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New Year, New You? (or just a tasty breakfast treat!)

17 Dec

Not to be one of those crazies who puts out her Halloween decorations in July like a big box store, but I’m already thinking about the New Year. I mean, don’t get me wrong – I’m still sipping gingerbread lattes and listening to Christmas music at work all day long in the background…and of course it’s snowing on my blog. However, there’s just something about the hope of a new year, another 1/1/20?? that gets my creative juices flowing.

To that end, I wanted to share a really tasty looking “New You” breakfast for those that are thinking about the age old resolution of improving their health. I am NO STRANGER to this (or the failing of this….but that’s another blog altogether. And I digress). Earlier this year, I met a phenomenal trainer, Jenn, who has an amazing business in helping women of all types and purposes improve health aspects of their life. Her company, For the Glow, kind of represents what many women strive for – it’s a power house of DOING things that are great for you and make you feel great, none of that “ughhhhhh, I can’t believe I have to go to the gym. And I hate my work out pants. And I hate the way health food tastes.” No, no, no.

I wanted to show you this recipe and awesome New Years package Jenn put together, which is super yummy and happens to be super healthy. Of course you can always make modifications to suit your lifestyle, and Jenn is all about accommodations and customization. Happy Holidays to everyone and with that, here’s Jenn:

I’m a woman on a mission.  The mission? To make EVERY recipe (even the detox ones!) just as delicious as they are nutritious. One of my favorite recipes in the upcoming Resolution Challenge meal plan is the Acai Power Breakfast.  Hard to believe, but this yummy breakfast is part of the slim-down protocol!  Acai fruit is a TRUE superfood & one that we should all add in to our routine.  The perks of eating acai:  Improved heart health/lower cholesterol, anti-aging via phytochemicals (buh-bye wrinkles), improved immune function via anti-viral/anti-bacterial properties, weight loss potential, reduced allergies & inflammation, increased energy and clearer skin.  One of my favorite parts:  Acai is loaded with fiber & essential fatty acids, so it’s not your typical fruit that leaves you feeling hungry 10 minutes later.  You’ll feel happy & satisfied! 

Acai Power Breakfast (serves 1)

1 packet of Sambazon Acai, run under warm water for 10 seconds
1/2 c dark berries (frozen or fresh)
1/4 c vanilla almond milk (unsweetened)
1/2 banana, sliced
1/4 c organic, GF granola
1 tbs chia seeds

Blend the acai, berries & almond milk together. Blend until smooth & creamy, pour into your serving dish. Top with sliced banana, granola & chia seeds. Note:  Large blenders like the Vitamix struggle as the fruit doesn’t cover the blade.  Use a smaller gadget like the Magic Bullet if you have one, or make two servings & pop the other in the freezer until you’re ready to use.

Want to UP your superfood intake?  Add 1 tsp of spirulina to your acai mix when you blend & add 2 tbs of goji berries to your toppings!  Spirulina will add a detoxification element & the goji berries provide you with complete protein!

Want fewer carbs & more protein?  Blend a scoop of your favorite organic protein powder to the mix!  Instead of granola + bananas on top, go for 2 tbs of goji berries, 1 tbs of hemp seeds and 1 tbs of chia seeds.

To get the rest of this scrumptious meal plan + recipe package,  join the 3rd Annual Resolution Challenge!  The entire 30-day program is just $20.13 through Sunday (uh, seriously!), which includes our detox/slimdown meal plan, recipes, daily video workouts + bonuses galore!  Check out the details here & join us today!  (Lifetime Glow Girls are already in, so why not forward this to a friend?) :)

Happy Holidays!  Wishing you & your loved ones a happy, healthy + peaceful close to 2012, and a beautiful start to the new year!

Saturday with my girls

18 Aug

I made a quiche, look

 

Why does this look blue? Because it was taken right in front of the window and I was too busy stuffing my face to change the lighting. And, there were no leftovers, in case you were curious. :) We ate The. Whole. Thing.

YUM.

What will you prepare for brunch this weekend???

A Week of Breakfasts: Just Eat It!

27 Feb
Quick Crepes at Home with Siiri Sampson, Seattle Food Blogger

A quick homemade crepe batter from scratch - the hardest part is letting it sit!

Just a thought here – everyone should start the day with a homemade breakfast. A breakfast made with love. The kind of meal that tastes so much better, because someone made it with care, knowing it would fuel your day, help you focus, and send you off into the world just a little more complete, a little more full, a little more ready to take on the world.

Well, we know how often that doesn’t happen, which makes the mornings you do get a treat like that even more meaningful. This weekend, I pulled out my homemade crepe batter recipe. This is the SAME recipe I’ve been using since 7th Grade Home Ec class. That’s right, I’ve been toting it around all these years, and I realized, it’s the first thing I ever made, and it was as delicious then as it is now. You can also see the stack of Trader Jo’s organic turkey sausages photobombing in the background….they were the perfect addition to a standard like the crepe.

