Posts filed under savory

Roasted Carrot Hummus

This has got to be one of my favorite homemade hummuses. The roasted carrots make it SO special! The roasting of the carrots does make this hummus a bit longer to prep, but it is worth it! I used FRESH chickpeas with this recipe, but if you do not have time to cook the chickpeas or do not have fresh chickpeas on hand, 2 boxes will do just fine.

This recipe makes a good amount of hummus. You can eat it all, give some to a friend, or store it in the fridge for the week and eat it with pita chips, cucumbers, celery and carrots.. is that weird to eat carrot hummus with carrots?

You will need some kind of bender for this recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 4 large sized carrots - roughly chopped
  • EVOO for roasting carrots
  • 2 tbs EVOO to put in HUMMUS while mixing
  • salt (you will add salt to the carrots and then more to the hummus while mixing)
  • pepper
  • 1 cup raw dried chick peas (you will be cooking these, I did it in a crockpot just add water and cook for a couple hours on high) OR 2 Boxes/BPA free cans of chickpeas
  •  1/4 cup tahini
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric 
  • 1 garlic clove chopped
  • Juice of 1/2 large lemon or 1 small lemon
  • 1/2 cup-2/3 cup water - depends on how thick your hummus ends up being. Add water as needed.

Directions: 

* If using fresh chickpeas cook them according to package,

  • preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • place roughly chopped carrots coated with EVOO, salt and pepper in the oven for about 20 minutes or until tender. 
  • While carrots are cooking squeeze your lemon, measure out your 2 tbs of EVOO, 1/2 C tahini and all of your spices (cumin, paprika, turmeric and salt). 
  • Dump the chickpeas, cooked carrots and all your mise en place (aka all the food you prepped) in the blender- don't forget your garlic clove.
  • Blend and slowly add in water. You will need to pause and scrape down the sides and then start to blend again.
  • Your hummus is done when it is smooth and all mixed. It will be a beautiful orange color and will taste AWESOME! You can serve it in a bowl and add a bit of EVOO to the top if you wish.

ENOY! XO

 

Mango, Lime, Chili, Sea Salt Salad

YUM! In this mango salad you will find sweet, salty, tangy and hot flavors that all come together to make an awesome experience in your mouth! A must try for the summer.

Ingredients:

  • 2 mangos
  • Juice of 1 lime and some zest
  • 1-2 tsp red chili pepper flakes (more or less if desired)
  • Sea Salt (Pink Salt if you have)

Directions:

  • Cut mango into cubes
  • squeeze lime juice
  • add in salt, chili pepper flakes and mix everything
  • cover and let it sit in fridge for at least 20 minutes before serving

Enjoy! 

 

Posted on July 27, 2015 and filed under food, snack, savory, sweet, apps/side dish, vogue.

Muffin Tin Baked Eggs Recipe: GREAT breakfast for the on-the-go person.

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I LOVE EGGS! And I know most of us have busy schedules leaving us little time in the AM to make and prepare an intense festive breakfast. BUT that does not mean you can not eat a HEALTHY breakfast.

This muffin tin baked eggs recipe is pretty awesome. It will take a little prep time, but it will yield about four days worth of breakfast with no fussing in the morning, and you will have a healthy breakfast in no time.

Ingredients:

  • 1 dozen eggs
  • veggies that you wish (I have mushrooms, tomatoes, asparagus and garlic. I added cilantro to the top before I put it in the oven)
  • EVOO
  • muffin tin
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Directions:

  • preheat oven to 350
  • Chop veggies small
  • sautee in a pan with EVOO and garlic for about 4 minutes. Not too long because it will cook more in the oven.  Add salt, pepper, any seasoning you like. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl beat all 12 eggs add a tiny splash of water to add some fluff to your eggs.
  • Spray/lightly oil muffin tin. Eggs will stick!
  • Scoop veggies into muffin tin. Top off with egg mixture.
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Place egg and veggie mixture  in the oven for 20 minutes or until you see the eggs start to puff up. Take out and LET IT SIT for 5 minutes!! After it has set, take a knife and circle each muffin tin to release the egg. Eat two and then place the rest in a zip lock bag in the fridge (let it cool off first). When you are ready for breakfast take two muffin eggs out of the fridge, pop it in the microwave for 45 seconds and PERECTO, you have a great healthy breakfast!! SO fast, so easy, and soooo delicious. Eggs will stay good in the fridge up to four days. You can store in a plastic ziplock bag or glass container. Try putting a paper towel inside the bag to absorb any moisture eggs release.

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Have you made these egg muffins before? What type of veggies do you put inside? I'd love to hear from you!

 

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Posted on August 9, 2013 and filed under savory, food, breakfast.

Collard Green Wrap, a GREAT lunch option.

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My clients and readers are always asking me "What is a good food option for lunch"? Well folks... here it is. Collard Green Wrap!

