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Mixed baby lettuces from the farmers’ market make my MY FAVORITE salad.No matter if I grab just arugula or an herbal blend, the flavor in each leaf is so prominent I feel like my salad is a treat instead of torture. Even if it’s just the lettuce in the bowl.
Now with the summer heat settling in, my problem is getting the lettuce home without it sweating in the bag. Thankfully the farmer I buy it from had a great solution!
You’ll find it regains some of its crispness and will keep for several days!
Eating “healthy” and “clean” isn’t as exciting as a hearty plate of pasta or a juicy hamburger next to a steaming basket of fries. Or, as we all know, just a plate of bacon. Those meals don’t need a lot of fanfare to be appealing. The same old yogurt with berries and over-scrambled eggs we eat regularly lose their luster pretty quick, in my opinion.
However, I’ve found that looking at beautiful, stylized pictures of healthy food on instagram pulls me back to the bright side and away from the fries.
Here are four instagram users I love to follow and inspire me to keep my diet clean. Three of the four also have blogs where they post their healthy recipes. Click the images to find their instagrams.
@PhilosophieMama (Sophie) is a super cute energetic mother of 2 who created her own line of powdered super foods. After watching her promote her line and post recipes on instagram I had to meet her. We had a breakfast date that could have gone on for days. Since then, I’ve been using her cacao magic superfood blend in my protein shakes. Sometimes I just mix it with water. Others I make a smoothie with spinach and acai. It tastes like a milkshake! Just what my little sweet tooth needs after a double SoulCycle day. I’ll be hitting up the “Green Dream” next. She also has TONS of recipes in which she incorporates the powders. I just threw some into my oatmeal the other day and it went from bland to heavenly!Tweet this!
Amongst my friends, it’s a joke how terrible I am at food photography, mediocre at plating, yet despite it all and the mess in the kitchen I’m a pretty solid as a cook. So you’ll have to go with me on this one. It’s amazing.
** I had the juice bar at Whole Foods juice a whole pineapple. OR I’ve use lemon juice mixed with a little agave.
Mix first 6 ingredients in 8x8x2-inch glass baking dish. Add fish; turn to coat. Chill 2 hours, turning fish occasionally.
Place steamer rack in large skillet. Arrange fish on rack. Pour marinade into skillet under rack and bring to boil. Cover skillet and steam fish until just opaque in center, about 8 minutes. Transfer fish to plates. Remove steamer rack from skillet. Boil marinade until reduced enough to coat spoon, about 6 minutes; spoon over fish. Top with green onions (optional).
I usually top it with oranges. Here I’ve paired it with green beans sautéed in toasted sesame seed oil, quinoa with cilantro, and SoCal sunset. Doesn’t get much better in my book :)
By the looks of it, I’m going to go with “HELL YES!” I stumbled across this recipe from Partial Ingredients on my friend Joe’s Facebook page and was instantly drooling.
I haven’t been cooking lately, hence the lack of recipes on MTM. Not to worry, I’m firing up the oven on Friday so there should be something exciting to see next week.
I don’t know if my dish will beat this bad boy. This grilled cheese has everything I love sandwiched between two pieces of bread, which makes it even more heavenly. Plus, a dollop of cream and cilantro on top. I mean….
Partial Ingredients is a food blog without much background about the blogger. She lives in central California, seems to cook often, and adapts recipes to her liking. For example, she says she came up with this recipe using leftovers from a Mexican meal. I would have never thought of a grilled cheese, but here it is in all its glory!
Evereyone always wants to add meat to a grilled cheese which makes it too heavy. Admittedly, this version is loaded with fat, yet I’m going to guess eat bite is worth it. We can lighten it up with less avocado and maybe adding some spinach. Make it as you will. My advise, just make it!
(Makes 3 sandwiches)
You love avocado already: it’s delicious and it’s “good fat.” But guess what, there’s more!
