Thursday, December 31, 2009

Apple Turkey Swiss Panini

Apple Turkey Swiss Panini
It doesn't get simpler than this. A tasty and toasty sandwich on a cold winter day....did I mention it's 8 degrees out!

Slice Apple and place on whole wheat bread OR Ezekiel 4:9 sprouted whole grain bread OR whole wheat tortilla, I like Amy's Organics
Layer a slice of Swiss or your choice of cheese on top of apple

Sun-dried turkey from the deli
Heat frying pan with small amount of olive or canola oil. Toast both side on low heat until cheese is melted.

Happy New Year's to everyone! Bring in 2010 with health and happiness in mind!
Until next time... or next year ;)
look good, feel good, do good

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Key Lime Tart

One word...DELICIOUS!
a nice, light, summery treat in the dead of's a must
Key Lime Tart
11/4 c low fat graham cracker crumbs
1/4 c unsweetened applesauce
14 oz can fat free sweetened condensed milk
3 oz low fat cream cheese, softened
1 tsp grated lime zest
1/2 c fresh of bottled lime juice
1/4 tsp almond extract
2 c fat free frozen whipped cream, thawed in fridge
1 medium banana, thinly sliced
1/2 c pineapple chunks
1 medium mango, sliced
Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly spray pie pan with cooking spray. In bowl mix graham cracker crumbs with applesauce. Press into pie pan with piece of plastic wrap to avoid sticking to hands. Bake for 8 minutes until toasted. Cool on rack.
In another large bowl mix condensed milk, cream cheese, lime zest, lime juice, almond extract until smooth. Fold in whipped topping until blended. Spoon mix into pie crust and smooth top. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour. Arrange fruit on top into a pretty display :) Serve and enjoy!
Nutrition (per serving/serves 8):
calories 288, fat 2.5g, sat 1g, fiber 2g, sugar 44g, protein 6g

Until next time:
look good, feel good, do good

Monday, December 28, 2009

4 Bean Salad and Christmas Celebrations

4 Bean Salad
3 T apple cider vinegar
3 T rice vinegar
1 T honey or Stevia sugar
1 T spicy Dijon or honey Dijon mustard (or a little of both as I did)
1 T canola oil
1/2 tsp sea salt
ground pepper
1/3 c diced red onion
15 oz can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
15 oz can red kidney beans
10oz frozen bag edamame shelled, cooked
1 lb green beans, cooked and cut into 1 inch pieces
1 red bell pepper, finely diced
2 T chopped parsley
In small bowl mix/whisk dressing together. In large bowl mix beans and veggies together. Mix two bowls together, toss in parsley and let chill for at least an hour before serving so flavors can blend. A festive and delicious dish!

Other festive dishes:

cherry tomatoes and mini cucumbers tossed in a vinaigrette

roasted veggies with spiced olive oil
Christmas Eve with the Boisen's

very cool gift from my sister...a finish line door mat for after my runs, or bikes, or swims :)

Mike got a peculiar gift from J and I :) We purchased this in's the David!

Peyton was all over unwrapping gifts

the dinner table...on the menu: clam chowder, tenderloin steaks, roasted veggies, 4 bean salad, tomatoes/cucumber salad, cranberries/ pear salad.... and of course dessert

some of the family...Drew(cousin), Jeremy, Dad, Bryan (brother), Marie (sister-in-law), Mike (brother-in-law)
enjoying some wine and apps....pumpkin, olive dip! (don't worry I will get the recipe posted)

A mean game of dominoes!

J and I Christmas Eve

Jeremy at our house opening a big gift! (yes we keep out house pretty cold...notice the stocking cap and fleece jacket)

Hope everyone had a fun and safe holiday! Now it's on to NYE and NY's resolutions!
I will have a New Year's special posted soon so be on the lookout.

Until next time...
look, good, feel good, do good

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Spreading a Little Christmas Cheer!

