Recipe of the week: Chia Pudding #Whole30 Week 3

  ITS BEEN 3 WEEKS ON WHOLE 30 & here is my update! Well you know how they say it takes 21 day to make a habit, well I truly believe it is the truth. I want  say even after my Whole 30 period is over, I could still see myself keeping up and doing Whole 30. I have created better eating habits during the last 3 weeks, that I truly feel like I can integrate into my lifestyle. I have experienced more energy and a honestly a surge in a mental desire in wanting to be active to compliment my new eating habits. Whole 30 is sustainable and realistic in my opinion in upkeeping.

Update 1 #Day7 ( November 1st, 2015)- Lost 3.5 Lbs

Update 2 #Day14 ( November 8th, 2015)- Lost 2.5 Lbs

Update 3 #Day 21 ( November 21,2015) – Lost 2.5 lbs

*Now your not suppose to weigh yourself during Whole30, but I jut do a weekly weigh in on Sundays to be able to track it. I am excited to say I am 7lbs away from my weight goal of 125 lbs! ūüôā

   

RECIPE FOR CHIA PUDDING

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Ingredients
 Prep Time: 10 minutes
 Total Time: 10 minutes
Instructions
  1. In a blender, combine the banana and coconut milk. Continue till it is well blended.chia2
  2. Stop the blender add the chia seeds ( and vanilla extract, if you please) chia4 and blend a bit more to make sure it mixed evenly ( 30 seconds-1 minute should be fine)
  3. Pour into a container and chill for an hour to let the chia seeds plump up a bit. (I like to actually refrigerate if over night and add a dash of cinnamon and mix it up!)chia
  4. Voila YOU ARE DONE! ENJOY this healthy and scrumptious snack!chia3
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Recipe of the week: Spaghetti Squash #Whole30Edition

spa5Two weeks ago on October 26th, I started the Whole 30 challenge for myself. I was at the point where I wanted to do something for my body where I can  feel healthier and feel better about my body! A good friend of mine, Ruhama did it and I saw how great it was. So I finally decided to take up the challenge.

 

What is Whole 30?

According to Whole30.com “It is¬†nutritional program designed to change your life in 30 days. Think of it as a short-term nutritional reset, designed to help you put an end to unhealthy cravings and habits, restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, and balance your immune system. Certain food groups (like sugar, grains, dairy and legumes) could be having a negative impact on your health and fitness without you even realizing it. ” So you go through a 30 day detox cutting carbs and most dairy. Just making sure you are focusing 0n having¬†natural sugars such as fruits and not added or processed foods or Sugars.

 

Update 1 #Day7 ( November 1st, 2015)- Lost 3.5 Lbs

Update 2 #Day14 ( November 8th, 2015)- Lost 2.5 Lbs

Total: 6lbs in 2 weeks.

 

I feel so good about my choices in food! I feel so much healthier and that I have so much energy!

 

If your considering Whole 30, Here is a GREAT Recipe to try out!

Spaghetti Squash

 

 Ingredients
-1 whole spaghetti squash
-1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
-Gray salt and freshly ground black pepper
-4 cups prepared (jarred) marinara sauce ( trader joes, Sprouts, whole foods, have some that are compliant)
-Shredded Chicken,Ground Turkey or Beef

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Directions

1.)Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

2.)Cut the squashes in half and scrape out seeds. Line an oven tray with aluminum foil.

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3.)Season the spaghetti squash with olive oil, salt, and pepper.

4.) Place flesh side down and roast for 30 to 40 minutes until fully cooked. Remove from the oven and let rest until cool enough to handle.

6.) Cook the meat till brown and done. Add taco seasoning and picante( for flavoring to the meat if you please)

7.)Meanwhile heat the marinara sauce in a large saute pan & combine the ground meat into the sauce. ( You can add salt, italian seasoning, basil, pepper, if you like)

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8.)When squash is cool enough to handle, using a large kitchen spoon scrape the strands of squash from the inside of the skin. Toss the spaghetti squash in the pan with the hot marinara for just long enough to get hot.

9.)Serve and enjoy.

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Recipe of the Week: Slower Cooker Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

Coming home and enjoying a fare of italian cuisine can never go bad.  It is even better when someone else is cooking for you. Not everyone can afford to have a personal chef but having a slow cooker can make you feel like that sometimes. These slow cooked mozzarella meatballs are quite delicious and easy to make!

 

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef or turkey
  • 1 cup bread crumbs (panko or regular, Italian seasoned or plain)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic (or 2 teaspoons garlic powder)
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¬Ĺ teaspoon black pepper
  • Fresh mozzarella cheese ¬†cut into small cubes
  • marinara or alfredo sauce, for dipping
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Chop each cheese stick into half inch pieces (about 6-8 pieces for each cheese stick). Place on a plate and chill in the freezer until ready to use.moz5
  2. Add ground beef, bread crumbs, egg and egg yolk, garlic, onion powder, Italian seasoning and salt and pepper to a bowl. Mush the ingredients together with your hands until everything comes together.
  3. Remove cheese from freezer. Scoop out about 4 tablespoons of meat mixture and roll into a ball. Gently push a piece of chilled mozzarella into the middle of the meatball. Roll the ball in your hands to cover the hole where the mozzarella cheese was pushed in. Place inside a greased slow cooker and repeat with remaining meat and cheese.
  4. When all meatballs are in the slow cooker (*see note for alternate cooking method), cover and cook on high for 1-2 hours or on low 3-4 hours until meat it cooked through (no longer pink). The cheese may start melting out of the meatballs, that’s okay.
  5. If desired, sprinkle with a bit of fresh chopped parsley or dried Italian seasoning for garnish and serve with your favorite marinara or alfredo sauce for dipping. Enjoy!moz2moz1

