Homemade Corn Tortilla Chips

Ingredients: 

  • White corn tortillas
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Secret ingredient: Cumin
  • Sea salt

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Slice the tortillas into triangles                                                                                                                            IMG_6098
  3. Coat each triangle with a thin layer of olive oil
  4. Spread the tortillas out onto a cookie sheet lined with foil and season with cumin & sea saltIMG_6099
  5. Bake for about 8 minutes or until tortillas are browned around the edges & crispy IMG_6102
  6. I like to serve these with some black beans, salsa, and/or homemade guacamole.  You could even melt a little cheese on them to make some healthier nachos.                                   IMG_5870

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These are one of the simplest things to make.  They taste so much better than store-bought tortilla chips– the cumin makes them so flavorful– AND they are much healthier as well

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Best Bloody Mary

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Bloody Mary’s are the healthiest mixed drink you could make if you use the right ingredients.  They’re a meal in a cup!

Ingredients:

  • Vodka (I prefer svedka) (about 1 &1/2-2 shots)
  • V8 all natural vegetable juice (about 6 oz.) watch out for other vegetable juices like Clamato that has high fructose corn syrup & is made with unnatural ingredients
  • Sea salt & Pepper (a few dashes)
  • Garlic powder (a few dashes)
  • Secret Ingredient: Worcestershire sauce (about 3-4 Tbsp)
  • For spicy: Horseradish (about 1 & 1/2 tsp) & Hot sauce ex: siracha (about 1 tsp)
  • For garnish: Celery/ Okra/ Green olives

I like my bloody mary’s spicy!  I play around with the ratios of these different ingredients so these amounts are just relative.  It’s simple to make a restaurant quality bloody mary.  Just taste it as you go along, and add to it accordingly.

Cheers!

Cheers! At Custom House in Avila Beach, CA.

 

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Hopeful Springtime!

 I hope you all had a happy Easter.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3)

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No matter what you believe, I hope Easter & springtime is a hopeful season for you and a time to get together and share with your family & friends

Crunchy Asian Salad

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Countdown to Easter: 2 Days!

This is a great springtime salad to contribute to an Easter banquet

Ingredients: 

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  • 1 large head of Napa cabbage
  • 1/2 head of cabbage
  • 1 package pre-chopped purple cabbage
  • 1 package pre-chopped carrots
  • 5 green onions, sliced
  • 1/2 c. toasted sliced almonds
  • Optional: 1 Tbsp. sesame seeds
  • Soy Ginger dressing (Trader Joe’s) or other low-fat/low-sugar asian style dressing
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Toss salad to spread dressing out thinly & evenly

Enjoy this crunchy salad & share with friends & family

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You could also add chicken for some protein & make it a Chinese Chicken Salad

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Lox & Bagels

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Easter Countdown: 3 Days!

Lox & Bagels is a great special occasion breakfast, especially when accompanied with mimosas!  Salmon is full of omega-3’s and is one of the healthiest & nourishing foods you could eat.

Ingredients: 1 Serving

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  • 1 Whole wheat Bagel thin
  • 1 & 1/2 Tbsp. low-fat cream cheese
  • 1 tsp. capers
  • 4 slices smoked salmon
  • Optional: Champagne & orange juice

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Cheers!

 

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Greek Yogurt Fruit Salad

Green Apple, Strawberry, Blackberry

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Countdown to Easter: 4 Days!

A fruit salad is the perfect colorful springtime side dish to contribute to an Easter brunch.  There are endless possibilities of fruits & nuts you can use for a colorful fruit salad

Ingredients:

  • Chobani Nonfat Vanilla Greek Yogurt
  • Your favorite chopped fruit: Such as green apple, pear, fuji apple, banana, berries
  • Chopped Pecans (or walnuts/sliced almonds)
  • Optional: Dried Cranberries

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Healthy Banana & Walnut Bran Muffins

Countdown to Easter: 5 Days!

These muffins or my Healthy Blueberry Bran Muffin recipe would be great for an Easter brunch. They are both healthy, yet also satisfy a sweet tooth (for those who gave up sweets for lent)!

