5 Smarter Super Bowl Snacks

Source: 5 Smarter Super Bowl Snacks « Food and Fitness

Will you be tuning in to watch the Denver Broncos take on the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50? If so, you might want to avoid the pitfalls of typical football party fare. Chips and dip, pizza, wings and beer can pack in more than 2,500 calories—more than you need in an entire day! Try these 5 winning substitutions that are full of favor, not calories.

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Healthier Dips For Super Bowl Season

Source: Healthy Dips – Super Bowl Food | FWx

With cold weather and football season underway, the demand for warm, cheesy dishes and snacks is high. Dips are the perfect snack to serve a crowd, especially when everyone craves something hearty and comforting but a full meal is out of the question. Unfortunately, those decadent snacks are often packed with fat, calories, and sodium. Luckily, a few alterations can transform any dip recipe by reducing calories, fat, and other bad stuff.

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6 Creative Ways to Use Cauliflower

Source: 6 Creative Ways to Use Cauliflower | Real Simple

The tender texture and the slightly sweet flavor of this wintry vegetable make it an ideal ingredient for eating raw in a salad, pureeing into soup, or even rounding out a pizza. And though it easily breaks down into bite-size pieces, we’ve got a whole (hint, hint) new way of cooking it.

Colorful choices

Aside from the familiar white variety, cauliflower can be golden orange, purple, or light green (a cross between cauliflower and broccoli sometimes called broccoflower). Orange cauliflower contains more vitamin A than white, while purple is rich in the same healthy flavonoid found in red wine.

Deep thoughts

Mark Twain once wrote, “Cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.” And, indeed, the bumpy head of a cauliflower does look like a brain (and is also called, appetizingly, the curd). Look for heads that are tight and compact, with no dark spots and fresh, firm leaves fanning around them. If there are any small blemishes, gently rub them away with a grater or a microplane.

Cauliflower Cranberry Salad Creamy Cauliflower Soup Sweet-and-Sour Cauliflower

Cauliflower Cranberry Salad

Creamy Cauliflower Soup

Sweet-and-Sour Cauliflower

Cauliflower Pizza Quick Red Cauliflower Curry Whole Roasted Cauliflower With Harissa Yogurt

Cauliflower Pizza

Quick Red Cauliflower Curry

Whole Roasted Cauliflower With Harissa Yogurt

My cheap simple healthy recipe #4: Cauliflower & bell pepper soup

This is a quick & delicious recipe that will allow you to empty your fridge of all those things you don’t know what to do with. As usual, this recipe is a guide – no exact amounts need to be used, no lists of ingredients, and you are the boss: add or omit whatever ingredients/spices that you don’t like. The goal of “My cheap simple healthy recipes” is simply to inspire you to eat a little bit healthier, to understand  what ingredients are better than others & why, as well as to show you that a healthy recipe can be simple, inexpensive and delicious. Happy eating! ❤

For 4 people:

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Step 1: Sauté 2 diced bell peppers (any color), 1 minced garlic and 1 diced onion in a a small amount of butter and oil.

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My cheap simple healthy recipe #2: Chicken in a creamy leek sauce with homemade Caesar salad

Following my several previous cooking posts, you now understand how my partner and I cook. We don’t mess around, and we like it easy, healthy and tasty 🙂

As usual, feel free to modify this recipe to your liking!

For 4 people:

Step 1: Brown 4 chicken breasts in a large pan (with or without skin) on high heat then set aside.12188953_10153634054731083_6868274115344885620_n

Step 2: Chop 3 leeks and 3 onions into small pieces and sauté them in a little bit of oil and butter. When ready, mix in a tbsp of Balsamic vinegar and set aside.

Step 3: Make the sauce in the pan by adding 1 cup of my homemade chicken broth (or store-bought broth), some minced garlic, 2 tbsp of Dijon mustard, 1 cup of low-fat Ricotta cheese, 1/2 cup of milk and 1 tbsp of artificial sweetener. (the credit for this sauce goes to my partner… it tastes like heaven and you don’t even realize how little calories and fat it has!)

Step 4: Bring the sauce to boil, then add the 4 12189743_10153634054171083_6107138316822450561_nchicken breasts and season with parsley, +/- paprika, +/- oregano, salt and pepper. Cover and let simmer for about 20 minutes. Continue reading

My cheap simple healthy recipe #1: Seafood mushroom rice

I love to eat, and I love to eat good tasty creamy succulent food! Recipes don’t have to be exact and precise, they just have to taste good and be healthy!

If you have read my blog before, you know that I don’t mess around. I say it how it is and I do things the way they should be done. I don’t try to lure you into misconceptions and “healthy” diets, and I cook simple and cheap, especially since I started cooking school! Continue reading

14 Healthy Halloween Recipes

Source: Healthy Halloween Recipes | Greatist

Hosting a Halloween party this year? Treat friends to fun homemade goodies—these 14 recipes are a bit healthier, much cuter, and way more inventive than prepackaged candies. From fresh fruit to low-fat cheese, these tasty All Hallow’s Eve recipes from around the web won’t send you running to the dentist.

