Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Cheese Stuffed Chicken!

Cheese-Stuffed Chicken!

Have a protein-packed dinner with this complete clean meal!

Recipe by Naomi Rotstein, ACSM-CPT, Oxygen reader; Photography Maya Visnyei
Ready in 35 minutes • Makes 1 serving


  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 4 oz skinless chicken breast
  • 1 light Laughing Cow Swiss Cheese wedge
  • 1/4 cup low-fat, low-sodium cottage cheese
  • 1/3 cup diced tomato
  • 2 tbsp fresh rosemary
  • 2 tbsp oat bran
  • 1 cup chopped broccoli
  • 1 cup chopped cauliflower
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic fresh, chopped
  • 1 4-oz sweet potato


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a large baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Split chicken breast in half and set on baking dish.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, mash together the cheese wedge with cottage cheese. Add tomatoes and rosemary. Mix well.
  4. Stuff the cheese mixture into one side of the chicken and use the other half breast to top it. Dust the top with oat bran.
  5. In another bowl, toss together broccoli and cauliflower with oil and garlic. Place on the baking dish beside chicken.
  6. Bake chicken and vegetables for about 25 to 30 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, wash and poke a few holes in the potato with a fork. Microwave for about 8 minutes (turning after 4 minutes).
  8. Plate the chicken breast, vegetables and sweet potatoes. Serve.

Nutrients per serving:

Calories: 530, Total Fats: 19 g, Saturated Fats: 4 g, Trans Fat: 0 g, Cholesterol: 80 mg, Sodium: 490 mg, Total Carbohydrates: 52 g, Dietary Fiber: 13 g, Sugars: 12 g, Protein: 45g, Iron: 4 mg

"I love this complete meal because it is super simple to make after a long day!" - Naomi Rotstein, Oxygen reader


Thursday, September 8, 2011

Gingerbread Pumpkin Bread with Buttercream frosting! (VEGAN)

I found this amazing recipe from and you must try it!!! YUMMY! 
Its fall, and this is the season that I get my 'bake on'!!! :)

The sweet, earthly and refreshing aroma of coconut oil and its great taste make it an ideal cooking medium.
Typically when baking, one should mix the wet ingredients in one bowl and the dry ingredients in another. Why you may ask? This is done in order to evenly distribute the ingredients and mixing the dry ingredients together first means you don’t have to mix as much once the liquid in added.
Walnut should be toasted in the oven at 350 degrees, but seeing that I was pressed for time, I chose to roast them stove top.
VoilĂ !
This bread is delectable without the buttercream frosting, but even better with it. You may choose how much of the buttercream you want to spread on your bread, depending on the level of sweetness you prefer.
Slice of “omg I can’t believe its vegan” bread + coffee (w/a splash of soy milk and dash of cinnamon) + Ray LaMontagne = good great morning

(Vegan) Gingerbread Pumpkin Bread w/Buttercream 

Adapted from Oh She Glows (She’s fantastic!)
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 34tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil (or canola oil)
  • 1 Chia egg (1 tbsp chia seeds + 3 tbsp water)
  • 1 2/3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon + 1/2 tsp nutmeg + 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup toasted chopped walnuts
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  • Lightly spray a regular sized loaf dish with Pam cooking spray
  • Lightly toast the walnuts on stovetop for 5-6 minutes (be careful not to burn). Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Combine the first five ingredients (pumpkin, sugar, maple syrup, coconut oil, and chia egg) in mixing bowl and blend well
  • Combine the rest of the ingredients (whole wheat flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, sat, baking powder, cloves) in a separate bowl
  •  Blend the two mixtures together. Stir in the toasted nuts.
  •  Pour the batter into the loaf dish and bake for 50-60 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  •  While cooling, make your buttercream frosting

Buttercream Frosting 

  • 1/2 cup Earth Balance vegan butter
  • 1 3/4 cup confectioner’s sugar (powdered sugar)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon + 1/2 tsp nutmeg + 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tbsp almond milk
  • Whip/blend Earth Balance until smooth
  • Add  rest of the ingredients and blend till smooth
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Friday, September 2, 2011

Foods that help our body!

A sliced Carrot looks like the human eye. The pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like the human eye... And YES, science now shows carrots greatly enhance blood flow to and function of the eyes.
A Tomato has four chambers and is red. The heart has four chambers and is red. All of the research shows tomatoes are loaded with lycopine and are indeed pure heart and blood food.
Grapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell and all of the research today shows grapes are also profound heart and blood vitalizing food. 
A Walnut looks like a little brain, a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums. Even the wrinkles or folds on the nut are just like the neo-cortex. We now know walnuts help develop more than three (3) dozen neuron-transmitters for brain function.

Kidney Beans actually heal and help maintain kidney function and yes, they look exactly like the human kidneys.

Celery, Bok Choy, Rhubarb and many more look just like bones. These foods specifically target bone strength. Bones are 23% sodium and these foods are 23% sodium. If you don't have enough sodium in your diet, the body pulls it from the bones, thus making them weak. These foods replenish the skeletal needs of the body.

Avocados, Eggplant and Pears target the health and function of the womb and cervix of the female - they look just like these organs. Today's research shows that when a woman eats one avocado a week, it balances hormones, sheds unwanted birth weight, and prevents cervical cancers. And how profound is this? It takes exactly nine (9) months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit. There are over 14,000 photolytic chemical constituents of nutrition in each one of these foods. Modern science has only studied and named about 141 of them.

Figs are full of seeds and hang in twos when they grow. Figs increase the mobility of male sperm and increase the numbers of Sperm as well to overcome male sterility.

Sweet Potatoes look like the pancreas and actually balance the glycemic index of diabetics.
OrangesGrapefruits, and other Citrus fruits look just like the mammary glands of the female and actually assist the health of the breasts and the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts.
Onions look like the body's cells. Today's research shows onions help clear waste materials from all of the body cells. They even produce tears which wash the epithelial layers of the eyes. A working companion, Garlic, also helps eliminate waste materials and dangerous free radicals from the body.