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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Summer Homemade Italian Giardiniera

Here is a great recipe using all the fresh vegetables of the summer. I love making this all year round as well, but summer peak vegetables are in season for my Summer Italian Giardiniera! You can pile it on grilled burgers, hot dogs, or just eat it as a tangy side dish! ♥

Ingredients ♥

2 green bell peppers, diced
2 red bell peppers, diced
8 fresh jalapeno peppers, sliced
1 celery stalk, diced
1 medium carrot, diced
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 cup fresh cauliflower florets
1/2 cup salt
water to cover
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 (5 ounce) jar pimento-stuffed green olives, chopped
1 cup white vinegar
1 cup olive oil

Directions ♥
1. Place into a bowl the green and red peppers, jalapenos, celery, carrots, onion, and cauliflower. Stir in salt, and fill with enough cold water to cover. Place plastic wrap or aluminum foil over the bowl, and refrigerate overnight.
2. The next day, drain salty water, and rinse vegetables. In a bowl, mix together garlic, oregano, red pepper flakes, black pepper, and olives. Pour in vinegar and olive oil, and mix well. Combine with vegetable mixture, cover, and refrigerate for 2 days before using

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Healthy Food & Fitness at the State Fair! ♥

So Summer is in full swing and there are alot of State Fairs going on. Here are some tips for healthy foods at the fair  and healthy recipes you can create at home for a healthy choice! ♥

First off here are some healthy choices for state fair foods.

Choose things like roast chicken, gyros,( without the pita ) They have roasted corn which is healthy (skip the butter), Roasted peanuts, cheese curds(not fried)
 For dessert grab some salt water taffy, cotton candy (fat free)  or maybe a smoothie. 

Here are some healthy recipes for state fair foods you can make at home. ♥

 Skinny Mini Corn Dogs

Why not try my roasted corn recipe with a twist?

 Tex Mex Roasted Summertime Corn

Or for a supercute cocktail try my Cotton Candy Martinis

Fun Exercise at the fair! Yes this is possible!

Here are some fun activities that you can burn those calories off after eating those State Fair Foods.

1. Potato Sack Races-  Many fairs offer these it's fun and burns calories so get hoppin!

2. Dancing- this burns a ton of calories and its fun! Don't just listen to the live bands at the fair, get up and dance!

3. Walk Off Those Calories — The healthiest part of the fair is that it is spread over several miles of ground. Walk as much as possible! This way, if you see something you might like to try, you know you will be passing it again on your next lap around the park.

So remember my tips when you are out at your state fair this summer and you will be happy and healthy! ♥

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Festa Italiana Inspired Dinner Party Menu ♥

Every year I love going to Festa Italiana, it start's tomorrow!  and I love throwing together a collaboration of my fave Italian recipes. Here is a fun authentic healthy menu enjoy! ♥ 

click below for details on festa italiana! 


First start off with appetizers try my Insalata Caprese Salad 

Then try my Skinny Italian Pasta Salad 

Now it's time for the main dishes, try my Homemade Italian Tomato Sauce 

Then try some cocktails! 

Here is my recipe for Italian Red Wine Sangria 

And for something supercute try my Italian Flag Popsicles!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Skinny Summer Watermelon Margarita ♥

Here is a perfect skinny version of a great refreshing summer cocktail try my fresh watermelon margarita! ♥

Ingredients ♥

1 cup chopped watermelon
Pinch of Stevia sugar
1.5 ounces Tequila
1 ounce Cointreau, Triple Sec, or other citrus-flavored liquour
1 Tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
Salt and lime to garnish

Directions ♥

Prepare glass by rubbing the rim with lime and dipping it in salt. Muddle watermelon and Stevia sugar until it is pulpy and mostly juice. Strain watermelon mixture through a fine mesh sieve and pour into prepared glass. Press down on watermelon to make sure you extract as much juice as possible. Add the tequila, Cointreau or liquor of choice, and lime juice. Add desired amount of ice and garnish glass with a wedge of lime.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Jalapeno Skinnygirl® Margarita's ♥

Happy Friday Everyone! Why not make your own margaritas without the guilt of carbs and sugar? Margaritas may be a tasty accompaniment to your tacos or enchiladas, but these are among the highest-calorie alcoholic beverages you can choose.Eight ounces of a standard margarita on the rocks will set you back about 455 calories, while a 12-ounce margarita has about 680 calories.
 I just love Skinnygirl® Cocktails! With only 100 calories in a four-ounce serving of Skinnygirl Margarita, you can get your margarita fix without consuming all those calories.  

