Yesterday was one of those days where I had absolutely no patience for cooking, and I was not in the mood to make anything that required too much thought or cleaning. I had just come home from work (my first day!), followed by a (tough!) Pilates class, so I wanted to whip up something as quickly and easily as possible, so I could spend the rest of the night relaxing on the couch and watching The Bachelor. Bikini Zucchini Bolognese was the perfect answer.
I've been totally in love with my Spiralizer lately, and to any of you healthy eaters out there who don't own one yet - you must order it! It's perfect for creating amazing zucchini noodles as well as TONS of other veggie noodles to help you amp up your normal weeknight meals in creative, LIGHT, and fun ways!
I've been getting all kinds of low-cal, veggie-packed recipe inspiration from the talented Ali over at Inspiralized. She makes a delicious Bikini Bolognese, and I have been dying to follow suit and create my own version. I must say - it was a HUGE hit amongst Mitch, Becca, and I. We were all completely satisfied, happy, and full afterwards, and we felt amazing knowing that our whole dinner consisted of veggies and lean protein. It was the perfect answer to my need for a quick dinner, quick cleanup, and light & nutritious ingredients. Total BONUS that it was so yummy and completely satisfied my craving for Italian food! You must try it!
I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas filled with lots of family, love, happiness, Mariah Carey Christmas music, delicious food and festive sweets! Usually Hanukkah is so much closer to Christmas and I'm totally in the swing of the holiday celebrations, but this year, since Hanukkah overlapped with Thanksgiving, Christmas really came out of nowhere for Mitch and I, and we wondered what to do with ourselves for the day. It turned out to be an amazing day, beginning with a homemade brunch with one of our favorite couples at my place. The real showstopper was the healthy Belgian waffles (made with whole wheat flour, flaxseeds, honey, cinnamon, and vanilla), topped with tons of berries, powdered sugar and pure maple syrup of course. We also made scrambled eggs with fresh dill (Mitch's favorite), turkey bacon, and tangerine mimosas. It all took about 10 minutes to make and everyone loved it. So easy and fun! We decided waffle brunches are going to be our new thing in 2014 . . . healthy recipes coming soon!
Post-brunch, we headed downtown (in ZERO traffic!) to the Lakers game. Then, of course, we were hungry again. Where oh where to eat on Christmas. . . we called all our favorite sushi spots. Closed. We called Trader Joe's, Ralphs, Whole Foods, and Bristol Farms. Closed. Even the Thai restaurants we figured had to be open were closed, and we didn't want to order unhealthy Chinese food. So we had to make do with what we had at home, which was a couple zucchinis, tomatoes, cannellini beans, and the frozen garlic and basil cubes. Most importantly, we had the Spiralizer, and with this, we turned our random ingredients into a delicious dinner!
You MUST get this thing! It is my absolute favorite kitchen tool to play with these days. So far we've only made zucchini noodles with it, but we're going to try out sweet potato noodles and carrot noodles next. I should have posted about this before the holidays because it's a great gift, but that's alright, you can buy it anytime on Amazon for $28 and get spiralizing ASAP! I can't wait to get creative with it and make some delicious recipes off of Insprialized... she thinks of the best concoctions!
Here's a video (excuse the iPhone quality) of the last time we made zucchini pasta . . . see, you can even get your man involved!! :)
Yum. So that was our day yesterday! How was your Christmas? What did you do to celebrate? Whatever you did, hope it was fab!
New recipes coming soon :)
Lately, I can't get ENOUGH coconut oil in my life. I use it for cooking, for baking, I put a spoonful in smoothies, and I put it all over my skin . . . yes the same jar that I use in the kitchen, I lather all over my face . . . and it's amazing!
I'm not sure why it's only recently become such a hot topic . . . I wish I had known about it years ago! I happen to love the flavor of coconut, but if you're not a huge fan, you can use the unflavored version and still get all the health benefits.
Check out all these fabulous reasons to add the delicious oil to your life:
> Helps lower cholesterol. Saturated fats have a bad rep, but in moderation they can be really healthy for you and your cholesterol levels!
One of my very favorite cooking tools is the lemon zester. I don't get too technical with my cooking supplies, but this is one tool that I just love and use frequently. To use it, you simply grate your lemon (or lime or orange) on the zester, directly into what you are making. I use it for various dishes - in dressings, marinades, on fish, chicken, or salads. It freshens up a meal quickly and easily! Keep your eyes peeled for my handy zester in the upcoming video post. Two great zesters can be found here and here!
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Lindsay is a Holistic Nutritionist who lives for a great meal, a beautiful farmers market, daily matcha lattes, and homemade chocolate chip cookies. Weeknight Bite is Lindsay's happy place where her nutrition practice, simple recipes, and wellness tips come together to inspire you to live a healthy, balanced life.