Simple Foods Make For Simple Pleasures

October 27, 2013

If you’ve had a long day, sometimes the simplest foods make for the best comforts. That’s why quick meals are some of our favorites.

Cooking on a budget with simple meals is also a big consideration during these economic times. However, we should neither compromise the taste of the food nor the fact that we need to eat healthy. How do you balance it all? Let’s take a look at a few quick ideas.

Pasta

Noodles are inexpensive and easy to prepare. As a powerhouse of carbs, noodles also give you a considerable amount of energy. Freshen up your favorite noodles by adding sauteed zucchini and some sun-dried tomatoes to give the meal a whole new taste

Proteins

It is important to consider some protein in a meal. Low-calorie fish dressed with some red pepper works well. Do you like chicken? Topping off a chicken breast with some glazed pecans and adding some mango juice proves to be another irresistible meal that won’t break the bank. Roasting some pork with some sliced apples gives an aromatic taste to the meat. Preparation of this meal is very easy and the fact that the impressive flavor brought about by simmered apples gives us a good reason to try it out.

Another fish favorite is salmon and fruit salsa. When mixed with a little vinegar, fresh raspberries and roasted peaches with salmon give us yet another mouth-watering meal.

One of the best things about these easy and healthy meals is that they take just 10 to 15 minutes to prepare. Break out your favorite Flirty Apron and whip together some yummy foods. Enjoy.

Finding Comfort in “Comfort Foods”

September 23, 2013

It has been a long day at the office and while you drive home you might be the type where nothing sounds better than a greasy burger, fries and a soda. Maybe you want to get home and dig into your hidden stash of donuts or takeout. Heart ache? We’ve all been guilty of reaching for a rich decadent chocolate cake to relieve our emotions. It seems that the items that are rather messy or “not the best for you” are the items we want most when we need a break.

These are called comfort foods. Life can be full of challenging situations that charge your emotions and make you try to find comfort in foods. Comfort foods seem to relieve the pains and aches a rough day here and there.

Comfort foods don’t always have to be associated with a bad day though. You may have a day full of excitement and a good greasy pizza pledges to extend the joyfulness of the day. Comfort foods often offer nostalgic or sentimental feeling to those eating them. These foods are prepared easily and are flavorful, which is why a good number of people tend to reach for them whenever they feel down.

The phrase “comfort food” first came about as people noticed that certain delectables increased emotions or relieved negative thoughts by boosting positive emotions. Stereotypical thoughts of what comfort foods are seem to be pretty accurate. The most common comfort food we normally reach for in times of sorrow range from ice cream to
chocolate, pizza, chips and fries.

Believe it or not, there’s actually scientific reasons why people crave these type of foods for comfort. Some suggest that these types of foods improve our mood because of the fatty acids contained in the foods. Go figure. Something bad makes us feel good.

Whether you take comfort foods as a rare luxury or you dive into these delicious foods more often than you want to admit, we won’t tell anyone. Comfort foods boost our spirits too. Until next time, tie on your favorite Flirty Apron and dig in.

Nutritional Drinks for Kids

August 29, 2013

Kids love frozen drinks and smoothies. Parents, don’t tell the kids our secret though. Frozen drinks are a great way to get your child to eat fruits and vegetables. Here are a few great tasting, good for you, nutritional smoothies that your kids will love. These fun drinks will have your kids begging for more.

The Butterfinger

This great smoothie tastes like a candy bar, but is packed with nutritional milk and peanut butter.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of milk
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate powder
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup of ice

Mix all of the ingredients in a blender until smooth, pour into a cup and drop in a straw for fun and watch your kids eyes light up as their taste buds drown in flavor. This fun drink tastes like a candy bar, but it has good wholesome ingredients in it. You can use chocolate milk or soy milk if desired. Almond milk is also delicious in this smoothie, as it adds a little extra sweetness. To make this smoothie more fun for your little one, let them help out where they can. As you keep an eye on them for safety, it’s undeniable that kids love pushing the buttons on blenders. If you approve, why not let them join in on the fun?

