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Sunday, February 13th, 2011

It’s the Simple Things in Life

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

Simply Delicious

I know you. You’re an insanely busy, full-time mom/professional/career-woman/athlete/girlfriend/mentor/student/friend, etc.  You want to try to eat better.  You want to try to make healthier meals for you and your family.  But honestly, who has time for that?! Definitely not an insanely busy, full-time mom/professional/career-woman/athlete/girlfriend/mentor/student/friend, etc… Well, this is for all you busy ladies, especially the moms out there (and dudes, sorry, I don’t want to disclude the awesome men who read this blog!).  I am not a mom yet, well, except for these two

but I can only imagine how busy life can get and how hard it is to keep up when you’ve got children to look after.  HIGH FIVE to all the Mom’s out there, you guys ROCK!! Okay, so how are you going to make healthy meals for yourself and your family? So glad you asked; give me your hand, I’m going to show you the way!

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First up are steamed veggies with marinara and goat cheese.  You pick the veg; my favs are broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, zucchini, and spaghetti squash.  Today I used cauliflower.

Cauliflower with Goat Cheese & Marinara

You’ll need:

  • Cauliflower
  • Organic Marinara Sauce
  • Raw Goat Cheese
  • Sea salt

Cut cauliflower into small pieces and steam in salted water until soft.

Drain and top with marinara sauce and shredded raw goat’s cheese (I like Alta Dena brand the best. It’s available at most health food stores).

This dish is like pasta only without the carbs, cellulite, and food-coma that come afterwards!! Plus it’s tasty and nutritious – your kids will love it!

I made it pretty for the picture, but actually mine usually looks more like this:

I love my goat cheese!! 😉

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Alright, onto the second simple, delicious, and oh-so-easy meal.

Baked Beets with Goat Cheese

(have you noticed I really like goat cheese?!).

You’ll need:

  • Organic beets
  • Raw Goat Cheese

Remove leaves and place whole beets (no need to peel or chop – you can use the whole thing, even the root) on a baking sheet and bake at 400 deg for about an hour or until soft all the way through.  You should be able to pierce easily with a knife.

The longer you cook them, the sweeter and tastier they get. Slice beets and top with shredded goat’s cheese or a soft chevre style goat cheese like I used here.  Serve warm. Also excellent served on top of a green salad!

Only 2 ingredients, but honey, two ingredients never tasted so good! 😉

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And last but not least, the absolute easiest of all…. Baked Sweet Potatoes!  You can use alllllll kinds of toppings! I use guacamole, goat cheese (of course), marinara + goat cheese (of course), salsa, or just plain organic butter is delicious too!! If you want to change it up, a fun thing to do with the kiddos is to make:

Sweet Potato Fries

You’ll need:

  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Coconut Oil
  • Sea Salt
  • Spices of choice (optional) – I typically use Organic Italian Spices
  • Zip Lock baggie

Cut sweet potatoes into wedges, you can make these small or large according to your preferences.  I like cutting them a little thiner so they are nice and crispy!

In a Ziploc bag, toss sweet potato wedges with coconut oil and spices.  Arrange coated wedges on a baking tray or aluminum foil and sprinkle with coarse sea salt.  Bake at 400deg for 30mins or until the outside is somewhat crispy and the inside is soft. Serve with organic ketchup or sauce of choice.

The beauty of these recipes is that they take virtually no time to prepare.  You could put the beets and sweet potatoes in the oven at the same time, then prepare for some much needed me time. Go draw yourself a nice candle-lit bath.  Relax, let the stress of the day fall away and by the time you’re done with your soak, your house smells amazing and your food is ready!!

Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of these meals.  There are certain things that just go together.  Like peanut butter and jelly, Batman & Robin, beets and goats cheese…

Remember my previous post.  These are veggies so you can eat ALOT of them!  Eat until you are FULL! Enjoy yourself! There’s no need to skimp or restrict – eat your heart out woman!  These meals are easy, nutritious, and you’re gonna look and feel like a million bucks after eating them!

 

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