Archive for December, 2012

December 30, 2012

New Year’s Eve

New Year's Eve

 

Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed the holiday with your family! Our Christmas here in Dallas was extra special since we had a white Christmas and that rarely happens! I told my 5 year old daughter Bronwyn to sit by the window and take a moment to enjoy the beauty of the snow since it could be a long while before we see more especially on Christmas day so we did together!

Well today is New Year’s Eve (Eve) and if you are still putting together a last minute outfit and still trying to figure out if you are doing anything, I have a few easy last minute dressing ideas for you. These suggestions can take you out on the town, house party, dinner out and dinner in!

  1. Jewelry for your feet.  Pull out the stilettos with studs, rhinestones, sequins and all over dazzle.
  2. Glittery tops. Pair a glittery top embellished with jewels, sequins, or crystals with black pants or skirt. Your bottom can be in any fabric as long as it’s black.  Think leather skinnys, brocade black, short flare skirt, pencil skirt.
  3. Glitzy jackets. A blazer, tuxedo jacket, motorcycle jacket or vest will work over a simple black top and elegant pant.
  4. Long glamorous earrings will add a lot of extra to your ensemble.  Find earrings dripping with color and lots of stones.
  5. Red Lips. Not a whole lot to say here but wow! Red lips are so in now. If you go with this look, keep makeup at a minimum as to not compete with your lips.  Application notes, be sure to line lips in red and note that richer colors looks best on darker complexions while fair skinned individuals should opt for a brighter red.  You may need to buy a couple of colors at the drugstore (that’s what I did) and try a couple of shades until you find the tone you are happy with.
  6. False Lashes. I love false lashes period.  I wear them all the time but hey it’s New Year’s Eve so have some fun! I love the lashes with embellishments especially with a soft or nude lip!

 Just follow at least two of the tips above and no need to stress or run out and buy something new. Remember to celebrate in moderation and don’t forget about setting your goals for the New Year! Here’s to Healthy and Happy 2013!!!!  Kathy, Fit Fashionista

December 29, 2012

2012 Healthy Housewives Highlights

The new and improved Healthy Housewives

The new and improved Healthy Housewives

Hey Healthy Housewives family!

It’s Marzia Prince here and I wanted to reflect on the highlights of a successful year for the Healthy Housewives. For those of you just joining us, I launched the Healthy Housewives brand 11/11/11. We orginally started with 4 women and now we are 6 strong. I love how we have grown in the past year! It has definitely been a learning curve starting a business, but I have loved every single moment of it.

We have lost some of the original Housewives but gained new ones in return. I love the new team of ladies. So hungry for change. We all have the same vision- spreading health, fitness, positivity, and love to everyone we meet. Our orginal housewives are Shelly, Sandy, and myself. This year we welcomed Danielle, Kathy, and Brooke. We are so different but we work great as a group. Our strenghts and weakness fit together like a puzzle! Together we are strong!

Most people ask us “What are the Healthy Housewives?” Well, our definition of a Healthy Housewife is a woman who leads a healthy lifestyle that takes care of her  family unit.

It’s 2013 and we are a new breed of “Housewife”. Housewives have evolved compared to thousands of years ago. Gone are the days where the term “Housewife” meant to serve your man, cook, clean, and take care of family. The modern housewife not only cooks, cleans, and takes care of family but now she works, votes, and takes care of herself. She juggles alot more roles these days.

The six of us are a group of health and fitness professionals whose mission is to spread  our expertise in health,  beauty, fitness, fashion, home, garden, family, pregnancy, kids, and animals.  Whether you are a traditional stay at home mom, career woman, divorced, single  mom, widowed, or have never been married, the Healthy Housewives are here to help  educate you to lead a healthier lifestyle not only for your family, but for the  planet. Our children are the future of this planet.

We live in an age where we can pull up recipes on the internet and chat through social media. Times have changed! We have so much information that we can’t wait to share with you. This year we plan to have a cook book, workout DVD’s, and hopefully a reality show. It has all been a process but when it finally comes togther, I know you guys will love what we have to offer and our mission. For now, just keep up with our Facebook page and blogs. We love interating with you, so keep the comment and questions coming.

