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‘Top Chef’ … for a moment

Hello Luv-lies,

Hope that your weekend was a relaxing one.

I spent most of the weekend lazy-ing around scouring through my many stockpiled magazines.   The mags run the gamut – fashion, interior design, business, science, catalogs (loads of catalogs) and, of course, food! (even more loads of these)!  Now, over the year (or three), I’ve taken to tearing out pictures of the most enticing recipes with inflated intentions to ‘some day [I’m going to] make this’.  My cyber recipe box consists of Pins and/or saves to the recipe section of my Evernote folder.

Just wanted to make this  quick Monday post.

When I  posted all of this deliciousness on Facebook, I got a good deal of requests to post the recipe.

Quinoa Stuffed Red Pepper

 

After an early morning run to the market where picked up all of this summer seasonal goodness, I recall one of those stowed-away recipes.  Didn’t use all of the goodies from the market run, just most.

Great 'Get' at the Market

* Those are oysters mushrooms in the lower left corner … got that question a lot too:/

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By the end of my ‘Top Chef’ cooking moment, I had this savory and flavorful little ditty:

Turkey and Quinoa Stuffed Pepper with Roasted Tomatillo Avocado Sauce

 PEPPER

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This pic is of the finished Stuffed Pepper as it appeared in the recipe {along with the some of the individual ingredients}

Turkey & Quinoa Stuffed Pepper

And now for the Recipe…

 Don’t like or have Quinoa on hand?

You can use any kind of grains or rice.  This dish will love it!  Trust me.

 

While all of that is simmering, you can turn you’re attention to the making the ‘dish topper’ — The Roasted Tomatillo Avocado Sauce

So How’d  You Do?

Isn’t it Yumlicious?!

I’ll definitely be making this again.  Will you?

… do tell?

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Find Your Balance : Snack Smart

Hello Luv-lies,

This is interesting.

Art Bananas

Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.

Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world’s leading athletes. But energy isn’t the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

DEPRESSION

bananas help depression

According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

PMS: Forget the pills – eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

ANEMIA High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

BLOOD PRESSURE: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

BRAIN POWER

bananas help brain power

200 students at a Twickenham school ( England ) were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

CONSTIPATION High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

HEARTBURN Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

MORNING SICKNESS Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

MOSQUITO BITES: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

HANGOVERS

bananas good for hangovers

One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

NERVES Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.. Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.

ULCERS The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chroniclercases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

TEMPERATURE CONTROL Many other cultures see bananas as a ‘cooling’ fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has FOUR TIMES the protein, TWICE the carbohydrate, THREE TIMES the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around so maybe it’s time to change that well-known phrase to, “A BANANA a day keeps the doctor away!”

Bananacheer

Source: karenstan.net

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[Recipe]: Feta & Veggie Frittatas

Hello Luv-lies,

Just a quick post this afternoon.  I posted this picture, on my Facebook Page,  of a very easy and super delicious,  Feta & Veggie Frittata breakfast. After a super intense work out this morning, I couldn’t wait to dig into this!

veggie frittatas

 One of (the many) reasons that I luv! luv! luv! Frittatas is that you can kinda dump all kinds of veggies right into the egg white base.  I luv to mix in tons of veggies!  I try to include veggies that have vibrant colors (like peppers, spinach, scallions).  The colors add a little ‘eye-candy’ kind of appeal to the look.  And the extra nutrition isn’t all that bad either.   I also play around with different herbs and spices (I’m veeeerry light-handed on the salt, though).  The aromatic scent of the combo of fresh veggies, cheese & spices in mouth watering!   This meal is one of my many ‘go to’ meals that is pleasing on the eye, delish on the palate, and sparing on my time.  All great reasons to put this in your recipe rotation!

My decision to write this post came at the request of TaVona Boggs  {click the link the follow TaVona’s Fitness Journey on Facebook} – a woman who I have the pleasure of sharing membership in the – Femme Fitale™ Fit Club.   Actually, she only requested the recipe.  I thought, ‘this might make a great post’.  So, at Your Request TaVona, below is the recipe {Thanks so much for your interest and feedback.  This is one of the beauties of social media – the ability to share good stuff with incredible like-minded people!}

cookbook

RECIPE

INGREDIENTS:

4 Sprays cooking spray

6 large eggs   *I leave out the yolks.  Purely your option*

4 large eggs whites

1 Tbsp water

1/4 tsp table salt *optional.  This is where I substitute herbs*

1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper  *I also use red pepper as well*

2 cups fresh baby leaf spinach – coarsely chopped  *add loads more veggies if you wish*

1 cup artichoke heart   *as an option you can use frozen or canned artichoke hearts* – cut in chunks

 1 cup crumbled feta cheese  *sub you fav!*

 1/2 cup chopped roasted fresh red peppers

1/2 cup sliced uncooked scallions

 1/4 cup low-fat cream cheese (room temperature)

PREP::

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Coat two 8-cup muffin pans with cooking spray

In a medium bowl – beat eggs, egg whites, water, salt/herbs and pepper until well blended

Stir in spinach, artichoke hearts, feta, roasted peppers, scallions, and cream cheese; mix well

Spoon approx. 1/4 cup egg mixture into each prepared muffin cup.  Bake until just set, about 18-22 minutes.  Cool in pans on a wire rack for at least 5 minutes.  Loosen edges of frittatas with a rubber spatula, sliding spatula underneath frittatas to loosen bottoms and lift them out of pan.  Serve warm.

ENJOY!!!

Do you like this recipe?

Do tell….  and do send all of your friends to take a gander.

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