Posts Tagged "recipe"

2-Minute Dinner Salad

Posted by on Jan 17, 2012 in Dinner, Entree, Healthy Recipes, Recipes | 8 comments

Tonight was like many of my nights — I came home tired and starving for something good (oh, and good for me is usually a goal, too). Rather than opt for a frozen dinner, I decided to toss together a salad with some of easy ingredients in my fridge.

And herein lies the lesson –

Pre-prepared veggies are entirely worth the extra money. Spring mix is just too easy to toss into a bowl with no washing, salad spinner, or cutting. Cherry tomatoes require no slicing or messy hands. Olives — well they are just delicious and there’s always a can in my cupboard. Oh, and forget grating. Crumble in feta and it’s extra delicious in 5 seconds. The only things I cut were some onion slivers for flavor and some avocado (because yum), but you could even leave those out if you’re feeling super lazy. All in all, dinner was done in under two minutes — about the same time as that not-so-healthy Hot Pocket. Your hips thank you in advance.

Dinner Salad with Tomatoes, Olives and Avocado

Serves 3-4 as a dinner salad; 5-6 as a side dish

5 ounces of spring mix (1 container)
1 cup cherry tomatoes
1/2 can whole olives, drained
1/4 cup crumbled feta
1 avocado, sliced
a few slices onion, very thin
vinaigrette of your choice 

Add all ingredients, toss together and serve.

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Sinless Chai Baked Apples

Posted by on Jan 16, 2012 in Dessert, Health & Fitness, Healthy Recipes, Recipes | 0 comments

Confession — I have a sweet tooth. Now often I can combat it, but sometimes I just want to give over to temptation and eat a pan of brownies. That’s the problem — I would want to eat the whole pan! There’s nothing rewarding in that. So as I was getting a craving tonight, I took a glance over at that big bowl of apples sitting on my counter and decided to get creative. When you need a yummy dessert, these apples are pretty sinless. At just under 170 calories (depending on the apple), Eve won’t feel bad at all. Even Adam might take a bite. This recipe is for one, but they would be a great dessert to multiply for company or a healthy family dessert.

Sinless Chai Baked Apple

Serves 1

1 apple
1/2 tsp sugar (or artificial sweetener)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp walnuts, chopped 
1 tbsp raisins or dried cranberries
2 tbsp Original Oregon Chai concentrate (or substitute with brewed chai + 1/2 tsp honey)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Core the apple using an apple corer or paring knife leaving a 1″ hole. Place apple in a oven safe bowl. Mix together cinnamon, sugar, walnuts and raisins and stuff inside the apple.

Heat up chai until nearly boiling and pour into bowl around apple. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until apple is soft and caramelized.

Enjoy every sinless bite.

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Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup is Good for the Soul

Posted by on Jan 6, 2012 in Dinner, Healthy Recipes, Lunch, Recipes | 3 comments

I don’t know about you, but everyone and their dog seems to be sick right now. Pneumonia. Cold. Stomach flu. You name it. Ew. So when I woke up yesterday with a swollen right tonsil, I feared what might be coming. I’ve been drinking plenty of water and tea with lemon and honey, but nothing gets the job done quite like some homemade chicken noodle soup. The saltiness of the broth and the yummy veggies, chicken and noodles — mmm. Might be enough to make me feel like new again. Even better, it’s easy peasy to make and freezes like a charm if you want to make a large batch and have it on hand. I love freezing it in cubes and then bringing it to work on a cold day.

Homemade chicken noodle soup recipe

Chicken Noodle Soup

1 tablespoon butter
1/2 an onion, chopped
8 cups chicken broth
1-1 1/2 cups cooked chicken, sliced/shredded 
1 1/2 cups noodles (I really like these fusili noodles, but you can also use egg noodles)
1 cup carrots, sliced
1 cup chopped celery
1 teaspoon rosemary
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
1/2 teaspoon savory spice 
salt and pepper to taste

Melt butter in a pot over medium heat and cook onion and celery until tender. Add chicken broth, chicken, carrots, noodles and spices. Boil then reduce to a simmer for about 20 minutes.

You can find this and other Angie’s Nest recipes on My Fitness Pal. Search “Angie’s Nest – Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup” in the food search. 