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Ingredients ♥

4 oz Skinnygirl® Margarita
2 – 3 thin slices of fresh jalapeño
3 – 4 slices of fresh lime
Sea salt or margarita salt

Directions ♥
Muddle the  jalapeño and limes in slices in the bottom of a glass or mason jar with the back of a wooden spoon. Muddle for a good 20 – 30 seconds until the juices really start to form.
 Pour a layer of salt onto a small plate (preferably one just slightly larger than the top of your margarita glass). Slice off a small piece of lime and run the wet edge of the slice along half of the rim of your glass. Dip the top of the glass into the salt at a 45-degree angle and roll it from side to side to catch the salt. 
 Reserve one lime slice for garnishing. Fill glass to the top with ice. Add Skinnygirl® Margarita to the top and gently stir to combine. now sit back, sip  and enjoy! ♥

Friday Fish Tacos With Crema ♥

Happy Friday! Why not try my healthy flavorful Friday Fish Tacos with Crema! ♥

 serves 4 (makes 4 large tacos)

Ingredients ♥
• 3/4 lb COD FISH FILET (tilapia or other white fish)
• 1/4 tsp CAYENNE PEPPER, GROUND (optional or to taste)
• 6 oz PLAIN GREEK YOGURT, nonfat or lowfat
• 1/2 tsp LIME ZEST & JUICE
• 1/2 tsp PURE HONEY
• 1 1/2 tbsp FRESH CILANTRO, chopped
• 1 AVOCADO, sliced
• 1/3 cup PICO DE GALLO or SALSA

1. For yogurt crema: whisk yogurt (or light sour cream), 1/2 tsp lime juice, 1/2 tsp lime zest, honey, garlic powder, cilantro, salt and pepper together in a small bowl. Refrigerate until ready to serve (makes a good amount so probably won’t use all if making 4 tacos).
2. In a small bowl combine cumin, chili powder and cayenne pepper, if using. Cut fish into 4 filets; sprinkle seasoning, salt and pepper on both sides and gently rub into flesh with hands.
3. Heat a large sauté pan, or grill, over medium-high heat. Add oil and sauté fish 2-3 minutes per side (depending on thickness) or until cooked through. While fish cooks warm corn tortillas in a separate pan or on grill.
4. Top each of 4 warm tortillas with one fish filet, about 1-2 Tbsp pico or salsa, 1/4 avocado, and drizzle with 1-2 Tbsp crema and a little lime. Serving size, one taco with toppings. enjoy! ♥

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Russian Onion Peel Easter Eggs ♥

This is a traditional Russian Easter Egg dying process.The design on the eggs I have here is so beautiful yet so simple to achieve and what is even better is completely natural, no chemicals involved! ♥

Here is what you will need:
Onion peels(red or yellow) from about 10 onions
White Eggs
Any leaves you like e.g. rose leaves, parsley, dill, anything interesting you can find in your back yard!
Salt -1 tsp.
Take the onion peels and put them in a pot. The next step is quite simple but a teensy bit fiddly. Place a leaf of your choice on the egg and slide it inside a pantyhose, tie a thread on each side of the egg to prevent the leaf from sliding. Repeat the process until all the eggs are “dressed” in pantyhose. I learned that very stiff leaves don’t work as well because they don’t “hug” the egg too tightly and produce an unclear print. Fill your pot with water and boil the eggs for 15-20 minutes. Make sure the heat is not set on very high as you don’t want your eggs knocking around in the pot and cracking. Cool the eggs, remove the panty hose and the leaves, wipe any leaf remnants with a cloth. The last step is to make them shiny! Simply rub each egg with a little bit of oil.
Use food colouring pastes and a tablespoon of vinegar per each cup of colour, top up with boiling water. Drop a cooked egg and let it sit for 5 minutes. I recommend using gel colours as they produce more vivid hues than their liquid counterparts.

