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  • Guac Time!

    Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013By AimeeRecipes, Side Dishes, Simply Santé3 Comments

    I’ll be honest, only when living in San Diego did I become hooked on guacamole or even tried it for that matter. There of course, you had such fresh avocados, I had to at least give them a try. Now, I’m hooked on homemade guacamole. It’s actually quite simple. The beauty of guacamole is you can really customize it to fit your tastes. Here’s how I like it.

    Enjoy!

    What you’ll need:

    • Fresh Cilantro
    • An Avocado
    • 1/2 White Onion
    • 1 Tomato
    • Salt/Pepper to Taste
    • 1/2 Lime
    Start by chopping up some cilantro.

    Start by chopping up some cilantro.

    Get your ripe avocado ready.

    Get your ripe avocado ready.

    In a bowl, mash your avocado with your cilantro.

    In a bowl, mash your avocado with your cilantro.

    Chop up some onion.

    Chop up some onion and tomato (not pictured).

    Add the chopped onion & tomato, some salt & pepper and fresh lime juice to the avocado and cilantro mix. Fold it all together and…

    Voila! Homemade guacamole.

    Voila! Homemade guacamole.

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  • A New Take on Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

    Thursday, June 20th, 2013By AimeeDinner, Lunch, Recipes3 Comments

    As I always say, your food choices are lifestyle choices. Thus, food is really about a food lifestyle. With that said, I wanted to share with you a take on the classic grilled cheese and tomato soup.

    Enjoy!

    Cook Fresh Tomatoes, Onion, Basil and Garlic in a Saucepan

    Cook Fresh Tomatoes, Unsweetened Almond Milk, Onion, Basil and Garlic in a Saucepan

     

    Boil, then Simmer until Tender

    Boil, then Simmer until Tender

     

    Fresh Cheese is Key- Local is even Better

    Meanwhile, Prep the Grilled Cheese. TIP: Fresh Cheese is Key- Local is even Better and for the Butter- Look at the Ingredients because Less is More with Butter. Also, Coconut Oil is a Great and Tasty Alternative to Butter

     

    Next- Use an Immersion Blender

    Next- Use an Immersion Blender

     

    Yum! We are Almost Done...

    Yum! We are Almost Ready to Eat…

     

    Fresh Tomato Soup is So Tasty

    Fresh Tomato Soup is So Tasty

     

    And Grilled Cheese that's as Close to Nature as Grilled Cheese can Get- Yum

    And Grilled Cheese that’s as Close to Nature as Grilled Cheese can Get- Yum

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  • Berry Berry Smoothie Bowl

    Sunday, May 12th, 2013By AimeeRecipes, Treats3 Comments

    It’s hard to believe, but I only recently tried an acai bowl. If you don’t know what that is, acai is considered a superfood with many nutrients that is mixed with various fruits and topped with granola, seeds, etc. and served in a bowl. Well, when I went to the store to pick up some acai, I saw soy lecithin on the ingredient list. Now, I may have been over-thinking things, but I wanted just acai on the ingredient list. Hence, I decided to make my own version using strawberries and blueberries where those fruits were the only items on the ingredient list. This story is a reason why I emphasize reading the ingredient list as you’ll often be surprised as to what you will find. You can read How You Should Read Nutrition Labels for more information.

    Berry Berry Smoothie Bowl

    Berry Berry Smoothie Bowl

    Serves 1-2

    • 1 c. Vanilla Sweetened Almond Milk (Yes, you read that right. For this recipe, you’ll be more likely to satisfy your sweet tooth by having the vanilla and sweetened version of almond milk.)
    • 3/4 c. Frozen Strawberries
    • 1/2 c. Frozen Blueberries
    • 1 T Hemp Seeds (A great source of protein.)
    • 1 Banana (Sliced)

    Blend the almond milk, strawberries and blueberries in a blender until smooth. Pour into a bowl, add hemp seeds and the sliced banana. Enjoy!

    As always, make this recipe your own. Maybe you want to add peaches, then add peaches or if you want to add some granola, feel free to do so. Whatever you add, have fun with it and make this a healthy treat you’ll want time and time again.