In case you don’t know who we are here are our bios. http://www.healthyhousewives.com/bios.html Get to know us and what we have to offer. What always have something to say on Facebook!

We had a fun year together as a group. We got to go to fashion shows, walk the red carpet, do volunteer work to spread our mission, throw 2 holiday parties, workout together, go to a Mavs game, go to Madonna’s concert, many photoshoots, some filmings, and most of all-get to know each other better. I know that 2013 will have a lot more in store for us!

And the last thing I want to point out about us is that we are 6 very different women with 6 very different healthy lifestyles. Not one healthy lifestyle is better than the other. We do what works for us with the resources we have available. So, please keep an open mind. We just might surprise you!

Cheers to the 2013 Healthy Housewives! It’s going to be a great year! I can feel it!

Love,

Marzia Prince

December 29, 2012

Sharing the Love

It’s Brooke here. Our Healthy Housewives mission is to inspire people to live healthier lives not only for their families but also for the world around them. A big part of healthy living is striving for wellness in all aspects of our lives. Not only do we want beautiful, strong bodies, positive personal relationships, and meaningful work, but also spirits that are open and hearts that are generous. In the coming months, the ladies of the Healthy Housewives (along with some friends) are going to be sharing the love with some groups around town who totally rock at making life better for both people and animals. To kick off our mission of kindness, we decided to visit the residents of Juliette Fowler Homes and do a little pampering.

Juliette Fowler Homes

To give you some background, Juliette Fowler Homes is a retirement community situated in beautiful old East Dallas. The community was founded by Juliette Peak Fowler 120 years ago to care for elderly widows and orphaned children, and over the years, many lives have been enriched by the care received at this special place. Today, Juliette Fowler Homes serves its senior residents through a range of facilities for independent and assisted living, apartment living, in-house rehabilitation, skilled nursing care, and memory care. To learn more, visit http://www.fowlerhomes.org/.

Marti Miller and a Resident

Marti Miller and a Resident

Visiting and Pampering

As you can imagine, getting 6 women together in one place in the middle of the Christmas holidays was interesting. So, we split up our volunteering, and we had fun both days! The first day, Kathy, Shelly, and I were warmly welcomed by Marti Miller, Director of Life Enrichment, and while we waited to see some residents, we had the pleasure of meeting another group of volunteers (seniors in high school!) whose class project for the semester was to volunteer every week at Juliette Fowler. You can imagine the friendships these young women were making with the residents and staff members as they all served together. I was very impressed! If you ever feel overwhelmed by all the terrible trouble and sadness reported by the news, you don’t have to look very far in your own neighborhood to find people who are quietly, diligently shining their light to the world. And that’s a really comforting thought.

My sweet friend, Marti, and I in front of a Blessing Tree

My Sweet Friend Marti and I in Front of a Blessing Tree

During our visit, Kathy gave one of the residents a beautiful manicure (and if you’ve seen Kathy’s nails, you know what I’m talking about!). Shelly and I gave several ladies hand massages while chatting with them, and they loved it! We really enjoyed visiting with the residents while pampering them, and when lunchtime came around and the room emptied, we all found ourselves wishing we could have done more.

Kathy working her manicure magic!

Kathy working her manicure magic!

Shelly giving a wonderful hand massage to a resident

Shelly giving a wonderful hand massage to a resident

Kathy, Susan (Activities Coordinator), and Shelly

Kathy, Susan (Activities Coordinator), and Shelly

For the next volunteer day, Marzia, Danielle, and Sandy joined in the holiday fun. Danielle brought her daughters, Adriana and Bianca, to help out, and they really helped make the day special. Marzia brought her friend Jeanie with her, and Sandy’s smiling face brightened up the day (as usual). After a small adventure involving Danielle and her girls, a locked door, frantic phone calls by me, and about 5 trips up and down the elevator, we finally found some sweet residents to join our group.

Marzia, Jeanie, Danielle and her daughters singing carols

Marzia, Jeanie, Danielle and her daughters singing carols together with a resident

Danielle and her girls visiting with a resident

Danielle and her girls with a resident, ready to do nails!

