Thursday, January 31, 2013

Tasty, Baked Zucchini Fritters


I wish I could take credit for these tasty zucchini chips, but I found the recipe over at My Recipes. The original recipe is from one of my favorite magazines, Cooking Light. Oh so good!

The recipe calls for milk, but I used almond milk and it tasted great as well. I've also used a whisked egg before and it had a tiny bit crispier taste. Oh, and a little hint: I always taste the cheesy, garlic-y mixture first to make sure it tastes to my liking, adding more spices or cheese if needed. Some people like it more or less salty/peppery/cheesy. Try the recipe for yourself. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Try the recipe for yourself!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup dry breadcrumbs (I used Glutino's Gluten-Free from my local Albertsons)
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese 
  • 1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 
  • 2 tablespoons fat-free milk 
  • 2 1/2 cups (1/4-inch-thick) slices zucchini (about 2 small)
  • Cooking spray (I use Extra Virgin Olive Oil in my own spray canister-Gotta love Costco!)

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 425°.
  2. Combine first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Place milk in a shallow bowl. Dip zucchini slices in milk, and dredge in breadcrumb mixture. Place coated slices on an ovenproof wire rack coated with cooking spray; place rack on a baking sheet. Bake at 425° for 30 minutes or until browned and crisp. Serve immediately.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Winter Sipping Goodness


If you are like me, I LOVE my morning coffee. Especially during the cold winter months! Everyone has their go to choice, and mine is a white chocolate mocha. The only problem is, our cafe lattes, mochas, and other specialty coffees are loaded with sugar and extra calories. I tried quitting cold turkey many times but the caffeine headaches were unbearable. Then I tried switching to caffeinated tea, but quickly realized that I was defeating the purpose by loading it up with sugar and honey. That is, until now.

Recently my friend, Kristy, turned me onto this tea by Good Earth, called "Original Sweet and Spicy". This stuff is all natural and tastes like cinnamon and spicy sweetness. I do not have to add ANYTHING to it. It tastes absolutely delicious without it. What could be better? A satisfying hot drink that not only wakes you up but satisfies your sweet tooth. All with virtually no calories! I'm in!

But wait! It gets even better . . . Being that my husband and I recently got married and are looking to start a family in the near future, I realize caffeinated drinks will not be a part of my near future :o( However, Good Earth has a caffeine-free version that tastes just as good. As I mentioned before, I tried quitting coffee before, but suffered from horrendous headaches. So in efforts to prepare myself for whats to come, I am starting off by alternating my caffeine and caffeine free days. So far it's working and hopefully I can wean myself off the caffeine completely.

Just in case you are wondering where you can find this great stuff, I get mine at Mothers Market, but I am guessing you can also probably find it at Sprouts or Whole Foods, possibly even your local grocery store.

Has anyone else tried other versions of Good Earth Tea with the same results? I'm curious to hear.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Quick Tasty and D"EL"icious Treat

Easy, peasy! Doesn't get much easier or tastier than this lil snack. Just slice up a banana, spread some Nutella or peanut butter/sunflower butter (or both) on top and you're good to go. For a little added flair, pop em in the freezer for a bit and it'll bring you back to the frozen banana days when you were a kid. Yummmmmm!

P.S. - Don't leave these guys in the freezer too long, or you'll be bound to end up in the dentist's chair :o( !!!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Breakfast Quinoa - Mmmm, mmmmm GOOD


Trying to lose a little weight after the holiday indulgences can be difficult. Plus, who wants to starve themselves into losing the few extra pounds you gained? Not me. I always feel that the pounds slowly creep back when you do it that way anyways. So I happened to be par-using  the net and found Lauren Conrad's "7 Days to Skinny Jean's Plan". I liked her approach because it not only was geared toward losing the few LB's you gained over the holiday festivities, but she took a friendly girlfriend approach in helping you stay on track by doing it the healthy way. She has some great healthy recipes on there, including my new morning breakfast routine - Breakfast Quinoa.

I've simply gotten used to the fact that I will probably never eat regular oatmeal again simply because of cross-contamination. I know they have the gluten-free oats, but it can get a bit pricey for anything routine. Sooooooo, it was exciting to see I can use my regular quinoa staple to get a taste somewhat similar and feel satisfied throughout the morning. Plus, quinoa is super healthy and gives you a great source of protein. Double kudo points! The recipe on Lauren's site is linked to a Martha Stewart recipe. Just add a little brown sugar, honey, and/or cinnamon and you will be set. The texture is a bit different, but the taste is very good. Another plus is that you can make multiple servings and have it in your fridge ready to heat up and serve as a quickie no-hassle breakfast. I suggest adding a tiny bit of milk (or your choice of almond/soy milk) when you reheat at a later date. I personally always use almond milk in my cooking. I also added raisins instead of blueberries, but I am sure any fruit would taste great. Let me know what you think.

Cauliflower Crust Pizza - Another Fab"EL"ous Feat!


Getting back on the blogging horse has proven to be more difficult than anticipated with all the holiday frenzy, job changes, schedule changes, etc. but I think I am officially back! Just needed life to slow down for a few minutes. Even though I have been trying out tons of new recipes over the past few months, I haven't been able to post, due to a purely insane schedule. So let me start you off with one of my new favs - Cauliflower Crust Pizza. Sounds odd, doesn't it? I will admit, I had my doubts but I was VERY pleasantly surprised.
I found this recipe actually on Lauren Conrad's website under her "7 Days to Skinny Jeans Plan" but it originates from Eat.Drink.Smile's website.

Click here for the recipe. I promise you won't be disappointed. I will admit it obviously isn't going to taste like the 600 calorie grease dripping slice you were used to prior to going g-free, but it will taste fantastic and cost you a LOT less calories. It is better than the other alternative thin crust doughs I've tried and much healthier. Plus you will get that full feeling without feeling like you need to add hours to your workout routine. Those of you who can't have any grains, can now rejoice! My mom and boyfriend loved it too. Add whatever toppings you like to dress it up. I tried sauteed veggies and Trader Joe's Balsamic Rosemary Chicken. Mmmmmmm. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!
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