Flash Roasted Green Beans

2 Feb

healthy green bean recipeServes 6

You’ve been caught—red handed—cheating on green beans with the latest and greatest “it” veggies.  One week it’s brussels sprouts, the next kale, beets or rainbow chard.  You’re allowed to play the field (we are talking veggies here), but it’s like you’ve turned into some sort of vegetable gigolo tasting a different flavor every week.  What happened to sticking with the tried-and-true?  Perhaps Flash Roasted Green Beans will entice you to come home to mama.

Ingredients:

1 lb. fresh green beans, rinsed & tipped

2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

Salt & cracked pepper to taste

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Place green beans into a large bowl.  Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  Use a spatula to make sure all green beans are coated.  Transfer to baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.  Serve warm.

FOOD THAT LOVES YOU, TOO:  Green beans have a little secret. Even though they’re rich and green, they’re bursting with beta-carotene and lutein, which makes them essential to maintaining beautiful, glowing skin and sparkling eyes.

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So what do you say?  Will you give green beans another chance?  Leave a comment below.

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Baked Rosemary Chicken Strips with Homemade Dip Trio

1 Feb

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Serves 4-6

Frozen chicken nuggets. Delish?  Not so much—unless you’re a five-year-old.  But every once in awhile, you have that craving and—pow!  They hit your stomach like a brick.  Well, my dear, serves you right.  That pseudo-vegan diet of yours has made your stomach weak in your day.  So  make a healthier, homemade version.  Baked Rosemary Chicken Strips are crispy on the outside, tender on the inside and so much fitter for a young-at-heart grown up like you.

Ingredients:

Chicken:

1 lb. organic chicken breast

Salt & pepper

¼ C. veggie oil

½ C. panko breadcrumbs

¼ C. shredded Parmesan cheese

2 sprigs rosemary, minced

Chipotle Ketchup:

¼ C. ketchup

1 Tbsp. lime juice

1 tsp. cumin

¼ tsp. cayenne pepper

Honey Mustard:

¼ C. Dijon mustard

2 Tbsp. local honey

Tangy Yogurt with Dill:

¼ C. non-fat Greek yogurt

1 Tbsp. lemon juice

1 Tbsp. fresh dill, minced

Directions: 

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Rub chicken with salt and pepper.  Cut into thin strips, creating at least four per breast.  Pour oil into a medium bowl.  In a separate medium bowl, combine breadcrumbs, cheese and rosemary.  One at a time, dip the chicken into the oil and then into the breadcrumb mixture until every strip is coated.

Get a large, non-stick fry pan going on medium heat.  Sear each strip for two minutes on each side, flipping with tongs, and transfer to a baking dish.  Bake in oven for 12-15 minutes.  Serve warm with dipping sauces.

For the trio of sauces, whisk ingredients together using separate mixing bowls to avoid mixing flavors.

FOOD THAT LOVES YOU, TOO:  If you’re into eating meat, chicken is a good low fat option and an excellent source of protein.  It’s also a good promoter of strong bones and boasts a great deal of selenium, which is essential for promoting good metabolism.

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HAVE A FAVORITE CHILDHOOD FOOD THAT YOU’VE MADE INTO A HEALTHIER VERSION?  LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW. 

Super Bowl Sunday Salad with Carrot Basil Vinaigrette

31 Jan

Sunday Funday Salad, Healthy Salad

Serves 4 as main course | Serves 12 as small side

Remember Sunday Funday?  You left it in college along with those shots of bad tequila and affection for anything greasy to cure your hangover.  And now, you read this and ponder, “Have I lost my fun luster?”  The answer is no—you are clearly more refined now.  So reinstate Sunday Fundays with a bit more class, like the Sunday Salad with Carrot Basil Vinaigrette.  And, consider pairing it with Sauv Blanc instead of cheap tequila, will you?

