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Chocolate Green Monster

Green Monsters have totally saved my life. Totally.
I generally have no use for salad. Ugh, I know. BAD.
The only kind of salad I like is one covered with chicken, bacon, pecans, cheese, blah blah blah.

However, that is not always so great for your health.
I used to eat one salad at a restaurant (*cough* Boston Pizza) thinking I was soooo good.
Then I went online and saw that this salad had 1500 calories.

Yipes. That’s like, pretty much an entire day’s worth for me.

Anywhoo, to the point, I found Green Monsters, which is a smoothie made with spinach.

GASP! I know, but YUM.

You can’t even taste the greens and it’s a great way to get the nutrients.
Not to mention that I had my braces tightened yesterday *ouch* and thought I would starve to death.

I usually drink the same old one, which I will post another time, but this morning I was needin’ some choco!

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This will be great for those who enjoy dark chocolate, it’s not overly sweet but I love it!

Chocolate Green Monster

1 1/2 cups of almond milk
2 handfuls of baby spinach
1 frozen banana, thawed
2 heaping tablespoons of pure cocoa
1 tablespoon of flaxseed powder

Place ingredients in order of list, blend until completely smooth with no pieces of spinach remaining.

I would rather drink this than a sugar-filled breakfast drink any day!
If I had some protein powder I would have added that as well.

You can also add ice if you like.

Enjoy!

-S.

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Cookbook Review: Double Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld

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This weekend I decided to try one of my two cookbooks by Jessica Seinfeld, wife of Jerry Seinfeld.

If you do not know who Jerry Seinfeld is then GET. OUT.

Joking! ..But seriously…

ANYWAY! If you aren’t familiar with her methods, Ms. Seinfeld’s mission is to get children to eat more vegetable via purees that she sneakily puts into meals and desserts. I still struggle with liking veggies, so I thought I’d give it a try.
I went for her Balsamic Chicken Sanwich.

Obviously I can’t post the recipe here, but it DID call for half a cup of broccoli puree. And I hate broccoli.
Surprisingly I couldn’t taste it at all and it was delish!

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I also made her brownies from the first cookbook, Deceptively Delicious. And while they tasted like reduced-fat brownies, I couldn’t taste the half cup of carrot and spinach purees, respectively.

One problem I had with the sandwiches, however, is that they were a bit of a pain to make.
That could be because I’m thinking of them as just sanwiches, but there seemed to be a lot of prepping and bringing to boil and reducing and covering, etc. I also had to add a bit more brown sugar than the recipe called for.

I’m sure that if using purees was a regular thing in your house, then you would have puree already at hand such as Jessica suggests.
I had to make mine prior to beginning the actual recipe.

Good news is, as I said before, it tasted great and I couldn’t even taste the broccoli which is fantastic.

So far, so good! I will for sure be using both of her cookbooks more often and reviewing the recipes.

-S.

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“Eggs”cellent!

breakfast!

Today marked our first actual ‘Saturday Morning Breakfast’ in the new house.
Something nicer than a bowl of Cheerios.

Please, God.

I used a recipe from Eating Well…Living Thin, a yummolicious ‘Spinach Cheese Bake’.

I LOVE Linda’s blog! I’ve been using her recipes for almost a year now, and she truly helped me make healthier meals without being so over-the-top that it felt overwhelming. 25 lbs later, I can honestly say that I found Linda’s blog at a time when I very much needed some guidance and it made a huge difference.
Thanks, Linda!

I made a couple of modifications based on what I had in the fridge, etc.
I used sugar instead of splenda, and light ricotta instead of cottage cheese.
I also used fresh baby spinach and not as much as would be in a package of frozen since I sometimes have trouble eating all my vegetables!
(Baby steps…)

It was sooooo good, and my husband loved it!

Have a great Saturday!

-S.

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Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes

Pasta

After living in our new home for a month, my husband and I finally went to the grocery store for a large order. After eating completely random meals for the past 4 weeks, (and by ‘meals’ I mean garbage like Mr. Noodles), it was so exciting to get a load of good, fresh ingredients!

I’m the kind of person who does much better if I create a menu for at least a week in advance. It cuts down on my stress level and keeps me from staring into the cupboards with a blank look on my face. If I know the plan, I can function. If I decide I want something else, no problem, but it’s great to have the outline handy.

Tonight I was pretty exhausted. Shopping in a new grocery store is tiring. I think we backtracked a million times! Ok…maybe just 10 or so..

Anywhoo, I had something else on the menu that was going to require me to steam and puree broccoli prior to actually starting the real recipe.

I don’t think so. I be tired.

Instead I skipped a few days ahead since the water was already boiling and threw some pasta on. It was a hit and super comforting! Perfect for a rainy evening at home and quite healthy too! I basically just eyeball everything when it’s my own recipe, but I’ll include measurements I remember. Of course, you don’t have to use light ingredients and rice pasta.

Pasta

Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes
Time: Less than 40 minutes, start to finish

Brown rice fettuccine
Skim milk
1/4 – 1/2 C. light parmesan cheese
2 TBSP Butter or Marg.
2 TBSP minced garlic (I used bottled pre-minced, handy stuff to keep in the fridge!)
2 TBSP flour
1 tomato, chopped
1 large TBSP of chopped cilantro
salt & pepper

Place pasta in salted boiling water.
While pasta is cooking, heat milk and butter in a large saucepan. Add parmesan and minced garlic.
Slowly whisk in flour and allow to simmer until thickened.
Drain pasta and place in saucepan with simmering sauce.
Stir pasta into sauce to coat and add lots of pepper.

Plate pasta and cover with fresh tomatoes and a bit more pepper.
Sprinkle with cilantro and more parmesan cheese.

YUM!

Super easy, fast, and delish!

Bon Appetit!

-S.

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