Subscribe

Receive emails when new articles are posted to Vanilla Fringe.

enter email address
Chicago Blogger Network
Narrow By:  Fresh Fringe - Restaurants  |  Easy Apps  |  Simple Meals  |  Yummy Desserts
MAY 14, 2014

A Bucket Full Of Veggies // SOUP

by Gabi

Hey guys! So a couple months ago I had shared an awesome Skinny Girl Soup, and today I have another awesome low cal soup that is just as easy and delicious. My mom use to make this soup a long time ago after finding it on Weight Watchers, and with the weather rainy and on the colder side here in Chicago I decided to put my little spin on the recipe. The recipe makes about 10 servings, so it's perfect to keep in tupperware and in the fridge to heat up later for left overs! 

What you'll need!

- I got all my recipes from Trader Joe's-

 

3 cups of Chicken Broth

1/2 bag of Cruciferous Crunch Collection

1 TBSP of Tomato Paste

4 Whole Carrots Chopped

1 Cup of Green Beans

1/2 Yellow Onion Chopped

1 Zucchini Chopped

1 Dash of Basil

1 Dash of Oregano

1 Dash of Salt

1 Dash of Pepper

1 Dash of Caynne Pepper (seriously put this in everything) 

2 Garlic Cloves

First you want to saute the chopped onion and carrots in a cook pan

Then you want to put in a big pot your broth, tomato paste, bag of cruciferous crunch, your saute onions and carrots, green beans, and all the spices.

Let that simmer for about 10-15 minutes until all veggies are tender, then throw in your zucchni and simmer for 5 more minutes!

After you've let it all cook, pour yourself a bowl and enjoy! My Aunts, mom and I enjoied a bowl with a side of crunchy kale! YUM!! Have a great Wednesday xo

1 Comments (Post A Comment)

APRIL 18, 2014

Smoothie No. 2

by Gabi

A few weeks ago I shared with you all one of my favorite smoothies, the BB&C (blueberries, bananas and coconut), so today I want to share with you all another fav. I like to call it the Green Goddess. It's delicious and full of nutrients, the perfect way to get your day started! So here is what you'll need:

- Frozen strawberries (I use between 4-6)

- 1/4 of an orange, squeezed 

- 2 hanfuls of spinach or any other leafy green 

-A tsp of honey

-A dash of coconut

-1 serving of vanilla protein

 

Blend all together in blender, and enjoy this yummy & refreshing smoothie! 

Mason Jar & Paper Straws

7 Comments (Post A Comment)

APRIL 7, 2014

Tropical Skinny Girl Snack!

by Gabi

As spring is upon us and summer is quickly approaching, I felt today was the perfect day to share my favorite tropical fruits, with a kick! My mom and I started getting these “Mexican Fruit Cups” at the farmers market about 3 years ago, I’ve been hooked ever since! Once I realized how easy they are to make, it’s now my go-to Low Cal snack!

The goodies you’ll need!

1 Pineapple

1 Mango

1 Lime

Himalayan Pink Salt

Tajin Seasoning

- I love Tajin seasoning, it's also delish on avacado! -

Simply cut up your fruit, (if you’re not a fan of cutting fruit Trader Joe’s sells already cut mango and pineapple spears), put it in a mason jar (or a bowl or cup), shake on your seasoning and then sqeeze your lime!

Be sure to whip up this guilt free snack next time you and your girlfriends are laying by the pool with a margarita in hand- it’s delish!! Xo

 

2 Comments (Post A Comment)

MARCH 26, 2014

Smoothie time!

by Gabi

Ok, so as some of you may know I am a HUGE smoothie junkie, I usually have one for 2 of my 3 meals a day!! I guess you could say I find it fun coming up with different fruit combos to make a yummy and light meal! One smoothie that will always be my favorite though is my BB&C (blueberries, banana, and coconut) smoothie!  I recently just started adding the coconut (because I am a tad obsessed) so if you’re not a fan just omit- it’s just as delicious without it!

What you'll need:

1/3 cup of blueberries (I use frozen to make the smoothie thicker)

1/3 of a banana

1 tbsp. of coconut

Vanilla Protein (how ever much your container calls a portion)

A dash of cinnamon (this helps speed up your metabolism- my favorite incredient for every meal!)

1 tsp. vanilla extract 

Ice cubs (the more you use the thicker the smoothie will be)

1/3 cup of water

 

Once you've gathered up all the ingredients, all you have to do is blend all together!

Mason Jar, Paper Straws

If you’re a coconut fanatic like myself sprinkle a little on top, stick a cute straw in your cup and enjoy! Check out VF soon for more smoothie recipes to help keep your bikini bods in shape for the up coming seasons! Xo

4 Comments (Post A Comment)

If you make one of the recipes from Vanilla Fringe or visit one of the restaurants featured in Fresh Fringe, take a picture and upload it to our Facebook or Twitter page.