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Easy (and delicious) Baked Falafel

 I really enjoy falafel. The two best falafels I ever had were in Israel and the Jewish quarter in Paris. I have never tried to make Falafel at home because deep frying things is messy and not really my thing. But baking things, I love baking things. This recipe is the bomb dot com (Amy if you are reading this, that was for you).

This recipe is so good. I mean SO good! Camera man approved, and we all know how critical he is. I literally just ate a plate of falafel. Next time I will either put it in a pita with all fun veggies, or make it with a great side salad: cucumber and tomatoes diced very small with EVOO and lemon juice. Something like this.

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Raw garbanzo beans (aka chick peas) these beans will be soaked in water for at LEAST an hour- over night is great. DO NOT USE CANNED BEANS- it will NOT work for this recipe. 
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander (if you do not have coriander do not worry- just skip it)
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 small onion or 1/4 of a medium diced
  • 2-3 tbs EVOO

Directions:

  • preheat oven to 375 (I like to put the pan in the oven so it is hot when you put the falafel on it)
  • soak beans for at least an hour -or overnight in water
  • drain beans and rinse
  • dice onions and garlic
  • put everything in food processor: beans, oil, onions and garlic, dry spices cilantro and parsley
  • mix for about 1-2 minutes or until it is well mixed
  • Take the pan out let it cool off just a little. Add a generous amount of EVOO to the pan. Make little balls with the falafel mixture. Mixture will be softer than you expect it to be. Do not worry if it is a little runny.
  • Bake the balls for 15 minutes - turn them over with spatula and bake for another 10-12 minutes. You want a little browning on top. 
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TAHINI DRESSING:

This dressing is very versatile and it can be used as a salad dressing or you can dump it  right into a pita wrap filled with falafel and veggies. Or you can dunk your falafel right into the dressing like I did!

I might need to perfect this dressing a bit but I think this works:

  • juice from 1 large lemon
  • 2 tbs of tahini
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cumin
  • a little water to get it mixing and some EVOO (pour maybe 2 TBS of EVOO and as much water as you think to make it the consistency you want. Maybe 1/4 cup ?)
  • sometimes garlic powder is good!
  • BLEND TOGETHER :)

I rarely ever measure the dressing and I kind of just go for it! Play around with this dressing recipe or look up another one that you like. Let me know how it goes! How did you eat your falafel? 

XO

 

Posted on June 16, 2015 and filed under entree, apps/side dish.

My breakfast this AM and a Maxi dress worth buying

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Most mornings I have time to make myself breakfast. I love to  sit, relax , drink my tea and update myself on anything that happened in the world while I was sleeping. Not every morning is so glorious. On those mornings I have to grab and go. I can not function on an empty stomach. Here are my go to, on the go, breakfast ideas:

1. I always pair a fruit with a nut. I never do just a fruit.  I like a banana  or apple and a handful of almonds or walnuts.

2. KIND bars!  LOVE LOVE LOVE. Especially the  NUTS & SPICES. I grab that along with a banana.

3. While I am getting ready I put a piece of bread in the toaster, spread some nut butter on it, slice some apples and make an on-the-go sandwich.

Quick healthy options right there for you. What is your on the go meal?

Have you tried KIND bars? Which bar is your favorite?!

This past weekend I had two wedding celebrations. I wanted to share this maxi dress with you because it is just AWESOME. If you are looking for a summery fun maxi dress, check this one out! AND its on SALE! :) AND how gorgeous is the bride!!!!

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The back is the best part!

My earrings: I searched far and wide for the earrings that I am wearing. I really like the look of BIG earrings but can not wear them. They are usually heavy and I feel like they are pulling my ear lobes off and making my earring hole SO big.  I am always on the look out for BIG but LIGHT earrings! I found some that are great.  Hoop-la!  Their color selection is AWESOME and their airy-ness is the best.  I wore purple ones above, and black ones below.

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Stay tuned for your weekly workout! Will post tomorrow  or Friday! Wishing you SWEET SWEAT! XO

Posted on August 21, 2013 and filed under food.

How NOT to blow your healthy eating this July 4th weekend.

July 4th means a lot of food, drinking, and dessert. But it does not mean that you have to throw your healthy eating out the window! This is what I would do before heading out this weekend:

1. Workout before you leave for your BBQ or outing.  (you could workout after but I like before better)

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2. Drink a lot of water the morning of. I would eat a light breakfast. Maybe an egg, avocado and toast? Or some nuts and a banana. You could even do a green juice! I would never leave my house with an empty stomach. That would just set me up for disaster. Get something in your belly so you are not starving causing you to overeat.

