Thursday, December 26, 2013

Easy Cheesy Caprese Salad

In the mood for a hearty salad that's quick and easy? This is one of my faves and is great for lunches.

Salad Ingredients: 

Romaine lettuce 
Roma tomatoes
Black olives 
Green onions 
Marinated mozzarella balls (Costco!) 
Sea salt and Pepper 

Dressing Ingredients: 

Drizzle a little but of balsamic glaze (you can find it super cheap at Safeway with the balsamic vinaigrettes) 

1 tbsp of olive oil (more depending on how big your salad is) 

This whole salad takes about 5 minutes to prepare and is so refreshing to eat. 

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Easy Crockpot Turkey Breast


Every weekend, I try and make something in the crockpot. This time, I bought a little baby turkey breast in the frozen food section and ended up with the most moist and delicious turkey I've ever had. It was so much easier than roasting an actual turkey and the entire meal was so enjoyable (and healthy!) Big time bonus - this entire meal, which could have fed 4-6 people, cost $15 to make. 

Turkey Recipe:

Thaw the turkey breast 
Place turkey breast in crockpot 
Pour 1 1/2 cup of turkey broth into crockpot 
Rub avocado oil on the turkey and sprinkle spices (I used rosemary, sea salt and a lot of pepper) 
Cover and cook on low for 4 1/2 hours (a little less or more depending on the size) 

Potato Recipe: 

Boil a big pot of water 
Take Yukon Gold Potatoes and drop the entire potato in the boiling water 
Boil for about 10 minutes or until the potato is soft 
Turn on the oven to 400 degrees 
Take the boiled potatoes, put them on a baking sheet and smash them down with a potato masher 
Sprinkle the potatoes with sea salt, pepper and add some minced garlic on top
Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until the potatoes get a little crispy on top 

(I didn't happen to have any fresh veggies around, but I think some asparagus with this meal would really complete it.) 

Friday, December 13, 2013

Grilled Zucchini with Balsamic

Finding healthy sides to accompany all this protein can be challenging and can get just as boring as eating chicken all the time so the other night, as I was grilling up some fresh zucchini, I got a little wild and crazy and threw is some balsamic vinaigrette....and it was INCREDIBLE. It gave the veggie a totally different taste and was such a simple mix up to do.  


Slice up some zucchini
Put a tbsp of avocado oil in a frying pan
Cook the zucchini over medium-high heat 
Add in some minced garlic 
I sprinkle some sea salt and pepper
After it's cooked for a couple minutes, I add in the balsamic 
Cook time in total is approx 10 minutes - I like it to get a little browned but still like it softer 

LOTD - Holiday Party year, my company holiday party was at an incredible venue in Virginia and called for a fabulous look. I searched high and low before I found this hot little number at The Limited on Black Friday at 50% off!!!

Because the dress was so simple, I knew I needed a big, statement necklace which I found at Forever 21 for only $18.80 (woo hoo) 

I ended up pulling my hair back to keep it simple and went with a gold and smokey eye look (thanks to my Naked Eye Pallet) and loved how everything came together. The night was beautiful, my husband looked fantastic as my "arm candy" (his term, not mine) and we had a great time. 


Grilled Chicken Antipasto Salad

After a very long day of work, I came home and had to make dinner. I was craving something a little different but I knew I wanted a salad. After 20 short minutes of effort, I ended up enjoying one of the best salads I've ever made at home. It's so easy and so tasty!

For salads, I don't really put how much of something I used, if you really like artichoke hearts, put a ton, if you don't like sundried tomatoes that much, just add a little less. I am constantly adding and subtracting things from recipes to make it tailored to what I want to eat. 

Salad Ingredients:  
  • Romaine lettuce 
  • Marinated artichoke hearts (I got spicy ones because I like to live on the edge like that) 
  • Julienne cut, sundried tomatoes 
  • Hard salami 
  • Basil 
  • Parsley 
  • Black olives (or you could use Kalamata olives if that's your thing) 
  • Grilled chicken (I cooked it on the stove with some avocado oil and seasoning)
  • Shelled pumpkin seeds 

Dressing Ingredients: 
  • 2/3 cup olive oil 
  • 1/4 cup of lemon juice 
  • 1/4 cup of water 
  • 1 tsp of minced garlic 
  • 1 tsp of garlic powder 
  • 1 tsp of honey 
  • 1 tbsp of dijon mustard 
  • big sprinkle of Italian seasoning 
  • little sprinkle of sea salt 
  • little sprinkle of black pepper 

So this recipe is Paleo friendly but if you are not doing Paleo, I think adding some fat free feta cheese would just take this salad to a whole other level. I think next time, I might also try adding in some bacon...yummmooo!