Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Butternut Squash Whole Wheat Couscous

Oh so yummy and versatile! This is a perfect side dish that will compliment any dish!! 


Ingredients:



  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 butternut squash, peeled and diced into bite sized pieces
  • 5 tbsp silvered almonds
  • 1 package of Cashbah whole wheat couscous
  • 2 cups of organic low sodium chicken stock
  • 1/4 tsp of sea salt
  • 2tbsp of freshly chopped parsley
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat, cook squash until softened, about 7 minutes. 

Add in onions and almonds and cook for 3 more minutes

Add chicken stock, bring to a boil.

Stir in couscous and salt, remove from heat, and cover and let stand for 5 minutes

Remove lid and fluff with fork. 

Gently stir in parsley and lemon juice


ENJOY!!




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Easy Eggplant Parmesan

I am not sue if my taste buds have started to change but I am developing more of a savory taste bud! Dont get me wrong, I will always have that sweet tooth, but I have been craving some classic dishes like lasagna, meatballs etc. So this dish is a bit of that lasagna feeling minus the pasta! Its so easy and so enjoyable!!!


Ingredients
  • 1 large purple eggplant
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of Parmigiana Reggiano grated
  • 6 slices of Part skim Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1/4 cup of freshly chopped basil
  • 1 jar of tomato basil pasta sauce (any sauce will do)
Preheat oven to 400


Trim the the ends of eggplant and discard. Cut the eggplant into 1/4" thick slices, and lightly brush with olive oil on both sides. Place on a cookie sheet, and bake for 10 minutes, then flip and bake again for another 10 minutes

Spread 1/4 cup of the pasta sauce on the bottom of a 8" square glass baking dish

Layer eggplant, mozzarella, basil, parmigiana(save some for the top layer) and repeat layers once more


Pour the balance of the sauce over top and add the remaining parmigiana and sprinkle a little fresh basil on top.


Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes.

Serve and ENJOY!!!


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Monday, December 12, 2011

Banana Hemp Heart Muffins

These were a little creation in my kitchen, and wow, I am impressed with the texture and taste! So amazing!!!! So healthy!!




Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of spelt flour
  • 1 cup of brown rice flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 4 overripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup of sucanat
  • 1/2 cup of organic cane sugar
  • 1/3 cup organic unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup of plain fat free yogurt
  • 2 organic eggs
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla
  • 1/2 cup of hulled hemp hearts
  • 1/2 cup of raw cacao nibs
  • Coconut Oil Spray (for muffin tin)
Preheat oven to 375 and lightly spray muffin tin with coconut oil

In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients and set aside

In a medium bowl mash bananas and add wet ingredients

Combine wet to dry slowly and at the end fold in hemp hearts and cacao nibs

Spoon batter into muffin tins and bake for 18 minutes.

ENJOY!!!!


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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Pure Honey





I had the pleasure of meeting Fatima Golos  Basic today! She is an upbeat and passionate owner of NutraBee! I love honey for its natural sweetness and found myself in search of the best honey available. I have been surprised to read about recent articles unveiling the raw truth about most honey sold in grocery stores! The truth is we trust labels too much, and just because it says organic doesn't mean its pure and of the best quality!

Click this link and read this article to learn more: http://eatocracy.cnn.com/2011/11/09/most-honey-sold-in-u-s-grocery-stores-not-worthy-of-its-name/




NutraBee makes 100% pure and natural Canadian Honey. They have many different honey options to choose from and seeing my sweet interest, I bought a few of her best sellers!

 Bee Active- for energy, endurance and concentration (so excited about this product!)
 Mountain Gold Honey, the best tasting honey to be added to toast, oatmeal...whatever you choose! 
 Bee Guard, natures flu shot!
Here are my purchases!! I added in honey candies and a green tea extract for teas! 




NutraBee has 2 locations and you can place orders online.



Canada
NutraB Inc.Store Location:
2E Tremont Drive, #3
St. Catharines, Ontario
L2T 3B2
USA
NutraB Inc.
1623 Military Road, # 525
Niagara Falls, NY
14304
1.905.227.66181.905.227.6618



http://www.nutrab.com/

Thanks again to Fatima as she has made a customer out of me, as her products are of exceptional quality and the taste is fabulous!


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Monday, December 5, 2011

Health Perks of Coffee

As most of my followers and readers know, I love coffee, and when Caffe Society approached me to do a guest post on my blog about the health benefits of coffee, I was excited to learn more!! 

See below:


Caffe SocietyHealth Perks of Coffee

Most of us refuse to start the day without a cup of coffee and scientists have spent years trying to find out how good coffee actually is for us. Recent research has suggested that coffee drunk in moderation may help to fight Alzheimer`s disease and dementia, mainly because of how caffeine works in the brain. However, the role of caffeine in preventing these disorders is still unknown.

We are aware that caffeine does boost concentration because most of us have all experienced the feeling when we know that another cup of coffee is the only way that we are going to be able to finish that important job. Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant and because it stimulates the brain it makes us feel more alert. One study has shown that regular cups of coffee do improve our mental processes and a Californian study has suggested that the risk of suicide may be lowered by drinking coffee regularly. It has also been recommended that a couple of cups of coffee and a short rest or doze to allow the caffeine to get into the blood stream, can help to prevent fatigue when driving.

There are around fifteen research studies that have explored the link between coffee and diabetes. The research suggests that those who drink coffee, as compared to non-coffee drinkers may be less likely to have Type 2 Diabetes. As well as caffeine, coffee contains chromium and magnesium. These minerals have a role in regulating insulin production in the body and it is when this regulation becomes defective that diabetes occurs. There have also been links suggested between coffee consumption and a reduced the risk of Parkinson`s disease. Some of these positive effects have also been observed in studies that used decaffeinated coffee,

Like tea, coffee contains antioxidants. These molecules play an important role in protecting cells and tissues from damage by other types of molecules known as free radicals. These free radicals are produced in the body from normal cell processes as well as entering the body in a variety of ways, including from the diet, UV exposure or smoking. Accumulation of free radicals in the body contributes to aging and age-related diseases.

Even taking time out of your busy day to make or buy a cup of coffee may just give you that ten minutes of de-stress time that you need away from your desk. From <a href="http://www.caffesociety.co.uk/coffee-machines/bean-to-cup-coffee-machines">bean to cup</a> coffee has a number of health perks which can not only help you get through the day but may also provide some of those longer term health benefits.


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