Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Lemons and Castelvetrano Olives

What do you do when life gives you lemons ? Order a juicer on Amazon? (I need one too) 
Or, pair it with my new favorite food, Castelvetrano Olives.
 I first leaned about them from my foodie friend Leeann, who swore these would change my mind about olives ( I don't typically love olives, I just like them). I had them for the first time at a holiday shopping party last year, hosted by another foodie friend, Kira.
 I remember taking a small bite of the plump bright green olive. WOW, I thought! these olives are spectacular. It was a special day.
They have a mild avocado and butter flavor, and they are meaty and a bit crisp; not as briny as other olives. These olive are mostly grown in a small town (Castelvetrano) in a Sicilian provence.
They are not ripened and are cured in a mild brine that yields sweet, mildly salty, bright green olives, that I find so palatable!.

 Lemony Orzo with Tomatoes and Castelvetrano Olives

1 cup uncooked whole wheat orzo pasta
1 large tomato, chopped (about 2-3 cups) or halved cherry tomatoes
1 cup pitted Castelvetrano olives
Zest and Juice of 1-2 lemons (How much do you love lemon?)
2-3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to season
Cook pasta according to directions (make sure to salt water- don’t be shy); drain well and place into a medium bowl. Add remaining ingredients and season with salt and pepper. Chill or serve warm.  Garnish with crumbled feta if you are addicted to cheese.
That’s it!

I did not forget about the lemons....Here are some other lemony applications...
Use them as a beautiful centerpiece
Make lemon water
Infuse olive oil with strips of lemon peel
Take silly photos of your baby!!!!
Zest lemon peel over treats, like these protein packed brownies.







Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Mini Frittatas with Goat Cheese

You might be wondering how my weight loss journey is going…

It’s going!! I am down about 18 lbs. total (yup, that includes the baby’s weight!). I take long walks with Wyatt and Herbie; it keeps me sane! I am also going to a hip hop class with my neighbor friend Carolyn, who is also on her own journey to better health! And of course, nutrition is everything! Protein power!

I made these little frittatas over the weekend because I realize how important it is to have food prepped and ready to go. They even taste good cold, when I only have a minute (literally) between changing diapers and feeding. Best of all, they are protein packed and keep me full ( and happy!).

70 calories, 2 grams fat, 3.5 grams carb and 9.5 grams protein! Pretty nice profile right?

Mini Frittatas with Goat Cheese

Cooking Spray
¾ cup finely chopped mixed veggies such as tomatoes, spinach or scallion
12 egg whites
Salt and pepper for seasoning
3 oz. crumbled goat cheese (or Feta)


Preheat oven to 350F. Coat a 6 cup muffin tin with cooking spray. Place about 2 tablespoons of the veggies into each muffin cup.

Add 2 egg whites to each. Season with salt and pepper.

Top with a few crumbles of goat cheese.

Bake for about 30 minutes until set. Internal temperature must reach 160F.

Cool on a wire rack to prevent a soggy bottom :)

Have it plain, or top it with salsa, avocado or (ketchup?).

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Quick Watermelon Sorbet

I usually don't post recipes that I create for work, but since little Wyatt has been keeping me busy, why not! This recipe was published in the most recent Market District Newsletter to promote the new fab Balsamic glaze.

August MD Newsletter

Check out the recipe here!!

Love this! I keep frozen watermelon cubes in my freezer ready to go. It makes great cocktails too!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Chocolate Protein Cake Bars

This past week's treats were these protein bars, once again, inspired by Jamie Eason. I am down a few more pounds this week but I have a long way to go before I am even close to looking like Jamie ha ha. A gal can always dream, right? I was really hoping this nursing thing would help shed the pounds a lot faster, but it turns out that its going to take a lot of work. How about that, weight loss takes work!! I guess I knew that already.
I started taking longer walks this past week too, in order to kick up the calorie burn. I also went to a hip hip class with my neighbor friend and that was super fun! There is nothing like the buddy system to help with motivation.
Here are the treats that got me through the week:
Chocolate Protein Cake Bars

 Dry ingredients:
1 cup oat or white whole wheat flour
½ cup vanilla or chocolate whey protein powder
3 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt

Wet ingredients:
½ cup splenda®
1 cup applesauce
4 egg whites
½ cup water

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line an 8x8-inch baking pan with foil; coat with cooking spray. In a large bowl, mix together dry ingredients. In a smaller bowl, whisk together wet ingredients. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix until smooth. Spread mixture in pan and bake for 30-35 minutes until center is set.
Remove from pan by lifting out using foil. Cut into 16 squares.
65 calories and 4 grams protein