Zucchini crisps

Posted in Food on July 16, 2015 | 22 Comments »


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Every time I try a recipe I find on Pinterest I think of these types of posts. I may have laughed a little too hard at some of those. It happens though. Thankfully that didn’t happen to me today. Because a) I really wanted to try these zucchini crisps since the day I pinned them and b) I was starving!

Today I tried the Zucchini Parmesan Crisps from Damn Delicious. It’s an easy recipe to whip up. I made a few changes though. I used light soy milk in place of the egg. I also seasoned the flour with a little salt and pepper. Then I added some Italian seasoning, garlic and onion powder to the panko and parmesan. Oh, I cut the recipe in half and added 2 tbsp parmesan instead of 1/4 cup. Ok I guess you could say that I butchered the recipe. I’m sure it was fine as is. I do things differently is all.

I wouldn’t exactly say that these are healthy because they are fried. But that didn’t stop me from eating like half of the zucchini myself. These are AMAZING! I served them with a vegan ranch dip that I quickly whipped up. Here’s a closer look…

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Believe me when I tell you that these are amazing! Both my husband and son loved them! And my husband HATES veggies! This is good stuff!

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Peach green tea smoothie

Posted in Food on June 23, 2015 | 12 Comments »


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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup green tea, double strength, chilled
  • 1 container Chobani Non-Fat Peach Yogurt
  • 1 peach
  • 1/2 banana

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

My breakfasts are usually pretty boring. Every morning I have yogurt with some fresh fruit and granola. Once in a while I’ll switch it up and do overnight oats during the warmer months and hot oatmeal during the cooler months. Lately I’ve been switching it up even more by throwing some smoothies into the mix. I’m still enjoying that delicious green smoothie that I stumbled upon last month. In fact I have some smoothie packs in my freezer ready to go. But this morning I wanted something different. Something lighter, but equally refreshing and tasty. So I looked around my kitchen to see what I could come up with. When I saw my new container of The Republic of Tea Double Green Matcha Tea Bags sitting on my counter, it all fell into place. I brewed a cup, but made it double strength by adding 2 bags per 1 cup of water. Once the tea was chilled I poured 1/2 cup of it into my Vitamix along with 1 container of Chobani Non-Fat Peach Yogurt, the delicious donut peach I purchased at the market yesterday, and a half of a banana.

The peach was definitely sweet enough so adding a sweetener was unnecessary. The smoothie has a nice light peach flavor to it. The green tea adds a nice kick. Texture wise it’s not a thick smoothie, but it’s not watery either. It’s on the creamier side thanks to the added banana. It’s a truly light, refreshing, pick-me-up kind of smoothie. I’m definitely keeping this in rotation this Summer.

You can cut back on sugar by using plain yogurt. Making this change will save you an extra 11g of sugar. I personally like the extra peach flavor.

Nutrition Facts: Calories 225, Fat 0g, Cholesterol 5mg, Sodium 61mg, Fiber 5g, Sugar 33g, Protein 14g

*Nutrition Facts imported from MyFitnessPal.

Also, did you know that I added a recipe section to my blog? The recipes posted now were imported from my old blog. I’ll definitely be adding to the list. I had several more recipes, but I’ve since reworked them and they all need to be photographed again. I’ll be sure to mention whenever I add a new recipe. If you decide to make anything, please let me know. I’d love to hear what you think!

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The best green smoothie EVER

Posted in Food on May 11, 2015 | 2 Comments »


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Delicious green smoothie

I always wanted to be one of those people who started their day off with a refreshing and healthy green smoothie. The problem? I’ve never had one that I loved enough to drink every single day. If I found a recipe that tasted good enough, the texture was usually off. If I found one that had a good texture, it usually tasted like butt. Then there were the times that I’d try and convince myself that I found THE ONE only to never make it again.

That all changed last week. My mother-in-law gave me a pineapple that was ripe and ready to go. I let it sit on my counter for 2 days until I could figure out what to do with it. When my husband suggested a smoothie I couldn’t help but to make my Jim Halpert face. He told me that the smoothies I had made in the past were all great and that I was just being stubborn because I’m used to my morning coffee. There might be some truth to that, but I really wasn’t crazy about any of those smoothies. A smoothie would have to be damn near perfect for me to choose it over my beloved coffee. And perfection is what I found.

I stumbled upon this delicious looking green smoothie while searching for a smoothie that included pineapple. It looks amazing, doesn’t it?

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Smoothie packs

I mostly followed the recipe, but I did things a little differently. First, because I had a bunch of produce on hand I wanted to ensure none of it went to waste. So I made smoothie packs. I placed all of the ingredients (with the exception of the milk, yogurt, and lime zest/juice) in freezer bags and popped them in the freezer. I used 1 whole pineapple, 5 bananas, 1/2 bag frozen peaches, and 1 whole container of organic baby spinach. I evenly distributed it all into 5 freezer bags in that order. In the morning I dump the contents of the freezer bag into my Vitamix along with 1 cup Light Original Silk Soy Milk, 1 container of Chobani Non-Fat Plain Greek Yogurt, 1/2 lime zested/juiced, and blend it until smooth. I let it sit for a few minutes so that it’s not as thick. It sort of has the texture of a half melted milkshake. Taste wise it has a more tropical kind of flavor. The lime zest and juice really does add to the flavor. It’s so refreshing!

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Now I’m ready to take on the day!

Now I’m not saying that this smoothie will take the place of my coffee. But sometimes I drink my smoothie before my coffee and I actually really look forward to it. That’s saying a lot. Sometimes I drink it as a meal replacement (for breakfast or lunch), but usually I enjoy it as a post workout snack.

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