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8 May

All right. Today marks the first day of “What to Make Mom for Mother’s Day”. Like I said yesterday, all week I will be giving recipes and directions to food and crafts. You can pick one or all of them for Sunday (which is Mother’s Day). And the best part? You don’t have to use this just for one specific holiday. These will be good for birthdays, christmas, easter, or if you end up in the dog house.

So, to start off easy, let us start with a do-it-yourself body scrub.

Lemon Brown Sugar Scrub

Ingredients:

1/4 cup coarse brown sugar (to gently exfoliate without drying)

1 cup grapeseed oil* (to moisturize)

1/4 cup grated lemon peel (to invigorate your senses)

Directions:

Mix together and put in a jar. Tie a bow around it and hand over the gift to the lucky woman (or I guess, man?)

See? Super easy. You can find grapeseed oil at any co-op (organic store) or a specialty Indian store.

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Strawberry Spinach Salad

15 Mar

This morning I was woken up by nature’s alarm clock…a bird.

Last night I kept my window open thinking that I could get some fresh air while I slept. It was a fantastic idea until 5 am this morning. When a little bird decided to perch on my windowsill and “tweet”.

Now, some birds are very nice to listen to. They sing songs and do some kind of fluttering chirp. The bird that was at my window, it really needs some singing lessons.

Let me try to explain how it sounded. Like an alarm clock that doesn’t have a snooze button. And fortunatly, the sound he made was not a “Beep”. It was not a “Chirp” or a “Tweet”. It was something along the lines of “Twaaacktchrip. Teet.”

I was pretty annoyed at first, I mean who wants to wake up at 5 am? But then I got to thinking…”It is spring.” Even though that bird needed to be taken out, he was enjoying and celebrating the change of season. I mean, today is a fantastic day outside. If I was even remotly similar to Snow White, I would probably start singing too.

Because it really does feel like spring today (at least where I live), how about a recipe for a crisp salad?

Strawberry Spinach Salad

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  •  1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  •  1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon minced onion
  • 10 ounces fresh spinach – rinsed, dried and torn into bite-size pieces
  • 1 quart strawberries – cleaned, hulled and sliced
  • 1/4 cup almonds, blanched and slivered

Directions:

-In a medium bowl, whisk together the sesame seeds, poppy seeds, sugar, olive oil, vinegar, paprika, Worcestershire sauce and onion. Cover, and chill for one hour.

-In a large bowl, combine the spinach, strawberries and almonds. Pour dressing over salad, and toss. Refrigerate 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

*Add avacado for an extra health burst. Instead of sugar you can use 1/4 cup of honey. You can use purple onions or white…and you can even add blueberries and other fruit if you dare.

(This makes 4 servings of salad)

So there you have it. If you didn’t know what to make for lunch today…you certainly do now.

Post Valentine’s Diet

15 Feb

What is the worst thing about Valentine’s Day?

The candy hangover.

I bet most of you, woke up super tired..and maybe with a headache. Obviously, candy isn’t so great for you.

So what can you do to make your body go back in tune?

That’s right, eat super healthy all day long (and don’t forget to do a little excersise).

Now what could you possibly eat for lunch or dinner tonight that deems healthy? (and no, pizza with veggies on it, doesn’t count).

How about Eggplant and Goat Cheese Bake?

Ingredients:

2 medium eggplants (about 1½ pounds)

Salt

1⅓ pounds tomatoes

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for frying

¼ cup whole almonds, finely chopped

14 whole basil leaves

¾ cup unbleached all-purpose flour

¾ pound semi-firm goat cheese

Directions:

1. Line a baking pan with parchment paper. Cut eggplant into ¼-inch-thick rounds and arrange in 1 layer on prepared pan. Lightly salt rounds, cover with a second sheet of parchment paper, and top with heavy pots to weigh down. Let sit at room temperature until liquid is released, about 30 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, bring a medium pot of water to boil. Add tomatoes and cook for 20 seconds. Drain and immediately run under cold water for 5 seconds. Peel, seed and dice tomatoes; place in a medium bowl.

3. Heat oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add almonds and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly golden, about 3 minutes. Pour mixture over tomatoes. Tear 2 basil leaves, add to tomato mixture and stir to combine; set aside.

4. Heat oven to 350°.

5. Remove parchment paper from eggplant rounds and pat rounds dry with paper towels. Place flour in a shallow bowl. Fill a large skillet with ½ inch oil. Heat over medium-high heat. Working in batches, lightly coat both sides of eggplant with flour. Fry until golden on both sides, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels.

6. In an 8-x-12-inch baking dish, layer eggplant, tomato mixture and cheese, stacking layers until all ingredients are used, finishing with a layer of cheese. Bake until heated through, about 25 minutes. Serve hot, garnished with remaining basil leaves.

 

Unbaked, Eggplant and Goat Cheese Bake

Yummy. Right?

So how healthy is it?

172 calories, 10 g fat, 284 mg potassium, 12% vitamin A

Now I know the eggplant is fried a bit, but you can grill it instead…it’ll just have a different flavor.

Enjoy :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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