Giant Philly Steak Sub

Ever have a craving for something? Well, you might after you take a look at this. … a giant philly cheese steak sub with baby bellas, green peppers, and colby jack cheese on a large loaf of ciabatta bread. The butcher suggested I use shaved steak which turned out to be perfect. I sauteed it in a large pan with a few dashes of Worcestershire, pepper, garlic, sea salt and olive oil.  It was not much prep work and this torpedo was in the oven and bubbling within 20 minutes. The meat was unprocessed/ preservative free so it was a win-win. Enough to serve 2 people with big appetites. By the way.. I am 17 weeks pregnant so that might explain why I was craving red meat (packed with iron) and vegetables. I am so glad my appetite is back this 2nd trimester! I am also craving tons of fruit and fruit juice. I’ve eaten 20 kiwis in the past 2 weeks. Baby is due April 24th, 2014 🙂

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Sweet Potato Chips

I love sweet potatoes! Sweet potato fries, chips, or just a baked sweet potato with melted butter and cinnamon on it. Here I simply washed and sliced 2 large organic sweet potatoes, took the slices and tossed them in a bowl with olive oil, garlic sea salt, and a spice blend, laid them out on a cookie sheet (or in this case a pizza pan) and baked at 400 for 20 mins or until brown and crispy on convection roast. I served with sour cream on the side. This is not a very good picture, but you get the idea. By the way… they contain tons of beta-carotene and vitamin A. The olive oil on these chips actually assists with beta-carotene benefits. They are one of the healthiest foods you can eat full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. They taste great! Any leftovers I gave to the dog because he loves sweet potatoes! 

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Bacon & Swiss Quiche

If you love eggs as much as me, you will love this easy quiche. I love quiches because you can pretty much add anything to them and not screw them up. It’s so simple and delicious…your favorite ingredients, plus about 7-8 large eggs, a dash of milk, sour cream, and cheeses and dump it into a pie crust. Bake on 400 until it’s starting to split in the middle (cooked in the center).

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Since bacon and other cured meats contain nitrites (cancer causing) I was thrilled to discover this all natural bacon at my local grocery store. It tastes great too. I have to warn you though, it’s about double the price of regular bacon. I guess pay for healthy food now, or pay for your medical bills later? Ughh I had to have it!

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The ingredients for the bacon & swiss quiche:

  • about 1/2 package of bacon (cook it first then chop it up)
  • 3 tablespoons of sour cream
  • 7-8 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup of shredded swiss cheese (save about 1/4 cup to add to the top for the last 5 minutes of baking)
  • 1/3 cup of parmesean/romano cheese
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of ground pepper
  • pinch of thyme
  • pinch of garlic
  • pie crust

Beat all ingredients together with a wisk saving some cheese for a topping to add for the last 5 minutes of baking.

Pour liquid into bottom of pie crust in a pie plate.

Bake uncovered 400 degrees for 20 mins or so depending on your oven.

Fork around the edges of the crust if desired.

Let cool for 5-10 minutes before cutting.

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Pumpkin pie bites

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1 15 oz. can pumpkin puree

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

3/4 cup evaporated milk

2/3 cup of all purpose flour

2 eggs (large)

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon of allspice

1 pinch of nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

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It’s only September 1st and I’m already in the mood for fall. The scent of nutmeg and cinnamon wafting through the house is one of my favorite things! Here is a recipe I tried for mini pumpkin pies. They can be served with ice cream, whipped cream, or eaten by themselves. If you love pumpkin pie, then you will love these. They would be great to take to work in your lunch or for small hands because of their miniature size. They are crustless and topped with cinnamon sugar.

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Peach Smoothie

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Crushed ice, 1 organic peach (sliced), 1 scoop vanilla whey protein, 1 cup vanilla almond milk. Blend until smooth.

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Chocolate Chia Oatmeal

What are chia seeds? Well, remember those cute little Chia Pets from years past? Little did I know until recently that chia seeds are an ancient Native American staple. Supposedly some kind of Aztec secret these seeds are filled with fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and minerals. They also make you feel full because when liquid is added to them it creates a gel-like substance. They are great for pregnant women who need omega-3 or anyone who wants to lower their risk of heart disease, lower their blood pressure, and add nutrients to their diet. It is especially good if you are not a big fish eater. Here is my latest breakfast concoction which uses 1 cup of whole grain oats (Quaker Oatmeal-not instant), 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon of chia seeds, 1/4 cup of vanilla almond milk, and 1 cup of water (to boil the oats). Add 1 teaspoon of raw sugar or natural sweetener like agave if you like it sweeter.

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