The Easiest Stewed Cabbage & Artichoke Recipe

Cabbage is a funny little green veggie that can be hard to figure out how to eat and incorporate into meals. Aside from liking the taste, there’s a lot of positive reasons to eat cabbage. It’s a good source of protein and calcium and is a very good source of dietary fiber and most of the major vitamins. Here is an easy, no hassle way to prepare cabbage that serves as a delicious meal or side dish.

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What you need:

1 small cabbage

4-5 artichoke hearts from a can

chili powder (if you like it w a kick)

1 cup of tomato sauce (or stewed tomatoes)

1 cup of water

Rip the leaves of cabbage into smaller pieces and put in a sauce pan with about 1/2 cup of water. Bring the water to a boil and then settle on a simmer. While the cabbage is reducing down sprinkle in some chili powder (I put about a tsp). Once the cabbage is no longer leafy add in the artichoke hearts. Then while the pot is on simmer, pour in the tomato sauce. Add another 1/2 cup of water to the pot. Place a lid on the pot and let sit for about 20 minutes, occasionally stirring. When the cabbag

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e and artichoke are done cooking they will be soft and the artichokes will start to fall apart. Drain the liquid from the cabbage (keep a little as “juice”) and you are all done! Serve warm.

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BBQ Cauliflower “Wings”

20131029-162825.jpg With football season among us beer and wings seem to be the most common Sunday food fair. My dad and I watch every Patriots game together and I can assure you there is never a lack of wings or beer (and gf cider 🙂 ) but in an attempt to be a little more healthy I surveyed Pinterest for ideas. Here is an awesome recipe that I found on pinterest and modified for cauliflower “wings”. While these babies aren’t chicken, they taste amazing and are a fun, healthy, and tasty alternative! I like to make them just to snack on.

Here’s what you will need:

1/2 cup of gluten free flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill)

1/2 cup of water

1 large cauliflower

1 Tbsp of water

1 cup favorite BBQ sauce

Here’s what to do…

 

Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees.

In a medium/ large mixing bowl whisk the water and flour together until you have a batter.

Separate the cauliflower into bite size pieces and dip the pieces in the batter, covering as much of the cauliflower as possible.

Remove access drippy batter and place the cauliflower bites on a greased cookie pan and put in the over for 30 minutes.

In a small bowl  mix the BBQ sauce of your choice with 1 tbsp of water.

When the cauliflower bites are ready (after 30 minutes) remove from the oven and cover entirely with the BBQ sauce mix. Using a kitchen brush is the most effective way to do this.

Place the bites back in the oven for 10 minutes

You should see the cauliflower start to “bubble” and sizzle after 10 minutes, remove them and let cool.

Enjoy!!!

Caramelized Butternut Squash & Fig

Carmalized Butternut Squash and Fig Now that fall is well among us it’s officially squash time! Here’s an easy to make, delicious  and healthy recipe that will liven up any meal. Here ‘s what you will need.

1 Large Butternut Squash ingredients

20 figs

4 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar

3 Tbsp honey

1 Tbsp brown sugar

Here’s What You Do

  1. Preheat the over to 350 degrees
  2. While the oven is preheating pre-cook the squash for 8 minutes in the microwave.
  3. Quarter the figs (so they are cut into 4 pieces each)
  4. When the squash is done pre-cooking, hold with a towel (because it will be hot) and slice 1 inch round cuts
  5. Dice these pieces into triangles (see pictures)
  6. In a sauce pan mix the balsamic vinegar, honey and brown sugar, on low heat and mix slowly. Allow the sauce to caramelize as you slowly mix the ingredients together (this should take about 8 minutes)
  7. Place the squash and figs in a baking pan and pour in the sauce until all is covered
  8. Bake for 45 minutes

A Berry Sweet Green Smoothie

I’m all about berries during the summer. Blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries; you name it I will gladly eat it.

So in the spirit of fresh berries I wanted to make a summery smoothie with one of my all time favorites, blackberries. Below is my recipe for a deliciously sweet and healthy blackberry-induced smoothie.

What You Need:

  • About 15 blackberries
  • 1 whole orange
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango
  • 1/2 cup spinach (I used spinach and arugula when the pic was taken–stick to just spinach)
  • 1/2 cup almond milk

First mix the berries, orange and almond milk. Then once that’s been liquified add in the mango and spinach. If you want the smoothie thicker add a couple of ice cubes to the mix. If you prefer a thinner drink, add a little more almond milk!

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Chopped Summer Salad (with a kick)

Firstly, I want to apologize for royally sucking and not writing in forever. Please forgive me! This past month has been beyond crazy but at the end of it all I now officially have a new job and am a year older 🙂

That being said here’s a quick, fresh salad recipe that makes an awesome and filling lunch or dinner.

Ingredients: 

1/4 an eggplant

1/2 red pepper

1/2 cup of corn

1/2 summer squash

1 vine ripe tomato

1/2 cucumber

4 small slices of hot pepper

3 oz grilled chicken (if wanted)

How to Make It:

IMG_3929Dice the tomatoes, cucumbers,  red pepper and hot pepper and put in a bowl with the corn

Dice the eggplant and summer squash and either bake until cooked (about 15 mins at 350) or sauté in a frying pan for about 5 minutes

Add to the bowl of other ingredients and sprinkle a pinch of salt over everything

Pour onto your plate (and if wanted add grilled chicken)

That’s it— probably the easiest meal ever 🙂

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Orange Strawberry Green Smoothie

I recently discovered how delicious it is to add orange to a green smoothie. Especially now that the weather is warm, it lightens up the smoothie and adds that refreshing, sweet citrus taste. I’m excited to release a few orange smoothie recipes, starting with this one below. I hope you all enjoy!

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Ingredients:

1 large orange

5-6 large frozen strawberries

1/2 cup spinach

1/2 cup almond milk

Low Cal Coffee Coolata

Coffee lovers rejoice! Now you can make the perfect coffee coolata without all the calories or the trip to Dunkin Donuts!

While this recipe is insanely easy it does require a little bit of prep. The night before you plan to make it freeze roughly .5 ounces of almond milk. I recommend using a 1.2 ounce tupperwear to freeze the almond milk in for convenience and easy measuring. You also will need an entire tray of ice cubes.

Ready for how simple this is to make? Here it is:

Using a coffee maker brew 5- 6 oz of coffee (the smallest cup size option on the Kuerig)

Let the coffee cool so it is no longer steaming

Add all of the ice cubes from the full tray and the frozen almond milk

Blend

And that’s it! You can also add sugar for sweetness if needed.

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My First Kale Green Smoothie

image photoI decided to give kale a try since I’ve been hearing all about how nutrient dense it is. Turns out I don’t like kale but, I made a few #greensmoothies with it that came out well. Below is the first one I made that I liked. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup kale
  • 1 cup honeydew melon
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup almond milk

Dairy Free, Nutrient Rich Chocolate Milk Shake

If you love milk shakes but don’t want all the fat, empty calories, and sugar here is a perfect solution. This recipe gives you a thick, sweat chocolate taste with few calories and tons of nutrients!images

Ingredients:

1/2 cup of almond milk, frozen

1 1/2 tbsps natural cocoa powder

1 and 1/2 bananas

Freeze 1/2 cup of almond milk over night or until completely frozen. When ready to make the shake, place the frozen almond milk in your blending cup with 1 1/2 tbsps of all natural cocoa powder. Next add 1 and a half bananas and blend all together. For an even thicket shake increase almond milk to a few cup.

Let me know what you guys think!