We all enjoyed visiting and singing carols together, and I even got a free manicure from Bianca! All the girls spread holiday cheer as they visited residents in their rooms. This time was really special because many of the people they stopped to say hello to were away from their families during the holidays. We also stopped by to see some dear friends, Bob and Rey Barton, who also live at Juliette Fowler and who welcomed the whole gang with open arms.

Share Your Story

We had a great time spreading some love during this special time of year, and we can’t wait to do it again next year! If you have had a chance to share the love with others recently, we want to hear about it! Drop me a line and tell me how you are making the world brighter and better: brooke@healthyhousewives.com.

Have a safe and Happy New Year!

December 27, 2012

The Best Household Tool for the New Year!

Hello! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! Here we are about to start a new year! I am so looking forward to 2013, there are going to be some major changes this year for me! As a single mom and home/business owner my life can be a little hectic and overwhelming at times. I will be honest with you, keeping up a superwoman status is not an easy task for me, as it seems to be for others! It can be quite the challenge at times, good thing I’m always up for a challenge! 😉 I am always on the search on how to be more organized especially when it comes to running my household! I’m sure “Getting more organized at home” is a New Year’s resolutions for a few of you! A well-organized household can save  you money and valuable time! Household management can be a full-time job in itself, especially when you do everything yourself.  I want to share with you the best tool I have found to getting my household in order! The best tool for your home is a household notebook!

276267758361346495_QRLGOySt_b A household notebook is a planner you can purchase or make yourself to help organize your home and family! It can include anything and everything to seasonal maintainance schedules for your auto and home, cleaning checklists, household budget planning, garage sale checklist, goal setting for home improvements, or family vacation planning! Now I’m sure there are several apps out there for all this, and if they work for you that is awesome! I, on the other hand, prefer a binder or book that sits out visibly and accessible to everyone in the house. This will serve as a nice constant reminder to do things in a timely manner. Also anytime there is a list involved, you can get a great sense of accomplishment by crossing things off! I keep my binder on the kitchen counter or in the basket on the coffee table. While I’m having my morning coffee I can flip through it and see what upcoming projects may be due around the house and what I need to put on my to do list for the week. This is also a great time to get my thoughts organized for future plans. It’s a way of making plans from where you left off and not having to start over the thought process, (if you’re a mom that is constantly interupted, you will appreciate this one!) Having a household binder prevents things from piling up and keeps things from getting overwhelming. Think of it as a journal for the well-being of your home.

My new cover!

My new feel good cover!

Pick a binder with a cover or design one that is fun or pleasing to look at. Another great thing about creating your own household notebook is that you can customize it just for your particular needs for you and your family’s home You can have multiple binders for different subjects or simply one with different dividers. There are so many free printable pages on the web! You can go to different sites and download what templates work best for you! Here are some great sites to get you started!

http://www.homelifesimplified.com.au/household-notebook-free-printables-round-up/
http://www.organizinghomelife.com
http://frugalliving.about.com/od/householdsavings/tp/Household_Notebook.htm

 

Time for me to prepare for my major changes, I want to transition smoothly so time to look for some new pages to add to my book! And while I’m at it I think I will add to the kids chore list and lighten Mommy’s load!! Have a Happy, Healthy New Year! from Sandy’s house 😉

December 24, 2012

Happy Holidays!

Hey! Danielle here! I am not sure what you celebrate, what you believe, but regardless I think this time of year is a good time for us to reflect on all that we have to be thankful for, feel blessed about, and to honor those relationships in our life that help us push through.

I will be honest..I am not a Christmas fanatic. I grew up in a very stable family, with great values, and good traditions, so there is no need to delve deeper into the meaning of why I don’t freak for fa la la la and tinsel. I love having a real Christmas tree in my home, and helping my kids write letters to Santa, and I enjoy the idea of finding a special gift for the people in my life who mean so much.

