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Eggplant Parmesan.

I’m back! Its been a while since I’ve posted, due to the fact that this past month I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease (meaning NO more gluten). 😦 It has been a hard transition learning how to eat gluten-free, but I am finally starting to get used to it. I felt like making Eggplant Parmesan tonight & since flour is now a NO-NO, I opted for a healthier version of one of my favorite dishes. I decided to roast the eggplant instead of flouring & frying them. Same delicious taste,  just a lot healthier & gluten-free!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

  • 3 or 4 eggplants
  • Olive Oil Spray
  • Homemade tomato sauce or 1 jar of your favorite (make sure you add basil)
  • Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • Salt & Pepper

Preheat oven on 400 degrees. Cut the ends off of the eggplant & discard. Slice eggplant into 1/2 inch slices, season with oil, salt & pepper. Arrange eggplant on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes (flip half-way).

When eggplant is soft, remove from oven and set aside.

Lots of Eggplant 🙂

In a baking dish; layer sauce, eggplant & cheese :repeat: repeat: repeat: 
until you are out of eggplant.

Load up the cheese!

Bake for an additional 15 minutes until cheese is melted.

Time to Eat!

healthy & delish !! A perfect twist on eggplant parm. 🙂 Enjoy

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Blackened Scallops.

Time to change it up, tonight Maddie requested scallops! The last time I made scallops they turned out perfect, I could of just went with the same recipe from before but I had an urge to try something new. You know what they say, you never know until you try. When the word got around to my sister Mia what we were having for dinner, she then requested…BLACKENED scallops. Perfect, that was easy I didn’t have to put any thought into dinner thanks to my sisters. EXCEPT the fact that I was a little nervous to blacken the scallops because I wasn’t sure how spicy they would turn out. I crossed my fingers & this is how it turned out…

What you will need…

  • 16 oz (about 12-14) sea scallops
  • salt and fresh pepper
  • 2 tsp butter
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 10 oz baby spinach, washed
  • 2 cups of brown rice
  • 2 tsp butter
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 4 cups fat free chicken stock
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 2 tsp each of onion powder, garlic salt & cayenne pepper (blackening spice)


In a medium size heavy sauce pan, add butter on medium-low heat. Add shallots, sauté about 1 minute.

Add rice mixing well until well coated and translucent, about 2 minutes. Add wine, salt and pepper and mix well until it is absorbed into the rice. Ladle 1 cup stock into rice and mix until all stock is absorbed, add another ladle, and continue adding and stirring until all broth is absorbed, about 20-25 minutes. Add Parmesan cheese and parsley.

Wash scallops and pat dry with a paper towel. Season with salt and pepper. In a small bowl, mix 2 tsp of onion powder,garlic salt & cayenne pepper together and drench scallops in blackening spice until fully coated. **NOTE** This was extremely spicy, if you don’t like spice I would cut the cayenne pepper to 1/2 tsp***

Heat a medium size pan, when pan is hot melt 1 tsp butter and place half of the scallops in the pan. Sear without touching them for a few minutes until the bottom forms a nice caramel colored crust. Turn over and cook about another minute or 2, until the center is slightly translucent  and the bottom is seared. Be careful not to overcook. Remove from the pan and set aside on a warm plate.

Add olive oil to the pan and sauté shallots, add spinach, salt and pepper. Toss until spinach wilts.


Serves 3…hot, hot, hot 😉

adapted from: http://www.skinnytaste.com

Sweet tooth kicks in again tonight! This time I went with Jell-O’s Instant Cook & Serve Pudding!




mmmMmm much better! 🙂

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Turkey Chili!!!!!!

Yummy, one of my favorites…turkey chili! My sister Taia hates chili so since she was working late tonight, I decided it would be a perfect night to make it considering the twins & I love it.
What you will need:

  • 1 pound of ground turkey
  • 2 packets of chili seasoning

(By accident I grabbed one taco seasoning 😦 )

  • 2 peppers one red, one green
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 cans of red kidney beans
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 can of stewed tomatoes
  • 1 6 ounce can of tomato paste
  • cheddar cheese

Start by browning the ground turkey over medium heat, add garlic. Chop the onion & peppers and add to pot.

Now add tomatoes, beans, chili seasoning, tomato paste stir together & cook over low/medium heat for 20 minutes. (Make sure to stir every 5 minutes).

2 steps & your done! how easy was that? Top chili with cheddar cheese, I also added tortilla chips to my bowl to scoop the chili with! 🙂


Lets Eat! a healthy dinner ready in 20 minutes, you cant beat it!

