5 Delicious, Simple & Healthy Recipes to Make This Week

So I put in place some stricter routines for my eating to get myself back on track with healthier (and super tasty!) eating and to save some money! I spent a Saturday planning out meals, cleaning out the cupboards and fridge, and stocking up with the ingredients I needed for the week. I was tired of feeling bloated and ready to fuel my body with what it needed to be at full speed! Not only am I feeling better but I’ve really found some amazing recipes which helped add some variety to the Lean Cuisines I also picked up for quick lunches throughout the week.

5 EAsy & Delicious Recipes to Try This Week

Day 1 – Dinner: ‘Pan-Seared Salmon with Creamy Avocado Sauce’ from kitchenswagger.com

The sauce on top of the salmon was divine! It was easy to make too with the help of my little food processor. Paired with some steamed vegetables, this was a great dinner to enjoy after a busy day. 

Day 2 – Lunch: a colorful salad to take to the office

I’m getting better at blending tastes and building more creative salads and I’m loving the results! This salad has a spring mix salad mix and butter lettuce base with chopped red bell peppers, carrots, cucumbers, blackberries, and tomatoes. Top off with some fresh italian cheese blend and poppy-seed dressing.

Day 3 – Dinner: ‘One Pan Healthy Italian Sausage & Veggies’ from chelseasmessyapron.com

I loved the flavor of this dish. It was so easy to make too. Just chop everything up, toss with the seasonings, throw on the pan and cook. Wah-lah dinner is ready! 

Day 4 – Dinner: ‘One Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas’ from number-2-pencil.com

I let loose a little for Thursday, indulging in a healthier version of fajitas (I love fajitas!). These had such awesome flavor! I loved being able to make it all on one pan for a quick after-work dinner.

Day 5 – Lunch: ‘Sun-dried Tomato Spinach Grilled Cheese Sandwich’ from eatgood4life.com

I worked from home so I was able to cook up a warm lunch. This sandwich had the perfect blend of flavors!

As I find myself getting back to cooking more, I am getting more and more creative and am enjoying my meals so much more. I am also finding coming home and cooking after a long, busy day has been very relaxing too! 

 

14 Reasons You Should Be Going Bananas Every Week

Bananas are an quick and easy go-to snack or addition…I love some in a bowl of cereal! 

Bananas fall onto the Power Foods list for many many reasons:

  • Most commonly known for being high in Potassium –
    • essential for good heart health
    • helps maintain healthy blood pressure levels
    • Potassium also helps you be more mentally alert
  • A great source of fiber (about 3grams per medium banana)
    • helps aid and regulate digestion
  • A calcium rich fruit
  • Low in sodium
  • Low Fat
    • Bananas do contain a type of fat called sterols though, which helps keep blood cholesterol levels controlled by blocking the absorption of dietary cholesterol
  • High in vitamin B-6
    • helps in the production of white blood cells
    • strengthens the nervous system
    • studies have shown it to help in protecting against Type 2 Diabetes
    • helps reduce swelling
    • Aids in weight loss
  • They are high in antioxidants
  • Bananas are high in pectin
    • Pectin helps with digestion and gently removes toxins and heavy metals from the body
  • Contains high levels of trytophan which converts to serotonin (the happy good feeling chemical in our brain)
  • Are high in magnesium
  • Higher in sugar with approx 14-15 grams of sugar per medium banana, but the sugars are of low glycemic value.
  • Contain fructooligosaccharides which act as a natural prebiotic
    • helps maintain good bacteria in our lower intestines
    • supports overall digestive health
  • Are a natural antacid
  • They help restore electrolytes to the body

So to sum it up they are a yummy treat that helps keep your gut healthy, your sugars in check, and give you energy!

Here’s my Grandmother’s Banana Bread Recipe for you to try too : Throwback Thursday Recipe Post – Grandma’s Banana Bread

 

 

* Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist or a medical professional. These are healthy suggestions based solely on personal experiences, personal opinions, and light research. 

Getting Fun & Crafty: DIY Galentine’s Day Gifts Round-Up

I can’t believe how fast this year is already going by! I’ve been so busy with work and blogging and administrative kind of stuff that I decided I deserved a craft day…and what perfect excuse to make some cute DIY stuff but for Galentine’s Day! 

