Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Get ready because these are gooooood!  They are a perfect make-ahead snack for the entire work/school week...just store them in the fridge in an air-tight container and you're golden.  You can play around with the ingredients...add raisins or other dried fruit, substitute a different nut (hazelnuts, pecans etc) or even try them with butterscotch morsels (I think that would be divine!)

Depending on your mood, alternate this recipe with my other make-ahead snacks on a weekly basis to keep it exciting!!  Try my Bananarama Bars, All Natural Super Health Bars and "I can't believe they're vegan" Ridiculously Delicious Blueberry Muffins!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Totally Awesome Tabbouleh with Japanese Persian Flair

Because I make a lot of Persian and Japanese food, I naturally have a variety of ingredients from both Middle Eastern and Asian cuisines.  We were craving tabbouleh the other day so I figured why not combine the ingredients into a sort of fusion tabbouleh.  The result?  A deliciously awesome healthy tabbouleh with Japanese Persian flair that I am psyched to share with you.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Easiest Bolognese Ever

1 onion chopped
3 cloves garlic crushed
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
3 vine ripe tomatoes pureed 
1 heaping tablespoon tomato paste
1/2 cup red wine (your choice; I use Pinot Noir because I like to enjoy a glass with this meal as well)
1-2 tablespoons of your favorite fresh herbs chopped (I used sage this time.  Love oregano and basil too.)
1 lb organic, grass-fed, lean ground beef or lamb
Red-hot pepper flakes and salt to taste
A touch of your favorite shaved/grated cheese...Parmesan, Romano, Asiago (or I use all 3!)

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Delicious Good-For-You Cinnamony Oatmeal Raisin Anytime Cookie

It's a long title I know!  But I needed one to convey all that this cookie is!  Originally, I named it a "breakfast cookie"... my husband took one bite, gobbled up the entire cookie and immediately asked me what exactly makes this a breakfast cookie?  I started by explaining the oats, the raisins, the flaxseed and he wasn't convinced...mainly because he strongly felt this cookie should not be reserved exclusively for a morning meal and he's totally right.  This is an awesome grab-and-go bite in the morning but no need to compartmentalize this cookie as a "breakfast"....enjoy it when you feel a snack attack coming on or even for dessert!  They're crispy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside and a cinch to make.  Best part is they aren't packed with all the unnecessary calories in those super buttery cookies or processed ingredients in the ones you find on the grocery shelves.  Enjoy one with a cup of tea, coffee or my favorite...a tall glass of cold milk, YUM!  Have FUN with these "Anytime" cookies anytime you feel the moment is right...we did!!!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Garlicky Cilantro Salmon with a Kick

This recipe is SUPER easy to make and bursting with flavors!  If you love cilantro and garlic as much as I do, you'll love this salmon dish.  What a delicious and exciting way to get your omega-3 fatty acid fix!!!

1 lb organic/wild salmon
About 2/3 cup chopped cilantro or enough to cover salmon
Few large cloves of garlic thinly sliced
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
Red hot pepper flakes and a touch of fine sea salt to taste

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2.  Cover salmon with chopped cilantro and dot it with sliced garlic pieces.  Add salt and red hot pepper flakes and finish with olive oil.  Use your hands to gently rub the salmon with oil so that it is evenly distributed.

3.  Bake in oven for ~40 minutes or until salmon is fully cooked.  

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

BEST Organic Balsamic Portobello Burger EVER

Mmmmmmmmmmmmm!  In one word, that pretty much sums it up.  As we were walking through our farmers market over the weekend, I caught a glimpse of two organic Portobello mushrooms and instantaneously knew that it was meant to be.  I was certain that the fact there were only two remaining was a sign they had to come home with us and be transformed into a scrumptious cheesy, balsamic creation.  This "burger" is out of this world.  But don't take my word for it....try it for yourself and see.  This is a ridiculously delicious veggie recipe that leaves you satisfied but don't blame me if it has you licking your fingers afterwards.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Pear, Gorgonzola and Spinach Salad with Figgy Balsamic Vinaigrette

About 6 ounces washed organic baby spinach (spun dry)
1/2 organic pear thinly sliced
1/3-cup organic walnut pieces
2-3 tablespoons crumbled Gorgonzola cheese

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

1 tablespoon fig preserves
1/4-cup balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

1.  Place spinach into salad bowl and add sliced pears, walnuts and Gorgonzola cheese.

2.  In a separate small bowl, combine fig preserves, olive oil and balsamic vinegar with a fork making sure all ingredients well incorporated.  Pour dressing over salad and finish with a touch of black pepper!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Beet, Lentil and Feta Bliss

The marriage of beets, lentil and feta cheese is one of the most beautifully scrumptious events on earth.  Add in some cilantro and Oh. Heck. Yes.  I cannot wait for you to try this simple, gorgeous and yummalicious dish packed with nutritious and energizing ingredients!

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