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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Skinny Eggs Benedict Bake ♥

Easter is coming up, Here is a perfect Easter brunch recipe try my recipe for skinny  eggs benedict bake! To make it healthy I am using my fave sponsored product Western Bagel Company  they have low carb bagels and english mufffins! ♥ 

At Western Bagel, they care about your health, and they totally appreciate all the hard work that you put into keeping your figure. That’s why they try to make their bagels as healthy as possible. Take othe ALTERNATIVE bagels for example. They're all almost FAT FREE (the Sweet Wheat have a 1/2 gram of fat) and only have 110 calories. Total. They also have 0 Cholesterol and 7 grams of fiber. So if you’re concerned about what goes into your body (or what doesn’t), check out their line of Alternative bagels. They’re available in 5 bagelicious flavors. JUST added to their line of Healthy: THE SANDWICH SPLITZ. Only 90 calories, 17g carbs, 3g Fiber, 1.5g of fat and endless taste! Order online today! Western Bagel  

Now on to the recipe! 

Makes: 8 servings

Ingredients ♥

1 teaspoon vinegar
8 eggs
4 English muffins, split Western Bagel Brand
1/3 cup flavored semisoft cheese, such as pepper, garlic and herb, garden vegetable, or toasted onion
8 thin slices cooked ham (12 ounces)
1 recipe  Hollandaise Sauce
 Paprika (optional)
 Fresh snipped parsley (optional)

Hollandaise Sauce Recipe ♥ makes 1 1/2 cups

       3 egg yolks
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, if needed (or more)
6 -8 ounces very soft unsalted butter ( I use smart balance) 
1 dash cayenne pepper
salt, to taste
fresh ground white pepper, to taste

Directions for sauce ♥
Whisk the yolks, water, and lemon juice in the saucepan for a few moments, until thick and pale (this prepares them for what is to come).
Set the pan over moderately low heat and continue to whisk at reasonable speed, reaching all over the bottom and insides of the pan, where the eggs tend to overcook.
To moderate the heat, frequently move the pan off the burner for a few seconds, and then back on. (If, by chance, the eggs seem to be cooking too fast, set the pan in the bowl of cold water to cool the bottom, then continue).
As they cook, the eggs will become frothy and increase in volume, and then thicken. When you can see the pan bottom through the streaks of the whisk and the eggs are thick and smooth, remove from the heat.
By spoonfuls, add the soft butter, whisking constantly to incorporate each addition. As the emulsion forms, you may add the butter in slightly larger amounts, always whisking until fully absorbed. Continue incorporating butter until the sauce has thickened to the consistency you want.
Season lightly with salt, pepper, and a dash of cayenne pepper, whisking in well. Taste and adjust the seasoning, adding droplets of lemon juice if needed. Serve lukewarm.

Directions ♥

Preheat broiler. Lightly grease a large skillet. Add enough water to the skillet to fill half full. Add vinegar. Bring mixture to boiling; reduce heat to simmering (bubbles should begin to break the surface of the water). Break one of the eggs into a measuring cup. Holding the lip of the cup as close to the water as possible, carefully slip egg into simmering water. Repeat with remaining eggs, allowing each egg an equal amount of space.
Simmer eggs, uncovered, for 3 to 5 minutes or until the whites are completely set and yolks begin to thicken but are not hard. Using a slotted spoon, remove eggs to a plate.
Meanwhile, place muffin halves, cut sides up, on a baking sheet. Broil 3 to 4 inches from the heat about 2 minutes or until toasted; cool.
Grease a 3-quart rectangular baking dish. Spread the cut side of each muffin half with about 2 teaspoons of the semisoft cheese. Place muffin halves, cheese sides up, in prepared dish. Top each with a slice of ham, folding or cutting it to fit. 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Top with one cooked egg. Spoon Hollandaise Sauce over eggs. Bake, covered, about 25 minutes or until heated through. If desired, sprinkle with paprika and/or snipped parsley ♥

