Guacamole | Recipe

Guacamole Recipe

This recipe is not from me, it’s from my husband. He’s become the guacamole making pro in the house. I love when someone else cooks for me, so I welcome this healthy dish any day of the week.

Guacamole

  • 2 Avocados
  • 1/2 Onion, diced
  • 1 Tomato, diced
  • 2 Cloves garlic, minced
  • Juice of 1 Lime
  • Cayenne pepper, to taste
  • Salt, pinch

Method:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Mash with fork or potato masher until desired consistency is achieved.
  3. Add a bit of salt, a pinch at a time until you like it. Keep in mind that tortilla chips are often salty.

You can also add half a jalapeno pepper to the guacamole but we like it without.

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The Health Benefits of Chocolate

Image copyright EverJean.

Chocolate is my favorite treat. I most especially love dark chocolate. So today I’d like to share a few health benefits of chocolate and a couple of interesting facts. Remember all good things in moderation. 🙂

  1. Dark chocolate is good for your heart. It helps by lowering blood pressure and reducing cholesterol.
  2. Chocolate releases endorphins which makes you happy. 🙂
  3. Chocolate contains flavonoids which help protect your body from environmental factors.
  4. Want to learn how Hershey’s makes chocolate? Watch the video on their website here.
  5. “It’s a common myth that chocolate aggravates acne. Experiments conducted at the University of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Naval Academy found that consumption of chocolate — even frequent daily dietary intake — had no effect on the incidence of acne. Professional dermatologists today do not link acne with diet.” – Source

Sources:
http://longevity.about.com/od/lifelongnutrition/p/chocolate.htm
http://my.clevelandclinic.org/heart/prevention/nutrition/chocolate.aspx
http://www.godiva.com/recipes/chocolate_trivia.aspx

 

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How to Easily Add Greens To Your Diet

How to Add Greens To Your Diet

Greens are a super food, full of nutrients and fiber. Getting enough greens can be difficult but there are sneaky ways to get them in. Here are a few tips to help you get them into your diet.

One way I like to incorporate spinach is with pasta. You can do this by boiling your pasta as directed and, in the last minute, toss two big handfuls of spinach into the boiling water. When you drain the pasta the spinach will be mixed in already. You’ll be surprised how it cooks down. This way you can get two cups of spinach into your meal without really noticing. You can top with sauce as usual. Adding fresh basil will help add flavor as well.

Another way to get spinach into your diet is with green smoothies. You can read about how to make them in my post here. Don’t let the green color turn you away. You don’t taste the spinach but your body will get all of the good stuff.

Add greens to an omelet. A great way to get vegetables in at breakfast time is to make an omelet with veggies. Saute mushrooms, onions, peppers, spinach, broccoli, whatever vegetable you like until they are lightly cooked and place in the middle of your omelet with your cheese.

Mix spinach in with rice. Similar to the pasta idea, add spinach to cooked rice. The steam from the hot rice will wilt the spinach. Use vegetable broth to cook the rice and add your favorite seasonings.

Mix dark greens in with your salad and try to eat a salad with dinner everyday. Make it your mission to mix up the toppings and dressings. Keep your salad options fresh and it won’t be a chore to eat them.

What are your favorite ways to add greens to your diet? I’d love to hear your tips and suggestions.

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Cheesy Vegetable and Rice Casserole | Recipe

Cheesy Vegetable Rice Casserole - Lindsay Ann Loft

This is a recipe you can go to when you have vegetables to use up at the end of the week. I take whatever I have left over, like a few servings of steamed broccoli or green beans, and mix it in with the base of this recipe. It’s based on a recipe from the Food Network.

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tbs butter
  • 2 Tbs flour
  • 1/2 Pound, sliced cremini mushrooms
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 4 Garlic cloves, roughly minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (use less if you don’t like spice)
  • 1 1/2 Cups milk of your choice
  • 1/2 Cup vegetable broth (I use better than bouillon brand)
  • 2 Cups cooked vegetables, chopped (broccoli works well)
  • 2 Cups cheddar cheese
  • 3 Cups of cooked rice, (I used half brown & half jasmine)
  • Salt and pepper

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. In a large pot, melt the butter and flour over medium heat to create a roux. It will start to brown.
  3. Add mushrooms, onion, garlic, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, milk and broth. Cook until the mushrooms begin to shrink in size.
  4. Mix in the vegetables, 1 cup of cheese, and rice. Add salt and pepper, if desired.
  5. In a greased 13 x 9 baking dish, spread the mixture out evenly.
  6. Top with remaining cheese.
  7. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, until the cheese is bubbling and brown.

Cheesy Vegetable Rice Casserole - Lindsay Ann Loft

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Recipe: Banana Blueberry Crockpot Oatmeal

Banana Blueberry Crockpot Oatmeal

How would you like to wake up to a steamy hot bowl of oatmeal? This recipe is a slow cooker version of the Brunch Oatmeal Bake and is extra easy to make the night before. It’s also versatile so you can change up the ingredients with what you have on hand.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 Cups oatmeal, rolled or steel cut
  • 3 1/2 Cups water
  • 1 Cup milk
  • 1/4 Teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons sweetener (brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, etc…)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 Banana, browning preferable, sliced
  • 1 Cup frozen or fresh blueberries
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil, optional
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract, optional

Method:

  1. Rub coconut oil along base of the pot to help prevent sticking.
  2. Combine all ingredients in the slow cooker and give a quick stir.
  3. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  4. Serve with milk, walnuts, a sprinkle of brown sugar, or whatever you prefer.
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