Ingredients:

Salad:

1 6 oz. bag organic spinach

½ lb. turkey deli meat, cubed

1 can kidney beans

½ C. grape tomatoes, halved

¼ C. dried cherries

Dressing:

¼ C. carrot juice

1/3 C. apple cider vinegar

1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard

2 tsp. honey

½ tsp. pepper

pinch salt

1 C. extra virgin olive oil

3 Tbsp. basil

Directions:

Rinse and lightly dry all ingredients.  Place into a large mixing bowl.  Just before serving, pour ¼ Cup dressing over salad to lightly coat and toss.  Add any additional dressing to taste.

FOOD THAT LOVES YOU, TOO: Its no wonder Popeye loves him some spinach.  This all-over powerful veggie is packed with good-for-you vitamins and minerals that promote strong bone health, healthy eyes, clear skin and stellar brain function.  Spinach is also a great choice to ward off free radicals and diseases including some cancers, like prostate cancer.

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It’s National Peanut Butter Day! Celebrate with the PB & J Smooth Move

24 Jan

Peanut Butter & Jelly Smoothie

Serves 1

You’ve said the way to your heart is through Peanut Butter & Jelly.  But one-too-many sandwiches and we’ll have to start calling you “Peanut Butter & Belly!”  Luckily, there’s a lightened-up version of your favorite treat—one that actually prevents the belly bulge.  Bursting with probiotic, Omega-3’s and fiber, the PB&J Smooth Move makes a healthy low-cal breakfast or protein-rich post-workout snack.

Ingredients:

1 C. low-fat, plain kefir

½ frozen banana

½ C. fresh strawberries, hulled

1 Tbsp. natural peanut butter

1 Tbsp. flaxseed oil

1 tsp. local honey

1 scoop whey protein (optional)

Directions:

Blend all ingredients until smooth.  Enjoy!

FOOD THAT LOVES YOU, TOO: The monounsaturated fats in peanut butter are extremely good for maintaining heart health.  A tablespoon a day can help to lower cholesterol and prevent cardiovascular disease.

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Top 10 Twitter Feeds to Follow for the Best Healthy Living, Nutrition & Fitness Tips

18 Jan

 

As the trendsetting individual that you are, your knack for being well-read and full of information is inspiring.  How do you do it?  You tap into your Twitter-savvy network of friends for quick and easy bits of reliable info.

Where to find the best healthy living, nutrition and fitness tips?  Start with my Food, I Love You! list of Top 10 Tweeps, whose delicious, nutritious & butt-kicking tips and tricks suit my fancy everyday!

  1. @VitalJuice & @VitalJuiceLA | From the hippest fitness gear to workouts and recipes that’ll whip you into shape.  You can subscribe to their daily emails, too.  Gotta LOVE Vital Juice!  It’s vital!
  1. @WomensHealthMag | Inspiring quotes, healthy recipes, and fitness plans to boot.  Basically their entire editorial calendar via Twitter.  Can’t beat it.
  1. @Shape_Magazine | I love their fitness routines and beauty tips.  Always bikini ready with Shape!
  1. @fitsugar | Similar Twitter approach to Women’s Health & Shape, slightly sassier if I do say so myself.
  1. @blisstreedotcom | So not run-of-the-mill.  Be prepared for authentic editorial, filled with mindful details, important facts and a strong stance.  Makes you take a step back and really think about things.
  1. @SELFmagazine | If you’re looking for a load of health, beauty, fitness and style tips, SELF is fit for your heart’s desire.
  1. @HealthyLiving | Huffington Post’s Healthy Living blog.  Some of the best and most up-to-date content out there.
  1. @FitBottomedGirl | A practical fit girl’s guide to shaping up our lives. They also have a mommy blog @FitBottomedMama.
  1. @weddingchicks | Whether you’re planning a wedding or not, seek stylish inspiration from DIY décor to fun desserts from the ideas these L.A. ladies share.
  1. @KimsBeautyDetox | This nutritionist-to-the-stars really knows her stuff.  Her juices are to-die-for, too!

