First blog post of 2021. Let’s just say I’ve gained more than a few pounds in quarantine. I’m a teacher so I sit now for 10 to 13 hours a day. However, I’m so very grateful for so many things including this recipe I’ve adapted from Optavia. This recipe comes together very quick! Because I love Cajun spices, shrimp, and grits, this recipe brings me so much joy! The grits are not actually grits at all, but are made from cauliflower! Healthy recipe for the win! I will be making this AT LEAST once a month! Here’s to a healthy 2021!
I needed to switch up my smoothie routine. Don’t get me wrong, I love my berry smoothie with greens and oatmeal, but I had it too many days in a row. When fruit is on sale, I buy it, take it home, wash it, cut it up, and stick it in the freezer. Feel free to use fresh or frozen. When I made mine, everything was frozen (except coconut). It’s getting warmer, so pina colada sounded good. I created this one and it turned out SUPER yummy. Enjoy!
Good morning! I have no idea what day it is, but that’s okay…and that’s the new “norm”, isn’t it? My kids have been making their own breakfast for many years. So it’s really nice that I now have the opportunity to make them breakfast on some mornings, like today! I happen to love Dave’s Killer Bread, so that’s what I used for myself. I used regular wheat bread for the twins. My crazy hubby doesn’t like eggs, so this breakfast wouldn’t work for him. However, my twins love eggs! Kayla likes runny yolks, but my son doesn’t. You’ll see in the photos that two of the yolks are broken. That’s on purpose. I broke them for my son. I actually sprinkled “everything bagel seasoning” on mine after it came out! I think adding some avocado and bacon on top would be magical! Stay healthy friends!
One of the people who has really brought me comfort and continues to inspire me during this time of quarantine is Rachael Ray. She’s been posting videos of herself along with her husband John, her dog Izaboo, and recipes! Well, I got a wild hair up my you-know-what and decided to make a super amateur video that I posted on Facebook. I found a recipe I wanted to revamp….almost like a Thanksgiving casserole (and I am truly “thankful” for this gift of time with my family). It was super simple, super easy, and I had all the ingredients on hand! It came out great, but I forgot to spray my slow cooker first and I didn’t have an liners left….ooops! I also browned by chicken breast really quickly because “color equals flavor”. It would not have tasted as good if I didn’t brown the chicken first! But by all means, you can absolutely throw everything into the crockpot! I can’t see what you’re doing, so no worries! But the meal brought me comfort in all this rainy weather too! I’m going to share it with you all. Stay healthy!
Health Tips: you can make this “kidney friendlier” by omitting all salt and buying a lower sodium stuffing mix.
In the midst of all the Corona virus chaos, I feel so blessed with the gift of time. I feel so fortunate to be able to work with my own kids at home and have more time to cook and blog. And I know now, more than ever, is a time to stay as healthy as possible. I decided to meal prep my breakfast smoothies. I prepped 5 at a time, one for each weekday morning. I put the majority of the ingredients in a 1 quart container and into the freezer. If you don’t have containers, just use quart size freezer bags. In the morning, I throw the contents of the container into my blender and add greek yogurt and almond milk…and maybe a tiny squirt of agave if I want a touch of sweetness. I take my time drinking it because I love the flavor so much. The oats keep me filled until my lunch. Please feel free to modify this recipe to what you have in your pantry, fidge, and freezer.
Stay safe, healthy, and for cryin’ out loud….stay home. ❤
Brrrrr it’s cold in here…I said there must be some Winter in the atmosphere! Umm finally right!??? I love this magical season and all the coziness that comes with it… Christmas lights, fireplace, blankets, hot cocoa and SOUPS, my favorite. Arroz Caldo is a porridge traditionally made around Christmas time in the Filipino culture. It’s simple, satisfying and oh so delish. Sort of like a melding of chicken soup and risotto. Typically it’s enjoyed for breakfast but it’s so yummy you can have it any time of the day. And also perfect when you have the bug. =( Snuggle up with a bowl of Arroz Caldo this Winter!
I am definitely a grazer when it comes to getting through the day, especially when I’m stressed from work! Because of this, I try my very best to fill my fridge and pantry with healthy snacks. It’s tough when I have that Hot Cheeto Fries craving though ahhh (which by the way aren’t super bad since you can have over 20 pieces a serving lol)…but back to healthiness haha…This is another favorite from Bobby Flay’s Fit cookbook. Edamame is delicious steamed/boiled with just a sprinkling of salt but this is a uniquely easy take on it, love it!
Game day or just a summer gathering with friends-these are tasty little bites that will go quickly! My mama LOVES my artichoke dip. I had some phyllo cups in my freezer that I didn’t end up using for a party I had, so I decided to mash the 2 together! This recipe made 30 little, cutie cups and boy, were they gone quickly! Think about this one for your next gathering!
Here’s a really creative way to enjoy the flavors of French onion soup without the guilt! I’ve been brainstorming ways to reimagine my favorite eats into healthy main dishes and started “Pinteresting” “French onion soup dinner”. I was inspired by this genius recipe on kudoskitchenbyrenee.com and was so happy with the result. If you have some extra time to caramelize onions, you must try this! It takes awhile to really get that brown color and sweet flavor representative of the famous soup, but it’s worth it. Other than that, it just takes a few ingredients and steps. You will be so satisfied with the combination of flavors in this dish, so yummy!!!
Health tips: Low fat, heart healthy, low carb, diabetes friendly
It’s been a while since I have had time to blog. School is taking a toll on the family this year (myself and the kids alike)! I came home pooped yesterday. I sat down to fill out some form’s for school for the kiddos and got extremely tired (I should not have sat down so soon…lol). The family started to ask what was for dinner and I told them I’m too tired. But then I remembered about this recipe! I already had all of the ingredients at home, minus the chicken. I ran to the store real quick and purchased a rotisserie chicken (since I was out of shredded chicken in my freezer), brought it home, and had my hubby shred it for me while I started the rest. It came together in no time. I AM LOVING these enchiladas! The hubby and I each ate 3 that night, then I packed us 2 lunches each for this week (containing 2 enchiladas each lunch). This recipe makes 14 enchiladas. I felt so good about eating them. I did NOT miss the tortillas one bit! You HAVE to try this recipe. I am going to make this again, using a modified version of my Chicken Enchilada Suiza Casserole recipe.