Sunday, November 27, 2016

Leftover Turkey Salad


If you are getting tired of leftover thanksgiving turkey sandwiches, try this healthy and simple salad. This is a great way to use up leftover turkey or even chicken.  The flavors really come together in this delicious salad.   This can be enjoyed on a bed of lettuce, in a wrap or in a sandwich.


Chop up a 1/2 cup of Craisins ( or raisins), 1/2 cup chopped pecans, and one peeled and diced apple.



Combine the chopped turkey and mayonnaise.  Fold in the remaining ingredients.  Refrigerate for at least two hours for flavors to combine.


Enjoy on a bed of lettuce or in a wrap or sandwich.





Ingredients:
4 cups cooked turkey, cut into bite-size pieces
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries (Craisins)
1 medium apple, cored and diced
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 lemon, juiced

Directions:
In a medium bowl, combine the chopped turkey, pecans, dried cranberries, apple, mayonnaise, salt and lemon juice.  Mix well.  Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.  

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Homemade Almond Milk



It's easy to make your own almond milk and here is how!  Almond milk is a healthier alternative to soy and dairy milk.  I will never go back to buying it from the store again!  This tastes so good and creamy, it is hard to believe that it so simple to make. 


.Place almonds in a bowl and pour in enough water to cover; soak at least 12 hours.

Drain water.


Blend almonds and 3 cups water in a blender on low speed for 10 seconds. Turn blender off for 5 seconds. Blend almonds and water on high speed for 60 seconds.


Pour mixture through cheesecloth or a nut bag into a bowl. 




Discard the pulp or save for another use.


Clean the blender and return milk to blender; add agave nectar (or substitute honey) and salt. Blend milk until smooth.   Enjoy this healthy and delicious almond milk.  
                                  
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Makes 2 servings

Ingredients:
1 cup raw almonds
water to cover
3 cups water
1 tablespoon agave nectar, or more to taste ( you can also substitute honey)
1 pinch sea salt

Directions:
1 .Place almonds in a bowl and pour in enough water to cover; soak at least 12 hours. Drain water.
2. Blend almonds and 3 cups water in a blender on low speed for 10 seconds. Turn blender off for 5 seconds. Blend almonds and water on high speed for 60 seconds. Pour mixture through cheesecloth or a nut bag into a bowl. Discard the pulp or save for another use.
3. Clean the blender and return milk to blender; add agave nectar and salt. Blend milk until smooth.      








Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Chicken Fiesta Salad



This is an attractive and zesty salad that is one of our favorite meals . It's full of veggies and chicken, and loaded with flavor. I use my own home-made fajita seasoning when I make this and you can also add in some Mexican rice. If desired, top with shredded cheese and tortilla chips.  Hope you enjoy!

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Ingredients:
2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1 (1.27 ounce) packet dry fajita seasoning, divided
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (11 ounce) can Mexican-style corn
1/2 cup salsa
1 (10 ounce) package mixed salad greens
1 onion, chopped
1 tomato, cut into wedges
1 avocado, peeled and diced.

Directions:
1. Rub chicken evenly with 1/2 the fajita seasoning. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat, and cook the chicken 8 minutes on each side, or until juices run clear; set aside.
2. In a large saucepan, mix beans, corn, salsa and other 1/2 of fajita seasoning. Heat over medium heat until warm.
3. Prepare the salad by tossing the greens, onion, tomato and avocado. Top salad with chicken and dress with the bean and corn mixture.     

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Grilled Garlic and Herb Shrimp



This grilled shrimp has a wonderful smokey flavor.  The marinade is quick and simple to put together.  It just needs a couple hours to marinate with the shrimp to bring out the wonderful flavors.

Shrimp serves as an excellent source of lean protein. Each 6-ounce portion provides 39 grams of protein -- a significant amount toward the 46 grams recommended daily for women and 56 grams for men.  Loaded with protein, vitamin D, vitamin B3, and zinc, shrimp are an excellent, carbohydrate-free food.  Shrimp also contains 165.8mg of cholesterol per serving, over half the recommended limit of 300mg per day.  However, shrimp also contains omega-3, a fatty acid that could help prevent or reduce your risks for heart disease and other health conditions, such as diabetes.

Whisk together the olive oil, smoked paprika, Italian seasoning, basil, pepper in a bowl.  Mix together with the shrimp and cover and refrigerate or place in a ziploc baggie.  Refrigerate for a couple hours.

Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat. Lightly oil grill grate, and place about 4 inches from heat source.  Remove shrimp from marinade, drain excess, and discard marinade.  Place shrimp on preheated grill and cook, turning once, until opaque in the center, 5 to 6 minutes. Keep a close eye on the cooking process,  shrimp can overcook quickly.  Serve immediately.


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Ingredients:
2 teaspoons ground smoked paprika
2 tablespoons fresh minced garlic
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning blend
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 teaspoons dried basil leaves
2 pounds large shrimp (21-25 per pound), peeled and deveined

Directions:
1. Whisk the paprika, garlic, Italian seasoning, lemon juice, olive oil, pepper, and basil together in a bowl until thoroughly blended. Stir in the shrimp, and toss to evenly coat with the marinade. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours, turning once.
2. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat. Lightly oil grill grate, and place about 4 inches from heat source.
3. Remove shrimp from marinade, drain excess, and discard marinade.
4. Place shrimp on preheated grill and cook, turning once, until opaque in the center, 5 to 6 minutes. Serve immediately.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

I love this healthy ice cream with NO sugar added.. And this super easy recipe only requires a few basic ingredients.  The bananas and strawberries add a natural sweetness to this delicious and refreshing ice cream.  And with zero fat, zero cholesterol and only 56 calories this a perfect treat to satisfy any sweet tooth.  Hope you enjoy!


