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Open Face “California Club”

Posted by on Jul 2, 2012 in Lunch, SIdes, Whats on My Plate | 1 comment

Open Face “California Club”

Fast food restaurants aren’t one of the places you want the majority of your food to come from.  But I understand why people do it, it is convenient.  In college we used to get Jimmy John’s all the time, my favorite was the Turkey Tom.  Now that I am older and wiser, I occasionally get Jimmy John’s but now I get the Beach Club “Unwrap”(Jimmy John’s term for lettuce wrap) one of the reasons I love Jimmy John’s is I can switch up the sandwich however I want and they don’t up-charge or roll their eyes at me(I am the queen of ordering “off the menu” aka changing restaurants recipes).  I usually take off the turkey, mayo and cheese(I LOVE cheese but you never taste it on sandwiches like this, so why bother?) add extra tomato, request no lettuce but extra sprouts.  I had no idea how much I loved sprouts until I had a Jimmy John’s sandwich.  In fact I probably never would have tried them, had I not had them at Jimmy John’s!  I must admit I am a little biased about Jimmy John’s because my brother owns two shops in Michigan, but come on, you gotta support the family business 🙂 I made this open-faced version of  “Beach Club” after a very exciting trip to Whole Foods.  I went there about two weeks ago, there was a ton of local produce all at a really good price.  Summer is a great time to buy organic and local because you usually find it really affordable.  As usual I was craving avocados so I bought the ingredients to make my guacamole and purchased some beautiful tomato and cucumber as well.  I got home and made this for an afternoon snack.  It tasted so good, I made it the next day and the day after that, and now I think it will be in the regular rotation of lunches and snacks I have. I know I eat a lot of avocados and some people are really worried about their high fat content, remember 2/3 of the fats from avocado are monounsaturated-fat which means they are the good, heart healthy fats.  They do have a high calorie count so if you are trying to lose weight then I wouldn’t eat 3 a day, but you can include them in your diet and still be successful in losing weight, just eat them in moderation. I hope you enjoy this open-faced sandwich as much as I did, it’s very refreshing for the summertime.  If you are having it as lunch I would add some sliced fruit or a side salad to help fill you up for the afternoon! Ingredients: Sprouted Ezekiel Sesame Bread(one slice) 2 Tbsp. guacamole or 1/4 sliced avocado 1/8 cup chopped tomato 1/8 cup chopped cucumber 1/8 cup sprouts salt and pepper to taste Preparation: Toast the bread if desired, then spread guacamole or avocado on top Add chopped tomato and cucumber onto guacamole or avocado, then pile sprouts on top. Season with a little salt and pepper and enjoy!...

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Eggs over Quinoa

Posted by on Jun 10, 2012 in Blog, Breakfast, breakfast, Whats on My Plate | 0 comments

Eggs over Quinoa

I’ve been doing some experimenting with quinoa by adding it into my breakfast.  I used to only use it as a side or something I mixed in with my salads but lately I’ve been thinking a little outside of the box(at least outside of my box).  Quinoa breaks the grain stereotype in that it is a great source of protein.  In fact the protein it supplies contains all nine essential amino acids.  It also has high amounts of magnesium, and fiber and even a substantial amount of calcium.  If you don’t already use it, get it into your diet.  Your body will thank you! I served one tomato sliced up and sauteed with two eggs over medium(or cooked to your liking) over the quinoa.  Delish!!!  I will definitely be using this meal in my regular rotations of breakfast choices. It also takes about 7 minutes to cook! Ingredients: 2 eggs 1/2 cup cooked quinoa(I cook a huge batch at the beginning of the week, so it’s ready to go!) 1 tomato sliced salt and pepper Coconut oil Preparation: Place cooked quiona on a plate.  Heat up a medium skilled over medium heat.  Add your two eggs and cook for about one minute, seasoning with salt and pepper.  Add tomato slices.  Cook your eggs to your preference.  I cook mine over medium(egg white is cooked but yolk is runny), the easiest way to do this is just cook without a cover over the pan for about 2 minutes, then add the cover to the pan until the white part of the eggs is cooked through but the yolk is still runny.  Once eggs are done, put tomato sliced over the quinoa then add the eggs on top.  Season with salt and pepper as...

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Breakfast Quinoa

Posted by on May 22, 2012 in Blog, Breakfast, breakfast, Whats on My Plate | 10 comments

Breakfast Quinoa

Until recently I thought of quinoa only as a dinner or lunch option.  Although you might not be sure how to pronounce it many of you have probably heard of quinoa.  It has been featured on Dr. Oz, Whole Living Magazine, and many other credible nutritional health sources.  So what’s all the buzz around quinoa? Quinoa is a complete protein meaning it contains all nine essential amino acids your body needs.  This makes it a great choice for our vegan 7 day challenge and for vegetarians in general. I’ve said before that I like to try to start my day off with protein and fiber.  I added fruit to the quinoa along with almond milk, sliced almond, pitted cherries, psyllium husks and drizzled it with honey.  It was a really light breakfast but it kept me full through my morning hike with my dog and through my morning workout! Ingredients: 3/4 cups cooked quinoa 1 peach sliced 5-7 pitted cherries 1 tbsp sliced almonds 1 tsp drizzle honey 2-3 tbsp almond milk 1 tsp psyllium husks Preparation: Mix all ingredients in bowl and Serve. If you want it hot pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds and enjoy! I have great news for all my lovely followers, I order a lot of products from iherb.com.  They have great prices and free shipping on orders over $20.  Their prices beat out a lot of the popular health food stores, and now you can add to the savings!  Use my coupon code OZI624 when your checking out and you’ll receive $5 off your first...

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