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creamy burrata and zucchini strips

29 Jul

IMG_1568You can probably tell that burrata is pretty delicious since we are writing another post about it!

This recipe took no time to make, and was one of the most delicious meals on record.

Creamy, and refreshing all at the same time!

Serves 2 Prep time: 3 minutes Total time: 8 minutes

All you need is:

  • 1 zucchini, sliced thinly
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 lemon, for both juice and zest
  • 1 ball of burrata
  • pepper

Follow these directions for a phenomenal meal:

1. Prep your ingredients: Rinse, and cut your zucchini into small slices. Cut your lemon in half. Add water to a pan, and bring to a simmer.

2. Cook zucchini: Once simmering, add your zucchini strips into the water, cover and let simmer for 5 minutes. With a slotted spoon, remove the zucchini from the pan, draining the water.

3. Plate: Place your zucchini onto your plate, top with burrata, lemon zest, lemon juice, and pepper.

sweetgreen

24 Jul

photo (5)We had the pleasure of being invited to the new sweetgreen opening in NOMAD last week during the heat wave.

It was so refreshing to walk through those doors, into a cold, clean, brand new space serving up healthy, local salads with a smile.

A perfect light meal for such a heavy and hot day!

Not only does sweetgreen source local and organic produce, they serve meat proteins that are all antibiotic and hormone free, which is great news for all.

To top it all off, they work with schools to promote healthy eating, which is quite the noble cause, and is right up our alley!

Their grand opening is tomorrow, so head on over to 1164 Broadway for a delightful and local lunch experience.

summer grain salad

17 Jul

photo (2)Sometimes when lunch-time rolls around it’s challenging to create a masterpiece meal.

Lunch is often-times overlooked, as we make sandwiches, and easy items that will satisfy our hunger in the shortest amount of time.

This lunch idea may not look easy, or quick but it really is!

All it takes is cooking some brown rice (or quinoa) (prep the rice a day earlier – when you are cooking dinner, or in the morning during breakfast time), and add in some chopped veggies.

Your lunch is about to get a little fancy!

Serves 2 Prep time: 5 minutes Total time: 7 minutes (~40 minutes for the brown rice)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup brown rice
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tbsp feta cheese, chopped
  • handful cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 avocado, chopped
  • 1/2 small red onion, chopped
  • 2 radishes, sliced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • pinch sea salt
  • a few grinds of pepper

Directions:

1. Cook your rice: Add rice and water to a pot, bring to a boil then down to a simmer. Cook for about 40 minutes, or until all water is absorbed. Best if made the night before, or the morning of so it has time to cool.

2. Prep your ingredients: Chop your cheese, and veggies.

3. Assemble: In a large bowl, add in your rice, then top it with all of your goodies. Drizzle olive oil, sprinkle in cumin (add more if you want the taste to pop!), salt and pepper then mix thoroughly.

Enjoy this masterpiece meal, and let it inspire the rest of your afternoon. Cheers!

strawberry chia goodness

8 Jul

photo-50Looking for a tasty, seasonal treat to beat the hot summer heat?

Try mixing some strawberries, or any berries you have on hand, with some chia gel and cool yourself down with this nutritious snack!

Here’s how:

Make your chia gel:
Add 1/3 cup chia seeds to 2 cups water, or adjust for smaller batches. Place in a jar with a lid and shake vigorously. Let sit in your fridge for 10-20 minutes, or until the seeds have plumped up.

Prep your berries:
Rinse, and chop strawberries.

Assemble:
In a bowl, add a few tablespoons of chia gel and mix in chopped strawberries.

Delight in the flavor, texture and refreshing nature of this delectable concoction!

10 minute bars

1 Jul

5575803785_1f27c74eddOn a quest for healthy, quick snacks that will keep you satisfied?

Try out these nut/seed bars.

Easy to make, delicious and nutritious, these bars stick together nicely after cooled in the fridge for 1 hour or more.

This recipe makes for an excellent weekend project, to prepare for a busy week ahead.

Makes 12 bars – Prep time: 5 minutes – Total time: 10 minutes – Recipe adapted from George Mateljan

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw or roasted peanuts/almonds/cashews/pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh ginger
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 cup raisins/dried cranberries/dried apricots/dried prunes/dates
  • 2 tbsp honey/maple syrup

Directions:

  1. Blend all ingredients, with the exception of the honey, in a food processor until fine but still having some texture.
  2. Add honey and process just long enough for it to blend in.
  3. Press into a square about 3/4 inch thick on a plate or square pan and refrigerate for about an hour or more.
  4. Cut into 2 inch squares.

Enjoy!

Photo courtesy of HealthAliciousNess