Do you have a favorite Tweep whose information you swear by?  Leave your favorite Twitter folks to follow in a comment.

xxoo,

Colleen – p.s. Follow me on twitter @foodiloveu (shameless plug).

READERS’ CHOICE: 10 Most Popular Food, I Love You! Recipes of 2011

29 Dec
Grapefruit Chicken Salad

READERS' CHOICE: The Most Popular Food, I Love You! Recipe of 2011

Life’s a popularity contest.  It takes a certain level of distinction to truly stand out—to be the trendsetter, the en vogue rogue, the cake topper.  It’s the popular ones that are dubbed Sexiest Man Alive, President of the United States or Dancing with the Stars Champion.  The same goes for Food, I Love You! recipes.  According to the readers (very discerning judges I might add), here are the 10 Most Popular Food, I Love You! Recipes of 2011…

 

 #1  Grapefruit Chicken Salad

 

 #2  Summer Fruit & Spinach Salad with Lemon Cilantro Dressing

 

 #3  Health Nut Smoothie

 

 #4  PB & J Smooth Move

 

 #5  Grilled Peaches & Burrata

 

 #6  Mexican Carrot Soup

 

#7  Campari Crush

 

#8  Butternut Squash Soup

 

#9  Strawberry & Asparagus Quinoa Salad

 

#10  Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

 

Ring in the New Year with style and grace!  Wishing you much happiness in 2012, filled with fabulous food, friends and love.

xxxo!!

Colleen

 

So, dish.  Did your favorite Food, I Love You! recipe make the cut?  Leave a comment below.

Merry Christmas, It’s National Eggnog Day! So, Make A Healthier Version.

24 Dec
Healthy Eggnog Recipes

Image via Flickr courtesy of elana's pantry

It’s only appropriate for December 24 to be deemed National Eggnog Day.  But with all the special food you’ll be eating today, how could you possibly leave room to down some ‘nog?  You can with these less guilty versions which skimp on calories but still pack a deliciously creamy punch:

Eating Well’s Eggnog

Dr. Katz’s Better-for-You Eggnog

The Blender Girl’s Raw Vegan EggNog Recipe

Healthy Eggnog Recipe via Naturally Savvy

Simply Sugar and Gluten Free’s Healthier Eggnog

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!

Do you have a healthier eggnog recipe you enjoy?   Leave a comment and share it.

Five Last-Minute Gift Ideas for the Fabulous Foodie in Your Life

19 Dec
Last Minute Holiday Gift

Image via Flickr courtesy of PetitPlat - Stephanie Kilgast

Is PROCRASTINATOR your middle name?  It must be—because the holidays are here!  Lucky for you, you work well under pressure.  There’s still some time to get last-minute gifts for the fabulous foodies in your life.  Give the gift of food with these thoughtful options:

  1.  Bake It or Make It.   A gift from the heart is the best kind of gift.  So why not put your heart and soul into some freshly baked goodies or a main course that the receiver can freeze and save for a rainy day?  Here’s some helpful winter recipes to kick start your kitchen activities:
  1. Gourmet Magazine Subscription.  Not only is this the gift that keeps on giving, it’s the ultimate time-saver gift because you don’t need it in-hand to give it!  One or all of these subscriptions will have your foodie friend drooling over delicious recipe after delicious recipe:

Tip: print out a cover of the magazine(s) you’re gifting, cut it down to size and place it in the recipient’s card.

  1. Monthly Food Subscription.  Gourmet gifts for the foodie that likes to indulge, not cook.  There are subscriptions for everything from wines or teas to meats-of-the-months or just desserts.  Some highly recommended favs include:

Tip: print out an image of what you’re gifting, cut it down to size and place it in the recipient’s card.

