September 17th, 2014

Vegetarian Bagel Sandwich

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Here is the first sandwich idea for our bagel series! Now that we have freshly baked bagels, we can store them in the fridge in an air tight container for up to a week or freeze them. This first sandwich is an easy breakfast or brunch idea with egg, fresh veggies and spicy arugula!

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September 16th, 2014

Grain Free Bagels

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This week is all about bagels! These recipe is great for those of us looking for grain alternatives! Having a gluten free hubbbie at home I am always looking for tasty wheat substitutions. These bagels use almond flour and are nutritious, packed with protein, and made from scratch!  They can be made in a large batch and kept in the freezer for a quick breakfast or snack.  Later in the week I will be sharing some great sandwich ideas with you using these delicious bagels!

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September 15th, 2014

Tequila’s Mexican Kitchen – Cochinita Pibil

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of visiting Chef and Owner Pete Ortiz of Tequilas Mexican Kitchen in San Clemente!  Pete showed me how to make a traditional dish, cochinita pibil. This slow roasted pork dish from the Yucatán Península had the crew salivating as it was cooking!  And of course, we were making some Partida Tequila based cocktails infused with jalapeno and jicama to go along with it!
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September 12th, 2014

Olga visits Tequila’s Mexican Kitchen!

Olga visits Tequila's Mexican Kitchen

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of visiting Chef and Owner Pete Ortiz of Tequilas Mexican Kitchen in San Clemente!  Pete showed me how to make a traditional dish, cochinita pibil. This slow roasted pork dish from the Yucatán Península had the crew salivating as it was cooking!  And of course, we were making some Partida tequila based cocktails infused with jalapeno and jicama to go along with it! Full episode will be premiering on Monday!

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September 11th, 2014

Polenta Pizza

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Continuing on with our theme of substituting the unhealthy for a better choice, I came across this recipe for polenta pizza. The “crust” is more of a base, on which fresh mozzarella, heirloom tomatoes and sage all happily sit together in pizza perfection. The absence of gluten in this recipe still satisfies your comfort food craving, but in a much healthier way. This is a great option for a home date night! You can curl up on the couch with some wine and your babe, and nibble on this reinvented classic.

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September 10th, 2014

Onion Dip

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This dip is great for football season! It’s a healthy take on the usually high caloric onion dip. We substitute non fat Greek yogurt instead of sour cream, and baked sweet potato wedges in place of chips! With so much roasted onion and dill flavor, you will not even notice the missing calories! And its ready in about 30 minutes!

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September 9th, 2014

Rules of Renovation

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Well, we did it! Koty and I lived through a renovation and actually came out ENGAGED! I guess spending all that time together and the way I handle power tools was the end for him! Anyways, I’ve put together some thoughts and things that I’ve learned along the way during this process.

 

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September 8th, 2014

Hummus Dip with Roasted Eggplant

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This is a savory hummus recipe to serve any time, but especially during football season. Since we are all about substituting the not so good for the much better, this is a great alternative to heavy cheese or dairy based dips. Plus, if you have someone in your life that has a hard time eating vegetables, humus is a great way to sneak them into their diet! It keeps for about five days in the fridge in a sealed container, and is a great spread for sandwiches, a topper for a frittata, or just as a snack with some fresh veggies or pita chips!

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September 6th, 2014

Healthy Hearty Chili

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This chili is a great way to kick of football season! It’s a lean alternative to traditional chili, still with plenty of flavor to keep your hunnie happy!  No one will even notice that you have swapped out turkey for beef and Greek yogurt for sour cream!  Loaded with veggies and savory goodness, try it this weekend for football Sunday, and have some leftovers for lunch on Monday! Read the rest of this entry »

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September 5th, 2014

Welcome Fall and Football!

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My favorite football star Ryder Fitch, Koty’s little brother :-)

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