Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Don't Forget to Enter the Giveaway!

The Sun Chlorella Giveaway ends tonight, so get your entries in.  I will be randomly choosing a winner later this week.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Nutritious and Delicious Recipe: Quiche L'leftovers

Quiche, or  "eggy pie" as Rob calls it, is a great way to use up leftover vegetables.  Without having to fuss with a crust, it's fast and easy.  High in protein and fiber, this meal is nutritious and delicious hot or cold any time of the day.

Just toss your leftover vegetables (and meat, if you have it, waste nothing) into a pie dish coated with non-stick spray.  I'm using up the leftover grilled veggies from Sunday dinner.  


Sprinkle a bit of your favorite cheese over the top.  I used a small chunk of Vermont sharp white cheddar that I grated, about 2 ounces. 


Whisk up some eggs with 1/2 cup milk.  I used 5 eggs here and a pinch of salt free seasoning blend. 


Use 4-6 eggs depending on the size of the pie dish and the amount of leftovers you have. 


Pour the eggs evenly over the filling.  You don't want it swimming with eggs, you want just enough eggs to hold the filling together.



Bake in a 350 Fahrenheit oven for about 20 minutes, until the eggs are set and only slightly browned.  Overcooked eggs are not delicious.


  Cool, slice, garnish with fresh herbs.


Devour!
 


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

New Goodie: Sun Chlorella, Review, Giveaway and Bonus!


The Sun Chlorella USA Company was kind enough to send me a sampler pack of their products to review.  The package contained a 20-day supply of tablets, 20-day supply of granules and a generous baggie full of samples of their other products including packets the Sun Chlorella skin cream.

I took the tablets for the full 20 days.  The dosage is 15 tablets up to 45 tablets a day.  I took the 15 tabs per day, they are very tiny and very easy to swallow.


I believe that it is best to nourish your body by eating a variety of healthy foods, getting plenty of fresh air and sunshine, good quality sleep and exercise.  But there are a few supplements that I take every day.  Will sun-chlorella become one of them?

According to their website Sun Chlorella USA’s products delivers many essential nutrients your body craves~
Fiber~ One serving of Sun Chlorella contains more dietary fiber than many leading fruits and vegetables.

Prebiotics~ Sun Chlorella works as a prebiotic that helps promote the growth of good bacteria and improve your body’s digestive health.

Greens~ One serving is equivalent to one serving of fresh green vegetables (without the pesticides)!

Protein~ Ounce-for-ounce, chlorella has more protein than steak or soy.

Chlorophyll~ Sun Chlorella has the highest chlorophyll levels of any plant-based food source. This aids in expelling harmful toxins from the body, providing natural and gentle detoxification.
Sounds like so many other "superfood supplement" claims, many of which prove to be total bunk.  That is until you get to the last one.  Detoxification!  Oh my goodness, chlorella moved me.  Yup, I have been pooping like a rock star.  You know that awesome light feeling you get when your colon is working at its peak?  Well, that is what sun chlorella did for me since the very first dose.  

The skin on my face is a road map of what is going on in my body so this detoxification has made a lovely impact on my skin, as well.  I didn't get that little chin spot that loves to accompany my period every month.  Dry spots are gone, oily spots are gone.  My face is dewy, rosy and glowy.  That's the clincher for me.  As long as my skin stays looking this nice, I'm going to keep taking the chlorella.  I'm happy that I have another 20 day supply, although I did not find the granules as pleasant to take as the tablets.

I also used all 6 of the sample packets of the skin cream.  J'adore!  The cream is pricey but I think I may splurge on it when my current skin cream runs out.  It's light yet rich and a little goes a long way.  I squeezed about 4 uses from each 1 gram packet.

Now on to the fun stuff...

Giveaway:  Sun Chlorella kindly offered to send one of my blog readers a sample package like the one pictured above.  Have a look around the Sun Chlorella site and come back here and leave a comment that includes your e-mail address (for contact purposes only) and which of their products you are most interested in trying.  No e-mail address, no entry.  

Earn up to two extra entries by sharing this giveaway on Facebook and Twitter.  Be sure to mention that you did in your comments.

Please have your entries in by midnight EDT on May 31st.

And if you don't win the giveaway, you can still take advantage of this bonus:  Sun Chlorella offered a special bonus, my blog readers can purchase a combination pack of chlorella and eluthero for a discounted price using the coupon code BLOGSAVE11. 

