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Hugh Jass Burritos

10 Feb

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There is one thing that I have always despised about the Hubby.

It’s not that he can put Baby Boo to sleep in a matter of seconds, where as it takes me an hour..

And despite that pissing me off, I don’t despise him for it…I simply use love him more for it.

But there is one thing…one very important thing, that makes me angrier than if someone told me there would be no more chocolate in the world.

It’s simply the fact of how he eats.

You see, in college when I was overly concerned about food, and would hide behind a couch if someone showed me carbs and told me to eat them, I learned that Hubby, who was BF at the time, could stomach anything. And when we would go out to dinner, he would down a “HUGH JASS” burrito no questions asked, all the while maintaining his sexy athletic figure. I would stare him down as I picked at my dressing-less bowl of lettuce, and wished bad things. Not so evil, but that maybe his BuTt would bubble out the next day from all the meaningless fat and calories he was eating. Needless to say my wishes never came true. =]

Ever since we have been married, I have come to the terms with the fact that some people are just lucky. They can eat whatever they want, and yet look like a champ. It simply is not a struggle for them. (AKA skinny mean girls in highschool =])

But I have learned that “looking thin” means nothing, but feeling healthy means everything. I’m not saying it’s not ok to eat pizza, or have dessert. I mean, I do believe in, “living a little..” =] What I am saying is that, now, I simply don’t have a desire to eat a whole large pizza from little “sleezers,” because I know I will most likely feel like crap after I do.

I eat what I want, and what makes me feel better about my self…

And I feel a whole lot better when I eat one of these…

Hugh Jass Burritos

Ingredients: (Bean Puree)

1 can chickpeas

1 1/2 TB Balsamic Vinegar

1 TB Tamari (or Soy Sauce)

3-4 TB water

1 medium garlic clove chopped

1 1/2 tsp. curry powder

Ingredients: (Veggies Saute)

1 TB Olive Oil

4 garlic cloves chopped

1 LG cup chopped broccoli

1 cup yellow bell pepper

2 TB Worcestershire Sauce

1 tsp. Tamari (soy sauce)

1 cup frozen corn

salt and pepper (dash or two)

Tortillas

Avocado

 

Hummus Cheese(ohsheglows)

Serving: Enough for 1 burrito

4 TB hummus

1 TB Nutritional Yeast

1 TB plain almond milk (or reg milk) to thin it out

Directions: (Bean Puree)

1. Combine all ingredients in the Bean Puree section into a food processor or high speed blender, and puree until smooth. Set aside.

(For the Veggie Saute)

1. In a frying add oil, garlic, salt and pepper and cook for 1-2 minutes. Careful not to let it burn.

**Side note….***

Do NOT drop your big glass of olive oil on tile…

You most likely, will regret this.

2. Add Broccoli and Bell Peppers, W. sauce, and tamari, and saute for 1-2 minutes.


3. Cover veggies and steam for 1 to 2 minutes.

4. Add corn, mix together, and remove from heat. Keep covered.

5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees, and warm tortillas over stove.

6.  Build your burritos. Start with Bean Puree,

7. Then add your veggies saute.

8. Next, Fold those bad boys…

9. Then place in a baking dish. I was able to get 4 big daddy burritos.

10. Top with remaining bean puree then veggies.

11. Bake for 20 minutes.

Directions: Cheese Sauce

1. Mix all ingredients together with fork, until smooth.

Assembly:

Remove burritos, and drizzle with cheese sauce, and top with avocado.

A-Freakin-Mazing!

This Burrito, seriously…better than any one I have ever…

ever…

had…

And that cheese sauce…

Holy Heck…

Beware…

Food Porn…

You want to know the best thing about these burritos??

This is now Hubby’s favorite meal…

Take that you skinny buns!

=]

 







 

Roasted Quinoa Bean Burger

3 Feb

 

I’m feeling extremely happy today!

Not because I found a $50 gift card to Target at the bottom of my diaper bag…

But because I am happy to say that I have kept up with my running goals.

I never thought I would pick up running again after having Baby Boo. After not working out for “nine months”…which turned into…a year…it is just so hard to pick back up.

Sure I walked, and did some spin classes here and there, but when your a mom 24/7 with no time for yourself…

It’s hard to fit it in.

And now I wonder…

How do people with more kids exercise?? Take time for yourself??

