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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Halloween Band-Aid Treats ♥


So I thought today I would make some cute halloween treats and I came up with these supercute halloween band aid treats made out of graham crackers. Spooky and supercute! ♥





Ingredients ♥
1 box of Graham Crackers, each cracker broken into 4 rectangles along the dotted lines.
¼ c.  sugar free Strawberry jam, mix with a couple drops of red food coloring for brighter "blood"
4 oz.  light cream cheese, softened


Directions  ♥

Use a piping bag to filled with the cream cheese  to draw a square into the center of each graham cracker.
top each square of frosting with a smear of the strawberry jam and serve!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Easy Del Monte Minestrone ♥


Here is a great easy minestrone anyone can make! It's using my fave sponsored product Del Monte®  This soup is so rich and hearty on a cold fall day! ♥








Ingredients ♥

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
2 red potatoes, chopped
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried basil
½ teaspoon dried oregano
¼ teaspoon dried thyme
½ teaspoon ground sage
2 14.5-ounce cans Del Monte® Diced Tomatoes
6 cups low sodium vegetable or chicken broth
1 rind parmesan cheese
1 14-ounce can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 14-ounce can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 14.5-ounce can Del Monte® Cut Green Beans, drained
½ teaspoon salt or to taste

Directions ♥

In a large stock pot or Dutch oven, add oil and heat to medium. Add the chopped onion and sauté until fragrant and softened, about 3 minutes.
Add the carrots, celery, and red potatoes. Continue sautéing, stirring frequently, until vegetables have softened, but are still al dente, about 8 minutes.
Add the garlic and spices and sauté another 1 minutes.
Add the diced tomatoes, chicken broth, and parmesan cheese rind. Bring the soup to a full boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover the pot and cook for 30 minutes or until vegetables are cooked through and quinoa is cooked.
Add the 3 types of beans and cook an additional 8 minutes.
Remove the parmesan rind (or leave it in and eat it).
Test the soup for flavor and add desired amount of salt.
Serve with crusty bread or croutons and shredded parmesan cheese enjoy! 

If desired add 2 cups fully cooked elbow macaroni or egg noodles of your choice! 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Crock-Pot Apple Butter ♥


Here is a great fall recipe my mother used to make, its so easy just pop it in your slow cooker! enjoy! ♥


Ingredients ♥

6 pounds apples (A mixture of sweet apples, such as honey crisp, pink lady, gala or golden delicious works best)
1 cup brown sugar
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt

1 Tablespoon vanilla extract

Instructions ♥

Core, peel and slice apples and place in a crock pot.
Mix together sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
Toss apple slices with with sugar mixture.
Cook on low for 10 hours.
Stir in vanilla extract and crush large apple pieces with a spoon.

Cook on low for 2 more hours.
Allow apples to cool slightly and then puree with an immersion blender (or transfer in batches to a food processor.)

Transfer to air tight containers and store in refrigerator for up to two weeks or store in the freezer for up to 2 months. enjoy! ♥

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Skinny Eggplant Parmigiana ♥



So I saw some beautiful eggplants at the market the other day and I just had to make Eggplant Parmigiana In Italian ( Parmigiana Di Melanzane ) only my version is not fried but baked much healthier! 


Eggplant contains many vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to one's health. Eggplant contains many vitamins, but its dominant vitamins are vitamin C, folate, B vitamins, and vitamin A. These vitamins improve the body's overall health, boost the immune system, and improve resistance to various diseases. Eggplant also contains a large quantity of minerals such as phosphorous, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. These minerals help prevent health problems such as arthritis, osteoporosis, and heart disease. Eggplant is also a great source of dietary fiber. Dietary fiber protects against colon cancer, keeps the digestive system working properly, and keeps the stomach feeling full after a meal. So go ahead and make this awesome healthy recipe for dinner tonight! ♥

