Elderflower Gimlet Cocktail Recipe

Elderflower Gimlet

When this mama needs an adult beverage, this is my go-to cocktail! The Elderflower Gimlet. Please do make this for your next dinner party…..you won’t be sorry!

Recipe:

2 oz. Hendrick’s Gin
1 oz. St. Germain elderflower liqueur
1 oz. fresh-squeezed lime juice

– Make the cocktail in a shaker or mixing glass with all ingredients
– Add ice
– Shake, shake, shake
– Strain into chilled glass
– Garnish with lime

xo,

Heather

p.s. let me know how you like it!

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Healthy substitutes for cooking

This will hopefully make your life easier! I’ve compiled a list of my favorite substitutes to use in cooking. Have you used any of them before?

  1. Rice = Cauliflower Rice. Pulse cauliflower in a food processor or you can now buy cauliflower rice in most stores and just use it in place of rice – it’s so much better for you.
  2. French Fries = Sweet Potatoes! No, sweet potato fries don’t count. Let’s stay away from fried foods and bake them instead. Peel a sweet potato, cut it up into small cubes or slices and bake at 400 degrees for about 18 minutes! You can add a little sea salt ad voila.
  3. Pasta = Quinoa. This ancient grain provides protein ( a lot more than pasta) and also metabolizes differently and gives you energy. You can also use shredded spaghetti squash or spiralized zucchini noodles as a replacement as well. Yum!
  4. Sweets = Blueberries. Blueberries are full of antioxidants and will curb your craving for sweets. Eat them to your heart’s content and eat them alone since fruit should be consumed alone.

Let me know if you will try any of these tips!

xo,

Heather

Simple Stir-fry Recipe

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When I said it was simple, I meant it. I am a one-pot meal master! No measurements, no fuss, just simple and fresh ingredients and throw them all in a pot!

Here’s what I used for this meal:

-cauliflower rice

-carrots

-zucchini

-broccoli

-mushrooms

-firm tofu

-pressed garlic, sesame oil, sea salt, onion powder, maple syrup

Cut the veggies however you want, add the spices to your own tasting preference and simmer for 20 minutes on low heat!

Enjoy!

Heather

Bruschetta Stew Recipe


This has to be one of my favorite recipes that I’ve ever created! Who doesn’t love bruschetta? Since I can’t do grains or dairy, I turned this famous Italian appetizer into a stew instead.

Ingredients:

1 block, Extra firm tofu (or shredded chicken)

1 can of organic chickpeas

1 yellow bell pepper, diced

1.5 Cups cauliflower rice (pre-pulsed from Trader Joe’s)

1 segment of broccoli, cut up

1 tub of pre-diced bruschetta from Trader Joe’s- by the hummus (Green/Red tub)

Veggie broth, onion powder, corn meal, Dijon mustard, maple syrup

Directions:

Now, I don’t really measure when I cook stews, I just eyeball it & go off taste so put all veggies in a large pot & fill the veggie broth enough that it covers half of you veggies. We will use the corn meal to thicken the broth later. 

Next add around 1 TBL of onion powder & maple syrup. Add 2 TBL Dijon mustard. Cook over medium/high heat until it starts bubbling & then turn it down to Low, cover the pot & let it simmer for 20-25 minutes. Check the broth & if it’s watery, add in corn meal just a little at a time & stir. Watch for thickening & add more if need be until desired thickness is achieved. You shouldn’t need salt but feel free to use a pinch if you must. 

Enjoy!!

Tips for eating salads

Simple salad for lunch & homemade dressing. If there’s one thing important about salads…it’s to try to make your own dressings so you know what is in them. Greens are very low calorie foods but high in nutrients & phtyochemicals, so we need to be adding hearty goodness & healthy fats to our salads to ensure proper caloric intake.

Cashew Butter Cookie Recipe

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Hi Friends! I have an incredible cookie recipe for you. Easy, 5 ingredients, Dairy-Free, Gluten/Grain Free, high in protein and amazing in taste.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Jar (16 oz) Cashew Butter
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 TBL baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 3/4 C Coconut Nectar (coconut sugar)

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl (that’s literally all you have to do!). Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes on a greased cooking sheet or with parchment paper. I garnished the top of each cookie w/ 1-2 dairy-free chocolate chips. *They expand when they cook so leave room between cookies.*

Enjoy! 

Heather

Giant Skillet Cookie Recipe

Yes, friends….the pizzookie is back! So. Yummy. A great treat that isn’t too sinful.


Recipe:

1/4 melted coconut oil

1 egg

1/3 C honey

1/2 tsp Vanilla

Mix together and then add to:

2 C Almond Flour

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 C choc chips

Bake at 350 degrees for 22 minutes.

Make immediately!

Healthy Breakfast!

  
I know I’m bad at posting regularly & I’m trying to be better about that! Being a new Mom is hard on your time! Because I don’t have any time anymore, I like quick & healthy meals.

This breakfast is both! I used vegan yogurt, fruit & granola. Boom. What are your go-to breakfasts?

*I’m more active on social media like Instagram @heather_juliet & Snapchat @heatherjuliet BUT I’m trying to blog more, I promise!

My favorite 2 ingredient smoothie!

  
I am a smoothie freak! I also just realized this one does have 2 ingredients but I forgot that I added plant-based protein powder, so really…..it has 3! 

I’ve been using one of the two combo’s:

Kale + Apple 

Kale + Mango 

Then I either add plain, vanilla or chocolate plant-based protein powder depending on my mood. Which ones you ask? Either OrGain, SunWarrior, Amazing Grass or Growing Naturals. All available at health food stores & Heather approved. 

Banana Date Smoothie Recipe

  
Check out my recipe on Further Food. This recipe is one that I make if I ever want something a little sweeter w/ higher calorie content to keep me satiated longer. Dates are great for adding a little more calories & sweetness. Add some cinnamon to it & it tastes like a cinnamon roll! (Photo courtesy of Further Food).

http://www.furtherfood.com/recipe/banana-date-smoothie-recipe/

Join my Clean Eating Challenge!

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Hi All! If you are interested in doing a free 7 Day clean eating / love yourself challenge….please join my Facebook event! It starts Feb 7 and runs until Feb 13. You will be joined by other like-minded people who are there to support you and have fun! I’ll post a grocery shopping list and a meal plan each night before the next day. Let’s have fun!

Here is the Facebook event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/962744803808403/

xo, Heather

Asian Stir-Fry Recipe!

  
I love Asian food so this stir-fry cures that craving! For stir-fry’s I don’t measure, I just taste as I go along so here is what I used:

Crimini Mushrooms

Bok Choy

Bell Peppers (yellow & orange)

Broccoli

Carrots

White Onion, Garlic, EVOO, Sea Salt, Toasted Sesame Seed Oil

Sesame Seeds

Brown Rice