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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Healthy Super Bowl Sunday Nachos

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It’s Super Bowl Sunday tomorrow and everybody loves to snack on some fun finger foods during the game.

The Denver Broncos (from my hometown) are playing tomorrow, so a Super Bowl get-together is a must this year!  Enjoy these healthy nachos while watching the Broncos bring their A-Game tomorrow!

Ingredients: 

  • Flaxseed tortilla chips from Trader Joe’s or blue corn tortilla chips  IMG_4025
  • Reduced fat shredded 3-cheese-blend or monterey jack cheese
  • Black beans
  • Optional: Chicken or a lean cut of steak (such as top sirloin)

Directions: 

  1. Preheat the oven on Broil
  2. Line the tortilla chips out on a baking sheet covered with foil.  Then add black beans IMG_4183IMG_4184
  3. Top the chips & beans with cheese and place in the oven to bake IMG_4185
  4. Broil for about 5-8 min. until the cheese is bubbling & slightly toasted and the chips are browned around the edges to your likingIMG_4188

Try making different variations of these nachos varying the cheese and meats.  For tomorrow’s game, I am going to make a batch with Monterey Jack cheese, black beans & slices of top sirloin steak

Go Broncos!

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Healthy Blueberry Bran Muffins

I hope you all had a very merry Christmas & holiday filled with family & friends! I have been spending time with my own family & friends in San Diego for Christmas and haven’t had a chance to keep up with my posts for the past week.  (I hope you were all doing the same that you hardly noticed!) But this recipe should make up for it…and just in time for a New Year’s day breakfast idea!

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These muffins turned out better than I could have imagined. They satisfy a sweet tooth & are nice and moist.  Not to mention they are nothing but healthy & super easy to make.

Ingredients: Yields 12 muffins

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  • 1/2 c. 100% Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1/2 c. wheat bran
  • 1/2 c. oatmeal
  • 1 c. all purpose white flour
  • 3 Tbsp. Truvia natural sweetener
  • 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. blueberries
  • 1/3 c. slivered almonds

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 & saltIMG_4632
  3. In a smaller bowl, mix together wet ingredients: Buttermilk, eggs, canola oil & vanilla extract IMG_4633
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, mix to combine without lumps, but don’t overmix IMG_4636IMG_4637
  5. Gently fold blueberries  & 1/4 c. slivered almond pieces into the batter          IMG_4638IMG_4641
  6. To save on oil, line the muffin pan with paper liners.  Spoon the batter into the pan IMG_4643
  7. Fill cups up with a little less than a cm. to the top.  Press the rest of the almonds into batter IMG_4644
  8. Place in the oven, & bake the muffins for 20 minutes or until batter is cooked IMG_4648

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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Take some time to reflect on 2013 & look forward to 2014. Cheers!

NYE

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