3. I always try to bring a healthy side dish or appetizer. I am bringing a hearty and delicious salad to my families BBQ. Bringing something is helpful because if there is nothing on the "healthy" side at your BBQ, you know you always have your dish to fall back on!

4. If you are going to a place where there will be a lot of people, loud music and drinking it is easy to get caught up in the excitement and just start shoving food in your mouth. Try to be mindful. Find a seat and enjoy your beer (or cocktail!) and food. Sitting makes a HUGE difference and will somehow make you feel more satisfied.

5.  Fill your plate with veggies or salad, first! Then you can add in your protein and starch. I would grab a sweet potato or brown rice if that is an option!

How I will fill my plate:

- half my plate will be filled with a salad or veggies of some sort

- a protein (probably grilled chicken). About the size of my cell phone, or smaller.

- possibly some type of starch. Brown rice? Sweet potato?

- and I will always leave room for dessert!!!!

6. How I will choose my dessert: I will most likely scope out the table and choose something chocolaty. I love chocolate. And I will take just a little to satisfy me. Look at the table first, then pick your favorite dessert. Who knows, it might even be the fruit!?

7. Try to avoid sugary margarita mixes and drinks. I would stick to the less sugary drinks. After every alcoholic drink grab a water. If you are hosting a BBQ maybe you can try one of these: (Thanks Sarah!)

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So there you have it. Do not stress about what you are eating, just enjoy every bite. Holidays should be fun. Do not deprive yourself, that will just lead to over indulging. Enjoy your friends and family (or whoever you are with)! Be mindful of what you are putting in your body. And if it is a chocolate chop cookie, enjoy and embrace every bite :)

Be safe and  happy fourth!

Posted on July 3, 2013 and filed under food.

4 ingredient brownies

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raw brownies

For my wedding Elise catered the perfect lunch for my bridesmaids and I.  She made the best brownies ever.  I invited her to come over so she could show us all how to make these delicious treats!


What you need:

1C cacao powder

1C dates (take the pits out!)

1C walnuts

1tsp salt

food processor

Posted on June 14, 2013 and filed under dessert.

Grapefruit too bitter? Try this!

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I'll admit it, I am not a fan of grapefruit. I always get annoyed when health magazines and websites tell us to eat grapefruit for breakfast. Like really? You want us to like the taste of grapefruit?!!

I was SO excited when I came across an article on how to take the bitterness out of grapefruit. Watch the video below as it shows you what to do! So easy, and it works! I now can enjoy grapefruit!

WAHOOO

Posted on May 29, 2013 and filed under food, breakfast, dessert.

Cucumber and lime juice

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Every morning, while in Con Dao, I have been drinking cucumber and lime juice. It is so refreshing and really cools me off! I will continue to make this juice combination on my own for the summer:

- 1 large cucumber - 1/2 or a whole lime peeled (depending how limey you like it)

The weather here has been SO hot. If I am outside for a long period of time I can only stand it if I am in the shade, ocean or the pool.

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Con Dao is a small island off Vietnam. It is very tropical and there are a lot of mosquitos!!! The mosquitos seem to love me as I have had about 20 "kisses" already and my camera man maybe only about 5??  Bahhh

The food is so fresh and delicious! I am really enjoying all the exotic fruit! My favorites are the mangos (sooooo good and meaty here!!!!), drinking fresh coconut juice, and something called mango steen! They are not too sweet and just a little sour. I have never seen or heard of mango steen before coming to Vietnam.

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Can you name all the fruit above???

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Mango steen!

The Vietnamese diet is mainly some form of rice, vegetables and some type of meat or fish. I have never eaten so much rice in my life! Everyday, without fail, I have been eating rice! They also use a lot of lemongrass for things like seasoning dishes, scents for soap, massage oils, candles, insect repellant... pretty much everything. Good thing I like the smell...phew. Actually, check out the picture above of the fresh green coconut. The green straw that is stuck inside is a lemongrass straw!!!

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Lemongrass

I was able to film a short arms and abs video for you. Enjoy!!

We only have a couple more days here until our trip is over! Ok now I am off for some dinner.... (probably rice!)

xin chào!