Mushroom Burgers with Caramelized Onions & Kale Chips

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We've doing our best to eat healthier lately, and that means we've had to get creative with the types of foods we're cooking in the kitchen.

Case in point: the mushroom burger, which is a nice substitute for an actual burger and, though it doesn't necessarily taste like a hamburger, it's packed with its own flavors that make it equally satisfying. We tweaked a recipe from Christal and made it our own, leaving out the dairy, but you could totally add cheese to make it even better.

Here's what we did:

Ingredients:

  • Portabello mushrooms
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup sliced sweet white onion
  • 1 large tomato, sliced
  • 2 cups mixed greens lettuce
  • 4 tsp Dijon mustard
  • Kaiser rolls
  • Kale
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the grill.
  2. Take a large ziploc, and place mushrooms in the bag, add the balsamic vinegar and 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and seal bag. Shake the bag until the mushrooms are coated in the vinegar and oil. Let sit for a few minutes while preparing the other ingredients.
  3. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), rinse the kale and chop it into chip-like pieces. Place on a non stick baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil, pepper, and sea salt. Cook for 10-15 mins or until chips are crispy and the edges are brown. Remove and let cool.
  4. Heat a non stick pan over med-high heat, add in the sliced onions and olive oil, toss to coat the onions with salt and pepper.
  5. Lower heat to medium, and cook the onions, stirring often until they are soft and browned, about 10 minutes.
  6. Remove mushrooms from ziploc and place on the heated grill, rounded side up. Let cook for 3-4 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, slice tomato and wash lettuce, and prepare any other preferred garnishes.
  8. Turn mushrooms over so they are flat side up and top the inside of the mushrooms with the caramelized onions.
  9. Continue to cook for 3 more minutes then remove from grill.
  10. Using your favorite buns, assemble burgers starting with the dijon mustard, then top with the mushroom and onions and cheese, then top with tomato, lettuce, and the other half of the bun.
  11. Enjoy!
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Day 10: Tomato & Basil Pasta

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We've been craving pasta lately, probably because we've been watching too many cooking shows on Netflix (hello Chef's Table), so we decided to just go for it and make some for ourselves tonight.

We wanted something light and fresh tasting, something that would go well with red wine and French Cafe Radio on Pandora because you know our feelings about getting the mood just right to enjoy a good meal. We weren't sure what we wanted to make, but we knew we had a tomato we needed to use up, so we started there.

Thomas' mom grows basil so we picked up some from her house and thus, dinner tonight was born. To be honest, we didn't measure anything and just kind of through it together, but here is a similar recipe to what we made tonight.  Here's the breakdown:

Ingredients:

  • Pasta of your choice (we used whole wheat)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups cherry tomatoes, halved (we used 2 whole tomatoes, diced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, torn
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • About 1/2 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, shaved (we didn't use this but it sounds delish)

Instructions:

  • Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain; place pasta in a large bowl.
  • While pasta cooks, heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add garlic to pan; cook 1 minute, stirring frequently.
  • Add tomatoes and salt; cover and cook 4 minutes.
  • Remove from heat; stir in basil and pepper.
  • Add tomato mixture to pasta; toss well to combine.
  • Top with cheese (optional)
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It took 15 minutes to make and filled us up for the whole night. Something about fresh ingredients, French music, a glass of wine, and summer nights after it just rained makes us nostalgic for a place we've never been before. Maybe Italy. Do you know what we mean? At the same time, it makes us appreciate being home and gives us that comforting feeling of being completely content in the moment. 

We hope you've had a good weekend. Here's to starting the new week off right!

xx

Creamy Garlic Avocado Pasta

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Tonight we were in the mood for something rich and savory, but that wouldn't be absolutely terrible for us. We had noodles, we had avocados, and we had garlic. Suddenly, a dinner was born. This pasta is quick and easy and tastes delish. A nice summer dish that you won't feel guilty about eating (tbh you should never feel guilty about what you put in YOUR body. You do you xx).

Let's get right to it, shall we?

