If you are like me, you want to eat healthy, but don’t have time most mornings for elaborate, time consuming recipes. I agree completely and created this quick basic morning oatmeal as a solution.
December is here! The mornings are getting noticeably chillier here in New England. Although my go-to favorite healthy breakfast in the cooler weather is oatmeal, I also happen to prefer this for breakfast year round.
Having little experience with pomegranates, but wanting to try them, I had to learn how to de-seed them. I did a little research and tried this “under water” method and it worked very well. The other methods that were recommended were cutting the pomegranate in half and tapping out the seeds (also known as arils) with a wooden spoon. This may be great too, but I have not tried it.
Looking for a tasty low carb pizza? Here it is! I actually made and photographed this a few months ago. However, it is a recipe I plan on making several times over the next few months during the holiday season. You know, to add some veggies in our lives during the hustle and bustle festive season. Plus, it is fairly quick and easy to assemble.
I believe this Cranberry Orange Nut Bread fits into the quick breads category. Although it does take a bit of time to put together, I would consider it fairly quick. In the future, and I will be making this again, I plan on chopping the cranberries and nuts ahead of time, perhaps while I am having a cup of tea. It will cut down on the preparation and then this will indeed be a quick bread. I love banana bread (see recipes here and here, of course, but when I saw this recipe in the latest Whole Foods magazine, I knew I had to try it.
While looking for an after workout snack recently and wanting to keep it relatively quick and easy, I made this smoothie. Two ingredients and just a few minutes and I was all set.
What I love about pineapple besides the wonderfully sweet tropical taste is the health benefits. Did you know that pineapples are reported to provide antioxidant and immune protection, as well as anti-inflammatory and digestive benefits? In addition, they are on the EWG* Clean Fifteen list, which means that compared to other produce, they are processed with less pesticides and therefore are relatively safe when not purchased organic. I take this list with me when I go shopping and try to follow it especially concerning the Dirty Dozen Plus (those processed with the most pesticides).
I hope everyone had a lovely weekend. This chocolate chip blondie is adapted from a recipe of a lightened, healthier chocolate chip cookie. As I can never leave well enough alone, I took the original recipe and reduced the sugar, swapped the flour, used mini hershey kisses and made blondies instead. The creative juices were flowing and that is one of the fun things about cooking and baking. I figured I would try making these changes and see what happened.
But, I have to say, the results were well worth it.
Here’s a quick and easy dessert idea. I have been consciously trying to prepare in season dishes and right now here in New England, pears are in season. My beloved brussel sprouts (mon petite chou) are due to be in season soon. Swoon! It has been my experience that people either love brussel spouts or they absolutely detest them. Well, all I can say is, more for me! Ha!
For this particular recipe, I used fresh and local peaches and blueberries.
Within the post, I highlighted a technique for peeling peaches. It’s these tips that we come across that make cooking and baking easier, faster and more enjoyable. So, I thought this would be a good post for my “How To” page.