My version of passing out Christmas cookies :) Don't get me wrong...I still love getting a warm batch of homemade cookies, but someone has to spread some healthified love.
dried apples with cinnamon, dark chocolate M&M's, roasted walnuts, and raisins

Hope everyone has a Very MERRY CHRSITMAS!

Until next time...
look good, feel good, do good

Monday, December 21, 2009

Squash and Chicken Casserole

Squash and Chicken Casserole
10 slices whole wheat bread
olive oil spray
1 medium yellow onion
2 medium yellow squashes, thinly sliced
2 medium green squashes, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced (optional...J doesn't like garlic :/)
3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, small cubes cut
1 C 2% mozzarella cheese
2 tsp Italian seasoning (oregano, etc)
sea salt and ground pepper to taste
Cut bread into small cubes, spread on cookie sheet and let air dry overnight or toss in oven at 350 for 10 minutes. Preheat oven to 350F. Heat large skillet over high heat for 1 min, reduce to medium, mist with olive oil, and add onion. Saute till caramelized, add squash and garlic. Mist with more oil if needed. Saute until cooked.
Remove veggies from pan and set aside in bowl. Add a touch more oil to pan and add chicken cubes. Cook until golden brown on each side (about 2-3 minutes total).
In large bowl mix veggies, chicken, and bread cubes. Add cheese and seasonings.
Pour into casserole dish (probably about 8 cupper) Bake for 15minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted and gooey. Optional: place under broiled for 2.2 secs to brown top a bit more. DO NOT BURN! Eat and enjoy! or freeze...cover with plastic wrap and then aluminium foil. Easy dinner for another night!
serves about 8, 1 cup serving size
Nutrition: calories 180, fat 4g, fiber 4g, protein 15g

A Winter Wonderland in our backyard
the ornaments can barely hold on!

what else to do but cook on a snowy, wintry day!
My friend Abby and I cooking away (vegetable bisque found in soup under labels)

Until next time...
look good, feel good, do good

Thursday, December 17, 2009

New York...the sights and smells...of food that is :)

J and I decided to take a little weekend getaway to NYC! We did a little shopping, enjoyed a play (Rock of Ages), saw some sights, and tasted yummy food! Of course, I always highlight the foods from our trips but I also wanted to share some of the fun too! Enjoy!

Shopping! I forgot to pack all my jeans! J thinks I did it on purpose :) Either way...we HAD to go shopping then. He will never know ;)
We stumbled upon this Rice Pudding place on Spring Street. Rice to of our new guilty pleasures....unexpectedly delicious!

our flavor of choice...chocolate chip

We met my cousin Donald and his wife Erika, who just happen to be vacationing in the city as well, at this famous deli for dinner

order up!

the biggest pastrami sandwich I have ever seen or eaten! It's what they are known for!
Katz's Deli

Pink Berry...who doesn't love Pink Berry! J had his first experience and couldn't get enough of that creamy, yogurty, sweetness

Eggs Florentine at Pastis (supposedly you can see famous people there...we saw Brad Pitt...NOT
oh well...they had the best Bloody Mary I have every had! Not even joking :)

Pumpkin Ravioli with pinenuts and cooked tasty

YUM! need I say more?

Fat Witch Bakery...Chelsea Market

lobster anyone? Chelsea Market

I can totally pull these off!

a delicious piece of NY cheesecake for me and a cannoli for J at Ferrari's in Little Italy

Two great mojitos at the bar in the W....raspberry and blueberry!

Time's Square & Rockefeller Christmas tree!

The Heisman hopefuls at Nokia Theatre! We were cheering for McCoy-Big12!

The Today Show! Did you see us!
We had our fun and enjoyed our treats. Part of the excitement of traveling for me is experiencing the foods that are special to the area....even if it is a rich piece of cheesecake or giant pastrami sandwich. Remember, it's what you do 90% of the time that matters. Enjoy yourself and enjoy food!
Happy Holidays from Sara B Consulting!
Until next time...
look good, feel good, do good
coming soon...New Year's Resolution specials!