Ingredients ♥

eggplant slices:
1 large eggplant
2 cups panko breadcrumbs
2 oz finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (2/3 cup)
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 eggs, beaten
3 tablespoons extra virgin  oil
1 lb chilled fresh mozzarella (not unsalted), thinly sliced
sauce
2 tablespoons extra virgin oil
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
3/4 cup onion
        28 ounces crushed tomatoes
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon oregano
8-10 fresh basil leaves
Directions ♥
1. Peel and slice the eggplant into ¼ to ½ inch slices. Place them on a cooling rack over a baking sheet and sprinkle them with salt. Allow them to sit for at least 30 minutes for the bitter juices to drain out.
2. Prepare the sauce while waiting. Place the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and crushed pepper and cook until the garlic lightly browns. Add the onions and cook until they become translucent. Add the tomatoes, sugar, oregano, and basil. Bring it to a boil and then simmer for 10 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
3. Preheat the oven to 425º F with a baking sheet inside. Rinse and pat dry the eggplant slices. Combine the breadcrumbs with ½ cup of parmesan cheese. Place the flour in a dish, the eggs in a shallow bowl, and the breadcrumb mixture in another dish. Dredge each eggplant slice in flour and then in the eggs, letting the excess drip. Coat with breadcrumb mixture and place them on a cooling rack. 
4. Remove the baking sheet from the oven (do not turn off oven) and brush 3 tablespoons of oil over the entire hot baking sheet. Lay the eggplant slices on the baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, flipping the slices over after 15 minutes.
5. In a 9 by 13 inch casserole dish, spread 1 cup of sauce. Layer half the eggplant slices over the sauce. Cover with another cup of sauce and layer with fresh mozarella. Add a second layer of eggplant and cover with another cup of sauce andremaining mozzarella cheese slices. Bake for 15 minutes until cheese is browned and bubbling.  enjoy!♥

Monday, October 6, 2014

Clean Eating Chicken and Kale Soup ♥




Ingredients ♥
serves 8 

1 2-lb rotisserie chicken
15 black peppercorns
4 whole cloves
2 bay leaves
1 medium yellow onion, rinsed and halved, skin on
4 large celery stalks, sliced (divided)
2 large carrots, peeled and sliced (divided)
1 handful fresh parsley
1/4 cup chopped dill
Salt to taste

Directions ♥
Carve the rotisserie chicken, pulling the meat in pieces from the bones. Reserve the meat. Place the chicken carcass, skin and fat into a 6-quart pot. Cover with 4 quarts (16 cups) of water. Bring to a boil, skimming any foam that rises to the top. Add the peppercorns, cloves, bay leaves, onion, 2 sliced celery stalks (feel free to include celery leaves), 1 sliced carrot, parsley and 2 tsp salt to the pot.  Reduce to a low simmer (do not boil after this point, only simmer on low). Let the stock cook for 90 minutes. While stock is cooking, slice the reserved chicken into bite-sized pieces. Cover in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator. When the stock is fully cooked, strain it through a mesh strainer into another clean large pot. Discard the carcass and vegetables from the stock. At this point, if you'd like, you can skim some of the fat off of the top of the strained stock. I prefer to leave the fat, it makes the soup taste better and richer. Add the reserved bite-sized chicken pieces to the strained stock along with the remaining fresh sliced carrot, celery stalks, and dill. Bring back to a low simmer (not a full boil). Add additional salt and black pepper to taste, if desired.  Simmer the mixture for about 30 minutes longer or until the rice is cooked and the vegetables are tender. Serve hot and enjoy! It's good for the body, good for the soul.♥
Detoxification and Weight loss
The fiber (5 grams in one cup) and sulfur in kale aid with digestion and liver health. The Vitamin C it contains hydrates your body and increases your metabolism, leading to weight loss and healthy blood sugar levels. The fiber in kale also lowers cholesterol.

Strengthen Your Immune System
Kale’s impressive concentration of nutrients strengthens the immune system and fights viruses and bacteria. Kale has more iron than beef, making it a great source of this valuable mineral for vegans and vegetarians. It helps more oxygen get to your blood and greatly helps those who are anemic.

Healthier Hair, Skin & Nails
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.