This is all that is needed to make this simple and healthy ice cream: 2 bananas, 1/2 cup strawberries, 1 1/2 cups almond milk, and a 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla (not shown)


Throw everything into a blender or food processor.

 Blend until a desired consistency.  Transfer mixture to a bowl and freeze until solid.

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Makes 6 servings:

 Ingredients:
 1 1/2 cups almond milk
 2 bananas - peeled, sliced, and frozen
 1/2 cup strawberries, sliced and frozen
 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:
Blend almond milk, frozen bananas, frozen strawberries, and vanilla extract together in a blender until desired consistency is reached. Transfer mixture to a bowl and freeze until solid, about 4 hours.

Calories: 56 kcal
Fat 0.8 g
Carbs:  12.2 g
protein 0.8g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 41 mg.






Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Mango Salsa Chicken Salad


Now this is a delicious salad that is a meal in itself.  It is loaded with super healthy fruits and veggies.  It takes a little longer to chop all the veggies but well worth the effort. The salsa is also goes well with grilled chicken or fish.   Mangoes are low in calorie and high in vitamin A.  Spinach is also very low in calories and loaded with healthy vitamins and nutrients like vitamin A and K, folate, magnesium, fiber, calcium and protein.  This is one of my favorite salads and I hope you enjoy it too!

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Lean Green Juice Drink


This is a refreshing and delicious healthy drink that is easy peasy to make.  Feel free to substitute other fruits.  Sometimes I will use peaches in place of mango. This is a drink that is loaded with tons of vitamins and nutrients and this is a great way to start your day off right!  Spinach and mango's are an excellent source of vitamin A.    This drink is also a good source of vitamin K, fiber, protein, potassium,  folic acid and calcium.  Hope you enjoy!
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Ingredients:
1 cup pineapple, 1-inch chunks,
1 cup mango, 1-inch chunks,
1 small banana,
1/2 cup packed spinach,
1/2 cup packed kale,
1/2 cup water,
1 cup ice - See more at: http://www.ninjakitchen.com/recipes/search/0/all/14/lean-green-ninja/#sthash.SXF1fl2N.dpuf
1 cup Pineapple, cut into chunks
1 cup mango, peeled and diced
1 banana, cut into chunks
1/2 cup spinach leaves
1/2 cup water
1 cup ice

Directions:
Place all ingredients in a blender.  Blend until smooth.

2 servings


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Nutrition Facts
2 Servings
Amount Per Serving
  • Calories 129.5
  • Total Fat 0.7 g
  • Saturated Fat 0.1 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 0.1 g
  • Cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • Sodium 8.9 mg
  • Potassium 403.1 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 33.2 g
  • Dietary Fiber 3.7 g
  • Sugars 25.2 g
  • Protein 1.4 g
  • Vitamin A 27.7 %
  • Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
  • Vitamin B-6 21.3 %
  • Vitamin C 67.7 %
  • Vitamin D 0.0 %
  • Vitamin E 6.3 %
  • Calcium 2.4 %
  • Copper 11.4 %
  • Folate 10.6 %
  • Iron 4.0 %
  • Magnesium 9.0 %
  • Manganese 71.5 %
  • Niacin 5.4 %
  • Pantothenic Acid 3.7 %
  • Phosphorus 2.6 %
  • Riboflavin 7.6 %
  • Selenium 2.1 %
  • Thiamin 9.5 %
  • Zinc 1.3 %
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.



1 cup pineapple, 1-inch chunks,
1 cup mango, 1-inch chunks,
1 small banana,
1/2 cup packed spinach,
1/2 cup packed kale,
1/2 cup water,
1 cup ice - See more at: http://www.ninjakitchen.com/recipes/search/0/all/14/lean-green-ninja/#sthash.SXF1fl2N.dpuf

Monday, January 18, 2016

Healthy Banana Oatmeal Bars


I love the fact that these healthy wholesome bars contain no added sugar but still taste great!  Very moist and full of healthy ingredients.  These make a great snack bar or a quick breakfast to take on the go.  I used dried cranberries but you could always substitute raisins instead. 


Only 6 ingredients needed to make these yummy bars.  Ripe bananas, applesauce, oats, almond milk,  dried cranberries, and cinnamon.


Mash up three bananas in a bowl. The riper the better!


Mix in all of the other ingredients until combined well.


Spray a 9 X 13 inch baking dish with non-stick spray.  Spread mixture evenly into baking dish.


Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.  Let cool for 5 minutes and cut into squares and remove from baking dish.  Enjoy!
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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Healing Cabbage Soup




This is a wonderful and inexpensive soup to make that is filled with healing healthy ingredients.  It is rumored that if you are feeling under the weather that this soup will make you feel better.  I tried this after coming down with a slight cold and it really did make me feel better.  Cabbage is a excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin K,vitamin B6, fiber and potassium .  I was actually surprised to learn that cabbage is richer in vitamin C than oranges.  This is also a great soup to eat for weight loss as it is naturally low in fat and calories.
Some of the other healthy benefits of cabbage include prevention of certain types of cancer, lowering your cholesterol, cardiovascular support, digestive support and it also has anti-inflammatory benefits.
And this soup is so tasty that you wont even know your eating all that healthy goodness!

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Ingredients:
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 quarts water
  • 4 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste
  • 1/2 head cabbage, cored and coarsely chopped
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can Italian-style stewed tomatoes, drained and diced

Directions:
1.  In a large stockpot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Stir in onion and garlic; cook until onion is transparent, about 5 minutes.
2.  Stir in water, bouillon, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, then stir in cabbage. Simmer until cabbage wilts, about 10 minutes.
3.  Stir in tomatoes. Return to a boil, then simmer 15 to 30 minutes, stirring often.