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Healthy Irish Oatmeal

February 12, 2019

Irish Oatmeal2

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup Irish Oats
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup agave
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Add 4 cups water into a medium saucepan. Add the cinnamon and salt. Bring to a boil. Add the oats and simmer on medium low heat for about 30 minutes or till the oats are soft but still have a bit of chew to them. Turn the heat off and add the agave and vanilla extract.
Top with flaxseed, walnuts and banana.

Easy Citrus Chicken

January 7, 2019

Pan Seared Citrus Chicken
Here is another yummy, healthy chicken dish. This particular one  has Latin flavors. I started with marinating the chicken- I do think it is the key to amazing flavor every time. I marinated the chicken in orange juice, lime juice, agave, smoked paprika and garlic. I later made a sauce out of the left over marinade- always a good idea! To thicken the sauce, I dredged the chicken pieces in a bit of flavor before cooking. The dish came together in no time at all and it was delicious.

I served the healthy chicken breasts with citrus broccoli and some sweet potato oven fries.

  • 3 to 4 chicken breast filets, boneless, skinless and pounded thin (about ½ inch)

Marinade

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons agave
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 3 garlic cloves, grated

Add the orange juice, lime juice, agave, salt, paprika and garlic in a small bowl and mix well. Add the marinade and chicken to a zip lock bag and marinate for 3 to 4 hours in the fridge.

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Heat a large frying pan with the olive oil. Take the chicken filets out of the marinade and dredge in flour and salt (save the marinade for later). Brown the chicken on high heat for 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Take the filets out and add the marinade into the frying pan. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat. Add the chicken filets and cook on a medium flame until chicken is done (time will vary according the chicken thickness). Serve hot with pan sauce on top of the chicken.

Almond Flour and Agave Brownies

March 27, 2018

Brownies- take 3

  • 1/3 and ¼ cup agave
  • ½ cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Heat oven to 350 degree F.
Grease an 8X8X2 pan.

Mix agave, oil, vanilla and eggs. Beat the mixture in an electric mixer for 2 to 3 minutes. Add almond flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Stir to till smooth. Pour into pan and bake till the done- about 15 minutes.

Grilled Chili Chicken

July 25, 2016
  • 2 pounds bone in chicken thighs, skin taken off
  • ¼ cup tamari
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 3 garlic cloves, grated
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon agave

Mix the tamari, lemon juice, garlic, rosemary, oregano, chili powder, salt and agave in a small bowl. Add the chicken and marinade into a zip lock bag and marinate in fridge overnight or at least 3 to 4 hours.
Take out of fridge and bring to room temperature. Grill till done. Save the marinade and add to a small saucepan. Bring the marinade to a boil and reduce for 5 minutes on a simmer. Pour the hot sauce over the grilled chicken. Serve immediately.

Kale Super Smoothie

March 27, 2016

This is my favorite smoothie- perfect for Meatless Mondays…

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup baby kale
  • 1 teaspoon natural peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseed
  • 1 scoop green powder or protein powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 banana
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/2 cup ice

Transfer all the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Consume immediately!

 

Bean and Corn Salad with Chipotle Dressing

May 3, 2015

It’s Cinco de Mayo week and here is a delicious salad that fulfills the Meatfree Mondays category as well!

  • 1 can cannellini beans, rinsed
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed
  • 2 cups roasted corn
  • 4 green onion, chopped
  • 1 large red pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped

Add all the ingredients to a large serving bowl and keep aside.

Dressing

  • 1 chipotle pepper, chopped
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 tablespoon agave
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

Mix all the ingredients really well in an airtight container. Pour the dressing over the salad ingredients and mix well. Serve at room temperature.

Arugula Fennel & Orange Salad

November 6, 2013

The orange theme continues. I served this delicious salad with the yummy stew from yesterday. I love cooking with a theme- it doesn’t have to be very complicated. It could either be the same cuisine or just one ingredient that ties the meal together.

As I am obsessed with oranges right now and decided to add them to both my main entree as well as this salad.

The other ingredient in this delicious salad is fennel. Full disclosure on this veggie- I am not a big fan. Well, I guess I wasn’t a big fan until I started giving it a chance and started picking it up every time I would go grocery shopping. I started using it raw in salads. I used my nifty mandolin and came up with super thin, crunchy slices of fennel. It complements oranges really well.

I finished the salad with arugula. Arugula is one of my favorite greens to eat. I love the subtle bitterness they provide.

I then made a very easy salad dressing that includes fresh orange juice, Dijon mustard and agave. Agave is my new favorite sweetness to use in everything. Try this salad- it is yummy!

  • 4 cups baby arugula
  • 2 navel oranges, segments out and the rest juiced
  • 1 large fennel bulb, cleaned and sliced thin

Add the arugula, orange segments and fennel slices in a salad bowl. Mix well and keep aside.

Salad Dressing

  • Juice of the two navel oranges (about ¼ cup)
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons agave
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Add the orange juice, vinegar, mustard, agave, salt and pepper. Slowly drizzle the olive oil into the mixture until emulsified. Check for seasonings and add to the salad. Toss and serve.