Curly green kaleSee Clearly and Stand Strong
Kale’s Vitamin A content helps keep the eyes from optical disorders that come with age. It also helps store vitamins in the retina. The calcium and vitamin K and D keep your bones strong.

Anti-inflammatory
The omega-3 fatty acids in kale help fight and alleviate arthritis, autoimmune disorders and asthma. The vitamin C content helps relieve stiff joints.

Fighting Disease
Kale, like other dark green veggies, may be helpful in preventing various cancers such as colon, prostate and ovarian. Its abundant vitamin K content is important for bone health, forestalling the effects of osteoporosis. And the folic acid and B6 provide cardiovascular support and prevent heart disease.

kale is so good for you just read all the awesome benefits! ♥

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Libby's Pumpkin Hummus ♥


Fall is here and here is my twist on the typical hummus, why not add pumpkin? Using my fave product LIBBY'S® 



Ingredients ♥
Serves 4 to 6
1 (14.5 ounce) can chick peas, drained
1 cup  LIBBY'S® pumpkin puree
2 cloves roasted garlic
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons coconut oil (extra virgin olive oil is fine, but the results will vary)
1 tablespoon tahini
salt and pepper to taste

Directions ♥
1.  Place all ingredients into a food processor and puree until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with pita crisps or veggies! enjoy! ♥

Friday, September 26, 2014

Flex Belt Review and my Healthy Green Smoothie Recipe ♥


So I was approached by a great company Flexbelt they sent me their ab belt worth $200.00 for free! I tried it out and here is my review! ♥


The Flex Belt® is the first Ab Belt Toning system cleared by the FDA for Toning, Firming and Strengthening the stomach muscles. With The Flex Belt, you can train your abs even if you're too busy or too tired for a traditional workout. Just slip on the comfortable toning ab belt and the clinically demonstrated, patented medical-grade technology stimulates the nerves that make your muscles contract and relax. As a result, you get an effective abdominal workout that targets all the muscles in your abdomen – all in just 30 minutes a day

You will see results in a matter of 4-8 weeks. If you are not completely satisfied, we ask you to take 
advantage of our 60-day money back guarantee. This gives you ample time to see what 
The Flex Belt will do for you. 

Here’s How It Works: The unique construction of the Flex Belt® features three pre-positioned, medical-grade Gel Pads, covering the central abdominals and external obliques. During your toning session, signals from the Flex Belt® reach out to nerves where they are most concentrated. These nerves branch out to all of the stomach muscles causing them to contract and relax naturally, working all of the muscles at the same time, not just those directly under the gel pads.


My review is that this really does work. I saw results after only 2 weeks, You have to be consistent with it. You also have to eat a healthy balanced diet, I also did some sit ups without as well. Overall it's a great product and I highly recommend it get yours here Buy Flexbelt        
                           After all everyone wants to look and feel fit an healthy! 

Here is a way to keep up a healthy you, try my healthy green smoothie recipe!



My Healthy green smoothie is packed full of Kale. Kale’s health benefits are primarily linked to the high concentration and excellent source of antioxidant vitamins A, C, and K -- and sulphur-containing phytonutrients.

Carotenoids and flavonoids are the specific types of antioxidants associated with many of the anti-cancer health benefits. So make sure to try my healthy green smoothie it's perfect for a pre workout or run! ♥

Ingredients 

1 handful baby spinach
1 leaf of  kale (discard the stalk)
1 organic banana
3 pieces of  mango
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 cup of water

Directions ♥ 


Mix this all up in your smoothie machine or blender until fully blended serve chilled and enjoy! ♥ 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Skinny Skillet Chicken Marsala with Ozeri ♥


I was approached by Ozeri to review their awesome product and was sent a free Ozeri pan to try out. I decided to make skinny skillet chicken marsala here is my recipe enjoy! ♥







Ingredients ♥

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded thin
1 cup of all purpose flour
1 tsp of salt
1 tsp of fresh ground black pepper
1 tsp of dried marjoram
2 eggs, beaten with a little milk
2 Tbls of extra virgin olive oil
3 Tbls of butter( fat free version)
2 shallots, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 cups of sliced mushrooms (white button. baby portabella, porcini, etc.)
3/4 cups of sweet Marsala wine
1 cup of chicken broth
1/2 cup of heavy  fat free whipping cream (optional)

