Martha’s Vineyard, you were divine!

ImageAnyone ever been to Martha’s Vineyard? I’ve lived in Massachusetts my whole life and only been there twice!…TWICE. How sad. It’s only a 20 min ferry ride away. I have no excuses besides my parents never taking me. I took a short day trip out there with some of the people in my Unit to have breakfast (we fancy, huh?) at Linda Jean’s. It was nice little place with delicious food. For Martha’s Vineyard, it was pretty decent priced. They also serve mimosas, FYI. The best part of all, I got to spend the day with my best friend/lifting partner. So Martha’s Vineyard, CHECK!ImageImage

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Carrot Risotto

ImageI was craving risotto and normally risotto in my household comes in the form of a box. So today, I googled “healthy kids risotto” and found this gem of a recipe. It was so quick to make and really delicious! Plus like a huge Vitamin A booster!

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What you’ll need:

1 cup of rice
1/2 diced onions
2 chopped carrots
1 cup of carrot juice
2 cups of chicken stock
1 cup of water
1 tbp olive oil

ImageFirst, have all your ingredients ready to go. Juice enough carrots to make 1 cup of carrot juice. I used about 5. Then peel and chop two carrots. Once that is finish, heat a medium size sauce pan and add the olive oil and heat it for a bit. Put in your onions and chopped carrots and sauteed until the carrots are kinda soft. It takes about 5-6 mins. Then put the rice in and stir the rice around with the carrots for a couple of mins before adding in 1/2 a cup of chicken stock. The rice should quickly absorb the stock. Then mix the other 1 1/2 cup of chicken stock with the carrot juice and the 1 cup of water into one– and slowly pour into the saucepan. LITTLE BY LITTLE.

ImageYou continue pouring the mixture into the rice and stir every so often. It takes about 20 mins to cook! I like the smell of parsley so I always chop it and put it on top of my…everything. I know my directions are awful sometimes but that just means that I’m open for questions! Enjoy!

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Tofu-Cauliflower Stuffed Peppers

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I had to get rid of a lot of stuff in my fridge before it went bad, so I decided to come up with my own recipe. This is my yummy Tofu-Cauliflower Stuffed Peppers. It tastes pretty good if you asked me (my son didn’t spit it out.) Here is the recipe for anyone who is brave enough to try this authentic Christina Le recipe. *best of luck to you*
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What you’ll need:
1/2 cauliflower
4 cups of Spinach
1 Shallot Onion (taste sweeter)
1/2 regular onion
1/2 lemon
2 Red Bell Peppers
1 package of extra firm tofu
chopped garlic (2 cloves)
basil
herbes de provence
chipotle spice
raw honey
sea salt and pepper

ImageIn a large skillet, slice a couple of of slices off your lemon and bring your water to a boil. While you’re waiting, wash and cut your veggies and tofu. Leave the bottom half of your peppers, unchopped and sliced the other half. Boil your cauliflower until they’re soft and also steam your pepper then remove them from the heat. Return the skillet and pour a dime size of olive oil into your pan. Once it’s warm, toss in your garlic/ regular onion. Then add your tofu and cook until it’s lightly brown and throw in your spinach and sliced peppers. Start adding your spices ( sorry, i didn’t measure because I eyeballed everything–so i would say, whatever you think! haha, sorry!!) I pour a bit of raw honey in because I wanted something kind of sweet too. Once everything is cooked, remove and begin stuffing your peppers. DONE!

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ImageThe best part of this is that I KNOW this will be a clean meal because I doubt there can be a lot of calories in tofu and vegetables.

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Healthier Seafood Salad

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When I think “seafood salad”– I automatically think about mayonnaise doused imitation crabmeat slapped in-between some bread with salt and pepper.  However, I have always been a major fan of real seafood; my stepfather is a fisherman and I am lucky enough to be able to eat seafood whenever I want. That being said, I am always looking for new recipes to try with them. This was the easiest, as well as tastiest, salad I have ever came across!

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What you’ll need:
Dressing:
3 Tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 large garlic clove, minced
1/2 Lemon
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

Veggies:
1 tbs sea salt
3 Med Carrots, peeled and sliced
1/2 lb of green beans
1/2 Cauliflower
beets (optional)

Seafood:
1/2 cup of white wine
3/4 lb of extra lg shrimp (peeled and deveined)
3/4 lbs of clams
lemon wedges

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ImageUsing a pot, add about 2 inches of water and bring it to a boil. Add salt, carrots, green beans, and cauliflower. Cook for about 5 mins then remove but keeping the water in the pot. Add the wine to the vegetable cooking water and adjust the heat until the liquid is barely simmering then add the shrimp and clams to the pot. Cover and cook until the clams have opened and shrimp turned orange. (about 5-6 mins). Whatever clams don’t open– throw away! Drain then add to the veggie mixture.