But I also struggle…I struggle with the commercialization of the whole holiday. I struggle with the pressure put on all of us, especially parents, to buy the best, most extravagant presents. The idea that the kid with the most presents, the biggest presents wins on that first day back to school? Why? I love my children, and provide for them…I go above and beyond for them…so why do the presents that I set forth one day a year “dictate” my love for them so to speak.

I may wind up hearing backlash from this blog post, but its honestly how I feel. I want my children to have experiences…I want them to have things with meaning and value…and I want them to understand that my love comes in the form of passion not presents. I want my children to understand where Christmas even came from , even though truth be known I am not ultra religious in the traditional sense of the word.

For me…Christmas is more about a time where families can come together in a world where we are all so busy and take a deep breath and enjoy one another…not whether or not the perfect gift was found and wrapped with the perfect matching bow. Your kids won’t remember the bike you got them or the xbox 360 that showed up under the tree this year tens years from now…but they will remember the experiences you were able to create with them…those are the things that last a lifetime. So I encourage you to look beyond Target and Best Buy, and create moments this holiday season…moments, that beyond material possessions, will ring true season after season.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah , or whatever it is you choose to celebrate. Enjoy each other and celebrate the love your family has for each other…because that is the true meaning of Christmas.
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December 24, 2012

Fun Beauty Quizzes

imageDo you ever take the quizzes in beauty magazines? I do all the time. Here are some really fun quizzes. Let me know how you do!
Merry Christmas Eve!
Shelly Mac

Are you a natural beauty
http://www.chatterbean.com/beauty-style-quizzes/natural-beauty/

How smart are you about cosmetics?
http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/videos/CFSAN/costf/costf.cfm

Which celeb perfume is right for you?
http://www.seventeen.com/fun/quizzes/beauty/celeb-perfume-quiz

Which hairstyle should you try?
http://www.seventeen.com/fun/quizzes/beauty/hot-summer-hairstyle-quiz

What’s your Christmas personality?
http://www.funquizcards.com/quiz/holidays/whats-your-christmas-personality.php

What Christmas movie are you?

http://www.funquizcards.com/quiz/holidays/which-christmas-movie-are-you.php

December 21, 2012

Spicy Lemon Chick’n Pasta

This is Brooke here, and I’m excited to share one of my favorite recipes with you. Spicy Lemon Chick’n Pasta is an elegant entrée that you and your family (or guests) will love. It’s become a staple in my house mainly because it’s super simple and because the ingredients are usually always around my kitchen. True, it is a meatless dish (you can tell by the apparently misspelled “chick’n”), but because I use a vegetarian meat substitute, even your most adamant carnivores will be happy. Proof: My husband, John (the non-vegetarian), loves it! Ok, here’s what you need:

  • 1-1½ c. cooked Barilla PLUS® Multigrain Pasta (I like farfalle, or bowtie shape—makes me happy somehow)
  • 3-4 Morningstar Farms® Buffalo Wing chick’n nuggets or 1 Quorn™ chick’n cutlet
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • Dash of sea salt
  • Good dash of fresh-ground black pepper
  • Good dash or two of red pepper flakes
  • A few curls of Parmesan cheese (optional)

Serves 1—adjust quantities for more servings

Simple Ingredients + 10 Minutes = Magic!

Simple Ingredients + 10 Minutes = Magic!

A Word About Some Special Ingredients

  • Barilla PLUS Multigrain Pasta: This pasta is the bomb! It’s multigrain and packed with protein and omega-3’s. Actually, 1 uncooked cup of this pasta supplies 17g of protein (!), 28% of the recommended daily value of ALA-omega-3 (plant-based fatty acid), and 7g of fiber. Plus, it tastes amazing, and if you fix the whole box, you can have leftovers for days. This is great news for us busy people!
  • Chick’n: Depending on my mood, I use either Morningstar Farms Buffalo Wings or Quorn Chick’n Cutlets. The Quorn cutlets are delicious and are extremely similar to regular chicken breasts—they make a fabulous substitute in chicken salad and other dishes. I usually lean toward hot and spicy, so I used the Morningstar Buffalo Wings. These sassy little bites bring a whole other dimension to the dish. Yum!