I pruned through Pinterest and found my favorites: 

Valentine’s White Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods from The Kitchen Is My Playground

XOXO Plate from The Pinning Mama

DIY Heart Mobile from Little Inspiration

 Valentine Heart Jars from Mason Jar Crafts

Clay Valentine Hearts Garland from So Much Better With Age

Cherry Jam Heart Pie Pops from The Sweetest Occassion

Valentine’s Wreath & Frame from Lil’ Luna All Things Good

Doilies & Hearts Jars from Jenny Doh’s Blog

Valentine’s Day Strawberry Sugar Scrub from Totally the Bomb

DIY Pom Pom Pillow from Crafts Unleashed

And a special Do Five Things A Day bonus:

Lovely Valentine’s Day Brownies:

Ingredients Needed: 

 Family Size Boxed Brownie Mix

16oz Jar of Buttercream Icing

Cinnamon Imperials

Sprinkles

Cupcake Liners

Muffin Baking Tins

Aluminum Foil

Directions:

1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2.) Prepare brownie mix as instructed on box.

3.) Line muffin pans with paper cupcake liners.

4.) Fill cupcake liners about 2/3 full with brownie batter.

5.) Roll up strips of foil into small balls, about 1 inch each. You will need one for each filled cupcake liner.

6.) Pinch liners together to form heart shape and tuck a foil ball in the cup to hold place.

7.) Bake as directed, about 25 minutes.

8.) Let brownies cool completely.

9.) Apply icing and decorate as desired.

In hindsight, I think I should have used a larger foil ball to get a better heart shape but still sweet! 

Hope you all have an amazing Galentine’s Day and Valentine’s Day! 

xoxo

How to Make a Quick, Tasty Salmon Dish that’s Only 300 Calories

I love to cook but I also love to eat healthy…sometimes coming up with the right combination can be tricky… this is a recipe I put together for my Mom and I one night….keeping it around 300 calories per serving (came to 311.5 calories for total meal – I came pretty close!) Recipe is broken down for one serving – multiply to create additional servings.

Ingredients –

  • 3 oz salmon fillet
  • 1/2 c broccoli florets
  • 1/2 medium tomatillo
  • 1 Tbsp chopped onion
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1/4 Tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1/3 medium potato
  • Blackening Seasoning

Directions –

  1. Heat  pan to medium-high heat and spray pan with Pam. Slice potato into thin slices. Place potato slices into pan and sprinkle with Blackening Seasoning. Cook until tender and then remove from heat.
  2. Meanwhile, dice tomatillo. Toss tomatillo, chopped onion in small bowl with oil and 1/2 tsp of soy sauce.
  3. Steam broccoli.
  4. While potatoes are cooking, heat second pan to medium heat and spray with Pam. Place salmon fillet in pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook about 5 minutes and then drizzle remaining 1/2 tsp soy sauce on top of salmon. Continue cooking salmon until just about done, then top with tomatillo and onion. Cook until at desired doneness.
  5. Serve salmon with potatoes and broccoli.

Check out my post on why salmon is so awesome for you – Power Food – Salmon

 

 

My Experience with the One Pan Pasta Recipe

It’s been a couple of years since I’ve made this recipe…and I noted in an old post that it was delicious…with my life in a busy, tight schedule I thought this was a great recipe to revisit. Taking only about 30 minutes to make, it is a great fit for an evening getting home at 7pm. I hate eating too late because then I tend to have a hard time getting to sleep at a decent time so the quicker and easier recipe for an evening during the work week the better, but that doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice taste…

This awesome recipe is so simple to make – chop some ingredients up, throw everything in a pot, and cook! Wallah! Delicious!

One Pot Pasta Prep

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This recipe came from a Martha Stewart magazine…the link will follow the recipe. I thought for my followers (speaking of time) I would retype the recipe here to make it readily available for you!

Ingredients Needed:

  • 12 ounces linguine
  • 12 ounces cherry or grape tomatoes, halved or quartered
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced (about 2 cups)
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon of red-pepper flakes
  • 2 sprigs basil, plus a few additional torn leaves for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving
  • Coarse salt (can substitute table salt if necessary) and freshly ground pepper
  • 4 1/2 cups of water
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese for serving

Instructions:

  1. Combine pasta, tomatoes, onion, garlic, red-pepper flakes, basil, oil, 2 teaspoons salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and water in a large straight-sided skillet (I didn’t have a straight-sided skillet so I used a pot and came out just wonderful still!). Bring to a boil over high heat.
  2. Continue to boil mixture, stirring and turning pasta frequently with tongs, until pasta is al dente and water has nearly evaporated, about 9 minutes.
  3. Remove pan from heat. Season to  taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to bowls (makes approximately 4 servings) and garnish with basil. Serve with Olive Oil and Parmesan cheese.

See the original recipe here