La Romana, Dominican Republic

Went to La Romana, Dominican Republic for a week! I love the Dominican! I should’ve taken more pics but I did take some food pics to share. I ate a lot….. Dinners are long when you consider 1-2 appetizer courses, entrée course and dessert course. Not having much of a sweet tooth I believe I only had a dessert two times. Like for real, lunches have a dessert course. I tried to eat lighter lunches like grilled fish, chicken, salads, etc and it was on average around 88′ and sunny so I didn’t have huge appetites during the day. But I suppose my midnight (or later) room service orders counteracted that…. I didn’t work out at all while on the trip but in my defense I did feel like I did a good amount of walking. 😉

fwwwwwwwwwwf

Caprese salad

efw

Shrimp cocktail with mango mousse

fewf

“Mixed Grill” it was fish, pork, steak, shrimp, veggies

fwff

They called this dish “Ham” it was prosciutto, melon and manchego cheese

I didn’t take a picture of the dish “Stewed Pigeon” I tried…..it wasn’t bad.

We traveled to Santo Domingo for a day and it was pretty interesting. Santo Domingo was the first place Christopher Columbus discovered of the new world. We visited a bunch of sites including the church where Columbus’s ashes were brought to, we had to cover our shoulders and legs with shawls to get in. We also had a tour of his family palace that had all their original furniture and belongings still inside. One thing I did notice about the town of Santo Domingo is that the toilets do not have toilet seats. Like for real, it’s just a tank. I thought at first that I must have just encountered a broken toilet but as the day went on I realized that was not the case.

fewff

This was taken on the balcony of Christopher Columbus’s family palace, a view of Santo Domingo.

I want to go back already! Actually I want to move there.

Thoughts? Questions? Comments?

❤ Shel

Advertisements

Miss Me?!

Hey all!

I took a little bit of a break from the blog and I also traveled to the Dominican Republic! I will be back to blogging this week! I am still trying to make healthier food changes, trying to not eat fast food and processed foods although I am not perfect. I have Dominican Republic foods to share with you as well as more healthy recipes that I’ve been making!

I was also thinking of doing this:

unnamedqdqw

Thoughts? Questions?

❤ Shel

Welp I Ate Fast Food

Well I ate McDonalds. It was late and I hadn’t eaten and was on the road from Indianapolis to Chicago. I had a chicken sandwich and a few chicken nuggets (and a few fries). I wasn’t exactly excited about it but I’m not going to dwell on it either, life happens sometimes.
Went grocery shopping at Trader Joes yesterday and all I bought were fresh produce and proteins, I didn’t even look at the tempting frozen meal isles for anything I might want. I’m even switching Monkey over to whole grain pancakes (I make a big batch and freeze them in portions for him because I’m that awesome).
Although I did eat fast food I have also eaten some healthy stuff too.

I made a healthier egg salad over greens. I substituted some of the mayonnaise with sour cream, it was yummy.

unnamedewe

I also whipped up a healthier version of chicken fried rice by substituting in brown rice (you can’t even tell the difference) and loading up on the veggies with onion, carrots, celery, scallions, red bell peppers. I was pretty pleased with it considering I normally buy frozen fried rice from Trader Joes because making it myself I know exactly what’s in it.

unnamedvv
Questions? Thoughts? Want full recipes?
❤ Shel

Party.2

Part two of sharing some party food ideas. I tried to have mostly every ingredient I used for the whole party food spread to be non processed but I’m still learning. I will warn you that two items include a small amount of bacon, hey it’s a party after all! Sorry about the picture quality in advance 😉

20140227-173912.jpg
Baked Kale Chips
This stuff is so yummy, crunchy, and healthy! And easy! So much better for you than a bag of fatty potato chips.
Kale (stalks removed)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (regular olive oil is fine too)
S&P (salt & pepper)
Preheat oven to 275′ Spread torn kale on to a baking sheet, drizzle with oil, sprinkle salt and pepper, toss, bake around 20-25 mins until crisp. I taste for seasoning before serving, you may need to add a small sprinkling of salt.

20140227-174454.jpg
Parmesan Bacon and Scallion Frittata
This is a great base recipe to add whatever you like or have on hand, I change my frittatas all the time but I made this particular version on that day.
Eggs- 8
Low Fat Milk (or any milk)- splash
Grated Parmesan Cheese- 1/2 c
Bacon- cooked, diced, 2-3 slices
Scallions- 2-3 bunches, thinly sliced
S&P
Butter
Olive oil
While the bacon is cooking mix together eggs, milk, S&P, parmesan, and scallions. Add a dap of butter and a light drizzle of olive oil to a pan. Add cooked bacon to egg mixture. When pan is hot and butter begins to foam add egg mixture, cover, cook on med-high heat around 20 minutes until top is set.
I normally slice mine like a pie and it’s great with some dressed greens but I cut it into small squares and topped with a dab of low fat sour cream for an appetizer style. Yes, there’s bacon but this made around 36 pieces so 3 pieces of bacon divided among 36 didn’t seem so bad, feel free to substitute turkey bacon. Once you get into the habit of making frittatas you will make them all the time, great for clearing out your fridge and this method gives you the freedom to clamp a lid on and walk away for 20 minutes instead of transferring from stovetop to oven.

