Easy, Peasy Spiced Peaches

I bring to you another recipe that probably hardly constitutes even being called a recipe, though the spring and summer months seem to be very prone to those. Today’s yummy fruit-for-dessert is quick and easy spiced peaches.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 Peach

1-2 tbsp Stevia

1-2 tbsp Cinnamon

0 Calorie Cooking Spray

Light Whipped Cream

1) Peel your peach and then cut it up into wedges or slices or however you prefer to eat your peaches.

2) Spray a small pan with the cooking spray and set it over medium heat.

3) Meanwhile, mix together your cinnamon and stevia.

4) Put your peach slices into the pan, sprinkling them with some of the cinnamon/stevia mix. Heat for about 6-7 minutes, occasionally pressing on them.

5) Flip the peaches, sprinkle move of the cinnamon/stevia mixture onto them and let heat for another 5-7 minutes.

6) Remove from pan and put into a bowl to serve, topping with light whipped cream and the remaining cinnamon/stevia mix (or however much you want to put on it, if you have a whole lot left).

Of course, feel free to double, triple, whatever this recipe if you are cooking for more than yourself, since this only yields one serving. However, just be sure to enjoy immediately.

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Everything But the Kitchen Sink Quinoa

I’ve had a bag of quinoa sitting in my pantry for a few months now. I originally bought it for a crockpot recipe (which went horribly awry), but that only used a tiny bit. I wasn’t sure what to do with it for the longest time, despite a friend constantly bragging to me about how awesome quinoa is and how I should be cooking with it. Well, I finally had an opportunity to use it. The other members of my household were eating beef stroganoff, and since I don’t eat red meat, I was on my own. No big deal, except that I get home super late and if I wanted to eat with them, I had to cook something quick, fast, and in a hurry. I threw some stuff together with the hopes that it would be palatable. Not only was it more than palatable, it was super filling and pretty healthy!

I present to you: Everything But the Kitchen Sink Quinoa! (You can thank my dad for that name.)

Let me also preface that I have been using spice mixes purchased from my local farmer’s market. I am going to include links to their website so that you may either purchase it (if you can afford to, it’s super good!) or so that you can get an idea of what’s in it to emulate the taste.

This recipe should yield about 4 servings. They may look small, but trust me, they are more than enough.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 cup Quick Cook Quinoa

1 Tomato

1 cup Chopped Onion

1 cup Chopped Green Pepper

1-2 cups Chopped and Cooked Chicken

1 tsp Coconut Oil

1 tsp Garlic Flavored Olive Oil OR 1 tsp Olive Oil & 1 clove Diced Garlic

1/2 tbsp Dak’s Original Red

1 tsp Dak’s Kaboom

3 tbsp Alfredo Sauce

Step 1) Cook your Quinoa according to the package directions.

Step 2) While your Quinoa is cooking, melt your Coconut Oil in a medium skillet.

Step 3) Add your Greep Pepper and Onion to the skillet. Cook until vegetables are slightly soft (Note: I used a pre-packaged frozen mix to save time. It is so not cheating to do this. This is supposed to be quick.) (Additional Note: If you are using garlic instead of flavored olive oil, add the garlic on this step.)

Step 4) Slice your Tomato and add the slices to your onion mixture, sauteeing until they become soft.

Step 5) Drizzel your (flavored) Olive Oil over the vegetable mix, stirring it all together.

Step 6) Add your Cooked Chicken to the skillet (Note: Once again, I used pre-cooked, pre-chopped, frozen chicken – straight from the bag to the skillet). Mix and cook until Chicken is heated through.

Step 7) Add your Original Red/Substitue Seasoning to the skillet mixture and mix until food is coated.

Step 8) Drain your Quinoa once it is done cooking, returning it to the pan if you removed it. Add your chicken & vegetable mix to the Quinoa.

Step 9) Add your Alfredo Sauce and Kaboom/Substitue Seasoning to the pot and mix until food is coated.

Step 10) Serve it up!

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So I know this looks complicated and like a lot of steps, but I promise it us super quick and super easy. I cooked it in about 15-20 minutes, and it’s enough for me to eat on for multiple meals.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie recipe

As I’ve stated, I love strawberries and I love smoothies. Well, when you buy a bunch of super ripe strawberries from the farmer’s market and already have quite a few super ripe bananas back at home, there’s really only one option – strawberry and banana smoothies! Also with some peanut butter because, ya know, protein.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 medium or large banana

1/2 cup Strawberries

1 tbsp Peanut Butter, crunchy or smooth

1/2 cup Coconut Milk (or your milk of choice)

1/2 tbsp Stevia (or your zero calorie sweetener of choice)

1/2 cup Ice

1) Peel your banana and break it into pieces, putting them into the blender.

2) Chop the stems off your strawberries. I also suggest cutting them in half before putting them in the blender, just to make things a little easier for it.

3) Throw in the rest of the ingredients and blend!

A Healthier Take on Fried Noodles

One of my favorite comfort foods growing up was fried noodles. As a kid, whenever we’d have spaghetti for dinner, I would always hope there would be plenty of left over noodles so that the next day I could ask my mom to make them for me for breakfast (real healthy, I know). It didn’t even occur to me that this wasn’t a common thing to do until a recent discussion with a friend who seemed very suprised by the idea.

