remember to live in the moment, and life your life to the fullest.

A couple of weeks Terry was on his way home from work in his co-workers car, when it broke down he got out to take a look at the situation. He realized they were in an unsafe location to park, and called 911 for assistance. On his way back into the vehicle he was struck by another vehicle that had killed him instantly.

This is tragic an unfortunate. I understand that everything happens for a reason, but it really got me questioning why God took his life. I struggled to be strong for his kids and his girlfriend as well as my husband who was very close to him. He was our friend, neighbor and that guy that you just loved to have around cause he was always making jokes! I dont know if the word 'miss' him is enough, but its all I keep saying..."I am really going to miss Terry". Just riding our bikes out a nice day was sharing some of the best moments ever. Looking over at him, with his smile and true content.

This loss of life has taught me that sometimes we go through life and just go through the moments. STOP and realize to enjoy the present. Do not think about yesterday (its done), do not think about tomorrow (you just never know), think about the present (its a gift). So this is where I am at. I am thinking about now, and thinking that I am grateful for so many aspects of my life, and I am happy to have created so many wonderful memories this far. I am optimistic about the future and I am cherishing today.

I wish you are able to try and take away that part of my message. Live for today!

Have a wonderful day!

Rest in Peace Terry!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

SIMPLE SALAD


SIMPLE SALAD
Chopped Cucumber, Carrots, Red Peppers, Tomato's, Celery (all organic)
Fresh Organic Baby Spinach, and Romain lettuce hearts
Crumbled Goat Cheese
Green Olive
Flax and Spelt Flat bread crackers

DRESSING: is 1 Tablespoon of Balsamic Vinegar, and 1/4 Tablespoon of Olive Oil (best quality)

I basically used all my leftover veggies and made 2 huge salads. I am missing a protein, Ronnie ended up hard boiling some eggs and I added them as well. Too late, to picture with the egg... as you may have noticed...I already started snacking on the flat bread crackers!!! I was hungry! :)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

ALMOND BUTTER CHOCOLATE COOKIES


Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Wheat Free

  • I cup of Natural Almond Butter
  • 3/4 cup of Sucanat
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp of sea salt
  • 1 organic egg
  • 1/4 cup (or a bar) of No Sugar Added Dark Chocolate (broken into pieces)

Line Cookie sheet with parchment paper and bake in oven at 350 for 11 minutes

Ok...now this is super easy and amazing!!! 
(I got this from my Clean Eating Magazine)

ENJOY!!! We did...they are almost all gone!