Thursday, February 28, 2013

Homemade Banana "Ice Cream"

Last night I tried the most amazing snack ever!
Homemade banana "ice cream"!!!
For those of you on weight watchers, it's ZERO points!
For those of us who are vegan (plant based diet) or eating raw, this is a perfect snack!!

This simple recipe takes minutes to prepare and can easily become a permanent replacement for a nighttime snack! And it's healthy!!!


Frozen banana (however many you want. I used one and a half)
Vanilla Extract (I just used a dash)
Spices (I used cinnamon, but you can use whatever you like, or omit it all together)

Place all ingredients in a blender/food processor and blend until smooth.

That's it! Super easy and so delicious.
I expected it to be good, but I never expected it to be this good!!

Next time your craving something sweet try some homemade "ice cream"!

Try it out and let me know what you think!

Side note: you can blend any frozen fruit to make "ice cream" or sorbet!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Wild Rice Stuffed Cabbage Leaves!

I have had several people ask for the recipe that we cooked last night, so I am here to deliver!

They were SOOO good, and I can't wait to eat them leftover after all the favors have come together!

Wild rice stuffed cabbage leaves

Cabbage (I used 9 leaves, but use however many you want!
Onion diced
2 carrots diced
2stalks celery dices
2 cloves garlic minced
1tbs sage
16 oz tomato sauce
1/4 cup dry sherry
1/2 cup veggie stock
3 cups cooked wild rice

Blanch cabbage leaves
Sauté onions carrots and celery with a little bit of water (to prevent sticking).
Once onions are soft add the garlic, sage, and sherry and cook until liquid has evaporated.
Mix cooked rice with cooked onion, carrots, and celery.
Spoon rice mixture into cabbage leaves, roll them up and place seam side down in baking dish.
Pour veggie broth into baking dish.
Cover with foil and Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.
Remove from oven and pour tomato sauce over cabbage rolls, cover and bake for another 15 minutes. (I forgot to take a picture of them after I put the tomato sauce on them!)

We had a lot of the rice mixture left over so you can always cut that in half if you want!
Let me know if you try it!

SIDE NOTE: I think it would be just as good, if not better with some soy sauce/chinese sauce instead of tomato sauce!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Homemade Almond Butter.

As most of you know, I have been on this whole homemade kick lately. Well today I finally tried something I have been wanting to do for a while! ALMOND BUTTER!

It is easy, but tedious. And I'm not going to lie, the cleanup process is NOT FUN, but totally worth it!

All you need is some almonds!
I used 3 cups of almonds that I roasted at 350 for 12 minutes, stirring occasionally to avoid burning.

After I roasted the almonds I put them in the Ninja (food processor/blender) and blended until they turned into powder, then blended it until it got smooth and creamy (I had to stop several times to scrape the side of the blender, and to let the motor cool down.

You may want to add a little bit of olive oil, but it isn't necessary.

Don't be alarmed, it may take 15 minutes or so to get it to the consistency that you like.

So that's it, put almonds (roasted or raw) into blender/food processor until smooth and creamy.

And just an FYI, I used my ninja for this, not my fancy blender!

There are so many different things you can add to this to make it even more tasty.
Since I love dipping my apples in it I added honey and cinnamon to my almond butter and it turned out AMAZING!

And you can totally use any type of nut, I just chose almonds!

Let me know if you try it!

Nivea Men Body Wash $.69 each!

Target had a mark down this week on all Nivea body wash from $3 to $2.69.
That doesn't seem like a super great deal, but when you pair it with the $2/1 Q it makes them only $.69 each!!!
So naturally I bought 20 of them!

20 Nivea Body Wash: $3 each: $60
Sale: $2.69 each: $53.80
Minus (20) $2/1 Q (-$40)

Total: $13.80

That's a savings of $46.20!!!!
And not to mention Jonathan has enough body wash to last a while!! :)

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Chia Seed Pudding

I know, I know....two post in one day. Needless to say, after I took my online test this morning I decided not to do anymore school work!
So, lucky you! :)

Jonathan and I are fascinated by chia seeds. (Not to be confused with the tea)
Chia seeds are amazing little things!

Here are just some of the awesome things they do: They are a gelatinous plant food that helps to draw out toxins from the liver and pass them into the colon for excretion. Chia seeds are also high in omega-3 as well as tons of other nutrients and make you feel full and satiated!

Chia seeds become very soft and squishy when put in liquid. Perfect for pudding!
You can flavor it however you like by adding extracts or dry spices!

Just give it a is amazing and some even consider it a Superfood!

Why have an unhealthy snack that will harm your body when you could be loading your body up with the nutrients it needs to survive and thrive (and still have a delicious snack)?!?


2 and 1/2 cups almond milk (I was going to make my own, but forgot to get almonds!)

3 tablespoons agave nectar or honey

1/2 cup chia seeds

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

For topping: toasted sliced almonds, shredded unsweetened coconut


1. In a container or jar with a lid, combine the almond milk, the cinnamon, and the agave nectar/honey, mixing well.

2. Add the chia seeds, close container tightly with a lid, and shake well to combine.

3. Refrigerate overnight (the original recipe says at least 4 hours, but I thought mine definitely needed more time, so check yours if you are on a time crunch.)

4. Top with toasted almond slices or shredded coconut. Enjoy.

Below is a picture of the finished product with some yummy toppings!
Original photo and an alternate recipe found HERE!

