Thursday, March 27, 2014

thai chicken quinoa salad

We first tried this salad at my brother-in-law and sister-in-law's house. It is so delicious! Ever since I have been planning to recreate it. Here is is: full of flavor and color and packed with protein.

2 chicken breasts (unless you want a vegetarian version)
2 or more cups cooked quinoa
2 cups cabbage, coarsely shredded
3 green onions, chopped
1 cup diced cucumber
1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
1/2 red onion, diced
1 cup carrot, grated
1/2 cup chopped cilantro (extra for garnish if desired)
1/2 cup peanuts
for the dressing:
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (more or less to taste)
2 Tbsp rice or white wine vinegar
1 1/2  Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp honey or agave
1/3 cup soy sauce (I use Bragg liquid amenos)
2 tsp grated ginger (optional)
1/4 tsp garlic powder (optional)
juice of 1 lime (plus some wedges for serving)
water to thin, if necessary

1. Cook quinoa: place about 1.5 cups, soaked and rinsed, in a pot with almost 2 cups water. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer and cook until water is absorbed. Add more water if quinoa is still crunchy. Let sit for a few minutes then fluff with fork. Let cool.
2. Drizzle some olive oil in a baking dish. Place chicken breasts on top and turn over to lightly coat with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake at 350ยบ for about 25 minutes, turning halfway through, until no longer pink inside. Let cool and shred.
3. Combine chicken, quinoa, cabbage, onion, cucumber, pepper, carrot, and cilantro.
4. Whisk together dressing ingredients and toss some with salad and leave extra for serving. Top with nuts and serve with extra dressing and lime wedges for an extra squeeze of flavor.

Monday, March 24, 2014

"skinny" chocolate

What could be better than chocolate that is 100% good for you? It is called skinny because it is slimming as long as it is eaten without carbs. What's more it is also a treasure for those who thought they had to renounce chocolate forever due to sugar. Sweetened with stevia and packed with health benefits this superfood is a staple in my house. It only requires a few ingredients and takes just a few minutes to make. Plus there are so many variations on the basic recipe that you can enjoy whatever kind you are in the mood for: sweet, salty, fruity, spicy; it is up to you.  Adapted from Trim, Healthy Mama


1 cup coconut oil, heated just until it liquifies
1/2 cup cocoa powder
dash vanilla
stevia to taste (I use 2 packets of stevia in the raw)
optional: almond or peanut butter, nuts, coconut, dried fruit, mint or fruit extract, spice

Stir ingredients together. Pour onto wax paper lined plate or pan (I use an 8 x 8 baking pan). Chill in refrigerator or freezer. Snap pieces off as needed. It's that simple.

Friday, March 7, 2014

greek inspired salad

fresh and simple. It may be tough to stop at one helping.


tomatoes (I used some fun mini organic heirloom)
kalamata olives (unless you don't like a strong olive taste then use canned black)
feta (I used a delicious tomato basil)
hemp hearts and/or sunflower seeds (for protein and a nutty crunch)

olive oil
balsamic vinegar (aged or balsamic reduction is the best because it is nice and thick)

1. Drizzle salad with olive oil and balsamic (yep, pretty difficult).