1/4 cup of fresh flat leaf parsley 

Directions ♥

Using a medium size bowl, season the flour with the salt, pepper and marjoram.
Place the beaten eggs in another bowl.
Dip the chicken in the egg mixture and then in the flour mixture.
In a large frying pan heat the olive oil and butter.
Saute the chicken for 2 minutes on each side until browned.
Remove the chicken from the pan and drain on a paper towel.
In the meantime sauté the shallots, garlic and onions in the remaining butter and oil.
Cover and cook on medium heat for around 4 to 5 minutes until the mushrooms are tender.
Turn the heat up and deglaze the pan with the Marsala and broth while scraping all the bits off the bottom with a wooden spoon..
Reduce the mixture to about half.
Stir in the cream if you wish.
Lower the heat and return the chicken to the pan and cook covered for 2 minutes until the chicken is heated through and tender.
Plate the chicken and top with the Marsala and mushroom sauce.

Garnish with parsley and serve. enjoy! ♥

  Unlike other ceramic pans,the Ozeri Green Earth Pan utilizes GREBLON - an ultra-safe ceramic coating from Germany which is 100% PTFE and PFOA free.
Innovative textured pan surface delivers enhanced heat distribution and superior non-stick performance without ever releasing harmful fumes or toxins.
Features a scratch-resistant 100 percent ceramic coating that is super easy to clean.
Made out of durable heavy-gauge die-cast aluminum with no heavy metals or harmful chemicals.

Boasts a comfortable heat resistant silicon coated handle and a magnetized induction stove safe base for rapid heat transfer.

Here is where you can get your very own Ozeri pan on Amazon

Here is my review on Amazon! 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Jdrf and Healthy Snacks for Kid's ♥


So the annual Juvenile Diabetes Research Fundraising Walk is coming up tomorrow and I walk every year in honor of my mother that had this disease and passed at a young age of 37. It is important for children to eat a healthy balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, proteins and low sugar, especially diabetic children. Here is my healthy recipe





Low carb, nutritious snacks are crucial for kids with diabetes and unfortunately much of what’s out there is quite the opposite. Even for kids without diabetes, managing blood sugar from an early age can go a long way towards preventing high insulin levels and diabetes later on in life. But eating healthy and sticking to a low-glycemic diet can be very tricky with kids. The key is to find nutritious snacks that will appeal to those picky palates that are tempted daily by a barrage of sugary and empty calories. So think protein, fiber, and healthy fats — you’ll help set them up for a lifetime of good health.


Here are some diabetic kid friendly snacks..

Trail mix (over the age of two)
Low fat string cheese
Melon balls 
Veggies and dip cups ( A more fun way to eat your veggies!)
Grapes (frozen grapes are great in the summer)
Apple wedges
Rice cakes with all natural fruit spread or peanut butter
Banana slices with peanut butter
Low fat frozen yogurt 


miss you mamma ♥



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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Skinny Mini Chicken Pot Pie's ♥


Here is such a great fall recipe and healthy!  Using my fave sponsored product Campbell's®  My skinny version of the chicken pot pie. It's warm and gooey for a brisk fall day and mini size perfect for your waistline! See my recipe below! This recipe is so quick and easy! Make it for dinner tonight! ♥




Ingredients ♥

1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell's® Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup (98% Fat Free) 1/2 cup skim  milk 1 package (12 ounces) frozen mixed vegetables, thawed (about 2 1/4 cups) 1 cup cubed cooked chicken 
Frozen pastry sheets ( I use the egg roll pastry ones they are only 9 carbs! ) 

Directions  ♥

Heat the oven to 350 F.  Stir the soup, 1/2 cup milk, vegetables and chicken in a bowl.
  Pour chicken mixture into mini ramekens. Top with pastry shells to cover the mixture. 

 Bake for 30 minutes or until the topping is golden brown.enjoy!  ♥