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Green Tea Cheesecake – No Bake


I’ve been on a Green Tea crave recently + tight on time so this recipe sparked quite an interest!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp gelatine powder & 1/4 cup water
  • 6 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp matcha green tea powder and 3 Tbsp warm water, mixed
  • For Crust: 1 package graham crackers crushed into crumbs & 3 Tbsp butter & 1 Tbsp sugar

Preparation:

  1. Mix gelatine powder and water in a small cup and set aside. Combine graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and sugar in a bowl.
  2. Spread the crumbs in bottom of a 8 inch round cake pan. Flatten the crust, pressing with a spoon. Chill in refrigerator.
  3. Stir softened cream cheese and sugar in a large bowl. Add plain yogurt and heavy cream and mix until smooth. Further, add matcha green tea powder mixture into the filling.
  4. Heat gelatine mixture in the microwave until becomes liquid and add it to the filling. Stir well.
  5. Pour the filling on top of the crust and spread evenly. Refrigerate the cake for 3 hours, or until set.

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Grilled Chicken Greek Salad


Simple to cook and prepare, this salad offers an explosion of Greek flavor in every bite.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice, divided
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic, divided
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin, divided
  • 2 boned, skinned chicken breast halves (1 lb. total)
  • 2 tablespoons tahini (sesame paste)
  • 2 cans (15 oz. each) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 sliced red bell pepper
  • 1 cup flat-leaf parsley
  • 6 ounces crumbled goat’s-milk feta cheese

Directions:

  1. Heat grill to high (450° to 550°). Mix 1 tbsp. each lemon juice and oil, 1 tsp. garlic, and 1/2 tsp. each salt, pepper, and cumin in a medium bowl. Add chicken and turn to coat.
  2. Grill chicken, turning once, until cooked through and browned, about 10 minutes. Let rest, covered, 5 minutes.
  3. Whisk together remaining 2 tbsp. each lemon juice and oil, 2 tsp. garlic, 1/2 tsp. each salt and pepper, and 1 tsp. cumin with the tahini in a large bowl. Add chickpeas, tomatoes, onion, and bell pepper and toss to coat. Divide among 4 plates. Slice chicken and set on top. Sprinkle salads with parsley and cheese.
  4. Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

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Healthy Fruit Punch


I’m so tired of drinking overly sugary fruit punch with artificial flavoring so this recipe is amazing! It has real fruit and provides for a healthy alternative to sugary sodas for children.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups apple juice, chilled
  • 2 cups grape juice, chilled
  • 2 tsp almond extract
  • 4 cups lemon lime flavored soda, such as Sprite, chilled
  • 2 cups fresh fruit

Directions:

  1. In a large pitcher, stir together apple juice, grape juice and almond extract.  Pour in lemon lime soda and give it a quick stir (just don’t over-mix after adding the soda or you will stir out the carbonation).
  2. Don’t be afraid to add real fruits into the punch, it garnishes the drink and looks great at parties!

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Lemon Bars


ImageBecause my old roommate made amazing lemon squares – I’d swear by these!
For the crust:
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached flour
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
For the filling:
  • 1/2 cup unbleached flour
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar (I reduced the sugar by 1/4 cup. Next time, I would actually use 3 cups of sugar to make it less tart)
  • 1 cup plus 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • lemon zest, grated from 1 small lemon
  • 6 large whole eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • salt pinch
  • confectioners’ sugar for topping
 Directions: 
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and butter a 9×13 inch baking pan.
  2. To make the crust: sift the confectioners’ sugar into the bowl. Stir in the flour. Add the butter and pine nuts (if using) and beat on low speed mixer just until a smooth dough forms.
  3. Press the dough evenly into the pan and allow to come up about 1/2 inch up the side of the pan. Line the crust with parchment paper and fill with pie weights.
  4. Bake the crust until it is a deep golden brown, about 25-35 minutes.
  5. To make the filling: While the crust is baking sift the flour into mixing bowl and whisk in the sugar until blended. Add the lemon juice and zest and stir to dissolve the sugar. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk the whole eggs and egg yolk with the salt. Add the eggs to the lemon juice mixture and whisk until well mixed.
  6. Once the crust is ready pour the filling directly into the pan (leave the pan in the oven while you do this to make it easier). Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees F. and bake just until the center of the custard is set, about 30-40 minutes.
  7. Let cool completely on a wire rack, then over and chill well before cutting. Cut into squares and dust the top with confectioners’ sugar, if desired. They will keep in an airtight container or well covered in the baking dish in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

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Broiled Chicken with Peppers


Eating healthy is very beneficial but it can also be quite expensive. If you’re looking for a quality meal that’s easy on your wallet, you’ve come to the right place. This meal can serve as a perfect family dinner that will keep your stomach and wallet full.

