You know what an odd, but great food combination is? Apples and pork. You wouldn’t think that the sweetness of apples (or apple juice) would go well with the mild taste of pork, but it does, and trust me, this recipe for pork and apple cider with potatoes is going to knock your socks off.
Here’s a quick and easy recipe I wanted to share with you after whipping it up the other night to go along with a really tasty sweet and sour sloppy joe: spicy sweet potato wedges! I’m a big fan of the Alexia brand spicy sweet potato fries, but I’m not a fan of how quickly the bags disappear out of the freezer – they just go so fast. So I decided to try recreating my own version of spicy sweet potato wedges at home and they turned out great.
I’m super excited to tell you that today, I’m leaving on a one-week cruise in the Caribbean! What better way could you think of spending Valentine’s Day and my third year anniversary of dating Sean than that? What’s also awesome about this is that for an entire week I’ll have little to no Internet or cell phone access, so I’ll be truly, completely off the grid.
But fear not, I’ll be back before you know it and making you totally jealous with pictures of beaches and blue water and warm weather. First though, a unique twist on an old classic: slow cooker beef chili with sweet potatoes.
Hey everyone! Happy Sunday and happy Superbowl (if you’re a fan of that). I don’t know the first thing about football, but I love getting together with my friends, eating some good food and watching the commercials.
Today’s blog post is actually sparked by a company called ALOHA – a place to say hello to good health and happiness. They inspired me to share some tips I have for staying healthy during the winter time months, and especially with all the cold and flu bugs going around, I was more than happy to list some of my favorite ways to incorporate more super foods into my diet to stay strong and healthy year round. So I’m sharing a super healthy version of the classic meatloaf guaranteed to warm you up and keeping you going strong. Continue reading →
As part of my continuation of my last blog post about healthy eating, I’m going to keep going and post some more recipes, hopefully some that will help you put together your own healthy eating plan. Along with high quality, low-fat protein sources (one of my main focuses at every meal, as of now), you need some good veggies that are low carb and high in nutrients to help fill up the plate.
While salad (without the heavy dressing, croutons and cheese) is always a good choice to get lots of veggies and volume to fill you up, especially during the winter, I want warm food, comfort food, not usually healthy food. Time to get creative and start roasting!
Lucky for me, I grew up eating broccoli with dinner almost every night (for a while it was one of the few green vegetables I would tolerate), and later on I learned of the joys of roasted cauliflower too (so much tastier than steamed). So when I was putting together my meals for this week, I decided to combine my cauliflower and broccoli florets and roast them up with some tangy balsamic vinegar, mustard and garlic. Voila! Veggies taken from boring and bland to flavorful and bold in no time.
Let me know what other meats or veggies you’d recommend I experiment with next to keep eating healthy while not going crazy craving comfort foods.
Balsamic Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower
Serves: 3 – 4
1 (12 oz.) bag of cauliflower and broccoli florets
3 tbsp. of balsamic vinegar, divided
1.5 tbsp. olive oil
1.5 tbsp. Dijon or stone ground mustard
2 tsp. minced garlic
Salt and pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a small bowl, mix together 2 tbsp. of balsamic vinegar, olive oil, mustard and garlic with a whisk or fork.
Pour the cauliflower and broccoli florets into a medium mixing bowl, add the olive oil mixture and toss to coat everything evenly.
Spread the florets a onto a rimmed baking sheet or glass baking dish lined with aluminum foil.
Place in the oven for 45 minutes, stirring and adding the remaining tbsp. of balsamic vinegar halfway through the cooking process.
Remove from oven and let rest 2 minutes to cool off sufficiently before serving. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
My balsamic roasted broccoli and cauliflower is ready to go to work in its airtight container.
I don’t know about you, but for me, the new year meant some new resolutions, one of which is eating healthier and getting in better shape. I’ll be totally honest, while I couldn’t be happier having a boyfriend as great as Sean, relationship bliss has come with one little drawback: weight gain. It’s not his fault, I’m the one putting the food in my mouth, after all, but dinners out, dinners in and baking goodies for his enjoyment have not left me untouched. Hence, my decision to get serious about taking the weight off this year. Continue reading →