Spicy Cayenne Potato Burrito

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Ingredients

-6 small potatoes

-flour tortillas

-lettuce

-salsa

-avocado

– jalapenos (sliced from a jar)

-non fat/no sugar Greek yogurt

-cayenne pepper powder

-garlic salt

-black pepper

-olive oil


1) Boil the potatoes.

2) When the potatoes are finished, drain the water and then cut them into small cubes.

3) Use a frying pan and add in enough olive oil to just cover the surface- not too much. Heat, then add the cubed soft potatoes.

4) Mix around the potatoes and then add cayenne pepper, garlic salt, and black pepper. How much cayenne pepper you want will depend on how spicy you want it. I like it really spicy so I added a lot…. about 1.5~2 tablespoons, 1/2 tablespoon of garlic salt, and however much pepper you want.

5) Cook the potatoes on medium heat until all sides are medium~dark brown. You don’t want them to be still a white~yellow color.

6) In a separate pan heat the tortillas individually by just placing them in a pan, without oil, over low heat for 2~3 mins and turning.

7) Add the potatoes, lettuce, salsa, jalapenos, fresh avocado, and Greek yogurt to the tortilla.

8) Wrap it or leave it open and eat it fork and knife style.

This makes about 4 large burritos.

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Homemade Vegetable stock

I couldn’t find vegetable stock where I am living right now (overseas) so I resorted to making my own. It turned out great and gave the soup more flavor. No salt, no preservatives, no additives. Perfect.


Cooking time: 4 hours

Ingredients

You can basically round up whatever leftover vegetables you have laying around at home. Making your own stock is a great way to use up extra veggies.

Here is what I used

-two large carrots

-half a head of cabbage

-1/4 head of purple cabbage

-half onion

-one sweet potato

-two slices of pumpkin

again, you can use about any vegetable

1) Cut up all in the vegetables into medium sized blocks. About the size of a half deck of cards.

2) Bring to a boil, then let it set at medium to low heat for 4 hours.

3) As it boils, the water will go down. I added water from a pot of potatoes I had just boiled (the starchy water will give it more flavor).

4) After four hours, pour the vegetables into a strainer wih a pot below the strainer to catch the water.

5) Discard the veggies.

6) Strain the water you caught in the pot with cheesecloth.

7) After you have strained all the water through the cheesecloth, your stock is ready for cooking.

8) Great for using as a soup base.


It does seem wasteful to throw away all the remaining vegetables, however, all the nutrients from the vegetables are drained into the water when boiling. The leftover veggies do not have much left and do not taste very well.

Low fat Buttercup Squash and Sweet Potato soup

Fall is here. Let’s make soup.

This soup is easy, healthy, and filling. What’s not to love.


Cooking time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

-1 whole buttercup squash

-3 med-small sweet potatoes (2 large ones)

-1/3 cup (85 grams ) Non fat Greek yogurt

-3~4 cups of vegetable stock (use my recipe to make your own vegetable stock here)

-1~2 teaspoons of cinnamon

-1~2 reaspoons of nutmeg

-dash of salt and pepper


1) peel, cut, and boil the buttercup squash and sweet potatoes. (save the squash seeds!)

2) bring your vegetable stock to a boil and add the boiled buttercup squash and sweet potatoes

3) add 1/3 cup (85 grams) of the Greek yogurt

4) bring to a boil and stir on medium heat for about 10 minutes

5) add your soup (very chunky and watery at this point) to a food processor

6) blend well

7) put back into the pot and add the cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and pepper

soup

8) boil for an additional 10 minutes

9) serve


This is so easy and the Greek yogurt is a great substitute for any cream. It tastes great and serves about 4 people.

The pumpkin seeds from the squash you can

-boil

-dry out over night

-coat with olive oil and cinnamon

-bake in the oven for 20 mins at 320 degrees F

add to the soup!

Happy October Everyone

No Carb Cauliflower Pizza

I’m so proud of this cauliflower crust pizza I just made. Turned out way better than I expected!! Who would have thought straining cauliflower would be a great substitute for pizza dough??