I guess this whole Mama thing is a work in progress, but I can attest that every day Baby Boo gets older, it’s easier to exercise. Now that she can entertain her self with teething biscuits and measuring spoons,

Mama can fit in a workout video here and there…

Or have more time in the kitchen to cook some delicious food. =]

Like a life changing…

OK I won’t go there again.

But i’ll just say…it’s pretty amazing.

Roasted Quinoa Bean Burger

Ingredients:

1/3 cup cooked black beans

1/2 cup assorted roasted veggies

(sweet potato, zucchini, onion drizzled w/ EVOO & balsamic vinegar, S&P)

1/3 cup plain cooked Quinoa

Salt&Pepper

Directions:

1. Start with your veggies. I used 1 sweet potato, 1 zucchini, and 1/2 of onion.(What I had on hand. Would def suggest the sweet potato & onion!) Chop and spread on baking sheet. Drizzle w/ EVOO and Balsamic vinegar, Salt and pepper. If you don’t want extra veggies to save for later uses in the week, divide veggies in half. (I.E. 1/2 sweet potato, 1/2 zucchini..etc..)


2. Cook in oven to 350 for 30 minutes.


3. Reserve 1/2 cup of mixture, and if you have extra veggies, save the rest in a sealed container in fridge to use through out the week. On salads, in sandwhiches, in quesadillas, etc..

4. In a food processor add veggies and black beans.


5. Blend until a little chunky.


6. Then add quinoa and process until blended. Leave a little chunky, you don’t want it too creamy.


7. Add a little spices if you would like such as cumin or paprika. Then add Salt and Pepper to taste.

8. Form into balls, 2-3, and flatten out to patties.

9. In a preheated 400 degree oven, bake patties for 30 minutes. 15 minutes on both sides.

10. Once they are done, you can add a little coconut oil in a skillet and fry both sides for a crispy outer edge. (optional)


11. Place patty in a tortilla, or hamburger buns, and load with your favorite toppings.

12. Enjoy!


Unfortunately I was out of toppings since I was Low on groceries.

So I used some cilantro dressing and mustard…

Whatever works =]

This “burger” has amazing stats as far as nutrition goes. I don’t like to count calories, but these are pretty amazing =]

Nutrition Facts 

 

User Entered Recipe  

3 Servings 

 

Amount Per Serving
Calories 182.3
Total Fat 2.1 g
Saturated Fat 0.1 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 14.5 mg
Potassium 337.2 mg
Total Carbohydrate 35.1 g
Dietary Fiber 5.5 g
Sugars 5.3 g
Protein 6.7 g 

 


Ok, are you ready for a challenge question??

What the heck does a sweet potato look like?

Are they orange, like sweet potato fries, or are they white like a regular potato..??

I’m so confused.

 

Chocolate Chili

18 Jan

Do you ever feel like your loosing it?

Don’t act like you haven’t done that before. At least it wasn’t frozen veggies…

After realizing I “lost” my clicker in the pantry, I learned I also need to lay off buying peanut butter.

Maybe I watch too much TV?

I’m not the only one that has been hit hard…Baby Boo is sick =[

That’s her sleeping in her swing for her 10 minute nap.

Due to the fact that she’s sick, she’s been having a hard time breathing through her nose. So no passy, and difficulty drinking her baba. The only way I have kept her asleep is buy rocking her in my arm(no not plural) with constant movement. Even though my left arm will look like popeye, I’m not complaining. This is the best part of being a mamma =]

Being needed and taking care of the ones you love.

And although I am tired and lethargic, I always crave one thing to give me that burst of energy.

Chocolate.

But today I did something a little different with my favorite ingredient. Something more savory than sweet.

Chocolate Coconut Chili

Ingerdients

1 red bell pepper

1 green bell pepper

1 1/2 cups chopped sweet onion

4 cloves (med.) garlic chopped

2-3 TB melted coconut oil

1 1/2 TB chili powder

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

3 TB Dark Dutch

1 can black beans

1 can pinto beans

1 can kidney beans

2 cans diced tomatoes

1 can light coconut milk

1/2 cup shredded coconut

2 cups frozen corn

1-2 TB agave

tabassco (optional)

Salt & Pepper

Avocado

Tad of Lime and Lemon Juice

**Note** You can add whatever you feel like. Chili is so versatile. Feel free to add chicken, or other veggies of your choice.

adapted from: eatdrink&bevegan

Directions:

1. Combine your bell peppers, onions, garlic, melted oil, spices, (not chocolate) into a pot. Turn up the heat, and stir often for about 5-7 minutes, or until onions have softened.