Look into the ZAAF Pop Up Shop

On October 9th, 2015, Dallas got graced by the presence of ZAAF Collection that came all the way from Addis Abba, Ethiopia. Founder and Creative Director  Abai Schulze came to style and show off her collection and I could definitely say that  everyone who laid eyes on ZAAF Collection fell in love! Many came from all over to take a peak at the collection and there were great vendors there too! People were able to be dazzled by the opal jewelry of The Opal Trove. The Opal Trove which is a Houston Based Jewelers who create beautiful ethiopian opal jewelry. Dolly Girma & Nebeyu Mekonnen are the founders and dealers  of The Opal Trove.  All the guest were able to shop, mingle and snack on some delicious delights from Bake 7 Treats! Mesker Bekele handcrafted treats that were so delightful and tasty!

Here is a look into the great night we had meeting and mingling with ZAAF Collection.

Designers: Abai Schulze РZAAF Collections

Dolly Girma & Nebeyu Mekonnen- The Opal Trove

Caterer:Mesker Bekele- Bake 7

Event Planners:Ida Ghebre & Bemnet Meshesha

Photographers:Ian Harbor & Nahom Rezene

Videographer:Matthew Solomon

Venue:Glasshouse Studios

Rentals:Bebe Decor

*YELP was the Proud Sponsor of the ZAAF Pop Up Shop!

Event to Check Out: ZAAF Pop Up Shop

 

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Take a stroll and get an exclusive sneak peak as ZAAF comes to Dallas!

Before you walk over and enjoy your evening at the Texas State Fair, come and spend your Friday evening getting exclusive peek and selection on one of the trendiest ZAAF Products! You can snag some amazing pieces from the men’s and women’s line! ZAAF’s collection contains luxury apparel and leather accessories produced by highly skilled artisans in Ethiopia. Come join ZAAF at our Premiere Pop Up Shop. ZAAF has been featured in Elle, CNN, and more. Each piece is made to exact standards and showcases beautiful craftsmanship and natural resources unique to the region it draws its inspiration from. ZAAF is a word that means ‚Äútree‚ÄĚ in the ancient and noble Amharic language originating from Ethiopia.¬†More information can be found on ZAAF can be found at http://zaafcollection.com/

ZAAF products will be up to 40% off! MAKE SURE TO RSVP HERE  at http://www.zaafpopupshop.splashthat.com AND ATTEND, YOU WILL BE ENTERED IN A GIVEAWAY AND COULD WIN A PIECE FOR YOURSELF!

*Use promo code YELP15 to receive 15% off of your online  purchase.

Date:10/9/2015

Time: 4:00pm-8:30pm

Location: Glasshouse Studios

830 Exposition Avenue Suite 220

Dallas, TX 75226

*Parking is adjacent to right of Glasshouse Studios, mention ZAAF Pop Up shop at the gate for complimentary parking.

*You can also take the DART and Glasshouse Studios is conveniently located across the Street from the Fair Park Station

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Wedding Wednesdays : Creative Centerpieces #PartTwo

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With one of the most important days to come, you are probably planning everything to the “Tee”. Every bride wants their special day to have details to stand out. We are going to go through some ideas that may go with your theme!

 

Happy Planning!

Sweet Display Centerpiece

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Displaying your favorite sweet, can let everyone get to know more and about you and your groom! Sharing is caring!

Gift box/Favor Display

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This display can kill two birds with one stone. It is a way to use your favors to your guests but recreate the display the art of giving with your centerpieces.

Medical Glassware Centerpieces

 

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Maybe your love your love for science or you and your loved one met in through a medical experience or passion for it. Its a great way for your guests to acknowledge that!

Fruit & Vegetable Centerpiece

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This may be a way to display your love for the season or show if you and your loved ones are health nuts. There are many ways to use fruit and vegetables in your favor!

Lanterns and Candles

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Wedding Wednesday: Alternative Centerpieces to Flowers #PartOne

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Everyone wants their day to be special and unique! I have heard from several brides to be that they are looking for some alternative centerpieces from just flowers. So, I decided to see what ideas were out there. Here is a Part one of inspiration to give you more ideas on what to do for your special day!

Happy Planning!

Harvest Planting

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With the Fall amongst us, here is a great way to display those neutral color scheme that is playing in your fall wedding!

Autumn Leaves

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Here is a great alternatives that brides have used to create a fall themed wedding! That will give the ultimate ambiance of fall.

Gift Boxes

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You can use some centerpieces for favors too! This is one way brides have given back to their guests in a unique way.

Favorite Novel Display Centerpiece

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This is a perfect centerpiece look especially if you are having a vintage wedding! Grab your favorite novels, or you can get books at a local bookstore or thrift store ( to save). You can also go to Michaels and grab decorative books to display this look!