Monthly Archives: July 2012

Delicious Overnight Jar Oatmeal

I have been seeing lots of recipes flying around on blogs and pinterest for oatmeal in a jar.  I figured, what do I have to lose, I love oatmeal.  One of the things that was so appealing about this concept was how convenient it would be for breakfast on the go.  I go to the gym pretty early in the morning, like 4 am early and then end up eating in my car before heading into work by 6:30.  So this was an easy way to pack breakfast for these early morning adventures.  Plus, there is something cute about eating out of a canning jar.  It sure beats my prior breakfast of a protein bar and a banana.  Also, it is easy to change up the recipe by simply adding different fruit or nuts to the mix.  So, give it a whirl.  It takes 2 minutes of prep time the night before and then by the morning, you are good to go.

Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup organic low fat vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 cup blueberries (or any other berry)
  • 5 drops Sweet Leaf vanilla creme liquid stevia
  • pinch of cinnamon

Optional Toppings:

  • almond slivers
  • dusting of nutmeg
Directions:
Place all ingredients in 8 oz canning jar, close lid tightly and shake until all ingredients are blended.  Refrigerate over night.  In the morning open up and add any nuts if you wish and poof….there’s your breakfast. 

Spicy Chicken Soup

If you are anything like me, I love the concept of soup.  I feel like I get to eat a lot of food and not feel guilty about the calories.  Plus, you can make soup into anything you want.  The options are limitless.  So, here is one of my staple soups.  I love lots of flavor and spice and this soup includes both of those.


Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 (29 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (4 ounce) can diced green chilies
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (If you don’t like spice, you can omit this)
  • 1 can yellow hominy or corn (drained and rinsed)
  • 4 boneless chicken breast halves, cooked and shredded

Directions:
First, cut each chicken breast into 8-10 pieces.  Cutting off any extra fat.  Place in a pot of boiling water and boil until chicken cooked all the way through (usually about 10 minutes).  When done drain hot water and rinse w/cold water.  Cooling the pieces of chicken make it easier to handle.  Then using 2 forks shred chicken. 

In a large pot heat oil.  Once oil heated add onion, garlic and cilantro.  Saute mixture for 2-3 minutes. 

Next, stir in chopped tomatoes, green chilies, chili powder, cumin, bay leaves, cayenne pepper, salt and chicken broth.  Bring mixture to a boil and then add shredded chicken.  Simmer for 30 minutes.  Remove bay leaves, add hominy and cook another 5 minutes.

Serve and enjoy. 

Optional Toppings:

  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • sour cream or I use fat free greek yogurt
  • tortilla chips ( I prefer baked tortilla chips)
  • a few slices of avacado

Words of Wisdom

This life is yours. Take the power to choose what you want to do and do it well. Take the power to love what you want in life and love it honestly. Take the power to walk in the forest and be a part of nature. Take the power to control your own life. No one else can do it for you. Take the power to make your life happy. 
Susan Polis Schutz

Words of Wisdom

This quote reminds me of how truly blessed we all are.  Sometimes just shifting your perspective on the simple little things can make them wonderful.  Hope everyone has a happy Friday!!!  (Friday the 13th, none the less)
“In the right light, at the right time,
everything is extraordinary.”
Aaron Rose

How to Clean Fruit – Naturally

Need:distilled white vinegar
large bowl
1/4 cup measuring device
desired fruit

Add fruit to bowl and swirl around with hand. Ensuring to coat all fruit.

Discard vinegar water and rinse fruit several times in fresh water.  Place in fridge.

***Vinegar helps kill mold and bacteria on the surface of fruit;  therefore making fruit last much longer.  Happy Fruit Eating!!!!