Monthly Archives: September 2014

Gourmet Naan Pizza App!

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Serve as an appetizer or a meal, this vegetarian dish can be whipped up in 20 minutes, served warm or cold.

2 servings or 12-16 appetizer servings

What you need:

2 naan flatbreads
4-5 tbsp pesto mix
1/2 cup diced kale or spinach
1/2 cup diced red peppers
4 tbsp goat cheese
6 green or black olives, sliced
Fresh lemon

How to prepare:

Preheat oven to 325°F
Cover baking sheet with parchment paper
Brush pesto mix onto naan bread
Distribute kale. Peppers, olives and goat cheese
Bake for 12-15 minutes
Squeeze fresh lemon juice on top of pizza if desired

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Vegetable Soup!

Fall is just around the corner! So to celebrate my favorite season, I’m cooking up a warm vegetable soup on this beautiful but chilly day!

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Vegetarian
Serves 4

What you’ll need:

•5 tablespoons of Epicure’s Dry Vegetable Broth (no msg added and low in sodium) or 2 cubes of Knorr Vegetable Broth
•4 cups of water
•2 cups of diced celery
•1 cup of diced carrots
•1 large baking potato
•1 green onion (all of it!)
•Pepper (don’t be shy!)
•1 tsp of salt
•Dry basil (a couple dashes)
•3 cups of pasta: ‘Shells’ or any other kind

How to prepare:

•In a large pot bring water, broth, vegetables, onions, basil, pepper and salt to a boil
•Reduce heat to medium for 20 minutes
•Then simmer for 15 minutes on low until celery and carrots are soft

•Cook pasta as directed on package in a separate pot
•Combine the soup and pasta together
•Let cool

Serve with fresh pada, or any other fresh bread!

Happy Soup-ing!

What to do with all that kale?

So you’ve purchased a bunch of kale, made a couple salads, but still have a few pounds of kale left!

Salad is fun, a couple times a week! But what are you to do with all of that kale?

Here’s are 4 easy and healthy ideas to help ensure those leafy greens won’t go to waste!

But firstly, what are the benefits of kale?

•Kale has 2.5 grams of protein per cup
•High in Vitamin K (bone health)
•High in fiber
•Antioxidant (cancer fighting)
•Good source of Vitamin A & C
•High in calcium

Now let’s get cooking!

1. Kale Wraps!

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Make these veggie kale wraps in under 5 minutes! Just add some peppers, kale, cheese and honey dijon!

2. Quinoa Topper!

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•Cook quinoa as directed on package
•Dice up kale, green onions, peppers, and or tomatoes
•Add 1 tbsp of olive oil and 1 tsp of lemon juice per cup of quinoa
•Mix it up and enjoy

3. Pizza night!

Pizza kits are the best! With whole wheat & thin crust options now available, you can make a homemade pizza that the whole family can enjoy!

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We made half meat and half veggie (for me) The left side toppings include:

Giant olives, orange & red peppers, cheese and kale!

You can also substitute the pizza sauce with a pesto mix and scratch the cheese.

4. Scrambled eggs!

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Some other great ideas to incorporate kale into your meals are:

•Smoothies
•Kale chips
•Stir fry
•Soups

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Taco Bowl Night!

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Restaurant inspired, this taco bowl dish just take a little prep time and can be served in so many ways… with soups, salads, stir fry’s and more!

We went with a Mexican style dish tonight! It’s almost like a personalized healthy nacho platter! Mmm 🙂

Serves two

What you’ll need:

•2 large tortillas
•1 ripe avocado
•1/2 red pepper
•1/2 green pepper
•2 cups romaine ettuce
•1 cup shredded cheese
•Salsa
•Sour cream
•Your choice of meat if desired

For the taco bowl:

•Heat oven to 40O°F
•Place tortillas in the bowl
•Bake for 10 minutes
•Let cool and set aside

Toppings:

•Shred lettuce
•Dice up the peppers
•Grate cheese
•Dice avocado

Method:

•Place 1 cup of lettuce into each bowl
•Divide peppers and avocado, distribute on top of the lettuce
•Top with sour cream, salsa and lastly cheese!

Enjoy!