Easter 2016 Menu ♥

Happy Easter Sunday! This year my Easter I celebrate,  Russian Orthodox Easter is not until May 1st.  I thought I would share both the American and Russian Easter Menus you may incorporate today with the American Easter ♥

 Old Fashioned Ham ♥

Ingredients ♥

3/4 cup Dijon mustard

1/2 cup light brown sugar, plus more for sprinkling

2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves

1 (14-pound) cooked and smoked cured ham, shank end

3/4 cup pineapple juice

20 canned pineapple rings

1/2 cup maraschino cherries

Directions ♥
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Put oven rack in the middle of the oven.

In a small bowl, mix together the Dijon mustard, brown sugar, and thyme.

Put the ham in a large roasting pan, fat side up. Rub the ham with mustard glaze. Pour the pineapple juice into the bottom of the pan. Put the ham in the oven and bake for 2 hours, brushing every 20 minutes with the pineapple juice. Remove the ham from the oven.

Turn oven to 400 degrees F.

Using toothpicks, decoratively adhere the pineapple rings around the ham and put a cherry in the center of the pineapple ring. Sprinkle the pineapple rings lightly with brown sugar. Return to the oven, uncovered, and bake until the pineapples turn a light golden brown. Remove from the oven to a serving platter and let rest for 15 minutes before slicing.

 Skinny Hot Cross Buns ♥

Hot Cross Buns! Hot Cross Buns! One a penny, two a penny… Remember the childhood rhyme? 

(makes 24 buns)

Ingredients ♥

1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup dried currants
1/4 cup warm orange juice
4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1 cup whole-grain pastry flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. grated lemon zest
1 tsp. grated orange zest
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. grated whole nutmeg
1 package quick-rise yeast

1 cup warm fat-free milk

1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup unsalted light butter, melted
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
Cooking spray
1 Tbsp water
1 large egg white
1 cup powdered sugar
1 Tbsp fat-free milk
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice

Directions ♥
To prepare rolls, combine raisins, currants and orange juice in a small bowl; let stand 10 minutes. Drain fruit in a colander over a bowl, reserving fruit and juice. Meanwhile, sprinkle yeast over 1/4 cup of warm water and allow to sit for 5 to 10 minutes.
Lightly spoon 4 cups plus 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour and your 1 cup of pastry flour into dry measuring cups. Combine flours, salt, lemon and orange zest, cinnamon, nutmeg and yeast in the bowl of your stand mixer with the dough hook attached; mix until combined. Combine reserved orange juice, milk, honey, butter and eggs in a bowl, stirring with a whisk. With mixer on, slowly add in milk mixture to the flour mixture and mix at medium-low speed for about 7 minutes. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and add reserved fruit.
Knead dough for about 2 minutes until smooth and elastic; add enough of the remaining 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent sticking. Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, cover and let rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size. Punch dough down, cover and let rest for 5 minutes. Divide dough into 24 equal portions; roll each portion into a ball and place rolls in muffin cups coated with cooking spray. Cover and let rise for 1 hour or until almost doubled in size.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine 1 tablespoon water and egg white and stir with a whisk. Gently brush rolls with egg white mixture. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until golden brown, rotating pans once during baking. Remove from pans and cool for about 10 minutes on a wire rack.
To prepare glaze, combine powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon of milk and 1 tsp. lemon juice, stirring well with a whisk. Microwave on high 20 seconds or until warm. Spoon glaze into a sealed zip-lock baggy and snip a tiny hole in one corner of the bag. Pipe a cross on top of each warm roll. Enjoy! ♥

Side Dishes ♥

Click on the highlighted recipes below and it will take you to my recipe! 

Grandma Katrina's Deviled Eggs 


Ingredients ♥

     Sparkling Wine, Cava, Moet, Prosecco or Champagne (1 bottle)

     Orange Juice (1 carton)

     Triple Sec (optional)

Preparation ♥

Fill half of a champagne flute with chilled sparkling wine or Champagne (about an ounce) and top off with chilled orange juice (again about 2 ounces), gently stir. If you'd like to add triple sec, just a splash to taste works out fine. For added flare, slice up a strawberry to decorate the rim of each flute. Enjoy!

* Also delightful over ice in a larger white wine glass as I did above!

Now for the link to my Russian Easter  

Have a blessed Easter!