It is delicious AND easy! Wrapping the "burrito" was the hardest part for me. 

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddXDgOmCzMY&w=560&h=315]

Feel free to stuff your collard green burrito with anything you wish. Elise gave us advice:

1. Do not stuff it with anything pointy like carrot strings. Pointy things can puncture the wrap.

2. Double up the wrap with two layers of collard greens

3. Make sure you add a grain like Quinoa, couscous, or brown rice. This will help absorb any juices from your vegetables or any other foods you decide to add to your wrap.

What else have you used as a "wrap" other than the traditional tortilla?

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After Elise shared her recipe with us it was only fair that I take her through a workout. The video will be posted tomorrow! 

Dairy free tomato soup! YUMMY!

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Yesterday I made a tomato soup. I read different recipes and came up with my own. The final product was delicious. A definite thumbs up!

Ingredients:

10 vine ripe tomatoes cut in quarters

5-7 garlic cloves

EVOO

1-1.5 tsp cumin

1tsp coriander

salt

pepper

basil

oregano

1 Cup chicken or vegetable stalk

cayenne pepper (optional for a little kick)

goat cheese (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450

Dice tomatoes into quarters and put them in a baking dish. Cover the tomatoes with EVOO and add plenty of salt, pepper, oregano, and basil. I would say add enough salt not TOO much, but do not be afraid to add the pepper, oregano, and basil.

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In the dish place 5-7 garlic cloves. They will get nice and soft as they cook in the oven and will add great flavor to your soup.

Place the tomatoes and garlic in the oven for 35 minutes. As they cook you will notice juices emerging from the tomatoes and a wonderful smell will fill in the air! Mix the tomatoes twice. Once after 15 minutes and again after 25 minutes.

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After the tomatoes are cooked, carefully take the dish out of the oven as the tomatoes will now be sitting in a lot of tomatoes juices.

Heat a large pot (one that you would make a soup in) and add EVOO or vegetable oil, crushed garlic, cumin, coriander, and a little cayenne pepper if you want a kick.  I would add about 1/2 tsp-1tsp of each, less for the cayenne. Feel free to add more of the seasonings and make sure there is enough oil so that the seasonings do not get stuck to the bottom of the pot. Do not let the garlic burn. Put the fire on medium to low heat. You want it to sizzle for about 3-5 minutes. Keep mixing.

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Add the tomatoes and all of their juices to the pot of seasonings and mix for a minute.

Add 1 cup of chicken or vegetable stock. Mix everything and simmer on low for about 3 minutes.

Take the tomato mixture off the heat and let it sit and cool down. After about 10 minutes  blend everything. You can puree if you have an immersion blender. Or you can pour it in your blender like I did! Works great.

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I made the soup with a grill cheese sandwich on the side. YUM. For my camera man I added a tsp of crumbled goat cheese, in his bowl, to give it a little more creaminess. Camera man said he LIKED the tomato soup!!!! This could be one of the very few dishes he has given positive feed back on. WOW.

I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Cooking a whole chicken. Excuse me if you "don't eat no meat!"

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Today is the first time I bought and am going to bake a whole chicken; skin, bones and all.  I asked my facebook fans for advice and some chimed in with amazing recipes and tips:

  • " I like stuffing mine with lemon and thyme and roasting with root veggies around it."
  • "Use plenty of fresh herbs and put lemons on the bottom of the pan. Also, I cook mine at a higher temperature to get it crispy. 400 degrees for an hour."
  • Simple recipe where they do not use butter:  Her advice "watch out for your smoke detector b/c of the high temp... Also get twine and truss it! (this video is helpful)"
  • Herb Roasted Chicken Recipe
  • "Boil it and make chicken noodle soup. Its easy, just labor intensive. "
  • " I like to have a thin layer of water on the bottom of the pan too - keeps it moist  and baste, baste, baste!"
  • "Stuff it with lemon. Put sea salt, fresh ground pepper and a little bit of olive oil on top."
  • "I was scared the first time I cooked a whole chicken too but it's super easy. I use Ina Garten's recipe. Also I don't eat the skin (and I'm guessing you don't either) so I cook it breast side down and it stays super moist!"
  • Roast Chicken Magic, their secret is Citrus!

I have decided to cook my chicken tomorrow because I will not get home until 7:30 tonight and my chicken will not be ready until 8:30pm, which is kinda late for me.  Because I have the chicken today, but am not going to cook until tomorrow, I am thinking about brining the chicken in order to make it super moist. Have you ever tried this? Does it work?

I am looking forward to my adventure today when I brine, and tomorrow when I cook. I have no problem (usually) eating a nice cleaned chicken breast, but when it comes to touching the raw chicken it kinda grosses me out... anyone else?!  EW I am flinching just thinking about it. I have to over come my fear of raw chicken and cook it. I am going to cook it like a CHAMP!