Before I show you the other (slightly fuzzy) breakfast pictures from the past week, here’s my crepe recipe:

Siiri’s Homemade Crepes

  • 3 eggs
  • 1.5Cups Water
  • 1Cup Flour
  • 1Tbsp. Melted butter (for the pan – if you have a nonstick pan, skip the butter!)
  • pinch of salt

Directions

  1. Whisk all ingredients (except that butter) together vigorously for about 2 minutes.
  2. Set aside and let rest in a non-reactive bowl (this means NO METAL) for 30 minutes.
  3. Get your largest frying pan up to medium high heat (I do a tester crepe of course, and find my heat at about a 7 or so is good).
  4. Turn your oven to 200F and once you’ve made about 5 crepes, transfer to a cookie sheet in the oven to keep warm. They won’t dry out, don’t worry!
  5. Each crepe is about 1/3Cup of batter, and I use a big old spoon to pour it in and spread the batter around with the back of the spoon before it sets. Once the edges curl up a bit, it will release itself from the pan. Flip it for about 15-30 seconds, and you’re done!

With that, here’s a few more images I’ve taken recently that I just had to share, even though they’re fuzzy, and not a great example of my food photography skills (or lack thereof I should say)….

Breakfast sandwich from Siiri Sampson, Seattle Food Blogger

A simple toss together sandwich of toasted whole wheat English Muffin, two fried eggs over medium, twice fried pepperoni, and melted cheddar.

This was a quick weekend breakfast LAST weekend before heading out for a day of errands and chores. An old school, stick to your ribs classic – ye olde McMuffin on the homestyle…in other words, I faked an Egg McMuffin sandwich with the junk I had laying around in the fridge. My audience didn’t seem to mind one bit!

Apple Thank You Berry Munch tart, brought to you by Siiri Sampson, Seattle Food Blogger

Another fun concoction of apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, tart crust and topping made from Girl Scout Cookies - Thank You Berry Munch cookies to be exact!

And this beauty was a tasty apple tart with lemon essence and a crunchy cookie crumble topping (perfect with a cup of steaming hot coffee on a frosty winter morning, right?! I had some leftover Girl Scout Cookies called Thank You Berry Munch that have yummy dried berries and other tasty bits in them. I crumbled them in my nut chopper (think “Slap Chop” but fancy, from Pampered Chef…), and added a half Tablespoon of Smart Balance, mixed into a topping and baked the whole thing off at 400F for 30 minutes to a golden brown crisp.

That’s all for now – go enjoy your week, cook with the ones you love, and if you can, make someone’s day better by making, bringing or treating them to breakfast! A great way to say you care!

Mid-Summers Night Grilling Dream Come True

30 Aug

A few weeks ago, I was treated to one of THE BEST grilling bonanzas and wine pairings I’ve EVER experienced.  And since I love gratuitous food pictures just as much as the next girl, I couldn’t help but bring back some shots to share with you all.  The best part? It’s actually possible for anyone that lives around the greater Seattle area to try some treats from the same kitchen crew as I did, just head up to The Tulalip and find out how you can stalk Chef Perry around until he feeds you. Simple, no? :)

Yeah, HI! Who wouldn't want to curl right up on that couch with a glass of wine, plate of grilled salmon tacos and a hot date?!

And here was my hot date, my dear friend Danae!

Girls night out!!!

A little birdie/foodie friend of mine sent me an exclusive invitation to join him at the Tulalip Casino and Resort up North, which was exciting because I’d never been and have heard the resort service (and linens) are to die for.  So obviously I cleared my schedule and headed North for an afternoon of food, vino and great company….

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A Strawberry a Day Keeps the Fat Away!

29 Apr

Right? Well, maybe not on its own, and that might be a BIT of an overstatement, but here’s the thing.  I just got some amazing organic strawberries in my first of the season CSA bin last week. See?

I sliced them up, sprinkled a bit of raw sugar on them, tossed, then threw on top of some non-fat Greek Yogs (yes, I’m on a slang name basis with yogurt these days. It’s like a family member).

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Local Plate:Couzin’s Café Satisfies….

7 Feb

…your Breakfast Cravings, and Daily Caloric Intake!

What is it about diners that make you giddy at the thought of ordering breakfast for dinner? It’s not like you can’t have an omelet or French toast any night of the week at home, and yet, we rarely indulge. But when you sit down at a diner, you’re literally paying someone to give you all possible options at once. And every time, you scan the menu with indecision, befuddled at the myriad gut bombs and food comas to be had.

© Copyright 2010. Siiri Sampson. Chicken Fried Steak filling enough for you, me, and the four people at the next table.

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