Monday, April 14, 2014

Garlicky Tomato Basil Spaghetti Squash

Hope you get a chance to make this delicious and satisfying veggie dish that tastes and feels unbelievably similar to spaghetti without the carb load!  It's super easy to make and so much fun for kids (and adults!) to use forks to loosen the stringy squash flesh into the center of the "squash bowl"...of course you can dish the long strands into a separate plate but I just thought it was more fun to enjoy it as pictured above!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Best Tomato and Mozzarella Salad Ever

Impress your guests with this delicious salad that takes minutes to make or enjoy it on a weekday for lunch or as a dinner side...a few bites makes a scrumptious snack as well!  I love fresh mozzarella and picked some up at Whole Foods the other day along with some marinated mixed olives that were calling my name.  Whipped this up in a few minutes last night as a side with dinner and it was amazingly delicious!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Delicious and Easy Make-Ahead Banana Berry Baked Oatmeal

I’ve definitely been on an oatmeal kick lately.  I was never super into oatmeal so I made it one of my missions to find ways to make this oh so healthy dish tasty.  You can take a look at some of my other oatmeal recipes for some inspiration if you’re like me and find it hard to enjoy oatmeal the way the package instructions tell us to make it…just add some milk or water over medium hight heat…no thank you :-)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Sheer-moz (literally translates into "Milk-Banana")

To continue my obsession with bananas, I have decided to pass on a smoothie that was a staple in my home and probably many Persian and Azerbaijani households.  Sheer-moz.  Ignore the name.  It’s not so pretty.  The taste though, is utterly amazing.  A refreshing burst of banana and milk.  You will be energized, invigorated and most importantly happy.  It’s not heavy on the calories and gives you plenty of potassium and calcium for the day.  Start your day with a Sheer-moz for breakfast or end your day with one for dessert.  Or!.....reward yourself with this tasty treat after a hardcore workout at the gym.  You’ve had a long day.  You deserve a Sheer-moz.

An icy cold Sheer-moz just for you!

One ripe banana 
3/4 cup skim milk
About 6-8 large ice cubes

Place all ingredients into a blender and blend.  Pour into a nice tall glass and drink up.

Pretty simple.

PS- Again, if you want to modify the Sheer-moz you can.  For instance, if your banana is not perfectly ripe, you can add a teaspoon of honey.  If you desire more protein, throw in a spoon of peanut butter.  If you are in an almond mood, go nuts (pun intended).  Or instead of skim milk, go dairy free with vanilla almond milk and throw in a few dates for some natural sweetness.  Whatever you do, once it’s done, just sit back, relax and enjoy your Sheer-moz like I always do :-)

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Good Morning Heart-Healthy Power Muffins

Packed with delicious and heart-healthy ingredients, my Good Morning muffins will hit the spot and hold you over all through your crazy busy morning.  Make a batch when you have some down time and enjoy these muffins all week for a power and energy-boosting breakfast or a mid-afternoon snack (sometimes, I even have one after dinner with my nighttime tea).  Store them in an airtight container after they cool.  Enjoy!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Quick and Delish Quinoa Dish

Mmmmmmm!  So so yummy.  If you've been wondering what all the quinoa buzz is about, it's well-deserved in my book.  Quinoa is a nutritional powerhouse providing us with a fiber, protein and iron boost among many other health benefits.  This superstar also has a low glycemic index and as such is a great ingredient to promote healthy weight management.  In addition, it's fantastic for our gluten-free friends as it is not related to grain or wheat (always check the label to ensure it reads "gluten-free").  It's an awesome foundation for an endless number of recipes from sweet to savory, side dish to main course; the possibilities are limitless.  Use your creative side to spruce it up with veggies, fruits, nuts, beans etc or use it when making oatmeal instead of oats or try out some quinoa muffins to enjoy this superfood at any meal and any occasion.  Just make sure to rinse it well with cold water before cooking to remove all of the soapy residue.  In addition, as with all ingredients, it is best to exercise moderation with quinoa as well; personally I eat quinoa a few times a month.  I hope you enjoy this super quick and delicious quinoa dish :)

Monday, March 3, 2014

Best Breakfast Burrito Ever

It's the best because it's delicious, super heart healthy AND ready in minutes.  This tasty little wrap is packed with such nutritious ingredients from avocado to black beans to cilantro---YUM!  Need I say more ;)  This recipe makes two breakfast burritos- Enjoy!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Good For Your Heart Oats

Start your day off right with a cozy bowl of the easiest oatmeal ever.  This breakfast will not only give you a brain and energy boost, it's got all the right ingredients to keep (or get) your cholesterol levels down and promote heart health...and it tastes SO good.

So if you don't have these ingredients on hand already, next time you're at the store, make sure to stock up because these are definite keepers!

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