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Most satisfying packed-lunch ever: Broiled pesto tomatoes and the healthiest quinoa-veggie recipe ever (seriously, check out the ingredients below)

Broiled Pesto Tomatoes 

Ingredients

  • 8 medium sized tomatoes (or 4 large ones)
  • 3 cups of parsley 
  • 2 garlic cloves 
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts 
  • 1/4 nutritional yeast 
  • 1/2 cup olive oil salt and pepper
  • bread crumbs, croutons, or ripped pieces of whole wheat bread for topping 

Directions 

  1. Pre-heat oven to broil. 
  2. Cut tomatoes crosswise and core them. 
  3. Place basil, parsley, garlic cloves, pine nuts, nutritional yeast, olive oil in a food processor and let ‘er rip. 
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 
  5. Place tomatoes cut-side up on a bake sheet. 
  6. Spoon pesto into tomato halves. 
  7. Top with bread crumbs. 
  8. Broil for 5 minutes (so fast!) or until the pesto bubbles and the bread crumbs are browned.

Gingery-Carrot Quinoa Salad 

Ingredients: 

  • ½ cup chopped onion 
  • 2 Tbs. minced fresh ginger
  • 1 cup dry  (red) quinoa
  • 1 ½ cups carrot juice
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 medium apple, diced
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened shredded coconuts
  • Crushed almonds or peanuts 
  • canola, sunflower, coconut, or safflower oil (basically oil to sautee with) 

Directions: 

  1. Thinly coat the bottom of a pot or deep saucepan with oil and saute onion for 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. Stir in ginger, quinoa, and carrot juice.
  3. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.
  4. Bring to a boil.
  5. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 15 to 20 minutes, or until all liquid is absorbed.
  6. Remove from heat, and scatter peas over cooked quinoa.
  7. Stir apple, coconut, and nuts into salad.

Overall: Okay, I don’t have enough free time to blog and edit my photos like I used to. I find that worrying about having the prettiest post slows me down too much and I end up never posting! 

Now back to the food…These were both awesome dishes! Ben and I made them for dinner and I took the leftovers for lunch. I love carrot juice and was ecstatic to find a quinoa recipe that uses it! It infuses the grain with Vitamin A and other antioxidants. It’s very filling so you can mix it with spring salad for a lighter lunch packed with vegetables.

Oh and the tomatoes…so good. And they broil so fast! Homemade pesto smells and tastes fresher. With a little bit of salt, they make a beautiful and delicious side dish. Tomatoes are high in Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and potassium. Parsley is packed with Vitamin K. 

Definitely give both these recipes a try soon! You can make a batch of quinoa and buy salad for a week’s worth of lunches.

See you!

Geraldine 

P.S. I got new glasses

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surfnrunnr:

Ben said he needed some “healthy” in his life…So we picked a soba noodle recipe with the most vegetables we could find! I adapted this recipe from cookieandkate.com who adapted it from aggieskitchen.com. But it was originally from eatingwell.com

Ingredients
  • 8 ounces soba noodles*
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped
  • 3/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced thin
  • 1/4 head of red cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 2 cups shelled edamame
  • 1/2 cup toasted sesame seeds
  •  3 tablspoons peanut butter (optional)
Directions
  1. Cook soba noodles according to directions.
  2. Chop up all your vegetables, and toss into a bowl with the soba noodles.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce , sesame oil, canola oil, peanut butter, and rice wine vinegar.
  4. Optional step: Sautee veggies for 5-6 minutes. We did this to make it warmer and tastier. 
  5. Pour the dressing into the pasta and veggies and toss well to combine.

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blogilates:

INGREDIENTS:
1 small head of cauliflower
1 and 1/4 cups of low fat mozzarella cheese
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp dried garlic powder
1/4 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg
small handful of fresh basil leaves sliced thinly
DIRECTIONS:
1. Shred the cauliflower in your food processor until it looks like rice – I call this “ricing”.
2. Place the rice in a bowl and microwave it for 5 minutes.
3. Squeeze all of the excess water out by placing the rice on a cheesecloth or thin piece of linen and pressing the liquid out. If you skip this, it’s not the end of the world.
4. Then mix in your dried ingredients, egg, cheese, and basil leaves. Be careful! It’s hot. Don’t do what I did in my first Cheap Clean Eats video. You can watch that disaster here. (No, seriously, watch it!)
5. Form your “dough” into little nugget sized pieces on a tray that’s been sprayed with EVOO, PAM, or coconut oil.
6. Bake at 425F for 15 min. (I actually left mine in a little longer to make sure they get a bit crunchy.)
98 cals per serving = 6 nuggets

blogilates:

