Recipe of the Week: Crockpot Beef and Broccoli

I love trying new foods, but I also love attempting trying to make my favorite dishes. I love asian food but I am not gonna lie, I don’t get to eat it all the time. Here is another recipe you can put together in your crockpot book! Its fun, easy and tasty! Can’t wait for YOU to try it!

Ingredients
– 2 pounds beef chuck roast, sliced into thin strips, cut across the grain
– 2 cups beef broth
– 2 tablespoons sesame oil
– 2 tablespoons garlic, minced
– ½ teaspoon chili flakes
– 1 cup soy sauce
– ⅔ cup brown sugar, packed
– ⅓ cup cornstarch
– 4 cups broccoli florets, steamed
– White rice or brown rice, cooked

How To

  1. Add the beef broth, sesame oil, garlic, chili flakes, soy sauce, brown sugar and cornstarch to the bowl of a slow cooker. Stir to combine.bb2
  2. Add the sliced beef and mix until completely coated with sauce.bb1
  3. Cover with the lid and cook on high for 3 to 4 hours – or on low for 5 to 6 hours – until the meat is cooked through and tender. (Remember that slow cooker temperatures vary between each cooker, so cooking times may vary.) Remove the lid aproximately 30 minutes before the meat is done to allow sauce to thicken.bb3
  4. Add the steamed broccoli and serve hot over rice.bb5

Recipe of the Week: Chicken Parmesan

When you get home from a long day of work and want to whip up something hearty but fast, this is definitely a recipe to consider! This recipe is great for big groups or if you want leftovers for lunch and the next night’s dinner if you will be too busy to cook! You can’t go wrong with with Chicken Parmesan!

 

  1. Heat oven to 375°F.
  2. Pour sauce into 13×9-inch baking dish. Stir in 1/4 cup (4 Tbsp.) Parmesan. Add chicken;chickenparm
  3. Coat the Chicken in egg. Then in a seperate bowl coat it with  turn to evenly coat both sides of each breast with sauce. Cover.
  4. Bake 30 min. or until chicken is done (165ºF). Meanwhile, cook spaghetti as directed on package, omitting salt.
  5. Top chicken with remaining cheeses; bake, uncovered, 5 min. or until mozzarella is melted.chicken parm
  6. Drain spaghetti. Serve topped with chicken and sauce.chickenparminana

Recipe of the Week: Holiday Cranberry Sauce

imageI may have gotten the love of cranberry from my family! I can never imagine a holiday meal without having cranberry sauce on the table. It has been a tradition for me and personally I love it! I always love making FRESH cranberry sauce because it is SO Easy and is WAY Better than eating the canned version. It is quick, easy and holiday dish favorite that is great to share!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (200 g) sugar
  • 1 cup (250 mL) water
  • 4 cups (1 12-oz package) fresh or frozen cranberries
  • Optional Pecans, orange zest, raisins, currants, blueberries, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice.cran

Directions

1 Pour the cranberries in a colander and rinse and clean them.  Go through and throw out any bad cranberries.’

2 Add water and sugar in the pan on high heat and bring to a boil. Stir to dissolve the sugar.

3 Add the cranberries to the pot and let them  boil. Reduce  the heat and  let it simmer for 10 minutes or until most of the cranberries have burst.cran1

4 Once the cranberries have burst you can leave the cranberry sauce as is, or dress it up with other ingredients. You can add a half a cup of chopped pecans with a few strips of orange zest.

You can also add raisins,currants, blueberries , cinnamon, nutmeg, or allspice. I would only add a tiny sprinkle of spice to start and add as you go.

5 Remove  your sauce from heat. Let cool completely and chill. Then place the sauce in the  the refrigerator in a bowl. As it sits in the refrigerator it will thicken and become ready to eat!

 

 

 

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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! 🙂

   

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

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
  • ½ 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

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

CP3Using Lanterns or candles are your centerpieces is a popular alternative choice!It is a great way to light up the room!