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Chipotle Deviled Eggs ♥

Easter is coming, why not put a twist on the traditional deviled egg? Here is my recipe for southwestern chipotle deviled eggs! Using my fave sponsored product Hellman's!  ♥ 

Ingredients ♥ 

1 dozen hard-boiled eggs, cooled and peeled
1/2 cup Hellmann's  light mayonnaise
2 tablespoons chipotle chile puree* see below 
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste
Chipotle chile pepper, for garnish

Directions ♥ 

Halve the eggs lengthwise. Carefully remove yolks and place in a small bowl; mash yolks with the back of a fork. Add next 7 ingredients (through garlic powder). Season to taste with salt and pepper. Spoon mixture into hollowed out egg whites. Garnish with chipotle chile pepper. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Makes 8-12 appetizer servings.

*To make chipotle chile puree, place 1 can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce in a blender and process until smooth. Cover and refrigerate or freeze leftover puree for another use.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Dead Sea Mud Mask Review ♥

I am pleased to be a part of this campaign for Pure & Essentials. Once again I have teamed up with Brandbacker. I just have to tell you about their Dead Sea Mud Mask! ♥

The Dead Sea mud mask is laden with over 21 essential minerals from the Dead Sea. Each one is highly-renowned for its skin healing properties. While the mud mask does it job of deep cleansing, drawing out excess oils, impurities and toxins for an anti-aging effect, the organic essential oils keep your skin naturally hydrated, adding a softness and glow to your complexion.

- Dead Sea minerals cleanse and soften your skin, reducing pores
- No harsh chemicals or artificial additives
- No more expensive spa visits required for optimum natural skin care
- 30+ facial mask treatments per jar
- 100% natural and organic skin care treatment
- Effective relief for skin disorders including acne, eczema and psoriasis

- Animal Cruelty Free
So if you feel like you need something to revive and renew your skin, here are 3 benefits of Dead Sea Mud Mask by Pure & Essential Minerals:

1. Dead Sea Mud Mask Removes Dead Skin Cells - the natural silica found in the black mud hardens on the skin once you apply the mask. This step allows the mask to extract toxins and impurities located deep in the skin layers, and also to attach to dead skin cells. After washing it all off the result is clear looking skin, with clean pores and even skin tone. 

2. Dead Sea Mud Mask Can Help with Acne - thanks to its therapeutic effect, this mask is a real life saver if you suffer from acne, black heads and breakouts. Pure & Essential Minerals Dead Sea Mud Mask contains natural minerals like magnesium, calcium, sulphur, bromide, iodine, sodium, zinc and potassium, which are known to treat, detoxify, and cleanse the skin.

3. Dead Sea Mud Mask Stimulates Circulation - when blood circulation is poor it leads to an uneven skin tone, patches on the skin, and may even cause wrinkles. By applying a weekly facial mud mask you can dramatically increase blood flow to your skin cells and achieve a healthier and plumper looking skin.

Order yours now! here! 

This post was sponsored by Brandbacker. ♥

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Sweet n' Spicy Marinated Sriracha Shrimp ♥

My new favorite thing I discovered out for dinner is Sriracha sauce! Using my favorite sponsored product Huy Fong Foods Sriracha Sauce. Here is my recipe for Sweet n' Spicy Marinated Sriracha Shrimp! ♥

Ingredients ♥

2 tablespoons Huy Fong Foods Sriracha sauce

¼ Cup Low Sodium Soy Sauce

⅓ Cup Tangerine Juice

1 Teaspoon Sesame Oil

2 Tablespoons Palm Sugar

1 Clove Garlic (minced)

1½ Teaspoons Tangerine Zest

1½ Pounds Raw Shrimp (head on or at least shell on)

Lime Juice (one fresh lime) 

Kosher Salt

Chopped Green Onions

Directions ♥

In a large bowl, combine the  ingredients and mix well.
Place the shrimp in the bowl and toss to coat.
Cover and refrigerate and let marinate for about an hour.
When ready to cook, preheat the grill to medium-high.
Skewer the shrimp or prepare a grill pan, however you prefer to grill smaller items.
Cook the shrimp 2-3 minutes on each side, until the shrimp become pink and opaque.
If desired, use the sauce left after marinating to baste the shrimp while cooking. Zest with fresh lime juice! enjoy! ♥