Directions

Cook pasta according to package directions. For al dente, be sure to remove from heat and rinse/strain after cooking for 10 minutes. Cook chick’n selection according to package directions. In a separate bowl, mix olive oil, lemon juice, sea salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes together with a whisk or fork. Get out a pretty pasta bowl, add your cooked pasta and your cooked chick’n, then pour olive oil/lemon mixture over everything, and stir well. If you like, you can add some Parmesan curls or grated Parm. Enjoy and wait for the compliments!

Pretty Pasta

Pretty Pasta

Have a great weekend, and stay warm and toasty!

~Brooke

December 21, 2012

Green, Good and Fashionable!

Looking for last minute gift ideas? Well I have a some suggestions for you. Green and Good Gift Guide

Treehugger.com (http://www.treehugger.com/giftguide/) is dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream.  Their website features a green gift guide. All of these gifts — over 100 in 10 categories — are carefully curated for thoughtfulness, usefulness, durability, and longevity.  And all have minimum impact on our earth. Now that’s the gift that keeps on giving.

Half United (http://halfunited.com/shop/) is a clothing and accessories company. Half of the profits from each product they sell go directly towards feeding hungry children in need.  The company is based out of North Carolina and they give proceeds back to organizations in their state and globally.

FEED (http://feedproject.com/) began in 2006 when model and activist Lauren Bush designed a bag to benefit the United Nations World Food Programme’s (WFP) School Feeding program. She first created the FEED 1 bag, a reversible burlap and organic cotton bag reminiscent of the bags of food distributed by WFP, to help raise funds and awareness around these school feeding operations. It was stamped with “FEED the children of the world” and the number ‘1’ to signify that each bag feeds one child in school for one year.

To date, FEED has provided over 60 million school meals to children around the world through WFP.  Bags may be purchased now that provides meals in the USA and even specific cities in the USA. The FEED website has many great FEED bag options and jewelry to select from that feed a hungry child.

My last pick for good deed and style is Toms, One for One movement (http://toms.com), In 2006, Blake Mycoskie traveled to Argentina and found that many children had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS Shoes, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. Today, Toms shoes gives to children in need all over the world. The company has also started Toms glasses which donate a pair of reading for every pair sold.

So for that last minute gift…make it green, good and fashionable! Kathy, Fit Fashionista

Green, Good and Fashionable!

Green, Good and Fashionable! by kathy-hamilton featuring clarins


TOMS corduroy shoes
$65 – blueberries-online.com

TOMS canvas shoes
$65 – vanmildert.com

Post earrings
nordstrom.com

Ball chain necklace
nordstrom.com

Clarin
sephora.com

FEED USA 50 Bag
feedprojects.com

Pouch FEED
$59 – stun-l.com

December 17, 2012

Get Rid of those Scars!

Whether you’ve had acne, a car accident or been one of the 90% of toddlers that has hit their head on the coffee table trying to walk, almost every one of use has a scar on our face. Here’s some ways to help get rid of, lessen and help even out the color of those scars we see in the mirror every day.

First, determine the type of scar you have.
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Icepick scars are the most common marks left behind by acne. They’re characterized by deep pits that are relatively narrow on the surface.
Boxcar scars occur primarily on the temples or cheeks, and feature deep, angular edges that resemble chicken pox scars.
Rolling scars give skin a wave-like appearance and have tapering edges, that start shallow and go deeper.
Keloid (or hypertrophic) scars are thick and raised from the skin, caused by excess collagen sent to repair the original scar.

Anything that’s not a keloid or raised scar is called an atrophic scar. Look for these types of ingredients in a topical treatment.

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Retinoic acid, or vitamin A. In some countries, such as the U.S., you might need to get a prescription for Retin-A because it can cause birth defects if you happen to get pregnant.
Glycolic acid, which is an alpha-hydroxy acid (or AHA). You might be able to find gentle AHA peels sold over-the-counter. Be sure to avoid sunlight if you use this method. Glycolic acid is safe for pregnancy.
Vitamin C, or absorbic acid. Several over-the-counter products contain absorbic acid as an active ingredient. Vitamin C is also safe for pregnancy.