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Beer Can Chicken

At the risk of sounding like a Johnny One-Note, we did indeed have grilled chicken and vegetables for Sunday dinner.  Again.  It's such a simple, healthy dinner that is really delicious.  And when it's 90 outside, who wants to turn on the oven?  By varying the veggies, the grilling method and marinade flavors for the chicken, it keeps the Summer Sunday dinner routine from being anything but.

It was rapture day for the chickens at My Dad and Me Family Farm yesterday, where we picked up our three plump pastured broilers.  Two of them went into the freezer.  The third, whom we will call Bud Man, went into a marinade of whole grain Dijon mustard, olive oil, low sodium tamari soy sauce and lots and lots of chopped fresh tarragon. He got a beer can full of creamy brown ale popped up his bottom and on the grill he went. 



 

Traditionally, beer can (or beer butt) chicken gets a dry rub of spices, but I wanted a different flavor profile this time, hence the marinade.  I wasn't sure how it would turn out.

Two hours over indirect medium-low (350 degrees) heat and we had a Champagne glasses smashed in the fireplace success.  Succulent and flavorful!


Asparagus, yellow bell pepper, scallions, zucchini, summer squash and grape tomatoes grilled over high heat along with sweet corn rounded out this soul satisfying meal.





I ate my sweet corn cob separately, sort of as dessert.  This meal was a definite winner.  Winner winner, chicken dinner, if I do say so myself.  And I do.


What to do with all the leftovers?  Sweet corn cold is a lovely snack.  The veggies will go beautifully with scrambled eggs and the chicken will go into chicken salad with walnuts, chives, grapes and tarragon.  My mouth would be watering if I wasn't so full. 



Gratuitous dog pic.  Tally and her raw beef bone. 

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Treating My Chronic E.R.S.

As you know, I suffer from E.R.S., more commonly known as Exercise Resistance Syndrome.  It's a very real disease.  The symptoms are occasional laziness, unwillingness to move, fabulous excuse making skills, and wishing actual workout time away with thoughts of delicious things and shopping flings.  

It comes and goes and it's always something that I'm trying to remedy.  This morning's remedy was getting out of the neighborhood and taking Tally out to the trails.  And once we got going, we just kept on walking.  It was wonderful.  The weather was ideal; crisp morning air, bright sunshine and since Tally is feeling better she kept us going much longer than I had intended.  We romped for nearly 2 hours! 

We did the Cheatham Hill Connector trail which is a great walk for the most part although some of the trail surface is rocky which can be tough on the old knees.  This trail is popular with horse riders, though they don't seem to clean up after their animals like the dog owners do.  There was so much manure about that it looked like the Dothraki horde had just plowed through. 

Here is the view from the bridge...


A honey badger among the wildflowers...


The open field that is soft on the feet and knees for a good sprint...


I often forget that a very big part of this country's history occurred on these trails, soldiers from the north and the south met here in June 1864 and fought and died.  If you're a history buff and want to read more about the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, click here.



My ERS is in remission now.  The endorphins and a well behaved pup, my reward.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Food and Garden Pics

My baby girl has been ill again, why is it always in the wee small hours?  I will spare you the gory details but suffice it to say I am  so, so tired.  I have nothing motivating to say this rainy Monday morning but talking about food always makes me feel better so let's do that instead.

Have you ever had the mushroom truffle flat bread from Trader Joe's?  It is one of Rob's absolute favorites and I wanted recreate it.  And I did!  I made whole wheat pizza dough,  pat it out really thin and partially baked it.  I made a mushroom pâté which is just mushrooms, garlic and fresh thyme whizzed up in the food processor sauteed until all the water is cooked out and it is nice and fragrant.  I spread it on the partially baked crust and topped it with a light dusting of freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese and finished baking it.  I drizzled it with truffle oil and served it up with a big arugula salad lightly dressed with evoo and balsamic vinegar.  It was sublime. 


Next up is balsamic roasted asparagus and tomatoes.  Asparagus spears and halved grape tomatoes tossed in evoo with a little salt and pepper, drizzled with balsamic vinegar and roasted in the oven until tender crisp and a little caramelized...


then topped with manouri cheese and drizzled with more balsamic vinegar.  Manouri a delicious alternative to feta, it's crumbly yet creamy and much less salty.  We served this amazing dish with a chicken we cooked on the rotisserie.