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Birthday Cake Martini ♥

It's my Birthday today! So here is a recipe for my birthday cake batter martini! Using my fave sponsored product Smirnoff Iced Cake Vodka ♥ 

Ingredients ♥ 

Makes 1

1 oz. Amaretto
1 1/2 oz. Smirnoff Iced Cake Vodka
1 1/2 oz. Coco Lopez
1 oz half & half
honey & rainbow sprinkles for the rim

Directions ♥ 

1. Rim glass with honey then dip in rainbow sprinkles. *Best done by dipping glass in a plate of honey then a plate of sprinkles. 2. In a martini shaker filled with ice, combine Amaretto, Vodka, Coco Lopez and half & half. Shake until well chilled.
3. Strain into prepared martini glass and sip. ♥ 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Meal Enders Review ♥

I am happy to be approached by Fit Approach  and Meal Enders . What is Meal Enders?

 MealEnders’ active-taste formula rewards and resets your taste buds, distracting you from the temptation to overindulge.  First the delicious Reward Layer treats you to the sweet taste of dessert – a signal we typically associate with the end of a meal.  Then the Inner Core’s Active-Taste Layer releases a proprietary blend of gentle, cool tingling sensations on the tongue, which engage the trigeminal nerve, distracting your mind from the urge to continue overeating.  You can feel your MealEnder go to work instantly.

MealEnders’ unique duo sensory taste formula is made from a stimulant-free blend of flavors and ingredients, all held to the highest food safety standards.  MealEnders contain only 2 grams of sugar and 15 calories per piece. The outer Reward Layer is made from premium dessert ingredients.  The chocolate-covered flavors, for example, use fine Guittard chocolate.  The inner Active-Taste layer relies upon MealEnders’ proprietary blend of natural and artificial food flavors that we call the Actissert™ Blend.

So go ahead and order now! Here! 

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Retro Skinny Cheese Fondue #SundaySupper ♥

I remember when I was younger my mother used to throw fondue parties, well I thought I would try a little fondue dinner, see below for my recipe! ( I found this recipe in her old fondue set recipe book) ♥

 I am so happy to be asked to be a part of Sunday Supper Movement Isabel Laessig better know as Family Foodie is passionate about her family and believes that we can empower our families by nurturing them around the family table. 
      Join the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest board for more fabulous recipes and food photos. ♥

Ingredients ♥

1 3/4 cups light Swiss Cheese, shredded
1 3/4 cups light Gruyère Cheese, shredded
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup white wine
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic
1 Cherry Flavored Liqueur (Kirshwasser)
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Dash of grated nutmeg

Directions ♥

Toss the cheese and flour in a bowl. Place a metal bowl over a saucepan filled with 2 inches of water. You may also use a conventional double boiler. Bring the water to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and pour the wine into the bowl. Stir in the lemon juice and garlic using a fork. Cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly.

Add half the cheese and cook until the cheese is melted, stirring constantly. Add the remaining cheese, a small amount at a time, stirring constantly in a circular motion after each addition until the cheese is melted. Pour the liqueur slowly around the edge of the bowl. Pull the cheese mixture away from the edge of the bowl and cook for about 1 minute or until the alcohol cooks off. Stir the liqueur into the cheese. Stir the pepper in gently. Pour into a warm fondue pot and keep warm over low heat. Garnish with a dash of nutmeg.

Serve with meat pieces such as cubed beef, veggies, fruit, crackers, cubed bread pieces, or even shrimp. Enjoy! ♥

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Texas Mexican Shrimp Cocktail "Coctel de Camaron" ♥

Here is a authentic recipe for Authentic Texas Mexican Shrimp Cocktail " Coctel de Camaron"  using my fave sponsored product Galveston Shrimp Company  They have the freshest fish!  ♥ 

Galveston Shrimp Company was founded in 1978 by Rosario Cassarino, an immigrant from the Italian island of Sicily. For twenty years he and his wife, Giovanna, unloaded  fish and shrimp boats at the historic Pier 19 and  sold the catch of the day to Galveston locals and the visiting tourist.