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Ingredients: Yields 12 muffins

  • 1 & 1/4 c. 100% Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1/2 c. wheat bran
  • 1/2 c. oatmeal
  • 1/4 c. all purpose white flour
  • 3 Tbsp. Truvia natural sweetener (about 8 packets)
  • 1/8 c. white sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 & 1/4 c. 1% buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 c. canola oil
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 c. banana slices
  • 1/2 c. walnuts, chopped

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients: Whole wheat flour, wheat bran, oatmeal, all purpose flour, Truvia, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda & salt
  3. In a smaller bowl, mix together wet ingredients: Buttermilk, eggs, canola oil & vanilla extract
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, mix to combine without lumps, but don’t overmix
  5. Gently fold bananas & 1/3 c. walnut pieces into the batter                      IMG_5741IMG_5744
  1. To save on oil, line the muffin pan with paper liners. Spoon the batter into the pan IMG_5746
  2. Fill cups up with a little less than a cm. to the top. Press the rest of the walnuts into batter IMG_5749IMG_5748
  3. Place in the oven, & bake the muffins for 20 minutes or until batter is cooked IMG_5755

There are endless variations for these muffins such as dark chocolate chips & dried cranberries, banana & walnut, pear & pecan, peach & brown sugar and whatever other fruit & nut combination you concoct! Let me know what ingredients you try.

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Share with your family & friends!

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Asparagus, Red Pepper & Turkey Sausage Quiche

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Week of Easter: 6 days until Easter!

Quiches are a great idea for Easter brunch & there are endless combinations of meats, cheeses and veggies to fill your quiche will.  Typical quiches from a restaurant are full of fat because of the crust, however, this quiche is made with a whole wheat flour tortilla crust which makes it a completely healthy yet flavorful dish that anyone would love

Ingredients: Yields 8 servings

  • 1/2 package of Jenny-O turkey sausage
  • 3 whole wheat tortillas
  • 8 eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup swiss cheese, shredded
  • 3/4 c. asparagus pieces
  • 1/2 red pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. paprika
  • Sea salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cook turkey sausage in bite-sized chunks according to package, set aside
  3. Saute red pepper & asparagus, set aside
  4. Coat round pyrex oven-safe plate with olive oil
  5. Overlap 2 tortillas & cut the third in half to form a crust without spaces
  6. In a medium bowl, beat eggs and milk
  7. Add turkey sausage, swiss cheese, red pepper, asparagus, paprika, salt & pepper to egg mixture & combine
  8. Pour egg mixture into tortilla-lined pyrex
  9. Bake for about 50 minutes
  10. To check if it’s done: Tap the edge of the pyrex plate and see if eggs are set, if it is still liquidy, bake a little longer
  11. Let it sit for at least 10 minutes before slicing into portions.

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Serve with fresh avocado & salsa

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Asian Soba Noodle Soup with Lemongrass

IMG_1019Soba noodles are made out of buckwheat so they are high in fiber and are a good source of protein because they contain all eight essential amino acids.

Ingredients: 

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  • 5 oz. soba noodles
  • 1 large boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 8 oz. (2 packages) shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 large carrots, chopped into small rounds
  • 2 stalks of green onions, chopped
  • 5 bok choy leaves
  • 3 stalks of lemongrass (bought at your local health food store), kitchen string to tie
  • 3 Tbsp. ginger, peeled & minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1/4 c. basil, chopped

Directions:

  1. Remove the hard outer shell of the lemongrass.  Cut into 2 inch-length pieces
  2. Press down with side of knife to open up the flavor.  Tie into a bundle with kitchen string IMG_1004
  3. Bring 5 c. water to a boil.  Chop the chicken into small cubes & add to the boiling water
  4. While the chicken is cooking bring 8 c. water to a boil in a different pot.
  5. Lower heat & add soba noodles, carrot, onion, green onion, garlic, ginger & lemon grass bundle
  6. Then chop the shiitake mushrooms & bok choy             IMG_1008
  7. Add the drained chicken, mushrooms, bok choy & soy sauce into the soup mixture IMG_1014
  8. Cook until soba noodles are done & bok choy is translucent

IMG_1018 Go here for my Hot & Sour Soup recipe

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