Wednesday, June 1, 2011
This smoothie is sure to put some zip in your step! It's really good and refreshing! What a wonderful way to start the day. I hope you'll give this one a try.
Very Fruity Green Smoothie
1 whole orange, skin removed
1 cup frozen raspberries (or any berries)
1 cup chopped pineapple
2 ribs celery
2 cups baby spinach leaves (or greens of choice)
Blend all ingredients until smooth and serve.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
I know, this doesn't look very appetizing. I promise that it tastes way better than it looks. If you can't stand the way it looks go ahead & put it in a sports bottle or a non-see through cup & use a straw. Your body will thank you!
Mango Raspberry Green Smoothie
1 mango (fresh or frozen)
1 cup raspberries (fresh or frozen)
3 handfuls of your favorite greens
1 cup water (more if using both fruits as frozen)
Blend greens with water, add in mango and raspberries, and blend until smooth. Enjoy!
I found this recipe this morning & I just had to make it right away. I'm not a big fan of plain water, so anything that can help bring some life to boring plain water is win in my books! This water is really, really good. Will certainly cool you off while you're sitting in the sun. :)
Lemon, Cucumber, and Basil Infused Water
Original recipe found here
10 thin slices of lemon
10 thin slices of cucumber
10 small leaves of basil, ripped
3-4 cups of water
Put in fridge and let stand for at least 1 hour.
This is a very light & refreshing salad! It would be perfect on a scorching hot summer day too. It only takes minutes to prepare, but you'll want to let it set for a few minutes to allow the fruit juices to "dress" the greens. That's right - this is a salad dressing free salad! Don't worry you won't miss it. :) Also this would be really good with sprouts added. I didn't have the foresight to have sprouts made, but next time I will.
Luscious Pineapple-Orange Salad
1 cup chopped pineapple
1 orange (peeled & chopped)
4-5 handfuls of your favorite greens (I used mixed greens and baby spinach)
2 handfuls of your favorite sprouts
Place the greens in a large bowl. Add fruits & sprouts (if using) and mix all together. Allow to sit for a few minutes so the fruit juices can "dress" the greens. Eat slowly & enjoy!
It's been a long time since I've posted a new green smoothie recipe. I'm doing a green smoothie detox this week, so plan on sharing some of the new things I make. This is a lovely, creamy green smoothie thanks to the addition of mango. I used a whole celery stick in this green smoothie. If you have never tried using celery in your green smoothies, it does give it a different taste. I really would recommend starting out with a half stick of celery and building up to using more.
Banana Mango Green Smoothie
2 bananas (fresh or frozen)
1 mango (fresh or frozen)
3 large handfuls baby spinach
1 celery stick (use less if new to using celery in smoothies)
1 cup water
Put ingredients in blender in best order for your blender (I do the greens first), use the celery stick to push everything down to the blender blade, eventually blending the celery too.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
On Saturdays I try to cook something new; this was one of the recent meals I picked. And it's absolutely going to be on the rotation to have again. Everyone just loved it. The original recipe called for a lot more of the ingredients than I used, yet mine still made a huge amount. All 5 of us had this on Saturday and then again for lunch on Sunday. My husband and teenage son are big eaters, so that gives you an idea of how much this makes. :) I hope you'll enjoy it as much as we did!
Bacon Cheeseburger Skillet
Adapted from The English Kitchen
500g box uncooked pasta (I used Tortiglioni pasta, because it's my favorite. Use whatever you like)
1 lb (500kg) of extra lean ground beef
6 slices bacon
1/2 onion, peeled and diced
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
2 cans tomato soup
1/2 cup tomato ketchup
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp mixed herbs (I used oregano, parsley and basil - just use whatever you have on hand, it'll be great)
8 ounces extra strong cheddar cheese, grated
Cook the bacon in a large skillet until crisp. Remove with and set aside to drain. Add the ground beef, onions and garlic to the drippings. Cook, stirring from time to time, until the beef is lightly browned and the vegetables are soft. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and the herbs. Crumble inthe cooked bacon. Add the ketchup and tomato soup. Bring to the boil, then simmer while you cook the pasta.
Cook the pasta in lightly salted water according to the package directions until tender. Once tender, drain well and then stir into the beef mixture. Add 3/4 of the cheddar cheese and stir it in to melt, then sprinkle the remainder of the cheese on top and allow to melt.
I served this with a nice spinach salad.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Tonight I made Sesame Chicken. When I lived in Michigan there was a great Chinese restaurant that served sesame chicken and it was so good! This is my attempt at satisfying the craving for it and it does an awesome job. Plus it's a lot healthier than the version from the restaurant - that was fried.
I was able to make this whole meal in about 30 minutes. So it's definitely a great weeknight meal! I made some stir-fry veggies in a separate pan and served it all over a bed of rice. You can use any veggies or rice you like.
6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts; cut into strips or bite sized pieces
1 TB olive oil
1/4 cup honey (I use a local honey)
1/4 cup soy sauce or tamari sauce
1/2 cup water
1 TB cornstarch
1 tsp ground ginger
1 TB toasted sesame seeds
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
Cook chicken for about 6-8 minutes, or until no longer pink.
Mix together honey, soy sauce, water, cornstarch and ginger. Wisk until no cornstarch lumps appear.
Pour sauce into skillet with chicken.
Cook until sauce thickens slightly. You can add more water if sauce gets too thick.
Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until chicken starts to soak up the sauce.