20140227-175636.jpg
Bacon Cremini Stuffed Mushrooms with Feta and Goat Cheese
Mushrooms-stems removed
Crumbled Goat Cheese
Crumbled Feta (with or without herbs)
Bacon- cooked, diced, 2-3 slices
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
S&P
I make this simple recipe all the time for myself as a snack or side dish. I use either baby portobellos, baby creminis or the humble white button mushroom 🙂
Preheat oven to 375′ Cook bacon, drain, remove stems of mushrooms. Add mushrooms to baking sheet, drizzle oil and S&P, toss. Stuff with bacon and top with cheese. I made half with feta, half with goat. Bake around 10-15 minutes just until the mushrooms have cooked a little and cheese is melted. This was one package of mushrooms that yielded 16.
Questions? Thoughts?
❤ Shel

Party!

I threw a party over the weekend and tried to make some healthier/non processed food options. It turned out great, there was no food left! I wish I took better pictures!

20140226-141812.jpg
These veggie cups are so cute! I like how everyone got their own individual cup as well. I used a lite ranch, blue cheese would be great too. I just cut up carrots, cucumber and celery.

20140226-142136.jpg
Baked Rosemary Chips
•Potatoes
•Extra Virgin Olive Oil (regular olive oil is fine too)
•Dried Rosemary
•S&P (salt & pepper)
Slice potatoes thinly using a mandolin, slicer or by hand (these were done by hand). Brush baking sheets with olive oil, line potatoes, brush potatoes with olive oil, S&P. Bake at 375′ 15-20 mins. When they’re hot I sprinkled them with dried rosemary and a coarse salt.
This is a good starter recipe that can be played with so many ways. Adding fresh parsley instead of rosemary with a blue cheese dipping sauce, adding cayenne pepper to make them spicy, adding thyme, endless possibilities!
I’ll share more of what I made coming up.
Questions? Thoughts?
❤ Shel

Grrr Sneaky Processed Foods

So I have been trying since the completing the Master Cleanse to ease out processed foods or at least eliminate most. Processed foods, however, are sneaky little buggers lurking everywhere. I was disappointed to find that the 100% whole wheat English muffins I purchased had 26 ingredients! I’ve never really spent much time looking at ingredient lists of foods I buy. I was also disappointed to find that frozen shrimp with lime and cilantro I bought from Trader Joes had a laundry list of ingredients, may of which sounded more like complicated chemicals than food. You would think that some shrimp skewers with lime and herbs you grill would seem healthy enough right? I’m really going to have to pay more attention to labels from now on. I went grocery shopping at Trader Joes again tonight and everything I bought was fresh, I didn’t even go through the frozen aisles or bagged items aisle. I’m throwing a party this weekend and I’m making a handful of appetizers, I’m pretty sure none of them include anything processed, I will share what I made this weekend 😉

Here’s a link to a great blogger about processed foods:

http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/real-food-defined-a-k-a-the-rules/

unnamedl

My yummy dinner: Salad of baby spinach, mushrooms, avocado, goat cheese, evoo and lemon juice, a hardboiled egg and sautéed sugar snap peas and red vino!

Questions? Comments?

❤ Shel

 

McDonalds Remake

Since the Master Cleanse I still have not eaten any fast food! I made a remake of McDonalds Egg McMuffin!

Remake Egg McMuffin

  • 1 whole wheat English muffin
  • 1 slice cheese (I used low-fat cheddar)
  • 1 slice Canadian bacon
  • 1 egg white

These are great for freezing too, I made 10 and individually froze them. Really good for a quick eat, on the go, when you’re lazy, tired, etc. Just wrap in paper towel and microwave for 1 min.

Toast English muffins. Cook Canadian bacon in dry skillet about 3 mins per side. Spray a muffin tin with non stick cooking spray. Crack egg whites into a muffin tin, add s&p (salt & pepper) Bake at 350′ for around 12 mins until set. I had the ingredients all going simultaneously. While the eggs cook, you can cook the Canadian bacon while toasting the English muffins. I ran a knife around the edges of egg whites for easy removal and they all came out easily.

Gather ready ingredients for assembly

unnamedy

Assemble and eat or let cool and wrap and freeze!

unnamedu

The facts:

McDonalds Egg McMuffin                      Remake Egg McMuffin

Calories: 290                                               Calories: 209

Fat: 12g                                                          Fat: 4.5g

Cholesterol: 260mg                                  Cholesterol: 20mg

Protein: 17g                                                 Protein: 21.3g

You could reduce this even more by:

  • Using Turkey Canadian Bacon (I couldn’t find any and I didn’t feel like going to another store)
  • Using non fat cheese

I think they taste good too, I wouldn’t eat it if I didn’t. Monkey likes them too, they’re great for a quick bite for him after a late night of work (chefs work long, late hours) or a quick bite for him before work.

McDonalds Egg McMuffin is actually their best sandwich as it is compared to their others. Their biscuit and bagel sandwiches range from mid 400 calories up to 1090 calories.

Now if I could make a healthy Big Mac that actually tastes the same………hmmm…..

Questions? Comments? Thoughts?

❤ Shel