Yeah, we burned it a little, but it was still pretty tasty. 

The leftover chicken became chicken salad with red and green grapes, celery, walnuts and lots of fresh tarragon lightly dressed with pear champagne vinaigrette.


I managed to get some planting done in the past couple of weeks.  Some tomatoes, hot peppers and mixed herbs.  Pared down from last year because of last year's garden fail.  And with the dog taking up more of my time a smaller garden will be easier to tend. 


And we already have our first tomato!


While Rob was out of town last week, I made myself a variation of Gina's Zesty Lime Shrimp and Avocado Salad.  Rob doesn't eat shrimp so it is something I treat myself to when he's away.  I made a few swaps, out with tomato, in with corn, basil from the garden instead of cilantro, scallions in place of red onion all on a big bed of crisp romaine.


Holy shrimp, this salad is heavenly!  Give it a try when your weather heats up and you want a refreshing yet super satisfying meal.


I had some friends over for brunch on Friday morning.  I whipped up a lighter version of the Italian Easter pie called Pizza Chena.  It's eggs, a little flour and milk beat together with ham and cheese folded in.  Baked in the oven and cut into squares, it's wonderful.  Paired with fruit and breakfast is served!


We did another rotisserie chicken for Sunday dinner yesterday along with grilled veggies.  I marinated zucchini, asparagus, peppers, scallions and carrots in balsamic vinaigrette then cooked them in the grill basket over searing heat just until tender crisp.  Before...

After...

I will ask, as I always do, what you been cooking good?  If you have the time, leave a comment.  I love to hear from you!


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

I Walk

I walk because there is no substitute for fresh air.
I walk because it is impossible to be in a bad mood while smelling wild flowers.
I walk because it is good for my brain as well as my body.
I walk for recreation and quality time with my family.
I walk because it helps me sleep better.
I walk because sunshine helps my body produce vitamin D.
I walk because it reduces symptoms of PMS.
I walk because it produces lovely endorphins.
I walk because it makes me more awake and alert than a huge mug of Hawaiian coffee.
I walk because my calves, butt and thighs benefit from it.
I walk because the health of my heart and lungs depend on it.
I walk because it reduces the risk of Type 2 Diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
I walk because it is free and freeing.
I walk because I can.

There is a very elderly couple I see on my walks.  They walk every single day.  They hold hands and smile as they walk.  Though they quite possibly may be older than some of the people I take care of at the nursing home, their excellent posture and steady gait tell another story.  While I can only assume this, I would bet the farm that the extra time they have had together in their golden years is, at least in part, because of these daily walks. 

I walk because I want to have as many years as possible to walk beside my Bunny.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Watch This Space: Chlorella Review

Have you ever heard of Chlorella?  I've seen it mentioned on various health websites and Dr. Mercola is a fan of it.  It is an algae that is supposed to contain vitamins, minerals and have all sorts of health benefits.  I take various health supplements in addition to healthy eating and juicing but don't think I've ever tried chlorella.

I was recently contacted by the Sun Chlorella Company and they kindly sent me a starter package of their supplements, one package of tablets and one package of granules along with a few samples of the skin care.  I'm going to try the supplements for the full 20 days and then I'm going to write a review, so watch this space.

Have you ever tried chlorella as a health supplement? 

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Committment and Accountability

“There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.”  ~Unknown


 Just wanted to make sure I noted that I did get to the gym for my second full body weight lifting workout this morning as I committed.  I got in and got it done in 30 minutes (supersets with little rest.)  My cardio will come in the form of a long and vigorous walk with Tally after we pick up our milk at the farm.  It's going to be a perfect weather day for a long walk, sunny with blue skies, dry and 72 degrees.  Have a great day!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Monday Motivation

If you are going to make a goal for yourself, whatever it may be, make it manageable, make it measurable and your goal will become a victory.

I made the goal of getting back to juicing.  The goal was manageable, measurable and it's a victory.  I also made the goal of getting back to weight lifting.  This morning I hit the gym first thing and I did my full body workout.  It was manageable, measurable and a victory!  I will do it again on Thursday morning.

Your life can be a series of victories, you only need set one manageable, measurable goal and go for it.  Then another and another and soon you will be living the healthy life you want.

Have a wonderful Monday!