In 1994 their son, Nello, took over the daily  operation and moved the company to a larger facility that was more accessible to highway transportation. The company began to shift it's focus  from a retail operation  to a wholesale seafood company that now supplies  retailers and distributors around the nation.

Ingredients ♥ 

1 – ½ lbs. Texas Gulf  Jumbo shrimp
1 medium size red tomato small diced
1 small white or purple onion small diced
1 medium seedless cucumber small diced, such as jade or English cucumber.
¼ cup finely chopped cilantro
1 chile Serrano or Jalapeno with seeds.
1 small Hass avocado
The juice of one small Valencia orange
3 large limes + 1 or 2 more to garnish.
2 celery stalks
¼ wedge of a white onion.
2-3 sprigs of fresh thyme
1/2 teaspoon Sea salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
¼-1/2 cup ketchup sauce
A few dashes of your favorite Mexican Bottled Hot Sauce

Directions ♥ 

1. Place two glass serving bowls in the freezer. 

2. Peel and de-vein the shrimp, reserve the skins and leave 4-6 unpeeled, tail-on shrimp for garnish.

3. In a non-reactive pan place the shrimp skins, along with the celery stalks, onion wedge, thyme, a pinch of sea salt and some cracked black pepper. Add 3 cups of water and simmer for about 15- 20 minutes.

4. Meantime, prepare all your vegetable accoutrement. Dice and chop the tomato, cucumber, onion, serrano or jalapeno peppers, limes, avocado and cilantro. Set aside.

5. Check on your broth. With a slotted spoon, remove the skins and all the vegetables from the broth. Add the peeled and deveined shrimp to the hot broth and simmer the shrimp for about 2-3 minutes or until they change color and curl up.~Shrimp cook very fast so be attentive! You do not want rubbery overcooked shrimp!~

6. With a slotted spoon, pull out the shrimp a little before you think they are ready. They will keep cooking with their residual heat. Place the shrimp on a plate with ice underneath. 

7. Fill a bowl halfway with ice and place a metal or glass bowl on top of the ice. Place a fine sieve on top of the bowl and drain the broth. With a wooden spoon, start whisking to cool off the broth until the temperature of the broth feels fresh and cooler.

8. You should have around 2 to 2-1/2 cups of broth left, transfer the broth into a liquid measuring cup if you have more than 2 ½ cups discard the extra broth.

9. Start seasoning the broth. Squeeze the juice of 3 limes, the juice of 1 small Valencia Orange, add Ketchup add a couple of dashes of hot sauce, the sea salt, and whisk. Taste and adjust flavor for salt or pepper.

10. Pull out the frozen glass serving bowls and start arranging your cocktail. Start by layering the ingredients and add the seasoned broth at the end. No rules here! You can add as much or as little veggies as you want. Avocado is a must, highly necessary!, A little extra squeeze of lime juice, sprinkle some cilantro and an extra dash of hot sauce and  enjoy! ♥ 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Waldorf Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps ♥

I was so excited to be approached by a great company Nuts.com  

"They are looking to spread awareness of the health benefits that almonds provide, and as a healthy recipe blogger I was very interested in contributing. They carry over 100 almond products".

Here is my healthy recipe for waldorf chicken salad lettuce wraps  using almonds! 

  Waldorf Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps 

Ingredients ♥

8 oz chicken breast, pre cooked  
½ cup apple, peeled and cut into small cubes
½ cup red seedless grapes, cut in half
⅓ cup celery, chopped
2 tbsp plain fat-free Greek yogurt
2 tbsp light mayonnaise
1 tsp dijon mustard
¼ cup chopped  Nuts.com almonds
salt and pepper

Directions ♥
Dice or pull apart cooked chicken breast, set aside.
Combine mayo, yogurt, mustard, salt, pepper and mix well.
Add chicken, grapes, apples, celery, and let it chill in the refrigerator until you are ready to eat it.
Top with almonds before serving.

