Archive | February, 2011

Do you love french fries?

16 Feb

Want a healthy alternative to greasy french fries? Try out sweet potato fries, not only are they healthy, they’re actually really delicious!

Fresh Benefits

Sweet Potatoes are a wonderful high-energy food choice to add in your meal plan.  Some of the benefits include:

  • Loads of vitamins and minerals, especially high in vitamins A & C.
  • Lots of antioxidants to help fight those free radicals.
  • Sweet potatoes are a complex carb with low glycemic index.  Fuel food, not crash food.

 

They aren’t hard to make, and all you really need is a sweet potato and some seasoning!

This is my favorite seasoning to use, makes them spicy.

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Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Coat 2-3 sheet trays with cooking spray.

Cut sweet potatoes into 1/4 inch strips.  Toss with olive oil, adding enough to evenly coat all the fries.  Combine the spices and toss them into the bowl and mix to coat.

Spread the sweet potatoes in a single layer on the prepared baking sheets, being sure not to overcrowd. Bake until the sweet potatoes are tender and golden brown, turning occasionally, about 20 minutes.

 

15 Feb

Check out my valentines cupcakes!

Currently making:

15 Feb

Chocolate cupcakes, I cheated and used Betty Crocker cake mix!

check out this homemade recipe:

Perfectly Chocolate Cupcakes
(makes 24-27 standard sized cupcakes)
2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa (best quality available)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract (best quality available)
1 cup boiling water
Directions-
Line muffin tin with paper liners.  Heat oven to 350*F.
In a large mixing bowl, stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla.  Beat on medium speed for one minute.
Stir in boiling water (the batter will be thin, don’t worry, this is right).
Fill liners 2/3 full with batter.  (I usually put the batter into a large measuring cup with a pour spout, and then pour the batter into the liners.)
Bake cupcakes for aproximately 22-24 minutes.
Cool completely on wire rack before frosting.

What’s today?

14 Feb

Yes it’s valentines day, but it’s also meatless monday!

Participate in meatless monday to reduce your meat consumption, not only to save the animals but also to help yourself.

Check out what it’s about here: http://www.meatlessmonday.com/

and while you’re at it why not try out this recipe:

Black Bean and Guac Burrito

Servings: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 larges flour tortilas
  • 1/2 cup Instant rice (cooked)
  • 1/2 can black beans
  • bag chopped lettuce, onion, and tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup Moneteray Jack Cheese
Directions
* Also for ingredients, you will need a batch of guacamole. 

  • Spread guacamole in the center of the flour tortilla.  Place rice, beans, cheese, and toppings on top of the guacamole.  Roll into a burrito and tuck in the ends.
  • Using an indoor grill or a panini press, heat burrito until tortilla browns on each side.
  • Serve with remaining guacamole or salsa.

Vegetarian meals seem to be considered as ‘boring and tasteless’, but see for yourself how wrong that is!!

Countdown to Valentines day: 3

11 Feb

Three days and counting until Valentines day,why not invite some friends over and try this delicious recipe:

 

Strawberry Sweethearts Cocoa

Serves 4

4 tablespoons butter

1/2 cup sugar

1 pint strawberry ice cream

4 cups water

Whipped cream

    1 cup Mini chocolate chips

    1 tablespoon chocolate sprinkles

      In a medium-sized bowl, melt the chocolate chips and dip the top of four mugs into the chocolate. Set aside, allowing chocolate to harden.

      In a medium pot, whisk together the butter, sugar, and ice cream over medium high heat until melted.  Whisk in the water, one cup at a time until your favorite texture/flavor is achieved.  Heat just until steaming.  Pour into chocolate-rimmed mugs.  Garnish with a dollop of whipping cream and a sprinkling of chocolate sprinkles.  Serve with your favorite bite-sized cookies for dipping.  Happy Valentines Day!

       

      In time for Valentines day

      10 Feb

      Whether you’re having a romantic valentines with your boyfriend or girlfriend or you’re having a girls night in these coconut cookies are perfect to make, and guess what.. they’re healthy!

      Ingredients:

      1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
      1/2 cup sugar
      2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
      1 1/2 stick of butter, room temperature
      5-7 tablespoons low fat milk
      1 teaspoon coconut extract (optional)
      A couple of drops of pink food coloring

      Frosting:

      7 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar
      3-4 tablespoons low fat milk

      Preheat oven to 350F. Lined two cookie sheets with parchment paper.

      In a bowl, with your hands mix flour and butter until it resemble fine bread crumbs. Add sugar, coconut, milk, coconut extract and food coloring. Mix until you form a soft dough.

      Roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thick and stamp out hearts using a cookie cutter (I roll out the dough in between plastic wrap which I find very easy to do also you can use any other cookie cutter shape you may like).

      Bake cookies for 14-17 minutes. Transfer them to a wire rack and cool.

      To decorate cookies mix frosting ingredients and drizzle it over the cookies.

      Death by chocolate

      10 Feb

       

      Whoever said death by chocolate wasn’t possible, has obviously never been to ‘Suite 88 Chocolatier.’ At Suite 88 you can get all sorts of chocolates, they also have hot chocolate, brownies and waffles. Their hot chocolate isn’t like others, they don’t use powder or syrup, instead they use real pieces of melted chocolate giving it a very thick and extremely chocolatey taste! You can find Suite 88 Chocolatier in two locations, Plateau mont royal and downtown.

      http://www.suite88.com/en/index.php

       

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