INGREDIENTS:

1 small head of cauliflower

1 and 1/4 cups of low fat mozzarella cheese

1/4 tsp dried oregano

1/4 tsp dried garlic powder

1/4 tsp dried basil

1/4 tsp salt

1 egg

small handful of fresh basil leaves sliced thinly

DIRECTIONS:

1. Shred the cauliflower in your food processor until it looks like rice – I call this “ricing”.

2. Place the rice in a bowl and microwave it for 5 minutes.

3. Squeeze all of the excess water out by placing the rice on a cheesecloth or thin piece of linen and pressing the liquid out. If you skip this, it’s not the end of the world.

4. Then mix in your dried ingredients, egg, cheese, and basil leaves. Be careful! It’s hot. Don’t do what I did in my first Cheap Clean Eats video. You can watch that disaster here. (No, seriously, watch it!)

5. Form your “dough” into little nugget sized pieces on a tray that’s been sprayed with EVOO, PAM, or coconut oil.

6. Bake at 425F for 15 min. (I actually left mine in a little longer to make sure they get a bit crunchy.)

98 cals per serving = 6 nuggets

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Celeste & Jesse Forever | Hello My Old Heart

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awesomepeoplehangingouttogether:

Anthony Bourdain, Lidia Bastianich and Christopher Walken

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Anthony Bourdain, Lidia Bastianich and Christopher Walken

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awesomepeoplehangingouttogether:

Marlon Brando, Al Pacino and Francis Ford Coppola

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Marlon Brando, Al Pacino and Francis Ford Coppola

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explore-blog:

The last Incan suspension bridge is made entirely of grass, woven by hand, and at least 500 years old. Compare and contrast with the story of the Brooklyn Bridge. 

explore-blog:

The last Incan suspension bridge is made entirely of grass, woven by hand, and at least 500 years old. Compare and contrast with the story of the Brooklyn Bridge

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life:

What a moment. Jack Nicholson and daughter Jennifer, 1969. See more photos here.
(Arthur Schatz—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

life:

What a moment. Jack Nicholson and daughter Jennifer, 1969. See more photos here.

(Arthur Schatz—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

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Everything’s been done, but not by me.
Anonymous (via manbartlett)

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above4:

how i empathize so.
by the way, this movie?! amazing.

Hoy

above4:

how i empathize so.

by the way, this movie?! amazing.

Hoy

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Hermosa plaza Antonia

Hermosa plaza Antonia

Dear Governor Romney,

I’d like to say congratulations on winning the republican nomination. But, I wish you stayed in Massachusetts. You’re plan for America isn’t what we need, and would hurt us more than it would help.

First, repealing Obama care and other health plans he’s put in place have helped families across America, including mine. I live in a middle class family, and two years ago my little sister; Kennedy was denied insurance because of her pre-existing condition. This was a huge emotional stress and financial burden on my entire family. Under Obama Care, insurance companies can no longer deny Kennedy and kids like her, the coverage they need and deserve. Because of Obama care my little sister was able to have the several surgeries she needed that helped save her life. Once the President was elected he put Obama Care into action, just like he promised and made it so that you could get insurance with pre-existing conditions. This has made a direct impact on my family. My family is with out a doubt better off now, than we were four years ago!

It is to my understanding that you stated that you were going to repeal Obama Care, including the part I have mentioned, which will take away the insurance we have and need for my sister Kennedy. Why do you think she doesn’t deserve health care? Also, when you were interviewed on “Meet the Press”, you stated that you would NOT repeal this part of Obama Care, but then your campaign backpedalled and on the “Tonight show with Jay Leno”, you said that you WOULD repeal this.

Also, you’re domestic plans (birth control, gay rights etc.) are horrible! Women should get to manage their own health, and if you wonder why you’re not appealing to many women voters, rethink your birth control and women’s’ rights plans. And people should be able to marry whom they want. We built this country so people could have freedom, and not have religious beliefs control them to that length. This country was in no way built on any religion, so we should not create laws that repress the American people in a religious way and hurt our most vulnerable.

Sincerely,
Jackson Ripley, age 12

Nice!

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