Ingredients

  • Cavatappi noodles (however much you want)
  • 1 avocado
  • Olive oil, to taste
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup of parsley (preferably fresh) 
  • 1/4 cup of basil (preferably fresh) 
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
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Instructions

  1. Fill pot on the stove with water and salt and heat to a boil. Put noodles in and monitor while stirring often.
  2. Peel avocado and place whole in blender or food processor. 
  3. Squeeze the lemon and pour the juice into the processor. 
  4. Heat tablespoon of olive oil in a pan on medium to high heat. Once hot, put minced garlic in and sauté for 30 seconds or until fragrant. Pour garlic into the food processor.
  5. Pour basil, parsley, salt, and pepper into the food processor and puree for 1-2 mins.
  6. Mix sauce with noodles and sprinkle a little parmesean cheese if you're feeling crazy.
  7. Enjoy :)
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Zucchini Noodles with Tomatoes & Mushrooms

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We've been doing our best lately (and by lately we mean this week) to eat healthier and make smarter choices in the kitchen. With our vegan pizza we made the other night, we thought it would be fun to try another healthy option for dinner.

You know our feelings about pasta, so it's no surprise we can't go a week without eating it. Last night, however, we opted for a healtheir alternative that was very easy and quick to prepare. Here's how to make it!

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Ingredients

  • Zucchini noodles (we just bought a pre-made pack at Publix)
  • Mushrooms (we used portobellos, bought in a small pack at Publix)
  • 1 whole tomato, chopped
  • Half onion chopped (we used a red onion)
  • 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • Olive oil (we didn't measure, but a few drizzles will do)
  • Fresh basil, chopped
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Garlic powder to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat a sauté pan over high. Add olive oil, garlic, onions, and mushrooms. Sauté until lightly browned; season with salt and pepper.
  2. Add tomatoes, season with salt, pepper, and garic powder and sauté for 1 minute. Mash tomatoes with a fork until almost a thick sauce consistency.
  3. Toss in the zucchini noodles and cook until tender.
  4. Finally, add in the chopped basil and stir for 30 seconds.
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We can honestly say we found it delicious and now realize more than ever that you don't have to sacrifice good tasting food to eat healthy. Feeling positive and energized and looking forward to the future!!! 

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Homemade Vegan Pizza

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Last night we made vegan pizza for the first time and we have to admit, we were skeptical at first. We decided to go the healthier route for pizza because we're trying to eat better since we have a very, um....select pallet. By select pallet we mean we love pasta and cookies waaaaay too much. Okay moving on.

We Googled some vegan pizza recipes and settled on one that we have to say, was absolutely delicious. It was from Minimilist Baker, a favorite food website of ours. Why don't we get right to it?

Ingredients

PIZZA

  • 1/2 of one Trader Joe’s garlic-herb pizza crust (or half of this homemade recipe or this gluten-free recipe)
  • 1/2 cup each red, green, and orange bell pepper, loosely chopped
  • 1/3 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1 cup button mushrooms, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp each dried or fresh basil, oregano, and garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

SAUCE

  • 1 15-ounce can tomato sauce OR 6-ounce can tomato paste (organic when possible)
  • 1/2 tsp each dried or fresh basil, oregano, garlic powder, granulated sugar
  • Sea salt to taste (~1/4 tsp)

