Archive | June, 2015

Crustless Broccoli and Cheese Quiche (Healthy!)

30 Jun

Making eggs ahead of time… super easy! Best for rewarming for the week and a quick breakfast.

Broccoli and Cheese Quiche

Ingredients:
Frozen or fresh broccoli florets, warmed up in the microwave or cooked slightly
5 eggs
Splash of milk
Salt and Pepper
Shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions:
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Whisk eggs and milk, salt and pepper. Add broccoli florets and mix. Coat a spring pan or round pan with cooking spray and add the egg mixture. Top with cheddar cheese and wiggle around a little to let it get in there. Cook for 30 minutes or until the top is golden and firmed up.

-M

Festive Chicken Burgers

29 Jun

These are just fun. So easy to make and pack so much flavor and goodness. If you’re feeling up to it, give these a try!

Festive Chicken Burgers

Instructions:
1 lb ground chicken
1/2 a red pepper, diced into small pieces
1/2 a green pepper, diced into small pieces
1/4 an onion, diced into small pieces
Salt, Pepper, and Cilantro
Juice of 1 lime
Hamburger Buns
Avocado, mashed lightly for topping
Pepper-jack Cheese
Optional dressings: sriracha, russian dressing, chipotle mayo
Optional sides: sweet potato fries with ranch dressing, salad, baked sweet potato, corn, roasted veggies

Instructions:
Mix all ingredients (peppers, onion, lime, salt, pepper, cilantro) with ground chicken. Preheat a grill or grill pan on medium-high heat. Form burger patties about the size of your palms and cook burgers until fully cooked, flipping occasionally. Warm up buns. Arrange burgers and serve by topping burgers with 1 slice of pepper jack cheese and avocado. My husband enjoyed these with sriracha and I had them with some russian dressing actually! Can really be anything to your liking that packs a punch.

-M

Amazing Apple Cake

17 Jun

The name says it all. Seriously – this is dreamingly (is that a word?) good. I love the texture of the soft apples with the crust of this cake that’s light and sweet. Perfect for breakfast or a great dessert with some tea and a spoonful of ice cream on top. Tip: re-warm this up too if you’re feeling frisky!

Amazing Apple Cake

Ingredients:
6 Granny smith apples, peeled and sliced thin
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1 1/2 cups of canola oil or vegetable oil
2 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1 tablespoon of almond extract
1 1/2 cups of flour
*For cinnamon brown sugar topping:
white sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon mixed. 1.5 cups sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1-2 tsp cinnamon)

Instructions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a springform pan or bundt pan (or a removable bottom bundt pan like I used) spray the pan well with non-stick spray. If using a removable bottom bundt pan, line the pan on the outside with tin foil to prevent leaks in the oven. In a large bowl, prepare the batter by beating the eggs and sugar. Add the oil, vanilla, and almond extract and beat well, then stir in the flour. If it looks too sticky, add some water (not a lot). Set aside.

Peel and then slice the apples thinly. Assort them on the bottom of the pan – when you get through arranging about half the apples, sprinkle the tops with cinnamon brown sugar and pour half the batter on top. Wiggle the pan to allow the batter to sink down and around the apples. Repeat the above with the last half of the apples, pour batter on top and tap/shake the pan to allow the batter to sink down and around the apples. Cover with cinnamon brown sugar and bake for 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes depending on your oven. (Toothpick should be clean). Allow the cake to cool completely (put it into the fridge if necessary) and slice. Serve with or without ice cream. Enjoy!


Fun photo: me giving a Tupperware full of this deliciousness to my husbands co-residents, two surgeons in their last year of residency enjoying every second!
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-M

My Diaper Bag Pick

16 Jun

I just purchased my diaper bag! After sorting through pages and pages of Nordstrom Petunia Pickle Bottom bags and also searching for photos to understand the scale of these bags, I finally picked a winner.

I’ve always been a simple girl when it came to design and pattern so I opted for a sleek black diaper bag with gold accents seen here. Petunia bags are just practical and stylish. I was really caught between picking a few of their designs but from a long term perspective thought this bag would make me the happiest.

I also just fell in love after watching this youtube video which shows up close versions of the detail of the bag.

I’ll receive it soon and hopefully will love it. What did you pick for your diaper bag?

Petunia Pickle Bottom “Embossed Sashay” in Central Park North

-M

Perfect Summer Salad with Fresh Fruit

15 Jun

This past weekend my parents came to visit. We had a delicious lunch with fresh seasonal fruit in our salad. If you are looking for something fresh, flavorful and healthy look no further! PS this took me no time to throw together as well. Great for lunch or dinner and pregnancy friendly.

Summer Salad with Fresh Fruit

Ingredients:
-Handful of mixed greens (baby spinach, arugula, mesclun, kale or any variety to your liking)
-Sliced strawberries
-Sliced pear
-Sliced green apple
-Sliced peach (juicy soft peach is best)
-Crumbled feta cheese
-Handful of dried cranberries
-Extra virgin olive oil and good quality thicker variety balsamic vinegar (very important)
-Dash of sea salt

Instructions:
Combine all ingredients into a bowl and toss. Enjoy!

-M