For the dressing, whisk the ingredients together and pour over your mixture– then toss like a salad! Serve as is and refrigerate leftovers.  🙂

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Chard and Mushroom Wrap

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I have been searching for a nice quick healthy lunch idea instead of the typical tuna mixed with spinach or buying some sort of wrap from Tropical Smoothie Cafe. In December, I bought Giada de Laurentiis’s “Feel Good Food” recipe book for smoothies and juice ideas but I found that she had a lot of good tips and recipes for meals too! Perfect!! I found this particular recipe for Kale and Mushroom wrap and wanted to try it out. It was delicious but I wanted to try this with Chard instead of Kale. Chard is used a lot in italian cooking and is filled with lots of Vitamin A. Here is my version of Chard and Mushroom Wrap.

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Ingredients: 3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 of and onion, chopped and diced.
1 medium leek, white and pale green part onl
8 ounces of mushrooms
1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
1/2 freashly ground black pepper
1 (8 ounce) bunch of Swiss Chard
1/4 cup of Chicken broth (or veggie, if you want to go vegetarian)
1/3 cup of unsweetened dried cranberries
2 ounces of goat cheese, crumbled (1/4 cup), at room temp
5 eight inch wheat tortilla wraps.

Be sure to rinse thoroughly! Thinly slice the leek and coarsely chop the Chard.
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In a large skillet, heat the oil on medium high then add the onion, leek, mushrooms, salt and pepper. Cook until they’re soft, about 6-7 minutes. Then add in the Chard and cook until they’re wilted, another 6-7 mins. Then add in the broth and cranberries and bring to a boil. Then remove from heat and add the cheese. Divide amongst wrap and enjoy!ImageImageImage

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Promises of FoodPorn

You know what’s the best/worst part about having a weekend getaway with your best friend? YOU EAT EVERYTHING! Ha ha, I just pictured two girls just eating anything and everything they could get their hands on and then end up looking like the Blueberry girl from Willy Wonka. Thankfully, we made it out safe and sound without gaining more than 10lbs. Kidding..i’m kidding. However, we did take the liberty of indulging ourselves in little dessert cafes, and delicious seafood restaurants. Here are some spots to go to if you’re ever in the area of Boston or Providence, Rhode Island.

1. Finale Desserterie & Bakery (Boston):
Desserts range between 6-10 dollars a piece but believe me when I tell you that they taste like heaven the in mouth. We had the creme brulee, triple layer chocolate cake, a latte, and of course a cappuccino. It’s a cozy place right in the middle of Harvard. 

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2. Pour House Bar & Grill (Boston):
We stopped here for drinks and fried mac and cheese bites. I don’t even want to imagine how much calories were in each bite but that cheesy goodness was too good for us to stop. The Vodka and tonics were a nice touch with it. It looked to be a mid-20s crowd.

 

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3. Tasty Burger (Boston):
Fast burger joint that asks you whether you want your burger medium or well. Do you guys ever dip your fries in chocolate shake?? YUM. We had the original burgers, onion rings, fries, coke and chocolate shake.

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4. Cafeteria (Boston):
They had the best fried ice cream and this lovely drink called “cappuccinotini” which is exactly what it sounds like. It’s was strong but very good. Being that Boston was so cold that night, the drink helped warm us up!

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5.  Island Creek Oyster Bar (Boston):
Unfortunately with this place, the only problem was that they didn’t do reservations and it was really crowded. Aside from that, the food was absolutely divine and the service was nice! My friend tried raw oysters for the first time and she liked it. It’s definitely a classy spot and would be a nice place to take your significant other. We had a dozen oysters, the crab cakes, clam chowder, and lobster served over ice.ImageImage

6. Union Oyster House (Boston):
Her dad really wanted lobster, and this place definitely had a great selection in size! Of course, like anywhere else, it was a pretty penny. What really drew me to this place was the ambience you felt being there. I just love that Boston has so many great choices in seafood restaurants. I remember being in Mississippi and the best thing they had for seafood was “Red Lobster”.

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7. Marisol’s Cafe (Dartmouth, MA):
I’m a little biased to this one because it’s in the town over from me. However, if you ever get the chance to try a Chippi…you won’t be sorry. This place is infamous for it’s sexy lattes.

Image8. Geppetto’s Grilled Pizzeria (Providence, Rhode Island):
A nice change from all the seafood we were having. This Italian restaurant had a huge selection of creative pizzas. We tried the Bolognese pizza and it was different from the usual Papa Ginos for me. I liked it though. Any restaurant on Federal Hill deserves two thumbs up!

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And that concludes our indulgent weekend of food! If anyone has the chance to visit any of those restaurants, be sure to let me know what you think! And if you have any recommendations about somewhere you’ve been in these areas, please share. Other than that, HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!