1. Candy Corn Chicken Quesadillas

Start the evening with a nutritious, protein-rich dinner that will keep you fueled through hours of Trick or Treating (or Monster Mashing). Add some fiber by subbing in whole-wheat tortillas.

2. Gluten-Free Spiderweb Cupcakes

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This Free Cookbook Shows You How to Eat Healthy and Well For $4 a Day

Source: This Free Cookbook Shows You How to Eat Healthy and Well For $4 a Day

Eating good food that’s both healthy and cheap seems to be an unattainable golden trifecta to most people. Student author Leanne Brown took up the challenge to find a way to eat well for $4 a day. The result is a a cookbook that you can download for free.

The book was inspired by the typical SNAP (read: food stamp) budget. While the program may vary from family to family, the budget is still a challenging guideline. The book includes recipes for soups, pastas, chicken, drinks, even cookies. There’s no magic recipe that makes lobster and steak cost $1, but the amount of meals that can be made on a super-tight budget is impressive. If nothing else, it can serve as a starting place for your budget-friendly meal planning.

The book is licensed under Creative Commons, so you can download it for free and pass it along to anyone you know who needs some cheap, tasty meals.

Roasted Vegetables (30 recipes)

Source: Roasted Vegetables | Food & Wine

Chicken-Fat-Roasted Vegetables with Gremolata

For extra flavor, bloggers Melissa and Jasmine Hemsley toss their vegetables in chicken or duck fat before roasting, then top them with a bright, lemony mix of parsley and minced garlic.

Roasted Peppers with Garlicky Breadcrumbs

Mimi Thorisson tops sweet roasted peppers with her deliciously garlicky and salty homemade breadcrumbs.

Roasted Lemon Broccoli with Tahini-Yogurt Sauce

Cookbook author Tara Duggan is a master of root-to-stalk vegetable cooking. She uses both the broccoli stalk and the florets for this spicy, tangy recipe. Continue reading

How to Spiralize Vegetable Noodles (Without a Spiralizer)

Source: How to Spiralize Vegetable Noodles (Without a Spiralizer) | POPSUGAR Food

While everyone loves a good pasta, filling up on a ton of carbs isn’t what we’re always going for. Thankfully, there are a lot of healthy and tasty alternatives in the form of vegetables, and we’re here to show you how you can eat pasta without any guilt. And while the spiralizer is a great invention, it’s something most people don’t own, so we’re going to show a few different ways to achieve the same noodle with various kitchen appliances.

Watch the different ways that you can make voodles (vegetable noodles) here

You Can and Should Be Eating Banana Peels

Source: You Can and Should Be Eating Banana Peels

I’ve always assumed that the banana peel’s only purpose was to provide cheap, slapstick laughs at the cost of some poor klutz, but it turns out that you can (and should!) eat the slippery bastards.

Not only are banana peels edible, but they’re pretty good for you, and contain fiber, vitamins C and B-6, potassium, and magnesium. They can be blended into smoothies (along with the rest of the banana), fermented into vinegar, or cooked into tasty recipes like banana peel thoran or banana skins with blacked eyed peas. The riper the banana, the easier they will be to chew, but even the tougher ones can be softened with ten minutes of boiling (or frying, or baking).

People around the world are eating banana peels because they know something that Westerners do not | Business Insider

My secret recipe: Homemade leek, carrot & butternut squash soup

Before even starting, I have to warn you: there are only 5 steps, but this recipe takes 4-5h in total if you plan to make EVERYTHING from scratch like I do. It’s not a lot of work, but there are a lot of “let simmer for 2h”, “1h in the oven”, and “simmer again for 1h” steps. So if it’s the weekend, and you want to make something healthy and heart-warming, this is the recipe for you.

My recipes are always “about”, “approximately”, “to your liking”… because it’s impossible to make it taste bad by adding a little bit less or more of something (at least, that’s what cooking school says). Just follow your gut – if you like something, put more of it, and vice versa.

It really doesn’t get any healthier than this, and the taste is so smooth that I made this soup 3x in the last 2 weeks (and when I make it, I make 5L of it!). Continue reading

My recipe in pictures: Homemade brown stock

I have already talked about why you should make your own broth (hint: it’s MUCH cheaper and MUCH healthier!) and shared my own homemade chicken stock recipe that I learned in cooking school. Today, I am sharing my brown stock (aka broth) recipe with you. People usually make brown broth with pork or beef but any meat works, really. I make mine with chicken, because it’s healthier… and because when I buy 4 whole chickens I can’t make 16L of only white stock! 🙂

Brown stock has more flavor than white stock and is used in darker stronger tasting soups such as beef & barley soup or french onion soup. People think that making your own stock is complicated and time-consuming… it is not! It takes about 10min of hands on (with experience) and then you just let things simmer or brown in the oven!

