Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Cooking for One: Veggielicious Pasta

It's really not tough to get enough protein as a vegetarian - but as someone who'd happily eat carbs all day 'err day?

That's more of a struggle.

But you do need protein for tons of reasons, including nice nails (okay, okay - that's maybe not the most important reason). So how do you do it?

Tofu noodles! Oh yeeeeeah.


Here's a quick and easy recipe for those times when you really can't remember the last time you ate a significant source of nitrogen.

Veggielicious Pasta
Serves 1

* 1 Tbsp. olive oil
* 1 to 1.5 cups frozen Brussels sprouts
* 1 cup marinara sauce
* Spices, to taste (I used oregano, paprika, pepper, salt, and a tiny bit of curry)

1) Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat.

2) Rinse and drain the noodles, add to the hot oil. Cook for two minutes, stirring frequently.

3) Add the frozen Brussels sprouts. Cook for five more minutes, stirring frequently.

4) Add the marinara sauce and any spices that you're using. Simmer for another five or so minutes.


Enjoy!

How often do you cook when it's only for you?

What's your favorite type of pasta sauce?

What date do you consider the first day of fall?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

A (Foods) Alive Smoothie

Smoothies are such a great way to get in some much-needed nutrition in a busy on-the-go lifestyle. They're delicious, easy to consume on the go, and provide ample opportunity to get in some of those fruit and vegetable servings!

A common way to turn a fruity smoothie into a more substantial snack or mini-meal is to add a protein powder or smoothie mix. But if you want to customize your blend all the way, or you're sticking to using simple ingredients that are close to their natural form, there are many great superfoods out there that can add a great boost to your smoothie!



Foods Alive sent me their Smoothie Boost pack to try out - it's a great mix of superfoods, featuring their  Hulled Hemp Seeds (an excellent smoothie topping, as well as a great mix-in for some added richness and satiety), and their raw Maca Powder and raw Cacao Powder.



Maca and cacao, by the way, are a match made in heaven. If you haven't had something chocolate maca flavored before, drop whatever you're doing and go get some right this instant. It's a great flavor combination for chocolate bars and for smoothies!



Maca has a malty flavor, so mixing the cocoa and the maca powder with some sweetener (I used coconut sugar) in a smoothie makes for a malted milkshake style drink! I recommend blending with 2 frozen bananas and some soy milk as I did - yum!



But the back of the packet also comes with a tasty smoothie recipe (I tried it, it's good). And I think maca really is energizing, because I got a lot more done after drinking the smoothie!


Or maybe the yumminess gave me energy.

And have you tried a Hemp smoothie?


Do it.

I didn't have celery at the time, so I made it with kale - also delicious!
The only adjustment I would make to that recipe (which was delicious, by the way) is add some hemp seed on top. It's nice to have that little extra bit of something!


For some reason, I had never tried Hemp seed before (though I'm quite the fan of both chia and flax seed). If you haven't either, I recommend trying it - it's really yummy and also very good for you!

And a great dessert topping. Here's a preview of a yummy, healthy dessert using all three products. 


You'll have to stay tuned for my September 26th post to get the recipe!

Even if you're all stocked up on smoothie ingredients at the moment, give Foods Alive a look - they have lots of other products, too, including some beauty products!


Their organic herbal mint lip balm, made with artisan cold-pressed chia oil, goes on super smoothly. Treat your outsides and your insides well!

What are your favorite smoothie add-ins?

What are your favorite superfoods?

What's your favorite flavor pair featuring chocolate?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Craziest Ice Cream Flavors in New York City

NYC is the city of everything. New York prides itself on being able to offer anything and everything you could ever want (and many things you probably never would) as long as you have the money and know-how.

Under the category of 'things NYC offers that you probably don't even want' are some pretty bizarre ice cream flavors.

Sure, they're unlikely to replace Caramel Praline Crunch, Cookie Dough, or Cookies 'n Cream as your go-to favorite (I'm still inconsolable about the discontinuation of Edy's Loaded Line, mostly because of the extinction of my beloved Loaded Cookies 'n Cream Ice Cream).

But an unusual ice cream tour of the city could be a fun idea if you're visiting with kids or if you have guests from out of town!

Here's a (not ordered) list of some of the places in NYC offering the weirdest ice cream flavors:

OddFellows Ice Cream Co.

Okay, they have a few normal flavors. But they also have some pretty bizarre flavors on their rotating menu of homemade ice cream!


Flavors like Chorizo Caramel Swirl, Purple Rice, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Foie Gras, and even a Tobacco, Smoked Chili, & Huckleberry are on the bizarre ice cream roster.


They really live up to their name!

Chinatown Ice Cream Factory

Heard of Durian - the enormous Asian fruit that smells so bad that you don't even want to stand near it, much less eat it?


Lucky you, you can get Durian flavor ice cream!



Because that's a good idea. Right?

Morganstern's

Don't be fooled by their long list of standard and even appealing flavors. 

Look a little harder.

Salt & Pepper Pinenut Ice Cream
You'll find what sounds like a HLB made it up (Chocolate Oat, anyone?), the downright peculiar (Salt & Pepper Pinenut) and even the politically incorrect Black A** Licorice.

Il Laboratorio del Gelato

Can't get enough of sweet potatoes?


Head to Il Laboratorio del Gelato for some Sweet Potato Gelato. Perfect for fall! 

Right?

Steve's Ice Cream

Are you secretly Bugs Bunny? Do you love adding veggies to everything?


Try the spicy Carrot Habanero Pepper ice cream!

Max and Mina's Ice Cream

The gourmet ice cream shop's flavors vary, but they don't shy away for the weird end of the spectrum.


They're known for having Lox, Babka, Corn, and more as flavors!

Sundaes and Cones

If you're craving some corn ice cream and it isn't on the menu at Max and Mina's, don't despair.


Sundaes and Cones has Corn Ice Cream on their menu, as well as Black Sesame, Ginger, and even Wasabi Ice Cream.

Would you try any of these?

What's the weirdest ice cream flavor you've ever tried?

If you could create a bizarre new ice cream flavor, what would you create?

Stumble Me, Please!