Sunday, September 30, 2012

Roasted Edamame: 2 Ways

I kept seeing these roasted edamame recipes all over Pinterest, and with Sprouts selling bags of frozen, shelled edamame on the cheap, I figured it was time to give some of these recipes a try.  Roasted Edamame is super easy to make; pretty much, all you need is the shelled edamame and olive oil.  After that, you can use any combination of spices to round out the flavor.  I made one simple recipe with salt and pepper, and one with parmesan cheese.  I added cayenne pepper to each one because I like having that hint of heat in my food.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Salt and Vinegar Kale Chips

I finally bought some kale to make those kale chips that everyone has been talking about.  Kale chips are a healthier alternative to fried potato chips and are delicious.  I did a trial and error, trial and success on this recipe for Salt and Vinegar Kale Chips, but I'm pretty sure that the error was all me and not actually the recipe.  I originally used half of my container of kale to make salt and vinegar kale chips.  They are super easy to make; only 4 ingredients-olive oil, vinegar, and salt! My mistake was that I used WAY too much salt so they were kind of unbearable.  The second night, I omitted the salt completely because I clearly was too heavy handed with it the first time. The second batch of kale chips (just olive oil and vinegar) were delicious.  Next time kale is on sale, I'll try it with a lot less salt and hope for the best.  Definitely try this out! It's a fun way to work a healthy, leafy green into your day.

you can actually see the salt on this-WAY too much!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Best Effing French Toast Ever

This is serious.  The best French Toast is made with Challah first of all, but the best effing French Toast is made with Raisin Challah. Period, end of story.  Challah (or Challah bread...also spelled Hallah...or Jewish bread...?) is braided egg's soft and delicious. Check your local grocery stores if you don't know where to find this bread. Trust me, it's worth it.

Raisin Challah French Toast: The Best Effing French Toast Ever

To buy:
1 loaf of Raisin Challah (since you know...bread comes in loaves...) use 1 or 2 semi thick slices per person for a filling breakfast
2 whole eggs or 3 egg whites (per person)
1/4 cup of Almond Milk (or skim milk, whole milk, soy milk...your pleasure) (per person)
Cinnamon Sugar (a few sprinkles)

To do:
Spray a pan with non stick cooking spray
Crack eggs into a bowl (separate whites from yolks if you wish)
Add milk into the bowl and fork together
Soak slices of raisin challah in egg and milk mixture
Put pan on stovetop, medium heat; put the soaked slices of challah on the pan (I pour any left over egg/milk mixture over my slices at this point)
Cook until done, put french toast on plate, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and enjoy!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Tortilla Soup from Eating Well

Yes, I'm that weirdo who eats soup at any time of the year; last Sunday, I tried a Tortilla Soup recipe from Eating Well Magazine.  I was a little hesitant about the chicken in this soup because I have never actually cooked chicken IN a soup and I have a bad history of giving myself (and myself ONLY!!) mild cases of food poisoning. (This is why I try all of my recipes on myself first and BEFORE I post them; I'd never want to make anyone else sick!!) Anyway, never fear, the chicken cooked all the way through and the soup was delicious! Spicy enough that you don't need to add any extra seasoning to the ingredients.  The fresh poblano peppers and fresh onions give the soup a spicy kick that stays even through refrigeration.  I did leave out the cheese and cilantro (calories and laziness-don't mind me), but I did add in a can of rinsed black beans.

If you like fresh and spicy soup, give this one a try; I really don't think you'll be disappointed.

Be sure to check the recipe out here, or pin it!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Hot Fruity Rolled Oats

Here's another super easy oatmeal recipe.  This comes out very tart, so I would suggest adding some splenda or sugar if you don't like tart; I personally think that it's delicious.  Buying bulk roll oats is awesome and very cheap!  This is a great breakfast because it's got lots of filling fiber and will keep you full until lunch.

Hot Fruity Rolled Oats

To buy:
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 cup water
1/2 cup frozen fruit (I usually buy the huge bags of frozen fruit...enough to go on forvever! I use the mixed berry for this breakfast)
optional: splenda/sugar/whatever sweetener you like

To do:
Boil 1 cup of water; add in 1/2 cup rolled oats. Cook until most of water has been absorbed by the oats.  Add 1/2 cup frozen fruit and stir.  Cook until most of the juice from the fruit has been absorbed by the oats.  Serve and add sweetener if you'd like. Enjoy!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Spicy Saucy Popcorn

This is my most favorite healthy snack.  It's delicious and it will absolutely clear your sinuses like nothing else. I actually stopped buying packaged microwave popcorn, so I will share how to pop your own popcorn for those of us who were not born before microwave popcorn existed.  You can use any type of hot sauce that you like...but when I say hot sauce, I mean the hot sauce that comes in a bottle- Tabasco Sauce, Frank's Red Hot...NOT salsa...they are two different things and now you know.

Also, to note for those of you counting calories or being healthy: 1 cup of air popped popcorn has about 31 calories in it; a serving of popcorn is 3 cups popped (give or take 90-100 calories).  If your popcorn is coming out of a microwave bag and you don't want to break out the measuring cups, there are 2 servings of popcorn in that one bag.

Spicy Saucy Popcorn

To buy:
1/2 cup of unpopped popcorn kernels (they come in bags, super cheap, generic is great)
OR a box of microwave popcorn packages (try for light, 99% fat free varieties)
1TBSP vegetable oil ONLY IF your'e popping your own kernels
Paper Lunch Bags ONLY IF your'e popping your own kernels
You favorite hot sauce

To do:
Pop popcorn-go by the box if you bought it.

If you're popping old school,  fill a brown paper lunch bag with 1/2 cup of unpopped popcorn kernels and 1 TBSP of vegetable oil (usually i put them in a bowl and mix it together, then pour the oiled up kernels into the paper bag).  Fold the the top of the bag over 2-3 times to seal it and place in the microwave upright (NOT on its side like the microwave popcorn).  Pop for about 2 and a half minutes or until the popping slows down.

When popcorn is popped, pour your serving into a bowl and drizzle the hot sauce over the popcorn; make it as spicy as you can take it and enjoy!