TOPPINGS

 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (218 C) and position a rack in the middle of the oven.
  2. Bring large skillet to medium heat. Once hot, add 1 Tbsp olive oil, onion and peppers. Season with salt, herbs and stir. Cook until soft and slightly charred – 10-15 minutes, adding the mushrooms in the last few minutes. Set aside.
  3. Prepare sauce by adding tomato sauce to a mixing bowl and adding seasonings and salt to taste. Adjust seasonings as needed. Set aside. Note: If using tomato paste, add water to thin until desired consistency is reached.
  4. Prepare vegan parmesan if you haven’t already by blitzing raw cashes, sea salt, nutritional yeast and garlic powder in a food processor until a fine meal is reached. Transfer to jar and refrigerate to keep fresh.
  5. Roll out dough onto a floured surface and transfer to a parchment-lined round baking sheet. You’re going to add the pizza WITH the parchment directly to the oven to properly crisp the crust, so any round object will do as it’s not actually going into the oven (I use a wood board).
  6. Top with desired amount of tomato sauce (you’ll have leftovers, which you can store in a jar for later use), a sprinkle of parmesan cheese and the sautéed veggies.
  7. Use the baking sheet to gently slide the pizza directly onto the oven rack WITH the parchment underneath. Otherwise it will fall through.
  8. Bake for 17-20 minutes or until crisp and golden brown.
  9. Serve with remaining parmesan cheese, dried oregano and red pepper flake. Leftovers keep well – no need to reheat! Cold pizza is yum.
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We used vegan mozzarella cheese from Publix (instead of parmesan cheese), the Daiya Foods brand, and it was so good. We couldn't tell that it wasn't really cheese and PJ commented that the pizza reminded him of cornbread (??). Not sure how he made that connection but he liked it, so it's a win in our book!

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Also, it's best served with an entire bottle of wine (for two to share, of course) and Bossa Nova radio playing while you make it/eat it. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did. xoxo

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Maybe We Were On To Something...

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We were browsing A Cup of Jo today and saw where she proclaimed that 2018 was the year of the French bread pizza! She actually linked it from an article written by The Kitchn that you can read here, but still, how crazy is that?! We were just talking about how we made it the other night and gave the (extremely easy and fast) recipe that’s sooooo good. Did we mention it’s easy? 

Maybe a lot of people are writing blogs about how they made French bread pizzas too? How do they know it’s the year of French bread pizzas? Actually, how does one go about declaring that 2018 is the year of anything, really? Regardless, maybe we really were on to something the other night! 

 

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French Bread Pizza

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We made homemade pizza the other night at our Oscars party and had all of the ingredients left over, except the pizza dough. When we got home last night, we didn't feel like going out to get more dough, so we improvised. What we did have was French bread! So we made French bread pizzas and they were delicious, quick, and easy to make! Here's what we did:

Ingredients 

  • Half a loaf of bread (we used French but Italian will do, too)
  • Melted butter (however much you want!)
  • Minced garlic (1 clove)
  • Tomato sauce (we made our own, and here's a similar recipe for that)
  • Grated mozzarella (we used a full 8 oz bag) 
  • Pepperoni (as many as you'd like!)
  • Basil (2 tablespoons)
  • Red pepper flakes (optional)

Preparation

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees
  • Cut the loaf right down the middle, and then split that in half (as seen in pic above)
  • Place bread on cooking sheet and bake in the oven for 5 mins
  • Mince the garlic and melt the butter, then combine the two for a little spread
  • Take the bread out of the oven and spread the butter/garlic mixture on top of it
  • Spread your pizza sauce over the top of it, add as much cheese as you want, add as many pepperonis as you want, and then add a little more cheese
  • Bake for 10 mins or until cheese is golden brown & melted
  • Top with basil and red pepper flakes
  • Enjoy!
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How to Make No-Bake Holiday Treats

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We got into the Christmas spirit last night and decided to make some easy, no-bake holiday treats to pass out to loved ones during this festive season. We made peanut clusters, white chocolate covered pretzels, haystack chocolate, peanut butter and Ritz crackers dipped in chocolate with sprinkles on top, and pretzels with Rolos and pecans on top. Are you noticing a chocolate theme?

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These goodies are so easy to make and something the whole family can do together. Did we mention they're all so addicting? Because they are, and you need to be careful not to eat them all in one sitting. We had a blast making this video and hope you guys enjoy it. Check out the video below and be sure to stay tuned until the end to watch the ridiculous bloopers!