One of my favorite movie scenes from My Big Fat Greek Wedding! Skip to 4:15 for the "eat no meat" reference.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3N5V9ml2VU

Posted on January 2, 2013 and filed under food, entree, savory.

Cabbage, kale, white bean, carrot, celery and brown basmati rice soup!

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I love making soups. Soups are usually easy to make and are a nice low calorie option to keep you warm during the cold winter months!

This soup does not look great, but it tastes great. I put this soup together myself, so no recipe followed. You can tweak the measurements if you feel necessary. This recipe makes a lot of soup. So cut in half if you wish to make a smaller batch! As I was writing this blog I realized that I need to do a better job at recording my measurements for people who like to cook with measured amounts of seasonings and such, which hmm is probably most people. Sorry I'll do a better job next time!

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Ingredients:

  • half head of white cabbage (fist time I used it in a soup and I love it!)
  • 3 carrot sticks
  • 3 stalks of celery
  • 1/2 onion (I left this out, but you can add!)
  • Kale- 5 leafs? I am not really sure but that sounds about right.  You can use more or less.
  • White beans (I used raw white kidney beans and then cooked them myself, you can grab a can if you wish)
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  • 1cup of basmati rice (you can use regular brown rice, or you can totally leave this out)
  • 6 cups chicken or veggy broth (for soup) I know so MUCH. you can add half water half stalk.
  • garlic, minced about 2 tbs
  •  salt to taste (don't be afraid to add it. Mine did not have enough)
  •  pepper to taste
  • EVOO- 2tbs, add more if needed
  • dried thyme to taste. I added a lot. It was so good. Don't be afraid
  • Cumin (if you wish)

Directions:

  • First I dealt with the raw beans.  I brought 1 cup of white kidney beans to a boil took it off the heat and let it sit for an hour as I was prepping the soup.  This allows the beans to soften a bit.
  • dice the carrots, celery, and onion
  • Slice the cabbage in little strips, you do not need to make the strips small but try to not have them too thick.
  • In a pot add some EVOO and mix in some garlic, let is sizzle a little then add in diced onions, cabbage, carrots and celery. Mix for about 4-5 minutes on medium heat. You will slowly see all of your veggies shrink. Mostly the cabbage.
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  • Add in your 6 cups of broth,white beans and kale. Mix and then let it sit uncovered until it comes to a boil.
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  • Lower heat to "Low" and let it cook for (SHOOT I didnt time it but this is an estimate) about 45minutes-1hour. Mix every 20 minutes. You should test and just feel it out. When veggies seem cooked, you are done! Take off heat and enjoy.
  • **As your soup is cooking, make your brown rice. Then mix into soup at the very end. This is optional. I did it and find the soup more filling.
Posted on December 6, 2012 and filed under food, savory, entree, apps/side dish.

Black Bean Hummus, make your own at home!

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Its easy! We know that hummus is made from ground chickpeas... so how hard can this be, right? I did not have tahini so this is a tahini free hummus. The only thing is that you need a food processor. Mine is about 40 years old, probably. It was my grandmas and she gave it to me, but it works like a charm! Cuisinart, baby!

* Tahini is roasted sesame seed paste. It is actually really good.

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Ingredients:

1 can black beans

1 can garbanzo beans

2 garlic cloves (you can do one if you do not love garlic)

1 jalapeño pepper (mine was spicy- so do a half or none if you do not like "heat")

half  lemon

1/4 cup water

2 tablespoon EVOO

cumin, salt, pepper to taste (I didn't measure I  just kinda added it in)

Directions:

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Add all ingredients to food processor, blend until smooth. I made sure to mince the garlic and Jalapaneo pepper before I put in blender.  If the final product looks too thick add more water and blend again. Enjoy with carrot sticks, or pita chips.

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Let me know if you try, and how it comes out!

Posted on October 25, 2012 and filed under food, savory, apps/side dish.

My kind of "Pizza"

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SImple. Easy. Delicious. And Sweat with Lauren Hefez approved. This recipe was inspired by Linda Wagner.

Craving Pizza? Try this!

ingredients:

  • Ezekiel bread ( My favorite is the sesame kind)
  • marinara sauce
  • tomatoes ( I used grape tomatoes, but you can use any kind. I like them small because it is easier to bite.)
  • chevre style goat cheese (I used one infused with tomato and basil. Found at WholeFoods.) 

Directions:

  • toast Ezekiel bread
  • take out of  toaster oven and put marina sauce, goat cheese, sliced tomatoes, and fresh basil
  • switch the oven to broil put the "pizza" back in the oven for 2 minutes ....and you are DONE! Do you have any "Pizza" recipes??
Posted on October 17, 2012 and filed under food, lunch, entree, savory.