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Caprese Sandwich

 

I’m sure I’ve mentioned a MILLION times my love for basil and all things caprese. The flavor combinations are just so refreshing. A colleague just recently returned from her vacation in Europe. Italy was on the list and I was beyond excited to see some pictures of the food she ate there. Like all the foods! Talking to her about her trip left me inspired and craving Italian food. She talked about the amount ofΒ prosciutto consumed and I can’t say that I would ever complain about that. I know I named this the caprese sandwich and perhaps it should be named the Live Wildly and Inspire, thanks to her inspiration, but whatever you want to call it… delicious would also be appropriate… it will taste so good. I left everything as is here. It’s the most delicious simple sandwich. This would be best served with a glass of prosecco.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Note the lack of amounts here. This sandwich is meant to be made to your taste preference.
  2. Slice the bread in half, leaving it slightly attached to help hold the ingredients intact.
  3. Drizzle both halves with olive oil. Layer sliced tomato on one half. Place the torn mozzarella on top of the tomato. On the other half lay out the prosciutto. Top with basil leaves. Season with salt and pepper if you would like. Fold together!

Notes

Banana Bread Energy Bites

There is nothing worse than the afternoon doldrums. Yup. Occasionally I’ll have a cup of coffee or tea, but I try to limit my caffeine intake since my blood is 50% coffee anyway. Or so I’m convinced. But when you need that pick me up, it’s nice to have something a little sweet and very tasty on hand to help make it through. If you really wanted to make these a treatier-treat you could add some chocolate chips. Just saying! But even without them, these little bites are great. I was brainstorming on what I could do with this random ripe banana I had. When I thought of this spin-off of the classic favorite bread, I was super excited to try it out. I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised. It took a bit of working to get the texture the way I wanted it. So often I’ve made these energy bites that are like kourabiedes. If you are a fellow Greek, you know EXACTLY what I’m talking about. Tangent; those cookies are not only insanely delicious, they are insanely dry and not to be eaten in one bite. My husband made the mistake of popping one in his mouth at a friends party, while myself and her Β yiayia both said “Noooooooo” basically movie style in slow motion. The coughing (and laughing) that happened afterward was a lesson learned. Other variations of these energy bites can be so dry. I wanted something soft and delicious. These are just right! It’s a simple recipe to whip up as well. I just combined everything in my food processor. Done! So here you have it. A quick, easy, tasty, perfectly textured afternoon treat.

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to the bowl of your food processor. Combine until the mixture comes together. You want the mixture to be soft and moist so that it will come together but not so soft that it won't hold it's shape. Using a scoop, scoop out rounds of the mixture and place on a cookie sheet. Pop in the fridge until firm. Store in an air-tight container. Note, you can also add some additional cinnamon and freshly grated nutmeg to the top.

Notes

Turmeric Blueberry “Health” Muffins

 

Have you checked out A Couple Cooks yet? If not, you need to. I found this recipe on their blog and I was so excited to try it out. I love healthy eating when it tastes good. I think so often I get excited about diet changes and then am disappointed in the flavor, or lack of. It’s so easy to default back to unhealthy habits because they taste so darn good. This recipe right here is proof that eating healthier does not need to taste terrible. It’s been said that turmeric has some super health benefits and if you aren’t interested in that, these golden muffins certain have a great taste. So much so, my son had a really hard time waiting to eat one. He literally ran behind me as I gathered everything up to get a good shot. I had to move quickly.

 

And apparently these muffins are so good, they are worth a hug or two. Or some admiring at the very least.

 

Even superheroes need a healthy diet and these fit the bill. I did make some adjustments because I was short or lacking a couple ingredients. But these are certainly a favorite and will be a repeat in our kitchen, for sure. It’s a super easy recipe too, so it’s great for those fun weekend breakfasts or the quick week morning 4am baking session that I have done before.

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with liners and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine melted coconut oil, maple syrup, sugar. Whisk together until combined. Add in the applesauce and vanilla and whisk to combine. Add in the coconut milk and whisk again.
  3. Add the flour, baking powder, salt, and turmeric to the bowl and mix well to combine. Add in the fresh blueberries and mix to incorporate.
  4. Add the mixture to the prepared muffin tin and sprinkle the tops with turbinado sugar. Bake for 25 minutes or until they are cooked through.
  5. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.

Notes

Slightly adapted from A Couple Cooks.

Light and Healthy Banana Muffins

 

It’s almost the freaking weekend! Friday is my favorite. I’ve said it before and I will say it again….and again……and again….. I LOVE Friday. During the summer, our office closes an hour earlier (yay!), and I actually get to pick my son up from daycare, one of those rare moments that I absolutely treasure, and we get to enjoy two “home days”. I love home days. Snuggles galore and the time that I get to focus on baking and cooking. Nothing sounds better to me. So to celebrate the weekend, I’m sharing these lightened up banana muffins. These are so good, I couldn’t tell they were lighter. The original recipe uses white whole wheat flour which would be great here. I used all-purpose because I happened to run out of white whole wheat flour and they still came out great. Super easy to whip up and they will make your kitchen smell amazing!

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Line your cupcake tin with liners.
  2. In a large bowl, cream the butter and 1/4 cup of maple syrup with an electric mixer. Add in the egg whites, banana (I left mine whole and just let the hand mixer do the mashing), maple syrup, apple sauce, and vanilla. Beat until the mixture is combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl.
  3. Add the flour, baking soda and salt to the bowl and blend just until combined. Pour the batter into the prepared baking tin and top with crushed pecans. Bake for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Notes

Slightly adapted from Skinnytaste.

Smoothie Four Ways

 

The warm weather has finally arrived in New England, despite the SNOW that some areas saw about a week ago. Thankfully, not here. But back to the warm weather. This time of year makes me crave lighter foods. Something more refreshing. Smoothies are such a great way to get a lot of nutrients and stay hydrated in the warm weather. My son and I love them as a mid-morning snack, or is some cases a pre-daycare treat during the week. While we usually default to this smoothie recipe I personally like to change it up a bit. The base for all of these smoothies is the same. 1 banana and almond milk. Vanilla flavored to be exact. While it’s sweetened, it’s still healthy and helps to sweeten the smoothies a bit. The other key is to use very rips bananas. Not ripe like banana bread ripe, but almost. I’m including the individual recipes for each below. I wish you all a very happy and healthier Thirsty Thurs-yay!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Cherry Jubilee Smoothie is like the dessert minus the heat and booze. Start with 1 banana and 1/2 cup of Almond milk. Add in cherries, about a 1/2 cup (handful if you are like me!) and about 1/4 cup of orange juice. Add in 1/4-1/2 cup of ice and blend together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Very Berry Smoothie is exactly as it sounds. Full-o-berries! Such a great way to get those antioxidants. Start with 1 banana, 1/2 cup Almond milk. Add in some strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. Add about 1/2 cup of ice and blend together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Green Health Smoothie is a great way to get in your greens and it SUPER healthy. Start with 1 banana, 1/2 cup of almond milk. Toss in about a handful of baby spinach and a kiwi. Add your ice, about 1/2 cup and blend together. I feel healthier just looking at it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A spin off of a classic. Such a treat! For this you start with 1 Banana and 1/2 cup Almond milk. Toss in some strawberries, I also used about a tbsp. of this strawberry syrup. Add in about 1 spoonful of peanut butter and 1/2 cup of ice. Blend together and enjoy!