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Recipe: Favorite Guacamole

9 Jun

I love guac. A lot. I used to hate it, but now I can’t get enough of the stuff.

Over the past few months, I have perfected my guacamole recipe, and it is ready to share.

This recipe is totally clean and can be used at every meal. For breakfast I throw it on eggs, lunch I put it on sandwiches and salads, and dinner I will put it on anything that can be used as a vehicle to get the stuff in my mouth. Like I said, I love guac.

  • 3 avocados, halved, seeded and peeled
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced (I like red onion)
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro (or 1tsp of cilantro you get in the spice aisle)
  • 1┬átsp minced garlic

Mash the avocados with a potato masher. Mix in the rest of the ingredients. Enjoy in all the ways mentioned above, or throw it on some whole grain tortilla chips. These are my fav.

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Enjoy!!

How do you make your guac? Any tips for my recipe?

xo,

Ali

Recipe: Faux Cheesecake

17 Oct

A couple days ago I posted my favorite breakfast recipe, Overnight Oats. Today I want to share my favorite nighttime treat, Faux Cheesecake.

I first saw this recipe in the South Beach Diet cookbook. I thought it sounded so gross, but then I tried it and my mind was changed. Over the years I have adapted the Faux Cheesecake recipe, and have created one that I love.

I must put a disclaimer on this recipe. This is NOT cheesecake. This does not taste like real cheesecake. Is a big fat cookie, ice cream or cupcakes better than this Faux Cheesecake? Absolutely. BUT this is an amazing alternative to dessert if you need a quick sweet fix and you’re trying to be healthy.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4c Ricotta Cheese (I like part skim/low fat)
  • 1/2tsp honey
  • 1/2tsp Peanut Butter (use PB2 to save calories)
  • A dash of pure vanilla extract
  • A sprinkle of dark chocolate chips

Throw it all in a bowl, stir it up, and enjoy!

This recipe is roughly 200 calories, maybe a little less. The Ricotta cheese is great because it packs 14 grams of protein a serving, and it is only 60 calories a serving!

If you use PB2 instead of real peanut butter, and only a few chocolate chips, this snack would be close to 120 calories a serving. Pretty great for a bedtime snack!

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Hope you enjoy!!!

xo,

Ali

Recipe: Overnight Oats

15 Oct

I am obsessed with overnight oats. I could eat them every single day, multiple times a day. So darn good.

So what are overnight oats? Well, you’re about to find out!

Overnight oats are a combination of ingredients that soak in your fridge overnight. There are so many awesome combinations of overnight oats, and it is hard to go wrong when making them.

Below is one of my favorite recipes for the oats that I make a few times a week.

One thing to be aware of when making these is to monitor what you are putting in. If you don’t watch your ingredients carefully this could become a higher calorie meal or snack than you would want.

Almond milk, greek yogurt, PB, Chia Seeds, Oats, Fruit

Almond milk, greek yogurt, PB, Chia Seeds, Oats, Fruit

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The chocolate almond milk is amazing!! But you could use regular almond or plain milk.

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This Greek Gods yogurt is now one of my favorites.

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Use frozen fruit or fresh fruit. All works great!

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These take some getting used to but have great benefits (so people say).

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Old fashioned oats.

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When I am not marathon training I use PB2. Lighter calorie option for the PB flavor.

Layer it all up, put it in the fridge overnight!

Layer it all up, put it in the fridge overnight!

Stir up and enjoy in the morning. I like to add some crunchy Kashi on top.

Stir up and enjoy in the morning. I like to add some crunchy Kashi on top.

Calorie counts depend on the ingredients you add. This combination is around 300 calories and I eat it for breakfast. You can make it lower if you use lowfat yogurt, PB2 and plain almond milk.

  • 1/2c Almond Milk
  • 1/3c Greek Yogurt
  • Fruit (frozen or fresh)
  • 1tsp Chia Seeds
  • 1/4c Oats
  • 1/2tsp PB

Dump all ingredients in a bowl. Put in the fridge overnight. Stir up and enjoy in the morning.

(This will stay good for a couple days, so make a double batch to save time!)

Hope you enjoy!!!

Have you made overnight oats? Any tips or tricks to share with me?

Ali

Healthy Cookie Heaven

25 Jan

I LOVE cookies, and I wanted to take a quick moment to share with you all my favorite healthy cookie recipe.

This recipe is from celebrity chef (and my favorite Bravo-lebrity) Bethenny Frankel.

Ingredients

Dry
1 & 1/2 cups Oat Flour (I use wheat flour)
3/4 cup Rolled Oats
1/3 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Wet
1/2 raw sugar (yeah..I just use regular)
1/3 cup chocolate chips (dark chips are fab)
1 teaspoon canola oil
1/3 cup soy milk
1/2 cup banana puree (I blend 1 large or 2 small bananas up in my GNC blender)
1 teaspoon vanilla

**If you’re adventurous, add some Chia seeds! This will give it an extra crunch and added nutrients!

What to do

  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. Combine all wet ingredients, mix
  3. Combine all dry ingredients, mix
  4. Mix it all together until the batter is sticky (don’t panic – this recipe is relatively dry)
  5. Use tablespoon and scoop batter onto cookie sheet
  6. Bake 12 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through cooking (monitor cookies to ensure they do not over cook!)

 

Enjoy!!

Ali

 

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