Life Alive Homemade Favorite Spin-off: Kale, Tofu, Carrots, Quinoa, Ginger/Soy Sauce

Hey Readers!

Lots of things have been going on in my life. I’ve been attempted to set up a new job while continuing my education. I love my classes in my Environmental Health major, and I’m looking into future paid internships at the USDA. So that’s basically where I have been. This is my quick and delicious recipe for days when I really just need to focus on homework.

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Caprese Panini/ Westford Farmer’s Market

Summertime makes me think of a couple of main things. The smell of BBQ wafting into the streets as you drive or walk by. Sunscreen white as snow sticking on sections of your face you forgot to rub in. Cold ice tea or lemonade dribbling down thirsty lips and throats. Fire cracker red, white, and blue popsicles in all their patriotic glory. Of course, the one thing I always look forward to is caprese. The room temperature mozzarella clinging to the juicy ripe tomatoes with basil to accent it all into perfection. A wonderful snack, and an even better panini sandwich.

This is the most easy snack or meal you could ever make besides a PBJ.

You Need:

  • 1 large ripe tomato
  • large fresh basil leaves
  • thick cuts of mozzarella, but if you are watching potions you can use the thin pre sliced at your local market
  • olive oil
  • 2 slices of your favorite bread. I think pumpernickel would be amazing with this but I lacked it. Whole wheat worked.
  • Grilled mushrooms (optional)

1. Make your sandwich with mozzarella, tomato, basil and optional mushrooms.

2. Lightly coat each outer side of the bread with olive oil. You can make it grilled version in a skillet or put it into a panini press.

3. Cook for 3-5 minutes or until you get how you like it cooked.

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Homemade White Corn Tortillas

I had picked up the June copy of “bon appetit” and found this very easy recipe for making homemade tortillas. I loved the idea of fresh, hot tortillas made from scratch. I searched everywhere for a tortilla press that they mentioned in the magazine, but none of my local stores had one. I will have to order one online or look in a kitchen specialty store. For today, I just used wax paper and my hands. My Nana mentioned using a rolling pin might of helped, but I kind of like the uneven look to these mini tortillas.

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Salad in a Grapefruit. Watching your portions with the rind.

Sometimes to watch my portions especially with meat or even protein packed vegetarian options, I used my grapefruit rinds to hold my meals. It’s a great way to portion out your food and make it look fancy at the same time. I’ve been really into red grapefruits lately. My stomach gets upset or bloated, and the red grapefruit is there to save the day! I used to hate a lot of citrus foods as a kid, but as I’ve grown older I have found they can be my best friends. Packed with rich vitamin C and other things to keep my poor immune system running. When you work with children, especially in the first year, you seem to catch every cold and disease known to man one after the other. It’s constant punches I have to dodge. So such simple meals as the one above help keep it in check.

This has quinoa, broccoli slaw raw, cherry tomatoes, and romaine lettuce. Simple and easy for a quick dinner.

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Mashed Red Pepper Turnips and Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt Visit

Happy Mother’s Day to all moms out there or even people who have to act like moms to others! Today is a gorgeous day and I just got back from a family reunion of my dad’s cousins, aunts, and uncles; most I have never met before.

My lovely mother with me at the reunion.

My Uncle Dave and Uncle Bill went with us and spent the night last night. My Uncle Bill happened to notice the turnips that were starting to sprout in my fridge and he asked what I was planning on doing with them. The only thing that could come to mind was a soup of some sort, but I wasn’t completely sold on the idea.

“We used to mash them like potatoes. Boil them up, slab some butter with pepper and salt and mash them up. It’s very delicious,” he said.

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Open Faced Chili Powder Cheesy Egg Breakfast Sandwich with Spinach, Tomato, and Salsa

Good Morning! I feel refreshed and ready for the day on this rainy morning. While I was driving home from work, I was thinking of how I wanted an egg sandwich. Instead of paying five dollars though, I decided to make it at home. What a quick and delicious morning meal! On top of that, I saved money instead of taking the easy way. I pass a Dunkin Donuts on my way to and from work… so it’s sometimes very tempting, but I persevered!

You need:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 slice of whole wheat bread (or bread of choice. Pumpernickel would be delicious!)
  • 1/2 cup of 3 cheese shredded
  • 1 Tbs of milk
  • slice of tomato
  • 3 leaves of spinach
  • 1 Tbs of salsa
  • chili powder to sprinkle

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Spiced White Wine Scallops over Kale,Carrots, Mushrooms, Raisins and Couscous

I made this a couple nights ago for my family after I got out of the gym. My brain flows with ideas when I’m in the middle of a great workout, and I thought about avocado chocolate mousse (adventure for later this week). Instead of coming out of Trader Joes with avocados… I came out with cottage cheese, jumbo frozen scallops, Multigrain-o’s, and kale. Not what I was expecting at all, but *shrug* worked with it. Apparently my mind had already set into the “cooking show” mode in my head. I was also supposed to get seafood earlier that day and didn’t; so that may of had some influence.

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Garlic Rosemary Lamb for Easter Dinner

This lamb was for Easter and it melted in my mouth. My dad took care of fixing up the lamb and he did a great job.

Garlic Rosemary Lamb

You need:

  • Garlic cloves
  • Fresh Rosemary
  • oregano
  • granulated garlic
  • black pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • 5 1/2lbs lamb (or however much you need you can figure out how long to cook from there)

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Healthy Quick Pizza

 

Friday is usually pizza night at my house. Even though pizza can be cheap.. buying for a family can get expensive, especially if it’s every week. That’s a lot of dough. On top of that, I feel this ping of guilt for eating away the calories I just burned off. I mean, I just came back from the gym with my best friend Kelly. We both did 2 miles. Her and I are trying to get in peak shape for this summer. So to gorge away all those burned calories hurts mentally and physically. So what to do? My dad mentioned we had some left over meat sauce from pasta night on Wednesday.

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