SKINNY "PALETAS"

 

It's SUMMER! And today is the 4th of July!
The Paleta. Being from Los Angeles these sweet treats are no stranger.  But knowing now how harmful sugar is, I wanted to make something sweet, fun, and guiltless for this holiday and well.. whenever!  May I present: the skinny "paleta"!

I am so glad these turned out (after a few trials and errors)!  These pops are sweetened naturally with only fruit and touch a honey and made from nonfat greek yogurt!  So you get your probiotic and protein in one!  I think I'll eat these for breakfast!  I made these to be "patriotic" for today but you can make them any way you want!

What You'll Need:
2 cups nonfat plain greek yogurt
Fruit of choice (I used strawberries, blueberries, & nonsweetened coconut)
2 tbs Honey
1/2 Lemon
1/2 c Water

Directions:
In a saucepan, bring 1/2 cup of water to a boil and then add 1 tbs honey and half a lemon's juice and stir until dissolved.  Set aside to cool.

Combine the zest of one lemon and the other tbs of honey to yogurt.

Set up your food processor or blender and combine one fruit at a time with about 3/4 cup yogurt and a few teaspoons of prepared water and blend.  Add more water to get desired consistency. You will want the mix to resembled melted ice cream (or soup).
 

Pour mix into mold leaving a 1/4 inch on top.
Tip:  If you want to make layers, pour each flavor one at time and place into freezer for at least 20 minutes before adding the next layer to prevent mixing.

Place mold into freezer and let sit for about 30 minutes before adding the sticks.

Let freeze 8 hours or overnight.

When ready to serve, remove mold from freezer and let sit for about 10 minutes then runs sides under warm water to loosen up.  

Remove each Popsicle carefully and serve immediately! Enjoy!

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SPRING ON HUMMUS

 

Hello Spring!! We have all been waiting! 
Since hummus' popularity has grown over the years you can now find grocery store's shelves packed with all kinds of flavors and types.  Some good but mostly all kinds of acidic ones and packed with all sorts of unnatural ingredients to create these wild flavors.  I am a huge fan of hummus (& mediterranean food in general) and try to be as aware as possible of the ingredients I put into my body, so I re-created a favorite flavor of mine: Edamame Hummus.  Easy to make at home with only using a handful of natural ingredients that pack a bunch of flavor!

What you'll need:
1 cup shelled organic edamame (thawed if frozen)
3/4 cup organic chickpeas, drained & rinsed well
1/2 cup organic tahini
1 lemon, squeezed
2 Tablespoons extra virigin olive oil
1-2 tablespoons ground cumin (to taste)
1 teaspoon kosher salt (to taste)
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper (to taste)
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (to taste)
Dash dried oregeno
1 clove garlic, crushed
Smoked paprika, for garnish



Directions:
Set up food processor with bottom s-blade.

Place all ingredients in food processor. 

Blend until smooth - adding additional lemon juice, olive oil, or spices until desired taste and texture.
Tip: Adding a tablespoon of water will help smooth it out if needed.

Plate and garnish with desired olive oil and smoked paprika.  Serve with your favorite fresh vegetables, pita bread/chips, or use as a spread for sandwiches or a side with chicken or beef.
See, easy? ENJOY!

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HEALTHIER CHICKEN & WAFFLES

 

I know it's Monday, but aren't you already dreaming of this upcoming weekend's leisurely mornings and the brunches that tag along? But with brunch also comes that higher caloric price tag and before you know it, you've thrown all of your week's hard work of eating healthy out the window.  
So, may I present to you: Healthier Chicken & Waffles!
I created the "batter" for the "fried" chicken with coconut flour, baked instead of fried, and even made gluten free waffles to accompany. This recipe can be made with or without eggs - for the egg intolerant (such as myself).

What You'll Need:
5-6 organic free-range, cleaned, trimmed chicken tenders cut into ~1" pieces
1/4 cup Coconut Flour
1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
dash cayenne pepper
1/2 cup olive oil
1 serving prepped gluten free waffle mix (we use Kodiak Cakes -eggless option!- or can be subbed w TJ's Gluten Free Pankcake & Waffle Mix)

Directions:
Preheat Oven to 400º

Whisk coconut flour and spices together in a low, shallow dish.

Dip each piece of chicken into olive oil, coating throughly, lightly coating in the flour-spice mixture and placing onto racked baking sheet.

Bake for 10 minutes.

While chicken bakes... Prep Waffles!
Make waffle batter according to directions on box or from your own recipe.

Remove chicken and set broiler to High. 

Broil for 1-2 minutes until golden and crisp.

Plate and drizzle in a high-grade, organic maple syrup & ENJOY!

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