Saturday, March 22, 2014

RECIPE :: Baked Pumpkin Muesli Muffins


Baked Pumpkin Muesli Muffins
Makes 12

Ingredients
  • 3 cups Muesli
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice*
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup (honey works too)
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (any milk will work)
  • 3 scoops Vanilla Whey Protein Powder (NOT Shakeology) (optional, but recommended!)
If you don't have Muesli on hand, you could use the following ingredients instead to replace the 3 cups of Muesli.
  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats, gluten-free as needed
  • 1/3 cup chopped nuts and seeds (pecans, walnuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, poppy seeds)
  • 1/3 cup raisins or any dried fruit
*If you do not have pumpkin pie spice, use 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon each of ground ginger and nutmeg.

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray muffin pan with non-stick spray. In a large bowl, stir together muesli, baking powder, seasonings and salt.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix pumpkin, 1 egg (or 2 egg whites), maple syrup, vanilla extract, & milk. Add pumpkin mixture to the oats and stir to incorporate.
  3. Allow the mixture to set and thicken for about 3-5 minutes before spooning into your muffin pan.
  4. Fill muffin pan almost completely full with oatmeal mixture. The muffins will not rise.
  5. Bake for 30-35 minutes and until the center of each oatmeal muffin is set. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving. If you don't allow these to cool before taking them out of the muffin pan, they will fall apart. I used a knife around the sides to make removal easier. After cooling, they will set well. Store in a covered container in the fridge for about a week.

Friday, March 21, 2014

RECIPE :: Hummus

Classic Hummus Recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 2-3 cups spread
Ingredients
  • 1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 2-3 Tbsp. tahini (sesame paste)
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • pinch of salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 1/4 cup water (or the leftover chickpea juice from the can)
  • optional toppings:
  • more olive oil, chopped fresh Italian-leaf parsley, paprika (or smoked paprika), and/or toasted pine nuts
Method
Add first seven ingredients (chickpeas thru salt/pepper) to a food processor, and blend until smooth. Add in the water (or chickpea juice) and continue blending until it reaches your desired consistency.
Garnish with optional toppings, and serve or refrigerate.

Monday, March 10, 2014

RECIPE :: Grilled Peaches/Nectarines

Grilled Peaches/Nectarines::

4 Peaches or Nectarines (these are Nectarines pictured)
1/2 cup cream cheese
2 Tbs Honey
1/4 cup walnuts or pecans (we used pecans)
cedar plank for grilling

Mix together honey, cream cheese and nuts(chopped).  Set aside.

Pit your peaches/nectarines, and place on cedar plank (i'm sure this could be optional, but it's how we did it.) open side up.  Grill on medium heat for 5 minutes.
Fill each cavity with a dollop of cream cheese mixture, and grill for 5-10 more minutes, until cheese is soft and somewhat melted)

Serve warm.
YUMMY!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

RECIPE :: Fish Tacos

Fish Tacos

Corn Tortillas

Fish Marinade::
1 lime, juiced
1 tablespoon tequila
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
12 ounces cod or firm white fish, cut in 1-inch pieces

In medium bowl, combine lime juice, tequila, cumin, salt, and pepper; mix thoroughly. Add the fish and toss to coat. Marinate for 10 minutes.
Heat small amount of oil in pan and dredge fish in corn meal, lightly fry in pan until cooked through.

Cabbage Slaw:: 
1 cup shredded white cabbage
1/2 cup shredded red cabbage
3 tablespoons chopped cilantro leaves
1/4 cup very thinly sliced red onion

Mix together in bowl.

Pico De Gallo::
4 Roma tomatoes, diced
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro leaves
1/2 red onion, minced
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
1 lime, juiced
Salt and pepper

In a bowl, mix all ingredients, season with salt and pepper and refrigerate for 1 hour for flavors to meld

Tequila Lime Aioli::
3 tablespoons premium tequila
1 lime, juiced
8 ounces sour cream
1/4 cup milk
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons minced cilantro leaves
Salt and pepper

In small bowl, combine all ingredients and chill for 1 hour. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.



ASSEMBLE ::
1 tortilla; place 1/8th of fish on top of each, and top with cabbage mixture, Pico de Gallo, and Tequila Lime Aioli. Serve immediately.



**adapted from a Guy Fieri cook book
**yes, i used flour tortillas, as you can see in the pic...work with what you have, right?!!?

Monday, March 3, 2014

PURE SYNERGY :: February Success Club ROCKSTARS

Just a little shout out to my team Pure Synergy for their awesome February!
You are all ROCKSTARS!
Those numbers by their names represent a fraction of the people they are helping EVERY day!
Keep it up team, you're making a difference and changing lives!
Wondering what this is all about? There is a little link at the top of this page that says "join my team" Click it !

Sunday, March 2, 2014

RECIPE :: Iced Mocha Shakology


I've found my new favorite way to prepare my mid-morning snack!
Iced Mocha Shakology, where have you been for the past 6 months!  So excited to have been introduced to this awesome treat!!  Don't have Chocolate Shakology? You can get it here :: CHOCOLATE SHAKEO

I have some exciting news to share too!
Thursday's are a pretty fabulous day these days...it's payday, and rank advancement day for coaches, which is always really exciting...
This past Thursday I was officially advanced to a  Team Beachbody Diamond Coach 
What does that mean?
Well, to me...that means that I'm making a difference. Not only in my life, but in YOUR lives. Each person I help, makes me that much stronger too  I do get a paycheck from this "job" but that is far from what I feel rewarded by. I love knowing that I'm making a difference in someones life...I'm pushing someone that extra bit to help them reach a goal, or encouraging them through a rough patch...and you know what I GAIN from this? Friendships  Joy  Happiness  and i have yet to actually feel like this #blessing is a "job"  #ilovemyjob #coacheschangelives#leadtogetherdreamtogether #puresynergy


In other news...it's a lazy Sunday here at our home.  Nanny and Bumpa just left after visiting for the weekend, they are headed back north...Davis is feeling less than stellar with a 101.9 fever and just wanting some cuddles on the couch (no problem!), and Lydia is busy in the "kitchen" making all of us alphabet soup and watermelon sandwiches!