Food

Garden Linguine for lunch

Darlings,

You see, I always had a bit of an obsession with rice, but lately I’ve been experimenting with pasta recipes.

For some people like me, cooking offers tranquility. I get the enjoyment from seeing the yummy final product. This was an easy dish to prepare and took little to no time to go from prep to set. Healthy, and delicious.

Ingredients:

2 mushrooms
1 onion
2 garlic cloves
3 tomatoes
1/2 cup of vegetable stock
1 zucchini
1 squash
Olive oil
1 box of Linguini

-Cut up the mushrooms and finely chop the onion and the two garlic cloves
-Heat up a pan and sauté the mushrooms, onion, tomatoes and garlic in two tablespoons of olive oil
-Once the mushrooms start to golden and the onion, and tomatoes is soft, add the vegetable stock, zucchini and the squash.
-Let it simmer for 5 minutes and then season with salt and pepper.
-After the pasta is ready to serve into separate plates.
-Pour the sauce over the already served pasta and add some shaved Parmesan on top for the finishing touch.

Bon Appétit!

 

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3-DAY SUJA JUICE CLEANSE

I usually make my own juice from scratch, but I decided to try Suja juice. I didn’t start juice cleanse to lose weight. My weight is the healthiest it’s been in 4 years, and I need my clothes to fit, so losing weight isn’t a goal of mine at the moment.

So Why in the world did I decide to do a juice cleanse? To be honest, I felt like a 3 day juice cleanse would really make me feel like I was cleansing and give me softer, healthier glowing complexion. I wanted increase my energy and oxygen levels and help to rid the body of toxins and waste that my skin has excrete in the winter.

The goal for the cleanse is that you literally just drink juice and water all day.  No coffee, no solid foods — just juice.  But let me tell you, it is a lot of juice

HOW DID I FEEL?  WAS I SOOOOO HUNGRY EACH DAY??

Three days in a nutshell…

Of course the first day was the hardest; mostly because I was experiencing oral fixation. I wasn’t too hungry, but I’m used to chewing. The one thing I missed (which occasionally made me think I was hungry, but not true) was something to chew and something warm.  It was definitely an adjustment to “drink” your calories each day, and cold calories at that.  I think cleansing is more difficult in the winter when everything is already cold, but in the spring or summer it would be refreshing.

97% of the time I felt awesome. I don’t know if it was related or not, but on the afternoon of Day 2, I had a pretty fierce headache that was really bumming me out.  It could have been unrelated, but I did decide to “cheat” briefly and drink a cup of almond latte, and then felt a little better.  Take that as you will.  I think in any sort of fast or cleanse like this, the second day is often when your energy dips as your body is getting used to the new rhythm.  But goodness, overall I felt incredible.  By the end of Day 3, I felt really refreshed, full of energy, lighter, and as cliche as it may sound, I just felt healthier.  And what’s more — that feeling has lasted over the course of a week!  I think that taking a few days to get out of the rut of a few bad habits (too much snacking, too much coffee, too much salt) really helped and encouraged me to stick with it afterwards.  So, bottom line… I felt great.

WOULD I DO IT AGAIN? I feel like I would love to do the 3-day cleanse maybe a few times a year.  Great way to start the year. I love having more energy.

Love,

Faduma

 

Quick Soft Cinnamon Rolls – For A Cold Winter Day

It’s cold here in Minnesota. And I mean, it’s cold. Sub-freezing, negative double-digit weather, frost on the windows, see your breath, don’t slip on the driveway cold. But the house is still toasty and I know just what to bake to warm us up with the help of my nephews. Cinnamon Rolls, you know, the big, puffy, swirling rolls with the thick white glaze…. Yup, those. I’m pulling out treats like this when the weather gets nasty, and they are so good we almost (and we do mean almost) welcome the cold.

 

 

Quick Soft Cinnamon Rolls

Quick Soft Cinnamon Rolls with a light cream cheese glaze  and light with a simple homemade dough, and a quick method to get baking!

8 rolls

Ingredients:

YEAST:

  • 1 cup milk, warmed to the touch
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 5 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons quick-rise yeast

ROLLS:

  • 1 large egg , lightly whisked
  • 3 1/2 cups all purpose (or plain) flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Cooking oil spray

FILLING:

  • 1/2 cup loosely packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted 

 

Assemble:

  • First, make the dough. If using active dry yeast, dissolve it with a pinch of sugar in 2 tablespoons of the lukewarm water. Let the yeast and water sit at room temperature for 15 minutes, until the mixture bubbles and expands. If using instant yeast, skip this step.
  • Combine the dissolved yeast (or instant yeast) with the rest of the dough ingredients. Mix and knead everything together—by hand, stand mixer or bread machine set on the dough cycle—till you’ve made a smooth dough. If you are kneading in a stand mixer, it should take about 7 minutes at second speed, and the dough should barely clean the sides of the bowl, maybe sticking just a bit. In a bread machine (or by hand), it should form a smooth ball.
  • Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl. Cover the bowl, and allow the dough to rise, at room temperature, until it is nearly doubled in bulk, about 1 to 2 hours. Rising may take longer, particularly if you’ve kneaded by hand. Give it enough time to become quite puffy.
  • While the dough is rising, lightly grease pans.
  • To make the filling, whisk together the sugar, cinnamon, and flour.
  • Brush the dough lightly with the milk. Then sprinkle the filling evenly over the dough, covering the entire surface. Roll the dough into a log the long way; it’ll stretch to about 20″ long as you roll. Using a serrated knife, slice the log into slices. To cut down on friction and get a smooth cut, rinse the blade in hot water, and wipe it off, between slices.
  • Space eight rolls in the prepared pans. Flatten them gently. Cover the pans, and let the rolls rise till they’re noticeably puffy, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours; they should spread out and start to crowd one another.
  • While the rolls are rising, preheat the oven to 375°F. Bake the rolls till they’re brown around the edges and beginning to turn golden brown across the center, about 20 minutes.
  • Remove the rolls from the oven, and loosen their edges with a knife. Turn them out of the pan onto a rack. Coat with the glaze and serve.