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  • Spaghetti with a Twist

    Tuesday, March 5th, 2013By AimeeDinner, Lunch, Recipes3 Comments

    So, there I was, staring into the refrigerator and unsure of what to have for dinner. Well, I had some parmesan cheese, mushrooms and marinara sauce. The makings of some great spaghetti, but I was missing one key ingredient- the noodles. Hence, check out this recipe for Spaghetti with a Twist as it’s super simple to make.

    Spaghetti with a Twist

    Spaghetti with a Twist

    Serves 1

    • Udon Noodles
    • 1/2 c. Marinara Sauce
    • 4-5 Mushrooms (Sliced)
    • 1-2 Cloves of Garlic (Minced)
    • Salt/Pepper to Taste
    • Fresh Parmasean Cheese (Try to find it made with raw milk.)
    • Fresh Basil (Chopped)

    As udon noodles generally don’t take as long as traditional pasta to cook, it’s best to begin boiling the water for them right away. In the meantime, heat up the marinara sauce, mushrooms and garlic in a pan. Add salt/pepper to taste and stir occasionally. Once the noodles are done, your marinara mixture should also be warm and ready to serve.

    Drain the udon noodles and place in a dish. Add the marinara mixture over the noodles and garnish with parmesan cheese and basil.

    Voila!

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  • Satisfying Almond Milk Delight

    Friday, February 22nd, 2013By AimeeDrinks, Recipes, Simply Santé, Treats3 Comments

    When you want something, and you don’t know what, give this recipe a try. This Satisfying Almond Milk Delight is so easy and hits the spot when you want something sweet and satisfying but don’t know what.

    Satisfying Almond Milk Delight

    Satisfying Almond Milk Delight

    Serves 1

    • 1 c. Fresh Almond Milk (Don’t stress if you don’t have fresh almond milk, but it adds so much to this recipe. Be sure to check out the recipe on this site for fresh almond milk here.)
    • Dash Each Of:
      • Cinnamon
      • Nutmeg
      • Cloves

    Mix all together and garnish with additional cinnamon.

    Enjoy heated or chilled.

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  • Green Curry Goodness

    Friday, February 15th, 2013By AimeeDinner, Lunch, Recipes, Simply Santé3 Comments

    When you are crunched for time and need an easy go-to meal, then this is your dish. Many of the ingredients you can keep stocked in your freezer or cupboard, so it’s a great recipe to keep in your back pocket.

    Green Curry Goodness

    Green Curry Goodness

    Serves 4-6

    • 1-1/2 c. Rice (Any variation works, from brown to white to short to long grain.)
    • Dash of Saffron
    • 1 Onion (Diced)
    • 1 Can Coconut Milk (13.5 oz.)
    • 2-3 T. Green Curry Paste (Depending on own tastes.)
    • 1 Can Sliced Water Chestnuts (8 oz.) (Drained)
    • 1 Can Sliced Bamboo Shoots (8 oz.) (Drained)
    • Salt/Pepper to Taste
    • 1 c. Frozen Peas
    • Fresh Basil (Chopped)

    Begin boiling the water for the rice. Once the water begins to boil, add the rice and saffron. Cook until done.

    Meanwhile, sauté the onion in olive oil. Once the onion becomes transparent, add the coconut milk and green curry paste. Bring to a boil and then simmer. Stir in the chestnuts, bamboo shoots, salt/pepper and peas.

    When ready to serve, garnish with fresh basil.

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  • Feel Good Soup

    Friday, February 8th, 2013By AimeeDinner, Lunch, Recipes3 Comments

    Chicken Noodle Soup was a classic go-to soup growing up whenever anyone felt a little under the weather. Yet, as I learned more and more about fresh being the best, I began experimenting. Then, as I became under the weather myself where energy levels are always lower than normal, I created this Feel Good Soup. Feel free to switch out the vegetables to use what you have available, but I found this mix the tastiest.

