Saturday, May 30, 2015

Summertime Cheap Picnic Recipe

One of my favorite traditional picnic foods is potato salad.  You can't get cheaper than potatoes for a healthy, whole, clean carb.  

This recipe is sure to please your crowd or yourself.  And it's so easy, even I can't believe it!


To make this creamy delight you will need some medium to small red or golden potatoes.  I just buy a bag. It's cheaper.  A bag of potatoes is about $5. 

You will also need a bottle of this dressing.  The dressing will set you back $3.49-$4.99 depending on where you buy it.  A little pricier than mayo but TOTALLY worth it. 



I put 2-4 potatoes per person being served in a steamer and cook for about 45 minutes. (The number you use depends on if they are medium or small potatoes.  You can also boil the potatoes if you don't have a steamer.)

Set the potatoes on a rack and cool.  They must be cool before you cut them.  

Slice potatoes into cubes.  

Place in a large bowl.  

Sprinkle with sea salt, pepper, cayenne pepper. 

Add 1 Tbsp per person of the dressing.  (If you are serving 4 people, add 4 tablespoons of dressing.)

Toss the ingredients lightly so as not to mush up the potatoes. 

Sprinkle with more cayenne or black pepper to garnish. 

Done!

You can add diced red onions and fresh green herbs to this herbalicious recipe if you like. But the above is the quick and easy version. 

You can serve this salad warm or cold. I prefer it warmed.  

Nom Nom!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Adventures in Bread Making --- Cheap? Yes. Easy? Well....You decide.

Sooooo I decided to make my own bread.  Now...let's remember. I like things to be easy peasy and cheap!  This was easy...not peasy...but cheap. Lol!

I used a box mix, organic add on ingredients, the Vitamix to knead the dough (which was AWESOME!)....but it's took three hours to get the dough to rise in order to bake it.  Other than the three hour rising ....it was amazing.  
Step one ...follow box directions but use Vitamix cookbook and dry container to make the process much easier!

Step two. Put dough in a stoneware bowl to rise in the oven. 


Step three...let dough rise again....sigh...tick tock tick tock...I'm hungry!  Hate waiting !  

Step four.  Finally. Bake. And eat!  Delicious. This bread was wonderful.  I froze half the loaf.  

Next time I will make two loaves and freeze one because did I mention it was wonderful???!!  Yum mmmm eeeee!!!


Bon appetit. 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

My NEW FAVORITE CHEAP PASTA RECIPE!!!

YES!!!  I'm excited about this update.  Can you tell????  Holy veggie pasta??!!  Holy tubers!?? I spiralized some sweet potatoes today.  Momma Nature hooked me up on this one.  

I usually make zucchini pasta and I "like" it BUT the noodles are kinda watery and I don't like that about them.  I drain them, towel dry them...paper towel them....still...enough with the water already!  

I have seen some chefs on you tube use sweet potato for noodles and decided to give it a try.  

First let me say that my spiralizer was a pain in the azz when trying to spiralize the sweet potato.  The potato kept slipping, the little thing that hooks the potato into the spiralizer and holds it, kept losing the hold...I can't explain it.  Suffice it to say, it was annoying! But let me tell you, it was worth it!!

Here is the end result of my spiral adventure.  

TIP-- Peel the sweet potato first. The texture is better without the skin.  

I topped these orange jewels with the following marinara sauce.  This sauce is full of protein, lycopene and antioxidants and best of all, it's EASY!

FYI-This is for one serving.   Double or triple as needed.  You can't mess this up. I promise!

Cilantro Marinara Sauce

4 Campari tomatoes
10-15 Cherry Tomatoes
2 garlic cloves
1/8 cup of walnuts (soaked overnight in spring water if you can...if not, no worries!)
1 tsp of Olive oil
Handful of fresh cilantro (save a few leaves for garnish.  You can also use fresh basil or fresh parsley.)

Dump all the above with the exception of 5 cherry tomatoes into a blender or small food processor and process on low speed until blended.  Then add the remaining cherry tomatoes and pulse until just chopped to give the sauce some texture. 
Pour the sauce over the sweet potato noodles. Garnish with a few cilantro leaves and eat!!!

If you want a dash more flavor add some cayenne, sea salt and fresh squeezed lemon on top.  



Mangia mangia!




Saturday, May 16, 2015

Orange Dreamsicle! Summer time deliciousness!

This recipe was inspired by a creamsicle recipe on the website www.superhealthykids.com

My version is a little easier in my opinion and has less sugar. 