Studies have shown that if you add avocado to leafy greens and tomatoes, your body is able to absorb 200-400% more of the veggie’s nutrients. Hopefully that doesn’t hold true for the “nutrients” in fried tortilla chips….that study has yet to be done ;)
January, my friend and founder of January Labs (the skincare line I rave about), puts avocado pretty much everything. Here, she’s making her famous egg sandwich which I am treated to at least once a week (#luckygirl). She does a few things to make the finished product more than just your average egg dish.
Putting it all together
For the eggs: Put the gas on medium high and get the skillet hot. Coat with a thin layer of coconut oil. Crack the eggs into the skillet and quickly cover with a lid. Cook until whites are done. Now for me, the whites don’t get done enough before the sides dry out, so I’ll gently flip each egg once.
While the egg is cooking start to toast the muffin, slice the tomato, slice the avocado.
Start to stack: muffin, then avocado, then tomato. Sprinkle with salt. (Himalyan sea salt has a light flavor so you can be generous). Top with egg over easy. Sprinkle with salt, grind pepper, sprinkle with herbs (they will make a huge difference).
So easy, so simple, so delicious!
After years of throwing football parties, I’ve realized people don’t come for the healthy food. In fact they almost use the Super Bowl as an excuse to not eat healthy. That being said, I can’t serve crap at my house, I just won’t do it.
For a half-time “dinner” I’ll serve chicken (see a grill-less recipe below) and a big salad. Otherwise, it’s snacks galore around my house. In the past I’ve put a little too much effort into the snacks and I didn’t get to enjoy the party. With this list I’m going to try and help you avoid that. As my friend Kim would say, here are some “easy breezy” snack recipes that are healthy and indulgent.
I made these on Christmas for guests to much on while I prepared dinner.
All you need is a baguette, something that spreads, and your favorite fresh veg.
For the plate above I:
I posted all of my dip recipes in October. Honeslty, the only thing work the hassle is the guac and the home-made ranch dressing (which is greek yogurt and spices). Queso dip from scotch is pretty amazing too. Otherwise, buy the salsa and hummus you love!
I would have NEVER thought to tear up KIND bars and serve them in a dish at a party. But! I received a pitch from their publicist a week ago offering alternative suggestions to just chowing down, and this was one of them. Last weekend when we were low on food at the house and people were coming over, I busted out a couple KIND bars from my purse and served them. If people didn’t rave about the snack, I wouldn’t recommend it to you. To my surprise, served next to chips and salsa, the sweet nut clusters were a hit!
(Please excuse the old pic!)
If for some reason you’re not grilling, here’s how you can make an impressive chicken in the oven. This is my mom’s recipe so you know it will a quickie.
Sounds too simple to be edible, but it’s delicious.
I make this list every year! Here’s what I suggested last time:
The most popular recipe I’ve ever posted is one of them: Baked Avocado Fries. Unfortunately you can’t make these ahead of time, but the rest of them you can.
Honestly, at this point, my body is begging for a break. From sugar, bread, booze, salt, and processed crap. I don’t know how I got so off track with my diet…possibly Mexico? I feel like I flew off the handle before that. It happens, I’m human :)
Now I’m off for one of my biannual cleanses. As I said, I’m really excited about it.
Kreation Juice and Kafe, a brand I’ve loved for a while, is actually one of my new clients! I’ve taken over their social platforms and am working with their marketing team to create a brand identity you’ll all love to follow, even if you don’t live in the Los Angeles area. Follow me @KreationJuice on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.
Marjan, “The Kreator,” is such an inspiring woman. She’s thoughtful, passionate, meticulous, and loves to share her knowledge. We were talking the other day about gluten and she said to me, “You know, people stress about gluten and every little thing they eat. What they don’t realize is that it’s the negative thoughts they put around the food that is poisonous. Not the food.” I’ve never really thought about it that way.
For the next three days I’ll be juicing with mostly green juice and almond milk (you can see what I chose above). I can’t stand carrots and beets so I’ve decided to cut them out of most of the cleanse. (Plus they’re high in sugar.) Otherwise, the green juices are my favorite in town. For two days following, I’ll continue the juice and start to incorporate steamed veggies (easiest to digest) back into my diet. Of course during this detox, I’ll do one or two colonics depending on how I feel.
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