High Protein And Nutritionally Rich Super Veggie Burger

High Protein And Nutritionally Rich Super Veggie Burger

I made this burger last weekend and it was honestly the best veggie burger that I had ever eaten. I was introduced to the Quinoa seed about five years ago, it contains essential amino acids like lysine and good quantities of calcium, phosphorus and iron. Quinoa has a fluffy texture and is usually used like rice, couscous and barley, in salads or soups. This High Protein and Nutritionally Rich Super Veggie Burger has only 150 calories, 9 grams of fat and 7 grams of protein per burger.

Not only are these burgers healthy, but they are really easy to make.

Ingredients:

1 cup of water, 1/2 cup quinoa, 1 tablespoon canola oil, 1 cup diced onions, 1 cop finely chopped mushrooms, 1 teashpoon garlic, 1 teaspoon marjoram, 1/2 teaspoon oregano, 2/3 cup low-fat cheddar cheese, 1/4 cup egg whites, 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans (no added salt), 1/3 cup rolled oats, 2 tablespoons sodium-reduced soy sauce.

Preheat the oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Boil the water in a medium pot, add quinoa and reduce to simmer, cover and cook for about fifteen minutes. Remove from the stove and let sit for about another ten minutes, fluff with a fork and transfer to a large bowl. Heat the oil in a large skillet and saute the onions until translucent, add them to the bowl with the quinoa. Saute the mushrooms for five minutes, drain and add to the bowl as well. Add all the other ingredients to the bowl, as shown in the photo below.

High Protein And Nutritionally Rich Super Veggie Burger

Scoop 1/2 cup portions of the mixture and shape into patties. Place the patties on the baking sheet, leaving them at least one inch apart. Bake for 30 minutes, until brown and crispy.
High Protein And Nutritionally Rich Super Veggie Burger

Here’s another fabulous Quinoa recipe that you just have to try: Pumpkin Quinoa Pancakes - this is a great recipe to make with the kids on the weekend or during the holidays.

Sinful Hershey’s S’more Filled Chocolate Cookie

Sinful Hershey's S'more Filled Chocolate Cookie

When I attended BlogHer’12 last month I was really excited to visit the Camp Bondfire Suite by Hershey’s and Walmart. I made s’mores over a mini open flamed fire in a charming room at the Hilton hotel in NYC that was decorated by Walmart to look like a campground. This was truly one of the highlights from my trip to BlogHer’12. The surroundings were cozy and comfortable, the s’mores were delicious and sinful made with Hershey’s milk chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallows.

With summer over, this S’more-tacular experience got me to thinking about how I could enjoy delicious s’mores at home with my family, minus the campground. This is when I came up with the idea to combine my favourite Hershey’s Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe with s’mores, that way we could bake them right in our own kitchen.

So, today I headed to the kitchen with my boys and first we prepared the batter for the chocolate chip cookies, recipe is below.  We layered a graham cracker quarter with 3 Hershey’s chocolate squares, 2 marshmallow halves and topped with another graham cracker. We then topped the s’more with a big scoop of cookie dough, turned it over and topped it with another scoop. The boys took turns forming the dough all around the s’mores then placed them on a baking sheet that was layered with parchment paper. We baked the cookies for 12-15 minutes at 350 degrees F. That’s it. The Hershey’s Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe is below and you can check out the photos of the delicious and sinful Hershey’s S’more Filled Chocolate Cookie created by our family, what a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

Sinful Hershey's S'more Filled Chocolate Cookie

HERSHEY’S Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies
Prep time: 25 Minutes

Ingredients
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) HERSHEY’S SPECIAL DARK Chocolate
Chips or HERSHEY’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

Directions

Heat oven to 375°F. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla in large bowl with mixer until creamy. Add eggs; beat well. Gradually add flour mixture, beating well. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts, if desired. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheet. 3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. About 5 dozen cookies.

Sinful Hershey's S'mores Chocolate Cookies

Dole Hummingbird Mini Loaves

Dole Hummingbird Mini Loaves

Last month I attended BlogHer’12 in New York and had the opportunity to meet with the awesome brand DOLE. I love all the samples I tried and brought many of them home for my family to try. My sons loved Dole’s Real Fruit Bites and Dole Shakers fruit smoothie; they are low in calories and pack well in your child’s backpack on their way to college.