For this recipe you will need to freeze some orange slices the day before. Peel the oranges and slice them into sections.   Lay the sections flat in a plastic bag or parchment bag. Then place the bag on a plate.  Try not to let the slices touch.  This will allow them to break apart easily when you get ready to use them. 

The next day you will need:

1/3 cup of canned coconut cream
4 oz of coconut water or filtered water or almond milk
1 tsp of real vanilla extract or a little vanilla bean scraping
1tbsp of organic sugar if you desire 

Add the orange slices and the above ingredients to the blender and blend until creamy and smooth. Scoop out and serve in bowls or cones.

Add a sprig of mint for garnish is you have some. If you don't, who cares??? This is sooooo sooooo good without it.  

Easy peasy.  You can mess this up. Enjoy!


CHEAP TIP: Use pure vanilla extract vs the bean. It's cheaper and last longer so you can have vanilla for multiple used.    

Friday, May 15, 2015

Healthy Apple Tart! Lose Weight and Eat Great!

This is a beautiful apple "pie" like treat that I made for dessert for company. The best part is that it is way lower in fat than regular apple pie dessert and it is sooooo good!  The apple gods truly smiled on this one. 

Apple Almond Cream Tart

2 cups dates
2 cups figs 
4-5 apples sliced very thin with a mandolin or knife
1/2 cup almonds soaked overnight in filtered water to soften
Cold filtered water to blend almonds into cream
1 tbsp of organic sugar or maple syrup 
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg 
2 tbsp of crushed walnuts to garnish if desired

Blend figs and dates in food processor to  make the pie crust.  Add a little water if the mixture sticks but not so much that it becomes wet. 

Press mixture into the bottom of a pie pan. Use parchment paper to line the pie plate to keep the crust from sticking.

Next blend drained almonds, sugar and vanilla with just enough water to make a very thick cream.  (About 1/4-1/2 cup)

Make a single layer of apples on the bottom of pan. Spread almond cream on top of first layer of apples.  Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg. 

Make another layer of apples on top of the cream. 

Sprinkle with walnuts and additional almond cream to garnish if desired, and a dash more cinnamon and nutmeg. 

Place in fridge for an hour to set. 

Makes about 6 servings.  Approx 250-300 calories each. (I don't have a laboratory to test it so don't hold me to those numbers.  But I'm close!)

She's so pretty!  I love her!!!

Bon apetit!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Grocery "FUTURE" Haul - Adventures in "CARTIN!"

One of my favorite things to do is put a bunch of crap I don't need into online shopping carts.  (CARTIN)

I love to go to fancy stores online and put thousands of dollars worth of clothes and shoes and things I would never buy like Manolo Blanik shoes and then drool over them.  It's therapeutic to me.  Lol

But when it comes to grocery shopping, online "CARTIN" helps me budget.  Here is my latest food haul cart. I use this technique to help me budget and decide what I really need before I buy. 

This is an example of a whittled down cart. The original cart had about $300 worth of crap (read: super foods) I don't need.  These are the items that made the cut. 

CARTIN online helps keep me from spending too much money in stores on the ground.  I can load up an online cart and then think about what I really need along with my budget for the week. 

Hope this helps you manage your money more efficiently!  Bon Apetit!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

I Don't Wanna Chop Veggies!

Here is my Lazy Girl Salad Recipe

This is a bagged salad from Costco. It's full of beautiful kale and various other greens.  This salad is chopped and ready.  It comes with dried cranberries and pumpkin seeds.  There is also a sweet poppy seed dressing that comes with it.  I usually prefer to squeeze lemon and olive oil over it with a little sea salt dashed on top. 

Now....I'm not gonna lie, despite the fact that the dressing is not the best...I have eaten it in a pinch.  I have taken this entire bag to work and just ate it as is.  Dressing and all.  Don't sweat it!  You ate a bag of delicious kale.  Who can complain about that??? Not me and not you either.  


Here she is all lazy and pretty in my big wooden salad bowl. With a few Campari tomatoes thrown in for some color.  This salad is the epitome of cheap and lazy...I didn't even slice the tomatoes.  I'm just saying....how lazy is that ? LOL

Bon appetit!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Breakfast Prep

Here's a tip to save some waste. Use strawberry tops in juice.  This addition will make any juice that you make taste soooooo good!  And it's an easy way to use the tops for another purpose. 

CHEAP TIP Strawberries are in season now so they are very tasty and the price is much better.  I got these at Costco. $6.49 for about 4 pounds.  

Today I had a huge bowl of strawberries for breakfast and saved the tops of the strawberries to run through the juicer along with my apples, lettuce and oranges.   So delish!!!