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chicken pomegranate

Chicken Pomegranate Salad

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Pomegranate is widely available this time of year, and it’s super healthy! This Chicken Pomegranate salad is easy to make ahead for when you’re making something for dinner for your wife who’s going to drive straight from work, pick up your kid at their massage appointment, and then take them directly to their swimming practice. (Not speaking from personal experience or anything).

Ingredients

3 chicken breasts
1 chicken or vegetable bouillon cube
4 cups mixed salad greens
1 avocado
1 pomegranate

Dressing
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/8 cup frozen raspberries (thawed)
salt, pepper

Directions

1. Put chicken in a large stock pot and cover with water. Add bouillon cube. Heat to a low simmer for 10-14 minutes (depending on thickness of chicken breast.) As the chicken cooks, skim the broth if you intend to save it.

2. Slice the cooked chicken into batonnets (large julienne); divide into 4 and arrange on plates.

3. Divide the salad greens and arrange on plates.

4. Cube the avocado; divide into 4 and arrange on plates.

5. Split the pomegranate into quarters. Careful: pomegranate juice really stains. I get at the seeds by just slicing through the skin then pulling the fruit into quarters with my hands. When you then flip the quarters inside out, the seeds are easy to dislodge. Divide the seeds into 4 and add to salad.

6. Blend dressing ingredients and drizzle over salad.

pumpkin spice smoothie

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

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Fall is here, which means the Pumpkin Spice Lattes have appeared again at Starbucks.

If you like your pumpkin spice but want a (slightly) healthier version, look no further! Here is a great breakfast smoothie for fall.

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie Recipe

Note: Making a smoothie is not like baking a cake. Measurements of ingredients is very rough and should be adjusted depending on your taste- just add as much as you like and blend it up!

Pureed Pumpkin – canned (1/2 cup)
Oats (1/2 cup)
Cream Cheese (2 tbsp)
Milk (1 cup)
Pumpkin Pie Spice (2 tsp)
Brown Sugar (2 tbsp)

Directions:
1. Blend the pumpkin, oats and cream cheese with the milk. Adjust the amount of milk based on how thick you like your smoothie.
2. Add Pumpkin Pie Spice. If, like me, you’re sure you bought pumpkin pie spice but you can’t seem to find it in the cupboard even though you took everything out, you can substitute: 1 tsp cinnamon, pinch nutmeg, pinch cloves, big pinch ginger.
3. Add sugar and taste. If you like it sweeter, add a bit more sugar.
4. Let it sit for a good 5 minutes. This helps soften the oats.

Serves 1.

The Smoothie Solution

Janine used to be cranky, tired, thirsty, and hungry when she first came home, but instead of sitting down, resting, and eating or drinking, she would bustle around the house, cleaning up after the kids (and me). Then she’d be desperate for dinner, which I usually hadn’t even started cooking yet (since I had also just finished my work day).

One day I realized the solution: I would hand her a tasty smoothie when she came in the door from work, it might help keep her happy until dinner. Thus, the Smoothie Solution was born.

pina colada smoothie

Pina Colada Smoothie

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For the past few weeks I’ve been making Janine a smoothie every day when she gets home from work.

Here’s the next smoothie: The Pina Colada Smoothie. Refreshing, clean, and tropical, every sip is a mini-vacation to the Caribbean!

Pina Colada Smoothie Recipe

Note: Making a smoothie is not like baking a cake. Measurements of ingredients is very rough and should be adjusted depending on your taste- just add as much as you like and blend it up!

Fresh Pineapple (about 1/2)
Coconut Cream (about 1/2 cup)
Coconut Water (1 cup)
Frozen Banana
Ice (a few cubes)
Fancy Garnish with a little umbrella (this part is important)

Directions:
1. Chop up the pineapple. Add coconut cream and coconut water. (If you’ve never had coconut water, you must try it! It comes in individual cans, like canned soft drinks, and it is so refreshingly delicious!)
2. Microwave frozen banana for 20 seconds or so until it is soft enough to squeeze out of the skin.
3. Blend. Add Ice as desired.
4. Garnish.
Serves 2.

The Smoothie Solution

Janine used to be cranky, tired, thirsty, and hungry when she first came home, but instead of sitting down, resting, and eating or drinking, she would bustle around the house, cleaning up after the kids (and me). Then she’d be desperate for dinner, which I usually hadn’t even started cooking yet (since I had also just finished my work day).

One day I realized the solution: I would hand her a tasty smoothie when she came in the door from work, it might help keep her happy until dinner. Thus, the Smoothie Solution was born.

aloha sun smoothie

Aloha Sun Smoothie

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For the past few weeks I’ve been making Janine a smoothie every day when she gets home from work.

Here’s yesterday’s smoothie: The Aloha Sun Smoothie. This beautiful smoothie gets mellowness from melon, tangy sweetness from orange juice, and a final kick from pineapple. Lots of pulp in this one.