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Cranberry Lime and Apple Cinnamon Infused Vodka

Posted by on Dec 11, 2011 in DIY, DIY Gifts, Drinks, Recipes | 0 comments

During the holiday season you get so many sweets, so I thought I’d do something a little different this year — infused vodka! After all, you need something to wash down those Russian tea cakes and perfectly frosted sugar cookies with something, right? I was inspired on Pinterest, but changed it up a bit to try my own version (as I’m notorious for doing).

Don't they look so pretty steeping?

The hardest part is I couldn’t taste test until a week later when there was no going back. Luckily, it turned out great and there’s even a little extra for me to enjoy. These make great gifts or are perfect for serving at your holiday party. And as luck would have it, the fruit I picked are red and green. Here’s how to make this holiday cheer.

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{Cranberry Lime Infused Vodka}

4 cups vodka
16 ounces of cranberries
2 limes
4 tablespoons sugar

In an pitcher or large, lidded container add vodka and washed cranberries together. I used some airtight pitchers from Costco that I use in the summer for iced coffee. Let it sit for 6 days, shaking or mixing the contents 3-4 times per day. On the sixth day squeeze the juice of two limes in and then add the remaining lime halves and shake it up. Let steep for 1-2 more days. You don’t want the lime in as long or it will overpower the cranberry flavor. On the seventh or eighth day, pour the contents into a bowl through a cheesecloth and/or a strainer. I actually used both, putting the cheesecloth on top of a strainer so nothing would come through. Stir in sugar until fully dissolved. Pour into airtight bottles or jars and store in the refrigerator. This recipe was enough to fill two, two-cup bottles for gifts. I added the cranberries into the bottle to look pretty, but if you give as gifts, make sure to tell them to remove these after a couple weeks or it can make your mixture bitter.



{Apple Cinnamon Infused Vodka}

4 cups vodka
2 Granny Smith apples, chopped
2 cinnamon sticks
4 tablespoons sugar

In an pitcher or large, lidded container add vodka and washed cranberries together. Let it sit for 7 days, shaking or mixing the contents 3-4 times per day. On the last day, pour the contents into a bowl through a cheesecloth and/or a strainer. Stir in sugar until fully dissolved. Pour into airtight bottles or jars and store in the refrigerator. This recipe made two, two-cup bottles for gifts, but you can divide however you like. I cut a new apple and added a new cinnamon stick into the bottle to look pretty, but again, if you give as a gift, make sure to tell them to remove these after a couple weeks so they don’t ferment.
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Wrap these up with some ribbon and a cute tag and they are good to go. It’s like the gift that keeps on giving. Enjoy!

They make great Christmas gifts and decor.


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Banana Bread Recipe for My Sister of the Year Award

Posted by on Nov 16, 2011 in Baking, Breakfast, Recipes | 0 comments

In my opinion, there are few things better than homemade banana bread. Now imagine you live in a NYC apartment that doesn’t even have an oven (so the luxury of making it at home is amiss) and your little sister baked you a loaf, hopped on a plane and flew 2,000 miles just to bring it to you. That would be a really good sister, right?

Consider this my application for Sister of the Year 2011.  

I had some sad little brown bananas and I thought, what better use than whipping up some bread for two of my favorite men? One to leave at home with my hubby (and to test…to make sure the taste is up to par) and another to bring to my brother in Manhattan.  Pure brilliance if you ask me.

Now my usual banana bread recipe with shortening calls for more bananas than I had. So I altered a few things and whipped up a new recipe that still does the job without sacrificing flavor. Also to note, I often don’t add any spices in banana bread to maximize the taste of banana, but for this recipe I added a pinch of allspice since I didn’t have as many banans in this recipe. Plus it adds a bit of fall flair without overpowering the delicious flavor.

Award-Winning Banana Bread 
(even if it is only my Sister of the Year award) 


1 stick of butter, softened
4 eggs
4 or 5 bananas, very ripe and mashed
1 1/3 cup sugar
1 2/3 cup all-purpose unbleached flour
1 cup of oats
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
a pinch of allspice (optional)
1/2 cup pecans, chopped


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix butter, eggs, bananas and sugar in a bowl until completely combined. Add flour baking soda, baking powder and a little at a time until blended. Stir in oats, chopped pecans and allspice. Pour in two greased loaf pans and bake for 30-45 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Makes 2 loaves

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