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7 Best Healthy Tapas

Source: 7 Best Healthy Tapas | Food & Wine

Happy hour snacks don’t need to derail your diet. Here, seven easy, nutrient-rich tapas to have with a glass of wine.

1. Stuffed olives
Sure, you can buy already-stuffed olives, but they taste so much better when you do it yourself. Fill pitted green olives with best quality anchovies, Marcona almonds or roasted peppers.

2. Kale chips
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5 Foods You Should Be Eating

Source: 5 Foods You Should Be Eating – WebMD

Did you know that some foods can boost your health in more ways than one? New research shows that certain pantry staples have surprising health benefits — beyond what you may already know. These ‘double duty’ foods may help prevent or alleviate multiple conditions, so you’ll be getting a huge health bang for your nutritional buck. Here are 5 foods you won’t want to miss.

1. Prunes
It’s well known that prunes can help with digestive health. That’s because they contain fiber and also sorbitol, a naturally occurring sugar-like compound that helps regulate digestion. Continue reading

How To Make Cauliflower Rice or Couscous

Source: How To Make Cauliflower Rice or Couscous | The Kitchn

Ok, I don’t say this very often, but friends, cauliflower “couscous” or “rice” is mind-blowing. Zero exaggeration. It’s light and fluffy. It takes five minutes to make. It can replace couscous or rice in any dish, hot or cold, side dish or otherwise. Talk about a food crush.

Don’t wait a second more: here’s a step-by-step recipe that shows how you can make cauliflower rice, too.

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The Skinnytaste Meal Planner

I’m so excited to share The Skinnytaste Meal Planner with all of you!

I truly believe that the best way to achieve your goals is to hold yourself accountable along the way. When I began my journey a few years ago, I found that the two things that helped the most were cooking my own healthy dinners at home where I was in full control of what went into my meals and tracking everything I ate so I could see what (and how much) I was eating which helped clue me in to my eating habits and how to make better (and healthier) choices.
This journal is a daily tool to help you plan your meals and track your eating and exercise activities. It’s simple to use:

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8 Crisp and Crunchy Fall Salads

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Now that chilly fall weather is here, you’re probably tempted to indulge in hearty stews and creamy casseroles. Our suggestion? Go with it. But on the side, make sure to serve one of these crunchy, colorful and good-for-you salads made with fresh fall produce.

1. Fall Harvest Salad 
This salad epitomizes fall flavors, with its chunks of butternut squash, pumpkin seeds, pecans and greens.

2. Roasted Root-Vegetable Salad with Persimmons 
When they’re ripe, Fuyu persimmons are as sweet as sugar. Chef Tom Fundaro features them in this satisfying and nicely bitter fall salad.

3. Escarole Salad with Apples, Blue Cheese and Pecans 
This classic salad features fall flavors dressed with a light and tangy mustard-shallot vinaigrette. Continue reading

Why is leek so good for you?

leeks for saladI love leek! I use it whenever and wherever I can! I use it instead of onions and shallots, in soups, in sauces, and even as a condiment. Leeks are delicious, and very good for your health.

  1. Leeks have tons of vitamin K which is necessary for clotting (aka preventing bleeding in your body).
  2. It’s a green vegetable, and as such it contains a lot of fiber.
  3. It improves your digestive health and helps you be more regular, whether you have a tendency towards diarrhea or constipation.
  4. Along with some other fruits and vegetables, it plays an important role in preventing colon cancer.
  5. It prevents anemia because it contains iron, which is especially important for women of reproductive age.
  6. It contains folate, which is mostly important for pregnant women.
  7. Many of the vitamins in leeks are good for your heart.

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Recipes: the 50 healthiest recipes known to man

OK, I agree: this sounds like a fake title. However, it’s the title of an article that Yahoo Health made that apparently features the 50 healthiest recipes ever. Although I don’t agree with the fact that they are the healthiest recipes ever, I agree that they are very healthy and look very tasty. And I absolutely agree with the fact that what you make yourself is healthier than what you buy! Continue reading

Recipes: Homemade chicken broth

chicken-brothI have always been afraid of making my own broth… I thought: it’s long, it’s complicated, it’s messy and, above all,  I DON’T KNOW HOW TO DE-BONE A CHICKEN!!

However, after learning how to do it quickly and easily in my first day of cooking school, I have never bought a broth again! In my previous post, I talk about the many advantages of making your own broth, explaining why it’s healthier, (much!) cheaper and tastier. Continue reading

Recipes: Healthy sandwiches

I love cooking, and I love eating even more. However, eating HD-fw200706_salmonsandwichhealthy is not always easy, especially with my occasional hot dog and foie gras cravings! I started cooking school a few weeks ago which encourages me even more than before to cook from scratch, and cook healthy. I want to share my passion for healthy & tasty food with you, and give you some tricks to eat better and at a lower cost! Continue reading

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