Try microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion will buff down the skin surrounding the scar, evening out the surface and making the pits and shadows less apparent. Microdermabrasion used to be a painful process administered by a metal sander, but now most offices exfoliate the skin with tiny crystals or a diamond tip, which is relatively painless and almost bloodless.
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Try chemical peels

chemical peel will remove the top layer (or a few more) of your skin, so that new skin can regenerate without pigmentation or scars. Chemical peels should always be administered by a doctor, though they shouldn’t feel too painful — the sensation should be a light tingling or burning.

Consider Laser resurfacing for atrophic acne scars. Like microdermabrasion, laser resurfacing buffs down the skin around the scars, reducing the appearance of pitting and shadows.
Pulsed dye laser treatments for keloid scars, which can induce apoptosis (or individual cell death) and bring the scars down.

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As a last resort punch excision, which removes the small area of skin containing a single scar. For small scars, you’ll probably get a very careful line of stitches over the punch excision site; for larger areas, though, you might need a skin graft from another part of your body.

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See what my friend and client, Lauren Scruggs is doing about the scars from her accident over one year ago.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=plcp&v=cZmcrmVEW1E

Merry Christmas! Xoxo
Shelly

December 16, 2012

HEALTHY HOLIDAY RECIPES

Healthy holiday meal

Healthy holiday meal

Happy Holiday Housewives!

Here are some of your favorite holiday recipes made over that I promised you. Trust me, it has the same great taste without all the fat and sugars that your guest won’t even know!

Healthy Recipes:

Sweet potato casserole

Sweet potato casserole

                       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweet Potato Casserole

A great traditional dish made over healthier with the same great taste!

Ingredients:

4 large or 6 medium sweet potatoes, cooked and peeled
2 tablespoons vegan margarine
1/4 cup soy creamer or soymilk
1/4 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Topping:
1/4 cup vegan margarine
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
3/4 cups chopped pecans
2 tablespoons maple syrup

 

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350 F and spray a 2 quart casserole dish with non-stick spray (or wipe with canola oil). Mash the sweet potatoes with the margarine until smooth. Add the soy creamer, orange juice, vanilla, sugar, maple syrup, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon. Pour into prepared casserole dish.

Mix the topping ingredients together until well-combined. Spread or sprinkle over the casserole and bake for 45 minutes or until hot throughout.

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 50 minute(s)

 Serves: 10

Stuffed Acorn Squash

Stuffed acorn squash

Stuffed acorn squash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

• 2 acorn squash

• 1 cup uncooked quinoa

• 2 1/2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth

• 1 teaspoon mild curry powder

• Ground cinnamon

• 1/2 cup raisins

• 2 cups finely chopped spinach

Preheat oven to 400ºF. Cut acorn squash in half, place cut side down on a cookie sheet, and bake 30–35 minutes, until fork-tender. Meanwhile, combine quinoa, vegetable broth, curry powder, a few dashes of cinnamon (about 1/4 teaspoon), and raisins in a pot. Bring to a boil, immediately reduce to low, and cook for 15 minutes, or until liquid evaporates. If quinoa is not fluffy after 15 minutes, add more vegetable broth and cook longer. (Sometimes the raisins will absorb the liquid also, so more is needed to cook the quinoa. I find this is particularly true with electric stoves.) After quinoa is done, stir in spinach, add another dash or two of cinnamon, plus salt if desired, then cover and set aside, away from heat. Once acorn squash is done, flip it over and scoop out seedy matter. Then use a sharp knife to cut the point off each base so the acorn bowls sit upright and don’t fall over. Spoon quinoa mixture into squash and serve warm.

Serves 4

Holiday Loaf: (For vegetarians/vegans)

This is great for those who do not eat turkey.

