Category Archives: FOOD

Skinny Girl Soup!

Alright guys, here is a yummy recipe for you all to make this weekend! My mom and I made a pot, and it is delicious! Plus, it’s healthy and packed full of protein! It’s extremely easy to make but takes time to cook, so make sure you give yourself some time before your meall!

Here is what you’ll need:

1 1/4 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts (raw)

1 1/4 cups chopped yellow onion (1 medium onion)

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup chopped celery (about 3 stalks)

1 can Great Northern or Cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

2 cups packed kale, roughly chopped (thick ribs chopped and discarded)

2 cups packed spiniach

2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

3/4 cup dry quinoa

1/2 tsp dried thyme

1/2 tsp dried rosemary, crushed

4 (14.5 oz) cans low-sodium chicken broth (7 cups)

Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

3 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley

2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

Finely shredded parmesan cheese

(optional) Cayenne Pepper

Directions:

You want to add the chicken into a large pot (you can also do on a slow cooker) add onions, celery and garlic, then drizzle with olive oil. Add quinoa, thyme, rosemary and pour in chicken broth. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and cook  low for 4 hours (slow cooker on high for 3 ½ – 4 hours).

After it has cooked, remove the chicken let it rest for 10 minutes and cut into bite size pieces then return to soup. Meanwhile, add in beans, kale, spinach, parsley and lemon juice, then cover and continue to cook on low heat for another 10 – 20 minutes (until kale and spinach have reached desired doneness). Serve warm topped with parmesan cheese and if you’re like me and like a little spice, add some cayenne pepper for its tastey kick and get this it’s a HUGE metabolism boost! Win win, Enjoy!!

If you want to omit/add anything to the ingredients GO FOR IT! Get creative, comment and let me know what you do and if you like it! TGIF! Xo

Sweet and Hot Chex Mix

Here’s a quick and easy app you can make for friends and family for any and all occasions! My aunt suggested to add the hint of heat, so it’s got a lil’ bit of everything:  savory, sweet, and hot. (Sorry for the lack of posts last week, was busy prepping for my VF 2 year anniversary and GIVEAWAY coming this week, stay tuned).

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon of hot water
  • ¾ teaspoon of cumin
  • ½ teaspoon of hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 1/2 cup of peanuts
  • 1 cup of pretzels
  • 2 cups Crispix
  • 2 cups of Chex
  • 1/3 cup of sunflower seeds
  • 3 dashes of Worcestershire Sauce
  • Pinch (or 2) of sea salt

In a large (microwaveable) mixing bowl, combine cereal, sunflower seeds, and peanuts. In a separate ( but smaller) bowl, combine honey, water, hot sauce, cumin, and salt. Mix well, and then pour over cereal mixture. Add dashes of worcestershire sauce and combine well. Microwave for 1 minute and toss. Microwave for another minute and toss;  add pretzels. Microwave for 30 more seconds and toss. Add another pinch of sea salt, and store in an airtight container. Enjoy!

Hot Chocolate Rice Krispies

After I made these, I realized Rice Krispies are one of the easiest treats to make (like ever). So when I stumbled along this recipe on Pinterest a couple weeks ago, I figured I’d make my own version for me and my roomies on a chilly Sunday. Since it is a bit taboo to post Christmas things prior to Thanksgiving, I thought this fit nicely as a segue into the official holiday season. Make these with some hot chocolate while you’re decorating your house…trust me, anyone and everyone will love them.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large bag of mini marshmallows (give or take about 11 oz.)
  • ¼ (ish) cup of butter
  • About 6 cups of Rice Krispies or about 3/4 box (original recipe calls for Cocoa Krispies but I don’t like them; too chocolatey)
  • 6 tablespoons of hot chocolate mix (or about 3 pouches)

Spray a square pan (9×9 works best) with Pam or non-stick spray and set aside. In a large saucepan over med/low heat, melt the butter and add ¾ of the marshmallows, stirring consistently.  Once the “mallows” start to melt, begin adding the hot chocolate mix (still stirring). Once everything is melted and mixed in, turn off heat and add Rice Krispies (still stirring). Once finished, add remaining marshmallows and mix everything evenly. Pour into prepared pan. Spray a knife with non-stick spray and cut Krispies into cubes. Serve with hot chocolate and a peppermint stick (if you have one handy). Enjoy!

Spinach, Tomato and Feta Quinoa

I made this a couple weeks ago for my lunch during the week, and my roomies and I loved it. It’s healthy and tastes great hot or cold (I actually threw the last of it over romaine lettuce with avocado; mmm delish). It’s so easy to make and can sit in your fridge for a couple days. Just be sure to go easy on the dressing until you know how much you like.

Ingredients: 

  • half a bag of spinach or about 2 cups
  • cup of grape or cherry tomatoes
  • half a cup of spiced feta cheese
  • mix a spoonful of olive oil with balsamic vinegar to equal a little less than ¼ cup when mixed together (I know this is vague, but eyeball it and see what you like; I love balsamic, but some might think this is too vinegary). You can also just use a pre-mixed balsamic salad dressing if you prefer.
  • 1 cup of quinoa (cooked according to package)
  • salt, pepper, and a small pinch of sugar

Directions:

Cook the Quinoa according to the package. In the meantime, cut the tomatoes and measure out the cheese and spinach. Once the quinoa is finished cooking, transfer it to a container and add half the dressing and spinach, stirring frequently so the spinach wilts a bit. Let the spinach and quinoa cool; then add tomatoes, cheese, salt, pepper, and a small sprinkle of sugar. Stir and refrigerate for a couple hours or overnight. Finally, add salt and pepper according to taste and remaining dressing if desired.  Enjoy!