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I’m Back!

Finally, I’m back in the kitchen! After a longggggggg week of studying I was finally able to get back in the kitchen & cook some dinner! I even got some help from Taia (very rare) haha 🙂 jk! Thanks Tay! So tonight, we decided to choose a low-carb meal adapted from the food blog Tammysrecipes.com. I love looking at other food blogs & testing their recipes out. I choose the Chicken & Squash Bake & it was delish!

What you will need:

4 pack of Chicken Breasts

2 packs of Spinach

4 Summer Squash

A couple Slice of your fav. white cheese

Garlic Salt

Pepper

3 Tablespoons of Butter

Servings: 5

Preheat the oven on 375 degrees. Season both sides of chicken with garlic salt & pepper.

Place chicken in a baking dish, cover & bake for an hour.

While chicken is baking, prepare the squash. Taia helped me cut the squash & saute the spinach. Thanks taytay!

When the chicken has only 30 minutes left to cook; start sauteing squash & spinach. Start with 2 Tablespoons of butter, add squash and cook until soft.

When squash is soft , add one more tablespoon of butter and spinach. Cook for 3 minutes.

When chicken is done cooking, add vegetable mixture to the baking dish.

Top the dish with cheese ( American, Prov, Mozz. Swiss) whichever you prefer.

Place back in the oven on broil for3-5 minutes.

Time to Eat!

Healthy & Delish. It feels good to be back!

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Thirsty Thursday!

Yes, its almost the weekend & since tonight is thirsty thursday I thought I would share some hangover tips 🙂 These food cures may help you get over your hangover a bit quicker. Try them out & let me know!

Next time you wake up with a pulsing headache due to a long night of drinking, Try to:

  1. Eat or Drink something that has fruit in it: Fruits and fruit juices contain a sugar called fructose, which may help your body clear alcohol faster
  2.  Eat some starchy carbs: Carbs such as toast, may help to counteract nausea and low blood sugar
  3. Drink more fluids:  Drinking alcohol causes your body to lose a lot of water. Rehydrating—with water or sports drinks that contain electrolytes, such as sodium and potassium—is a must!
  4. Do some electrolytes: salty soups can replace lost electrolytes, relieving some dehydration: headache, weakness, dizziness.
  5. Catch a buzz: Catch another buzz—a caffeine buzz! This will help relieve that “jet lag” feeling. Coffee, please!

For more information on hangover help, visit www.eatingwell.com

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Fast Food Breakfast on the Go!

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It is essential to eat a good healthy breakfast in order to start-up your metabolism for the day. But what if I’m busy & don’t have time to sit down for breakfast?? Well next time you’re in a hurry, fuel up with these quick yet healthy fast food breakfast options. You’ll be pleasantly surprised…

  1. STARBUCKS: Protein Plate
  2. SUBWAY: Western Egg White & Cheese Muffin Melt
  3. AU BON PAIN: Large Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
  4. JAMBA JUICE: 12 oz Mango Peach Topper
  5. MCDONALDS: Scrambled Eggs & English Muffin
  6. JACK IN BOX: Breakfast Jack
  7. BURGER KING: 3-piece French Toast Sticks
  8. Einstein Bros: Pumpernickel Bagel with Smoked Salmon & Whipped Reduced Fat Garlic&Herb Cream Cheese
  9. Dunkin Donuts: Egg White & Cheese Wake-up Wrap

& there you have it, breakfast on the go!

For more information visit www.cookinglight.com

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Snack Attack!

Do you like to snack through out that day? good! because you should you just have to make sure your choosing the right snacks. Snacks are important because they help keep your energy level up between meals. Foods from the grain, fruit, vegetable, protein, and dairy groups are healthy snacks because they are packed with nutrients. Foods such as chips, cookies, and candy are a no no! They are loaded with refined grains and sugars. High fiber, high protein & low sugar are the kinds of snack to aim for! Here are some examples of good heathly snacks…

  • String cheese
  • Popcorn – try the mini microwave bag
  • Peanut butter and celery, apple, or crackers
  • Yogurt with granola or fruit
  • Yogurt smoothies
  • Hummus and carrots
  • Cottage cheese
  • Cheese and high fiber crackers
  • Fruit Salad
  • Sugar-free Jello® with fruit
  • Soy nuts
  • Raw vegetables (such as baby carrots) with reduced-fat ranch dressing or yogurt dip
  • Celery with low-fat cream cheese
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Whole wheat bread or English muffin with cheese
  • for more information visit the Center for Young Women’s Health at http://www.youngwomenshealth.org/index.html

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