OK. I’ve been a shitty food blogger. I haven’t updated in almost an entire month.
Life gets busy. Work gets in the way. Thanksgiving happened. You get it.
Speaking of Thanksgiving, I hosted the holiday at my home this year. German sausage stuffing is always a big hit. This is my mom’s recipe – but it’s so easy, quick, and delicious.
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This is kind of embarrassing figuring I’ve been baking since I was a child, but I have never baked bread before. Like, a real loaf of actual bread. Just banana bread, and variations of that.
Since starting my healthier lifestyle, I have cut bread out of my diet except on cheat days. Then I realized I could make bread, and alter the recipe for my dietary wants and needs.
This website is loaded with recipes – just search for something you want to eat, and it will automatically return a bunch of lower-carb, lower-sugar, and higher protein versions of how to make that particular food.
Now, I’ll admit, I didn’t get this exact recipe from protein pow. However, I did browse other recipes on the site to get ideas for which ingredients I should be swapping out. This isn’t completely sugar-free or low-carb, but it is a healthier version of wheat bread that is loaded with cranberries and seeds with just a hint of pumpkin.
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It’s that time of year where pumpkin-flavored items are dominating the grocery stores, bakeries, restaurants, and coffee shops. You can’t escape it. And you don’t want to, because it’s delicious. Call me basic, I don’t care.
Most of those delicious pumpkin treats are loaded with sugar, and have little nutritional value.
Here is where I step in, introducing you to a thick & creamy shake that tastes like pumpkin pie. It’s also loaded with protein and fiber to keep you full, and doesn’t contain a ton of added sugar. Oh, and it’s also vegan. You’re welcome.
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This is the perfect time of year to go apple picking, especially in New York. The weather isn’t too cold yet, the trees are finally turning their gorgeous fall colors, and the holidays that require apple and pumpkin-themed desserts are right around the corner.
18 lbs of apples later, and I realized I may have went a bit overboard.
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School has totally been kicking my ass. So far this year is great, just the beginning of the school year is always so stressful. Getting settled in, and settling in the students (and getting back into the groove of planning and grading) isn’t easy – it’s a labor of love. And it takes up a LOT of free time.
With that being said, I haven’t had the opportunity to post in a while. Luckily, this past weekend was 4 days due to Rosh Hashana – so here’s my opportunity!
Yesterday my husband asked me to make potato salad for one of his lodge meetings (he is a free mason). Neither of us enjoy mayonnaise, so whenever I make salads, they are always vinegar-based instead. NOBODY makes a better potato salad than Oma, my 90-year-old grandmother from Germany.
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Bananas are something I purchase every week. I wait until they’re very ripe, and I usually freeze them for protein shakes. But this week, I had a real craving for banana bread.
My husband’s aunt makes the most delicious banana bread I have ever tried. Whenever I make banana bread, I use her recipe. It’s the perfect consistency, it isn’t too sweet, and it has just the right amount of banana flavor. So I started to make her recipe, and realized there was one problem: I didn’t have the correct amount of ingredients at home.
I had to switch things up. Since I had to do this anyway… I figured I would turn this into a healthier version of my favorite. The result was awesome.
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Whenever my husband gets the groceries to help me out, he always buys things that were not on the shopping list (usually some random fruit, meat product, or Entenmann’s cake).
Last week, he brought home pork bi country style ribs.
I’m a big fan of ribs – I could eat them every day. But I’ve never made them before.
For my first time, they came out awesome.
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Lately I’ve been on an Italian food kick.
I keep craving it.
Something I truly love is a good chicken parmesan – fried golden brown cutlets, drowning in marinara sauce, and oozing with mozzarella cheese.
This was something I needed to eat. I didn’t have any chicken cutlets, only chicken breasts – and I did not feel like pounding them out. I had an abundance of fresh basil and fresh tomatoes from my yard that I wanted to use, and I also have a ton of homemade sauce that my husband froze in batches a few weeks ago. Mozzarella cheese? Check. I also noticed that I had some bonus pepperoni in my cold cut drawer. This was gonna be good.
In my efforts to lighten up my food, I decided to revamp the chicken parm we all know and love. I went the low-carb route, and didn’t use breadcrumbs or fry the chicken… and it was still delicious.
Continue reading Hasselback antipasto chicken breast parmesan
Cilantro has been growing like a weed lately out in the backyard. Since I don’t use it too often in my cooking, I tried giving some of it away. A friend of mine agreed to take some, but then forgot to grab it on her way out the door. Now I have handfuls of cilantro that I need to use.
The humidity has been so overwhelming. I still don’t want to have to turn on the oven, or stand over a hot stove. So this cilantro needed to find its way into a salad.
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As some of you already know, I have a hard time resisting sweets and I’m constantly craving dessert-like foods. However, I can’t eat foods like this as often as I’d like to.
One dessert I absolutely love is ice cream. I can’t get enough of it – especially if it’s in the form of a frozen, thick shake. As a kid I lived around the corner from a Carvel, and my brother and I would always get large vanilla thick shakes (I was not aware of being lactose-intolerant yet). I enjoyed this tremendously.
As an adult, I can no longer get these awesome shakes whenever I please… so I have to substitute with something a bit healthier and less sugary (even though its OK to just go out and get the shake sometimes). In the past couple of months, I learned a lot about the importance of increasing my protein intake. Protein helps you build muscle, stay lean, gives you energy, and keeps you feeling full for a longer amount of time. So I decided to improvise, and make a protein-based “milkshake” for when I come home from the gym. The best part is that it’s completely dairy free – so if you are also lactose-intolerant there is no need to take a pill, and if you are vegan you can still enjoy this drink without guilt!
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