Fruity Tootie

Ingredients

  • your favorite fruit
  • vegetables are optional, extra nutrition
  • water
  • ice

This smoothie is a great way to get the kids to eat their fruits and vegetables. You can use any kind of fruits or vegetables in this smoothie. One favorite is to put a kale leaf, 1 cup of berries, 1 cup of peaches and just a little bit of water and ice. Blend together until smooth. The smoothie will be green from the kale leaf but all the kids will be able to taste is the fruit. This fun kids smoothie can be made using whatever vegetable that you can get your child to eat. Just don’t let them see you make it and they will never know that it is actually good for them.

This is just a few ideas to get you started making smoothies for your kids. Just use your imagination,. You’ll be surprised at the things you can mix together that your kids will find delicious.

healthy spring recipes

April 18, 2013

Nobody knows what it is but, summer sure brings out the appetite in us all and, the desire for diversification in what we eat. We want to eat “fun” things in the summer. Fresh food is often a big part of that. Enjoying something tasty doesn’t mean you can’t eat healthy too. As the garden begins to grow and harvesting your efforts comes a long, you can enjoy some fresh spins on the classic salad. One of our favorites is a chicken salad with snow peas.

Snow peas can be used for more than just an accessory in a stir-fry. If you cut them properly, their crisp crunch can add a lot to this entree. Items you will need include:

  • 1 lb snow peas
  • 1 lb chicken
  • 12 oz can chicken broth
  • 2.5 tablespoons of rice vinegar
  • 3 tsps sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp cashews
  • 1 tbsp ginger
  • 1.5 garlic cloves
  • soy sauce

To prepare this deliciousness, simple put the chicken in a cooking tray and add broth. Heat to a boil. While cooking you can get a head start on preparing the sauce. Mix 2 teaspoons of the rice vinegar with the sesame oil, adding soy sauce to taste. Stir until smooth. Now that the sauce is made, check the chicken. You should have it lightly simmering simmer until the chicken is cooked enough that the center is no longer pink. This usually takes around 13 minutes, give or take. Once cooked, chop the chicken into pieces.

Now that the chicken is cooked, you can heat use another pan to mix in your ginger, garlic and the last teaspoon of sesame oil. Lightly heat while stirring in the snow peas. Stir while cooking for a few minutes until the snow peas have a nice color.

That’s about it. Now, just mix the sauce with the chicken and top it all off with some cashews.

Favorite Hot Chocolate Recipes

December 2, 2012

Almost everyone loves a good cup of hot chocolate; especially during cold weather. Aside from the traditional joys of sipping hot chocolate and gaining an inner warmth, there are many unique recipes for hot chocolate.

Although hot chocolate mixes that are readily bought in stores are delicious, people just love the taste of home-made hot chocolate. Home made hot chocolate is often made with chopped or shaved chocolate bars. It has frequently been said that once you have tried home-made hot chocolate, you will never go back to the instant mixes. Here are a few hot chocolate variations that people can try for a little change of pace. While these vary in some aspects, the same hot chocolate goodness still captures the taste of everyone who gets a sip.

Those who want to have their hot chocolate rich and creamy can add a pinch of salt, a teaspoon of vanilla extract, some condensed milk and your favorite amount of yummy chocolate goodness.

There is also a hot chocolate recipe for those who want their hot chocolate with a hint of spiciness. All you have to do is add a pinch of cinnamon and some chili powder. This will surely warm up your day.

Hot chocolate doesn’t have to be dark. You can also enjoy hot chocolate using white chocolate. You can also make the white hot chocolate spicy too. Just add cayenne pepper and ground cinnamon to spice things up for a fresh, unique spin on hot chocolate.

For years, hot chocolate has become a favorite beverage of most people all over the world. As time rolls on, people continue to evolve the options and possible combinations with hot chocolate. Whatever version of hot chocolate is to your liking, enjoy sipping on this winter favorite and share it with someone you love.

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