Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Moroccan Spiced Lamb

Holiday Spices with a twist? You got it ! 

Pack a punch of flavor without a ton of prep with this recipe

Lamb Loin Chops (1-2 per person depending on size)
Moroccan Spice Blend
Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper
Red Cabbage (Shredded)
Brussel Sprouts (Shredded)

Moroccan Spice Blend: 

1/2 c Yogurt
1 tsp Honey
2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1 drizzle of olive oil
pinch of Nutmeg
Salt & Pepper to taste


Preheat pan or plancha if cooking indoors, or grill if it's warm enough outside where you are! Start by seasoning the meat with salt and pepper, drizzle with olive oil and rub spice blend on all sides until well coated. 

Prepare dressing in large bowl, whisking until all ingredients are blended, add shredded cabbage and brussel sprouts, toss until coated

Once the pan is nice and hot, add lamb and don't fuss with it until it is nice and seared (about 4-5 minutes per side depending on how thick it is)

Be sure to sear on top, bottom, then sides. Once the meat starts to firm up around the edges, but still kinda squishy in the middle it is about medium rare which is when I would take it off the heat, cover in foil on cutting board, and let rest 5-10 minutes before serving / cutting into it. The resting time will continue the cooking process a bit more, and lamb can be tough if overcooked. 

Plate with salad and garnish with pistachios

ehhh Voila! 

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Spicy Shrimp & Ravioli

If you are feeling the frost of winter, you understand the comfort a dish can bring. This recipe is packed full of flavor!

Serves: 3-4
Time: 20-30 minutes


1 package of spinach ravioli (or ravioli of your choice) 
2 carrots (grated)
1 red bell pepper (grated)
1 shallot (finely diced)
1 bunch of fresh basil
1 LB of Shrimp, peeled, deveined
2 Tbsp butter
Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
1/4 c Dry Sherry or white wine

Shrimp Spice mix: 
Sea Salt
Fresh Cracked Black Pepper
Red chili flakes (to desired level of heat)  
1/2 tsp each: paprika, ground coriander, ground ginger, cumin 
1 dash cinnamon


Get a pot of water boiling, wash and prep all veggies

Add spices to shrimp and toss until coated, let marinate
In a preheated large skillet add a drizzle of Olive Oil, then immediately add grated carrot, bell pepper, and shallot. Season with salt and pepper to taste, stirring until softened (around 4-6 minutes). Put into bowl and set aside, wipe out pan. 

Follow package directions on ravioli of your choice.

As soon as the ravioli gets dropped in the boiling water, add shrimp to preheated skillet, let the spices toast and shrimp sear, after 1-2 minutes add butter and toss shrimp until fully cooked (about 2-3 minutes per side if your pan was hot enough). Take shrimp out and set aside, leaving fond in pan. add another pat of butter along with dry sherry and 1/4 c of water season to taste, and let simmer until liquid reduces and ravioli is done. 

Drain ravioli well and add to sauce, tossing until coated. 

Plate your grated carrot, ravioli, shrimp and garnish with fresh chopped basil

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Hemp Milk Latte

Hemp milk has such a rich, unique flavor! If you haven't tried it, you are in for a treat.

Since I had my first Hemp Milk Latte from Green Zebra Grocery in Portland, OR I have been craving the thick deliciousness almost every day. I really love coffee, but I can't justify spending so much going out everyday. Luckily, hemp milk foams up so nicely, you won't need fancy espresso machine to steam up this silky beverage.

Perfect pairing with breakfast, or afternoon cozy time-out.
Or like me, getting me through the start of Christmas Card signing... 

How is it almost December already??

What you'll need: 

1 cup Unsweetened Hemp Milk
Extra-Strong brewed coffee***
(or espresso/instant espresso if you are desperate)
2 dashes Cinnamon
1 tsp Agave (optional)


Make your coffee

While your coffee is a brewin', heat your hemp milk in a sauce pan until scalding hot, and just before it is simmering, pour into a blender. 

EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TIP: Use a blender with removable hole on the top, cover with kitchen towel so steam can escape but it will not splash out and burn you.

Blend on high for 2-3 minutes or "Smoothie Mode" on some models or until you can see it getting frothy, and slightly lighter in color. 

The milk and foam will slightly separate, this is normal. 

Pour just the milk into a glass (while holding the foam back with a spoon)
Add desired amount of coffee
*Add Agave if desired* and stir

Finally, Top with remaining foam and garnish with a dash or two of cinnamon.


Saturday, November 21, 2015


Barbie's favorite smoothie, for sure.

Nutritious and satisfying, great for post-workout or first thing in the morning. I would even call this dessert-worthy!

I love using blenders where the blender cup doubles as a cup. Saves on cleanup time (Lord knows how much I hate doing dishes, that's why he gave me such a great husband!)


1/2 Banana
1 small roasted beet
2-3 frozen strawberries
2 Medjool dates (pitted)
2 Tbsp Plain Low Fat Greek Yogurt
1/4-1/2 c Organic Orange Juice
1-2 ice cubes

Blend until smooth and enjoy! 

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Salmon Salad Lettuce Cups

Ever wonder what to do with salmon leftovers?

Here is a great solution to stinkin up the break room microwave with fish smell.

Its light, refreshing, and super tasty!

1 cup Cold, cooked salmon, flaked
1 TBSP finely diced white onion
1 diced ripe tomato
2 hard boiled eggs, diced
1 TBSP Mayo, Veganaise, OR sour cream
2 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
Sea salt & Pepper to taste

Lettuce or Cabbage cups
Basil or any fresh herbs you have on hand
Dash of Smoked Paprika or Ancho Chili Powder

Mix all ingredients and serve in lettuce or cabbage cups

Garnish with Basil or any fresh herbs you have

Keeps well in the fridge, perfect for a picnic, fancy passed appetizers at a party, or a healthy snack!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Chia Green Juice


This recipe is perfect for mid-morning snack or afternoon pick-me-up
You can do fresh squeezed for optimal nutrients or use the juices I have listed in the recipe. Either way, it is sweet and satisfying. Chia seeds add fiber, protein, and antioxidents. Triple threat.

1 Heaping TBSP hydrated chia seeds*
1 part Organic Mighty Greens Juice**
1 part Organic Orange Juice

*I hydrate my chia seeds overnight in coconut water, adds great flavor to any juice/salad dressing/sauce

FEEL FREE TO CREATE YOUR OWN GREEN JUICE- I find using this one saves time, money, energy, and dishes. (I hate dishes) 

**SUJA Essentials is USDA Organic Mighty Greens juice, including apple, celery, cucumber, kale, collard Greens, lemon, mint tea, spinach, ginger, spirulina, chlorella, barley grass, alfalfa grass

I recommend putting a splash of OJ in the chia seeds and stirring to smooth out all the lumps before adding the remaining liquid

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Healthy Brekky Options

A few requirements for my breakfasts- they must be able to be assembled around 5-10 minutes, and served with a nice cup of Colombian coffee- Here are a couple of my go-to recipes for breakfast

HOT & COLD Combo-
1 serving hot oatmeal
1/3 c cold Chia Seed pudding 
(Chia seeds soaked overnight in coconut milk)
Fresh Seasonal Fruit
Small handful of granola for some crunch!

No time for Chia Seeds? 

No Problem.

1 Serving hot oatmeal
Fresh Seasonal fruit (banana, strawberry, blueberry)
1 TBSP Organic shredded coconut flakes
2 TBSP crunchy cinnamon Granola
Drizzle honey on top & serve!