2. Once they have softened. Add in chocolate, and stir for about a minute or so. Then add your tomatoes, beans, coconut milk, and coconut. Let simmer for about 20 minutes.

3. Then add corn and agave and let simmer for about another 10. Adjust spices to liking. Top with avocado, squeeze of a lime and lemon, and salt/pepper.

This wasn’t at all a sweet dish.

In fact the chocolate brings out the chili powder/all of the other spices, and it taste AmAzInG!!

Now seriously, let’s get real…

chocolate just became more of a favored ingredient of mine. The fact that I can have it for dinner…

Ya..

I am totally fine with that.

Now if only I could convince my hubby…

Maybe I could incorporate chocolate into more of our din din’s…

I

Have

SERIOUS

Issues….

 

More green drinks & fries.

13 Jan

I have been feeling AmAzInG lately.

Ever since Baby Boo was born, I have kind of been a homebody…

She was always too little to take places, and since I was her only source of food, I couldn’t really leave her with anyone for too long.

BUT NOW…

She is old enough to go for walks and ENJOY it! She loves to be outside and play. She is easy to take places because I know if she gets hungry I can give her a bottle. (She also isn’t eating ever hour.) And she is easy to leave with the hubby if I need to go to the grocery store/gym.

So recently we have taken walks, I have gone to the gym, and we have played for hours. She is happy and so is mamma.

In other Baby Boo news, I have had to do alot of this lately:

This fearless little angle just arches her back and practically falls out of each thing she is placed in. Luckily mamma has reflexes like a cat…Powers which I didn’t know I had until I had to use them.

Little dare devil.

Also, to keep up with my New Year’s Goals, I have been aiming at training for a half marathon. I have been running and trying to build up my endurance, and  have felt awesome! I have a program on my I-Phizzle that helps you train. It teaches you to run a little, then walk a little, and eventually you will be able to run that half marathon. Last night I ran 5 minutes, then walked one minute. Your supposed to repeat that 10 times. Not easy, but I know that I must keep it up if I want to reach my goal =]

Now, I don’t know if your like me, but when I work out, I am more likely to make better choices about the food I am eating. I am SuPeR excited to share with you a NEW green drink that I think many of you will like. I’ll reassure you again…

You cannot taste the spinach =]

My brother and sister in law always bring by boxes of oranges from the house. I love it because I am obsessed with fresh squeezed OJ.

The only thing I don’t know if I like is pulp…

It makes me…uncomfortable =]

That’s ok…pulp or no pulp, your still my lover fresh squeezed orange balls of juice.

And as I sqeezed that precious juice into my glass, I couldn’t help but think of those ice cream bars I used to have as a kid…So creamy, so orangey…

And then I knew I just had to try and recreate…

In a green drink form…

Creamsicle Green Drink

Ingredients:

1 Cup fresh squeezed OJ

3/4 cup Vanilla almond/soy milk

2 cups fresh spinach

1/2 (heaping)cup frozen peaches

1 medium banana

ice

Directions:

Blend in blender until smooth and creamy.

Oh MY Lanta!

I couldn’t believe something SO good, was a benefit to my body.

It definitely reminded me of those yummy ice cream bars.

If you want to turn this into a protein drink I’m assuming you could add vanilla protein powder too!

I think this drink brought me luck today, because as I was stumbling through recipes, I found one that rocked my slippers off (I don’t wear socks…I wear Snooki slippers)

Nut Butter Coated Sweet Potato Fries

Ingredients:

1 tsp. Almond Butter

1 TB Peanut Butter

1/2 TB. Olive oil

Dash of Salt

1 Medium Sweet Potato (or LG. Parsnip)

Recipe by:Diet, Dessert, & Dogs and Ohsheglows

Directions:

1. Gather your ingredients:

2. Mix Nut butters, oil, and salt into a bowl and set aside.

3. Peel and wash potato or parsnip and slice into fries.

4. Coat with Nut butter mixture.

5. Spread onto baking sheet covered with parchment paper or baking sheet. Bake at 400 for 50 minutes.

I didn’t think I was going to be able to wait that long…

But Baby Boo kept me preoccupied by wanting to play my her favorite game…

dress up…

When the fries were done…

I may have wept a little.