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Cooking with Krystal: Pecan Thumbprint Cookies

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Pecan Thumbprint Cookies

Ingredients-

For the filling:

    •      1/3 cup dates, chopped

    •      5 tablespoons maple syrup ( in place of sugar)

    •      1/4 cup coconut oil ( in place of butter or oil, and healthy MCT oils)

    •      1 tablespoon almond milk (in place of dairy)

    •      1 1/2 cups pecans, chopped

For the cookie base:

    •      2 1/4 cup blanched almond flour, gently packed ( in place of white flour)

    •      1/4 teaspoon sea salt

    •      1/4 teaspoon baking soda

    •      5 tablespoons coconut oil, at room temperature ( healthy MCT oil)

    •      3 tablespoons maple syrup ( in place of sugar)

    •      1-2 tablespoons almond milk ( in place of dairy)

    •      1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions-

To make the filling:

    1      Cover the chopped dates in 1 cup of hot water and set aside for at least 10 minutes.

    2      In a small saucepan over low heat, combine the maple syrup, coconut oil, and almond milk. Stir until the coconut oil is just melted and then remove from heat.

    3      Drain and discard the hot water from the dates, and place the dates in a blender with the saucepan contents. Blend until smooth, pour back into the saucepan (so you don’t dirty another bowl) and then stir in the sea salt and chopped pecans. Set aside.

To make the cookie base and form the cookies:

    1      Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F) and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

    2      In a large mixing bowl, combine the almond meal, sea salt, and baking soda. Whisk in the coconut oil until the dough resembles coarse crumbs.

    3      Stir in the maple syrup, vanilla, and almond milk. Start with 1 tablespoon of almond milk and add another tablespoon only if the dough needs more moisture to pull it together.

    4      Roll the dough into balls (using about 1 1/2 tablespoons of dough each) and place on the cookie sheet. Flatten the balls of dough and use your fingers to make a well (or indentation) in the middle of the cookies.

    5      Generously fill the cookies with the pecan pie filling (and I do mean generously fill, otherwise you will be left with a lot of filling left over).

    6      Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, or until the bottoms of the cookies are golden brown.

    7      Allow the cookies to completely cool on the cookie sheet (otherwise they will fall apart).

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About Krystal

Krystal has a passion for healthy living and wellness and obtained her Bachelors of Science in nutrition from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Her national certification through NCSF as a CPT, along with another in the world-renowned TRX training system and AAHFF for nutrition, make Krystal a versatile fitness professional. Visit her website, K's Kwik Klean Kitchen to learn more about her!

Cooking With Krystal: Mediterranean Bowl

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Mediterranean Bowl

Servings 4

Bowl Ingredients:

  • 1 package frozen cauliflower rice
  • 2 cups fresh green beans
  • 1 lb organic 99% fat free ground turkey
  • 1/2 red onion diced
  • 1c roasted chickpeas
  • 3-4 sprigs fresh oregano
  • 1/4c thrive algae oil
  • sea salt and pepper to taste

Hummus Vinaigrette :

  • 1/2 container organic hummus
  • 1/3c apple cider vinegar
  • zest of a lemon
  • 3-4 sprigs of fresh oregano chopped finely
  • 2 tbsp algae oil
  • 1tsp sea salt
  • 1tsp pepper

Instructions:

  1. Cook turkey meat on medium heat in a skillet with 1/2 of the red onion. Chopping up the turkey meat as you go to be sure it is cooked throughly.
  2. Meanwhile add package of cauliflower rice to a saucepan on medium heat and cover for about 8-10 mins stirring occasionally.
  3. Once meat is finished wash pan and add a little more oil to your pan and place your green beans in with a pinch of sea salt and pepper. Cook on medium heat for about 10-12 mins until beans are thoroughly cooked.
  4. While beans are cooking mix all hummus vinaigrette ingredients in a medium bowl until mixed well and set aside.
  5. Once everything has cooked add it all to a bowl. Top with the remaining ingredients as in the rest of the red onion, oregano,roasted chickpeas and hummus vinaigrette and enjoy!
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About Krystal

About Krystal

Krystal has a passion for healthy living and wellness and obtained her Bachelors of Science in nutrition from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Her national certification through NCSF as a CPT, along with another in the world-renowned TRX training system and AAHFF for nutrition, make Krystal a versatile fitness professional. Visit her website, K's Kwik Klean Kitchen to learn more about her!