After two weeks of our family getting adjusted to the new college routine, we decided to enjoy a nice family dinner this long weekend and bake the Pineapple Banana Hummingbird Mini Loaf that I tried, several times, at the BlogHer’12 conference. The recipe card you see in the photo above, was generously given to all attendees and I was so excited to share this sinful desert with my family and our readers.

Here are the ingredients that you will need to put on your shopping list.

Loaves:

1 package of yellow cake mix
1 package of JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding Pie Filling
4 Eggs
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 can (20 oz.) Dole Crushed Pineapple juice drained and 1 cup reserved
2 medium, ripe DOLE bananas, well mashed (1 cup)
1/2 cup chopped PLANTERS Pecans

Glaze:

2 oz. softened PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese
1 tablespoon of Milk
1/2 cup powdered sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F. Combine cake mix, dry instant pudding, reserved pineapple juice, eggs, oil and cinnamon in a large bowl and mix for 2 minutes or until blended. Add crushed pineapple, bananas, and nuts; mix just until blended. POUR prepared batter into 5 foil mini loaf pans sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Bake 40 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely. DRIZZLE Cream Cheese glaze over cooled loaves and garnish with additional chopped pecans, if desired. Makes 30 servings or 5 loaves.

Pineapple Banana Hummingbird Mini Loaf is moist
Now for a little change, you can do what my family did and just make one large loaf for the whole gang. Regardless if you do five small loaves, or one loaf, this recipe is absolutely delicious and I am proud to say that the one we baked today, is all gone!

 

Most Awesomest Healthy Fruit Smoothie

Most Awesomest Healthy Fruit Smoothie

It’s no surprise that Kim Kardashian and other celebrities love a Healthy Fruit Smoothie after a vigorous workout. Not only are smoothies delicious, quick and easy to make, high in vitamins, super healthy for you – it’s a perfect way to start your day. Is there a connection between celebrities looking fabulous and Healthy Fruit Smoothies? Definitely. A brightly coloured smoothie is clearly this season’s hottest accessory for stars like Kim, Miley Cyrus, Paris Hilton, Ashley Tisdale and many more.

Unlike most celebrities, who have someone else to whip up their breakfast, most of us can’t afford that luxury. If you are like me and running every morning to catch the bus just to get to work on time, you will see that a smoothie literally will take you under 5 minutes to prepare, clean up and go.

Dr. Oz‘s Quick Magical Breakfast Blaster has 136 calories; you add 1/3 cup of soy protein, 1/2 tablespoon flaxseed oil, 1/4 cup blueberries (I use frozen to help smoothie like consistency), 1/2 large banana (this is your flavour boost), 1/2 tablespoon honey, 1 teaspoon Psyillium seed husks and 12 ounces of ice. Combine all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. That’s it!

I sometimes substitute the banana for frozen mango for a change of taste since as I have a smoothie every day. The great thing about a breakfast smoothie, you can put it in a portable cup, just like you would your coffee and go!

To check out some more awesome healthy recipes, head on over to Dr. Oz’s website.

Healthy Recipe: 4th of July Fruity Parfait

  • low-fat frozen yogurt
  • 1/2 pint strawberries (I prefer raspberries)
  • 1 cup of fresh or packed in it’s own juice, pineapple ( I prefer blueberries)
  • low-fat whipped topping

Layer the ingredients; strawberries, frozen yogurt and pineapple, twice in each desert dish, then top with whipped topping. Enjoy!

Healthy Recipe: Gnocchi Warm Summer Salad

  • 1 pound gnocchi
  • 2 tablespoons low-cal butter substitute
  • 2 medium shallots, chopped
  • 2 zucchini, sliced thin
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1/2 teaspoon no salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Melt butter substitute in a large pan over medium heat. Add shallots and zucchini, stirring often, cook until translucent. Add cherry tomatoes, no salt, nutmeg and pepper and continue cooking for 2 minutes. Meanwhile, cook and drain gnocchi. Stir in Parmesan and add gnocchi. Enjoy!

Fit Fab Tomato ‘Insalata’

  • 2 sliced medium tomatoes (my favorite are Savoura tomatoes)
  • 1 oz low fat mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil
  • 2 tbsp Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp Italian season
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced

Mix the shallots, basil, Balsamic vinegar, Italian season and 2 cloves garlic together and let sit for about 15 minutes for the flavors to blend. Prepare slices of tomato and cheese on a plate, drizzle the dressing over it and decorate with whole pieces of basil and some shallots. Enjoy! (if you want to kick up this recipe, try substituting the Italian season with cumin)

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