Cannellini Cilantro Hummus

With Jonathan and I eating a clean plant based diet I am always looking for good snacks! And boy did I find one!!!
(Clarification time: by diet, I mean the ACTUAL meaning of the word. Which is defined as: The sum of the food consumed by an organism or group)

Anyway... I was elated when I found THIS Hummus recipe! It combines 2 of our favorite things, hummus and cilantro! (No worries, if you are not a fan of cilantro it taste amazing without it, I promise!) and the best part is, it's a raw food!

If you try this recipe, I am sure you will never buy hummus at a restaurant again after you know how EASY, CHEAP & YUMMY it is to make it at home! So try it out!

Everyone knows that beans are a great source of protein, which is great! But not many people know the benefits of cilantro, so let me share something I thought was cool! Once cilantro is in your body it grabs onto any metals in your body and flushes them out! This is GREAT for a) people who consume a lot of fish, therefore have a lot of metals in their body and b) for people who have had a lot of dental work (me) and constantly get metals in your system. Pretty cool huh?

Now on to the actual recipe!
Jonathan and I have already gone through one batch of this! I just finished making a double batch that I am hoping will last through the weekend! It is just so yummy!!


- 1 teaspoon finely minced garlic
- 1 can (15 ounces) cannellini beans, drained
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon chili powder
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro (I added a little more)

-In a food processor (or blender), combine garlic and cannellini beans with lemon juice and process until smooth.
-Mix in oil, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper and process until blended.
-Add 3 tablespoons cilantro and pulse until mixed.

This is wonderful to dip veggies or pita bread in, or makes for a wonderful sandwich spread!

Now for my cost.
All I had to purchase for this was the cilantro and beans so my total cost for 1 batch was......$1.50!!
And I had enough cilantro left to make the 2 batches I made today!

PS: mine looked quite different from the picture at the top of the page, but it is fantastic!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Dwight Schrute Would Be So Proud: Today's Trip to the Hollygrove Market!

Before I begin....
I want to semi-apologize (I say semi-apologize since the title of this blog leads one to believe it is about couponing) for turning my blog from a couponing blog to a healthy lifestyle blog. I haven't been couponing as much since we have MORE than enough household and beauty items to last us about a year, and the coupons for food items are for items that are FULL of preservatives and are highly processed. Because of this, I have not felt the need to spend time or energy to coupon (even though it is super fun). Since I am not couponing, obviously I am not blogging about couponing, but since we have had this lifestyle change I thought I would share about that instead! :)

Now for the real reason for this post:

We made our weekly trip to the Hollygrove Market today and I am just as excited as I was last week about trying new veggies!

I am so loving this place! The staff are super friendly and I just love the idea of buying fresh local produce!

The $25 box this week included:

1 pint strawberries
1/2 dozen free range eggs (or you could have chosen 1 lb raw sugar)
Beets (makes me think of Dwight Schrute)
Radishes (we weren't too sure about the radishes so we got 2 bunches of beets instead)
2 Leeks (or 1 bunch carrots)
Brussel Sprouts (or Swiss chard)
5 sweet potatoes (pretty much my new favorite food)
1 ruby red grapefruit
1 Bunch Creole Red Onions

We also bought a bunch of collards for $2 to make sure that we have enough greens for our green smoothies! So now we have kale, collards, and beet greens for our smoothies, we should definitely have plenty!

I have never had beets before but are looking forward to trying them.
Any suggestions on recipes would be appreciated! :)

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Our Trip to Hollygrove Market

Jonathan and I are really enjoying "eating clean" but all the fresh produce (preferably without pesticides) can get quite pricy.
Last week I checked out the Farmers market in Destrehan, which wasn't too bad, but I still paid more than I thought I should for produce.

In comes Hollygrove Market to the rescue! Check out their website HERE!
I am in love with this place already!
Every week they have a produce "box" available for $25!!!
The box usually includes about a dozen different produce items for you to get!
It's a great way to try different veggies, and if you aren't sure how to cook something they post recipes online that coincide with that weeks "box"!

(I am using quotations around the word box because you don't actually get a box, but use bags you bring from home to put the produce in.)

Every week they post online what is included in the "box" so if you know what you will be getting before you go!

Another thing I love about Hollygrove is that it is inside so no matter what the weather is like, you can always get your "box"!
When you walk in they have all the produce for the "box" in bins against the wall and they tell you how many of each item you get. So you are able to pick out the produce you bring home. It's so cool and wonderful!

They also have other items there such as local meat and other produce that yu can buy a la carte.

Now to what we came home with:

5 sweet potatoes
1 bag Kumquats
1 bag mushrooms
1 Ruby red grapefruit
2 LA Sweets
3 blood oranges
1 bunch turnips
1 bunch kale
4 yellow tomatoes
1 bunch mizuna (Japanese mustard greens)
1 bunch savory cabbage
1 pint strawberries

That's a lot of produce for only $25!!!
And the best part is that it's ALL LOCAL! I love supporting local farmers!

Several of the items were "U-Pick" meaning you could get LA sweets OR Tangelos. So that's neat too that you have some options.

The only thing that I was I little disappointed about was that online they listed beets or rutabagas as an item, but they didn't receive any so I wasn't able to get any. That isn't their fault, but I was excited about trying beets for the first time.

We will definitely be going back, and I recommend it to EVERYONE who eats fruits and veggies!
I like it better than a traditional farmers market and feel that I got a better value! :)