They were damn good.

And I may have drizzled a little agave on top…

 

I don’t remember much after that…

An Edible Disaster

7 Jan

Sometimes things don’t always work out the way we have intended them to.

For example, an outing with Baby Boo almost always never goes according to schedule.

That is the face of a naked baby being held outside the car IN the sun, due to the fact that she doo doo-ed in dada’s car, while we were on the way to the mall…which was conveniently twenty minutes away from home.

AND on top of that, after all her leftovers were cleaned up we realized we forgot to bring the stroller, which resulted in buying a 15 dollar one at target, which dada so frustratingly (word?) had to figure out how to open. We enjoyed watching.


But one thing I have learned about unplanned disasters is that usually something good happens in the end.

Like remembering a tip from a friend. Yes umbrella strollers can carry car seats, hence allowing a nice comfy ride for Baby Boo to fall asleep.

And also realizing that real men push strollers…and look sexy doing so.

Wait…I think I knew that one already.

But outings with Baby Boo aren’t the only things that seem to take a wrong turn, it’s usually my cooking. I usually almost always mess up.

Today I had planned a glorious lunch.

I intended on making a whole wheat rosemary sage pizza crust.

But after TWO hours of my dough not rising, I knew things had taken a turn for the wrong. Especially when I believed I could savage it by rolling out the dough.

I was so…so…so…wrong.

I needed to do something. I had already chopped all my toppings up and threw them into the oven, and I couldn’t let those beauties go to waste.

So I had to improvise.

Meet tortilla dough.

Pesto Roasted Veggie Nut Pizza

Ingredients:

1 Large Tortilla or two small (or pizza dough)

Veggies of choice.

Pesto sauce

Pumpkin seeds

Black olives

Green olives

Cheese of choice

Balsamic oil

Olive oil

Salt and Pepper

Directions:

1.First chop up your veggies of choice.

I used a Yellow Tomato, Red Onion, Garlic, Basil, Green Onions and Green Bell Pepper.

2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

3. Place veggies on baking sheet and drizzle with balsamic oil and olive oil just enough to coat veggies. Sprinkle with salt and pepper

4. Bake for 25-30 minutes

Basalmic vinegar is SOO good on roasted veggies. Take my advice. Try it on roasted asparagus too. You won’t be disappointed.

Once the veggies are done, take them out of the oven and let them cool while u prepare the rest of your pizza.

First start with a layer of pesto,

then top with roasted veggies.

Next, sprinkle with olives and chopped basil.

Raise your hand if you can eat a whole can of black olives all by yourself!!

Now here is my favorite part. Add some roasted pumpkin seeds.


Then layer with cheese of choice. I choose a dairy free mozzarella,due to my lactose intolerance, but add what you ever kind of cheese you want.

Then bake in that same preheated oven for 10-15 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly.

This…was…amazing.

I completely forgot that it started out as a disaster.

Now only if I could teach Baby Boo that same lesson.

Poor girl doesn’t understand why she is trying so hard to crawl to her toys and she can only go backwards and sideways.

Look up Baby Boo. I promise all will end well =]

Butternut Squash Chili

19 Oct
I have a love/hate relationship with rainy days…
I love the feeling I get when I can cozy up with a nice warm bowl of food, watch tv, and just relax…
I hate that by the end of that rainy day I have procrastinated everything I needed to do during the day, including taking a shower =]

But all is well, my baby girl and I made some chili do warm our chili bodies…

By We I mean MYSELF…
The other lady slept =]

I love making chili because it’s so easy. I basically grab whatever I have and throw it in a pot…
Then you let it simmer for a little bit, and it’s all ready.
It makes my lazy day even lazier =]

Not only do I throw whatever I have INTO the chili, I also throw everything else I didn’t use…ONTO the chili. It’s really a nice thing =]

Butternut Squash Chili
1/2 Chopped Sweet onion
3 cloves garlic
2 cans kidney beans
1 large butternut squash chopped/cubed
(I used frozen cubed butternut squash-2 pkgs.)
1 chopped orange bell pepper
1 can corn
1 large can crushed tomatoes
1 can tomatoes
chili powder
cumin
salt 
pepper
nutmeg (Dash)

Topping:
avacado
tortilla chips
sour cream/greek yogurt
cilantro
etc…

Throw in pot, and let simmer for at least 30 min- 1hour
Keep warm and Enjoy!