Now, I’m (theoretically) an adult, and as such, it’s time to give this dish my own healthy spin. This is a great, quick meal or side for any time of day, and all it requires is some leftovers and general things you should have sitting in your pantry/on your counter.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Leftover Noodles (any variety)

0-Calorie Cooking Spray (my go-to of late is the coconut oil variety, but there are so many options now-a-days, so you pick your favorite)

Whatever Seasonings Peak Your Fancy (most recently, I went with onion powder, garlic, and a little bit of red pepper flakes)

1) Place a pan over medium to medium-high heat on the stove and spray it down with your Cooking Spray.

2) Throw your Noodles in the pan, and then spray them with the Cooking Spray until they are adequetly coated.

3) Mix in your Seasonings so that the Noodles are coated to your liking.

4) Stirring the noodles occasionally, let them get as crispy as you want. It’s really up to you when you take them off the heat, as the longer you leave them on, the crispier they will get.

So you can jazz this up even more if you want by adding sauces or veggies or what-have-you. This is just the bare bones recipe, though it’s also my favorite way to eat them. However, if you plan to make a full meal out of it, I totally say amp it up! Sky’s the limit! This can also be as big or small a recipe as you want. I’m aware that this may be pushing the boundaries of “healthy” eating, but hey, we can’t be perfect all the time and this is a great way to feel like you’re cheating without really cheating, you know what I mean?

Blueberry-Orange Smoothie

I’ll be honest: I love smoothies; I always say I’m going to make more smoothies; I rarely ever do. This past week though, I had some extra frozen berries laying around and decided what the heck! I’ll finally get around to making one!

What you’ll need:

1/2 cup Blueberries (frozen or fresh)

1/2 cup Orange Juice OR 1 small Tangerine, peeled (something like a Halo or Cutie)

1/2 cup Unsweetened Coconut Milk (or any other milk you may have)

1 tbsp. Plain Greek Yogurt ( or boost your flavor by using flavored yogurt)

1 tsp Coconut Extract OR 1/4 cup Shredded Coconut

1/2 cup Ice

1) There really is only the one step, so I shouldn’t even number them, but you and I both know recipes don’t look right without numbered steps. So here’s what you do. You throw it all in the blender. Whatever order you want, all willy-nilly like! Variety is the spice of life! Depending on what you have on hand or the texture you prefer, make the swaps listed above. Using a whole tangerine or shredded coconut is going to make the smoothie grittier, but I think it makes the taste a little smoother. If you’re someone who has issues with texture though, I suggest the juice and extract. Play around, see what you like best.

Secret Step #2? Enjoy! Hot weather is (supposedly) a-comin’! So cool off with a tropical tasting, blueberry smoothie!

Spinach in Dijon Sauce

What to do with all that spinach? You bought it for a specific recipe, or maybe in an attempt to be healthier, but now you’re left looking at it wondering just how on earth can you fit it in to your diet? There’s only so many times you can use it on pizzas, sandwiches, or in salads. Or, even worse, you bought frozen spinach! What’s it even good for at this point!? Well, here I am offering you an answer – a yummy, healthy side dish to use up all that excess spinach.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 cup Steamed Spinach OR thawed Frozen Spinach

1 1/2 tbsp Red Pepper Flakes

1 tbsp Dijon Mustard

Spray Butter (or Fake Butter Spray – think “I Can’t Believe It’s not Butter” brand)

Stage 0 – If you are using raw spinach, you will need to steam it. My favorite go-to for steaming is Zip Lock’s steamer bags, but you can also put it in a bowl with a tiny bit of water, cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and microwave. Just be sure to keep an eye on it, lest you dry out your spinach. You will, of course, need to drain it before moving on to step 1.

1) Combine your spinach, red pepper flakes, mustard, and a few spritzes of your butter spray into a microwave safe bowl and stir it all up.

2) Microwave it all for between 30 seconds to 1 minute.

3) Stir again, and then enjoy!

There you have it! It’s super quick, easy, and pretty dang yummy!

Cakeless Strawberry Shortcake

I’m a strawberry girl, through and through. Give me a choice of flavors, and most days I’ll pick strawberry over any other contender. With the weather turning warmer and good strawberries being surprisingly easy to find this early on, my attention turns to all the awesome ways to eat them!

Today I present to you Cakeless Strawberry Shortcake! Or “How To Make Your Healthy Dessert of Fruit Taste Like Something More!”

Here’s what you’ll need:

1/2 cup Fresh Strawberries

Your No Calorie Sweetener of Choice (I use stevia)

Light Whipped Cream

(optional) Sugar-free Chocolate Syrup

1) Chop the stems off your strawberries, half them, and throw them in the bowl you plan to eat out of.

2) Sprinkle your sweetener over the strawberries as evenly as possible. Use as much or as little as you like, but I do suggest at least 1 tbsp so you reach that sweet, cake-like flavor.

3) Add your whipped cream on top!

3b) If you feel a chocolate craving coming on, drizzle a little sugar-free chocolate syrup over the whipped cream.

4) Enjoy your sweet treat!