  1. Gilt Taste.  Find the most sought-after artisanal wines, meats, produce, confectionaries or tools at members-only pricing.  They also offer last-minute shipping options (at a premium price) so your gift makes it before Santa’s sleigh lands on your rooftop.
  1. Produce from your local Farmers’ Market.  Go buy a cute reusable tote and fill it chalk full of seasonal good-for-you fruits & veggies, eggs, organic soaps and more.  Then, source some recipes utilizing the produce you’ve purchased so your foodie friend isn’t stuck with a bag ‘o groceries and nothing to make.

And maybe get a head start in 2012…will ya?

Pulled Pork Sliders

14 Dec

Makes 24

Pulled Pork Sliders

You’re a Sunday Funday fanatic.  That’s right—come Wednesday you’re already planning lunches, brunches and aperitifs to spare.  It’s all play and no work on Sundays.  Especially when it comes to not wanting to work on those dishes.  That’s why on Sundays you put the slow cooker to work and make Pulled Pork Sliders.

Ingredients:

3 lbs. pork shoulder

1 Tbsp. brown sugar

1 tsp. paprika

½ tsp. sea salt

½ tsp. cayenne pepper

2 Tbsp. olive oil

1 Gala apple, whole but slit around center

1 onion, cubed

¼ C. spicy Dijon mustard

1 Tbsp. local honey

Hamburger pickles (dill, sweet or both)!

Your favorite slider buns (Hawaiian Rolls are delish)

Directions:

Create a dry rub in a small mixing bowl by combining brown sugar, paprika, sea salt and cayenne pepper.  Massage the dry ingredients into the pork.  Place pork into a freezer bag with olive oil.  Allow to marinate.  Tip: This is best done the night before to create the most flavor.

Place pork, apple and onion in a slow cooker on low and cook for 7 hours.  If you’re running low on time, you can crank the heat up to high, but cook for 4-5 hours only.  When done, pull the pork apart in the slow cooker using tongs (to secure) and a fork (to pull the meat).  Let it sit in the jus.

Just before serving, mix mustard and honey in a small bowl.  Spread honey mustard on inside top of roll and finish building out your sliders with a generous serving of pork and a pickle or two.  Secure with a toothpick.

FOOD THAT LOVES YOU, TOO:  A good source of lean protein, pork is naturally low in sodium and is packed with several vitamins and minerals.  Pork is also a great source of iron, which makes it a great option for your monthly holiday…hint, hint!

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Leftover Pumpkin? Make Pumpkin Cupcakes!

1 Dec

Pumpkin Cupcakes

Makes 48 mini cupcakes

You’re a sucker for anything that comes in small packages.  Babies, jewelry, bite-sized desserts…all small things that make you “ooh” and “aah” like a chorus of well-dressed ladies at a bridal shower.  And now, you’ll go gaga over teensy weensy Pumpkin Cupcakes.

Ingredients:

For the cupcakes:

2 C. whole wheat flour

2 tsp. pumpkin pie spices

1 ½ tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

½ C. unsalted butter, softened

5 ½ C. organic pumpkin puree (roughly 2 ½ 15 oz. cans)

1 ¼ C. raw sugar

3 large eggs

¼ C. milk

1 tsp. vanilla

For the frosting:

¼ C. butter, softened

¾ C. cream cheese, softened

2 C. powdered sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.  Spray a mini cupcake pan with baking oil and insert tins.

Combine flour, pumpkin pie spices, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Lightly whisk and set aside.

Cream butter and sugar together.  Add pumpkin puree.  Beat in eggs, milk and vanilla.  Stir in flour mixture just until combined.  Scoop batter into tins so they are about ¾ full.  Bake for 16-20 minutes.  Test doneness with a toothpick.  Allow to cool.

For the frosting, cream butter and cream cheese.  Slowly add in powdered sugar until creamy.  Transfer frosting to a piping bag or Ziploc freezer bag and cut a small hole in the corner.  Pipe cupcakes & serve.

FOOD THAT LOVES YOU, TOO: ½ cup of canned pumpkin has 3.5 grams of good-for-you fiber.  The beta-carotene in pumpkin is also great for your skin, making it beautifully clear and bright.

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