Beet Hummus

With the Big Game, just a few days away you are probably preparing your game day menu at some point today if you haven’t already. Well a dip is always an essential game watching item. This year, I recommend you try something different but with a healthier twist. The boys may steer clear of this dish but the women sitting on the sidelines will enjoy this figure friendly recipe. Today I’m sharing my recipe for Beet Hummus. I love hummus! I probably eat it a couple times a week. This time I switched up my hummus recipe by adding beets. Beets are filled with vitamins and nutrients. You can’t go wrong by serving this dip with pita bread or veggies.

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Beet Hummus

Ingredients

2 roasted beets, peeled and sliced ( how to roast beets)

2 cans of chickpeas, organic

1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon cumin

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 lemon, juiced 

lemon zest

2 cloves garlic

2 tablespoons tahini

Instructions

Place all ingredients in your blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. 

Garnish with lemon zest, optional

Serve with pita chips and veggies.  

To add to your game day menu, consider making my coca-cola pulled pork, sangria, and lemon feta dip

Sweet Potato Frittata

I started to realize this weekend that the kitchen is my safe place. Besides the yoga mat and the beach it’s my place to unwind. I woke up on Saturday morning randomly saying ” I want a frittata” . Being back in the kitchen cooking felt so good. After receiving good news from my doctor, that my restricted diet has been lifted it was necessary to spend the weekend baking. This sweet potato frittata is the perfect breakfast or brunch recipe to share with family and friends.

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Serves 6

Prep and Cook Time: 45 minutes to 1 hour

Ingredients:

6-8 eggs

Milk or an alternative milk ( I used soy)

1 large sweet potato, diced and roasted ( how to roast sweet potatoes)

1 red bell pepper, sliced

2 links of chicken sausage, casing removed

Garlic

2 green onions, sliced

Salt

Pepper

1 cup Portabello mushrooms, sliced

1 stalk of Kale ( optional)

Salt

Pepper

1/4 tsp paprika

2 Tablespoons olive oil

1/2 cup of cheddar or parmesan cheese (optional) 

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Coat an oven-safe skillet with olive oil or non-stick spray. Add green onions, garlic, red peppers and cook until softened. After those ingredients have softened, add chicken sausage and cook until brown.

Remove skillet from heat.

In a large bowl scramble eggs and milk. Season with salt, pepper, and paprika. Add mushrooms.

Add egg mixture and sweet potatoes to skillet.

Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes.

**this dish can be made overnight for the next morning.

The Friday Five

The Friday Five

Happy Friday Friends! I can’t believe January is almost over. This month really flew by. This week we experienced a touch of spring in Atlanta. The highs were in the 60s. It was so nice that I was able to have lunch one day on my patio. But this weekend we are headed back into the frigged temperatures, So I’ll be staying inside baking and blogging. 

What are your plans this weekend?

The Friday Five!

ONE:: The New York Times has been publishing some really great articles lately in their health and food section. I’m really impressed. This week I found an article on the benefits of lunch time walk. When the temperatures warm up I’ll be back to my regular 15 minute walks.  

TWO:: SHAPE Magazine featured my recipe for fruit infused water in their roundup on 8 ways to upgrade your water. On most days I’m at 8 glasses a day. 

THREE:: If you are a blogger, you may find this post from the  B Bar on how to grow your blog interesting. 

FOUR:: I need to start writing more especially for this blog. This article from Mind. Body.Green on 7 ways writing will improve your life is interesting. 

FIVE::Classpass finally came to Atlanta and it’s been the best thing for my fitness routine. Not only am I back in the gym but I feel better too. The concept is great but their corporate blog is awesome too! 

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Right now many of you are planning to hit the gym at some point today. I know I am! It’s that time of year where everyone is focused on eating healthy and working out regularly. Finding good protein packed snacks after a session on the treadmill or a spin class be challenging. Smoothies are a great way to get snack on the go. In honor of Peanut Butter day later this weekend, I’m sharing my favorite smoothie recipe for a chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie. The semi-sweet treat is still a healthy indulgent. Peanut Butter is a great source of lean protein, bananas are filled with potassium, and kefir will keep your gut healthy. 

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Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

Ingredients

3 tablespoons Peanut Butter & Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams

1 frozen banana

1 cup of vanilla kefir

1/4 cup of soymilk, unsweetened 

1/4 cup of raw spinach

Instructions

Place all ingredients in your blender and blend until smooth. 

 

 

Check out 15 Slimming Smoothies

by Jewel at Foodie.com

Goals for 2015

GoaLs for 2015

This weekend I attend a goal setting workshop hosted by LadypreneurLeague. The workshop helped us map out our goals for 2015. So, I wanted to wait to post my goals until after attending this workshop to make some changes. I already discussed some of my goals in my 30 before 30 list. I’ve found that if I write down my goals and put them out their in the universe I’ll be challenged to make it happen. Looking back at last year surprisingly I completed most of my goals on my list. So today I’ll be sharing a few of my personal and professional goals. 

1. Start doing videos on the blog

2. Have my condo featured in a magazine, newspaper, and online magazine. 

3. Start freelancing again ( so if you know of anyone looking for a writer give me a shout)

4. Find balance in life

5. Increase my Facebook fan base ( Do you like my Facebook page?)

6. Be consistent in blogging ( Create a regularly scheduled pattern in posting)

7. Update my online portfolio

8. Work on my business plan ( I have a great idea for a business and I want to work on starting the preliminary stages this year)

9. Start a series on blogging advice (I’ll be celebrating my five year anniversary of blogging next month and I’m always having people e-mailing me for advice so I’ve decided to launch a five part series on blogging )

10. Get featured in Southern Living (It’s been a goal of my to be featured in Southern Living since I am a southern lifestyle blogger)

11. Re-shoot old recipes on my blog. ( If you start digging deeper, you will find some horribly photographed recipes on my blog)

12. Finish decorating my guest room and remodeling my kitchen. (My guest room is almost done all I need is a mattress, a desk, and a large piece of art work)

 What are your goals for 2015? I would love to hear about them in a comment below. 

 

 

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