Estimated Preparation and Cooking Time: 50 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 russet potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • Kosher salt
  • 8 small skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs (about 2 1/4 pounds)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon dried oregano
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 large green bell pepper, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 6 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 4 to 6 pickled cherry peppers, seeded and sliced, plus 1/3 cup brine
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh parsley

Directions:

  1. Preheat the broiler. Put the potato in a medium saucepan, cover with water and add 1 tablespoon salt. Bring to a simmer and cook until just tender, about 8 minutes. Drain well.
  2. Meanwhile, pat the chicken dry and sprinkle with the oregano, and salt and pepper to taste. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large cast-iron skillet over high heat. Add the chicken and cook until browned, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer the chicken to a plate.
  3. Add the potato to the skillet and cook, stirring, 3 minutes. Add the onion and bell pepper and cook until slightly soft, about 1 minute. Reduce the heat to medium; add the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and the garlic and cook 2 minutes. Add the cherry peppers and brine and cook, scraping up the pan with a wooden spoon, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat.
  4. Return the chicken to the skillet and sprinkle with the parsley. Toss with tongs, then set the chicken skin-side up on top of the vegetables. Broil until the skin is crisp, 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Per serving: Calories 611; Fat 42 g (Saturated 10 g); Cholesterol 169 mg; Sodium 243 mg; Carbohydrate 20 g; Fiber 3 g; Protein 38 g

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Bing Cherries and Arthritis


It’s a fact that Arthritis is a surfacing  health issue that comes with age. Here is a fruit that poses as an aid for this reoccurring epidemic. Arthritis is a painful and somewhat debilitating condition marked by inflammation, pain and weakness of the joints. While this disease is not reversible, there are steps you can take toward improving the symptoms of arthritis. Simple dietary changes, such as eating more Bing Cherries, may help.

Types of Arthritis
Arthritis is a term used to describe inflammation in the joints, and it can include osteo or rheumatoid arthritis and gout. For osteoarthritis, inflammation occurs as a result of the degeneration of the joint. However, rheumatoid arthritis occurs when your body attacks your own joints; it is an auto-immune disorder. Gout is another type of arthritis triggered by too much uric acid inside your joint.
Blood Markers of Arthritis
Arthritis is a diagnosable condition. If you suspect you have osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or gout, your physician can take a blood sample to look for substances in your blood that indicate an inflammatory response. Uric acid, c-reactive protein and nitric oxide can signify that your body is working to attack inflammation.
Bing Cherries and Arthritis
Bing cherries may be effective in reducing the markers of inflammation associated with the different types of arthritis. A study by the USDA Agriculture Research Service in 2004 analyzed the effects of bing cherries on arthritic inflammation. Ten women were recruited and told to abstain from berries, wine, fruits and vegetables for two days before the study, as these contain antioxidants and contain the potential to alter the result of the study. The day of the study, the subjects were fed a bowl of cherries for breakfast. Then, blood markers of inflammation associated with arthritis were analyzed. The most significant change was in the urate levels, a distinct marker of gout, which decreased significantly throughout the day. Other markers of inflammation, including c-reactive protein and nitric oxide, also were monitored, and also decreased following bing cherry consumption.
Recommendations
Bing cherries seem to reduce inflammation through the work of their antioxidants. These are molecules that neutralize free radicals or other molecules that have become oxidized and damage cells and DNA. Following a diet high in antioxidant-rich foods like cherries, other fruits, vegetables, nuts and tea can ease symptoms of arthritis by reducing inflammation

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Healthy Pizza


Ever have a guilty conscience when biting into a cheesy slice of pizza? Well, I know I do, so try this substitute – it eliminated about 20 carbs per slice!

Substitute: Portobello mushrooms for pizza crust

Cut the gills out of the inside of the mushroom, says Ruben, “then place the mushroom on an oiled cookie sheet and bake for 5 to 10 minutes so it dries out slightly.” Add tomato sauce, mozzarella, and pepperoni or other toppings and broil until the cheese begins to melt. You can also make bite sized mini pizzas in each mushroom if you want to avoid making a big mess – plus, it keeps your portion sizes in check!
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