Ever Evolving Food Blog

Hello Everyone! I have had this blog for years now, and as my personal life has changed, so have my tastes and eating habits...for the better!! I am now a fully plant-based eater, so my newer recipes will reflect this lifestyle and way of eating.

All of my old recipes will remain on my food blog, of course, so there will be a mixture of the old and the new for everyone to look through and choose. You can always play around with any recipe out there and make it your own, whether it's plant-based or not. There are always other options!
Thanks SO much for following! Happy Eating!

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Roasted Kale Chips/Crisps

After joining NutriMirror and after being turned away from giving blood, I found out that I'm not getting nearly enough iron.  One of the things my friends and the NM site recommended was kale.  At first, I was thinking, "NO WAY," but I decided to try it in the end.  They're delicious!

Kale (preferably organic), rinsed well and shaken dry
~1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
Cracked pepper to taste
1 tsp. sea salt

Using only the leaves, not the stems, break off the kale leave into smaller, chip/crisp-size pieces.  Toss them in olive oil.  Spread out evenly on a lined baking sheet.  Season with salt and pepper.  Bake at 350 for ~15 minutes.  The chips/crisps will be done when they turn crispy and the edges brown.  Let cool, add a little freshly grated Parmesan cheese if you want, and enjoy!

6 servings (Per serving without Parmesan cheese (About 1.5oz/42g-wt.): 50 calories (40 from fat), 4.5g total fat, 0.75g saturated fat, 1.5g protein, 2.5g total carbohydrate (1g dietary fiber, 0g sugar), 0mg cholesterol, 80mg sodium

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Healthy Grilled Chicken Lunch Tortillas

I'm trying to be healthy, and right now I'm in love with grilled anything, along with pico de gallo.  I'll put pico on just about anything at the moment.  I searched the grocery store for something I could make at home that would be fast AND healthy and not straight out of a frozen box.  Found it and it's only 330 calories!!!

3 oz. Tyson Grilled & Ready Frozen Chicken Strips
2 (7 inch) La Tortilla Low Carb/High Fiber tortillas
2 Tbsp. pico de gallo
2 crispy leaves of lettuce
1/4 cup Fat-Free 4 Mexican shredded cheese (Sargento)
2 Tbsp. Fat-Free Honey Dijon salad dressing (Maple Grove Farms)

Measure out 3 oz. of chicken and cook it in the microwave according to the directions (~3 min.).  Divide the chicken strips between two tortillas.  Top the hot chicken strips with cheese (1/4 divided between the two tortillas).  Then add the lettuce, pico (1 Tbsp. for each tortilla), and dressing (1 Tbsp. for each tortilla).  

And....you're done!  Just fold them up and eat them like a soft taco. 

These take less than five minutes to put together, they're only 330 calories for BOTH of them, and they're super filling and healthy!  Perfect for those of us on the go and who don't have a whole lot of time for lunch but still want to be healthy.  

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Grilled Bananas Foster with Vanilla Ice Cream & Melted Chocolate

It's summertime, and I love to grill out.  I've noticed more and more grilled desserts popping up on the web and on cooking shows, so I thought I would test one out myself.  This recipe was the poll winner, really, how can you go wrong with bananas, chocolate, and ice cream?  Yum!

4 Tbsp butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup chocolate chips or disks
2 medium ripe bananas
vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt

Preheat a grill over medium heat.
Melt butter in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Add the brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar has completely dissolved.  Simmer until mixture thickens about 3 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in the vanilla and set aside.

Cut each banana lengthwise, leaving the skin on Carefully cut a slit down the cent of each banana half, making sure not to cut all the way through the skin.  This is so you can have somewhere to insert the chocolate disks later.

Brush banana halves with butter and brown sugar sauce. Spray the grill with non-stick cooking spray and arrange the bananas, cut side down, on the pan. Grill until caramelized, about 4 minutes. Turn the bananas and grill until the skins are blackened bananas are soft and warmed through, about 5 minutes more. Baste frequently with the sauce during the cooking process. Place chocolate chips or disks along the tops of the bananas for the final two minutes of grilling so that they melt.

Remove from grill to a serving platter and serve with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream, drizzled with remaining sauce.


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Filet Mingon

I know that people shy away from buying filet mignon because it can be pricey, but I found a special at our grocery store for 2 filets for $7.00, so always check as you walk by the meat section because you might just find a great deal like I did!  Splurge and make this excellent meal for yourself and someone special one night!

salt and cracked pepper
2 (6 oz.) beef tenderloin fillets, 1 1/2 -2 inches thick
2 slices bacon
2 tablespoons steak sauce (recommended: Lea and Perrins Steak Sauce)
2 teaspoons water
1 cup broccoli (or other vegetable)
1 cup sliced mushrooms (or other vegetable)
6 inch French bread piece, sliced in half, longways 
non-stick, fat-free cooking spray for grilling

Let the steaks sit out and come to room temperature for 1 hour before grilling.  Season with salt and pepper. Wrap a strip of bacon around the outside edge of each steak, securing it with a toothpick or kitchen twine. 

Grill the steaks over high heat for about 10 minutes per side (7 minutes per side for rare). Baste with a mixture of steak sauce and water while grilling. For perfect steaks, turn them only once. Let them rest for ~7 minutes before serving so the juices redistribute.  The meat will actually continue to cook a bit more as you let it rest off the heat, so don't over cook the filets.

Grill vegetables and bread for ~8 minutes per side, as well.  I coated them lightly with cooking spray and lightly basted then with the steak sauce & water (1:1) mix.


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