Serve over a bed of lettuce! enjoy! ♥

Almonds are so healthy for you. Natural, unsalted almonds are a tasty and nutritious snack with plenty of health benefits. Loaded with minerals, they are also among the healthiest of tree nuts. Just a handful of nutrient-rich almonds a day helps promote heart health and prevent weight gain, and it may even help fight diseases like diabetes and Alzheimer's.

According to the FDA, eating 1.5 ounces a day of most nuts, like almonds, may reduce the risk of heart disease. Many of the nutrients in almonds help contribute to increased heart health. For one, almonds are rich in magnesium, which is critical in preventing heart attacks and hypertension. Several clinical studies have also shown almonds can be effective in reducing bad cholesterol and preserving healthy cholesterol, which plays a major role in heart health.

Almonds may also promote gastrointestinal health and even combat diabetes. The high fiber content of almonds gives them prebiotic properties, which contributes to health in the gastrointestinal tract. Prebiotics are non-digestible food substances, which serve as food for the good bacteria in the intestinal tract and help maintain a healthy balance. According to a study by the American Diabetes Association, a Mediterranean diet incorporating nuts, such as almonds, helps fight diabetes even without significant changes to weight, physical activity or caloric intake.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Evian Facial Spray Review & Homemade Kale Chips ♥

I was approached through Brandbacker and Evian Facial Spray to review their awesome product! It is perfect for healthy looking beautiful skin, I also have a homemade kale chips recipe as well, kale is so good for your skin!  ♥

With each misting, evian® Brumisateur® (Brew-meez-ah-tour) Natural Mineral Water Facial Spray helps hydrate, tone, and soothe all skin types including sensitive skin.

Every drop of evian® is packaged at the source in Evian-les-bains, France in a state-of-the-art facility. Each canister is leakproof  and cannot be contaminated, so you can feel confident to keep one in your sport bag, diaper bag or purse.

evian®‘s balanced mineral composition and remarkable purity is the result of a slow natural filtration process, a journey that takes more than 15 years down through the French Alps. Every day, samples are taken at over 20 different points to ensure unchanged mineral content and consistent quality. The exquisitely fine mist produced by the evian® Brumisateur® penetrates and rehydrates the upper layers of the skin. Suits all skin types, even the most sensitive.

See the video below! 

Makeup Routine:
In addition to skin care, Evian Facial Spray is also an asset to any makeup routine. After applying makeup, hold the canister 9-12 inches from the face, and lightly mist in a circular motion right over makeup. This helps makeup blend with the skin to give it a more natural look while bringing out more color. This can be done several times during the day to refresh makeup and hydrate the skin without messing up makeup. A favorite trick among makeup artists, our product can be used to lightly moisten makeup brushes for more precise application and blending. It can also be used to dilute makeup.

So try it today here is where you can get your own Evian Facial Spray ! Click here! 

Now for that healthy snack recipe for Homemade Kale Chips 

Did you know kale helps with your skin?

The healthy balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids keep your body strong, healthy and beautiful from the inside out. Kale’s concentration of major nutrients gives your skin’s health and appearance a boost.

Though greens in general are nutritious foods, kale stands a head above the rest. Not only is it one of your best sources of beta-carotene, one of the antioxidants believed by many nutrition experts to be a major player in the battle against cancer, heart disease, and certain age-related chronic diseases. 

So go ahead and check out my recipe for kale chips, healthy and delicious! enjoy♥

Homemade Kale Chips ♥

1 bunch of kale
1-2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Wash the kale thoroughly to remove any grit and pat with towels to remove the excess water. Rip the leaves of the kale away from the stems and discard the stems.
Lay the leaves out on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil, then sprinkle with salt and pepper. (I would start out light on the salt and pepper, you can always add more later)

Bake the kale for about 20 minutes, or until crisp. Allow to cool and then transfer to a bowl. enjoy! ♥