Aloha Sun Smoothie Recipe

Note: Making a smoothie is not like baking a cake. Measurements of ingredients is very rough and should be adjusted depending on your taste- just add as much as you like and blend it up!

Fresh Pineapple (about 1/4)
Cantaloupe (about 1/8)
Orange Juice (1 cup or so)
Ice (a few cubes)

Directions:
Chop up the pineapple and cantaloupe. Add enough orange juice to reach your desired consistency. Blend. Add a few ice cubes. Blend some more.
The fresh pineapple will make this smoothie quite frothy: keep the froth if you’re a fan (I am) or skim off if you don’t like it.
Serves 2.

The Smoothie Solution

Janine used to be cranky, tired, thirsty, and hungry when she first came home, but instead of sitting down, resting, and eating or drinking, she would bustle around the house, cleaning up after the kids (and me). Then she’d be desperate for dinner, which I usually hadn’t even started cooking yet (since I had also just finished my work day).

One day I realized the solution: I would hand her a tasty smoothie when she came in the door from work, it might help keep her happy until dinner. Thus, the Smoothie Solution was born.

bento lunch

Bento Box Lunch #1

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In my never-ending quest to find tasty food that won’t make me (that much) fatter, I’ve become a fan of the bento box trend.

A Japanese invention, bento boxes are single-person meals in a box, either as take-out from a restaurant or packed from home. Traditionally they held rice, fish, and vegetables; today bento boxes can hold whatever food you like.

My bento box lunch held the following things:

Chicken Wraps & Olives
-sliced chicken & mayo on a tortilla, rolled up & sliced
Celery and Tomatoes
-celery with smoked salmon cream cheese; cherry tomatoes
Beansprouts & Scrambled Egg
-beansprouts; 2 beaten eggs cooked until firm and sliced; diced avocado; hot sauce
Sweets Stuff
-yogurt dipped pretzels; dried papaya, strawberry

Very yummy stuff! And looking very cool in my Laptop Lunches lunchbox.

wrap
celery+tomato
spicy-goodness
sweets

skewers

After Workout Snack Ideas: Skewers

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After a workout, it’s great to have a tasty satisfying snack. I mean, it’s great to have a tasty snack before too, but let’s not get distracted.

Easy after workout snack ideas: skewers. For some reason, impaling your food on a sharpened stick makes it extra tasty. Makes it look fancy too. I mean, I could toss my cheese cubes and grape tomatoes into a container to roll around, and it would taste just as good, but somehow it wouldn’t be the same. So: tiny bit of prep to cut things into bite size pieces; tiny bit of violence to jam a stick through the middle, and voila! all fancied up.

Idea #1a: the aforementioned Cheese Cubes and Grape Tomatoes. Easy. Gets you something soft with something that explodes in your mouth. Some cheesy goodness and a nice burst of tomato juiciness. Who doesn’t like that?

Idea #1b: Cantaloupe with Ham Slices. This is a traditional Italian pairing (well, probably prosciutto if I’m completely honest, but I’m not really feeling “prosciutto”-fancy today). The sweet juiciness of the cantaloupe goes surprisingly well with the saltiness of the ham. Bit of protein, bit of sweetness. Yes, please!

Store your skewers in a bento lunch box and you’re good to go.

Bonus benefit: after your snack is done you can use the skewer to pick your teeth, or (even better) to poke your children.

Snack After Workout

Healthy ‘Snack After Workout’ Treats

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After a hard workout, we get hungry. (Well, who am I kidding, I’m hungry a lot of the time, but let’s not go there.) We want to eat something tasty to refuel. If we’re not careful, it’s easy to counteract all of that hard hard work with a snack that is too high in calories or fat. If the workout is carried out away from home, there’s a risk that the drive home will include a trip through a drive thru.

Obviously, fries or donuts or muffins do not lead to a positive post-workout experience. So then, what should a smart person do for their ‘snack after workout’ treat?

The answer, of course, is to plan ahead, and bring some quick and easy snacks with you. A little bit of preparation ahead of time will lead to a much happier snack after the workout.

Variety is the spice of life, so pack a few options. I got this cool stainless steel lunchbox from a company called Planetbox that helps keep all my snacks neatly compartmentalized.

Here are some ‘snack after workout’ options to get you thinking:

Something Sweet

dates almonds
I’ve got some dates. No prep required.

Something Crisp

veggies
Celery and cucumber sticks. Takes 5 seconds to chop up. Dip is nice too.

Some Raw Fruit & Veg

fruit
I have cantaloupe, kiwi fruit, and tomato wedges.

Something Substantial

frittata
I have a piece of frittata from last night’s dinner. Boiled potatoes and cooked broccoli are diced and added to sauteed onions and garlic in a cast iron pan; eggs are poured over top. Cook at 350° for about 30 min or so.

A Treat or Two

ginger
I have some almonds and a slice of candied ginger.