This is kind of a long process…. so here we go. (It’s well worth the effort)


Cooking time: 1 hour

Ingredients

-1 head of cauliflower
-1 egg
-italian seasoning
-shreaded part skim (or any low fat mozzerlla) mozzerlla cheese
-salt and pepper
-whatever pizza toppings you want


1) wash the head of cauliflower

2) cut into florets

3) grind cauliflower into a food processor
until it looks kind of “rice like” It should look like this

Riced cauli

4) lay it out on cooking paper (wax paper without the wax… or im sure wax paper is fine)
I honestly don’t know what this is called

5) bake at 375 degrees for 15 mins

6) take out the cauliflower and strain it through cheesecloth

7) It will be really hot, so I used rubber kitchen gloves to squeeze it

8) work hard and try to get out as much of the water as you can,
you are left with a ball of dough-looking cauliflower

9) put this “dough” into a bowl and mix in 1 egg, italian seasoing, salt, paper, and mozzrella cheese (about 1/2 cup)
(the cheese will help hold it together when its finished)

10) mix everything together

11) lay it out back onto a new sheet of cooking paper in circles, as you would pizza dough

12) make sure you make 2-3 small pizzas. One big pizza will turn out limp and not hold.

13) cook just the “dough” youve made for an additionaal 15-20 mins at 450 degrees.
Just watch it until it starts to look burned, then take it out

14) add whatever pizza toppings you want. I put spaghetti sauce, cheese, halved cherry tomatoes, and mushrooms

15) cook one last time until the cheese is melted/golden
it takes a while…. you can make the “dough” and store it for later… but once you cook it, its best to eat it right away…. microwaving it will make it really soggy/wet later on.

Credit where credit is due: http://ifoodreal.com/cauliflower-pizza-crust-recipe/

Dark Chocolate Breakfast Bar

This Dark Chocolate Breakfast Bar will keep you full all morning!

Easy easy easy. These ingredients can be swapped with almost anything you want. You can add coconut flakes, oats, chia seeds, dried fruits…. and so on.

Ingredients

-2 cups almonds

-2 cups of any granola cereal (I used “Post” Almond flakes granola cereal)

-1 cup sunflower seeds

-1 cup almond flakes

-1 cup pumpkin seeds

-1 cup dried cranberries

-35 grams of dark chocolate (51% cocoa) broken into small pieces

-1/2 cup organic honey

-1/3 cup maple syrup

-2 teaspoons of vanilla

-2 teaspoons of cinnamon

-2 teaspoons of salt (optional)

Again, if you don’t have any of these things on hand you can swap the nut/granola ingredients for whatever you like. I like to try to use whatever I have laying around the kitchen.

1) Put all the nuts and seeds onto a lined cooking sheet and bake for about 15-20 mins at 320 degrees F (160 degrees C).

2) Take out the nuts and seeds. Separate the almonds from the seeds and place the almonds in a ziplock bag.  Put all the other seeds into a mixing bowl.

3) Hit the almonds with a spoon…. or any hard object…. until they are broken into halves or thirds. Add to the mixing bowl.

4) Add the cranberries, cereal, and chocolate to the mixing bowl with the seeds and almonds.

5) In a small pot add the honey and maple syrup. Bring to a slight boil over medium heat for five minutes. This will cook out the sugar.

6) During the last minute add the vanilla and salt (optional)

7) Quickly bring to the mixing bowl with all the ingredients and add the honey/maple mix. Stir well.

8) Lay out on a baking sheet lined with wax paper.

9) Smooth out with a spoon so it looks like the picture posted above.

10) Bake again at 320 degrees F (160 degrees C) for 40 minutes.

11) After 40 minutes, take out and let cool for 3~4 hours.

Enjoy!

No dressing Salmon Pasta Salad

Pasta Salad… No dressing!

Prep time : 20 minutes

Ingredients

-4 cups penne or bowtie pasta

-1 canned salmon

-10-15 cherry tomatoes cut in half

-5 stalks of asparagus; cut into thirds

-5 thinly sliced white mushrooms

-1/3 fresh lemon

-1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese

-pinch of salt and pepper

– 1-2 teaspoon olive oil

This recipe is extremely easy and can be thrown together as long as you have a spare 20 minutes! You can decide how much of each vegetable you want. It’s up to you! I put in about four sliced white mushrooms, 10 halved cherry tomatoes, and 4 stalks of asparagus.

1) boil your pasta in salted water

2) while the pasta is boiling, steam the asparagus and mushrooms (you can do this by putting a little water in a frying pan on low heat- add the vegetables and cover for five minutes)

3) when pasta is tender, drain, but leave a little water inside

4) drain the oil from the canned salmon and add to the cooked pasta

4) add in the steamed asparagus and mushrooms

5) squeeze a third of a lemon into the pasta. don’t add too much, you can always go back to add more later

6) add a 1~2 teaspoons of olive oil, salt and pepper, cherry tomatoes, parmesan  cheese

7) mix well and chill in the refrigerator

Enjoy!