 

Recipe Notes:

TOO HOT you’ll kill the yeast. If too hot, allow to cool slightly before proceeding with the yeast.

Bon Appetit

 

 

Favorite Spices

Cooking without spices is like having a dance party without music The two just must go together. Aside from adding tons of flavor to any dish you’re whipping up, spices are a low-calorie (usually zero-calorie) way to add a little extra zest to your favorite food. Experimenting with different spices can help your taste buds decide which ones go well together and which ones are better on their own. And to boot, there are tons of health benefits that come with many commonly used spices. Even spices as simple as salt and pepper can do a body good.
Today I’ll be telling you a bit about those benefits, so take a peek below and get ready to get spicy…
 My favorite Spices to keep on Hand:
Turmeric –is one of my favorite ingredients to add to my fresh squeezed juices because it adds a little zing to the flavor. Nowadays the benefits of turmeric are everywhere, but I just love the range of dishes it can flavor. Rice dishes, to flavor meat and fish, or to transform veggies.
Ginger – Ginger itself has many health benefits, and since it plays an important role in the flavor. I love how ginger adds a sweet-but-spicy kick to my tea, green juices, and smoothies. It has a strong smell and taste, but it can work wonders on an upset stomach or indigestion.
Ground Cumin – Great on both veggies and meat, this spice is versatile but intense, and you’ll find that a small jar lasts forever.
Saffron – Saffron may be one of the most expensive spices out there, but it’s also one of my favorites.
 Curry Powder – is a little different in that it is a blend of spices (you can even make your own). Exactly why it’s essential to have on hand – this powder is doing the work of many, making it easy to flavor meals.
 Cayenne Pepper – It’s easy to fold this spice into a dish to give it a kick, and a little goes a long way. A pinch of cayenne was delish in my turkey chili. Cayenne pepper, also helps to stimulate circulation, neutralize acidity in your body’s pH levels, and can even help with migraines.
Paprika – This spice varies in taste because it can be made from many ground up peppers. It’s very common in spice blends and just about every region of the world uses it in its cuisine.
CardamomCardamom, has so many health benefits that it is seen in some cultures as a natural medicine for ulcers, digestive problems, and even depression. Eating this spice will help to detoxify your kidneys, fight a cold or flu, and even to cure hiccups. I love the flavor of cardamom in tea.
Black Pepper – Black pepper is so commonly used that you probably wouldn’t even think it has health benefits. Black pepper has also shown to have antioxidant and antibiotic benefits. So, don’t be afraid to add a little shake of black pepper at your next meal.
 What is your favorite spice to use when cooking?

 Love,

Faduma

Fruits & Snacks

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Fruits are the best snacks for anyone who wants to eat healthy, real food full of natural carbohydrates and feel full without consuming empty calories. Fruits provide us with the best form of natural sugars, so they are good for a snack if you are feeling low on energy or if you are an active person. But all fruits are not created equal, and there are some that are better than others for their low carb content and also for their antioxidant content and nutrients.
I try to make every snack, I eat during the day center around vegetables or fruits. I usually try to include a little protein and fat in my snacks so they have some staying power, but the bulk of the mini-meal is a vegetable or fruit. Carrot sticks and hummus, apple slices and peanut butter.
Here’s a list of the super fruits – or in other words – the best fruits that you could snack on.
  1. Berries: Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries.
  2. Cherries – Cherries are similar to berries in terms of their antioxidant value
  3. Apples and Pears – They’re low in sugar and contain a respectable amount of fiber.
  4. Grapefruit – Most citrus fruits are quite high in sugar, but grapefruits are not.
  5. Apricots and Peaches – With similar nutritional value as apples and pears, these stone fruits are a smart way to get a good dose of vitamin C and fiber.
  6. Bananas – Easily available all through the year, filling, nutritionally dense
  7. Grapes – Again, easy to find throughout the year, take our pick from green, black and red grapes. Grapes are a good fruit during flu season to help build immunity and also power pack those nutrients.
Snack on, and snack smart. Whatever your aim, be it energy or weight loss, there is a fruit for you to fill you up, to feed your skin, and to take care of your hunger pangs. Choose your fruits wisely and you will be healthy and happy.
Not only does this habit go a long way toward getting my daily allowance of fruits and vegetables, it also seems to whet my appetite for healthy foods, so that I’m more likely to keep eating well throughout the day — sort of the way eating a piece of cake as a midday snack seems to make me crave cake as a bedtime snack too.
It’s a small change, but it’s easy to follow and always has me feeling and eating better in no time.
Are there any simple, daily changes that have helped you to eat healthier?