    Feel Good Soup

    Feel Good Soup

    Serves 1

    • 1-1/2 c. Vegetable Broth
    • Udon Noodles (They cook up very quickly, so they are great to have on hand. They are often bundled within the package, so you can use one of the pre-packaged bundles or as much as you would like for your serving.)
    • 1 Carrot (Peeled and Sliced)
    • 1/2 c. Frozen Broccoli (For this case, frozen is nice because it is makes this recipe that much easier.)
    • Salt/Pepper to Taste

    Take out two pans. In one, begin boiling water for the Udon Noodles while in the other pan, pour in the vegetable broth and carrots where you’ll bring to a boil and simmer until the carrots are nearly done. You’ll add in the frozen broccoli into the pot with the carrots just long enough to ensure the broccoli is warmed up. Drain the noodles from the first pan and pour, along with the vegetable broth and veggie mixture into a bowl. Add salt and peper to taste and feel better soon!

    The beauty of this recipe is I have found that when my noodles are done, the carrots are done as well. All in all, the recipe should take under 10 minutes. This way, you can save your energy and get better that much quicker.

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  • Simply Delightful Spaghetti Squash

    Monday, January 28th, 2013By AimeeDinner, Lunch, Recipes, Simply Santé3 Comments

    I’ll admit, the first time I had spaghetti squash was growing up when I thought we were having legit spaghetti and was disappointed to discover it was simply squash  As I grew up, I realized how tasty this dish really can be as it’s so healthy for you as well. I find adding the goat cheese really gives it some delicious flavor.

    Serves 4-6

    • 1 Spaghetti Squash
    • 1 Jar Marinara Sauce
    • 1 Package Goat Cheese
    • Salt/Pepper to Taste

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Cut the spaghetti squash in half, clean out any seeds and place on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake for approximately 35 to 45 minutes (depending on the size of the squash and oven temperature). Meanwhile, heat up the marinara sauce. Once the squash is tender, remove from the oven. Begin scraping the squash out of its skin with a fork and place in a bowl. Add marinara and sprinkle with goat cheese.

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  • Chocolate Almond Mousse

    Saturday, January 26th, 2013By AimeeRecipes, Treats3 Comments

    Oh how do I love pudding! One of my favorite desserts was eating freshly cooked pudding and pouring it over vanilla ice cream. Well, times have changed and to be honest, I don’t even crave that treat anymore. Since I recently began making my own almond milk, I began experimenting with what to do with the extra pulp. Well, since I was craving something with chocolate, I thought why not make a treat that reminded me of that chocolate pudding comfort food! So, here you have it, a Chocolate Almond Mousse dessert that will be certain to leave you wanting more, but that’s a good thing in this case.

    Serves 4

    • 3/4 c. Almond Milk (Unsweetened or if you just made your own, use some of that.)
    • 1 c. Almond Pulp
    • 1 T. Coconut Oil
    • 2 T. Coconut Butter
    • 1 T. Shredded Coconut
    • 2 T. Cocoa Powder
    • 1-1/2 T. Honey
    • 1 T. Dark Chocolate (You can simply use a couple chunks of a chocolate bar.)
    • Dash of Salt

    Place all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Place in a covered dish and allow to refrigerate for 1-2 hours until firm.

    NOTE: To make your own almond milk, you can find the almond milk recipe here.

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  • Fresh Almond Milk

    Friday, January 25th, 2013By AimeeDrinks, Recipes3 Comments

    Almond milk. Whether you have tried it or not, I only recently started making it myself and am already hooked. Maybe it’s because it’s fresh or maybe because it’s simply that tasty, whatever the reason, it’s well worth giving a try.

    Serves 4-6

    • 1 c. Raw Almonds
    • 4 c. Water
    • 2 Dates (Pitted)
    • Dash of Salt
    • Cheesecloth (An appropriate strainer may suffice.)

    Soak the almonds in water, in a covered dish, overnight.

    Then, discard the soaking water, rinse the almonds and place in a blender along with the fresh water, dates and salt. Blend for a few minutes until you are left with a nice, frothy milk.

    Drain the almond milk through the cheesecloth and be sure to squeeze out all the excess milk. Refrigerate and enjoy!

    NOTE: Be sure to not throw the extra almond pulp away, instead, use it to make this Chocolate Almond Mousse dessert.

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