Vegan "meat loaf"

Vegan “meat loaf”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

• 1 fifteen ounce can black beans or kidney beans, drained and rinsed

• 1 onion, finely diced

• 2 garlic cloves, minced

• 1 large carrot, peeled and shredded

• 2 celery stalks, washed and shredded

• 1 cup finely chopped brown mushrooms

• 1 cup cooked quinoa

• 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

• 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce or tamari (GF)

• 2 tablespoons ketchup

Preheat oven to 350ºF and set your 8-inch nonstick loaf pan nearby. Mash beans in a large bowl with a fork or potato masher and mix all ingredients until evenly combined. Transfer to prepared pan and pat down firmly and tightly using a spatula. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until firm and brown on the outside. Allow the loaf to cool and firm up before serving, about 15 to 20 minutes.It’s important that you chop everything fine and pack it down tight if you want your loaf to hold together.Place a serving plate over the loaf pan and turn it upside down, to flip the loaf out onto the plate.

Gluten-free Gravy:

• 1/2 cup nutritional yeast

• 1/2 cup brown rice flour (GF)

• 2 cups plant-based milk

• 2 small onions, diced

• 16 ounces white mushrooms, thinly sliced

• 2-4 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce or tamari (GF)

• 2 teaspoons rubbed sage (not powdered)

• 2 teaspoons dried thyme

• salt, to taste

• pepper, to taste

Whisk nutritional yeast and flour together with plant-based milk and set aside. Line a large frying pan with a thin layer of water and cook onion and mushroom over high heat until the mushrooms start to soften and turn brown and most of the water has evaporated. Add plant-based milk mixture, soy sauce, and herbs, stirring to combine. Bring to a boil and continue to cook until thick. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Makes 2 cups 

Pumpkin Pudding:

Love the taste of pumpkin but don’t want all the calories that come with it? This is a great recipe to end your holiday meal.

Pumpkin Chia Pudding

Pumpkin Chia Pudding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

• 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
• 2 cups pumpkin (not pie filling)
• 1 banana
• 2/3 cups pitted dates
• 1 tablespoon alcohol free vanilla
• 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
• 6 tablespoons chia seeds

 

Instructions:

Place all ingredients in blender except for chia seeds and blend until smooth.

Add seeds and blend again, adding more milk if necessary to achieve a vortex.

Pour into 4 bowls and cover with Saran, chill several hours or overnight.

Dust with cinnamon before serving.

Serves 4

Santaberries:

Santa Berries

Santa Berries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 12 strawberries
  • 1 package non-fat cream cheese
  • ½ cup of agave  to sweeten OR use 12 stevia in the raw packets
  • 24 miniature chocolate chips

Directions:

Beat cream cheese and the sweetener of your choice until smooth. Cut strawberries in half. Place the sweeten cream cheese in a zip lock baggie. Cut the corner of the baggie so you can squeeze the cream cheese out of the corner. Place the thicker side of the strawberries on a platter, squeeze cream cheese on strawberry. Place the tip of the strawberry like a hat. Add a dot of cream cheese on top. Then add 2 dots of cream cheese for buttons. Add 2 mini chocolate chips for eyes. Do this for the rest of the strawberries.

Serves 12

Veggie Christmas Tree

Veggie Christmas Tree

Veggie Christmas Tree

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Red and yellow bell peppers
  • Baby carrots
  • Baby tomatoes
  • Cocktail onions
  • Toothpicks
  • A Styrofoam cone from a craft store

Instructions:

Wash all veggies. Make sure they are cut in bite size pieces. Place Styrofoam cone on a plate. Take a piece of broccoli and put a toothpick half way in it, then on the other half, stick on cone. Keep doing this until you have the desired look you want. When you are finished with green broccoli tree, add all other veggies to decorate like a Christmas tree. Top with yellow bell pepper star. Serve with all types of fun dips.

Serves 10 people

Christmas Cocktail-Poinsetta

 

Christmas Cocktail

Christmas Cocktail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

Champagne

Cranberry juice

Fresh cranberries (the fruit)

Champagne flutes

Directions:

Pour champagne in flutes ¾ full. Top off with cranberry juice. Add a couple fresh cranberries for garnish. You can place on fancy platter with small Christmas ornaments and 1 fake poinsettia for a fun look.

Hope your holiday party is a success! Enjoy and CHEERS!

Marzia